Meryl Afrika

Meryl Afrika has an extensive background in the payments domain, spanning over a decade. Throughout her career, she has adeptly manoeuvred through various roles, from business development to product management, even delving into regulatory affairs for industry-wide initiatives such as payment modernization.

Her clear mission is to empower banks and business owners to scale by implementing transformative payment solutions that significantly enhance revenue.

Beyond her significant contributions to financial services, Meryl proudly holds the distinction of being an award-winning social impact leader. She successfully steered Canada’s largest association for Black professionals in financial services (CAUFP) through its fastest growth phase and co-founded BlackTies, a global platform connecting Black professionals across more than 20 countries.

Reflecting on her career, Meryl highlights several notable achievements:

Historic Milestone: Played a key role in Peoples Trust making history as the first financial institution to achieve

Direct Clearer status since 1984. Strategic Program Launch: Successfully launched a credit card program for one of Canada’s big 5 banks, generating seven figures in revenue.

Financial Advisory Success: Originated over 8 figures across diversified portfolios of business clients, providing valuable advice to CEOs and CFOs on treasury and investment practices.

Corporate Donations Growth: Spearheaded a remarkable 20x increase in corporate donations through strategic business development and negotiations with 13 of Canada’s largest corporations.

Meryl’s impactful contributions extend beyond her professional achievements, earning her recognition through Social Impact Awards:

  • 2022 CAUFP & TD Black on Bay Street Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2019 Women in Finance Diversity Ambassador of the Year Award
  • 2017 CIBC Diversity & Inclusion Team Impact Award

Furthermore, Meryl Afrika has shared her expertise through various media channels. She has been a contributor on CBC Weekend Business Panel and BNN Bloomberg. Her insights have been featured in reputable publications like Impact Economist, Wealth Professional Magazine, The Edge, Globe & Mail, Associations Now, Glory Magazine (formerly Bay Street Bull), and EFMA – A European Bankers Association publication.

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