About Sam Jawad
Most recently, Sam Jawad was the founding CEO of a Canadian Banks Joint Venture in digital payments. Sam identified a need in the Canadian market for innovations in bank led Commerce experiences supported by digital identity. He led the formation of the joint venture on behalf of the leading 6 Canadian banks and built a new business strategic model and technology stack that formed the basis of new payment experiences in the Canadian market. The business was successfully acquired by Interac Corp. in October 2019.
Prior to this, Sam was the President of Chase Paymentech Solutions, Canada, leading all business operations, market development and strategy for Chase Paymentech Solutions in Canada as well as international expansion efforts across the Merchant Solutions business. He was a member of the Chase Commerce Solutions Executive Committee and the JPMorgan Chase Canada Management Committee.
Under Sam’s leadership, Chase Paymentech experienced substantial growth in Canada, by expanding distribution and entering new verticals. The business achieved consistent double-digit year-over-year growth and doubled its market share position to become the second largest and a leading payment processor in the country. In 2013, Sam was also tasked with leading Global Expansion strategy and established presence in Hong Kong.
Sam has more than 18 years of experience in the payments industry in North America and globally. Prior to joining Chase Paymentech in 2006, he held several senior management positions in both card issuing and merchant acquiring and was appointed as CEO of First Data Loan Company in 2003. In that capacity, he led several strategic initiatives, including the development of a business card issuing portfolio, establishing a card processing presence in Canada and building key strategic alliances in the merchant acquiring business. Previously, he held several senior strategic and business development positions at Bank One and Citi Cards in Canada, where he oversaw critical initiatives related to card issuing, acquisitions and partnerships.
In addition to executive leadership roles, Sam is a board member of Smooth Commerce Inc, an advisor to Dream Payments and an active board member of Big Brother Big Sisters Charity. Sam was also a member of the Visa Canada Advisory Board, the Canadian Bankers Association Payments Committee, the Interac Board, MasterCard Canada Region Board and Sick Kids Hospital Corporate Advisory Group.