Open Banking Expo: 60 seconds with Andrew McFarlane

 Andrew McFarlane Managing Director I Accenture Financial Services

Courtesy Open Banking Expo


Q: Explain what you do in 50 words or less.

I’m Accenture’s Global Head of Open Banking – my role is to ensure that we as a company are constantly learning and evolving our thinking on Open Banking by working collaboratively with our clients around the globe, and really helping them build a business case for Open Banking success.


Q: Why did you choose to speak at Open Banking Expo Canada?

I was excited when I looked into the feedback from other conferences that had been run by the team – there are not that many conferences that are purely dedicated to Open Banking and the quality of the speakers that have been attracted to this event is very high. I look forward to sharing the stage with many industry colleagues who have some really interesting perspectives on Open Banking.


Q: What are the challenges to overcome before Canada can implement Open Banking?

For me, the main challenge to work through is identification of the problem that we are trying to solve here. In the U.K., it was all about switching. In Europe, about bringing competition into the Payments market. For Canada, is it API standardization and reducing the reliance on the screen scrapers?


Q: If Open Banking is implemented in Canada, what are your predictions for the future of its financial landscape?

Accenture predicts widespread adoption of Open Banking in Canada, but expect it to be a slow take-up which would be comparable with other jurisdictions around the globe. In due course, Retail Banking aggregation and payment services will become table stakes and all banks would be expected to provide these. The Open Banking battleground that we expect to see vigorous competition in is the Small Business and Small Corporate space, where customers can gain real benefit from a collaborative relationship with their institution.


Q: Outside of the banking sector, which industries do you see benefiting from Open Banking? Will they be quick to adopt the principles?

As with the Australian model, we expect to see Open Banking evolve into Open Data and provide aggregated customer insights that add real value. We see the evolution into market places where the central players in these ecosystems can solve for their customer’s financial and non-financial needs, and will base these transactions around key live events e.g. home purchasing.


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