Owen Gingras joined Walmart Canada in July 2008, and was instrumental in building and launching Walmart Canada Bank and the Walmart Rewards MasterCard in 2010, including the design and implementation of a paperless point of sale application in Walmart Canada stores. In his current role Owen is responsible for the design and delivery of current and future systems needs for Walmart Canada Financial Services as well as owning business continuity and operational risk management for the bank.Prior to joining Walmart, Owen was with GE Money and held the senior role of General Manager, Credit Cards and Strategic Initiatives. Owen has been in the financial services industry since 1994, and developed his passion for systems technologies and interfaces with the re-launch of the HSBC MasterCard in Canada; building an in house credit card system platform, and planning the simultaneous de-conversion from the existing service provider. Through extensive experience in both card issuance and retail card acceptance, Owen has gained leading industry knowledge and insights into dual interface chip cards and retail terminal operations and behaviours.Owen is an active leader in the Canadian credit card community; serving as a board member of ACT Canada and is also a member of the Point of Sale and Prepaid Card Leadership teams.Owen completed the MIT Sloan Management Center for Information Technology summer session in 2012, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
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