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08:00 – 09:00   Registration & Breakfast
09:00 – 09:15   Welcome
09:15 – 09:30   Introduction
Dany H. Assaf - Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
09:30 – 10:15   Session One: What is Islamic Finance and Where are We Now?
    Examining key industry developments in Canada and how local practices measure up against the standards of other regional centers
  Regulatory updates on Islamic finance
  Challenges and opportunities faced by local Islamic banking and financial markets
  Recent growth in the market - who are the new players?
  Where does regulation go from here?
Jeffrey S. Graham - Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais
    Panelist: Steven Watts - Partner, KPMG
Mohammad Fadel - Counsel, Bennett Jones LLP
John Teolis - Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Salim Ansari - President, An-Nur Cooperative Corporation
10:15 – 11:00   Session Two: Canada and the Islamic Financial Markets
    Discussing local and regional developments in Islamic markets, including taxation, regulatory, risk management and ratings issues
  Role of governmental bodies and regulators in ensuring compliance in the industry
  Addressing taxation issues and recent developments
  Encouraging cross-boundary collaborations for growth and standardization
  Working around contractual risks and disputes
Himy Syed - Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, IslamBank Community
    Panelist: Omar Kalair - Chief Executive Officer, UM Financial
John Bain - Partner, KPMG
Mac Kaylan
- Managing Partner, Black Ice Partners
Mohammad A Rauf
- Financial Consultant, Royal Canadian Development
11:00 – 11:30   Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30   Session Three: Islamic Products: What Can and Can’t be Done?
    Assessing the development of Islamic financial products in Canada and the regional markets, including;
  Shariah compliant versus Shariah based
  Developments and updates in existing products including;
    - Takaful, re-Takaful & Bancatakaful
    - Private equity
    - Structured products
    - Fund & wealth management
    - REITs
  The potential for further innovation
  The role of Sharia scholars
Mohammed Jalaluddin - President, Ansar Financial & Vice Chair Islamic, Ansar Cooperative Housing Corporation
    Panelist: Glen W. Roberts II - Partner, SNR Denton
Sheikh Habeeb Alli - Shariah Auditor, UM Financial
Frank Morisano - Managing Director, Ma Lee Advisory
Rehan Saeed - Shariah Liaison, Islamic Finance Advisory Board
12:30 - 13:20   Session Four: Issuing and Investing in the Islamic Financial Markets
    The development of Islamic issuance and investments in Canada and the region, and its potential.
  Identifying growth areas, market opportunities, potential investors and issuers
  Growth of private equity and sovereign wealth funds in Islamic finance
  Structuring and financing Islamic investment products to meet Canada's needs
  Challenges of private issuers
Frank Morisano - Managing Director, Ma Lee Advisory
    Panelist: Asif Khan - Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Alt
Andrew Metcalf - Partner, King & Spalding
Hisham Sobhy - Director of Investment Banking, Legend Securities
Hesham Youssef - Chief Operating Officer, AYA Financial Inc
Brian P. Koscak -
Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
13:20 – 13:25   Closing Keynote
Walid Hejazi - Assistant Professor of International Business Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
13:25 – 15:00   Lunch












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Speaker Profile

Osman Akyüz, who obtained his degree from the faculty of political sciences at Ankara University, began his career as a certified public accountant at the finance ministry in 1978. He worked with the Sezai Türkes - Fevzi Akkaya Group from 1983 till 1985, after which he was appointed the manager of financial and administrative affairs at Albaraka Türk.

He has also worked as a fund allocations manager (1991-94), assistant general manager (1994-95) and general manager (1996 - 2002). Osman has been an executive board member of Albaraka Türk since April 2002. He is also the secretary general of the Union of Turkish Participation Banks.