ATB Financial: Banking on advanced tech

August 10, 2021
Financial Services Technology Team Calgary
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Since 1938, ATB has powered economic growth in Alberta with innovative financial services for entrepreneurs and business builders. Today, with assets of $55.6 billion, more than 5,000 employees, and some 800,000 clients, ATB is at the vanguard of Calgary’s tech revolution.

“We have all the building blocks to build a global tech hub here in Calgary: strong post-secondaries, piles of investment, great diverse talent, and the fact that Calgary continues to be listed as one of the best places to live in the world,” said Denise Man, Chief Technology Officer, ATB Financial.

ATB was named the “#1 Best Place to Work in Canada” by Great Place to Work® and made the list of Forbes’ World's Best Banks in 2019 and 2020.  It’s in good company – 8 of the top 10 world banks have a presence in the city and financial services is recognized as an emerging industry in the community’s economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy.

For continued success, ATB is banking on advanced tech itself with a Technology, Innovation and Engineering (TIE) team accountable for the digitization and modernization of its core technologies.

“At ATB, technology is unequivocally a strategic partner and enabler,” said Man. “It underpins and fuels our client-centric products and services. But we also have a broader responsibility and role to play across Alberta. We’re going to help build the technology skills that Alberta wants and needs for a diverse and future-ready workforce.”

In addition to nurturing tech talent and innovation, ATB Ventures is investing and building a suite of products designed to help people thrive in the digital world:

  • Proof: A mobile digital wallet that allows individuals to manage and store identity credentials —like a driver's license, health card or all health records—in one place, instantly, privately and securely.
  • Oliu: “A blockchain-based, self-sovereign credential platform” currently being piloted with beta customers.
  • TuringBOX: A patent-pending AI solution that combines the nuances of human intent with the accuracy of machine-learning analysis to identify, assess, mitigate, and monitor the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence development.

“Banking is bigger than moving money around,” said Man. “We’ll be growing our portfolio of products and services, unlocking the power of advanced technologies to help our customers be successful at what they love to do and help solve Alberta’s and Albertans’ greatest challenges.”

For the full article on ATB and more stories about working in Canada’s most adventurous tech city, visit Live Tech, Love Life.

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