Advisor on Financial and Financial Sector Regulatory Matters
Advisor and speaker on financial and financial sector regulatory matters
Chairman of the Toronto Centre, a not-for-profit organization providing leadership and change management training to financial supervisors in developing countries
Director of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.
Director of the Manulife Financial Group, Chair of the Risk Committee, Member of the Audit Committee
Superintendent of Financial Institutions for Canada
Deputy Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore
Senior positions with KPMG Canada, including Deputy Chairman and Managing Partner
Consultant and advisor to a number of international organizations and national authorities, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, USAID, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
Member of various committees and boards in Canada, Singapore and at the international level, including the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision, the Financial Stability Forum (predecessor to the Financial Stability Board), the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Central Provident Fund Board in Singapore (Chair of the Audit Committee)
Visiting Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore
Education & Awards
Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia
Chartered Accountant (British Columbia Gold Medal)
Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia
Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
Lifetime Achievement Award from the former body
Public Service Medal (Friends of Singapore) for contribution to public service in Singapore
Member, Order of Canada
Ministry of Finance – middle income country: Chaired task force reviewing regulatory structure
Central Bank – middle income country: Study of supervisory effectiveness
Central Bank – middle income country: Workshop on integrated regulation
Foreign bank subsidiary – high income country: Advice on responses to regulatory issues
Central Bank – middle income country: Study on structure of regulation
Regulatory consulting firm: Advice on regulatory capital project
Central Bank – high income country: Study on supervisory effectiveness
Central Bank and Securities Commission – developing country: Workshop on regulatory best practices and structure of regulation
Regulatory Authority – middle income country: Review of approach to integrated regulation and supervision
Various central banks and regulatory authorities: Workshops on crisis preparation and macro-prudential supervision
Regulatory Authority – middle income country: Review of approach to consolidated supervision
Regulatory Authority – high income country: Review of role in failure of a large financial institution
IMF and Global Financial Stability
By John Palmer and Yoke Wang Tok, prepared for the 2011 Triennial Surveillance Review, released by the IMF in September 2011
How can financial supervisors improve the effectiveness of corporate governance?
By John Palmer and Chang Su Hoong, Private Sector Opinion, Volume 18, 2010, A Global Corporate Governance Forum publication, published by the International Financial Corporation
Can we enhance financial stability on a foundation of weak supervision?
Establidad Financiera, Volume 17, November 2009, published by Banco de Espana
Is there a need to rethink the supervisory process?
By John Palmer and Caroline Cerutti (World Bank); A discussion paper prepared for a June 2009 conference on Reforming Financial Regulation and Supervision, presented by the World Bank and Banco de Espana
Risk-based supervision: how, why and when?
Financial Regulator, Volume 11, No. 2, September 2006
Can financial systems be crisis-proof?
Interview with Financial Regulator, Volume 10, No. 3, December 2005
Review of the role played by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Insurance and Superannuation Commission in the collapse of the HIH Group of Companies
Report released by APRA on July 15, 2002, available on the websites of APRA and the Royal Commission appointed by the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia to enquire into the failure of HIH Insurance
Report of the Working Group on Offshore Centres
Established by the Financial Stability Forum and chaired by John Palmer, released by the Forum on April 5, 2000, available on the website of the Financial Stability Board