Innovation Spotlight

Facilitates innovation discussions with FinTechs through active and strategic engagement through regular presentations creating an environment that allows merchants to be engaged in ongoing payments discussions.


Adopting and Implementing Payment Account Reference (PAR)

Payment Account Reference (PAR) is a unique identifier, a 29-character non-financial reference value, associated with the primary account number (PAN)...


Merchant Payments 101 Now Open to Merchant Members!

The 3 I’s of Merchant Debit Acceptance: Information, Innovation and Incentives

Elley Frost, CMSPI President, and Alistair Matthewson, VP of Technical Consultancy, will discuss 3 key areas of debit acceptance arrangements that all...

Innovation Spotlight goals and strategies


  • Facilitate innovation discussions with FinTechs though active and strategic engagement
  • Create the environment needed to allow merchant’s to be engaged in ongoing payment discussions



      • Strategically engage merchants and FinTech Medium
      • Conduct monthly FinTech Webinars each year (approximately 10 per year)
      • Provide information to merchant members in an effort to develop a pipeline of merchant-friendly payment solutions

        Staff Support

        • Jamie Henry
          Vice President Finance, Emerging Payments
        • Bryan Penny
          Merchant Advisory Group
          Vice President, Operations
        • Carrie Pottorff
          Merchant Advisory Group
          Collaboration Coordinator
        The Merchant Advisory Group

        Driving positive change and innovation in the payments industry that serves the merchants interest through collaboration, education, and advocacy.