The Canadian Bankers Association is the voice of more than 60 domestic and foreign banks that help drive Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. The CBA advocates for public policies that contribute to a sound, thriving banking system to ensure Canadians can succeed in their financial goals.

Job Title: Advisor, Financial Crimes
Division: Legal


The Advisor, Financial Crimes, reports to the Assistant General Counsel and provides research, analytical, policy development and advisory services regarding financial crime issues affecting the banking industry including cyber security and anti-money laundering/anti-terrorist financing (AML/ATF).

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Research, provide strategic analysis and advice, and contribute to the development of industry policy positions for submissions and other industry advocacy initiatives; 
  • Analyze legislation, regulations and guidance;
  • Lead meetings with members of the CBA;
  • Manage multiple sub-committees;
  • Advocate for acceptance of industry policy positions;
  • Evaluate and report to members on emerging national and international trends in financial crimes including cyber security and AML/ATF issues as they relate to banking in Canada and recommend strategies for the banking industry;
  • Responsible for the coordination of annual cyber security conference;
  • Responsible for cyber security incident protocol and coordinating with other CBA staff and members/key stakeholders as part of incident response preparedness, including participating in the response to incidents as they arise;
  • Initiate, develop and maintain positive working relationships with members, government officials, regulators and representatives of other key associations and interest groups;
  • Work proactively with bankers, interest groups, government officials and CBA staff to develop and implement joint cyber security projects that benefit ecosystem users and the banking industry, e.g. work with regulators on related educational initiatives; and
  • Assist Legal Division and other divisions where appropriate with various projects as assigned.

Key Qualifications, Abilities and Skills:

  • Post-secondary degree along with 5 – 7 years of cyber security, AML/ATF, or other financial crime related compliance experience (or similar experience such as legal or audit) and/ or policy experience. Willing to train further on aspects of the role to supplement knowledge.
  • Very strong written and verbal presentation skills with the ability to craft and present persuasive advocacy positions; write letters, reports and submissions clearly and concisely, with focused and substantiated arguments
  • Innovative and proactive issue manager
  • Understanding of public policy and legislative development processes
  • Ability to understand and analyze legislative and policy proposals to identify potential industry impact and concerns
  • Strong original research, data-gathering and data-analysis skills
  • Strong ability to seek common ground and forge a consensus amongst members
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and issues
  • Knowledge of the banking would be an asset
  • Ability to speak and understand written French would be an asset

To apply

Qualified candidates are asked to submit their resume and covering letter to Please indicate Advisor, Financial Crimes in the subject field of your email.