Smart Card Alliance Announces Keynote Speakers for May 3-5, 2011 Annual Conference–The Roadmap for EMV Payments and Secure ID

Smart Card Alliance Announces Keynote Speakers for May 3-5, 2011 Annual Conference–The Roadmap for EMV Payments and Secure ID

Princeton Junction, N.J., March 30, 2011–The Smart Card Alliance announced today a full-day lineup of keynote presentations to kick off its 2011 Smart Card Alliance Annual Conference–the Roadmap for EMV Payments and Secure ID. On May 3rd, seven payments and ID security experts will take the stage to deliver keynotes on the latest advancements in technology for EMV, contactless and mobile payments, and secure identification. In addition, a panel of Canadian financial industry experts will share their Canadian EMV migration experience.

The conference is being held May 3rd through May 5th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Pre-conference interactive workshops with topics ranging from smart card training, EMV payments, contactless and mobile payments, and email authentication will be held on May 2nd.

“The first day of the conference is a great opportunity for all of the attendees to gather and hear presentations from experts in EMV payments, government regulation, national cybersecurity strategy, and the Canadian payments market,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “We handpicked these keynote presentations to provide a foundation on these topics and to promote ideas and meaningful discussions throughout the rest of the conference in the two concurrent breakout tracks on advanced payments and identity/security.”

Attendees can look forward to these keynote presentations:

  • “Accelerating Adoption of Advanced Payment Technology to Enhance the Payment Process”–Richard Oliver, executive vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

  • “Should The US Follow The Existing Path or Forge a New Path To EMV?”–Dave Birch, director, Consult Hyperion

  • “EMV Global Deployment Reality”–Dr. Toni Merschen, consultant and former group head for chip at MasterCard International

  • “The United Nations Federal Credit Union International Traveler Credit Card”–Merrill Halpern, AVP Card Services, United Nations Federal Credit Union

  • “The National Strategy for Trusted Identities In Cyberspace”–Michael Garcia, cybersecurity strategist, Department of Homeland Security

  • “Securing Personal Devices for Enterprise Use”–Patricia Titus, vice president and global chief information security officer, Unisys

  • “Canadians Discuss Their EMV Migration Experience”–Panel featuring moderator Catherine Johnston, president & CEO, ACT Canada, and panelists Oliver Manahan, vice president of emerging payments, Emerging Payments, MasterCard Worldwide, Allen Wright vice president of product management, Interac Association; Steve Braceland, president, STJ Retail; and Sharon Fisk, director of business innovation, ATB Financial

All information about the conference, with links to event information and registration website containing the complete agenda, list of exhibitors and registered attendees to date, and full registration details are available on the 2011 Smart Card Alliance Annual Conference website. Early registration discounts expire on April 4th. This Smart Card Alliance conference is open to all attendees and Alliance members receive special registration benefits and discounts.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit