Canadian Blockchain Association for Women

The Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW) is a national alliance of women who are active or interested in Canada’s emerging blockchain technology ecosystem.  Uniting to support the acceleration of women in blockchain education, careers and leadership, CBAW brings together people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to create meaningful dialogue, participate in projects, and develop valuable skills and industry relationships.

Our Vision & Mission

It’s time for transformation in Canada’s digital technology industry – and CBAW believes that the blockchain community has a strong role to play in overcoming the gender disparities playing a major role in holding our country back from world leadership in technology innovation.

  • Inclusivity in the blockchain technology ecosystem regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, life challenges or other factors
  • Promoting equality in blockchain technology education and career opportunities
  • Working together in a spirit of respectful and meaningful collaboration with each other and the broader community
  • Conducting social good projects designed to increase diverse participation in digital technologies
  • Exploring the potential impacts of blockchain technology adoption on women and other underrepresented groups
  • Engaging with government, industry and non-profits to unite in building effective solutions

Events

We host a variety of events around blockchain topics. View our live events here or browse through our previous events below.

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Upcoming: Blockchain in Healthcare

April 12, 2020

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Board of Directors

CBAW is governed by a Board of Directors with representation from leaders in Canadian industry and the blockchain community, and partners with groups including the Alberta Blockchain Consortium and Blockchain for Indigenous Rights International to further its mission.

National Blockchain Assurance Leader | Deloitte

Janine Moir

Janine is passionate about technology and the impact of emerging technologies, like Blockchain, are having on finance teams and businesses. Janine is a founding member ...

Janine is passionate about technology and the impact of emerging technologies, like Blockchain, are having on finance teams and businesses. Janine is a founding member of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW.io) and a board member of the Canada Blockchain Consortium (CBC). At Deloitte, Janine collaborates with clients on Blockchain education and assurance, technology assessments, process improvements, and process analysis and redesign.
CEO | Absolute Combustion

Koleya Karringten

A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate, and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of...

A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate, and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of product commercialization, ecosystem building and fostering inclusion in the technology industry. As the co-founder and CEO of Absolute Combustion, she has spent over a decade successfully designing and developing ground-breaking cleantech solutions for multiple industry sectors, including aerospace and Oil & Gas. She is a driving force in Canada’s blockchain technology industry as the Executive Director of the Canadian Blockchain Consortium (CBC) and co-founder/board member of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW). In her leadership role at the CBC, she has merged her passions for technology and social good to bring together blockchain companies, corporate leaders and the government to build the country’s largest blockchain ecosystem organization. An influential public speaker, writer, and community volunteer, Koleya strongly believes that uniting diverse voices behind a common goal is the path to creating a fairer, more sustainable and prosperous nation.
Blockchain National Market Leader | Deloitte Consulting

Louisa Bai

Louisa is the National Market Leader for Deloitte Canada’s Blockchain practice. With over fifteen years of experience in the professional...

Louisa is the National Market Leader for Deloitte Canada’s Blockchain practice. With over fifteen years of experience in the professional services industry across Canada, the US and Asia, Louisa leads a group of strategy specialists engaged in assisting clients to understand and apply blockchain / distributed ledger technology (DLT) concepts to their business models, technology infrastructure and operating processes. Louisa is very passionate about community development and the importance of inclusion in the technology space. She currently sits on the board of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW) and is a steering committee member for Toronto Blockchain Week 2020 (//TBW). Louisa has an MBA from INSEAD.
Partner | Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Melissa Smith

Melissa is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group in BLG’s Calgary office. Melissa focuses her practice on...

Melissa is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group in BLG’s Calgary office. Melissa focuses her practice on corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations of public and private issuers including take-over bids, amalgamations and plans of arrangement. She also advises clients on financing transactions including public and private offerings of debt, equity and convertible securities, and compliance with corporate and securities regulatory requirements and drafting of a large number of corporate and commercial documents including governance documents, shareholder agreements and other business agreements.

In addition, Melissa assists with plans of arrangement, mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations, prepares a wide variety of commercial, securities and corporate documents, and conducts due diligence on behalf of issuers, agents and underwriters in a variety of contexts.

Melissa is the Chair of the BLG’s Calgary Student Committee.

Head of Institutional Sales | DV Chain

Michael Rabkin

Michael Rabkin is the Head of Institutional Sales & Head of Global Partnerships at DV Chain & DVeX, respectively. Michael was...

Michael Rabkin is the Head of Institutional Sales & Head of Global Partnerships at DV Chain & DVeX, respectively. Michael was the President & Founder of SigOne Capital, an institutional Over-The-Counter digital asset trading platform which was acquired by DV Chain in December 2019. Previously, Michael was also a Founding Team Member at Shorcan Digital Currency Network, a wholly owned-subsidiary of the TMX Group (TSE: X) focused on brokering Bitcoin and Ether OTC trades. Combining his past experience in the traditional financial world with his present day role in the crypto asset ecosystem allows Michael to effectively bridge the two worlds together.
CEO & President | Bitvo

Pamela Draper

Pamela is the President and CEO of Bitvo Inc., a Cryptocurrency Exchange launched in Canada in 2018.

Pamela is the President and CEO of Bitvo Inc., a Cryptocurrency Exchange launched in Canada in 2018. Prior to joining Bitvo, Pamela spent approximately 14 years with top tier Canadian banks, involved in all facets of investment banking and advisory services. Most recently Pamela held the position of Director in BMO Capital Markets’ Equity Capital Markets group in Toronto where she was responsible for assisting North American corporate clients raising capital in public and private markets. Prior to joining Equity Capital Markets, Pamela was part of BMO’s Debt Capital Markets group where she was responsible for Canadian high yield debt issuers, assisting them in raising capital both domestically and internationally. Pamela brings a wealth of professional banking and capital markets experience to the cryptocurrency business having advised on and been involved in transactions ranging from the very small to in excess of $10 billion. With the Bitvo team, Pamela is looking forward to growing Bitvo into a successful international exchange and expanding the cryptocurrency market into institutions and professional investors.

Executive Director

Executive Director

Alexis Pappas

Alexis Pappas is a writer and consultant with a background in varied fields including energy, bioscience, clean technology and digital innovations.

Alexis Pappas is a writer and consultant with a background in varied fields including energy, bioscience, clean technology and digital innovations. A key focus of her writing and advocacy is on the economic and sociological implications of technological shifts, and the impact that our transforming world may have on underrepresented and disenfranchised groups. Passionate about diversity, Indigenous rights and Alberta’s economic potential, Alexis is the Executive Director of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women and the Energy Director of the Alberta Blockchain Consortium.

Committee Member

Sr. Manager, Crypto Asset Innovation | RBC

Louise Li

Louise is the Senior Manager of Crypto Asset Innovation for RBC Global Asset Management. Louise’s experience spans across sell-side and buy-side investment, education programs and fintech, where she raised...

Louise is the Senior Manager of Crypto Asset Innovation for RBC Global Asset Management. Louise’s experience spans across sell-side and buy-side investment, education programs and fintech, where she raised multiple millions of dollars in seed funding for start-ups. Louise is a technology entrepreneur with a focus on applying tech to business. Her passion for social equality and technology enablement translates into subject matter expertise in blockchain technology and its potential applications. Louise is also the co-founder of the not-for-profit education organization, Capstone. Louise holds a master’s degree from Harvard University.

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General Membership

CBAW is an inclusive and open organization and offers membership free of charge to any interested member of the public in Canada and beyond. Join us at www.cbaw.io to receive updates on our initiatives, news and our latest event details. Due to provincial liquor regulations, some events require membership to attend.

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Membership

Joining CBAW as an Affiliate Member supports our work and projects in the technology community and comes with other perks.

Members receive discounts to CBAW and Alberta Blockchain Consortium events, AGM access as a formal member, blog publication of posts and articles, and premium content.

$150/mo

 

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Corporate
Membership

CBAW’s valued Social Consortia members are our important partners in building a strong future for women in the digital technology industry, and we strive to show our appreciation in a number of ways.

Participation in our research, consortia projects and working group roundtables
Profiling of our member’s leadership in technology diversity in a published article.
Publication of member-created content through CBAW’s website and media channels Recognition in our media and events.
Discounts on educational seminars and courses Invitations to our annual AGM
Free or discounted event tickets.

$1000/mo

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Sponsorship

CBAW’s fun and informative events unite diverse groups to educate, network and collaborate around advancing women in blockchain and other digital technologies.

We appreciate our valued event sponsors with co- branding, recognition at the event and in the media, and an active role in the content.

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“New and emerging technologies are transforming the workforce. More than 42% of Canadian jobs are likely to be impacted by automation by 2036. Specialized technology skills, however, remain highly in demand.”

Government of Canada, Report from Canada’s Economic Strategy Tables: Digital Industries

Empowering diversity in Canada’s digital future

Building Blocks

What defines equality in Canada’s emerging digital economy? Participation. And the need for diversity in the technology sector is increasingly urgent.

Specialized skills in technologies like blockchain are growing in demand, while over 40% of traditional jobs are projected to be displaced through digital transformation in less than 20 years. This fast-paced shift in our economy means it’s now critical for all Canadians to have awareness of and access to the job opportunities of the future.

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