Equitable Bank CIO leaves to join winemaking industry
Dan Dickinson, chief information officer at Equitable Bank, is leaving the lender for a career in the winemaking industry.
Dickinson spent almost eight years at the Canadian bank, joining as vice president for digital banking in 2013.
Prior to joining Equitable he had worked for 12 years at Bank of Montreal, one of the country’s big five lenders.
Equitable Bank is Canada’s ninth-largest independent bank, and holds $35 billion in assets.
EQ Bank, its digital subsidiary, is an online-only bank. Founded in 2013 and launched in 2016, its primary product consists of a high interest and no-fee savings account.
In November 2019 it completed its upgrade to Temenos’ T24 (now Transact) core banking system version R13. The digital bank utilises Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, having moved from HP.
Dickinson explains his departure in a post on LinkedIn: “Recently, I got a call from a company looking for a new tech leader, and it was in an industry I care deeply about: wine. Specifically, Canadian wine.
“Don’t get me wrong, it was hard to leave. I was at the centre of creating something [EQ Bank] that 200,000 Canadians use.
“I couldn’t pass up this opportunity though, and after 22 years in banking, it was time.”