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Charlene Cieslik, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer of Coinsquare, Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

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About NCFA Canada | C. Asano | July 9, 2018

TORONTO, JUL 9, 2018 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Charlene Cieslik, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer (CAMLO) of Coinsquare, has joined the Association`s growing Advisory Group to advise on the areas Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering (view).

Charlene Cieslik is the Chief Anti Money Laundering Officer of Coinsquare, Canada's most secure digital asset exchange for buying bitcoin, ethereum, and other digital currencies.  During her 20-year career, Charlene has held roles as the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Chief Anti-Bribery Officer, and Chief Privacy Officer at several Canadian and Foreign scheduled banks, where she was responsible for the development, remediation, and execution of AML/ATF, anti-bribery, regulatory, and privacy programs.

Charlene has worked with several “Big 4” accounting firms and a Canadian fintech company, where she has assisted global financial institutions with AML/ATF program development, particularly with post-regulatory exam remediation and AML/ATF investigations. Charlene holds a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and was an original founder of the Toronto ACAMS Chapter.  She has lectured as a Professor at Seneca College and currently teaches in the Global Leadership Development Program at the University of Toronto on the subject of anti-money laundering and sanction compliance.

"I'm grateful for the honour to join the NCFA's Advisory Group. When it comes to securing financing for your venture, there are many powerful and impactful methods beyond traditional financing, and I'm excited to have the privilege of working to make more options accessible to entrepreneurs and investors - balancing the need for regulation, risk management, and possibilities of innovation while acknowledging the opportunities that transcend borders. The NCFA has built a stellar community that brings together thinkers and entrepreneurs in innovative technologies, and I'm looking forward to playing a role in expanding and building that community with the NCFA."

-- Charlene Cieslik, Chief Anti-money Laundering Officer, Coinsquare

“While global funding networks, protocols, models and digital asset infrastructure continue to evolve it’s critical that industry continues working with regulators and fintech champions to strike the right balance.  Charlene brings an incredible amount of experience to the table and is actively engaged in addressing the regulatory hurdles that need to be solved before these new technologies can scale and reach mass adoption.”  Craig Asano – CEO & Founder, NCFA

Source:  NCFA

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
Founder and CEO
NCFA Canada
416 618 0254
casano@ncfacanada.org


The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with cryptocurrency, blockchain, crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, STO, and online investing stakeholders globally. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, services, and networking opportunities to thousands of members and subscribers and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding and fintech industry. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: ncfacanada.org

 

 

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Betakit | Jonathan Shaanan | Sep 24, 2018 Last year, we released the first edition of Ferst Capital Partners’ FinTech Map, plotting all FinTechs serving Canadians by vertical and growth stage. We received a lot of great feedback and were proud to see our work referenced by both investors and regulators. Today, we are releasing an updated version, along with some other telling charts on the overall state of FinTech in Canada. There is a lot of data packed into these charts (426 companies were analyzed), so we encourage you to grab a cup of coffee and take your time as you go through them. We have included several of our own takeaways below each diagram but, with plenty of ways to slice the data, you will undoubtedly develop many of your own. As a result of this exercise, we found two recurring themes worth highlighting. The first one is obvious to all of us tracking the space, while the second may be more subtle. If we want home-grown companies to lead the next wave of financial services in Canada, both regulators and investors will need to play their part. The more obvious theme is that the cryptocurrency and blockchain ...
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Management Today UK | by Conrad Thompson | Sep 21, 2018 Brexit is an opportunity for regulators to enable innovation while protecting wider society, says PA Consulting's Conrad Thompson. The UK has a well-established and well-respected system of regulation, which the majority (83%) of the public see as good for society and for business. But without action, this won’t last long. Brexit is looming on the horizon, with huge implications for our regulatory framework. Firms in all industries need to focus on innovation to keep up with, let alone stay ahead of, new customer behaviours and the increasing pace of technological change. Regulators will have a growing role, particularly in a post-Brexit world, to remove the barriers to innovation, for example by minimising the hoops organisations need to jump through to release new products or services. There is an opportunity here for the UK’s regulators to be a source of competitive advantage for British businesses, but they will need to understand how they can do this whilst still delivering on - and keeping within - their statutory duty to protect society. Co-create Regulators must play an active role in promoting innovation. This starts with regulators and regulated companies working more ...
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NCFA Canada | Sep 21, 2018 Ep10-Sep 21: A Regtech-based Blockchain KYC Solution for Document Custody About this episode: On this episode, our host Manseeb Khan sits down with the CEO of Commercial Passport Brice Penaud. They chat about what KYC looks like in blockchain, how fintech and regtech can work alongside with governments, and the benefits of creating a digital identity. Enjoy! Host: Manseeb Khan, NCFA, Fintech Fridays show host Guest: Brice Penaud, CEO, Commercial Passport Bio: Commercial Passport provides global digital KYC solutions, helping financial institutions reduce the time to on-board clients by automating beneficial ownership analysis and client document maintenance. Based in Toronto, Canada, Commercial Passport’s Universal KYC Solution is a paradigm shift in KYC collection, providing senders and receivers a clear chain of custody for KYC documents through blockchain technology. Subscribe and tune in each Friday to check out the latest movers and shakers in fintech. Listen to more Fintech Fridays podcasts here Transcription of Interview Manseeb Khan: Hey Everybody how are you doing today Manseeb Khan here . And you tuning in to Fintech Friday's today. I have. OK. I know I see this every episode. But I do have a really incredible guest today ...
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The Globe and Mail | Clare O’Hara | Sep 20, 2018 Cryptocurrency trading platform Coinsquare is moving into the exchange-traded fund business as its investment management division launches two new technology funds. Coin Capital Investment Management Inc., a portfolio management subsidiary established in July, has become the 30th ETF provider in Canada with the launch of two new ETFs focused on global emerging technologies. With a management fee of 0.64 per cent, the Coincapital STOXX Blockchain Patents Innovation Index Fund (LDGR) and the Coincapital STOXX B.R.AI.N. Index Fund (THNK) began trading Thursday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange. “Canadians know technologies like AI and the blockchain are going to change the way we live and work, but it can be difficult to access high-quality investments in these sectors without deep domain expertise,” said Coin Capital CEO Lewis Bateman. Blockchain is an online digital ledger. Once a transaction is completed, it goes into a blockchain database and is kept as a permanent, secure record. It is most commonly known as the technology behind the booming cryptocurrency bitcoin, which soared above US$18,000 last December. See:  Coinsquare launches Coin Capital Investment Management Inc. to help Canadians invest in emerging technology LDGR will aim ...
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FastCompany | By Lydia Dishman | Sep 20, 2018 When you have a technology that’s only 10 years old, women and underrepresented minorities have the chance to change this corner of the tech industry. Yael Rozencwajg recently had an experience that was unusual for a woman in tech. Speaking at a conference for executives in the blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) space, Rozencwajg found herself explaining the digital ledger system that forms the basis of blockchain technology to about 200 people, most of whom were white, male CEOs. “There was a lot they didn’t know,” the founder of startup Blockchain Israel tells Fast Company. The difference was that the audience was respectful and deferential, despite the prevailing reality that when women are outnumbered in a work setting like this, several studies show that they are talked over, interrupted, or simply ignored. Rozencwajg chalks it up to the relative newness of the blockchain space. The technology is only 10 years old and was initially used to record bitcoin transactions. But its applications have since moved from solely recording bitcoin and other digital currency transfers to smart contracts and other transactions that need the security that an immutable record can provide ...
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Blockchain is here – so what next? The Blockchain Developer Opportunity If you are a software engineer interested in emerging high growth project opportunities, you’ll want to ensure your technical skills are polished and you have access to proper training and resources. There is a significant shortage of skilled Blockchain developers unable to meet the demand of emerging projects! NCFA is pleased to announce an inaugural educational partnership with the Blockchain Learning Group offering a special introductory rate to attend an immersive, 2-day Blockchain developer training course on decentralized application development to help fill the gap of skilled engineers while connecting graduates to project opportunities. According to a recent 2018 PwC survey, 84% of 600 executive responders confirmed some involvement with Blockchain technology from proof of concepts to well capitalized international scale-ups and incumbents looking to modernize legacy systems. Distributed and immutable ledger applications are evolving rapidly with uses cases that improve trust and transparency for many business processes while distributing transactions to a decentralized network in a way that reduces costs and eliminates intermediaries. While crypto markets have exceeded $200 billion in just the last 2 years alone, the underlying technology is forecasted to disrupt almost every vertical with ...
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Incipient Industries | Steven Dryall | Sep 19, 2018 Incipient Industries Releases Whitepaper Describing How Cryptocommodities  Are Created and Used As The Basis For A Stable Cryptocurrency Toronto, ON, Canada, September 17, 2018 - Incipient Industries Inc. announces the release of the definitive whitepaper on the subject of cryptocommodities. Following years of development combined with the dissemination of information related to cryptocurrency viability and asset- based cryptocurrencies, an actual description of how to deploy a cryptocommodity  is now available. This is a first in the burgeoning cryptocurrency industry and represents a significant step towards a stabilized digital economy. The cryptocurrency industry is still developing and discovering ways to integrate with traditional financial systems or to replace them altogether. The introduction of cryptocoomodities into the cryptosphere creates a new category of opportunities for pioneers in the space. For those seeking a solution to a stable cryptocurrency, this is the best path to success. See:  3 Clever Ways To Reach Crypto Price Stability, And One Giant Leap Of Faith “This is a perfect use case for cryptocurrency and also follows the Three Pillars of a Viable Cryptocurrency framework.” says Steven Dryall, CEO of Incipient Industries, who has pioneered several key concepts of ...
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Bloomberg | Joshua Brustein | Sep 4, 2018 With fewer than 100 residents, Ocean Falls is looking for a revival after almost four decades of industrial false starts. In 1971, an 11th grader named Greg Strebel wrote the introduction to a book about Ocean Falls, the tiny town in the British Columbian hinterlands where he lived. Strebel mentioned the odd fact that many of the town’s roads were made of wood, said the weather wasn’t as bad as some people made it out to be and noted that it had just gotten a new school building. But the one thing that mattered above all, according to Strebel, was the paper mill. “To most, 'the mill’ imparts a sense of security by its presence,” he wrote. “A low throb of power is audible throughout most of the town as long as the mill runs, accompanied by voluminous exhalations of steam.” The security provided by the mill turned out to be fleeting. It went silent when Strebel was in his 20s. Most of the buildings in Ocean Falls that haven’t been demolished over the decades are crumbling in place, and Strebel, along with most everyone who once lived there, is long gone. A ...
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Australian Financial Review | Michael Bailey | Sep 12, 2018 Businesses wishing to raise money from retail investors will no longer have to convert to an unlisted public company structure, after an amendment to 2017's equity crowdfunding legislation passed federal Parliament. The legislation, which takes effect in 28 days from Wednesday, allows proprietary companies or unlisted public companies with annual turnover or gross assets of up to $25 million to advertise their business plans on ASIC-licensed crowdfunding portals, and raise up to $5 million a year to carry them out. Investors can put up to $10,000 a year each into an unlimited number of ideas. Australian private companies are typically limited to a maximum of 50 non-employee shareholders. However, under these reforms, investors acquiring shares through a crowdfunding portal are excluded from this cap, allowing private companies to raise funds from potentially hundreds or thousands of investors. See:  Australia and UK set up FinTech Bridge to deepen collaboration between governments, regulators, and industry bodies Proprietary companies with crowdfunded shareholders will have to prepare annual financial and directors' reports in accordance with accounting standards. Only large proprietary companies, defined as those with any two of either $25 million turnover or above, $12.5 million of gross ...
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Charlene Cieslik, Advisor, AML and Compliance

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Charlene Cieslik, Advisor, AML and Compliance

Charlene Cieslik is the Chief Anti Money Laundering Officer of Coinsquare, Canada's most secure digital asset exchange for buying bitcoin, ethereum, and other digital currencies.  During her 20-year career, Charlene has held roles as the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Chief Anti-Bribery Officer, and Chief Privacy Officer at several Canadian and Foreign scheduled banks, where she was responsible for the development, remediation, and execution of AML/ATF, anti-bribery, regulatory, and privacy programs.

Charlene has worked with several “Big 4” accounting firms and a Canadian fintech company, where she has assisted global financial institutions with AML/ATF program development, particularly with post-regulatory exam remediation and AML/ATF investigations. Charlene holds a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and was an original founder of the Toronto ACAMS Chapter.  She has lectured as a Professor at Seneca College and currently teaches in the Global Leadership Development Program at the University of Toronto on the subject of anti-money laundering and sanction compliance.

"I'm grateful for the honour to join the NCFA's Advisory Group. When it comes to securing financing for your venture, there are many powerful and impactful methods beyond traditional financing, and I'm excited to have the privilege of working to make more options accessible to entrepreneurs and investors - balancing the need for regulation, risk management, and possibilities of innovation while acknowledging the opportunities that transcend borders. The NCFA has built a stellar community that brings together thinkers and entrepreneurs in innovative technologies, and I'm looking forward to playing a role in expanding and building that community with the NCFA."  Charlene Cieslik

 

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Victoria Bennett, Strategic Marketing Principal, Bennett Milner Williams Consulting Ltd., Joins NCFA’s Ambassador Program

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About NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | March 21, 2018

CALGARY, Mar 21, 2018 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today announced that Victoria Bennett, Strategic Marketing Principal, Bennett Milner Williams Consulting Ltd., has joined the Association’s Ambassadors Program.

NCFA Canada Ambassadors

NCFA Canada Ambassadors are leaders, educators, supporters and advocates of an inclusive and broad-based alternative finance crowdfunding industry in communities across Canada. They are circles of influence and ‘go to resources’ for small businesses, organizations and investors to connect with, share and learn about crowdfunding via locally hosted events and initiatives. Ambassadors are specialists and plugged into an international network of shared resources, thought leadership, and industry professionals striving to cultivate and shape the future of finance in Canada and beyond.

Victoria Bennett, Strategic Marketing Principal, Bennett Milner Williams Consulting Ltd.

Victoria Bennett ran her first successful crowdfund campaign over four years ago, a long time in crowd funding years. A strategic marketer by training, she has worked on many major brands including Tide, Pampers, ENMAX and TD. She has used her skills as a marketer, to identify the solution the product or service provides, the target market, the so-what, and to communicate clearly, effectively and consistently to the crowd; all skills vital to crowdfunding. She has run successful campaigns in Canada and in Europe and her team is currently consulting for a number of Canadian equity and rewards crowdfund campaigns.

"Entrepreneurs are not well served by the current closed networks, if you don’t have a good network of friends and family, any great idea will fail. The Canadian government opened up equity crowdfunding in 2015 and we have seen companies in both the start-up and growth stage benefit. The benefits, whether it be rewards or investment crowdfunding are much more than just the capital, a community of advocates, who believe in the company.  The pace of adoption has not been at the same rate as in the US and particularly the UK where government policy has strongly encouraged investment crowdfunding to finance companies. I am pleased to see NCFA lobbying the government for further support and policy change for crowdfunding, and hope to see the benefits across all crowdfunding platforms," said Victoria Bennett, NCFA Ambassador

“The fintech and crowdfunding sectors in Canada need more experienced advocates who truly understand the capital and growth benefits for small businesses launching ventures or products to market inherent in crowdfinancing, along with the wider economic benefits and job creation for the country and welcome Victoria’s sustained expertise and industry support," said Craig Asano, CEO, NCFA Canada.

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The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding and fintech industry in Canada.  For more information, please visit:  ncfacanada.org

Source: NCFA Canada

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Media Contacts:

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

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Michael R. King, Tangerine Chair in Finance and Co-Director, Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab – Ivey Business School at Western University Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | March 19, 2018

Michael R. King, PhD CFA,
Advisor, Fintech Research & Education

TORONTO, MAR 19, 2018 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Prof. Michael R. King, Tangerine Chair in Finance and Co-Director of the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School, Western University, has joined the Association`s growing Advisory Group to advise on the areas fintech research and education.

Michael R. King, PhD CFA - Tangerine Chair in Finance, Co-Director, Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab - Ivey Business School at Western University Professor Michael King is the co-Director of the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School – Canada’s first research centre studying the impact of financial technologies (“FinTech”) on banking and financial services. Michael joined Ivey in 2011 after two decades working in international financial markets.

Between 1990 and 1998 Michael worked in investment banking and trading in New York, London, and Zurich with Credit Suisse and RBC Dominion Securities. After finishing his PhD at the London School of Economics, Michael joined the Bank of Canada in Ottawa from 2001 to 2008 where he worked in the Financial Markets and International Departments.  From 2008 to 2011, Michael worked for the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, Switzerland studying financial markets, foreign exchange, and banking regulation.

At Ivey, Michael is an Associate Finance Professor and teaches on the undergraduate, MBA and Executive Education programs. His research focuses on fintech, banking, capital markets, and international finance. He is a member of the Responsible Research for Business and Management (RRBM) Network, which believes in producing credible knowledge that is ultimately useful for addressing problems important to business and society.

“It is a privilege to be joining the NCFA Advisory Group at this critical juncture in the development of Canada’s fintech ecosystem. The NCFA has been playing a leading role to advance crowdfunding and fintech through its publications, its conferences, and its outreach to regulators and policymakers. At Ivey, we share the belief that Canada can and should be a leader in fintech globally. We also feel passionately that more needs to be done to educate the public on the benefits of fintech, and to highlight for decision makers the obstacles to innovation. Analysis and advocacy backed by research and data collection are important tools for advancing this vital sector.” -- Michael R. King, PhD CFA

“The growth of fintech in Canada needs the full support of regulators, government and the whole fintech ecosystem to come together to address opportunities and challenges.  We’re thrilled and welcome Prof. King’s contributions across the board and look forward to developing a strategic roadmap to advance education and fill data collection gaps to further impact the growth and global competitiveness of crowdfunding and fintech in Canada” – Craig Asano, NCFA Canada

 

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The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.  For more information, please visit:  ncfacanada.org

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
Founder and CEO
NCFA Canada
416 618 0254
casano@ncfacanada.org

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Global Blockchain Becomes Media Sponsor for FFCON18: VELOCITY

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Global Blockchain Release | Shidan Gouran | March 2, 2018

Participating alongside leading names in blockchain, fintech and the finance world, this conference will be where many advances for blockchain will occur in 2018.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GLOBAL BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP. (CSE:BLOC) (CSE:BLOC.CN) (CSE:BLOC.CNX) (FSE:BWSP) (OTC:BLKCF) ("BLOC" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it will be a media partner for the Fintech and Funding Conference of 2018.

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and partners are proud to present FFCON18: VELOCITY (2018 Fintech and Funding Conference) on Monday, March 5th and Tuesday, March 6th. Currently in its fourth year, this conference offers a full scope of insights, knowledge and commentary from leaders and innovators in the blockchain industry;  as well as regulators, lawyers and several notable names in the world of tech. BLOC is proud to announce that it will be a media partner for this event, giving it presence at what will be a defining conference for the trajectory of the blockchain in Canada for 2018 and beyond.

“We are honoured to have BLOC on board as a media partner,” says Craig Asano - Founder and CEO of NCFA. “Their accomplishments to date in blockchain-related ventures have helped to put Canada on the map as a leading market in this sphere. We’re thrilled to have BLOC participate at FFCON, because we know the amount of influence that they carry in this field - which is very much of interest to our attendees, exhibitors and speakers.”

See:  Fintech and Funding 2018 Conference March 5-6, Toronto, Blockchain, Crypto and Alternative Investing

At the conference, there will be five different streams of content, several learning and networking events, VIP one-on-one meetings, 12 pitching companies, and over 50 speakers - including  the President of BLOC, Mr. Shidan Gouran.

“I’m really happy that we’re getting to be part of this conference,” says Mr. Gouran. “As blockchain jumps past the initial hurdles of adoption, everyone is trying to understand all of the different angles of it - taking somewhat of a holistic approach. The team behind FFCON has done a great job to bring in experts from nearly every relevant area, and this is going to be an event that you don’t want to miss if you want to be part of Canada’s climb to the top of the blockchain world.”

In light of substantial changes to and developments in cryptocurrencies and the blockchain over the past year, this will be the most impactful FFCON event so far. With even greater changes and developments coming on an even larger scale, the insights that come from this event will be essential both for active blockchain participants and for entities who are just getting introduced to it.

For more information, please contact info@globalblockchain.io

On behalf of the Company:
Shidan Gouran, President
(416) 854-3017

About Global Blockchain Technologies Corp.

The Company provides investors access to a basket of direct and indirect holdings within the blockchain space, managed by a team of industry pioneers and early adopters of all major cryptocurrencies.

BLOC is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) and its common shares trade under the ticker symbol "BLOC". Additional information relating to BLOC is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, the CSE at www.theCSE.com, as well as on the Company's website at www.globalblockchain.io.

About FFCON18: VELOCITY

FFCON (Fintech and Funding Conference) is an annual conference hosted by NCFA Canada in its fourth year, with an educational objective that brings together professionals and innovators in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and alternative investing. It is being held on Monday, March 5th and Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 in downtown Toronto. The VELOCITY theme is all about speed, efficiency, and reducing friction; all of which are commonly shared objectives among participants in the blockchain ecosystem. Additional information about the conference can be found at www.fintechandfunding.com.

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Money No Object? Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Feature at Fintech and Funding Conference

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Announcing the 4th Annual Fintech and Funding Conference Focusing on the VELOCITY of Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Alternative Investing Markets on March 5-6, 2018 at the Design Exchange in Toronto

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / February 14, 2018 / The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada announces Canada's leading financial technology and funding conference, FFCON18. The conference will be held March 5-6, 2018 at the Design Exchange in Toronto.

If you are a fintech investor, a company actively raising capital, or a key decision-maker / stakeholder in technology and capital markets innovation initiatives and programs, FFCON18 is a must-attend event that will deliver the most comprehensive thought leadership, education, networking, and investment and pitching opportunities to more than 500 global participants.

In its fourth year, FFCON18 offers an expanded platform on the theme VELOCITY, which is all about speed, efficiency, and reducing friction. It will feature Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Alternative Investing. There will be 5 different streams of content, 50+ speakers, and 12 pitching companies, as well as company demos, workshops, and opportunities for immersive learning and networking.

Tech-enabled financial innovation is advancing at such an incredible speed that regulations, innovators, markets, and investors are all at the intersection of change. ''The web forever changed content distribution. Social media forever changed marketing. Cryptocurrency will forever change money. We are a proud supporter of FFCON18,'' says Steven Dryall, Founding Director at Nikola Tesla Unite Ltd., the Presenting Partner of FFCON18. While the pace of change is exciting for innovators and market makers, it causes enormous friction for traditional institutions who control financial services today, as well as for regulators who are grappling with rules that were not meant to govern financial transactions using the latest technologies. Lou Kerner, Co-Founder and Partner at CryptoOracle, says: ''We're excited to participate at FFCON18 which is bringing key innovators together. Crypto's impact in terms of disruption and wealth creation will dwarf the impact of the internet.''

FFCON18 showcases an amazing lineup of speakers including securities regulators from B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, as well as leading blockchain, fintech, and cryptocurrency experts from Nikola Tesla Unite, CryptoOracle, Gowling WLG, Pegasus Fintech, Equibit Group, Coinlist, TMX Group, Ci3, Progressa, CoinPayments, CoinTraffic, Polymath, Vanbex Group, Crowdfund Insider, Token Funder, and many more. Twelve pre and post-revenue companies selected to pitch live at FFCON18 include Cinchy, Coder, ColliderX, Distributed ID, FintruX, JustGotThat! Inc., Kick City, Kodisoft, Neptune Dash Technologies, SENSO.AI, Swiggle and Voleo, with sessions led by TechStars Toronto, Brightspark Ventures, McCarthy Tétrault and Launch Academy.

Check out the conference website for more details: FintechandFunding.com (Event hashtag: #FFCON18)


The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, P2P, ICO, and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, and networking opportunities to over 1600+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada.  For more information, please visit:  ncfacanada.org

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Alan Wunsche, CEO, TokenFunder Joins National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Jan 3, 2018

Alan Wunsche, Advisor, Blockchain and Fintech

TORONTO, JAN 3, 2018 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Alan Wunsche, Co-founder and CEO of TokenFunder, has joined the Association`s growing Advisory Group to advise on the areas of fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Alan Wunsche, MBA, CPA, CA, CBP – Founder, TokenFunder and Co-founder/Chair, Blockchain Canada

Alan is a leading blockchain finance technologist focused on new blockchain business models and the disruptive impacts of blockchain on global wealth distribution. He is CEO & Chief Token Officer of TokenFunder, a regulatory-compliant blockchain venture funding platform with Ontario's first regulated Initial Token Offering. A Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP), Alan is also Chair & Co-Founder of Blockchain Canada, a Canadian federal not-for-profit corporation with a mission to help Canada innovators be a leader in blockchain technology, and elected Canadian Chair of Canada’s ISO/TC307 Blockchain Standards Committee. A trusted business partner to numerous CIO’s, CFO’s CRO’s, CMO’s and CHRO’s, he brings hands-on technology experience as a finance, governance and risk transformation executive at a global bank (Scotiabank), management consulting (Deloitte, PwC), and various startups.

"Blockchain technology has ushered in a new world of digital finance, offering innovative businesses an entirely new financing mechanism and a new asset class for innovative investors.  Through a powerful new combination of cryptography, game theory, and economic incentives, businesses can now offer their investors digital tokens that live on a global public blockchain, posing a threat to traditional venture capital. These tokens can be programmed to represent equity, debt, royalty streams, or a variety of derivatives.  Launched as initial coin offerings or initial token offerings, these tokens now represent cryptoassets that token holders can securely own or will transfer amongst themselves without traditional securities exchanges.  As adoption of this financial innovation accelerates, regulators seek to promote the innovation and balance with investor protections. Associations such as NCFA and Blockchain Canada are at the forefront of this regulatory dialogue." -- Alan Wunsche, Founder and CEO, TokenFunder

“Alan has been the driving force behind TokenFunder, Ontario’s first approved ICO in the province and soon to be regulated dealer of tokens and Initial Coin Offerings.  As a new wave of financial innovation in capital markets is upon us, we welcome Alan’s expertise and collaborative efforts as the fintech infrastructure of 2018 unfolds to a massively growing audience.” – Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA Canada

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a national non-profit actively engaged with social and investment crowdfunding, alternative finance, fintech, peer-to-peer (P2P), initial coin offerings (ICO), and online investing stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, industry stewardship, networking opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, academia and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and online financing industry in Canada.  For more information, please visit:  ncfacanada.org

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
Founder and CEO

NCFA Canada
416 618 0254
casano@ncfacanada.org

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