Open Banking Initiative Canada (OBIC), a not-for-profit organization gathering great minds in finance, technology, and regulation to promote the development of open banking in Canada, has appointed Tara Wilson, COO of Income Access, Paysafe Group's marketing technology and services provider, to its board of directors. The announcement also sees OBIC take another step towards its goal of achieving 50/50 board representation by the end of 2021, reaching 30% of its goal. This stands in stark contrast to the status quo across Canada, as 18.1 percent of director seats were held by women in 2017.
Wilson brings almost two decades of expertise in the technology industry and is an award-winning FinTech leader. She joined Paysafe Group in 2015, later making an internal transition to its marketing technology and services provider Income Access, which specializes in supporting the growth of partners across the iGaming, forex, and lottery sectors, respectively. As COO, she oversees all aspects of Income Access, including product development and innovation, streamlining of all operational processes, and growing the company's extensive client base by breaking into new verticals globally.
Wilson's appointment reflects OBIC's ongoing commitment to establishing a board of directors that possesses a wealth of industry expertise and is bound by shared beliefs regarding the value of open banking for Canadian consumers. An influential and positive disruptor committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and progressive workplace culture, Wilson has garnered numerous accolades, including:
Christian Clapton, Executive Director of OBIC, regarding the significance of Wilson's addition to the board, commented: "Tara's a highly recognized and inspiring leader who will bring her considerable knowledge and influence to the OBIC Board's efforts. She will be an integral member of our team and our commitment to bringing open banking to Canadian consumers. We're all looking forward to working with her."
Michelle Beyo, OBIC Board member and Founder and CEO of Finavator Inc., said: "OBIC's commitment to diversity is incredibly important in driving an inclusive open banking ecosystem. I am so proud to be a board member and excited to welcome Tara Wilson. Tara has achieved so much in her fintech career and it is such a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with her to strive towards open banking for Canadian consumers."
Commenting on her board appointment, Wilson said: "I'm honoured to have the opportunity to join the OBIC's board of directors and be part of an initiative that's dedicated to spurring financial innovation for the benefit of Canadians. In addition, the OBIC promises to be a leader when it comes to diversity and inclusion, something which has always been one of my own core focuses, with its mission of achieving a 50/50 board by the end of 2021."