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MaRi Eagar is a cryptoasset and blockchain consultant working in this industry since 2013. MaRi is a Chartered Accountant and Business Strategist with an international career at Deloitte, HSBC and Standard Bank. MaRi is an instigator of networks for strategic change, she is passionate about economic inclusion and financial wellbeing as cornerstones for future sustainable societies.
MaRi is Founder and Chair of DigitalFutures B.U.I.L.D. (Blockchain User-Centric Innovation and Leadership Development. She is passionate about the cryptocurrency and blockchain space and is a leader and core contributor in multiple areas including:
Medium Author of “The Crypto and Blockchain Generation: Distributed Leadership and Organizational Development in the Crypto and Token Economy: Principles, Pathways and Practices.”
Creator of the World’s First Crypto and Blockchain Leadership Development Book and Program - a Project of the Invisible College (published on GitBook).
Founder of the BC Blockchain Forum, partner of Blockchain@UBC and advisor to the Lifeboat Foundation New Money Systems Board and Human Trajectories Board.
A distinguished leader, MaRi was nominated for finalist Innovator Idol 2012 (Ontario Centres of Excellence) and was listed on Thomson Reuters Top 40 Social Influencers in Finance, Innovation and Risk, 2017.
Peter-Paul Van Hoeken has over 15 years of experience in finance, investment management, and business consultancy. He’s held multiple senior management positions with global banks including ABN AMRO Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland in the areas of corporate strategy, commercial and investment banking.
Upon relocating with his family to Canada in 2010, Peter-Paul worked as a consultant for several early stage companies and experienced the challenges that they face in attracting capital. He realized that venture financing was not leveraging technology and in 2013, Peter-Paul founded FrontFundr to address this challenge and take on the opportunity to create the New Capital Market, online and accessible to everyone. Peter-Paul also serves as a Director on the National Board of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA) and an Advisor of the National CrowdFunding Association Canada (NCFA). Peter-Paul holds a Master of Science in business economics and finance from Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.
Pavel Bains is the CEO of Bluzelle - one of Asia’s leading blockchain technology companies. Pavel is a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. Pavel is an expert in digital media having worked with Disney, Microsoft, Warners Bros, DreamWorks. Pavel is also a frequent contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post and Fast Company, writing articles in the areas of finance and digital media
Matthew Unger is CEO and Founder of iComply Investor Services Inc. (iComply ICO) a regulatory technology (regtech) platform that automates compliance procedures for initial coin offerings (ICOs), enabling them to be securely utilized as efficient financial instruments.
Matthew is passionate about unlocking the opportunities that new technology has to offer us, and future generations. Along with his mandate at iComply ICO, Matthew worked with financial services, government, small businesses, and nonprofits to identify ways to better use their technology to create sustainable and ethical automation.
Previously, James was a core contributor at HashiCorp building operations tooling, and Event Store LLP, which produces an open source stream database with a built-in projections system (find out more here on GitHub). For Event Store related things, check out the Event Store Blog.
James is a connoiseur of cider and old guitars.
Martin Kleppmann is a software engineer, entrepreneur, author and speaker. He co-founded Rapportive (acquired by LinkedIn in 2012) and Go Test It (acquired by Red Gate Software in 2009). An accomplished author and academic, Martin wrote a book for O’Reilly, called Designing Data-Intensive Applications, while working as a researcher at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.
Martin cares about making stuff that people want, great people, a culture of respect and empathy, clarity of thinking, marvellous user experiences, maintainable code and scalable architectures.
Hussein Hallak is General Manager and Head Mentor at Launch Academy, Western Canada’s leading tech startup hub with more than 500 startups incubated, $100+ million raised, and 1000+ entrepreneurs mentored and trained.
A serial entrepreneur, speaker, startup advisor and investor, Hussein lives to inspire entrepreneurship and unleash breakthrough growth. Hussein has built 20+ startups. Mentored and trained 1000+ entrepreneurs. Featured in Forbes, BBC, Entrepreneur, DailyHive (VancityBuzz), Business In Vancouver, Roundhouse Radio, Vancouver Courier, Richmond Sentinel and Notable. With 25+ years of business experience he has extensive knowledge of startups, innovation, strategy, growth, marketing, and social media.
Hussein is Executive Director and Mentor at TiE Vancouver. TiE is one of the largest entrepreneurial organisations in the world a Tech Panelist on Roundhouse Radio and former Director of Marketing at TEDxStanleyPark; one of the world’s largest and most successful TEDx events.
Hussein is Communication Chair of Small Business Council, a member of the Steering Committee of Metro Vancouver Prosperity Initiative, Advisor of TechCon Millennium (STEM conference for high school students) and speaks, mentors and judges at Junior Achievement, YELL, GradusOne and many other student conferences, initiatives and case competitions.
Hussein is passionate about entrepreneurship, education, tech, and is on a mission to change the world through connection, communication and community. He’d love to know what you’re working on and up to in the world!
Brian Benz is based in Las Vegas, NV and works as a Senior Developer Advocate for Microsoft. The mission of his Cloud Developer Advocacy team is to win the hearts and minds of customers by creating a healthy developer ecosystem. He’s focused on showing the Java community how to get the best value out of the cloud with Microsoft Azure.
A prolific speaker and community builder, Brian has given talks at several conferences including Devoxx, Jenkins World, JavaOne, SpringOne, MongoDB Conferences, ChefConf, EclipseCon, Lucene / Solr Revolution, ApacheCon, Build, DevIntersection / Anglebrackets, LinuxFest Northwest, TechEd, OSCON, and numerous technology Meetups. Brian holds multiple certifications.
Brian’s team is hiring! If you’re a well known Java expert looking for new opportunities who’s also passionate for contributing to and advancing the platform, reach out at MS Dev Advocate Jobs!
Robert Reppel is CTO and Partner at Adaptech Solutions and co-host of the Microservices Design and Implementation Meetup. A true Polyglot, Robert has more than 25 years of practical, hands-on experience as a Software and Systems Architect, fixer, aligner, deliverer and explainer of products and projects within all aspects of the software development life cycle.