Éric Lachapelle is a partner in Regulatory Compliance and a national leader in the Financial Crimes department at KPMG in Canada. He is recognized by the industry and his peers as an expert in anti-financial crime, including fraud, anti-money laundering, corruption, economic sanctions, the common reporting standard and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, as well as compliance and risk management. He has been working in the Canadian financial sector in cross-functional collaboration with international organizations for more than 20 years.
Lachapelle has cutting-edge expertise in financial governance, project management, integrated systems selection and implementation, internal/independent assessment and audit, process optimization and strategic planning.
Before joining KPMG, Lachapelle was the group head for Anti-Money Laundering, Economic Sanctions and Tax Evasion for a top six Canadian financial institution, where he built and led a team of more than 150 employees with multidisciplinary profiles. His team’s work covered governance framework, regulatory watch, operations, business intelligence, modeling and configuration of technological tools, relations with regulatory authorities and with decision-making bodies, in addition to leading a large number of strategic projects and programs. Lachapelle also held various positions in the financial services industry, notably in risk, technology and management consulting, as well as program/project management across the banking, insurance, brokerage and asset management sectors.
Lachapelle strongly believes education is of the utmost importance and is actively involved in the industry and financial community as a speaker, trainer and lecturer. He was a co-founder and past co-chair of the ACAMS Montreal Chapter, co-founder of the Quebec Financial Crimes Table, member of the Advisory Committee on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, member of the Money Laundering Contact Group Committee and member of the Major Reporters with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC).
Lachapelle received a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Sherbrooke and an executive Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP) designation from Wharton Business School in Pennsylvania. In addition, he holds the following designations: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Global Compact Network Canada’s (GCNC) anti-corruption designation.