Conversation with Bicameral Ventures

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

Welcome to the first edition of the MIFTC speaker series where MIFTC leaders connect with leaders in finance and technology to highlight major trends as well as tips for students on how to make the most of their career. In this edition VP of Education Montaek Kohli sits down with Alex McDougall Chief Investment Office (CIO) of Bicameral Ventures, a Toronto based venture capital fund focused on investing in blockchain projects.

Their discussion covers:

- Shifts within the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry since the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) craze of 2017

- Where blockchain creates value and how it brings businesses and people closer to The Archetype of 1

- Assessing career decisions throughout life and how to determine whether you’re ready to pursue a riskier but more fulfilling career path

- How to stand out when networking for finance roles

- And much more!

The MIFTC would like to extend a huge thank you to Alex and Montaek for sharing a tremendous amount of detail through their conversation and providing a small peak down the rabbit hole that is the blockchain and finance industry.

Blockchain and cryptoassets are not just creating hype in the market. They’re also generating a new asset class that has the potential to transform every industry, especially accounting and finance.

How will these new assets change the investing landscape? And how can we protect investors?

Thought leaders, experts, and industry representatives shared insights on the current regulatory environment and what lies ahead, at a half-day conference in Toronto on November 15 called Blockchain and cryptoassets: Regulatory and tax issues. It included a presentation from Alan Wunsche, MBA '91, to CPAs and finance professionals on how blockchain and cryptoassets are changing accounting and investing. Wunsche is CEO and Chief Token Officer of TokenFunder, a regulatory-compliant blockchain venture funding platform, and Chair and Co-Founder of the not-for-profit organization Blockchain Canada. There were also panel discussions on blockchain, securities, and tax compliance and collection.

Wunsche discussed the key issues and challenges for investors and those working in the space. He stressed the importance of keeping on top of the rapidly changing environment.

“It’s critical that the finance professional of today actually understands where the space is going, and to make sure that we’re at the leadership end of this,” he said. “This is a new financial infrastructure that’s being developed and we need to understand how we’re going to play within it.”

The event was presented in partnership with CPA Ontario and co-organized by the CPA-Ivey Centre for Accounting and the Public Interest, the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab, and Western Law.