Kambiz Vatan-Abadi has over 25 years of experience navigating financial technology, securities, brokerage and large-scale organizations. As Chief Innovation Officer at CI Investments, he analyzes and engages with disruptive technologies to develop new lines of business, digitize existing core businesses, participate in digital ecosystems, manage and launch new IT and web initiatives, conduct data governance and reporting, and implement and sustain innovative strategies on existing value networks and core businesses.
In addition to his role at CI, Mr. Vatan-Abadi is Chief Executive Officer and President of BBS Securities Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CI Financial, and its highly ranked Canadian online broker Virtual Brokers and financial technology company Pario Technology Corp. He has worked in a variety of senior management roles with the company since its inception and was one of the main architects of BBS’s proprietary Broker Management Systems and its technologically disruptive practices. Prior to joining BBS, he was in charge of engineering/research and development at Butane Industrial Co., one of the largest household appliance manufacturers in the world.
Mr. Vatan-Abadi holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology. He is a Registered Investment Advisor with IIROC, Certified Lead Auditor for Quality & Management Systems from SGS Switzerland, and Certified EFQM (European Federation for Quality Management) Auditor from Belgium. Mr. Vatan-Abadi is also an active member of IIROC Ontario District Council.