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TORONTO: Into The Future – The Blockchain Society’s Emerging Tech Conference
November 21st, 2018
8 Adelaide St W #200
Toronto, ON M5H 1L6
In support of The Blockchain Society.
The Blockchain Society is hosting a special conference exclusively for investors, regulators, corporate and blockchain thought leaders.
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CEO Global Network Members: Please email Jen Wilson if you would like to attend as our guest.
8:45am: Registration and Deal Making
9:00am: Opening remarks by The Blockchain Society
9:10am: Presentations & Panel Discussions
11:45 – 1:00pm: Deal making
Allen Lau is the CEO and co-founder of Wattpad, the global multiplatform entertainment company, where he leads the company’s vision to entertain and connect the world through stories. A leader in Canada’s technology sector and startup ecosystem, Allen is a member of the Canadian Council of Innovators, a lobby group that advances the interests of Canadian technology companies at all levels of government. He is also the co-founder of Two Small Fish Ventures, a fund that invests in Toronto and Waterloo-based early stage internet companies with strong network effects. Prior to Wattpad, Allen co-founded FeedM8, a mobile advertising company that was later acquired. He also previously co-founded Tira Wireless, where he helped leading brands optimize content for mobile delivery. Allen received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto’s Electrical Engineering program.
Matei Olaru is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lift & Co., a data-driven cannabis media and technology company. Under his leadership, Lift & Co. has become the world’s leading review platform of federally-legal cannabis products, raised $13-million and gone public under the ticker symbol TSXV:LIFT, tripled its team, and launched several key products that empower the cannabis industry to make better-informed decisions through superior information and connections. A corporate lawyer and consultant by trade, Matei previously helped advise international governments on business and investment policy with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and practiced law in Toronto with a focus on cannabis and corporate matters. As CEO of Lift & Co., Matei regularly appears on BNN, CP24 and CBC, and has commented on stories in Forbes, Financial Post, Toronto Star and Maclean’s.
Menashe Kestenbaum is the CEO & Founder of Enthusiast Gaming. Menashe began his career in video games when he was 13, writing for IGN, a large gaming media site, where he eventually became a community leader. After studying and subsequently lecturing in the Institute of Advanced Talmudic Law in Jerusalem for eight years, Menashe returned to his passion for the video game industry and launched his first gaming blog, “Nintendo Enthusiast”, in 2011. In 2014, he returned to Toronto and incorporated Enthusiast. He has personally owned and operated gaming websites to a readership of over 2 million gamers, and has led Enthusiast and grown a writing and community staff team of over 84 people.
Justin Hartzman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Coinsmart. A seasoned business leader and entrepreneur, Justin’s passion for innovation has seen him lead numerous companies from start-up to successful exit. His proven track record of entrepreneurial success includes founding the first website brokerage exclusively serving online businesses, pioneering the industry and achieving over $100M in transactions to Fortune 1000 companies, PE firms, family offices and venture funds. He has also led multiple fundraising rounds working with Canadian and U.S. Angel Investors and VCs. In addition to leading CoinSmart, Justin is also co-founder of Needls, an Ontario-based company that uses Data Science to automate social media advertising processes for small to medium enterprises worldwide.
Peter Kieltyka is the chief architect behind Horizon. Having co-founded both NuLayer and Pressly, he’s passionate about creating awesome teams and powerful products. A lifelong gamer, coder, and an open source and decentralized evangelist, Pete’s committed to building a better world. His favourite game is Quake III Arena.
Soumak Chatterjee leads Deloitte’s payments and blockchain team in Canada. He is focused on assisting clients to drive business value through new disruptive products, services and partnerships leveraging his deep expertise at the intersection of innovation, business, and technology from strategy to execution. As the leader of Deloitte’s Canadian blockchain team, Soumak assists clients across industries understand and apply distributed ledger technology concepts to their business models, technology infrastructure and operating processes. He has deep experience leading executive sessions and has led multiple blockchain based projects, strategy to technology prototyping, in specific financial services verticals like trade finance & payments, globally and in Canada. He co-leads Deloitte’s “Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services” project team with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is a published author and speaker on the topic of Blockchain.
Aliza Lakhani is CEO and Dean of Northeastern University Toronto. Headquartered in Boston and ranked Top 40 by US News, Northeastern University is a leader in experiential education and lifelong learning. Toronto is Northeastern’s first international campus, and part of the network of campuses across North America – other physical campuses include Silicon Valley, Seattle and Charlotte. Most recently, Aliza was head of Business Development and International at The DMZ at Ryerson University, the #1 ranked university tech incubator in the world. Under Aliza’s direction, the DMZ tripled annual revenue through corporate partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and expanded into global markets, including opening an office in New York City. While at the DMZ, she also advised a number of startups on enterprise sales and commercialization opportunities. Aliza spent more than a decade in Financial Services in Canada and the U.S., including several years at the Bank of Montreal in progressively senior roles. At BMO, Aliza built strategic capacity, generated new revenue streams, expanded into international markets and executed large-scale transformations. She started her career on the trading floor at RBC Capital Markets and JP Morgan in Toronto and New York where she covered Canada’s largest institutional clients.
Jay Berard is the Founder and CEO of Jagger – A modern headhunting firm built for today’s talent market. Jay has advised companies ranging in sizes from start-ups to fortune 500s on identifying, attracting, acquiring and retaining talent across North America. From helping hiring managers find their next Account Executives to their next CFO; Jay has consulted over 200 companies in multiple industry verticals fulfilling one mission – Find. Great. People.
Alexia Hefti is a Swiss-Canadian, New York-qualified blockchain & cryptocurrency lawyer who is the Blockchain Tax Lead at Deloitte. She co-founded the blockchain and crypto tax advisory practice assisting blockchain companies to structure their blockchain operations and Initial Coin Offerings. Alexia also collaborates with civil society and government bodies to create pro-blockchain regulatory in emerging markets and advises the Nordic Token Alliance on global regulation. Alexia volunteers with a coding academy in Africa to create opportunities for young female coders as a means of helping them create sustainable economic livelihoods. Alexia has worked with several governments, the UN and international organisations.
Johnathan Holland is a second-time fintech entrepreneur in the payments space with a proven track record of success. Johnathan went through The Next 36 accelerator in 2016 where he was taught by business leaders with 10 figure exits. His current business, Curexe, is ran out of Ryerson University’s DMZ incubator that was just named the #1 technology incubator in the world by UBI Global. Johnathan’s company has transferred over $45 million through its payments platform saving business owners in Canada close to $2 million in fees over PayPal and Credit Cards.
Rob Richards is a high-tech operations veteran with over 25 years of senior management experience in IT, telecom, aerospace, and enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS). As Chief Operating Officer of one of the first SaaS companies in Canada, Rob helped pioneer the software subscription model and managed the company through its NASDAQ IPO. Since then, he has acted as an early advisor and interim CEO for several start-ups, managing private placements and growth activity. Today, Rob is the co-founder of Plaza Ventures, a Toronto-based growth-stage tech VC. Well versed in marketing, sales, R&D, and commercialization, Rob serves as PV’s strategy and operations specialist overseeing branding, growth plans and day-to-day operations. Rob sits on the boards of several portfolio companies. He is passionate about the impact of technology on economic and social advancement. Rob obtained his Bachelor of Science (Honors Co-op) in Physics from the University of Waterloo, with a major in digital signal processing. His Honors Thesis was in measuring super-cooled quanta.
Fatema Pirone joined CIBC one of 5 largest banks in Canada in 2003; she is currently Senior Director Enterprise Innovation. In this role Fatema provides leadership in 3 key areas of driving Innovation awareness and education, quick test and learn for ideas, and champion complex innovation initiatives. Last 15 year of contributions in banking spans over variety of areas from Frontline Operations, Cards Technology, Product Management, New Business Development and Innovation. She has provided leadership in delivery and launch of numerous high scale projects and continue to pave the way to make CIBC the bank of the future. Fatema holds an eMBA from Kellogg School of Management and Schulich along with a Honour Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University.
Scott Howard is an enterprise and startup technology deal maker. Scott partners with world-class engineers to solve complex business and technology challenges generating customer success. As an entrepreneur, Scott has co-founded, partnered with or advised leading blockchain projects such as ePIC Blockchain, BlockX Labs, Digital Shovel, Bumo, Blockchain Society, Aion Network, GBT Technologies, Bird River Resources, Blockchain Royalty Corp, Barnum Diversified Digital Assets Fund, and Oxford Oasis. As CEO of Full Stack Capital, Scott leverages his network, skills, and insight on the rapidly emerging blockchain market to enhance the technology’s impact by fostering best-in-class infrastructure.
Genevieve Roch-Decter is the founder & CEO of Grit Capital a capital market advisory firm started in 2016. Prior to that, from 2008 to 2016, Genevieve was a Portfolio Manager and Analyst for LDIC Inc., a $600M asset management company based in Toronto. While there, she spearheaded the launch of three specialized funds: the LDIC North American Small Business Fund, the LDIC North American Infrastructure Fund and the Healthcare Special Opportunities Fund. She also, with the help of her team, raised nearly $100M in asset for LDIC Inc. For 7 years she ran the Redwood Global Small Cap Fund – which was the best performing small cap fund in Canada in 2009, 2010 and 2014 as ranked by Globe Funds – the fund returned over 150% to investors (13% CAGR) from 2008 to 2015. Genevieve has been featured in the Globe & Mail, the National Post, and Business News Network (BNN).
Saif Altimimi is CEO and Co-Founder at ChefHero, a digital platform in the food service industry that connects restaurants and kitchens with all their suppliers, all in the palm of your hand. They are digitizing the food service industry for independents, chains, and catering companies. Previously he founded a popular education tech company called NoteWagon that aired on CBC’s Dragons Den. He also sold a company to Intel while living in San Francisco for a few years.
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