The 2016 [STEP Caribbean Conference]( (STEPCC) is being held April 25-27 in St. Lucia. Under the theme “Riding the Curl…Mastering The Waves of Change” the annual event hosts a stellar lineup of speakers drawn from the financial services sector from around the world – experts in trust and wealth structuring. Thirteen jurisdictions in the Caribbean region are participating, with each having served on the conference steering committee charged with developing the 3-day programme.

The Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services was a sponsor of last evening’s Cocktail Reception, with Minister the Hon. C.V. Hope Strachan, M.P., presenting remarks on the strength of the Bahamian financial services sector.

Also yesterday, Conference delegates recognised the Top STEP Diploma Student in the Caribbean and Latin American Region – none other than Veronique Evans of Evans & Co., Nassau. The recipient of the annual Award achieved the highest average grade covering all papers for the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management for the period February 2015 – January 2016.

Earlier this year when announcing the programme, STEP CC16 Chair Natalie Augustin of St. Lucia Law Firm Glitzenhirn Augustin & Co. stated *”Increasingly trust professionals are facing a myriad of issues on a daily basis and change seems to be the only constant.”* The STEP Caribbean Conference has been designed to provide delegates with thought leadership on a variety of topics and the Chair says *”delegates will come away from the conference fully equipped to deal with the on-going turbulence of the sector on a macro scale.”*

For over 16 years, the steering committee for the STEP Caribbean Conference has been meeting to produce one of the world’s best attended and most talked about trust conferences. The STEP Caribbean region, part of the larger STEP worldwide association, is fast becoming one of the most influential and largest regions in the STEP world.

*Photo Caption: Minister Hope Strachan, fifth from left, stands with the Bahamian delegates and STEP student award winner Veronique Evans, centre, at the 2016 STEP Caribbean Conference in St. Lucia. Photo Credit – Andrew Robichaud/Springstreet Communications Inc.*