Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, one of the Canadian leaders in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and recovery & reorganization is collaborating with Jonathan Hamel, Francis Pouliot and Vincent Gauthier to create a Blockchain center of expertise.
The Montréal-based Blockchain expertise centre , Catallaxy is formed with an aim to invest in Blockchain technology research, development, training and marketing.
The center will house a space of innovation and expertise, called the “Blockhouse”, and will be a unique showcase on this technological and economic revolution of the Blockchain. Their goal is to prepare companies for their Blockchain transformation.
The center will be operational in the fall and the service offering will combine the technical expertise of the Blockchain community and Raymond Chabot consultants Grant Thornton.
Fifteen people will be based in Montreal with nearly Fifty strategic partners and collaborators around the world.
“Blockchain technology has the potential to transform our current business model. This is why we want to create this new synergy between our traditional activities and the new opportunities offered by this technology. Working with internationally renowned experts, we want to make Montréal a hub for Blockchain technology development within the Grant Thornton network” says Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.
“Blockchain is a strong trend of the same type as artificial intelligence. Technologies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum will have the same impact on the financial system and governance that the Internet has had for print media and music, “added Jonathan Hamel, who became President and CEO of Catallaxy.
Blockchain is the underlying technology behind world’s first decentralized cryptocurrency i.e., Bitcoin.
- Jonathan Hamel has developed mobile payment solutions in emerging countries and was one of the first investors on the Ethereum platform. Mr. Hamel is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Technological Innovation of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
- Vincent Gauthier was architect of various blockchain solutions and founder of the Blockchain Montreal community.
- Francis Pouliot was the founder and president of Satoshi Portal, co-founder of the Bitcoin Embassy in Montreal, a member of the Bitcoin Foundation and a member of the Fintech committee of the Ontario Securities Commission.
About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is one of the Canadian leaders in the areas of certification, taxation, advisory services and corporate reorganization and insolvency, With more than 2,300 professionals, including some 200 associates. Together, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian firm that is a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, accompanies organizations here with more than 4,200 professionals and some 140 offices across Canada to achieve their full growth potential. Grant Thornton International Ltd offers its clients access to the expertise of member companies and companies representing more than 130 countries, with more than 47,000 professionals.
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