Mako Fintech strengthens leadership team

Montreal fintech firm bolsters capacity for client service with top executive hires

Mako Fintech strengthens leadership team

Mako Fintech, a Montreal-based fintech firm focused on automating wealth management workflows, has welcomed veteran leaders Sheila Chau, Shawn Prodgers, and Kevin Victor as the organization seeks to establish a world-class executive team.

“We’re looking forward to working with Sheila, Shawn and Kevin to bring our clients the world’s best wealth management solutions,” said Raphael Bouskila, founder and CEO of Mako Fintech. “Their experience, energy and raw talent will be incredibly valuable to us in the coming years.”

A leading Canadian expert in digital transformation for the wealth management industry, Chau joins Mako as vice president of its Solutions Engineering division. In her new role, she will oversee the implementations of account opening and investment workflows for all of Mako’s client firms.

With a 20-year career in financial services, she was most recently at Broadridge Financial Solutions, where she had responsibility for onboarding major wealth managers and financial institutions onto account opening systems. Prior to Broadridge, Chau led major digital transformation implementations at Fidelity Clearing Canada, TD Bank, and DundeeWealth (now Scotiabank). She earned her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Actuarial Science and Statistics from the University of Toronto, and also holds the Project Management Professional and Certified Agile Scrum Master certifications.

As Mako’s new vice president of Operations & Finance, Prodgers will apply his considerable expertise in measuring success and optimizing corporate performance. On top of ensuring the firm’s compliance with international data protection and controls standards, he will oversee overall financial and operational procedures.

With a career spanning 15 years as a management accountant, he most recently oversaw the planning and optimization of refined procurement processes and led the business intelligence portfolio of the Supply, Wholesale and Distribution divisions at Parkland Corporation. He holds a B.Comm in Accounting from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, has both the CPA and CMA designations, and serves as a Partner with Social Venture Partners Calgary.

Victor has been named as Mako’s vice president of Sales, taking responsibility for establishing Mako Fintech as the world’s leading brand for custom automation solutions in the wealth management sector. Over his career, Victor has overseen operations and customer solutions at EY-Parthenon, Lightspeed Commerce, and TD Canada Trust. He earned his B.Comm in Accounting from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, and his MBA from HEC Montreal.

“The top executive talent that we’re attracting to our Montreal headquarters cements this city’s reputation as a Canadian fintech leader,” Bouskila said.

The appointments are in line with the company’s stated objective of adding talent to bolster its client-servicing capabilities following a $2-million capital raise it completed in August. Mako has also added product and HR leaders to its management team as it strives to strengthen its business capabilities.