MasterCard Canada Team Member Wins ACT Canada's 2008 Champion's Award

    Jeff Stroud named Payments Industry Champion

    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - MasterCard Canada is pleased to announce that
Jeff Stroud, Director, Advanced Payments has won ACT Canada's 2008 Champion's
Award. Founded in 1997, the Champion's Award is awarded to individuals who
have had a significant impact in expanding the Canadian payments industry.
    "It is a great pleasure to be given this prestigious award," says Jeff
Stroud, Director, Advanced Payments, MasterCard Canada. "It's an exciting time
for electronic payments in Canada, and I am proud to be able to work with some
of the brightest minds in the industry."
    "Jeff has helped to lead the industry with the introduction and continued
integration of chip and PIN technology in Canada," says Catherine Johnson,
President and CEO, ACT Canada. "It was my pleasure to present this year's
Champion's Award to Jeff - truly, this award is a reflection of his leadership
and dedication to the payments industry."
    "We are extremely proud of Jeff and his contributions," says Kevin
Stanton, President, MasterCard Canada. "Leading innovation is a priority for
MasterCard Canada, and we take great pride being able to share our experts and
their knowledge with the industry in order to move electronic payments forward
in Canada."
    With over 17 years of payments industry experience, Mr. Stroud is easily
one of the most recognized industry experts on chip technology. For the last
two years, he has been involved with MasterCard Canada's migration to chip
    Mr. Stroud holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics for Commerce
from York University and a Programmer Analyst diploma from Honeywell Institute
for Continuing Studies. Mr. Stroud currently holds the designation of
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

    About MasterCard Worldwide

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economic link between financial institutions, businesses, cardholders, and
merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor, and advisor, MasterCard
develops and markets payment solutions, processes close to 18 billion payments
each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to
financial institutions, customers, and merchants. Through its family of
brands, including MasterCard(R), Maestro(R), and Cirrus(R), MasterCard
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