Deven Soni is an experienced operations executive and investor. He spent several years as a technology-focused investor at Goldman Sachs and Highland Capital Partners where he invested over $200mm in technology growth and venture deals as a private equity investor. Deven has deep experience with asset digitization, co-founded Wired Investors, a tech-focused buyout firm that acquired 12 businesses between2015-2017.
Henry has a decade of leadership experience in tech, including serving as Chief Marketing Officer at Summit Maker, REsimpli, and now Matador. Henry is also the owner of Cactus Marketing, a digital marketing agency that specializes in helping tech startups reach their first $1 million (USD) annual recurring revenue goal. Henry also consults for several tech unicorns including ClickUp, Xsolla, and SAS
Ryan has been active in online payments for 18 years with the majority of that time spent in an investigative/risk management role.He has been a customer service representative and has managed entire call centers with employees in customer services/fraud/collections/investigations roles to name a few.He is very familiar with online commerce specifically in the high-risk environment. with extensive experience in high-risk merchant account provision, placement, and sales as well.
Mr. Nigel Holmes is a co-founder of the the WIN Fund, a follow-on fund for Canada’s most successful Venture Fund, Summer Hill Ventures. Formerly, Nigel worked as a banker with GMP securities, as well as hedge fund investment analyst and corporate development executive with Galileo and US Global Investors. In addition, he worked as a corporate development executive with Scribble, and Brass Real Estate. As a capital allocator, Nigel was a seed investor into Hive Blockchain, Hut 8, Abaxx Technologies, Base Carbon, and Tokens.com.
Addison Cameron-Huff is a programmer turned lawyer who’s been working in the blockchain industry for the better part of a decade. As product counsel he has assisted many Canadian and international businesses in bringing new products to market. His commercial drafting work has been used by companies that have served millions of Canadians. Beginning with his role in Ethereum as legal counsel back in 2014, and continuing today with some of the largest players in the cryptocurrency industry, Addison is a highly sought after lawyer who combines business, technical, and legal knowledge to reduce risk, grow businesses, and ensure long-term competitiveness.
Deven is an experienced operations executive and investor. He spent several years as a technology-focused investor at Goldman Sachs and Highland Capital Partners where he invested over $200mm in technology growth and venture deals as a private equity investor. Deven has acquired and helped scale over 20 successful companies as a co-founder of Wired Investors (a tech-focused buyout fund), Snowball Industries (a home-services focused holding company) and Acquira (an incubator focused on business acquisitions). He’s also an active digital asset investor and helped launch Tokens.com as its founding COO and CIO.
Donato serves as co-founder of Hillcrest Merchant Partners, and has significant experience in M&A, hostile defense and fairness opinions. He has an extensive background in the financial services industry spanning approximately 20 years, including five years at Dundee Capital Markets, first as Director of Institutional Sales, then as Co-Head of Investment Banking. Donato was an advisor in the merger of the four public companies in what was the restart of Osisko Mining. An early mover into the Cannabis industry, Donato took Bedrocan Canada public (the second LP to go public in Canada). Donato has advised on the first two major transactions in the Cannabis space, most recently advising Canopy Growth Corp. on the $430MM acquisition of Mettrum and prior to that, advising Bedrocan on the sale to Tweed resulting in the creation of Canopy Growth and “the house of brands” strategy.
President, CEO and Director of Manitou Gold Inc., a TSXV listed gold explorer. Mr. Murphy has 25 years of experience as a Senior Geologist, President and CEO of a number of TSX and TSX-V listed companies. He has successfully completed multiple IPOs, financings, acquisitions and divestitures with these companies.
Dave Forestell serves as Vice President, Stakeholder Relations (Canada) for TC Energy. Previously, Dave served as Vice President, International Corporate and Commercial Banking and as Vice President, Office of the President and CEO at Scotiabank. He has held senior positions in government and the private sector. He worked overseas in Chile and Venezuela and speaks fluent Spanish. While in Chile, Dave led corporate affairs and corporate social responsibility for several mining projects and served as Chair of a Joint Venture Board of Directors. Dave is Chair of Board of Directors of iGaming Ontario Board and cross-appointed to the Board of Directors of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. He is currently serving on the Board of Governors for the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Mr. Forestell obtained his B.A. and LLB from Western University.
As the President of FansUnite, Darius has ushered in a new era for the sports and entertainment company. The FansUnite technology platform is already a global leader in gaming, currently providing a broad range of betting technology solutions for regulated sports, esports, and casinos globally. Beyond FansUnite, Darius’ work as CEO of Block X Capital (now Brand X Lifestyle) stands out as an example of his leadership and technical expertise. Before its merger with CBIO Brand Development, Block X Capital was a primary investor in many early to mid-stage blockchain and emerging technology companies.
As co-founder of the software development company Hera Software Development and ransomware proof solution Hercules protocol, Anthem is an invalauable asset to the Matador team and an outspoken industry voice to our mission of democratizing gold. Anthem also owns and serves as CEO for asset-backed blockchain software companies AnthemGold Inc. and Anthem Vault Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Goizueta Business School at Emory University, with concentrations in Professional Accounting and Finance.
Michael Wekerle is a rock star in the world of Canadian finance, known for his shrewd value in the fields of tech, biotech and media. As the founder and Chairman of the merchant bank Difference Capital Financial Inc., he oversees a fund that includes such successful growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect and Blue Ant Media. He also holds significant real estate assets, including an impressive portfolio of high-tech commercial properties in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as the historic Toronto entertainment venue El Mocambo. His latest venture includes a partnership for the Canadian franchise of Wahlburgers—Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg’s Boston-based burger chain.