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nanopay’s Elena Litani wins the Women in Payments Innovation Award


Innovation Award goes to Elena Litani at nanopay

Women in Payments together with Scotiabank recognized exceptionally talented leaders and rising stars in the payments industry at the eighth annual Women in Payments Symposium in Toronto.

The awards were presented on the evening of September 18, 2019, in Toronto, to outstanding payments professionals, with recipients commended for their leadership, innovation and commitment to strengthening the industry.

The Women in Payments Award for Innovation is presented to a woman who has promoted payments innovation through creativity and vision.

The 2019 Innovation Award in Canada has been awarded to Elena Litani at nanopay.

“We are incredibly pleased to see the Innovation Award go to Elena Litani for her leadership in blockchain and national identity initiatives. She was a valuable contributor to Project Jasper, a central bank digital cash and settlement using blockchain, and was also integral to TD’s innovative national identity project known as Verified.Me,” said Kristy Duncan, Founder and CEO of Women in Payments. “Women in Payments has been recognizing the work of outstanding payment leaders and innovators since 2014. The awards are a chance to celebrate the achievements of women across the payments industry and champion the contributions they are making.”

“We are extremely proud to see Elena win the Innovation Award. At nanopay, Elena has continued to push the boundaries of payments. She leads our innovation on Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), which we believe will ultimately replace all legacy and cash payments. Through her work, she is helping to build a future that does not yet exist.” said Laurence Cooke, Founder and CEO of nanopay Corporation. “As a country, we need more innovators like Elena to help Canada catch up and retake a global leadership position in the payments industry.  Elena is an inspiration to both men and women in payments.”

Presented by Scotiabank, Women in Payments Awards are presented across six categories: Rising Star, Innovation, Thought Leader, Advocate for Women, Inspiration, and Distinguished Payments Professional. More information about the Women in Payments Canada Symposium is available at

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