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UNCLAIMED PROPERTY FOCUS is a blog written by and for UPPO members, featuring diverse perspectives and insights from unclaimed property practitioners across the U.S. and Canada. We welcome your submissions to Unclaimed Property Focus. Please contact Tim Dressen via tim@uppo.org with any questions about submitting a blog post for consideration and refer to our editorial guidelines when writing your blog post. Disclaimer: Information and/or comments to this blog is not intended as a substitute for legal advice on compliance or reporting requirements.

 

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Are you new to unclaimed property?

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 10, 2014
Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Unclaimed property is a growing area of corporate compliance that all companies need to be aware of. For companies just beginning the unclaimed property compliance journey, the UPPO Holders Seminar – Atlanta, Sept. 17-18, is the perfect event.

The event’s 1.5 day agenda leaves plenty of opportunities to network and become educated on the tactical skills and knowledge professionals need to implement and sustain an unclaimed property program. Attendees can participate on the beginner and/or intermediate learning tracks and choose from sessions ranging from due diligence best practices to incorporating unclaimed property responsibilities into existing policies and procedures.

Highlights of the Holders Seminar – Atlanta

  • Enjoy a minimum of five hours of networking
  • Earn up to eight CPE credits
  • Understand how to implement and sustain a program in two days
  • Learn from subject-matter experts on a range of topics

Take advantage of the early bird registration discount, and register by July 31!

Questions? Contact Shannon Wild, meetings and curriculum development manager, 763-253-4341 or shannon@uppo.org.

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British Columbia, Bank of Canada and Quebec Representatives to Speak at Holders Seminar - Canada

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 12, 2014
Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014


UPPO has confirmed two Canadian provincial representatives and one representative from the Bank of Canada to speak during the Holders Seminar - Canada, July 9; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT in Toronto, Canada.

The representatives from British Columbia and Quebec will be describing the specific provincial requirements and the implications it has on reporting during the session titled Cross Border Reporting: Practical and Technical Implications. The Bank of Canada representative will be speaking during the the Cross Border Reporting: Legal Implications session about the jurisdictional issues holders run into and will be providing information about Bank of Canada reporting requirements.

Register today to learn from these representatives!

British Columbia - Alena Levitz
Alena Levitz has been the executive director of the BC Unclaimed Property Society (BCUPS) since 2011.  The BC Unclaimed Property Society is a nonprofit society created in 2003 by the Province of British Columbia and Vancouver Foundation to administer the unclaimed property program for British Columbia.  As Executive Director of BCUPS, Alena oversees strategic planning and operational activities for the Society as well as providing legal advice.

 

Alena has substantial legal expertise with a particular emphasis in the areas of wills and estates as well as estate administration. She oversaw complex estate files for the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC during her five years spent with that office. She has broad experience in stakeholder relations, and government relations gained during her four years as a policy analyst with WorkSafeBC.  Alena obtained her LL.B from Queen’s University and holds an LL.M degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

 

Quebec - Alexandre LeBlanc
Alexandre LeBlanc joined the Unclaimed Property Department of Revenue Quebec in 2011 as the Executive Director's assistant and adviser. He was in charge of strategic planning and relations with the public and partners. He actively participated in restructuring of the Unclaimed Property Program over the last three years and he also coordinated a marketing project to reach out to Quebec's citizens. Since February, Alexandre works as a project manager to optimize the administration of unclaimed financial assets. He is a member of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators since 2012.

Bank of Canada - Sylvette Lalonde
Sylvette oversees the day to day management of the unclaimed balance program at the Bank of Canada. As manager, Sylvette provides oversight and control of the unclaimed balances registry while providing support to her team.

Sylvette brings 18 years of experience to her current role. Sylvette spent most of her career at the Bank of Canada in business analyst positions. She brings extensive experience in customer service, case work management and relationship management.


In addition to the individuals above we have confirmed a line-up of impressive speakers to share their expertise about Canadian and U.S. unclaimed property reporting. Join UPPO in Canada, and take advantage of the Buy One Registration, Get a Second Registration Free promotion. Register today!

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Are you compliant with Canadian unclaimed property laws?

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 16, 2014
Updated: Friday, May 16, 2014

Unclaimed property compliance in Canada is beginning to resemble the United States’ unclaimed property system, with lacking uniformity. Three Canadian provinces; Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec, have laws in place dictating the rules of unclaimed property, and like the U.S., each province’s approach is a little different. With the increasing number of regulations spanning a geographic area that is larger than ever, the holder’s responsibility to be 100 percent compliant is becoming a more challenging feat. 

If you’re a holder that isn’t sure of your Canadian unclaimed property responsibilities, the Holders Seminar – Canada is the event that will remove doubt and increase confidence. Register today!

What’s the Holders Seminar – Canada all about?

UPPO is making the trek north to Toronto on July 9; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST, to educate Canadian and U.S. holders of their cross-border unclaimed property compliance requirements with the Holders Seminar – Canada. Attendees will be comparing and contrasting U.S. and Canadian requirements and expectations, discussing not only the regulations but how a holder can practically follow through and create an effective cross-border compliance program. As an attendee you’ll:

1) Understand how regulations impact holders differently based on parent company or subsidiary status, industry, geographic location, etc.

2) Build an effective compliance program with the assistance of industry leaders. 

3) Learn the implications of privacy legislation and jurisdictional issues on compliance.

4) Network with holders that have reporting obligations to Canada, the U.S. and/or both that you can troubleshoot questions and problems with.

See the full agenda.

Register for the Holders Seminar – Canada today to kick start your cross-border compliance program!


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Looking Back on the 2013 Holders Seminar

Posted By Catherine Del Re, Laura Lane & Robert Joseph, co-chairs of the professional development committee, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

With over 100 attendees and $260 raised for charity, the 2013 Holders Seminar was a success! On Aug. 14 and 15, the Unclaimed Property Professionals Organization (UPPO) headed to Chicago for two days of educational sessions and networking. Presentations were tailored for professionals new to the unclaimed property world, with topics covering the technical duties like crafting a due diligence letter, and utilizing technology to assist with compliance, to popular-interest topics such as unclaimed property reform. The sessions boasted practical information that will surely be useful in the day-to-day unclaimed property function. Each session was lively with exchanges of questions and helpful hands-on hints by presenters and attendees.

Here is what some Holders Seminar attendees had to say about the presentations

"Great examples to use in ‘real’ day-to-day world.”

"Fantastic material provided that has allowed me to gain a base of knowledge on unclaimed property.”

"Great presenters, unclaimed property can be exciting!”

In addition to attendees, UPPO had the pleasure of welcoming three state administrators and two representatives from the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), including the ULC Executive Director John Sebert. Their presence at the Seminar gave attendees a chance to mingle over lunch, at the Welcome Reception and during sessions. We thank you all for joining us at the Holders Seminar!  

During the Seminar, UPPO collected contributions for the UPPO Gives Back campaign which benefited the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the UPPO Scholarship fund. We are excited to announce that $172 and over 20 lbs. of food was collected for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and $91 for the UPPO Scholarship fund.

On behalf of the UPPO Professional Development Committee we would like to extend a thank you to all the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees of the 2013 Holders Seminar. We look forward to seeing you in March 2014 for the Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas! To stay updated on UPPO news, subscribe to the UPPO Focus blog, follow the @UPPOfocus Twitter account or join the UPPO LinkedIn group.

 

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Shh…Unclaimed Property Secrets

Posted By Margo Strahlberg & Carla McGlynn, presenters at the Holders Seminar, Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 7, 2013

We all know there is a lot of unknown information when it comes to unclaimed property. Each state has its own rules and at times the laws can be difficult to interpret. Carla McGlynn, partner at Unclaimed Property Consulting & Reporting LLC and Margo Strahlberg, associate at Bryan Cave LLP, understand this and will be filling in those gaps and sharing the "secrets” of unclaimed property at the Holders Seminar on Aug. 14 in Chicago!

Specifically, we will be giving our first-hand insights into how state abandoned property laws treat a variety of different property types, such as prepaid cards and rebates. We will also be diving into some of the nuances and legal quirks relating to business-to-business and de minimus exemptions, as well as exploring the impact from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s preemption decision and New Jersey’s newly proposed rule.

In addition, we’ll be sharing the interviews we conducted with eight state administrators and asked them about everything from reciprocal reporting, to audits, to reporting extensions. This segment of the presentation will present an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and then we’ll present answers on behalf of the state administrators.

Here’s an example of a question we asked the state administrators

Q: What are the names of the third-party firms your state uses to conduct audits?

A: Florida responded that they use nine firms to conduct its audits. All other states provided the names of the firms their state utilizes.

Attend the session to find out the audit firms' names and much more!  This session is going to be great for anyone in attendance, from those just starting out to the unclaimed property veterans. Make sure to register for the Holders Seminar, to ensure you won’t miss out on the secrets.

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Tags:  education  Holders Seminar  state administrators  unclaimed property  UPPO 

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