Blockchain Leaders Look to Establish Canada as Global Hub for Development and Innovation

TORONTO, September 3, 2019 – Canada’s foremost leaders in blockchain are convening in Toronto to kick-off the Toronto Global Forum on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 to showcase their vision to see a new Silicon Valley for blockchain built in Canada. The Chamber of Digital Commerce Canada is leading a panel discussing Canada’s opportunity to establish itself as a global hub for blockchain technology development and innovation. 

Panelists will share key insights on the Canadian market opportunity with business and public sector leaders, including an update on the ongoing “Canadian Blockchain Census” to be released later this month. The Census is Canada’s first-ever blockchain ecosystem report, developed in partnership with the Blockchain Research Institute. Based on insights and interviews from hundreds of companies, regulators, government agencies, post-secondary institutions and more, the Census will present leaders with tangible data on the size, scale and value of the blockchain ecosystem. 

Tanya Woods, Managing Director, Chamber of Digital Commerce Canada – will moderate the panel discussion featuring Don Tapscott, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute; Iliana Oris Valiente, Managing Director and Canada Innovation Hub & Blockchain lead, Accenture; and Wes Fulford, CEO, Bitfarms.

The panel will also build on the set of recommendations issued by the Chamber of Digital Commerce Canada to the federal government, ahead of the upcoming election, to create a clear regulatory framework for the advancement of blockchain technology. 

“With high-paying jobs, skilled talent, and strong innovation ecosystem, Canada’s potential to build the infrastructure of the global digital economy is significant,” said Woods. “The time to seize this opportunity is now. We hope that after Election 2019, we see a stronger commitment from government leaders to embrace and support Canada’s blockchain innovation ecosystem.”

“Canada is in the running to become home to the Silicon Valley of blockchain, the technology which represents nothing less than the second era of the Internet,” said Tapscott. “This opportunity is in our grasp, but it will require meaningful action from our leaders to make the most of it.” 



About the Chamber of Digital Commerce Canada

The Chamber of Digital Commerce Canada provides dedicated support for Canada’s emerging and rapidly growing blockchain ecosystem. Our mission is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and blockchain-based technologies. As broad and multi-sectoral applications of blockchain technology continue to emerge, so too do the complex policy, legislative, and regulatory issues.  These unique issues are driving critical conversations across our country. They are also demanding attention and action from governments around the globe and will do so for the foreseeable future. Through education, advocacy, and working closely with policy makers, regulatory agencies and industry, our goal is to develop an environment that fosters blockchain innovation, infrastructure, job creation, and investment in Canada. 

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Madison Simmons