Meet the Executive Committee

Flora Liu

President Classic TASS

Flora is a Stress Testing Manager at Bank of Montreal and is responsible for the Change Management issues related to a Credit Risk Projection System based on SAS.

She has a Business System and management consultant background in banking sector. Flora is enthusiastically to elevating Classic TASS organization as a touch-point and make it effectively helpful for Toronto area SAS users.

Anita Measey

President TASS Interfaces

Anita has been using SAS for over 20 years on MVS, Windows and most recently Unix.

Anita has worked mainly within the Banking Industry and provides data, programming and analytical support within Stress Testing for both Canada and the US.

Bruce Densmore

Classic TASS

Bruce joined the Bank of Nova Scotia after graduation, in 1977. His introduction to SAS came in the early 1980’s while working with mainframe performance and capacity data and analysis. Since then he has been using, exploiting, and supporting SAS software. In 1985, Bruce moved to an end-user support role involving over 300 SAS clients running on MVS, VM/CMS, and Windows platforms. In 2001, he was “outsourced” to IBM, where he continue to support the SAS end-user community at the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Bruce is now a part of the IBM account team for Scotiabank where SAS continues to play a vital role in his day to day responsibilities.
Bruce an active member of the Toronto Area SAS Society, serving on the executive over 15 years. He has been a SAS Certified Professional since it was introduced in 1999.

Chris Battiston

TASS Interfaces

Bio - I am not only on the TASS executive but also president of the SAS Canada Health User's Group. I've also been involved in NESUG and SGF, both as co-chair and as presenter. I've been using SAS since 2010, but have been involved in data analysis since 2000.

My strengths are in PROC SQL, data cleaning, data visualization, time series analysis, PROC TEMPLATE / GTL, ODS Graphics Designer, and SAS University Edition.
I've written a number of blog posts on and have been a reviewer for a number of different SAS books.

Debby Gear

Classic TASS & Web Design

Debby has been using SAS for data analysis, reporting and ETL since 2000 in the banking industry.

The ease and speed of working with large amounts of data on any platforms, Unix, MVS and Windows, makes SAS the best choice.

After all, it's all about the data.

Derek Montrichard

Classic TASS

Derek is Director of Credit Risk Modeling, Card Products at CIBC. He joined the bank in 2000, after graduating from the University of Toronto Masters program, specializing in Statistics and Computer Science.

His focus at the bank is building predictive models, from application scorecards to behavioural models for account management. Derek is also a huge, long time science fiction fan, and currently uses SAS to maintain his ever growing collection of DVDs and audio dramas.

Eva Filep

Tass Interfaces & Web Design

Business Intelligence Developer, sometimes Data Analyst, love to design pretty charts and enjoys programming especially in SAS.

Andrei Krautsou

TASS Interfaces

Consultant within the financial risk space. Recently completed SAS Base and Advanced programming certifications. Enjoys solving problems and coming up with creative solutions for business needs.

Jim Burkhardt

Tass Interfaces

Specializing in the ‘Scientific' approach to business problem solving, Jim has 30 years of SAS experience on the various platforms.

Jim is an Independent SAS Consultant who is has been responsible for Application Development, Training, and Support to various companies in the Manufacturing and Financial Services Sector.

John Lam

Classic TASS

John currently works for CIBC and is an executive member of CIBC SAS User Group.

He has been a SAS user for over 10 years, mostly on MVS platform. He uses SAS for ETL, reporting and data analysis.

Lisa Eckler

Classic TASS

Lisa Eckler is a consultant in Toronto who has been working with SAS software for long enough to remember when TASS began and when SAS Canada began.

Lisa has presented at TASS, SAS Global Forum and regional SAS user group conferences over the years. She is also a Past President of TASS and has served as a section chair, board member and conference chair at past SAS user conferences.

Michael Lerner

Classic TASS

Michael is a member of the Ontario Public Service.

A SAS user since 1991, he is a social statistician with a particular interest in program evaluation and evidence-based social policy.

Matt Malczewski

Community Manager

Matt Malczewski is the Communities Manager for SAS Canada as well as the Editor of insights, the SAS user newsletter, which has a readership of over 5,000 SAS users across Canada.

He became familiar with SAS - specifically, Enterprise Guide and Enterprise Miner - while completing post-graduate work in Customer Relationship Marketing.

Currently, he enjoys a hectic schedule of managing over 20 user groups across the country while simultaneously coordinating SAS Canada’s involvement in SAS Global Forum and the company’s efforts to support SAS users through social media channels such as the SAS Canada Community, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. He occasionally finds the time to pursue his love of numerous sporting activities such as soccer, hockey, swimming and beach volleyball.