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Canadian Consulting Firm Surestep Expands to Singapore

Canadian Consulting Firm Surestep Expands to Singapore | Fintech Finance

SureStep, a Canada-based company specializing in systems integration & consulting with offices in Canada, the US, and Hong Kong, is announcing that they will be expanding into Singapore.

Incepted in 2007, the company specializes in offering effective governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs. With more than 100 clients, it has forged strategic reseller and implementation partnerships with leading platforms in the GRC industry. Notable partners include ServiceNow, IBM OpenPages & Cognos, Tableau, Microsoft PowerBI, Azure Data Lake, and Data Factory.

The new branch will be led by Surestep’s Managing Director for the Asia Pacific region, Katya Fishchukova, who has experience working across different industries such as Financial Services, Natural Resources, Transportation Manufacturing Utilities, and Technology which are all areas of expertise for Surestep.

“We have been working in the region for years and amassed a solid number of clients, that is why we are now expanding our operations from North America,” said Ms. Fishchukova. “In light of this expansion, we are looking forward to serving our clients better, a more hands-on approach, and giving high-quality service.”

Along with Ms. Fishchukova, the expansion efforts will also be led by SureStep’s CEO and Founder, Mike Gibbs.
He shared: “Asia is a region with tremendous potential, and the population here has proven to be open to new ideas. With Singapore’s position as one of the world’s leading financial hubs, an exceptional education system, combined with its rich cultural diversity, made this an easy decision to expand our business into the region.”

With the APAC region becoming a hub for fintech and the emergence of digital banks and payments systems, new regulations and compliance requirements have been thrust upon the sector. This is driving an appetite for GRC among small fintech companies, established banks, and other financial institutions.

Surestep is partnering with RegPac Revolution, the leading RegTech ecosystem platform in Singapore, to leverage its extensive professional connectivity to nurture its growth.

Ms. Fishchukova will be joined by RegPac Revolution’s CEO and Founder, Mona Zoet, to launch Surestep’s operations in Singapore.

SureStep will expand its current portfolio by leveraging the company’s investments and partner relationships with leading GRC software providers such as OneTrust, IBM OpenPages & Cognos, Tableau, AWS, IBM Cloud, and Azure.

Ms. Zoet says she is excited about the expansion plans. She said, “Asia Pacific is a major region in terms of global economic growth and market potential, with Singapore being one of the main drivers for this growth. With
increasing demands on our clients to be more agile & competitive, companies are moving towards digitalization across all facets of business operations which is a key strength of SureStep.”

“Surestep’s move into Southeast Asia is a strategic one for the company, and we are very pleased to have Katya Fishchukova leading the charge in this region,” she added.

Singapore is ranked joint second with Hong Kong, both behind Australia, in the CG Watch 2020, released by the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) on 20 May 2021. It was titled Future promise: Aligning governance and ESG in Asia.

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