Board of Directors

Zool Samji Expand/Collapse

Director and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Samji’s career has included heading up two banks and a trust company as President and CEO and Managing Director and holding senior leadership positions in life insurance and finance companies. His experience has spanned the management of these financial services businesses, finance, IT, and operations. In these roles he has established two new banks, lead merger, acquisition and restructuring activities. At present, Mr. Samji selectively undertakes work in the areas of strategy and establishment of new banks. He has been actively involved on councils and boards of the Ismaili community in Toronto.Mr. Samji is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario – CA, Accounting and Finance.

Shenglin Xian Expand/Collapse

Initial Founder, Director and Vice Chair of the Board

Mr. Shenglin Xian is President of Shenglin Financial Group Inc., a leading financial advisory firm based in Toronto, operating in PEI, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and BC. Mr. Xian is one of London Life's leading financial advisors and a founding member of WISE (Wealth & Insurance Solution Enterprise). He is also a member of the Pinnacle Group Advisors, a specialized group of financial advisors focused on serving the complex needs of affluent and established Canadians. Shenglin Financial Group Inc. has been listed in the PROFIT 500 ranking for five consecutive years, 2014, 2015,2016,2017 and 2018.

Mr. Xian is a successful Canadian entrepreneur who has been participating in the financial services industry for 28 years. Mr. Xian, personally, and Shenglin Financial Group Inc. have remained on the list of top producers for London Life Insurance Company for many years. Meanwhile, Shenglin Holding Co. Ltd., also founded by Mr. Xian, operates several subsidiaries in real estate development in Canada and China, medical technology, property management and financial investment industries.

Mr. Xian is a graduate of Henan Normal University where he majored in English Literature.  He immigrated to Canada in 1990. He has devoted himself to supporting Chinese Community activities for many years, since arriving in Canada. He is the Founder and President of the Henan Association of Canada, Founder and Chairman of Henan Fellowship Association of Canada, Founder and President of Canadian Chinese Financial Consultants Association (CCFCA) and Past President of SinoCan Entrepreneur Association of Canada.

Paul Leonard Expand/Collapse

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Leonard is a financial professional with over 30 years experience in launching and growing Canadian retail banks that challenge the traditional banks.  He was the CFO of CFF Bank, a Canadian schedule 1 bank that had approximately $245 million in assets and over $1.5 billion in loans under administration. Prior to that he was the CFO of Ally Credit Canada which offered savings products, retail and wholesale auto loans and residential mortgages through both direct and indirect channels. Ally had over $13 billion in assets before being acquired by Royal Bank of Canada. In addition, he was the founding Chief Financial Officer of ING DIRECT (since renamed Tangerine Bank), an innovator in offering direct to consumer savings and lending products.   Mr. Leonard is a Certified Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.

Morris Chen Expand/Collapse


Mr. Chen is a successful and experienced entrepreneur who currently primarily engages in real estate development projects.

Mr. Chen is actively involved in various non-for-profit associations. He chairs the North America Investment and Trade Promotion Association which aims to promote investment, trade and cooperation between China and Canada, China and the USA, and to strengthen business relations between Chinese and North American enterprises.


Yuansheng Ou Yang Expand/Collapse


Mr. Ou Yang immigrated to Canada from China in 1990. He is a successful multi-industry, multi-continental Canadian entrepreneur. Currently, Mr. Ou Yang is the President of Ou Yang Group, which operates in China and North America. It has multiple subsidiary companies engaged in various industries such as real estate development, international and domestic trading, medical technology, business investment, financial investment and large wholesale and retail supermarket businesses.

Mr. Ou Yang is a well-known Chinese community leader in Toronto who has held leadership roles in numerous Chinese community associations, including founder and past President of Canada Pingtan Association and Chairman of the Canada Confederation of Fujian Associations.

Jeffrey Graham Expand/Collapse

Director and Chair of Governance, Conduct Review and Human Resources Committee

Jeffrey Graham is the Senior Vice President, Head of Legal & Regulatory Compliance at SkyPower Global. Prior to joining Skypower, Mr. Graham was the national leader of the Financial Services Regulatory Practice of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He has extensive experience advising domestic and international financial entities on compliance with federal and provincial laws and regulations, including the Bank Act (Canada).

Mr. Graham holds B.Comm. and B.C.L./LL.B. degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and graduate degrees in international legal studies from Cambridge University, UK and Columbia University in New York.

Mr. Graham was first admitted to practice in the Province of Quebec and is currently a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia in the United States and the Province of Ontario.

Alfred Lau Expand/Collapse

Director and Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Mr. Lau is a director and chief executive officer of a private equity fund with operations in Hong Kong and Beijing. Prior to his current role, Mr. Lau was a partner of KPMG with over 35 years of experience at key locations around the world, including Beijing, Vancouver and London. He has held senior positions within KPMG including co-leader of the audit practice in Beijing and co-leader of the China Practice in Canada. He was the Audit Engagement Partner for a number of multi-national, Fortune 500 companies, listed companies on the TSX and Chinese enterprises. 

Mr. Lau is a former director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of SUCCESS, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Canada.

Alfred is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and has a solid understanding of the business and operating environment in Canada and China. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1980 and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1982. Alfred also has a Certified Public Accountant designation in the United States.

Daryl Yeo Expand/Collapse

Director and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee, Member of Governance, Conduct Review and Human Resources Committee

Mr. Yeo is an accomplished corporate director and retired senior executive with a proven track record of over four decades in the financial services industry, including 25 years at RBC. Mr. Yeo has broad-based experience covering the spectrum of consumer, business and major client markets, as well as varied lending and cash management businesses, including international trade finance and investment banking. Mr. Yeo has also served for eight years as an independent director, with particular focus on risk management and corporate governance, to two federally regulated Trust Companies engaged in consumer and business deposit taking and lending, including residential and commercial mortgages.

Mr. Yeo holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta, is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and has achieved the professional ICD.D director designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management.