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Webinar – Innovation: The future of shareholder engagement – Speaker biographies

Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary

Steve Wade is the head of event content at IR Media Group. As a content researcher, conference producer, and event host for IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary, Steve is responsible for gathering intelligence on public companies' most significant global issues. Steve’s team develops events that promote excellence in investor relations, governance, and sustainability for issuers and investors.

Prior to Corporate Secretary, Steve’s background was in corporate social responsibility and responsible investment. During his time at Ethical Corporation (now Reuters Events), Steve launched the ESG symposium; an event focused on connecting the socially responsible investment community with corporate sustainability leaders at listed companies. Steve was a judge for the Deloitte Green Frog Awards, celebrating the best corporate reporting in Eastern Europe. Steve also presented research at the Global Sustainable Event Summit in London and has spoken about extra-financial reporting with the United Nations Global Compact, the World Bank, and the Polish Ministry of Finance.

Steve has a BSC in Event Management, is a member of working groups toward improved practices in international event management, and enjoys swimming, rugby and outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

Amit Bhalla, senior vice president and head of investor relations, Schneider Electric

Amit Bhalla is the Senior Vice President - Head of Investor Relations at Schneider Electric based in London. Amit joined Schneider in 2012 in Singapore and transitioned to his current role in 2016. During his IR tenure, Schneider Electric has been Rated as “Most Honoured Company” by Institutional Investor while Amit was ranked the top IR Professional within Capital Goods category in successive years. Amit started his career in consulting with Arthur Andersen in 1994 and has over the years worked in leadership roles in global corporations (Cisco, Huawei, Nortel) leading diverse teams. Amit has accumulated strong international exposure having lived and worked in UK, Singapore, China, France and India. Amit has a Bachelors’ degree in Commerce and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with management courses from Insead and UNC.

Sue Ennis, vice president, corporate development and head of investor relations, Hut 8 Mining

Sue Ennis is an award-winning emerging technology and innovation champion, passionate about bringing global investor awareness and capital into opportunities in Canada's thriving technology, natural resources and small cap sector. She is currently VP of Corporate Development at Hut 8-one of Canada's largest and most exciting data infrastructure operator and Bitcoin miners.

Over the past 15 years, Sue Ennis has been instrumental in raising over a billion dollars for Canadian structured product and small cap companies. She has helped drive retail and institutional investor interest and awareness into hidden and under loved publicly traded or pre-ipo Canadian company gems and steered under-appreciated Canadian companies in the fintech and digital asset sector into multi-billion market cap opportunities. Before joining Hut 8, she was VP of global partnerships at Shyft Networks, a public protocol designed to validate identity and compliance directly into open source blockchain data. Prior to that role, Sue was one of the first wealth directors at Coinsquare in 2017, where she helped launch commercial operations for the wealth division. Prior to this role she held leadership positions with Voyager and Invesco.

 A chartered investment manager, certified blockchain expert, seasoned capital markets advisor and storyteller, Sue is a sought-after industry voice who has championed technological innovation as a media spokesperson and keynote speaker across the globe for her ability to simplify complex concepts into digestible, actionable, and investible ones.

When Sue isn’t running ultra-marathons in Greenland or the Middle East, working on a shark research boat in South Africa, or completing a jungle survival course in the Amazon, you can find her in Toronto and skiing in Collingwood with her family. Sue also holds a Certificate of Specialization in Corporate Finance and ESG Investing from Columbia Business School and is currently obtaining her Executive MBA from McMaster University.

Ben Riley, head of business development, Lumi

Ben Riley is one of the UK’s leading AGM and Investor Relations experts and has wide ranging experience of delivering successful AGMs and shareholder engagement days across the global marketplace, acting for both Issuers and non-listed organisations.

His technical expertise has helped companies successfully harness the power of virtual and hybrid meetings and, coupled with Lumi’s leading on-premise capabilities, has delivered hundreds of successful physical, hybrid and virtual AGMs and Investor Relations meetings.