In every Province and Territory, in every community, human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour is occurring and it is a threat to every young, vulnerable individual in this country. This sophisticated, organized crime demands sophisticated, coordinated and integrated solutions.
Anti-money laundering efforts are assisting to end this crime in Canada and a significant BMO led initiative, Project Protect is “following the money” and helping disrupt trafficking operations. Barbara Gosse, the CEO of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking will speak about these efforts, the extent and methodologies of this significant human rights abuse in Canada, the harms it creates and why we are all affected by this growing crime.
Peter Warrack, Director of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing at the Bank of Montreal will identify important aspects of current AML efforts in Canada and how “red-flag Indicators” are assisting financial institutions to detect human trafficking activity, advance law enforcement efforts and help prosecute perpetrators.
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More about our panelists:
Barbara is the Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, and the former Senior Director of Research, Policy and Innovation of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Barbara played an instrumental role in The National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada. She has also served as Director of Saving and Asset-Building with Prosper Canada (formerly SEDI), a national charity dedicated to finding solutions to assist Canada’s low-income individuals and families become economically self-sufficient. Barbara received a 2016 Community Volunteer Award from the Premier of Ontario, and she is a current member of the Toronto District School Board’s Alternative Schools Advisory Committee.
Peter J. Warrack, M.Scs, CAMS, CBP, CFE
Peter is the Director of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CFT) at the Bank of Montreal (BMO). Prior to his current role, he built two highly capable AML Financial Intelligence Units at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and BMO, often described as “Universities of AML”. Peter was recruited to Canada by RBC, leaving behind a successful career in law enforcement in the UK. Since coming to Canada, Peter has been a proponent of joint / law enforcement investigations and is actively involved with law enforcement in the legal sharing of information and best practices, which has resulted in numerous arrests and the interdiction of crime. In January 2016, Peter initiated a joint public/private sector partnership to address human trafficking and sexual slavery in Canada, collaborating with law enforcement, FINTRAC, peer banks, government, and NGOs. The first of its kind in Canada, it is proving highly successful. Peter is a frequent presenter and author. His contribution to the AML profession was recognized by his peers in 2011 when he received the Association of Certified Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) Professional of the Year Award. Recently, Peter obtained his Certified Bitcoin Professional designation and was recently a guest speaker at the largest blockchain training conference in the world. Peter is continuing his investigative work on cryptocurrencies and human trafficking in liaison with industry peers, law enforcement, and the technology sector internationally.
For more information about human trafficking in Canada, please visit: http://www.canadiancentretoendhumantrafficking.ca/