TORONTO, April 17, 2020 /CNW/ – EQ Bank, the innovative digital arm of Equitable Bank (TSX: EQB and EQB.PR.C), Canada’s Challenger Bank™, has been recognized by Celent as the winner of the 2020 Model Bank Award for Banking in the Cloud.
Celent is a global research and advisory firm for the financial services industry. Given annually, the Model Bank Awards recognize financial institutions for their outstanding technology initiatives. Winners must demonstrate clear business benefits, innovation, and technology or implementation excellence. EQ Bank is in elite standing with a select group of banks from around the world.
From completely digital branchless services to a high-interest savings account with the added features of a chequing account, EQ Bank is redefining banking in Canada. In November 2019, EQ Bank moved its core banking system onto Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure, making it the first bank in Canada fully hosted in state-of-the-art public cloud architecture.
“We’re honoured to receive Celent’s Model Bank Award for Banking in the Cloud,” said Andrew Moor, President and CEO of EQ Bank. “This award recognizes the enormous effort of our team and I’m extremely proud of them. Making smart, future-ready decisions to better the way Canadians bank has always been our primary focus. Cloud-based banking is just one way we’re challenging the status quo in order to bring smarter money solutions to our customers. EQ Bank recently surpassed a milestone 100,000 customers, and we’re just getting started.”
According to Stephen Greer, Senior Analyst, Banking at Celent, “The Model Bank Awards recognize how banks are using technology to change the face of banking. These banks should serve as an inspiration to others looking for strong examples of best practice implementation that will have a truly meaningful impact on business results and the industry overall. The entry from EQ Bank clearly demonstrated this.”
EQ Bank also recently launched state-of-the-art international money transfers in partnership with TransferWise to offer fully transparent, remarkably fast transfers that are up to 8x cheaper1 for EQ Bank customers, and its mobile app is one of most highly rated banking apps in Canada, with more than 85,000 downloads. These are just some of the ways EQ Bank is innovating for the future and creating a better experience for Canadians. It’s smart banking in a dynamic world