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FFCON20 DIGITAL Attendees to Receive Exclusive Digital Icon and Early Access to Liquid Avatar

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NCFA and FFCON20 | Release | July 8, 2020

FFCON20 Liquid Avatar pin resize - FFCON20 DIGITAL Attendees to Receive Exclusive Digital Icon and Early Access to Liquid AvatarTORONTO — July 8, 2020 — The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA), Toronto Finance International (TFI), and partners are pleased to announce that together with their sponsor, KABN Systems North America Inc. (“KABN”), attendees of FFCON20 DIGITAL, taking place from July 9 through August 27 inclusive, will receive an exclusive Liquid Avatar FFCON 20 iconic digital pin to celebrate their attendance at the event.

The FFCON20 digital pin is the first event pin offered by Liquid Avatar (www.liquidavatar.com) in support of its new app to power users to verify, manage and monetize their digital identity.

Liquid Avatar, a KABN product offering, provides users with the ability to verify, manage and control their digital identity through an easy to use app or web page. Using high quality icons, users can create their digital identity and verify themselves using KABN’s bank grade validation process and biometrics, supported by Blockchain technologies.

“We’re honored to be able to present our first Liquid Avatar event pin at FFCON 20 DIGITAL,” said Mr. Ben Kessler, CEO – KABN. “Liquid Avatar gives users control over the use of their digital identity and data providing them with the ability to share what they want, when they want and with whom they want, easily and efficiently, while protecting the use of their digital assets.”

Liquid Avatar creates a re-usable, always on, verified digital identity that can be used, together with the app’s “wallet” and “keyrings” for current and future digital credentials and to manage private and public data. Liquid Avatar is built to support a wide range of digital credentials, wallets and authentication processes, creating a potentially agnostic authenticated storage environment for the user.

“We’re very excited to work with the KABN team to provide attendees with the inaugural Liquid Avatar event pin with potential future value offerings from NCFA and its partners, and to commemorate FFCON20 DIGITAL, and what a transformative year 2020 has been for the digital economy and those on the RISE,” said Craig Asano, Founder and CEO – NCFA Canada. “Users will be able to claim their digital pin and gain early access to the Liquid Avatar app.”

KABN will be presenting Digital Identity and Convergence Marketplaces, as part of the FFCON20 DIGITAL programme on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 2 pm Eastern. Attendees of that event will get additional Liquid Avatar rewards.

See:  Get tickets to FFCON20: DIGITAL RISE July 9 - August 27

 

Now in its 6th year, FFCON20 will be an online experience bringing together prominent industry experts, entrepreneurs, professionals, regulatory bodies and ecosystem stakeholders in fintech, digital identity, blockchain, crypto, AI, capital markets innovation and alternative finance to discuss innovation and Canada’s ability to compete and scale globally, the latest industry developments and emerging trends, regulation and thought leadership.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘RISE’ reflecting the joint efforts of the two associations, NCFA and TFI, to build and increase the success and sustainability of Canada’s fintech and financial sector.

The Programme

Tickets include access to all eight weeks of FFCON20 DIGITAL

  • July 09: FFCON20 Kickoff | Scaling FinTech Funding, Innovation & Competition
  • July 16: Digital Banking, Open X, Future of PayTech
  • July 23: Sustainable Finance
  • July 30: Leadership & Adaptability
  • August 06: Digital Identity and Convergence Marketplaces
  • August 13: Currency Wars & The Rise of DeFi
  • August 20: Ai in FinTech: biased and in need of regulation?
  • August 27: The Biggest Debates in Fintech and Fintech Draft Finals | Official Close of FFCON20

The agenda can be accessed on the programme page.

Our Partners and Speakers

Some notable companies involved include: Exponential, KABN NA, Mavennet, The Finanser, eThereLive, The Top Floor, EQbank, CACHEFLO, Consilium Crypto, DUCA Impact Lab, Deloitte, FundRazr, Holt Accelerator, Lending Loop, Metaverse Foundation, Ledn, Portag3 Ventures, Senate of Canada, LQwD Financial Corp., Accenture, Clearbanc, Bitvo, Singularity Media, Northmark Ventures, Luge Capital, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, Engaiz, Finnovate.io, Senso, FundRazr, Brainfluence, Foxquiilt and Zensurance. The growing list of speakers can be found at the conference speaker page.

Registration Now Open

Registration for FFCON20 DIGITAL is open and tickets are available to one or all 8 weeks in the FFCON20 DIGITAL weekly event series and can be purchased at https://fintechandfunding.com/tickets/.

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About the NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain and cryptocurrency, Regtech, and Insuretech sectors. To learn more about NCFA visit www.ncfacanada.org

About Toronto Finance International

Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada’s three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI’s mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto’s financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre. For more information, please visit: www.tfi.ca

About KABN Systems North America Inc.

KABN Systems North America Inc. focuses on the verification, management and monetization of digital identity, empowering users to control and benefit from its use of their online identity. KABN propriety technology suite includes 4 key products:

KABN ID is an Always On, biometric and blockchain based digital identity validation and verification platform allowing users to continuously and confidently prove themselves throughout the online community.

Liquid Avatar allows users to create high quality digital icons representing their online personas. These icons, in conjunction with KABN ID, allows users to use Liquid Avatars to share public and permission based private data when they want and with whom they want. www.liquidavatar.com

KABN Card is a Visa approved prepaid card program allowing users to manage both digital and fiat currencies and earn cashback and other loyalty incentives.

KABN KASH is a cashback, loyalty and engagement program that powers the KABN revenue ecosystem.

KABN provides its products and services at no cost to consumers and generates revenues through permission-based partner programs.

KABN Systems North America Inc. is the operating division of KABN Systems NA Holdings Corp., a publicly traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol: KABN

For more information, please visit www.kabnnaholdco.com or www.kabnsystemsna.com

About FFCON

FFCON20 (2020 Fintech and Financing Conference) is an annual conference hosted by Canada’s National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA). Now in its sixth year, FFCON20, held in association with Toronto Finance International, will bring together professionals and innovators in fintech, open banking, digital identity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI, capital markets innovation, sustainable and alternative finance. Further information about the conference can be found at www.fintechandfunding.com

FFCON20 Contacts

Craig Asano
Founder and CEO, NCFA
casano@ncfacanada.org
(416) 618-0254

Partnership Inquiries
Lauren Linton
Advisor, NCFA
lauren@ncfacanada.org
(416) 569-4349

Media Contact
Michele McDermott-Fox
The Top Floor Public Relations
pr@thetopflooragency.com
(905) 379-1893

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Honourable Mary Ng, Minister Small Business, Export and International Trade, Supports FFCON20 DIGITAL’s Innovative Fintech Agenda

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Ministry Small Business, Export and Promotion, International Trade | Minister Ng's Office | June 20, 2020

Minister Mary Ng - Honourable Mary Ng, Minister Small Business, Export and International Trade, Supports FFCON20 DIGITAL's Innovative Fintech AgendaI want to send my sincere congratulations to the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and Toronto Finance International (TFI) on their 6th Annual Fintech and Financing Conference.

Canadians are innovative and entrepreneurial, and Canadian fintech firms and tech businesses are leading the charge when it comes to creating solutions to help Canadians at this extraordinary time.

From the beginning of this crisis, our government has listened and consulted with businesses and stakeholders from across the country – including fintech firms – to ensure we are responding to the real needs of Canadians.

To address the specific needs we heard from Canadian tech companies and high-growth firms, we invested $250 million for early-stage companies through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.

We created capital matching programs that help innovative businesses cover their operating costs with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC).

Over the last few months, we’ve seen many businesses adjusting their business models – finding new and innovative ways to connect with their customers at a distance through revamping their online presence or creating new digital apps. It’s this ingenuity that will help our economy restart and rebuild more quickly in the weeks and months to come.

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Together, our government and fintech businesses can help business owners, entrepreneurs, and all Canadians harness the full potential of the digital economy.

So as you listen and learn at this conference, know that we are committed to your success. We will continue to modernize our legislative and regulatory frameworks to encourage more innovation and emerging financial technologies.

You’re making Canada proud by solidifying our position as a world leader in innovation.

Sincerely,

The Honourable Mary Ng, P.C., M.P.

 

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Honourable Mary Ng, Minister Small Business, Export and International Trade, Supports FFCON20 DIGITAL's Innovative Fintech Agenda The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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Sixth Annual Fintech & Funding Conference —FFCON20— Connects Fintech Community Thru Virtual Interactive Program

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  • Virtual interactive forum on fintech issues & developments
  • Eight weeks, eight themes
  • Presentations from leading industry figures
  • Connecting entrepreneurs and investors
  • Networking opportunities galore

What could be more apposite than a virtual fintech conference? After all, digital technologies, including those related to finance, are part and parcel of the immense virtual world known as the internet. Without digital tech, it would be impossible for the Internet to even exist — and vice versa. So it should come as no surprise to entrepreneurs, investors and others to discover that this year the annual Fintech & Funding Conference, hosted by the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (“NCFA”) in conjunction with the Toronto Finance International (“TFI”), has a virtual interactive agenda. The online event — FFCON20 DIGITAL — will take place every Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET from July 9 through Aug. 27.

See: Vote on your favourite FFCON20 Fintech Draft companies and see them Pitch & Demo July 9 - Aug 27

For each of the eight weeks, the event will focus on a different fintech theme. A global lineup of fintech’s finest will discuss their projects, as well as the latest trends in the space. Attendees will be treated to presentations from a number of notable companies and enjoy ample opportunity to network and engage with peers and presenters.

Since its debut in 2015, FFCON has been providing a platform for pioneers and innovators in the fintech space to share new ideas and insights with each other. The gathering has also developed into an important crucible in the fintech space, catalyzing and facilitating crucial relationships between entrepreneurs and investors. It’s no wonder, then, that FFCON has turned out to be one of Canada’s top tech-networking forums. This year’s FFCON20 DIGITAL is likely to be no different, for the overarching theme of the eight-week event is RISE.

The FFCON series of conference has, year after year, drawn professionals from around the world. Attendees can expect to meet and greet influential figures from diverse fields, including AI, blockchain and crypto, capital markets, digital banking, payments, peer-to-peer finance and wealth management. Participants find themselves in an environment designed to spur growth in the Canadian fintech industry and bring its markets to life.

FFCON event organizers believe that when open-minded and innovative professionals gather together in a convivial environment that fosters discussion and the sharing of ideas, opportunities naturally follow. As such, FFCON offers participants a wealth of opportunity to develop new leads, discover new market channels and forge partnerships around innovation, technology and financing outcomes.

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FFCON20 DIGITAL Weekly themes cover a heterogeneous array of industry issues, including the following:

  • July 09: FFCON20 Kickoff | Scaling FinTech Funding, Innovation and Competition
  • July 16: Digital Banking, Open X, Future of PayTech
  • July 23: Sustainable Finance
  • July 30: Leadership and Adaptability
  • August 06: Digital Identity and Convergence Marketplaces
  • August 13: Currency Wars and the Rise of DeFi
  • August 20: AI in FinTech: Biased and in Need of Regulation?
  • August 27: The Biggest Debates in Fintech (Rated X) | Official Close of FFCON20

The stellar lineup of speakers includes Robert Asselin, senior director of public policy at Blackberry; Pat Chaukos, deputy director of OSC LaunchPad; Elisabeth Laett, managing partner of the Xaphan Group; Dan Dickinson, senior vice president and CIO of EQ Bank and Alixe Cormick, president of Venture Law Corporation.

For more information, visit https://fintechandfunding.com.

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Hub & Company Joins NCFA as an Industry Partner

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NCFA Canada | June 11, 2020

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TORONTO and WATERLOO, June 11, 2020:  The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) is pleased to announce that Hub & Company has  joined NCFA as an industry partner.

NCFA's industry partners are builders, investors and  innovators who have  provided a significant level of service and/or contribution towards the sustainability and  growth  of NCFA and  related fintech  sectors globally. We encourage the fintech  ecosystem to support and  collaborate with NCFA's global  network  of industry  partners by engaging directly with their ventures of mutual interest.

Hub & Company, headquartered in Waterloo, is a venture studio and consultancy that helps you launch, grow or build your organization to attract the next generation of digital natives with integrated, analytical and unique strategies that promote hyper-virality and scale. Our team has extensive experience in growing brands, building products, and fundraising to meet the ever-evolving needs of new markets, platforms and channels.

"Amongst technologists it is clear that the world of digital finance is the future, the trouble lies in creating and communicating financial products that are relevant to consumers.”

               – Olivier Szczepaniak, Managing Partner, Hub & Company

 

"At it's core, Huband.co represent the future of your canvas.  A forward thinking and adaptable venture studio driven by Gen Z innovators and technologists...we're very excited to see where this partnership can go!"

               – Craig Asano, Founder and  CEO, NCFA

 

 

The best place to connect and get more information is at huband.co

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NCFA Interview with Olivier Szczepaniak, Managing Partner at Hub & Company

What excites you most about digital assets and decentralized finance?

It seems most of the innovations in the startup ecosystem could be classified as innovations of convenience. They tend to automate workers on the periphery doing menial tasks, digital assets, and decentralized finance can automate away the centre. Instead of putting the taxi drivers out of a job, digital assets and decentralized finance can put Uber out of a job and put the power into the hands of the taxi drivers. I find the potential of creating novel incentive structures most exciting.

 

Where do you see this industry going in 5-10 years?

There has been a tremendous amount of unbundling in the fintech space, everyone is now offering a bunch of different product lines, and around narrow wedges like payday loans and payment financing. I think we’re reaching a point where it will become overwhelming for consumers to keep up with 10 different apps to manage their money. Thus, I think there will be a re-bundling. It may look like something akin to a “super app,” like we see in the Asian market with Grab or Alipay. It could be the return of more robust personal finance management apps. Or it could happen through automation (ex. Tally which consolidates credit card debt). Fintech seems to be maturing and slowly becoming saturated. CAC is going through the roof, and mindshare is getting harder to come by. I believe that this will lead to the rise of embedded finance. Uber, SmileDirectClub, and Shopify are amongst the first to add financial products to their offering. However, flexible payments and insurance are the tip of the iceberg. I foresee brands like Nike or even Fortnite, that have a deep brand loyalty will start to become big players because they have a natural entry point. If more brands start adding fintech as a feature, all these companies will need infrastructure. I expect more investing dollars will go toward these companies that will help them manage compliance, fraud and other building blocks.

The big winners over the next 5-10 years will be companies who embrace the need for a better user experience for the end user, whether that be in international markets or domestically. Digital assets and democratized finance have come a long way, but the industry seems to just be warming up, and at Hub & Co we can’t wait to see where things go.

 

What are the biggest opportunities and challenges with Fintech in Canada and how can industry, government and key stakeholders best lead the way for a sustainable and successful future?

I’m long Canadian talent, short Canadian regulation. Our financial regulation is great for stability but often inhibits startups ability to move quickly. In a global competitive landscape this can be catastrophic. It would be great to see more innovation tracks in our regulatory system.

 

 

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About NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

About Hub & Company

Founded in 2019, Hub & Company is a venture studio and consultancy that works with companies looking to improve their bottom-lines, public images, corporate strategies, or products. We built our organization on the foundation of partnership and realized that with the collaboration of a large number of successful individuals, students, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and organizational strategists, we could help our clients grow quickly. For more information at Hub & Company, please visit: https://huband.co

 

 


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Consilium Crypto Joins NCFA as an Industry Partner

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NCFA Canada | March 4, 2020

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TORONTO  and MONTREAL,  March 1, 2020   The National  Crowdfunding & Fintech  Association of Canada (NCFA) is pleased to announce that  Consilium Crypto has  joined NCFA as an industry partner.

NCFA's industry  partners are builders, investors and  innovators who have  provided a significant level of service and/or contribution towards the sustainability and  growth  of NCFA and  related fintech  sectors globally. We encourage the fintech  ecosystem to support and  collaborate with NCFA's global  network  of industry  partners by engaging directly with their ventures of mutual interest.

Consilium Crypto, headquartered in Toronto, is a big data  company that provides quantitative and qualitative insights to market participants in the digital asset space, including asset managers, family offices and exchanges.

Consilium analyzes 17,000 trading  pairs, over 1000 assets, across 50+ exchanges, and tracks trading activity down to the millisecond. The system monitors raw transaction data, as well as complete price and liquidity information from order books around the globe. These data  pipelines power the core products, designed to help funds  find alpha  and place  large orders efficiently in times of limited liquidity.

With expertise in Big Data, Algorithmic Trading, and Software Development, Consilium Crypto brings the transparency and professionalism of traditional capital markets to the Digital Asset industry.

"As the Digital Asset industry matures, the need for institutional grade data & analytics will grow exponentially. Consilium provides an actionable source of truth for digital asset markets around the globe.”

– Austin Hubbell, CEO, Consilium Crypto

 

As the digital economy grows,  more  and more  assets will become digitized.  The need for a big data analytics platform  is essential to provide  advanced metrics and APIs to support real time data-driven decisions that help executives and professionals get an edge over their competitors.  Consilium Crypto  has built global data pipelines and partnerships and is key infrastructure of the future, available today,  and we look forward to their contributions as an industry  partner of NCFA.” – Craig Asano, Founder  and CEO, NCFA

 

The best place to connect and get more information is at ConsiliumCrypto.ai

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NCFA Interview with Austin Hubbell, CEO, Consilium Crypto

 

What excites you most about digital assets and decentralized finance?

There are so many  exciting  aspects of decentralized finance, it’s hard  to keep  track  of them  all given the fast pace of innovation  in this industry. Here are a few that  come to mind:

  • Democratization of access to capital.  There are so many great ideas and amazing builders in the world that can’t efficiently access capital to grow their business. Large-scale tokenization efforts will allow entrepreneurs and business owners to raise capital efficiently from a global investor base, whether they need $500 or $500 Million.
  • Tokenized funds and structured products. The ability to wrap systematic strategies into smart contracts and have fund management/administration tasks automated through blockchain technology.

 

Where do you see this industry going in 5-10 years?

One of the major themes we see  is that  the fractionalization and  tokenization of assets will continue to accelerate, allowing for more  efficient flow of capital  across the globe. Combining fractionalized ownership with blockchain-based digital identity solutions will enable individuals, not just institutions, to participate more  freely in global  capital  markets. In the long term,  it will be important to have  certain  rights and  restrictions, regulatory or otherwise, baked into the smart contracts or “tokens” themselves, allowing individuals  to buy and  sell as they please with very little involvement of third parties and  middlemen.

 

What are the biggest opportunities and challenges with Fintech in Canada and how can industry, government and key stakeholders best lead the way for a sustainable and successful future?

Canada has  a history  of producing world-class companies in the digital asset industry, including some of the top solutions for smart contracts,  interoperability and  tokenized securities. Regardless of where  the entrepreneurs are based or where  the original concepts were conceived, a lot of these companies move  away from Canada due  to regulatory burden or uncertainty. I think one of the most  important issues that  needs to be addressed is this brain drain or “IP flight” that  seems to be accelerating.

Canadian entrepreneurs need some assurances that  they can  experiment with new ideas, launch prototypes and  reasonably test  technology without the fear of serious regulatory consequences. There is too much  time and  money  spent on lawyers, and  not enough on real innovation.

 

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About NCFA

The National  Crowdfunding & Fintech  Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that  provides education, market intelligence, industry  stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and  services to thousands of community members and  works closely  with industry, government, partners and  affiliates to create a vibrant and  innovative  fintech  and  funding industry  in Canada. For more  information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

 

About Consilium Crypto

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Digital Identity program to be launched at 20: RISE

TORONTO, ON (February 13, 2020)The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and KABN Systems North America Inc. (KABN NA) announced today they have formed a collaborative partnership to promote Digital Identity management and usage in Canada through a 3 year exclusive partnership launching at the 2020 Fintech and Financing Conference and Expo (FFCON20) to be held in downtown Toronto on March 23-24, 2020.

With finance and fintech touching virtually every business and entity of people’s lives, the NCFA and KABN NA will be embarking on awareness and education programs on the value of having a secure, re-usable online identity that can reduce identity fraud and replace the need to show credentials every time you need to prove your online identity.

KABN Systems North America Inc. is a Canadian Fintech company tha specializes in continuous online Identity Verification, Identity Management and Monetization and is currently in the launch phase of its digital banking and financial services platform, Pegasus Flyte.

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KABN NA recently announced that it has executed Definitive Agreements with Torino Power Solutions (CSE:TPS), subject to all necessary approvals, Torino will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of KABN NA, which will constitute a fundamental change of the Company and that will result in a reverse takeover (the “RTO”) of Torino by KABN NA.

The theme for the 6th annual FFCON20 is RISE, focused on increasing the success and sustainability of Canada’s fintech and financial sector fostering partnerships between fintech companies and financial institutions, opening investment channels and connecting emerging talent with markets.  KABN will be a prominent partner of this event and all other events that the NCFA presents over the next 3 years.

FFCON20 facilitates thought-provoking and relevant discussions, lively debates and personal networking for the cross-pollination of ideas and experiences. The two-day event also provides a variety of competitions where investors can find deal flow and companies can get direct access to prominent investors.  FFCON20, at its core, brings markets to life and provides an open forum for collaboration between emerging companies and major stakeholders.

“Identity is a key component of the online fintech environment and consumers are becoming more aware of its value and vulnerability. We’re very excited to partner with KABN North America to educate consumers and businesses on the value of digital identity in the marketplace, how to protect it and how to manage it.”  Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner and work with the NCFA and leverage their leadership in the Fintech sector and create leadership in the digital identity arena. KABN is focused on collaboration with industry stakeholders and supports educating North Americans about the value of digital identity, to create better use of our private data.” Ben Kessler, CEO, KABN Systems North American Inc.

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The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada.  For more information, please visit: ncfacanada.org

KABN Systems North America Inc. operates the North American programs of the global KABN Network.  KABN provides an Always On patent pending, re-usable identity validation and verification platform, allowing users to continuously and confidently prove themselves to the online community, Exchanges and other services.  KABN NA’s identity services provide the backbone to its financial, loyalty and engagement programs including the Pegasus Flyte Prepaid Card program and KABN KASH, an innovative cash back program where users are connected to major merchants for savings when they shop.  For more information, please visit www.kabnsystemsna.com

For more information, contact:

Craig Asano
Founder and CEO, NCFA
casano@ncfacanada.org
(416) 618-0254

Ben Kessler,
CEO
KABN Systems North America Inc.
info@kabnsystemsna.com

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FFCON20: RISE Event Challenges, Grows Canadian Fintech Industry

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FFCON20 spirit of competition 500 - Honourable Mary Ng, Minister Small Business, Export and International Trade, Supports FFCON20 DIGITAL's Innovative Fintech AgendaTORONTO, Feb. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire – The sixth annual Fintech & Funding Conference and Expo (RISE) convenes on March 23–24, 2020, in Toronto. The must-attend, two-day gathering features a fintech challenge, industry workshops, invaluable pitching, prime networking and a global education. Co-hosted by the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) and Toronto Finance International (TFI), the conference and expo is designed to forge crucial relationships between entrepreneurs, investors and major financial stakeholders.

“FFCON isn’t just about bringing people together,” said Craig Asano, NCFA Founder and CEO. “We are dedicated to creating an experiential environment designed to challenge and grow the Canadian fintech industry and bring markets to life. We have learned that when open-minded and innovative professionals get together and facilitate engagement, debate and share ideas, the opportunities flow. That is what happens at FFCON.”

This year’s event is expected to attract more than 750 attendees, participants and sponsors from leading fintech startups/scale-ups, investors, industry leaders and key stakeholders. Participants come to develop new leads, discover new market channels and forge partnerships around innovation, technology and financing outcomes.

FFCON has gained a reputation for gathering world-class speakers who drive lively debate and thought-provoking discussions. These professionals share new ideas, important experiences and interesting developments within the fintech space. Presentations also explore the latest topics and innovations along with emerging regulation and its impact on financial technology markets.

“We have the opportunity to leverage North America’s second-largest financial centre, combined with its third-largest tech cluster, and use this momentum to become a global fintech leader. Collaboration among industry stakeholders is a critical element required to move Toronto into the top tier of international fintech hubs, and we are pleased to be working with NCFA to support and grow the sector’s innovation ecosystem,” said Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, TFI.

FFCON events are built on the idea that all good business starts with an initial relationship, partnership or project. The FFCON20: RISE agenda is strategically designed to create invaluable opportunities for participants to meet and network with entrepreneurs, investors, regulators and government officials as they search for mentors, investment or funding.

Additional details about FFCON20: RISE, slated for March 23–24, 2020, can be found at https://fintechandfunding.com.

About FFCON

FFCON is a must-attend event focused on raising capital, blockchain technology and alternative investing as well as uncovering and celebrating the rising stars and who’s who of fintech, blockchain, and alternative finance. The conference and expo connect high-growth entrepreneurs and startups seeking seed and growth capital with venture capitalists, retail and accredited investors and institutional asset managers.

About National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners, and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech and insurtech sectors. For more information, please visit: ncfacanada.org

About Toronto Finance International

Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada’s three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI’s mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto’s financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre. For more information, please visit: www.tfi.ca


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