Networking Event: Blockchain Applied: Hype, Facts & Fiction

February 27, 2018

Event Description

Do you want to know how you can your company should prepare for the Application of Blockchain Technology? Join us at our monthly networking event, there will be networking opportunities, a chance to check out our space and an interactive panel discussion with Blockchain Experts and special guests, Dan Giurescu, Mike Brown, and Terry Ross.

The panel will focus on the following:

  • History of blockchain technology.
  • How blockchain is being applied now.
  • What the future of blockchain is.
  • How Alberta companies should prepare for blockchain technology.
  • What are the opportunities for individuals and start-ups to take advantage of the blockchain revolution?
  • What Blockchain hype should companies be cautious of or run away from?

Panelists

Dan Giurescu
Founder of Terrahub, industrial blockchain education, incubator and consulting. Dan is a dynamic, insightful and collaborative business leader with demonstrated success identifying new market opportunities. Dan thrives on the challenge of commercializing new concepts, guiding teams and inspiring action by creating an environment where taking risks in pursuit of success is encouraged.  Dan leveraged his industry and regulatory knowledge, financial acumen and technology expertise to co-found Caledonia Solutions, a supply chain software for the dangerous goods industry, moving the industry away from paper and into digital innovation. Dan is a Member of The A100 and Mentor with IBM District Ventures. 

Mike Brown

As Director of Innovation within ATB Financial, Mike and the Innovation team are reimagining the future of ATB and how it can make banking work for Albertans. 

Mike currently leads ATB’s efforts around blockchain, where he actively is identifies and manages opportunities to pilot and evaluate blockchain use cases with a vision to transform areas of our industry that are prime for disruption. In 2017, Mike joined the Advisory board for Blockchain Canada and leads ATB’s involvement in the R3 Lab and Research Centre - a global industry consortium of over 80 banks collaborating on distributed ledger solutions. 

Mike’s 20+ years of experience managing various technology-focused initiatives in both the energy and digital marketing sectors, and degrees in engineering and computer science from the University of Saskatchewan, plus an MBA from Queen’s University allow Mike to bring a unique perspective to ATB’s innovation journey.

Terry Ross

Terry Ross has over 15 years experience in business development, policy development and social science research fields.   Terry is currently working with the Schulich School of Engineering on establishing research partnerships and supporting entrepreneurial initiatives.  He recently completed his PhD which focused upon analyzing the emergence of Alberta’s system of innovation and the role of an entrepreneurial government.  Terry is focused upon understanding the disruptive potential of distributed ledger technologies (e.g. blockchain), their potential to upgrade the Alberta economy and working with stakeholders from Government, Academia and Industry to trial new projects. 

Audience

Are you looking to learn more about blockchain and how you and your company should prepare for the Application of Blockchain Technology? This event is perfect for you! 

Disclaimer

Filming and Photography may take place, please read our Notice for Filming and Photography for further information.