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May 20, 2020 14 min
Welcome to one of the most inspiring episodes of “WE WERE ON A BREAK” - Ross Voice. The series where the host, Stephen Brent Sargeant talks to industry professionals during the Corona Virus (COVID-19) quarantine and gains industry insights and expertise. In this episode, we have one of the most instrumental thought leaders in the Canadian AML Market, Souzan Esmali. She transitioned from Dubai to Canada and has created the most engaging platform for AML and Compliance professionals to excel personally and professionally. Souzan walks us through her struggle finding a career in Canada and how she built one of the biggest AML Communities in Canada. She talks candidly about wanting to help others and how making meaningful connections has lead to many job opportunities. This episode is a must listen for all Foreign Professionals looking for a Compliance career in Canada and anyone that is just starting out in AML. Enjoy and don’t be scared to provide feedback, share with a friend or leave a review.

The views and opinions expressed in this episode (and all episodes) are those of the host and the guests. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of their employers, contractors or any organization they may be affiliated with now or in the future.

Time Stamps (Return back to your favorite point of the episode):
• (1:30) – Background: Souzan’s Origin Story
• (2:33) – How To Stand Out As A Foreign Compliance Professional in Canada
• (5:25) – How To Maintain Confidence And Poise Amidst Rejection
• (7:16) – Looking For Opportunities And Adding Value To The Community
• (7:40) – How The TCAE Was Born
• (9:48) – Execution is King
• (11:00) – How To Network During COVID-19
• (11:45) – Why Caring Leads To The Strongest Connections

Stephen Brent Sargeant (Host)
• Linkedin (Best way to reach me) -
• Instagram (Everyday type stuff)
• Twitter (I communicate in GIFs) -
• Business Related Matters (Let’s Collab):

Souzan Esmaili (Guest)
• LinkedIn (
• Email:
• Twitter: SouzanEsmaili
• Organization: Toronto Compliance & AML Events (
• TCAE LinkedIn Group:
• TCAE Knowledge Series:

Background Music
• Goose Goddi (Music Producer) -
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