Allan Esser, BASc (Engineering), MBA

Allan Esser

Biography

Allan has been a faculty member of George Brown since 1997 and has over 20 years of experience in advanced business analytics, including strategy design, portfolio analytics, project implementation and results measurement. Allan’s passion is solving problems and developing and delivering solutions that add value through transforming data into knowledge and devising actionable decisions that can deliver measurable bottom-line results. He has experience in a variety of functional areas within the financial services sector including information management, database design, marketing research, financial modeling and risk management. Allan has worked with risk-management industry thought leaders such Algorithmics, and a full range of domestic and international financial institutions including Bank of Montreal, GE and Scotiabank International. Allan’s interests include credit and market risk management, financial modeling, automated decision process re-engineering, direct marketing and analysis, research methods and design, and customer management strategy development.

A strong proponent of socially responsible capitalism, Allan works to strengthen riskmanagement practices in the developing world. Through his involvement with various international development organizations including the Canadian Co-operative Association and Bankers without Borders, he has provided pro bono consulting services and support to the microfinance industry. These efforts range from building credit risk management tools such as predictive models, decision support scorecards and strategies, and performance measurement and evaluation systems.

Allan is actively involved with a number of colleges, universities and professional associations and divides his time amongst a variety of projects including program and course development, training and facilitation, public speaking and consulting.

Academic Credentials

Master of Business Administration, Finance and Information Technology, University of Toronto, 1991Bachelor of Applied Science, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1989 A.R.C.T, Piano Teacher, Royal Conservatory of Music, 1984

Areas Of Specialization

Computer Applications, Business Analytics and Statistics, Marketing Strategy and Research, Project Management

Areas Of Expertise

Financial Services, Banking, Retail and Consumer Finance, Decision Sciences and Strategy Development, Portfolio Performance Management and Financial Engineering, Market and Credit Risk Management, Information Systems Development and Implementation. Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Governance, Customer Relationship Management, Segmentation, Market research, Campaign Management, Sales Force Simulation and Optimization, Data Mining and Predictive Modelling, Financial Modeling, Automated Decision Process Re-engineering, Direct Marketing and Analysis, Research Methods and Design, and Customer Management Strategy Development

Career Highlights

1997-Present – Professor, George Brown College, Centre for Business 2009-2010 – Director, Value Analytics, Credit Risk Management, Scotiabank2007- 2009 – Chief Risk Officer, GE Money Trust and HBC Credit Card Chief Risk Officer, GE Money Trust and HBC Credit Card1997- 2007 – Director, Decision Support Services, Cardholder Services, Bank of Montreal 1993-1996 – Financial Engineering Consultant, Market Risk Solutions, Algorithmics Inc. 1991-1993 – Information Engineer, Enterprise Performance Management Solutions, Imperial Oil