The Blockchain Society Invite-Only Business Conference @Fasken (Vancouver)

On January 15, 2019 The Blockchain Society hosted a special conference for investors, regulators, corporate and blockchain thought leaders at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. Guests had the chance to hear informative panel discussions and meet new professionals in the space while enjoying incredible panoramic views from the conference room at Fasken’s Vancouver office.

The schedule included the following:

5:30pm: Registration

5:45pm: Networking

6:15pm: Opening remarks by The Blockchain Society

6:30pm: Keynote Presentation

6:50pm: Investment Panel

7:20pm: Break

7:35pm: Panel Discussion

8:10pm: Keynote Presentation

8:30pm: Deal-Making

9:00pm: Closing Remarks

After guests had a chance to meet one another, The Blockchain Society opened the conference by introducing the itinerary for the evening and thanking sponsors CEO Global Network, Fasken, Pithia, EDC and Eventchain for their support.

Frans Tjallingii, Founder and Chair of the New Leaf Project Foundation, opened the conference with a keynote speech about his non-profit work. The New Leaf Project Foundation is a non-profit organization that is executing a pilot project for helping homeless people in Vancouver by leveraging technology and innovative approaches that place the belief in the individual at the core of what they do.


Frans Tjallingii is an experienced leader, entrepreneur, advisor and board member. Most recently he was the Co-founder and CEO of First Coin Capital which was acquired by Galaxy Digital, a full service merchant bank for the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries. At First Coin he worked on different emerging technologies in the FinTech and a variety of other industries. Prior to starting First Coin, he gained an extensive corporate strategy, turnaround and investment analysis experience. He has been a serial start-up enabler since 2014 and is passionate about making an impact in the world, through the startups that he assists and not for profits, such as New Leaf Project which aims to find innovative solutions to homelessness. Frans holds an MSc. in Marine Biology from the University of Groningen and an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Following Frans’ keynote speech, a panel discussion about Blockchain Investments took place, which included insights from Derrek Fahl, Partner at Miller Thomson, Matthew Unger, CEO at iComply, Mo Kumarsi, Blockchain Advisor, and Mansoor Madhavji, Partner at The Blockchain Founders Club.

After the Blockchain Investment panel finished their discussion attendees enjoyed a brief networking break during before hearing from a second Blockchain panel, consisting of Mark Binns, CEO of Netcoins Inc, Ashton Addison, CEO at Eventchain, Duncan McIntyre, COO at Fansuite and Magdalena Gronowska, Senior Managing Partner at HiHi!.


A final keynote speech from Lawrence Lerner, CEO of Pithia, concluded the conference, during which Mr. Lerner shared more information about his Seattle-based company. Pithia is a $170M venture capital company based on the belief that performant blockchains will provide important new capabilities to all industries. Shared ledgers, data stores, identity, and transactions provide considerable advantages to those who adopt them. Pithia invests in new companies developing blockchain-based businesses, existing blockchain companies moving to RChain, and software companies, foundations, and enterprises extending their products and business models with blockchain.

Lawrence Lerner is the CEO of Pithia, and a pioneer in Digital Payments with a history of success in innovation, both within large corporate and startup structures. During his career, Lawrence has worked across industries in multiple roles (executive, lead technologist, public board director) to enable digital transformation, scaling up businesses using edge technologies and processes creating $100Ms in new revenue. Whether it was re-architecting Dun&Bradstreet’s core product (35% growth), delivering the next generation of coupons across 31,000 retailers, growing an outsourcing business by $100M, defining Motorola’s smartphone/ecommerce strategy or helping launch a dozen startups he’s generated wealth for businesses, owners and shareholders. Lawrence has worked in the cryptocurrency space since the late 90’s. Today he is the CEO of Pithia, a blockchain venture company with four startups in the portfolio. They are currently raising their second blockchain fund.

Aaron Ballantyne