Invited Talks

Dominik Brejta
How the standardization system can help advance blockchain in Canada
Dominik Brejta
Sector Specialist, Standards Council of Canada

Abstract: Standardization is a useful tool that can help industry and government tackle a wide variety of problems. Standards and conformity assessments help foster collaboration, trade, and global connectivity, notably when they are developed by consensus and involve balanced stakeholder participation from industry, government, academia, and civil society. Several foundational standards have been published in the blockchain space, and others are in development, but there is much more work to be done.

In this talk, I will provide an overview of how the standardization system works, introduce some blockchain standards efforts, outline a roadmap for Canadian blockchain standards work, and share insights from stakeholders in the blockchain space to help address challenges and advance opportunities for Canada.

Bio: Dominik Brejta is a Sector Specialist at the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). In this role, he advises industry, academia, and government partners on navigating the standardization system and develop strategies to advance business and policy objectives. Dominik previously worked for a financial sector regulator and a financial services firm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and has completed the Canadian Securities Course as well as the Investment Advisor Training Program from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Erik Valiquette
Breaking down data silos in supply chain
Erik Valiquette
Co-founder and CEO, Blockchain Supply Chain Association

Abstract: Supply chains can be very complex but are still very linear. The industry has been doing business the same way for centuries using physical paperwork to exchange goods between trading partners. Global supply chains are getting ever more complex and in some cases critical to national security. This is why blockchain technology, in conjunction with other technologies or on its own, can play an important role in reshaping today’s supply chains by breaking down traditional data silos.

Bio: Erik is the co-founder and CEO of the Blockchain Supply Chain Association. Through their core services of Advocacy, Collaboration and Education, they bring together like-minded professionals who want to explore Blockchain in their supply chain. The member-driven association's goal is to accelerate the adoption of Distributed Ledger Technology through dialog, to help shape policy with governmental agencies for improved services, and to help the community's voice to be heard.

With a 30 year career in logistics, he’s passionate about bridging the gap between technology and business needs and is a firm believer that Blockchain has the potential to bring global supply chain management to the next level by reducing inefficiencies. Erik is based in Montreal, Canada.

John Kim
To come
John C.H. Kim
Chief Strategy Officer & General Counsel,

Abstract: Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is fiat money in digital form. It is issued by the central bank or monetary authority of a country and is legal tender. It is not private money. The latest BIS survey indicates 90% of the world’s central banks and monetary authorities are at various stages of considering CBDCs. CBDC is quite literally the future of money.

The award-winning "Sand Dollar" issued by the Central Bank of the Bahamas is one of a small handful of live, full-scale CBDC productions in the world. It is also the most stable and most mature, having had a two-year head start. As such, it provides interesting insights and lessons regarding CBDCs and their deployment and use. As a Co-Founder of the company that helped create the Sand Dollar, I will provide a closer look behind the scenes into Sand Dollar and share some of our experiences working with a live CBDC deployment.

Bio: John Kim is a corporate lawyer with two decades of experience in M&A, securities, fintech and digital technologies. He was a partner at the global law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and the Canadian Lead Partner of the firm’s Global Fintech Group. He is a co-founder of which builds regulated digital currency systems around the world.

John is considered a leading legal expert on topics concerning the application of distributed ledger technology, digital currencies and digital assets. He led the team that won the prestigious Central Banking Publications - Advisor of the Year Award for Fintech and Digital Projects in 2020. John consults for central banks, leading financial firms, regulators and academic institutions. He helped launch the world’s first retail Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in production - the Sand Dollar in The Bahamas. John also teaches at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia (UBC).