Advisors

Daniel Gillis
Daniel Gillis

Associate Professor, Statistician

Dan has spent the bulk of his training and career working on multidisciplinary teams which have focused on public health assessment, and natural resource management. This has included collaborative projects with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, Health Canada, Environment Canada, B.C. Cancer Agency, the Government of Brazil, the SON, McGill University, Laurentian University, and numerous departments within the UG including Integrative Biology, Cell Biology, the O.V.C.’s Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Engineering. He is the co-founder of Farm To Fork, the co-creator of ICON, and a fellow lead on the RightMesh project in Rigolet in collaboration with the CIRA.

Boris Mann
Boris Mann

Co-Founder - FinHaven

Boris Mann is a long time Vancouver tech community builder as both company founder, advisor and investor, including founding the first Canadian startup accelerator, Bootup Labs. He is the CEO of FinHaven, a blockchain focused venture creation studio building global platforms.

Les Borsai
Les Borsai

Co-Founder and CEO - SongLily Inc.

Les spent the first decade of his career in the music and entertainment industry focused on touring and artist management. This led him to become one of the top digital music entrepreneurs with a focus on mobile, apps and games, and founding businesses such as gridMob and Songlily.Les is a leader in business development, content and music licensing, branded products, strategic marketing and all things mobile. His passion for innovation and leadership has led him to serve for other companies such as Ripple, Shazam, Giphy, and many others.

Jason Butcher
Jason Butcher

Founder - Parallel Payments

A seasoned professional with nearly three decades of hands on experience starting businesses globally. Jason specializes in global business development and planning, brand development, consulting and mentoring, entrepreneurship, marketing, strategic partnerships, funding, investing, startups and creating connections.Priding himself on his keen abilities as a solution and problem solver, Jason strives to bring individuals, markets and opportunities together on a global level.Jason Is the COO of CoinPayments which is the oldest and largest Crypto currency payment platforms and he is actively involved as an advisor with the Canadian Blockchain Association, the Fintech advisor for the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, a founding member of BlockChain@UBC, a founder of the Blockchain Innovation Hub and participates regularly in global blockchain and crypto currency organizations.

Nir Kshetri
Nir Kshetri

UNCG Professor and Author

Nir Kshetri is Professor at The University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He has authored seven books on ICTs and entrepreneurship in developing countries and cybersecurity. Choice Magazine selected one of his books as an Outstanding Academic Title. Nir has also published about 110 journal articles. He has been interviewed and/or quoted in over 150 TV channels, magazines and newspapers.

Nicolai Oster
Nicolai Oster

Former Head of ICO - Bitcoin Suisse

Nicolai Oster is the Head of ICO, leading the ICO Department at Bitcoin Suisse, and Advisor for several ICOs. Bitcoin Suisse, established in 2013, is a world leading regulated crypto financial company, based in Crypto Valley, Zug, Switzerland. Bitcoin Suisse has successfully assisted, facilitated and executed many ICOs, such as Melonport, OmiseGO, Streamr and many more - dating all the way back to the ICO of the Ethereum Foundation.

Micha Benoliel
Micha Benoliel

Co-Founder - Open Garden Inc.

Micha is a visionary and serial entrepreneur focused on technologies of communications and exchange to bring the world together. At age 8, Micha taught himself how to code and subsequently wrote his first games on a Texas Instrument TI 99 4A, ATARI 512ST and Amiga 500. After being a pioneer in VoIP and having launched several telecommunications services, he enabled Skype to start SkypeIn and SkypeOut. In 2011, Micha co-founded Open Garden to build a new generation of mobile networks leveraging the smartphone infrastructure. While at Open Garden, he created FireChat, the first off-the-grid messaging app, leveraging peer-to-peer mesh networking technologies. FireChat was built for Burning Man and eventually got used during many other festivals, music events and pro democracy events like the Hong Kong Umbrella revolution in September 2014 when half a million people installed the app in a week to coordinate their movement and stay connected.

Scott Robinson
Scott Robinson

Founder & VP - Plug and Play FinTech,

Scott Robinson is the founder and VP of Plug and Play FinTech, the financial technology focused startup innovation platform in partnership with BNP Paribas, Banco do Brasil, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, TD Bank, Cathay Financial, USAA, Mitsubishi, Capital One, Sumitomo, Intuit and many more global financial institutions. Plug and Play FinTech has satellite offices in Paris, Tokyo and New York in addition to Silicon Valley. Scott also sits on Plug and Play’s Advisory Board and is a member of the investment committee. Since the launch of the FinTech program in February 2015, Scott and his team have accelerated over 150 startups and has led over 40 investments into the industry. Scott has worked with Plug and Play, a global startup accelerator and investor headquartered in Silicon Valley, for the past four years managing a number of FinTech, Blockchain, and Bitcoin-related initiatives.

Stefan Jespers
Stefan Jespers

CEO - IMSolutions & Cryptocurrency Expert

Stefan is an expert in online marketing and worked on projects for some of the biggest travel agencies in Europe. In late 2013 he got into Bitcoin and became very passionate about cryptocurrencies. He is better known by his pseudonymous Twitter handle “@WhalePanda” under which he published very successful articles on Bitcoin and Ethereum. Stefan is mostly focused on cryptocurrency trading right now and tries to educate new people on the dangers and pitfalls of the current blockchain ecosystem.

Agnes Budzyn
Agnes Budzyn

Office of the Founder, Managing Director - ConsenSys

Agnes works directly with the CEO on the growth strategy and ensuring business alignment across the regions. Agnes also focuses on relationships with regulators, institutions and reviews of potential business acquisitions. She has also spoken on the impact of blockchain and its potential applications at events held by the FDIC and the World Economic Forum. Previously Agnes was a member of the Financial Markets Advisory special situations team at BlackRock, where she advised clients on managing their capital markets exposure and balance sheets, working with institutions and regulators during the financial crisis. She also advised on regulatory and strategic challenges and performed country-wide financial reviews while working with the European Central Bank and other central banks.

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