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ALBERTA TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

Canadian Blockchain Summit is an exciting multi-day event that brings together leading organizations, companies, and thought leaders to showcase how this emerging technology is transforming the future

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INTRODUCTION

Celebrating Our Disruptive Innovation

Digital technologies are the answer to some of our world’s greatest challenges over the next decades, and Alberta’s home-grown solutions are earning us a place among leading global tech hubs like Singapore, Silicon Valley, and London

The Alberta Technology Summit unites the province’s disruptive technology ecosystems in a two-day event that shines a spotlight on our success in fields like ML, blockchain, and IoT and highlights the companies building the future of our diversified economy.

Powerful things happen when communities come together in support of a common vision. Our mission is to bring international attention to Alberta innovation, showcase our future potential as a technology hub, and provide opportunities for networking and collaboration between our tech ecosystems. Enjoy insightful panels, high-end refreshments and lunches, and our renowned social good evening gala in support of our non-profit partners.

CRYPTO

Connecting Alberta to the global digital economy and providing efficient, low-cost and innovative ways of sharing value and utilizing challenging to monetize energy resources

SMART CONTRACTS

Replacing manual, inefficient transaction, trade and reporting processes through automated agreements that save time, costs, and reduce frequent disputes across all industries

TOKENIZATION

Representing real-world value like property, equity and services as digital twins that provide full traceability, provenance records, and liquid tradability on global markets

OUR SUMMIT DELIVERS

Alberta Technology Summit

Summit Topics:

Alberta has always been a leader in technology education and development for the energy sector, and our diversifying economy has benefited from our fertile environment for digital innovation. Discover a curated content steam of our province’s emerging technologies and projects across varied fields, answering questions including:

  • Will a new era of quantum computing threaten blockchain cryptography?
  • What does the future look like for Alberta’s thriving Machine Learning industry?
  • How can crypto mining support the energy transition and greater sustainability?
  • How can digital innovation protect our essential global supply chains?
  • Can blockchain and IoT solve some of our biggest ESG challenges?

…and many more of the most compelling technology topics impacting Alberta and the world.

Alberta Technology Summit

Alberta Leadership:

Where does Alberta stand as a technology hub? Our accelerating industries are creating new employment opportunities, sparking the development of world-leading digital educational programs, and catalyzing a thriving export market for technologies like ML and cleantech. Did you know that Alberta:

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Technology Convergence

The future of our high-tech economy won’t be siloed – the greatest impacts of digital transformation are found across disciplines and innovations.

Sponsored by Alberta Innovates, the Canadian Blockchain Consortium has collaborated with diverse ecosystems and industries on a series of Industry Forums that leverage the knowledge of Alberta experts to create a strategic plan for how blockchain can accelerate our overall economy.

Our Converge Plan examines the benefits of blockchain technologies, including cryptocurrency and mining, smart contracts, and tokenization, on sectors like energy, finance, government services, and logistics, as well as our homegrown IoT, ML, and AVR.

We’re excited to share the conclusions from this study at the Alberta Technology Symposium and demonstrate the potential of our roadmap towards a digitalized, automated, and borderless new economy.

FUTURE POTENTIAL

What changes will Alberta experience in the next 5, 10, and 20 years? We’re seeing the emergence of technologies that will impact our province for decades to come, and the Alberta Technology Symposium showcases the innovation of the future – today. With strong government and industry support, we believe that Alberta will:

  • Lead the world in solutions for emissions reduction, tracking, and the trading of carbon assets
  • Boost its annual GDP by $4-8 billion annually through the adoption of blockchain technologies
  • Protect its digital industries through advanced security and encryption solutions
  • Develop an automated, machine-driven economy through interconnected networks of intelligent devices, analytics, and smart contracts

TICKETS

Join an Incredible 2-Day Experience
(Ticket prices include Lunch and the Gala)

Early Bird
CA$372.31 (incl. CA$22.32 Fee)
Full Conference Pass
CA$557.98 (incl. CA$32.98 Fee)
Day 1 (April 19th)
CA$424.31 (incl. CA$25.31 Fee)
Day 2 (April 20th)
CA$424.31 (incl. CA$25.31 Fee)
Student Pass
CA$212.13 (incl. CA$13.13 Fee)

Reserve your tickets today for the Canadian Blockchain Summit, held in-person rom April 19th-20th, 2022. Conference passes include:

  • Two-day event access to all panels and discussions
  • Facilitated targeted networking
  • Catered lunch, snacks, and coffee breaks
  • Exciting gala evening fundraising event

Sponsorship opportunities are still available – please contact us at [email protected] for details.

SPEAKERS

AGENDA

DAY 1

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Registration and Networking

8:45 AM – 9:00AM

Opening Remarks

Koleya Karringten, Executive Director | Canadian Blockchain Consortium & President/Founder | Absolute Combustion International (Alberta)

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel Discussion Navigating Cross-Border Safety for Global Crypto Payments

Cryptocurrency compliance is challenging even within national borders – for international remittances and transactions, service providers face an even more complex landscape of cybersecurity, regulatory, and consumer safety issues. With cybercrime predicted to reach more than US $10 trillion by 2025, exchanges, payments companies, and consumers need to be aware of potential threats and work closely with governments to protect the integrity of the industry (and their wallets). Discover how on-chain analytics, strong policies, and new technological tools are transforming global payments and building a safer industry.

Moderator:
Alexis Pappas, Chief Innovation Officer | GuildOne Inc. (Alberta)
Speakers:
Paul Chafe, Chief Security Officer | Dandelion
Sean Tweed, BA, CFE, CCI |The Preston Matthews Group Inc. (British Colombia)
Nitin Sathawane, Head of Alberta Business | Mphasis
Eric Kryski CEO and Co-Founder | Bidali (Alberta)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion Beyond 2022: The Next Year in Bitcoin Innovation

What does 2023 have in store for the world’s first cryptocurrency? The past two years have seen the dramatic adoption of Bitcoin by leading global financial players, tens of millions of new consumers, and even two countries. Despite market volatility, a wide new range of products and services are increasing its utility and creating a strong global user base, and with major retailers now accepting BTC, it’s become an entrenched part of the global economy. Join the Canadian Blockchain Consortium for predictions on what 2023 could hold for Bitcoin regulation, adoption and technology development.

Moderator:
Doug Schweitzer, Senior Advisor - Technology, Media and Telecommunication | Deloitte (Alberta)
Speakers:
Pascal St-Jean, President | 3iQ Corp. (Ontario)
Adam O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer | Bitcoin Well (Alberta)
Alexander Szecsy, Business Development Manager | Memory Express (Alberta)
MADEX, Creative Director | Bull Bitcoin

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Networking break

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion Bridging the Banking Divide

In 2022, cryptocurrencies are traded and invested in globally by governments, corporations and more than 300 million people - and it might come as a surprise that the businesses powering this trillion-dollar market are fighting for access to basic banking services. Claiming concerns over compliance and illegal activities, few banks are willing to provide services to crypto exchanges and other DeFi companies, but the heavily regulated digital economy is proving itself ready for the mainstream. Join a panel of experts for a discussion on crypto safety, compliance, and why collaboration between the new and old economy is the path forward.

Moderator:
Ryan Mueller, Chief Executive Officer | Phantom Compliance (Alberta)
Speakers:
Lawrence Truong, Chief Executive Officer | Binance (Alberta)
Dina Mainville, Founder | Collisionless (Ontario)
Joseph Seibert, Managing Group Director – SVP | Digital Asset Banking, Signature Bank (New York)
Philippe Noelting, VP of Corporate Clients and Partnerships | Be One Financial

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion Accelerating Canada's Crypto Mining Landscape

Can Canada capture a 20% market share of the thriving, US $15 billion crypto mining market? This Incredible panel is set out to answer this question and discuss a roadmap for Canada’s potential success in capturing a large part of this incredible market. Join the Canadian Blockchain Consortium’s Mining Committee to learn about mining pioneering projects happening in Canada.

Moderator:
Emma Todd, Chief Executive Officer| MMH Data Systems (Ontario)
Speakers:
Stephen Barbour, Chief Executive Officer | Upstream Data (Alberta)
Erin Dermer, Senior Vice President, Communications and Culture, Hut8 (Alberta)
Ben Harper, Financial Associate | Luxor Technologies
Ben Ganon, Cheif Mining Officer | Bitfarms (Quebec)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion The Metaverse: Virtual Worlds, Real Value

Why are consumers and corporations alike spending thousands - and even millions - of dollars on virtual real estate, fashion, and art? Predicted by leading banks like Morgan Stanley to reach a market size of up to US $8 trillion by just 2030, the rapid rise of the metaverse and its digital assets is reshaping how we understand value and hinting at the future of the global digital economy. Join a panel of Canadian Blockchain Consortium experts in a discussion of the importance of virtual platforms and the business case for metaverse adoption.

Moderator:
Brett Colvin, Chief Executive Officer | GoodLawyer LLP (Alberta)
Speakers:
Julie Bogle, Partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group | Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP. (British Columbia)
Khurram Shroff, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer | iMining Technologies (Ontario)
Jonathan Han, Managing Director | Virgo CX (Ontario)
Kunal Bhasin MBA, CISA, CBP, CCI, Director & Co-Lead, Cryptoassets & Blockchain Chief Operating Executive | KPMG Canada (Ontario)

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Networking break

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Fireside Chat Understanding the Nuances of Regulated vs. Unregulated Exchanges

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have been working towards comprehensive regulations for the growing ecosystem of cryptocurrency services and platforms, but navigating this new landscape comes with plenty of challenges for the industry. What are the key distinctions in the services offered by unregulated and regulated exchanges – and where are the big differences in business growth and opportunity? Join a panel with leaders in the Canadian crypto exchange sector to discover more about our transforming regulations and strategies for success in an evolving industry.

Moderator:
Moderator: Hon. Michelle Rempel Garner, Member of Parliament for Calgary Nose Hill | House of Commons (Alberta)
Speakers:
Dean Skurka, President | Bitbuy (Ontario)
Bilal Hammoud, President and Chief Executive Officer | NDAX (Alberta)

5:30 PM

Gala

DAY 2

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Registration and Networking

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel Discussion Crypto’s Changing Canadian Regulatory Landscape

How are Canada’s financial regulators addressing the accelerating cryptocurrency market? From the Ontario Securities Commission’s strict custodianship policies to Alberta’s new Financial Innovation Act, Canadian jurisdictions are creating a diverse spectrum of new laws for DeFi businesses and seeking ways to manage through Crypto Winter’s high risks. Discover our transforming national regulatory environment with an insightful panel led by Osler's leading crypto expert Matthew Burgoyne

Moderator:
Matthew Burgoyne, Partner | Osler LLP (Alberta)
Speakers:
Melissa Smith, Partner | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Alberta)
Wayne Logan, Partner | Miller Thomson (Alberta)
Ben Eacrett - Head of Special Projects | DV CHAIN (Ontario)
Katrina Prokopy, Chief Legal Officer & Head of Regulatory Affairs | Coinsquare (Ontario)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion Is Crypto Truly Anonymous?

Since its inception with the launch of the Bitcoin blockchain, cryptocurrency has come under harsh criticism as an ideal medium for criminal activity. However, the growth of cryptocurrency analytics is demonstrating that this is far from the truth, and that digital asset trails are far easier for law enforcement to unravel than fiat transactions. Explore the paradox of the completely anonymous, yet traceable and trackable crypto markets with a group of experts in chain analysis.

Moderator:
James Burron, Co-founder and Partner | CAASA - Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies & Assets (Ontario)
Speakers:
Ryan Ryder, Senior Cybercrime Investigator, Investigations and Special Programs | Chainalysis, Inc (Alberta)
Kate Goldman, Senior Policy Associate | Elliptic (New York)
Andrew Davies, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs | Comply Advantage (New York)
Tyler Argue, Vice President and Partner | Risk Control Canada

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Networking break

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Panel Discussion Crypto Trusts for Safer Markets

Trust companies perform a valuable function in the economy, protecting assets from misuse or cyberthreats by providing secure custodianship. In Canada’s cryptocurrency sector, this service has been lacking - until recently. The emergence of crypto trusts as a way to make markets safer for consumers and institutional investors is transforming the risk profile of digital assets and opening new opportunities for business development and mainstream acceptance. Learn from market leaders about the benefits of custodianship, the latest regulatory new, and what trusts will mean for the future of the Canadian crypto sector.

Moderator:
Jade Alberts, Vice President | Canada Blockchain Consortium (Alberta)
Speakers:
Didier Lavallee, Chief Executive Officer | Tetra Trust (Ontario)
Pamela Draper, Chief Executive Officer | Bitvo (Alberta)
Julia Baranovskaya, Chief Compliance Officer | National Digital Asset Exchange Inc. (Alberta)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion Wartime Finance

Government spend in response to Covid-19 was akin to that seen during WWII. Like WWII, Covid-19’s economic shock prompted deficit spending by all governments, leaving a legacy of debt without the promise of a Marshall plan to spur Global Growth. The results are broad ranging and persistent, but the fallout from policy response gives rise to three core dynamics.
1. A Distortion of markets globally
2. A real economy that is now left behind
3. A cementing of the case for crypto adoption

Moderator:
Pascal St-Jean, President | 3iQ (Ontario)
Speakers:
Mark Connors, Head of Research | 3iQ (New York)

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion Bridging Crypto’s Insurance Access Divides

Insurance is a critical ingredient for business success across all industries, but traditional providers often exclude the cryptocurrency sector due to outsized perceptions of risk. However, with the growing DeFi market being embraced by mainstream banking and corporations, forward-thinking insurers have a major new opportunity in servicing cryptocurrency exchanges, digital asset custodians, and businesses that provide or use crypto services. Uniting top insurance and crypto experts, this panel addresses key issues in crypto insurance and examines how Canadian companies are leading the way.

Moderator:
Jennifer Edgar, Client Executive | Commercial Lines | NFP Canada (Alberta)
Speakers:
Kerem Kolcuoglu, Managing Partner | Blockchain & Emerging Tech Advisor (Ontario)
Alex Daskalov, Chief Executive Officer | KNOX (Quebec)
George Bordianu, Co-founder & CEO | Balance (Ontario)
Ryan Wass, Chief Executive Officer

4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

OUR SUPPORTERS

ABOUT THE CANADIAN BLOCKCHAIN CONSORTIUM

We’re Canada’s national ecosystem for accelerating our blockchain industry. The Consortium brings together the top companies, researchers and thought leaders in cryptocurrency, mining, tokenization, and business blockchain solutions to collaborate on ways that we can transform Canada into a world-class blockchain hub and benefit from the rapid global shift towards digitalization and decentralization.

Discover more about our mission, vision, and activities at canadablockchain.ca, including:

  • Frequent webinars on leading blockchain topics
  • In-person and virtual events
  • Research and ecosystem projects
  • Government and industry advocacy
  • Expert committees like legal, fintech and ESG

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