Stan Bharti has over 30 years of business experience with billion dollar businesses. Stan became president of William Resources, a gold public company listed in Toronto early in his career. In 2002, Bharti established Forbes & Manhattan, Inc. to focus on the emergence of a new bull market in the resource sector.
Forbes & Manhattan’s most successful project so far was in May 2011 when Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines, which began as a $1M dollar exploration iron ore company with assets in Quebec at the time of Forbes & Manhattan’s first involvement, was developed and sold to Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. for $4.9 billion in cash. He developed the Jacobina Mine to near production and then four years later sold the company for $735M to Yamana Gold. Their most recent exit was the sale of Avion Gold Corp. to Endeavour Mining. Endeavour Mining purchased Avion Gold Corp on October 18, 2012 for US$389 million.
Rene Bharti is the founder of ARHT Media, Inc. and Delebrity, Inc., two prominent companies in Canada. Rene is also on the board of Jourdan Resources, Inc., Alder Resources Ltd. (former Director), ARHT Media, Inc. (former Executive Chairman) and EVP & VP-Forbes Currency Management at Forbes & Manhattan Inc. During his tenure Rene was previously President & Chief Executive Officer of Avion Resources Corp. and Director & Vice President-Investor Relations at Avion Gold Corp.
Mr. Neil Said is a corporate securities lawyer who works as a legal consultant to various Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange listed companies in the mining, oil & gas and technology industries. He also sits on the board of directors of various public and private companies. Mr. Said previously worked as a securities lawyer at a large Toronto corporate law firm, where he worked on a variety of corporate and commercial transactions. Mr. Said obtained a Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and he received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honors) with a minor in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Bryan has more than 18 years of experience in the technical and payment industries. His extensive expertise illustrates concentration with payment program portfolios as well as managing sizable, multifaceted development projects. His career began in web development for both Retail and Consumer Markets. His continued dedication to Customer Service in the technical and payments industries evolved into various Leadership positions. These positions include the Director of Card Services overseeing programs in both US and Canada. Bryan has a vast understanding of financial services strategies and is passionate in bridging the variance between distributed ledger technology startups and traditional banking regulations. Bryan’s education includes a Management Information Systems degree from Auburn University as well as multiple certifications over the course of his professional career. A devoted husband and father of two, he enjoys spending time with his family, DIY projects, and travel.
Josephine is an attorney who has been in the payments industry for 10+ years as Chief Legal Officer and Head of Compliance for a prepaid card program manager and Payment Facilitator as well as a large processor/FinTech company. Josephine has worked closely with issuing banks as well as regulators on the issuing side in the U.S., Canada and E.U. She also served as a volunteer advisor on a FinCEN board, providing feedback and advice from an issuer and FinTech perspective on issues affecting money services businesses and e-payments. Prior to her tenure in the payments industry, Josephine spent 7 years as an associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York City where she was a senior litigator specializing in the defense of investment banks that were the subject of SEC investigations and regulatory actions. She is a graduate of NYU Law School (2002), summa cum laude, where she was a senior editor of the International Law Review and of Fordham University, summa cum laude, in Bronx, New York. Josephine is a member of the New York State bar association and the New Jersey Bar.
Adam Cole Jacobs has extensive history working in the commercial real estate, finance and blockchain industries. He currently is a senior associate at CBRE and holds strategic and advisory positions with several North American blockchain companies including Spend.com. Additionally, Jacobs is Special Advisor to the Co-Founder of Ethereum, Anthony Di Iorio. Adam has graduated with a degree in finance and psychology from Western University in Ontario.
Olga Balanovskaya, CPA, CGA, ACCA has over 18 years of private and public company experience in the capacity of senior controller and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Ms. Balanovskaya has been a CFO of two public companies, Organic Potash Corporation (CNSX:OPC) and Adex Mining Inc. (TSXV: ADE), and of a number of private companies. Ms. Balanovskaya was a Senior Accountant, Assurance with MNP LLP from January 2011 to July 2013. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario as well as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK); has a Diploma in International Accounting Standards from the Institute of Financial Accountants (UK).
Peter Hertel started his first business PH Web Design in 2008 while finishing up his BS in Business Marketing. Mr. Hertel proudly developed and managed over 1,000 websites since opening PH Web Design. After graduation Mr. Hertel was hired by the world renowned research firm, Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT). He spent 3 years on their Research Marketing / Campaign Marketing division helping to drive $300 million in annual revenue. In pursuit of his true passion for digital marketing and capital investments, Mr. Hertel migrated PH Web Design into INVESEO.
Trevor Koverko is the CEO of Polymath and is a prominent blockchain founder, investor and speaker. After launching his career at the convergence of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, Trevor became a very early leader in the blockchain community. Trevor has keynoted major blockchain events like The North American Bitcoin Conference and seeded foundation projects like Ethereum, Aion, QTUM, Hive, EOS and Shapeshift. Trevor graduated from Canada’s leading business school, Ivey, was an NHL draft pick of the New York Rangers and is a 4x attendee of Satoshi Roundtable.
Kesem Frank, Bicameral Ventures CEO and Aion Co-Founder is a technology strategy expert specializing in blockchain powered enterprise architecture. Following a leadership position in Deloitte’s Blockchain practice, Kesem co-founded Nuco, one of the earliest enterprise blockchain platforms and a founding member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. In 2017, Kesem directed the launch of Aion, a decentralized interoperability network, establishing its position as a globally leading blockchain protocol. Kesem leads Bicameral Ventures as it deploys millions of dollars in investments, significantly driving Aion’s growth. Kesem achieved Cum Laude honors for both his undergraduate degrees of Law (LLB) and business administration (BA) and was awarded multiple scholarships towards his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Toronto.