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Blockscale Solutions provides comprehensive Advisory and Product Development services, with a key focus on blockchain technology and Digital ID Solutions. Based in Toronto, Canada and operating globally with active projects in 14 different cities worldwide, and working with government bodies, humanitarian agencies and corporations.

Advisory Services

Ensuring success with every initiative starts with a solid gameplan!

As no two projects are alike, our approach is to invest the time upfront with our client partners globally in order to ensure that we create a solid roadmap for success. Our advisory process begins with detailed Discovery sessions. Throughout this process, we work with you to understand your core project drivers while identifying key actors, processes and business objectives. We then look at mapping out all the interactions, from the end-to-end customer journey to internal processes, and everything in between. Finally, we design the framework of the solution being contemplated.

Our process is the same every time, and has allowed our client partners to have a clear strategy for any Blockchain project that they are contemplating from the get go!

Product Development Services

Our experienced team of developers, system architects and engineers support end to end product development with a proven track record in delivering state-of-the-art solutions leveraging blockchain technology and Digital ID Solutions.

Our Core Capabilities
  • Configuration, deployment and hosting of blockchain infrastructure
  • Smart Contract design, development and deployment on-chain components to model our clients processes
  • Configuration and integration support with our client’s existing IT solutions and systems

Products

Blockscale Solutions works across a variety of industry sectors such as manufacturing, financial consumer goods to develop solutions that support various areas of needs including Supply Chain, Triple Entry Accounting and Registries.
Our core areas of product product focus are Traceability and Digital Identity solutions.

Traceability
Whether it’s tracking the supply chain of a premium commodity from the source to the buyer or developing registries to store and distribute value-based information across key stakeholders, Blockscale Solutions develops targeted supply chain and registry product solutions for a variety of industry partner needs.

Examples of our work include:
  • Supply Chain: Building out an end-to-end supply chain framework for a commodity, from the source to the buyer, utilizing blockchain and sensor technology.
  • Triple Entry Accounting: reconciliation of a large corporation’s intercompany purchase orders and invoices to achieve greater transparency, accuracy and accessibility of the data.

Digital Identity
As an organization, we are very active in digital identity, specifically self-sovereign identity. We utilize a wide variety of Digital ID platforms and protocols to support our various product development needs, and are engaged in several Digital ID-based projects globally.

We are very proud to be partnered with leading organizations that are aligned with our approach, culture and values, including being an official steward of Sovrin:
  • Official Sovrin Steward: The Sovrin Network (Sovrin) is a decentralized self-sovereign identity network for enterprises and developers to deliver privacy, security, and ownership for all identity holders. The Sovrin Foundation is dedicated to enabling self-sovereign digital identity for all. The Foundation governs the Sovrin Network, an open source public service utility enabling self-sovereign identity.
  • Transparency

  • Trust

  • Data Availability,
    Integrity & Interoperability

  • Security

  • Efficiency

  • Reduce Costs



Education Services

If you’re looking to develop your in-house IT team with a solid foundation in Blockchain technical training - or need guidance for your overall organization with ideating on applicable use cases - our education division at the Blockchain Learning Group is there to help. They have trained over 200 developers (and growing) globally already, and specialize in accelerating Blockchain journeys through immersive, hands-on Education and Ideation programs.

Our Team

Chami Akmeemana

Chami Akmeemana

Chief Executive Officer

Chami Akmeemana is the CEO of Blockchain Learning Group and Blockscale Solutions. He is a Blockchain and AI Specialist. 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 decade and is passionate about the intersection of technology, business and social good. His experience includes serving as Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs at ConsenSys Inc; Fintech Advisor to the Ontario Securities Commission; Managing Director, Fintech and Blockchain at the Global Risk Institute; and Regulatory Advisor to the Republic of Liberland.

Chami is also the Chairman of the Blockchain Association Australia and an Advisory Board member of doc.ai.
Murtaza Tawawala

Murtaza Tawawala

Head of Operations

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.
Adam Lemmon

Adam Lemmon

VP, Technology & Operations

Adam is a technology enthusiast and passionate engineer. Prior to joining Blockscale Solutions, Adam contributed to a wide range of Blockchain projects as well as lead various development workshops in Australia and Canada. Adam is inspired by the potential of Blockchain technology and actively is helping to build the global community.
Erik Zvaigzne

Erik Zvaigzne

VP, Product

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.

Advisors

GOVERNMENT

Steve Orsini

Steve Orsini

Former Cabinet Secretary, Ontario Public Service

Steve joined Canopy Growth in March 2019 as the Senior Vice-President and Chief of Staff, International. In this role, he is responsible for advancing the company’s international operations and government relations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America, including Mexico. In April 2019, Steve was appointed Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. In May, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Blockchain Learning Group. In June, Steve joined the C.D. Howe Institute as a Senior Fellow to continue his advisory role in advancing public policy to promote sustainable economic growth. Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the public service, where he held numerous leadership positions. As Secretary of Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council, Steve reported to the Ontario Premier and was responsible for 65,000 public- service employees. Steve also served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister (DM) of Finance and Secretary of the Treasury Board, and DM of the Ministry of Revenue and Associate DM for Taxation, Pensions and Agencies (e.g., Liquor Control Board of Ontario and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation). He has also held several positions at the Ontario Hospital Association, including Vice-President of Policy and Public Affairs.

Steve has a BA in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master’s in Environmental Studies (economic development). He completed the Canadian Securities Course, Parts I and II of the CICA Tax Course and the Harvard Health Care Leadership Program.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Dave Mowat

Dave Mowat

Former President and CEO, ATB Financial, Board Member, Telus

Dave Mowat was the President and CEO of ATB Financial for 11 years, which, through more than 5,000 team members provides a full range of banking services to more than 725,000 customers. ATB has grown to assets of more than $50 billion and is the largest, provincially based financial institution in Alberta.

Under his leadership, ATB transformed into a technology leader, committed to make banking work for people. It also became a bank obsessed with its customers and the experience they received. Community involvement and support for numerous community causes were a hallmark of ATB. As a leader, Mowat brought a strong commitment that growing team member engagement and customer advocacy were the most sustainable and successful ways to a strong bottom line.

Mowat was named Canada’s #1 CEO in 2016 by Glassdoor and was honoured as Business Person of the Year in 2014 by Alberta Venture. In 2017, Mowat was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta.

In 2016, Mowat headed Alberta’s Royalty Review panel that, after months of study and consultation with stakeholders and the public, the province adopted the panel's recommendation of an innovative new approach to Alberta’s oil and natural gas royalty structure.

Mowat is involved with numerous boards, including Telus, STARS, Alberta Blue Cross, the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, and the National Music Centre in Calgary. He was also involved with Dogs With Wings, and in 2016 was the puppy raiser for Vaughn, a black lab service puppy who was part of the organization’s program to train service dogs to make life better for blind and autistic children.

Mowat and wife Sandy have raised three children and now enjoy travelling, golf and riding road bikes together.
Tony Gaffney

Tony Gaffney

Managing Partner, Board and CEO Services at Odgers Berndtson Canada, former CEO AON Hewitt, Board member PC Financial Bank

Tony has a proven record of creating value, in diverse industries and geographies by; setting direction, igniting growth, leading change, driving performance, servicing clients and empowering employees.

Tony is particularly adept at capitalizing on digital and technology disruptions, both as a market disrupter and industry incumbent. He was most recently CEO of Aon Hewitt, Canada. Before joining Aon Hewitt, Tony was a Managing Partner at Accenture, and has served as the President and CEO of Bell Nexxia and as the CEO of BCE Emergis. He has also held international leadership positions with MCI Telecommunications, SHL Systemhouse Inc., and Andersen Consulting.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.A.I.) degree and M.A. from Trinity College Dublin, and is a graduate of the Rotman Corporate Directors program (ICD.D).
Susan Jenah

Susan Wolburgh Jenah

Board of Directors of Laurentian Bank of Canada, Aecon Group Inc. and Aequitas Innovations and NEO Exchange. Governor of the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

Susan Wolburgh Jenah is a leader in the securities and financial services industry. Throughout her 30 year career as a senior regulator, chief executive officer and lawyer, she influenced the direction of capital markets regulation and standards of investor protection in Canada and internationally. Susan has also served on a wide variety of corporate, crown corporation and not-for-profit boards and government-appointed expert advisory committees. Susan is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Laurentian Bank of Canada, Aecon Group Inc. and Aequitas Innovations and NEO Exchange. She is a Governor of the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and serves as Chair of FINRA’s Regulatory Operations Oversight Committee. She is a member of the Independent Review Committee of Vanguard Investments Canada.

Susan was the founding President and CEO of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) which was formed from the merger of two predecessor regulatory organizations. Prior to serving as CEO of IIROC, Susan held progressively senior roles at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), including Vice Chair, Acting Chair, General Counsel and Director of International Affairs, representing the OSC on various international standard-setting committees. Susan is actively engaged in her community serving as Vice-Chair of the Humber River Hospital, as a member of the C.D.Howe National Advisory Council and as a Mentor for the Catalyst Women on Board Program. She is a frequent speaker at corporate governance and industry conferences in Canada and abroad.

Susan received her ICD.D designation in 2004 and is a recipient of the 2011 Osgoode Hall Law School Gold Key Award for Achievement.

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS

Christian Buhagiar

Christian Buhagiar

CEO, Supply Chain Management Association

Over the course of his 25 year career, Christian has focused on growing organizations and their reputations, launching products and initiatives, and building relationships.

Currently, Christian is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA), Canada’s largest professional association for the supply chain sector. He is also a member of the steering committee of scale ai, Canada’s investment and innovation supercluster focused on accelerating the application of artificial intelligence for supply chains.

He previously served as Vice President of Education at Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), where he also developed the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research and served as the Foundation’s inaugural Executive Director. He has also served as the Director of Research Planning, Communications and Government Relations at York University, and as the Director of Production for the UK-based firm Marcus Evans. Christian has also worked in the public sector, having served the Ontario Government as Chief of Staff to the Parliamentary Assistant for Health and Long-Term Care and to the Parliamentary Assistant for Native Affairs. Prior to these positions, he served the Government of Canada as special political assistant to the Minister of State for Environment and to the Minister of State for Employment and Immigration.

Christian is also an experienced board member, having served on 10 boards across the NFP and government sectors, ranging in size from under $1 million to over $1 billion. Most recently he served on the Board of Directors of Scarborough and Rouge Hospital. He previously served as Vice Chairman of The Scarborough Hospital, Chairman of Housing Services Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), North America’s second largest social housing corporation.

Christian has studied in Canada, the U.S., Israel, and Belgium, is a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program, and holds a Masters Professional Director certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.

Sandra Ketchen

Sandra Ketchen

Senior Vice President Operations, SE Health

Sandra Ketchen is the Senior Vice President of Operations for SE Health. In this role, she is responsible for execution across SE Health’s national operating network which encompasses more than 8000 nurses, personal support workers and other healthcare professionals delivering care within client homes, assisted living homes, or virtually through client contact centers. She is accountable for client satisfaction and quality of care, while driving continuous improvement and productivity gains to achieve financial performance.

Prior to joining SE Health, Ms. Ketchen spent more than 20 years in global operations and supply chain roles, most recently as Senior Vice President of Products for ATS Automation Tooling Systems. Prior to this, she spent 16 years with Celestica, Inc., a global electronics contract manufacturer, holding a variety of senior management roles culminating as Vice President and General Manager for Celestica’s international Healthcare business.

Currently, Ms. Ketchen also participates as a Director on the Boards for VentureLAB and NGen (Next Generation Manufacturing Canada).

Ms. Ketchen has a Master in Business Administration from York University, a Master of Engineering degree from McMaster University, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

SMART CITIES

Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Former CIO, City of Palo Alto

Currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2017, he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world and in 2016 he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO's in the United States. Dr. Reichental is also recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including urban innovation and blockchain technology. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun.

HEALTHCARE

Lynn Nagle

Lynn Nagle

Director, Digital Health and Virtual Learning, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB Adjunct Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Adjunct Professor, Western University, London, Ontario

With more than 35 years of healthcare experience, she is nationally and internationally known for her work in health and nursing informatics. She brings expertise from many different clinical and academic settings, has participated in and led the development of numerous digital health initiatives, as well as research focused on the adoption of digital health solutions in practice environments. Dr. Nagle teaches in undergraduate and graduate programs focused in nursing, health administration and informatics. Prior to establishing her own health informatics consulting practice, she was the CIO and Senior Vice-President for Technology and Knowledge Management at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She has numerous professional publications and presentations to her credit and in recognition of her work was named one of the top 10 Women Leaders in Digital Health in Canada in 2017.

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