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Mir Adnan Ali

Adnan Ali has over 20 years of high-tech experience in which he has proven his ability to create innovative solutions to complex challenges. As the CIO of InteraXon, Inc., (now MUSE) Adnan was responsible for establishing the corporate infrastructure and programming teams necessary to develop ground-breaking technological advances. Adnan is a seasoned corporate strategist, often drawing upon his experience as an inventor to develop growth strategies and go-to-market models. He is the owner of six patents and the author of numerous scientific journal articles. Adnan has a unique ability to meld corporate experience with academic critical thought. It is this capacity that enables him to guide the strategic growth of CG Blockchain. He holds a B.Sc. Hon. in Applied Mathematics from Western University in Canada.




Alfonso Licata

CEO and President, Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION)

Alfonso has a strong track record in the design and launch of new and disruptive enterprises in the technology space and across multiple market segments. At ORION, Alfonso helps drive the organization’s strategy forward in a highly collaborative and strategic manner.

He brings his unique blend of experience in user-first service, teamwork, and strategic alliance-building to bear on solving the complex problems faced by Ontario’s research, education and innovation community.

Alfonso sits on the board of OCAD University’s Digital Futures Advisory Board, ensuring its relevance by identifying future trends and shifts in skills and knowledge that graduates need. He is also a Volunteer Mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence, supporting teams and companies at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), Communitech and MaRS. He previously held a similar role at Deloitte, after co-founding several technology-based companies over the last 15 years.



Andreas Glarner

Dr. Andreas Glarner works with international companies in the technology, industrial and internet sectors. He specializes in the fields of intellectual property, unfair competition, advertising law, licensing and distribution, as well as information technology and data protection. He acts both as legal counsel and litigator in these fields. In addition, he has extensive expertise in fintech and blockchain technology applications, gaming services, e-payments and export control measures, both from a legal and a compliance point of view. Andreas Glarner has published various articles on topics related to his practice areas.



Byron Gibson

Byron Gibson is a technical consultant focusing on blockchain research and deployment. 


His main interests are in security, risk, and reliability of blockchain infrastructure systems.  He conceived and co-organized a conference series on the topic at Stanford University - Blockchain Protocol Analysis and Security Engineering (https://cyber.stanford.edu/bpase2017).  He is also helping organize a similar conference series at Berkeley (http://cesc.io).  Mr. Gibson holds a BS in Economics and Statistics from Cornell University.

From 2014 through 2015 he was an early employee and COO of Mirror Inc (formerly Vaurum), an early Bitcoin startup.  From 2016 he has advised large multinationals and governmental entities on blockchain use cases. 


He also created two blockchain study groups - Cryptofinance, investigating advanced monetary systems for next-generation blockchain architectures, and the Crypto-Economy Working Group, connecting blockchain technical specialists with legal and policy specialists.  Previously he worked as a programmer mainly in the banking and airline industries, working on data analysis and mission critical business systems respectively. 


He believes there is a need for an independent research organization that fills the gap between the practical application development of corporate teams and the more fundamental research of academia.  ColliderX is an independent not-for-profit research organization, funded mainly by potential users and customers of blockchain technology, and with no commercial products of its own.  Thus its interests and financial incentives are aligned to facilitate asking hard questions about the technology and producing high-quality answers that can reliably inform corporate and government strategy.


Elena Litani

Elena is contributing to the formulation of TD Bank distributed ledger technology strategy, representing TD in external collaboration, and leading the development team through the execution of a variety of suitable use cases and POCs.

Prior to joining TD, Elena spent 15 years with IBM, leading a number of IT projects (development and technical pre-sales) in the area of Cloud Computing, Big Data and SOA. In her most recent role, as a Cloud Solution Architect for the IBM Canada Cloud Business, Elena worked with many large Canadian Financial Services customers helping to transition to the Cloud (IaaS and PaaS) and innovate with new technologies such as blockchain, IoT, machine learning.

Elena has a deep passion for technology and innovation, and has been actively involved in open source projects (Apache, Eclipse) and development of new industry standards (W3C). She has presented at multiple conferences (WWW, Apache, IBM InterConnect), has co-authored numerous technical articles and academic papers, and has several pending patent applications as well as granted patents.




Ethan Buchman

Ethan is an Internet Biophysicist.
With background in cell biology, neuroscience, mathematics, machine learning, and distributed computing, his goal is to build tools that encourage humans to self-organize into functional systems, much like molecules managed to self-organize into Life.
Most recently, that means being a co-founder and CTO at Tendermint, coming off a year and a half as lead blockchain engineer at Eris Industries.
He is also Chief at CoinCulture CryptoConsulting, a crypto currency consulting firm in Ontario, Canada that operates Bitcoin ATMs and promotes crypto currency adoption.
You can often find him wearing a skirt, and occasionally standing on his head.


Hans-Arno Jacobsen

Hans-Arno Jacobsen is a professor of Computer Engineering.  He directs and leads the research activities of the Middleware Systems Research Group (msrg.org).

His research aims to ease the development of scalable, reliable, and secure ultra-large-scale distributed applications. In pursuit of these objectives, he engages in basic research on event processing, publish/subscribe, service-orientation, aspect-orientation, and green middleware. In research and development engagements with various companies, he pursues projects on large-scale business process management, service delivery models, service and infrastructure management, and e-energy.

Selected research projects include the PADRES Events & Services Bus (padres.msrg.org) for effective business process management, the eQoSystem project (eQoSystem.msrg.org) for declarative monitoring and control of SLAs (service level agreements) in enterprise applications and business artifacts, and the AspeCtC (ACC) project (aspeCtC.net) for increasing modularity in systems software and embedded systems.

Arno received his Ph.D. degree from Humboldt University, Berlin in 1999 and his M.A.Sc. degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 1994.  Between 1992 and 1998, Arno engaged in pre-doctoral research activities working at various research laboratories worldwide. including LIFIA in Grenoble, France, ICSI in Berkeley, U.S., and LBNL in Berkeley, U.S. After completing his doctorate between 1998 and 1999, Arno engaged in post-doctoral research at INRIA in Rocquencourt, France, before joining the University of Toronto in 2001.

Arno has served as program committee member of various international conferences, including ICDCS, ICDE, Middleware, SIGMOD, OOPSLA and VLDB.  He was the Program Chair of the 5th International Middleware Conference and the General Chair of the Inaugural International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems 2007. He is among the initiators of the DEBS (debs.org) conference series and the Event-based.org (event-based.org) research portal. Further information is available from msrg.org.



Michael Perklin

Michael Perklin, a bitcoin and blockchain super-geek. We wears many hats in this space, including:

·         Chief Information Security Officer, ShapeShift

·         President, CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4) - a non-profit standards organization for blockchains. It's humbling to serve alongside such smart and knowledgeable experts like Joshua McDougall, Pamela Morgan, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Vitalik Buterin

·         Chairman of the Board, Bitcoin Alliance of Canada - A non-profit advocacy group in Canada that provides a media outlet for Bitcoin and a lobby group for Canada’s Government to ensure blockchains remain free and open for all Canadians to use.

Some of his accomplishments include:

For those who remember what life was Pre-Blockchain (year 1 P.B. = 2008. We are now in 7 A.B.) and care what he did before getting involved with bitcoin in 2011, he was a digital-forensic investigator and cybersecurity auditor.

Other things he enjoys include:

  • Playing Guitar, Saxophone, fiddling countermelodies on his keyboard to electronic music
  • Playing boardgames! Settlers of Catan, Agricola, Stone Age, Terra Mystica, Power Grid, Caverna, Ascension, Carcasonne, Splendor, Coup, Avalon, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes!, and many others. (He probably have 8 games of Ascension going on my phone at any given time with various people)
  • Various Sci-Fi including Star Treks, Stargates, Primer
  • Sharing a drink while having intellectually-stimulating conversation with intelligent company



Rahul Raina

Rahul Raina is an Applied Computer Scientist responsible for leading Advanced Analytics & AI technology solution initiatives for mainstream accounts under the Specialist Team Unit for Central Canada region at Microsoft. In addition, he advises on Microsoft Canada’s Apps and Infrastructure initiatives closely tied to AI and Blockchain. Previously, Rahul worked at firms such as Bank of America, Bell Canada, Deloitte, and EY. In his last role, Rahul led innovative Blockchain, Big Data, and AI initiatives on Azure as a Sr. Consultant at EY in USA and Canada. Prior to EY, he served as an R&D Advisor at Rubix by Deloitte before it split and spun-off into Nuco which is now on the board of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. Rahul holds MSc and BSc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, and the University of Toronto, respectively. He also holds MBA from York University.

In his spare time, Rahul serves on the advisory board of ColliderX which is a non-profit focused on driving Blockchain and AI research in Canada.


Sergey Gorbunov

Sergey is an Assistant Professor at University of Waterloo (CrySP group). His interests range from cryptography to design of secure large scale systems, computer networks and protocols. He work in secure cloud computing, topics in computations over encrypted data, and blockchains. Sergey has taught topics courses in computing on encrypted data (cs858), and computer security and privacy (cs458/658) in f'16. He enjoys working with industry and (especially) start-up partners on selected projects.

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PD Dr. Soenke Bartling 

PD Dr. med. Sönke Bartling is the founder of a Thinktank on Blockchain for Science. He sees the blockchain (r)evolution with its identity autonomy and immutable data trailing as an ideal tool to overcome the reproducibility crisis in science and to realize truly open science. Furthermore, the internet of value and trust will allow new ways to distribute research money and to incentivize true innovation (and its sharing!).  

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Steve Mann

Steven Mann is a Canadian researcher and inventor best known for his work on computational photography, particularly wearable computing and high dynamic range imaging.

Mann is a tenured full professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with cross-appointments to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty of Forestry, at the University of Toronto, and is a Professional Engineer licensed through Professional Engineers Ontario.

Mann holds a PhD in Media Arts (1997) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Sc., B.Eng. and M.Eng. from McMaster University in 1987, 1989 and 1992, respectively. He was also inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Hall of Fame, Alumni Gallery 2004, in recognition of his career as an inventor and teacher.[2] While at MIT, in then Director Nicholas Negroponte's words "Steve Mann … brought the seed" that founded the Wearable Computing group in the Media Lab[3] and "Steve Mann is the perfect example of someone … who persisted in his vision and ended up founding a new discipline."[4][5] In 2004 he was named the recipient of the 2004 Leonardo Award for Excellence for his article "Existential Technology," published in Leonardo 36:1.[6][7]

He is also General Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society,[8] Associate Editor of IEEE Technology and Society, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and Senior Member of the IEEE.[9]

Yes, he has a Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Mann


Toufi Saliba

Toufi Saliba is CEO, PrivacyShell and Chair of the ACM Practitioner Board Conference Committee. Toufi's background is mainly in Machine Learning, Decentralized Governance, Distributed Computing, and Cryptography. He'd TODA's protocol co-author. He has authored and co-authored several algorithms, protocols, and patents. Toufi's companies have had several exits for software that he built from the ground up, some ended up at Google, HP and Intel. He sits on multiple Silicon Valley start-up boards, is the founder of the TodaQ Foundation and Chair of the ACM Practitioner Board Conference Committee.


Currently, Toufi runs a start-up factory and InfoSec advisory with Todd Gebhart (ex-Co-President of McAfee and Vice-Chairman of Intel Security) and Dann Toliver (ex-NASA scientist and cryptographer). The firm is called PrivacyShell Corp with offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Toronto. PrivacyShell's portfolio founders have an aggregate of over $27B in exits. PrivacyShell academic partners are growing, currently from Cornell, Stanford, Maryland, Technion, University of Toronto, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Berkley, and MIT.


Toufi's #1 goal in life is enhancing technology to help achieve global prosperity while building profitable businesses and enablements from within.