Peter Warrack CAMS

Chief Compliance Officer, Bitfinex

Peter is the Director, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and FINTEC Advisory, and Compliance Officer with the Bank of Montreal (BMO). He also manages ‘special projects’ and advises on major AML/CFT investigations and is a Certified Bitcoin Professional. He is formerly the Director AML Advisory and Director Risk Intelligence at BMO.

Prior to his current role he built two highly capable AML Financial Intelligence Units (AML FIUs) 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. In Canada, he successfully built and pioneered RBC’s intelligence –led fraud prevention approach setting the standard for ‘the culture of intelligence’ and intelligence-led analytics before specializing in AML.

Since coming to Canada, Peter has been a proponent of joint / law enforcement investigations and 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 and the subject of much and continuing success.

Peter frequently presents and publishes on subjects including intelligence, fraud, money laundering, risk, human trafficking, and AML / Blockchain is often referred to as a practical academic and thought-leader. 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.

In 2016 Peter obtained his Certified Bitcoin Professional designation and was a guest speaker at the largest blockchain training conference in the world held in Toronto. Peter’s work in providing thought leadership in this area and the links between cryptocurrencies and human trafficking continues in liaison with industry peers, law enforcement, and the technology sector internationally.