Tuesday, June 30, 2009

NCR announces new French Canadian President to leverage mulit-channel self-service market in Canada

Focus will be helping Canadian businesses optimize self-service solutions


June 30, 2009 MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR) announced today the appointment of Luc Villeneuve as President of NCR Canada   


An accomplished information technology professional with over 20 years of experience, Villeneuve will be responsible for sales, client services, marketing, and the management of all aspects of NCR Canada’s financial and retail businesses, as well as the emerging vertical industries of travel, gaming, entertainment and healthcare. He will be based in the company’s Canadian head office in Mississauga, Ontario.


“Luc’s primary objective will be to help businesses in the Canadian financial and retail industries, as well as the travel, healthcare and entertainment industries,” said John Di Leo, region vice president North America, sales and marketing. “Luc will work with business to adopt and optimize self-service solutions to help lower their costs and open new channels of revenue.  There is tremendous growth of the self-service market in Canada. Luc will have close contact with our customers in Canada, helping them to be successful with their self service strategies.”


Prior to joining NCR, Villeneuve spent five years at Sun Microsystems Canada as the vice president of sales. During his career he has held senior executive sales and marketing positions at BCE, GE Capital ITS and CNC Global Limited.


Villeneuve is bilingual and holds a business administration degree from Algonquin College. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario's Marketing Management Executive Program and is a certified Six Sigma practitioner.


About NCR Corporation


NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a global technology company leading how the world connects, interacts and transacts with business. NCR’s assisted- and self-service solutions and comprehensive support services address the needs of retail, financial, travel, healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, gaming and public sector organizations in more than 100 countries.  NCR (www.ncr.com) is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia.


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NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.


News Media Contact


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Corporate Communications Consultant, NCR Canada
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Precidia: New TransNet Version Expands POS System Support and Achieves PA-DSS

Version 2.11 supports more POS systems, achieves early PA-DSS
validation and introduces e-commerce capability.

Ottawa, Canada, June 17, 2009 - Precidia Technologies Inc., a global
leader in the design and manufacture of Internet Protocol (IP) payment
and networking products, announced today that Version 2.11 of its
TransNet payment engine software on the POSLynx220 has been released.
This latest version expands support for the hospitality industry's
most popular POS systems, and is among the first such applications to
receive PA-DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standards)
validation. In addition, version 2.11 introduces TransNet's e-commerce
capability, which allows businesses to avoid gateway fees and meet
security mandates when accepting transactions online.

TransNet is payment engine software that resides on a secure router or
terminal. Integrating easily with any ECR, POS System, PC, payment
terminal or application, TransNet is a full featured payment
application that easily and cost effectively routes credit, debit,
gift or loyalty transactions to any processor. TransNet also features
the industry's most comprehensive approach to cardholder data
security, with its secure POSLynx220 hardware platform acting as a
'fortress' for cardholder data. The POSLynx220 features SSL encryption
and field tested firewalling. Version 2.11 of TransNet on the
POSLynx220 has received PA-DSS validation from the PCI Council, making
it among the first such applications to be validated as meeting these
stringent cardholder data security standards.

This latest version of the TransNet solution is the most comprehensive
to date, with support for multiple POS systems, including Maitre'D and
PixelPoint, ECR models from Sharp and TEC, as well as open source POS
systems such as OpenBravo. It also includes a growing list of
pre-certified transaction processors, including gift and loyalty.
Developers can look to this version of TransNet to integrate payment
functionality with an application or website, helping them to simplify
or avoid cardholder data security compliance requirements and
processor certifications. TransNet's new e-commerce functionality
allows businesses to eliminate costly gateway fees and meet the
necessary cardholder data security compliance requirements for
businesses accepting transactions online.

"TransNet is gaining traction in the payment industry, leading to more
certifications and support for processors, equipment and
applications", said Deepak Wanner, President of Precidia Technologies
Inc. "TransNet is increasingly being viewed as the industry's best
integrated payments alternative, and this latest version offers all
the features and functionality of previous versions, while including a
new e-commerce capability that developers can take advantage of".

TransNet is used in a variety of retail payment applications, and
integrates easily with ECRs, PC Systems, IP/Dial payment terminals,
POS applications and e-commerce websites. For more information on
Precidia's Payment solutions, visit www.precidia.com/payments.

About Precidia Technologies
Precidia Technologies is a global leader in the design and manufacture
of Internet Protocol (IP) payment and networking products. With
customers in over 85 countries, Precidia offers unique products
designed for simple serial networking, as well as a suite which
manages the complexity of IP based payments in the retail industry.
All of Precidia's products have been designed to maximize the
potential of existing equipment, with deployment, monitoring, security
and management tools. For more information, visit Precidia on the Web
at http://www.precidia.com

Media Contact
Precidia Technologies
Tracy King
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Zoompass - A Revolutionary New Mobile Payment Service Launched in Canada - Service Provides Canadians with a New Way to Send and Receive Money Instantly Using a Mobile Phone

TORONTO, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - EnStream LP, a mobile commerce joint
venture company owned by Bell Mobility, Rogers and TELUS -- Canada's
three leading wireless operators, today launched Zoompass(TM), a
breakthrough mobile money transfer and payment service. Zoompass gives
Canadians a fast and convenient way to send and receive money securely
using their mobile phone. The service is enabled through the Zoompass
application on the mobile phone which combines an easy-to-use
interface with an integrated contact manager that redefines how users
send and receive money. Zoompass is a better way to pay than cash,
cheque, or wire transfer.

"The launch of Zoompass represents an important milestone in financial
services that makes the mobile phone the central device consumers use
to transfer money and make purchases," said Robin Dua, President of
EnStream. "The Zoompass mobile service ushers in a new era in
electronic payments that addresses a growing desire to move money
quickly and easily between friends, family, and merchants."

Zoompass makes it easy to split a lunch bill, request money from
parents, collect sports team fees, solicit money for a co-worker's
gift, or even pay a babysitter - right from a mobile phone. With the
groundbreaking launch of Zoompass, Canadians nationwide can expect to
hear more people ask one another "Do you want me to Zoom you the

Using a safe and secure Zoompass account, customers can link their
personal bank account or credit card to make loading and transferring
money simple and convenient. Customers can access Zoompass on their
computer via the Internet, from the mobile web, or by downloading the
Zoompass application right to their wireless phone. No matter how they
choose to access Zoompass, customers can manage their account 24/7,
anytime, anywhere and transfer money, request money, check their
balance, review their transaction history and more, all in real-time.

Canada's three largest wireless phone companies decided to collaborate
and launch the Zoompass service together with the vision that a common
standard and interoperability for mobile money transfers across all
networks would result in unprecedented convenience for consumers. The
Zoompass service is available to mobile users on the Bell Mobility,
Rogers, and TELUS networks as well as customers of their respective
sub-brands and affiliates including Fido, PC Mobile, and Solo Mobile.
Consumers can visit www.zoompass.com to enroll and start using the
revolutionary money transfer service on their mobile device.

Zoompass transactions run on a highly secure payment system and are
safeguarded by cutting-edge encryption technologies. During the
registration process, users must choose a secure Personal
Identification Number (PIN). Every Zoompass transaction is
PIN-protected, making Zoompass a more secure payment method than cash
or cheque. Customer financial information is stored on secure servers,
not on the mobile phone, so even if the phone is lost or stolen, the
user's Zoompass account remains secure.

The Zoompass mobile application combines a powerful user interface
design and sophisticated features that allow users to send or request
money with just a few keystrokes. The Zoompass application interfaces
with the address book on select phones, allowing users to quickly send
or request money from their contact list.

Another unique feature of the service is the ability for customers to
make secure purchases in stores and on the Internet using the balance
in their Zoompass account with the optional Zoompass Prepaid
MasterCard(R) Card, issued by Peoples Trust. The Zoompass Prepaid
MasterCard is enabled with PayPass(TM) technology which allows for
contactless payments. To pay, customers simply tap their Zoompass
Prepaid MasterCard at PayPass-enabled terminals across Canada. The
Zoompass Prepaid MasterCard can be used at millions of locations
worldwide wherever MasterCard cards are accepted, including
approximately 1.5 million ATMs.

"We are thrilled to deliver on Canadians' increasing desire to
transfer money quickly and securely, and from anywhere, anytime,"
added Mr. Dua. "The launch of Zoompass represents an important
milestone towards developing a mobile commerce ecosystem in Canada
that provides users a convenient mode of doing everyday transactions
with their phone."

About EnStream LP

EnStream LP is a mobile commerce company working to bring
transformational wireless payment solutions to market together with
its carrier partners. With anytime-anywhere money transfers and
payments representing a new frontier of wireless services, EnStream's
mandate is to develop standardized, secure, and easy-to-use mobile
commerce services that work across Canadian wireless carriers and with
existing credit, debit, and prepaid capabilities offered by financial
institutions. EnStream is a joint venture company owned by Canada's
three leading national wireless operators - Bell Mobility, Rogers
Communications Inc., and TELUS Corporation. The company is
headquartered in Toronto, Canada. For further information, please
visit www.enstream.com.

EnStream and Zoompass are trademarks of EnStream LP. All other marks
contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International
Incorporated. PayPass is a registered trademark of MasterCard
International Incorporated.

The Zoompass Prepaid MasterCard(R) Card is issued by Peoples Trust
pursuant to license from MasterCard International Incorporated.

For further information: Elayne Miles, EnStream LP, (416) 365-9000
ext. 223, Mobile: (416) 617-4506, elayne.miles@enstream.com; LeeEllen
Carroll, Thornley Fallis Communications, Mobile: (613) 794-6868,

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Paradigm Quest announces their successful implementation of Filogix multi-lender solutions for their BPO business model

TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - Paradigm Quest Inc., Canada's leading mortgage
outsourcing company, announced today their successful implementation of
Filogix multi-lender solutions for their unique Business Process Outsourcing
(BPO) business model. Filogix (a subsidiary of Davis + Henderson) is a leading
provider of credit solutions for the retail lending, small business,
commercial lending, equipment finance, mortgage and real estate industries.
"Being the first organization in the Canadian mortgage industry with a
pure BPO business model, came with unique mortgage processing hurdles we
needed to overcome," said Chris Mariani, CIO, Paradigm Quest Inc. "Filogix
understood our business and through continuous advancements to their lending
offerings, the solution significantly increases our efficiencies and improves
the overall underwriting experience."
Filogix mortgage lending solutions now have multi-lender capabilities,
meaning Underwriters are able to log in once and process deals for multiple
lenders; while only being able to view and edit the Lending institution's data
they have been granted access. It is a highly secure solution that not only
benefits the BPO model, but also large Lending institutions with consolidated
underwriting centres, supporting several different mortgage businesses.
"We were excited to deliver these added efficiencies to Paradigm Quest,
as we understood their pain points and wanted to improve their situation,"
said Lori Ker, EVP Lender Services, Filogix. "Our client's experience is our
primary focus and we will continue to find ways to enrich our solutions and to
meet the unique needs of all our clients."
Paradigm Quest has been using Filogix solutions since their inception in

About Filogix Limited Partnership:

Filogix Limited Partnership is a leading provider of lending solutions.
With clients in the United States and Canada, Filogix technologies are used by
industry leaders in retail lending, small business, commercial lending,
equipment finance, mortgage and real estate.
For more information about Filogix, please visit www.filogix.com.

About Paradigm Quest:

Paradigm Quest is a strategic partner for Canadian financial institutions
allowing them the ability to focus on their core competencies while having
confidence that their operations, and most importantly their customers, are
being managed by passionate professionals who exceed client expectations. By
leveraging best practices and our core cultural focus on innovating,
processing & technology we bring solutions to our strategic partners that
dynamically redefine efficiencies, excellence and quality in the market place.
For more information about Paradigm Quest, please visit

For further information: Judy Dinn, EVP Product Solutions of Filogix Limited
Partnership, (416) 360-1777 ext. 3394, judy.dinn@filogix.com; Tracy
McLaughlin of Paradigm Quest, (416) 366-8606 ext. 2295,

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Monday, June 15, 2009

15th Annual Regulatory Compliance for Financial Institutions

TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - The Regulatory Compliance for Financial
Institutions conference has brought together Canada's compliance professionals
since 1994 to exchange tips and best practices with industry leaders.
Delegates will gather at the 15th annual event in Toronto on November 19 & 20,
to learn practical strategies to mitigate their regulatory risks.

2009 topics include:
- Learn about major issues in regulatory compliance such as AML/ATF
requirements, outsourcing, privacy compliance, good governance and
much more.
- Anticipate the impact of recent market turbulence on regulatory
- Analyze the past year in compliance and identify future priorities

The 2009 speaker faculty features leading experts from: Amex Bank of
Canada, BMO Financial Group, CIBC, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, TD Bank
Financial Group and many more.

New for 2009!
- Executive Roundtable: Analyzing Regulation in Light of the
Financial Crisis
- Interactive Session: Exchanging Best Practices in Managing a
Robust Compliance Program

Conference Title: Regulatory Compliance for Financial Institutions
Date: November 19 & 20, 2009
Location: Arcadian Court, Toronto
Website: www.RegulatoryComplianceforFIs.com

About The Canadian Institute
For over 20 years, The Canadian Institute's conferences, summits and
executive briefings have provided the business intelligence that Canadian
decision makers need to respond to challenges and opportunities both here at
home, and around the world. The Canadian Institute operates as a think tank,
monitoring trends and developments in all major industry sectors, in the law,
and in public policy, with a view to providing information on the leading
edge. Headquartered in Toronto, The Canadian Institute produces over 180
events a year, attended by thousands of senior and C-level delegates from
across the country. For more information, visit www.CanadianInstitute.com.
Media passes are issued at the discretion of The Canadian Institute and
must be arranged in advance. Passes require two business days to process.
Media can register in advance. For media accreditation contact:
Jessika Hunt 416-927-0718 Ext. 324 or j.hunt@canadianinstitute.com.

For further information: Jessika Hunt, The Canadian Institute, 1329 Bay
Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2C4, (416) 927-0718 Ext. 324,

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Business Services Industry Projected to See Greatest Hiring Increases

TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Employers are expected to be conservatively
optimistic about adding accounting and finance professionals in the third
quarter, according to the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index.
Twelve per cent of chief financial officers (CFOs) expect to hire full-time
employees during the third quarter while 6 per cent anticipate personnel
reductions. The net 6 per cent increase is up one point from the
second-quarter forecast.
The Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index is based on
telephone interviews with more than 270 CFOs across Canada. It was conducted
by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half International,
the world's first and largest staffing services firm specializing in
accounting and finance.
Among executives who said they plan to hire in the third quarter, 36 per
cent reported business growth or expansion as the primary factor driving
hiring demand. Financial systems upgrades was the second most commonly cited
answer with 30 per cent of the response, followed by regulatory requirements,
identified by 18 per cent of respondents.
"Businesses need highly skilled accounting and finance staff to improve
efficiencies, address regulatory requirements and prepare for growth
opportunities," said Kathryn Bolt, president of Robert Half International's
Canadian operations. "Some employers are gaining a competitive advantage by
tapping the larger pool of skilled professionals now available to upgrade
their teams' abilities and experience level."
Financial executives continue to report difficulty finding highly skilled
professionals for certain functional areas. Twenty-five per cent of CFOs said
audit roles are the most difficult to fill. Twenty-one percent of respondents
said they experience the greatest challenges when hiring for operational
support roles such as accounts payable, credit and collections.

Accounting and Finance Hiring -- By Industry

Among industries, 21 per cent of business services CFOs expect to
increase hiring in the third quarter and none plan to reduce the size of their
accounting and finance workforce, for a net 21 per cent increase. In the
professional services sector, 17 per cent of CFOs anticipate hiring more staff
and 1 per cent expect personnel cutbacks, for a net 16 per cent increase.

About the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index

First published in 1992, the Robert Half International Financial Hiring
Index was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on more than
270 telephone interviews with CFOs from a random sample of Canadian companies.

About Robert Half International

Robert Half International was founded in 1948 and is traded on the New
York Stock Exchange. Its financial staffing divisions include Accountemps,
Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources, for
temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively. The
company has more than 360 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job
search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at

For further information: Kristie Perrotte, (416) 350-2330,

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