Chami Akmeemana is the CEO of Convergence.Tech and Trybe.ID. He pursued a Ph.D. in Bioceramic Engineering at Queen Mary, University of London, until deciding to forgo an academic career in favor of Law Enforcement. In 2002, he joined London’s Metropolitan Police.
Chami has had 4 successful exits over the last 16 years and is passionate about the intersection of technology, business and social good. His experience includes serving as Fintech Advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission, Managing Director Fintech and Blockchain at the Global Risk Institute and sits on the Research Advisory Committee of Supply Chain Canada
Chami has had 4 successful exits over the last decade and is passionate about the intersection of technology, business and social good.
Kim Cameron is a Canadian computer scientist and engineering leader who has worked since the emergence of the Internet to create a humanistic system of Digital Identity. Kim moved to Seattle to join Microsoft in 1999 when it acquired Toronto-based Zoomit Corporation, a software company dedicated to digital identity that he co-founded in 1980. In 2000 he became the Architect of Microsoft’s Active Directory, which evolved into the most widely deployed identity technology used in enterprises globally. As the growth of the Internet made the importance of identity increasingly evident, his role expanded to become Chief Architect of Identity for Microsoft, a position he held until his retirement in 2019.
Kim led Microsoft to build technology that was part of an “identity metasystem” that worked across vendors, technologies and political boundaries. He introduced the concept of “claims” so the system could handle a world where the assertions of different entities were trusted for different things and to different extents – a major building block for what became cloud computing. In 2004 he wrote the Laws of Identity, a document that has long influenced both technologists and regulators, and which Microsoft adopted to guide its innovation. At the same time he began to champion innovations that would put users in control of their own identity as a way to solve the privacy and security problems of both individuals and organizations – work he continues to advance today.
Kim was the Architect of Microsoft’s Active Directory, which evolved into the most widely deployed identity technology used in enterprises globally.
Murtaza brings over 20 years of experience in training, marketing, project management and product development for both global firms and Canadian companies. He is an accomplished training and marketing professional with extensive experience in the technology, insurance, financial, transportation and retail industries.
Murtaza is an accomplished marketing professional with extensive experience in the technology, insurance, financial, transportation and retail industries.
Maryam is an operations and growth leader with a proven track record and extensive experience in growth stage and startup organizations across diverse industries. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President of Operations at Citco Fund Services, the world’s leading Alternative Investment Fund Administrator, Maryam was responsible for managing customer success and acquisition while also driving process transformation and product innovation to scale and optimize operational capacity. Being a lover of all things food and an avid follower of emerging technologies, Maryam co-founded The Revolving Kitchen, a digital market place that automates the commercial kitchen rental process and connects aspiring food entrepreneurs with established players in the restaurant industry. Maryam has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Master in Business Administration from York University & Northwestern University.
Maryam is an operations and growth leader with a proven track record and extensive experience in growth stage and startup organizations across diverse industries.
Uri leads discussions with global Education and Healthcare partners on digital identification and credentials, and advises on strategic planning and opportunities.
Prior to this role, Uri was Director - Strategic Partnerships with ApplyBoard, facilitating international education recruitment agreements in Canada and Australia. Previously, he was Country Director – Canada at IDP, leading the student-recruitment and IELTS testing in Canada and Latin America.
Born and Halifax and educated in Montreal, Canada, he has years of leadership experience in international education, with specific focuses on recruitment, student services, operations, and contracts. He enjoys building senior-level industry and government relationships and presenting at national and international events. Uri has traveled extensively, engaging with stakeholders and students from North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.
Uri leads discussions with global Education and Healthcare partners on digital identification and credentials, and advises on strategic planning and opportunities.
Adam currently leads engineering operations with Trybe.ID. He is a driven engineer and educator, with a background in Mechatronic Systems and Software Engineering. He has been active in the Blockchain ecosystem for several years and has been involved in a variety of initiatives spanning both software education and development globally.
Adam is a driven engineer and educator, with a background in Mechatronic Systems and Software Engineering.
Erik has 15 years of experience in corporate IT and systems development, having worked extensively in the government sector as a technical lead and project manager on the ideation, design, delivery, and operations of large-scale enterprise technology solutions. His diverse experience includes building out systems involving sensor networks to aggregate data for flood forecasting, public-facing web based government services portals, and a blockchain-based traceability solutions leveraging mobile devices and RFID technologies for clients in Canada and abroad.
Erik has 15 years of experience in corporate IT and systems development.
Bill works with clients in Education and Healthcare on issues surrounding digital identification and credentialing. Bill has spent his career working with clients and leading teams serving Higher Education, K-12 and State and Local Government Partners in the SaaS, Ed tech and eLearning markets with companies such as Blackboard, MacMillan, and Santillana/Grupo Prisa. He brings a passion for emerging and disruptive technologies, products and programs that positively impact our lives and advance the way we learn, live, and communicate.
Prior to moving into the business side of education, Bill enjoyed an award-winning career as an educator and administrator in Higher Ed where along with his teaching, he worked to develop partnerships and build synergies between the business community and public educational institutions.
Bill works with clients in Education and Healthcare on issues surrounding digital identification and credentialing.
Steve is a senior software engineer with fifteen years of experience architecting and administrating solutions as a consultant for private companies, public utilities, and as the technical administrator of a regional police and fire department. His experience includes developing a blockchain based court protective order system, global scale commercial and government blockchain use cases for Boeing, crime analysis, digital forensics, and one of the first full deployments of police body cameras. Steve is also a regular contributor to blockchain industry panels, books, and interviews, as well as currently facilitating a blockchain course for MIT.
Steve is a senior software engineer with fifteen years of experience architecting and administrating solutions.
Tina Beaudry-Mellor is the former Minister of Advanced Education, Minister of Innovation Saskatchewan and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women in Saskatchewan under Premier Scott Moe. She also served on Treasury Board and was the Minister of Social Services under former Premier Brad Wall. She served as Vice Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) which brought together federal/provincial/and territorial ministers of both K-12 and post secondary education. Under her leadership, Saskatchewan led the international education strategy. She also represented the Canadian provincial and territorial ministers at both the G20 in 2018 and UNESCO's 40th General Conference in Paris where she made multiple interventions on the future of work and educational pathways. At home in Saskatchewan, she led the work on developing a validation framework for microcredentials and in addition to the Province's post secondary institutions, was responsible for some of Canada's most important research and science facilities, including VIDO-Intervac, the Canadian Light Source and the Fedoruk Centre on Nuclear Innovation.
Tina is best known for authoring the Saskatchewan Technology Startup Incentive, the most aggressive angel investment tax credit in Western Canada, as well as the Ag-Tech Growth Fund. As a result of these and many efforts by the Saskatchewan's leaders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Saskatchewan became home to one of the fastest growing tech hubs in Canada and in 2019 attracted extraordinary record growth in venture capital investment. She also led Canada's first ever Women's Economic Advisory Council with partners, Sask Women's Entrepreneurs.
Tina is a thought leader, strategist and champion who currently serves as a principal with Counsel Public Affairs.
Jordan Peterson is dedicated to supporting strong, thriving Indigenous communities. Jordan served as the elected Deputy Grand Chief/Vice President of the Gwich'in Tribal Council from August 2016 to September 2020 where he worked every day to advance self-determination and a new relationship with Canada. He is currently the Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Governance for the Vuntut Gwitchin Government and is responsible for a broad and complex portfolio including oversight and coordination of implementing the Vuntut Gwitchin Final and Self-Government Agreements. Jordan also serves as a board member on the Indigenous Peoples Secretariat and serves as the Senior Arctic Official for Gwich’in Council International (GCI) at the Arctic Council Executive and is a board member on GCI, one of six permanent participants of the Arctic Council.
It takes a lot of patience, dedication, and hard work to reach the top of one's profession and as hard to keep that position. Take, for instance, Tech Entrepreneur Kaye-Maree Dunn from Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Te Rangikoianaake, Ngāti Mahanga me Ngāi Tāmanuhiri and resides in Wainuiomata Wellington, who has been working in the realm of Maori and Community development for over 18 years. More than her role as Tech Entrepreneur , Kaye-Maree is fascinated with family , community and technology. Her career has spanned Child Youth and Family, The Dept of Labour, The Māori Land Court, NZ Maori Tourism and Community Housing and she has recently been involved in Social Enterprise Development, Governance Training and Whānau Ora Facilitation and Planning – particularly with hard to reach families. Kaye-Maree had a lot of significant professional experiences, she was the previous Contracted Special Projects Manager with Māori Womens Development Inc. and the current Managing Director of Making Everything Achievable, Indigital Blockchain Limited , Digital Identity and Traditional Knowledge platform Āhau. Because of her long list of achievements, Kaye-Maree has become a member of the Board of NZ Tech, Te Paepae Arahi, a kaupapa Māori mental health provider in Lower Hutt, Para Kore Charitable Trust, the North Hokianga Development Trust and a current Sir Edmond Hillary Fellow. Kaye-Maree was previously one of the Wellington Representatives on the New-Zealand Māori Council for three years. Quality Governance, Enterprise and Data Sovereignty is a passion for Kaye-Maree where she can use her untiring commitment and drive to ensure individuals have the right tools and support to govern their organisations with confidence and competence and have the ability to control access to their own data and information. Growth of NZ’s economic potential in particular the growth of independent, flourishing digital enterprises is one for her dedication.
Antti Kettunen is an experienced consultant in digitalization, digital identity and MyData. For the past 6 years he has been working for Tieto, the largest Nordic IT service provider as a Senior Consultant in MyData and Blockchain solutions, specializing in Decentralized Identity. He is an outspoken advocate of implementing the MyData model in the Finnish public and private ecosystem using self-sovereign identity. He has been leading multi-entity DLT-projects around Company Identities, Unlisted company share trading, consenting delegated access to healthcare APIs, to name some. He is also part of the founding team of Findy, the Finnish National Self-sovereign Identity Network. He is passionate and pragmatic in making the world more decentralized.
Paul has been active in the specification, development and operation of digital financial services in both industrialised and emerging markets for more than 30 years. Over much of the last 15 years, the focus has increasingly been on questions of identity, reflected in the development of strategies for customer onboarding in the light of developments in digital identity, KYC, the emerging KYC utilities, the growing emphasis on customer privacy and data protection. Also, the lack of conventional digital footprints amongst the so-called ‘digital natives’. Paul’s experience includes operational, technical and strategic elements of digital identity. For example, he led a team that developed and operated a digital identity service in Northern Nigeria, aimed at smallholder farmers in remote areas with limited or no network coverage. During the pilot, the team registered more than 500,000 farmers over a ten week period, issuing them with cards and giving them access to some basic financial services.
The Nigerian experience led to an engagement as part of the Safer Corridor Project. Paul led a team that developed a detailed set of proposals and a proof of concept for a pilot digital identity service in Somalia. This pilot was intended to demonstrate innovative solutions for customer registration (DID/CDD/KYC/eKYC) and transaction monitoring (AML) in an environment with limited regulatory supervision and limited identity documentation. Paul was engaged by the WFP to develop strategies for the deployment of privacy-protecting DIDs and associated customer onboarding processes (including eKYC) for social protection programmes across the developing world, with Egypt as the initial partner government. This resulted in the development of a generalised model of DID services for the delivery of such programmes that offers appropriate privacy and data protection controls, whilst allowing governments and others to deliver targeted assistance, and offering essential monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capabilities. On the strategic side, Paul has carried out a wide range of engagements relating to DID, for clients as diverse as the World Bank, Omidyar, the central bank of Nepal, CGAP, the government of Jersey, the South African authorities and FSD Africa. For example, for the World Bank, he studied and evaluated the various forms of identity available across emerging markets and assessed their effectiveness in enabling access to a range of financial services, with particular reference to their value in supporting eKYC. The review included both government-initiated identity services and private sector led initiatives, as well as emerging services such as those based around distributed ledger technologies (blockchain), and was accompanied by deep dives for India, Pakistan, Peru and Nigeria. The report culminated in a set of conclusions and policy recommendations, for consideration by both the World Bank and national authorities, specifically including the financial sector. Paul’s technical background is in digital identity, e-payments (including international card schemes, mobile payments and cryptocurrencies), digital banking, biometrics, cryptography and mobile communications, with experience gained in Europe, North America, Africa and South Asia. Paul holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics.
Allyn has been involved in the use of technology in learning for more than 30 years across a range of industries including education, defense, aerospace and government. During that time, he has worked for organisations such as University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Open Learning Australia (now Open Universities Australia), HarvestRoad Ltd, Cisco, and the Australian Computer Society. He has led projects in Australia, the United States, Mexico and South Korea. As inaugural CEO of DeakinDigital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deakin University, he led innovation in the development and implementation of Alternative Digital Credentials (ADCs) and developed the world’s first Masters of Professional Practice degrees based on ADCs together with Deakin University. Allyn is currently working on strategy development and Alternative Digital Credential implementation projects with several higher education clients in Australia.