The management team brings a combined 60+ years of experience in principal investing and capital markets, and has been investing in the blockchain industry since 2011. The team will leverage its experience and extensive industry relationships, and employ a high standard of due diligence in all investments, to achieve compelling risk-adjusted returns for investors.
BlockTech will make early-stage investments into innovative blockchain technology companies, and implement active trading strategies for cryptocurrencies.
Terence brings 14+ years of investment banking and principal investing experience. He was most recently a managing director at a merchant bank where he sourced and invested in early stage companies, taking an active role in enhancing the business strategy, building the management team, raising capital and positioning the company for an exit strategy. He also led M&A advisory and corporate finance transactions. Prior to this he was an established senior equity research analyst in Asia having covered the industrial and non-bank financial sectors, as well as macro and strategy at CLSA, Asia’s leading independent research firm. Terence was consistently ranked in the top quartile by both Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg for stock recommendation and earnings forecast accuracy, and won Wall Street Journal’s award in 2013 as a top 3 stock picker in Asia for his sector. Prior to this he worked in investment banking advising on corporate finance and M&A transactions with a focus on real estate and natural resource deals. Terence holds a bachelor of arts degree in Economics from the University of Toronto, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Yew began his finance career at Credit Suisse Securities as an Equity Analyst and complemented his capital markets experience at three other boutique investment banking firms at various roles including Investment Banking, Compliance, and as a Fund Manager. Previously, he has also served as the CEO of a public mining company trading on the TSX and Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Most recently, he founded a fintech company and took it public within 3 years. Mr. Yew has an Electrical Engineering Degree from The University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Joseph L. Rotman, University of Toronto.
Tyler Whitaker is a senior analyst at BlockTech with seven years’ experience in project management, research, and development. He has been managing investors’ portfolios in the digital asset space since 2014, accruing over 100x (10,000%) ROI. By leveraging his broad knowledge of blockchain and digital assets through analytical research and careful strategizing, Tyler has earned a reputation for precise market forecasting and ICO predictions. A realist, visionary, and quick thinker, he is able to capitalize on investment opportunities both in the long and short term.The foundation of Tyler’s success is a passion for IT and its diverse applications in the real world. He continues to refine his digital toolkit and to explore this rich territory for the immense financial benefits that define today’s market.
Kenny is an equity trader who brings nearly a decade of finance experience. He has worked in bond trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, investment banking at GMP Securities, and equity research at Credit Suisse and CIBC World Markets where he has developed experience in both client facing and analytical roles. Kenny has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.
Edmund Chan is a senior partner and fund manager with BlockTech Capital Inc., where he leverages compelling, risk-adjusted opportunities and discounts through the company’s exclusive networks, channels, and buying power to maximize his clients’ ROI. He's been involved in the blockchain industry since 2013 and takes a strategic and prudent approach to cryptocurrency investing, Edmund ensures his clients’ investments are best positioned for immediate and continuing growth through risk-reduced portfolio diversification balanced across active trading, medium- and long-term holds, and early-stage blockchain investments. As a passionate, self-motivated leader, Edmund is also a serial entrepreneur. He launched two successful businesses in the e-commerce, distribution, and manufacturing sphere in 2014-2015, scaling both to seven figures in the first year while one became the largest store of its kind in British Columbia. When he’s not working late into the evenings, Edmund enjoys being a foodie and traveller with his beautiful fiancée and staying active year-round through biking, hiking, snowboarding, volleyball, and ice hockey.
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 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. 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.
Matt is an internationally recognized expert in anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorist financing (CTF) and sanctions compliance, consulting full-time with his team at The AML Shop. He has been assisting financial institutions to assess and reduce financial crime and related regulatory risks for fifteen years. He has served as an advisor to the UN as well as Canadian and foreign governments on development of their laws and financial intelligence functions.
Mahdi Shams acts for both public and private companies and has worked on a broad range of domestic and international transactions, including public offerings, public and private mergers and acquisitions, commercial sale agreements, debt and equity financings, private placements and corporate reorganizations. Mahdi is a lawyer at MLT Aikins LLP, which is the fund's legal advisory firm.
Cheyne has been a pioneering figure in the blockchain industry since 2013. A serial entrepreneur with an eye for opportunity, he founded the World’s first physical bitcoin brokerage and later launched the World’s first Bitcoin ATM. He then founded and operated one of Canada’s leading Bitcoin exchanges in 2014 until his exit in 2015. Cheyne now focuses his time researching blockchain 2.0 platforms and educating his community about this emerging asset class. The latest trend in ICO’s and influx of new investors has Cheyne spending more time advising investors and corporations about the many opportunities and pitfalls of this exciting new landscape.