Ric is an inspirational CEO with proven success in bringing disruptive innovations to market. Alongside his astonishing vision, Ric also has the passion and ability to assemble world-class teams, scale growth and execute new concepts.
With a wealth of industry experience, Ric was personally invited to assist with the formation of Open Text Corporation, a pre-Internet era software company that Ric guided on to a successful IPO. Open Text now enjoys revenues of $5 Billion. Following this successful venture, Ric went on to cofound the successful IoT disruptor Terepac Corporation with Dr. Jayna Sheats, a pioneer in advanced manufacturing. Most recently, he met Dr. John Conley and formed blockchain game changer Geeq.
Pulling from his broad experience, Ric comes armed with an acute sense of timing with early-stage technologies, the ability to navigate complexity, and the expertise to transform it all into simplicity and value.
Though the world of disruptive technology has suited Ric immensely, he still maintains the hope to be a shock draft pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs someday.
John P. Conley
John P. Conley is an expert in game theory, mechanism design, mathematical economics, and public economic theory. For the last decade, John has focused his research on the economics of information and communications technology. With expertise in computer science, cryptography and information theory, he profoundly understands the economics of the Internet, cloud computing, open and closed source software, Software as a Service, and connected devices.
John started to explore blockchain in 2016, at Microsoft Research in Redmond. He quickly realized that existing blockchain technology was highly vulnerable to attack and manipulation. To solve this issue, John began to research how economic mechanisms could be combined with elements of information theory and network protocols in order to produce a trustworthy security guarantee. The result was a new consensus protocol called Proof of Honesty™, the foundation of Geeq.
John is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A.) and the University of Rochester (Ph.D.). He enjoys cooking, woodworking, classic cars and long walks on the beach.
Stephanie is an expert economist, policy analyst and co-creator of the Geeq validation protocol, Proof of Honesty™. Throughout her career, she has brilliantly integrated technological advances within her specialized fields, for example in 2001, she was the first to use machine learning on social science data at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Stephanie started modeling distributed networked processes in health care and patient safety in 2004, all while keeping her public, labor, and health economics students current on productivity, asymmetric information and technology adoption issues. Stephanie believes Geeq’s approach to blockchain takes big steps toward addressing all three of these issues.
Stephanie is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B.) and the University of Rochester (M.A., M.S., Ph.D).
Lun is a Silicon Valley technologist and entrepreneur who launched his career as the third engineer at Intuit, where he delivered a financial software program that was adopted by tens of millions of people. Lun was instrumental in leading development during the high growth early stages of Career Central, Paycycle and Intuit/Quicken.
Lun enjoys the thrill of working through the development process and rapid scale-up of disruptive companies. He brings deep technical expertise in everything, from cloud infrastructure to mobile platforms in the fintech space. His aptitude for providing innovative, user-friendly services in secure computing environments makes him a key asset to Geeq. Lun attended the University of California at Berkeley (B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Stanford University (M.S. in Computer Science).
Eric co-founded Impact Venture Capital, an early-stage technology venture firm, with Dixon Doll and Jack Crawford. Focusing on technologies that cut across multiple customer verticals, Impact VC has invested in companies in artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, IoT, software, and fintech. He believes GeeqChain has the potential to disrupt the foundational use of blockchain technology. His valuable guidance in the complicated worlds of traditional finance, fintech, and crypto-finance is a tremendous advantage to Geeq.
Eric was Senior Vice-President and Treasurer at Oracle Corporation from 2005 to 2015, where he raised $52 billion in debt financing to fund 105 acquisitions. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (A.B.), University of Rochester (M.A. and MBA), and the Peter Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University (Ph.D.) Fun facts, Eric has survived: A charging elephant, a zebra stampede, Grade-5 rapids and coaching little league baseball.
Hans Sundby is a crypto maximalist with 5 years of experience in the crypto market as a key Investor, CEO, Consultant, and expert in investments & crypto business development. His main expertise is market strategies and exchanges.
Hans never wavers from his philosophy of working with companies with strong fundamentals. He is connected to crypto and blockchain authorities across the globe. Hans has taken time from reading thousands of white papers to take a major role with Geeq, where he hand-selected Geeq´s crypto marketing team and community management squad. No one works harder or is more versatile in the crypto space than Hans. He is an indispensable, invaluable asset to the Geeq team.
Bridie has explored her passion for innovation and emerging technologies across three continents, bringing with her a wealth of experience in Business and Corporate Administration.
The co-founder of successful financial analysis company Covarity, a serial entrepreneur and with Geeq since its earliest days, Bridie has excelled at start-up incubation and held many senior management positions throughout her career.
Bridie studied Human Resources Management at Conestoga College and believes people are the key to a company's success.
Ian is Geeq’s Lead Developer and has a background in network and OS security and systems theory. Ian has cultivated a deep knowledge of computer science, cryptography, and problems in software architecture and cross platform integration.
Ian is a security fanatic who enjoys poking holes in algorithms and their implementations, and enjoys filling them in even more. Ian could not be a more perfect match as Lead Developer for the Geeq Technical Team.
Andres is the co-founder of RISE-Ops Solutions, a Waterloo company that develops blockchain-based solutions and now resides as our leader in DApp development. With more than 15 years of experience, Andres has worked for a variety of organizations, including Intel, the United Nations, IADB, and the Ministry of ICT.
Andres embraces innovation, applying it to real industry cases, deploying his engineering, economic and financial model training to propose comprehensive solutions. He is convinced that the success of blockchain technology relies on understanding consumer needs and communicating the value of the technology in a way that speaks to the consumer.
Amy is a professional copywriter, journalist, and founder of WritePunch Inc. Armed with 20 years of writing and marketing experience, she crafts compelling content that engages readers and drives people into action. She has a flair for breaking down complex topics into an easy-to-understand, conversational narrative, perfect for communicating Geeq to a broad audience.
Amy graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in Journalism. When she’s not clicking away at her keyboard, you’ll find her boating along Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband, daughter and two Labradors.
Kieran is a growth hacker and marketer. He has a talent for tapping into market trends to grow audiences. With more than 10 years of experience in the finance and technology space, he has worked with established brands, start-ups and other organizations. Kieran brings a wealth of cryptocurrency marketing practice knowledge to Geeq, along with memes. Lots and lots of memes.
Robbie Vander Ghinste
For the last 6 years Robbie has been operating in the Information Technology industry. While honing his skills in both Business Development and Team Building, Robbie was headhunted by the biggest IT consultancy in Belgium where he excelled as a Project Manager. With a passion for professional and personal development, Robbie loves Geeqing out on new things, learning and broadening his skillset.
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Russell is a trained Industrial Designer from OCAD University, who has focused his career on web-based communications. He co-owns and operates the custom web development firm Independent Development which is based in Peterborough, Canada. ID's philosophy is straight forward: anything that can be designed can be built. It is with this guiding principle that ID has helped Geeq with their online endeavors.
In addition to web development capabilities, Russell brings a deep passion for economics and monetary policy, and has an abiding interest and confidence in Geeq's blockchain capabilities.
Bill worked in face-to-face customer service for more than 25 years before turning his attention to the crypto space. For the past three years, he has helped various companies manage community chatrooms with over 10,000 members from across the globe, in addition to a multitude of social media environments. He promotes a balance of good fun and productive conversation, often imposing unique rules to maintain that equilibrium. For the Geeq community, he is only ever a quick message away and is up all hours to help answer any questions.
Michael is a creative individual with years of experience in video production, animation and design.
Hard working and self motivated, Michael has worked in the Telecoms industry for over 16 years spending the last 5 in a marketing position that has helped him specialise in both email and video marketing. Well networked in the Cryptocurrency industry, Michael has worked with many projects aiding with video and graphic design, whilst also acting as an advisor and collaborator.
Tom has been a Geeq since day one, ensuring Geeq Corporation’s legal and compliance foundation is best in class. A partner at the international law firm Gowling WLG, he has focused on startups and scaleups for years. Specializing in growth-oriented companies, M&A, and all aspects of equity and debt financing, Tom also serves as an office lead of the firm’s Technology Industry Group.
Tom served as lead counsel for more than $1.5 billion of profitable exits for high-tech and traditional economy clients and currently serves on eight private boards. Thanks to Tom and the Gowling’s team, Geeq is in the very best of hands.
Dr. Yeap has three decades of experience across the Information Technology value chain that spans industry, government and academia. Dr. Rex Yeap is currently a Partner of an IP strategy, creation, commercialization where he directs efforts towards the creation & commercialization of novel inventions and invests in early-stage companies. He is the co-inventor of the patented IP Blockchain and has over 20 Information Technology related patents and thousands of inventions over the past three decades.
Additionally, Dr. Yeap is the head of Education in the Singapore Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry Association. He also has a cybersecurity & forensic practice specializing in data analysis, examination and acts as an expert witness for cyber forensic cases. His wide experience in the technology and blockchain space is hugely appreciated here at Geeq.
Fun fact: More than 28 years ago, Dr. Yeap was the champion of the National Software Competition (in Singapore) for his novel game that he developed called Scrablet – a combination of Scrabble and Tetris.
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Kurt Hoppe is the Director of Product Management in the Android Automotive sector of Google. Previously the Global Head of Innovation at General Motors, Kurt is willing to share the secrets of his tremendous track record as an Advisor to Geeq.
At GM, Kurt’s team were at the forefront of rapid prototyping and in-market testing of Connected Car services. Prior to GM, Kurt’s portfolio of accomplishments includes leadership roles in international IoT platform and services applications in: multi-screen media, home automation, and eGovernment services for global service providers.
Geeq will call on Kurt frequently to ensure Geeq’s platform and products are developed with ready input from enterprises and consumers about what they want and need.
An expert in organizational change, Gene helps businesses adapt to their evolving environment and traverse oncoming obstacles. He has served on private sector advisory boards and was a member of a publicly-traded board (Turbosonic) for four years, prior to its acquisition in 2013. He also served six years on the Board of Directors of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada, from 2005-2011.
Gene has known Ric Asselstine for more than 20 years and knows firsthand how to guide this organization and its leadership to maximum positive disruption of the blockchain industry.
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Murray Gamble is President of The C3 Group of Companies, a multi-disciplinary engineering, contracting and applied technology organization headquartered in Waterloo. An active entrepreneur who has formed a number of companies, Murray is a mentor to several start-ups and sits on a number of boards, including the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo.
Murray is well-known for his dedication to collaborative local community building and has become increasingly involved in all aspects which drive economic development and growth in his area. A graduate in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo, he is one of Geeq’s many links to developer talent pools, research institutions, and thriving businesses.
Simon started out as a Postdoctoral Fellow and became a Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore, the major research arm of the seven telephone companies formed after the breakup of AT&T. After a residency at CalTech which spanned ten years, Simon spent a year in Washington, D.C. where he was appointed Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission. Simon is now a preeminent authority on spectrum auctions and telecommunications policy and regulation, with a detailed knowledge of the telecommunications protocols, bandwidth, and network configurations that will be required for the IoT. A huge asset for Geeq moving forward.
Friends for years, Simon and John most recently overlapped at Microsoft Research, where Simon focused on mechanism and market design and the monetization of data from IoT telemetry for enterprise customers, while John worked on the blockchain architecture that would enable such efforts.
Simon is now Dean, Faculty of Business & Economics and Head, Monash Business School, at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
Following graduation from the University of Guelph, Blaire started his own construction company. An expert in scale-ups and organic growth, he grew his business to more than 500 employees over the past 34 years. His company completed projects across Canada, including the construction of some of Canada’s most prestigious golf courses.
Blaire’s gets customer satisfaction. His history of large and successful projects is a testament to that. Something we admire and strive to emulate. The Geeq team is stacked with people who won’t be satisfied until they see positive results. Blaire does just that.
Wesley is the founder and CEO of Acheron Trading (formerly Liquid Solutions Malta), a market making and advisory firm that uses deep sector knowledge and industry relationships to drive liquidity in the digital asset markets. Wesley created Acheron in 2018 to reduce friction among nascent cryptocurrency projects, users, and public markets. With trusted specialists and operational maturity, Acheron seeks to infuse legitimacy into the digital asset markets.
Prior to launching Acheron, Wesley served as head trader at Aenigma Capital, where he pioneered crypto economic valuation models and trading strategies. With more than a decade of experience in digital asset transactions, Wesley is recognized as a thought leader and industry veteran. At age 13, he automated the generation and re-sale of digital assets for online gaming. As the digital asset space matured, he became a frontline advocate for emerging cryptocurrencies, building his first Bitcoin mining rig in 2013. He is proud to bring innovative projects to quality trading venues operating out of Singapore, the world's most progressive jurisdiction for cryptocurrency.