IMAP's InvestTech 2020 technology conference for Managed Accounts


Thank you to everyone who attended InvestTech 2020 and for your positive feedback.


Thank you also to all our terrific speakers for dialling in and presenting from your various distanced offices.


Very fitting for a technology orientated conference.


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InvestTech keeps on getting better and better each year.


The innovative advancements continue to be made in harnessing business strategies and tech to make leaps in the service delivery & managed account operations.

Links to the InvestTech2020 Recordings and Slides


To view the recordings of each of InvestTech's 5 days of webinars click here 

Day 1 slides - Spoilt for choice in Managed Accounts/Spoilt for choice in Advice software

Day 2 slides - The Power of Data in investment decision making/Realising the benefits - how to avoid IT failures

Day 3 slides - Role of the Licensee in technology/What do the Robos know that you don't?

Day 4 slides - Digital Portfolio Management/Innovation Award Winner - SmartShield

Day 5 slides - Advice technology success stories - Rebalancing and ESG screening

Material below kindly provided by our Presenters

AORAS Advice Software Project Plan

LaVista brochure

LaVista website

Six Park website

Macquarie website

WealthO2 whitepaper

FinClear video

InvestTech Event Program 7th - 11th Sept 2020

  1. InvestTech 2020
12.00pm - 1.10pm

Monday 7th September 2020

Peter Worn Enzumo12.00pm Opening Address by Toby Potter - IMAP Chair

Spoilt for Choice in Advice Software - what and how to choose ? presented by Peter Worn

Advice software platforms built around CRM capability contains the heart of every planner's technology suite...

A range of credible choices are available with new ones emerging, meaning advice professionals will have numerous options available to them. How should licensees and practices evaluate them? Which software best reflects the approach to advice for your operation? Peter Worn, a seasoned advice technology professional, explains key considerations for evaluating the fit between advice software and your business .


Zac Leman BT 12.40pm Spoilt for Choice in Managed Accounts- Panel Discussion with Brett Sanders - Philo and Zac Leman - BT, moderated by Tom Schubert - Drummond Capital Partners

Managed accounts are the emerging key delivery vehicle for advice. Some practices have the resources ... and some need extra assistance ... Brett Sanders Philo

and expertise to manage in-house, some want to establish an investment committee with independent consultants, some will choose to outsource investment completely. Which option will enhance your advice service offering? What is required to make a success of each option? Hear about leading 3rd party MDA Provider Philo Capital and BT's platform , which supports multiple options on how to make the choices that suit your business best. .


12.00pm - 1.00pm

Tuesday 8th September 2020

Dr Alex Johnston - Refinitiv

12.00pm The Power of Data in Investment Decision Making presented by Dr Alex Johnston - Refinitiv
Nick Morton - Resonant Asset Management
and moderated by Michelle Cameron - Refinitiv
NIck Morton - ResonantData is the rocket fuel for Portfolio Management and the ability to source and manipulate data…

Sets successful investment managers apart. The capacity to visualise and interpret data is central to this. Hear from Dr Alex Johnston of Refinitiv and Nick Morton - Resonant Asset Management on how they utilise this key tool in portfolios. Moderated by Michelle Cameron of Refinitiv


MIchelle Cameron Refinitiv

Andrew O'Riordan

12.30pm Realising the Benefits - how to avoid IT failures - presented by Andrew O'Riordan

The Australian advice landscape is littered with the wreckage of failed IT projects. For advice practices and licensees, implementing a new technology can be daunting, expensive and time consuming...

Success can mean a key part of delivering a service highly valued by advisers versus a source of continuing friction and frustration, with fingerpointing all round. Hear from Andrew O'Riordan, who has been involved in numerous IT projects across licensees, how to ensure that your project adds value to your business, attracts advisers and delivers the desired outcomes on budget and time.


12.00pm - 1.00pm

Wednesday 9th September 2020

Tanya Seale COO of LaVista

12.00pm Role of the Licensee in Technology presented by Tanya Seale

A key task for licensees in the emerging advice world is delivering a technology solution which achieves the goals of practice efficiency, compliance, client delivery and usability...

The right technology stack is an enabler of this, however its well under-utilised and inconsistently leveraged across licensees. Hear from Tanya Seale, COO of LaVista, part of the Clearview/Matrix group of Licensees, on how they have embraced technology in achieving these goals and how this has helped differentiate them in the market. Tanya will explain how they have done this, what is and isn't negotiable, and key elements for success.


Pat Garrett - Co-CEO & Co-Founder of Six Park Asset Management12.30pm What do the Robos Know that You Don't presented by Nucleus Wealth & Six Park
The Robo tools are becoming a part of diversified advice business' tool kits.

The ability to serve a wide range of clients is an increasingly common requirement for advisers and the challenges in delivering this is one of the reasons driving the use of Robo advice … Tim Fuller Head of Advice Nucleus Wealth

How do these "online only" tools fulfill key tasks which are expensive and time consuming for advisers such as account opening - before users drop off with boredom - or advice generation online without "face to face" engagement. Hear from Pat Garrett - Co-CEO & Co-Founder of Six Park Asset Management and Tim Fuller - Nucleus Wealth explain how they developed the tools to make the creation & ongoing delivery of advice services both efficient & profitable.


12.00pm - 1.00pm

Thursday 10th September 2020

Mark Weingarth of Macquarie12.00pm Digital Portfolio Management

Mark Weingarth of Macquarie presents the capabilities of their Digital Portfolio Manager..

Macquarie’s digital portfolio manager enables you to scale your investment process and manage risk with an "end-to-end" digital portfolio management engine. It also automates investment recommendations and advice documentation, streamlines digital authorisation and sends approved trades to be executed on Macquarie Wrap. It’s configured to the adviser licensee's investment philosophy and offers advisers the chance to re-think and scale their portfolio management process.


James Verner Head of Alternative Distribution Strategies International, Franklin Templeton

James Verner of Franklin Templeton will share global insights on robo advice (Quantifeed and Financial Guard) informed from his experience in the UK, Asia and US. James will discuss issues such as managing cost, and the client experience.

Alex Ypsilanti - CEO & Co-Founder Quantifeed

Alex Ypsilanti - CEO & Co-Founder Quantifeed will explain how by combining software engineering & quantitative finance, Quantifeed helps transform financial institutions into providers of wealthcare.

.Quantifeed is Asia’s leading digital wealth management solutions provider for financial institutions. It’s award-winning automated investment platform – QEngine – powers banks, brokers and wealth planners


Wade Matterson - Practice Manager – Milliman12.50pm Innovation Winner - IMAP Awards 2020

Wade Matterson - Milliman explains how Milliman's new SmartShield Series (winner of IMAP Awards 2020 Innovation category), delivers a low cost risk management solution that fits within advisers existing processes, without compromising their current approach to constructing portfolios.

The unique design of the Even Keel trust, protects clients from severe market downturns and is available to be incorporated into licensee managed accounts or accessed via the SmartShield Series. Wade Matterson provides insights as to how they designed these solutions to leverage the benefits that a managed account structure provides while allowing the adviser to remain in control to turn the protection on or off, at any time, for any client.


12.00pm - 1.00pm

Friday 11th September 2020

Damian Cilmi Praemium12.00pm This session features advice technology success stories
Shannon Bernasconi of WealthO2, Damian Cilmi and Adam Pointon of Praemium showcase their Advice technology.

WealthO2 will present their rebalancing capability and Praemium will demonstrate their ESG customisation screening Shannon Bernasconi

A wrap up by Toby Potter - IMAP Chair summarises the key learnings from InvestTech's sessions over the past week

Introducing the speakers at InvestTech 2020

Tanya Seale
Tanya SealeChief Operating Officer for LaVista Licensee Solutions
Tanya brings her 18+ years experience and shares her passion for improving the quality of advice provided to clients & creating efficiencies for Advisers through technology. She's held roles in Compliance, Practice Development, Financial Planning Software and Advice Coaching in Licensees of all sizes. Tanya currently oversees all back office support services for advisers in the aligned (Matrix Planning Solutions and ClearView Financial Advice) and Self Licensed advisers. Matrix & ClearView were one of the 1st Licensees to mandate adviser software & implement real time monitoring of KRIs across the network.
Peter Worn
Peter WornHead of Strategic Relationships - Enzumo
Peter has 20 + years experience in financial services in roles throughout the value chain from advice to product development and now the technology side. Peter is responsible for all aspects of the Enzumo's strategic growth initiatives in Australia and overseas. He is an Independent Director of McQueen Financial Group, Chairman of Rising Tide Financial Services & Advisory Board fintech firms, Navag8 & Money101. He co-founded the Finura Group which focuses on enablement of the advice software sector and acquiring digital content businesses. Peter holds an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He's lectured for FINSIA & been a Leadership Coach for the University of Sydney, Global MBA Program
Andrew O’Riordan
Andrew O’RiordanConsultant - Advise Business Operations & Technology
Andrew’s background includes 15+ years in AFSL Ops Manager roles and most recently Operation Manager for a boutique AFSL. Prior roles include: Head of Operations - Financial Planning at Mortgage Choice (FinChoice), Head of Dealer Group Services at ClearView Wealth Limited and Financial Planning Business Support Manager at Bridges. His operational expertise includes oversight of the design, development, rollout and ongoing management of effective and compliant Financial Planning advice services. Andrew has successfully migrated over 100 data transition projects for financial advisers between advice software CRMs.
Pat Garratt
Pat Garratt Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Six Park Asset Management
Pat co-founded Six Park in 2014 after a 25-year career in the financial services including senior roles at JP Morgan in New York, San Francisco and Melbourne. Pat's prior experience includes Georgica Associates, a private investment management firm based in Melbourne. Pat was involved at both organisations with the private equity investment portfolio and had specific responsibilities for investment strategy and portfolio management and reporting.

Find out more about InvestTech's speakers

Shannon Bernasconi
Shannon BernasconiManaging Director & Founder - Wealth O2
Shannon has 21+ years’ experience in financial services in Australia & abroad. Previous executive roles include MD Australia at Calastone (a global top 50 Fintech innovator company), Royal Bank of Canada, Zurich, Orion, and JP Morgan (Aus and UK). Shannon has a strong product management and strategy skillset with a focus on innovation. She holds a Summa Cum Laude BSc Honours in Chemical Engineering
Nick Morton
Nick MortonDirector & CIO - Resonant
Nick's particular interest is quantitative finance, where he is an expert in conceiving, implementing and trading equities and multi-asset models. His 20+ yrs in financial markets includes Director & Head of Australian Quantitative Researh - Citigroup, Colonial First State Global Asset Management. with responsibilities for the CFSGAM Core Australian Equities portfolio. Nick has a Masters of Aeronautical Engineering degree from Imperial College, University of London, and a Masters of International Business and Finance from the University of Sydney.
Tom Schubert
Tom Schubert Managing Partner & Portfolio Manager - Drummond Capital Partners
Tom co-founded Drummond & has 15 years’ investment management experience. Drummond provide active, global multi-asset investment solutions to financial intermediaries & family office clients. Tom contributes to Drummond’s strategic and tactical asset allocation processes, manager selection and portfolio construction. Tom works with clients in developing their optimal investment solution. Tom holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, a Diploma of Financial Services & is an ASX Accredited Derivatives Adviser.
Dr Alex Johnston
Dr Alex Johnston Head of Solution Consulting - Refinitiv
Alex has 20+ years’ experience of emerging technology deployment within financial services and academia. His PhD research in 2008 incorporated Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Web – technologies increasingly in use today. Alex previously held leadership roles across EMEA, the U.S. and APAC at Thomson Reuters, SunGard/FIS and Lloyds, uplifting technologies and transforming organizations
James Verner
James Verner Head of Alternative Distribution Strategies International, Franklin Templeton
Based in Hong Kong, James works with Franklin Templeton’s Distribution teams across Europe, APAC and Australia He is a Board member of Quantifeed, an award-winning Asia-based B2B wealth technology provider. James has 20+ years experience in business development, focused on technology-enabled propositions in retirement, wealth management & asset management sectors. Prior roles held with consulting actuaries Hymans Robertson Partner (responsible for the launch of “Guided Outcomes” ( a leading robo-guidance platform for employers, advisors and asset managers), also Vebnet and 4th Contact,
Mark Weingarth
Mark WeingarthAssociate Director - Macquarie
Mark leads the Digital Portfolio Manager team in Product & Technology. He previously worked with Macquarie's Wealth Solutions sales team engaging with self-licensed advice firms to help them find better ways to improve their client experience & grow their business. Mark’s background experience includes product management / manufacturing for investments and structured products, key accounts on platforms, and even establishing micro finance for remote communities in Peru. He previously worked with leading financial services brands including BT Financial and Perpetual.
Michelle Cameron
Michelle CameronAccount Director - Refinitiv
Michelle's experience spans 20 years at Refinitiv (previously Reuters &Thomson Reuters). She leads Refinitv’s Investment & Advisory, Wealth & global banking business for Pacific region. Prior management roles focused on Content & Data, Real time exchange, Project & Programme Management, and Customer Success. Michelle holds an Executive MBA plus multiple Project/ Programme management, Industry and ESG qualifications.
Zac Leman
Zac LemanHead of Managed Accounts BT
Zac has 15+ years experience in the wealth management & platforms industry, with particular focus on Managed Accounts. Zac's role at BT is developing unique solutions for financial planners and their clients.His experience includes developing & implementing SMA solutions for SMA provider - Mason Stevens and delivering dealer group tailored investment solutions for HNW clients & advisers of Next Financial. Other roles, includePortfolio Manager for boutique SMA provider Direct Portfolio, focusing on equity research & portfolio construction and management. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Applied Finance.
Brett Sanders
Brett Sanders Chief Executive – Philo Capital Adviser
Brett has been designing & implementing managed account services since 2009 and co-founded Philo Capital Advisers, a 3rd party MDA Provider in 2011. He was a driving force in seeing it grow to over $3.2 billion in investor FUM in just over 3 years. The managed account service Brett and his colleagues designed for Centric Wealth spanned managed funds, listed securities and deposits and was central to the operational transformation of that national advice business. This in turn drove a significant uplift in business valuation and adviser satisfaction. Prior roles include CEO and senior management roles including Centric Wealth, Grove Research & Advisory and Sealcorp. He has extensive experience in asset consulting, financial services technology, service design and marketing.
Damian Cilmi
Damian Cilmi Head of Investment Managers and Governance - Praemium
Damien is responsible for appointment and monitoring of Model Managers for Praemium's Separately Managed Accounts since 2018. His prior roles included Netwealth - Investment & Superannuation. Senior Investment Research Analyst, Senior Manager Research for Sandhurst Trustees providing investment management and research services to Bendigo Financial Planning and Sandhurst Estates.Senior Manager Technical Solutions - Bendigo Wealth.
Alex Ypsilanti
Alex Ypsilanti CEO & Co-Founder Quantifeed
Alex spearheads Quantifeed’s mission to solve the challenges of digital wealth management. Prio experience includes 15 years as an investment banking research analyst. Alex, was a top ranked analyst by Institutional Investor, had a leading role in the growth of the European ETF market. Formerly the MD for Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alex has built and led teams of derivatives and quantitative strategists in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He holds Bachelors & Masters degrees in Information Systems Engineering and a PhD in Mathematical Finance from Imperial College, University of London.
Tim Fuller
Tim Fuller Head of Advice - Nucleus Wealth
Tim helped start Nucleus Wealth to build an investment product that was comprehensive enough to maximise global opportunities, whilst being simple to explain and a best of breed product he would have no issues recommending to family and friends. Tim worked for AMP, Mercer, and a boutique specialising in self managed super. His experience covers investment platforms and he led the structuring & advice part of the Nucleus offering. On top of his Engineering degree and MBA, Tim is a Certified Financial Planner.
Wade Matterson
Wade MattersonPractice Manager – Milliman
As a principal Wade leads Milliman’s Australian practice and operations. He joined in 2004 and also supports Milliman’s retirement and risk management initiatives across the Asia-Pacific region. Leveraging financial technology, Wade has consulted with organisations and assisted them in the development of digital platforms to educate and inform clients of innovative solutions for the retirement challenge.

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Meet the IMAP Event Team

Toby Potter
Toby PotterIMAP Chair
Toby has championed IMAP's mission for a number of years and is a key contributor for IMAP (along with others) in the representation to ASIC on recent changes to the MDA regulations and ongoing regulatory matters. His experience in the wider investments market is extensive and his advice and experience is frequently sought after for his breadth and detail, plus his knowledge of the people in the industry. His working experience includes key roles for NAB, IOOF, Morningstar, Managed Accounts (since rebranded to Xplore Wealth), SFG Australia
Jane McIlroy
Jane McIlroyNational Marketing/Events Director
Jane is a Director of IMAP and very focused on ensuring that IMAP's conferences, events and webinars continue to succeed as they have over recent years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the investments market and the people that make it all happen. Jane also brings her experience as current Marketing and Events Manager for the self-managed Independent Superannuation Funds Association
Jenny Phimleut
Jenny PhimleutProgramme Manager - IMAP
Jenny manages IMAP's digital presence as well as its program of conference events, webinars and publications and works closely with Jane and Toby. She is responsible for maintaining IMAP's processes and policies as well as developing promotional material. Her Financial Services background covers Next Financial working in Product and Portfolio Management and Shadforth Financial Group.

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