Pierre Bourque, Founder

Internet news pioneer, author, journalist, broadcaster, entrepreneur. Bitcoin early-adopter, former board member of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, current Advisory Board member of the Blockchain Association of Canada. Certified Bitcoin Professional. His media properties have been 'Media Sponsor' at some of the Blockchain industry's biggest conferences, including Inside Bitcoins, Bitcoin Expo, Money 20/20, and the North American Bitcoin Conference. Accomplished artist recognized by the Blockchain community. Former NASCAR driver.

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Susan Richards, CFO

Susan Richards, FCPA, FCMA is an entrepreneurial accountant with 20 years of financial leadership experience in the Ottawa tech sector. Over the past 15 years Susan has served as CFO and/or Financial Advisor to over 40 start-ups. An entrepreneur at heart, Susan is co-founder of Numbercrunch which provides a full suite of financial management and bookkeeping services to startups and scaling businesses.  Susan is a community championing currently serving as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at Invest Ottawa and Director at the Kanata North Business Association.


Dave Mitchell, VP Programming

One of Canada's most storied talk-radio program directors, with long career at CHUM Media & BELL MEDIA, Canada's biggest radio networks. Most recently, he consulted on the development of the national TSN Sports Radio Network. Co-founding director of the Christmas Cheer Foundation of Ottawa.


Dr. James Bowen, Chief Strategy Officer

Chair, co-founder, ceo of Experential Simulations, founding chair of Startups Canada Startups Awards, author, professor, thought leader


Debbie Weinstein, Legal

Partner, LaBarge, Weinstein. 30 years broad-based experience acting on behalf of emerging growth companies, established public and private technology businesses, venture capital funds, and investment bankers. Has represented innovative, knowledge-based issuers and underwriters in numerous Canadian and U.S. public offerings. Substantial experience in venture capital and other private financing transactions. Current board member, Open Text Corp, Zim Corp., Dynex Semiconductor, Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), Startup Canada, Sprott Advisory Commitee. Is particularly focused on mergers and acquisitions and has taken the lead role in well over 160 M&A’s, including the sale of companies to Cisco, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM,, PMC-Sierra, and Alcatel Lucent.



Dr. Michael Cowpland

President & CEO, ZIM Corporation (OTCMKTS: ZIMCF). Founder & ex-CEO Corel Corporation, with 50 Million users worldwide. Co-Founder, ex-CEO MITEL Corporation.

Jonathan Denis, Q.C.

Partner, Guardian Law Group. Former Alberta Minister of Justice, Solicitor General, Attorney General, Minister of Public Security, Minister of Housing, Government House Leader, MLA. Currently board member of the Canadian Cannabis Chamber & Liberty West Properties.

Arturo Duran

Managing Partner & Co-founder IVA Ventures. Former Chief Innovation Officer, Digital First Media. Former CEO impreMedia Digital (largest Hispanic news-and-information company in the USA). Former President, Interactive and Business Integration for Canwest Mediaworks. Former VP, Multicultural, AOL Media Networks. Former VP Marketing and Interactive Content, AOL Canada. Former Director Business Development, AOL Mexico.

Mani Eagar

Internationally recognized thought leader in digital currencies and blockchain technologies. Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Canada. CEO: DigitalFutures B.U.I.L.D (Blockchain User-centric Innovation & Leadership Development). Director, BC Blockchain Ecosystem Consortium. Founder, BC Blockchain Forum. Advisor, Global Blockchain Technologies Corp. (TSXV: BLOC.V)

Roy MacLean

VP, Manufacturing Engineering & Quality, Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR). Former senior director, quality, Avaya. Former VP Enterprise Operations & Service, Nortel.

Chris Jonat

Founder of On The 21st Solutions Inc, a consulting firm serving both iPoker and Blockchain clients. Former CEO of Run It Once Gaming (Malta), and Senior Manager in Poker Room Management at PokerStars.

David Moorcroft

President of Strategy2Communications (S2C) Inc., a public relations firm that specializes in helping organizations translate corporate strategy into meaningful and actionable communications for its stakeholders. Consultant to Global Risk Institute. Former Senior Vice-President with Royal Bank of Canada (TSE: RY), and journalist.

John Weigelt

National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada (NASDAQ: MSFT). Strategic thinker. Leads Microsoft Canada’s strategic policy and technology efforts. Helps business and governments innovate with technology. Leads Canadian outreach for Economic Development, Privacy, Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Government 3.0, Accessibility, Environmental Sustainability and Interoperability.

Jonny Fry

UK-based Jonny Fry is founder of the British Blockchain & Frontier Technologies Association. He is ceo of Team Blockchain and Non-Executive Chairman of Gem Cap UK Ltd. He is the host and editor of #Digital Bytes, a weekly analysis of the Blockchain and Digital Asset sectors. His focus is on the dynamics of financial innovation and the how/where/why blockchain technology and digital assets can be used commercially. He is the former CEO of Premier Asset Management PLC.

Kyle Kemper

Passionate visionary, connector, speaker. Executive Director of the Blockchain Association of Canada. Chief Strategy Officer of Global Blockchain Technologies Corp (TSXV: BLOC.V)