TORONTO, Apr 4, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) today announced that Chris Horlacher, Chairman & CEO of Equibit Development Corporation, has joined the Association’s Ambassadors Program.
NCFA Canada Ambassadors
NCFA Canada Ambassadors are leaders, educators, supporters and advocates of an inclusive and broad-based alternative finance crowdfunding industry in communities across Canada. As experts in fintech, peer to peer, and innovation finance, ambassadors are circles of influence and ‘go to resources’ for companies, investors and the ecosystem to connect with to learn and share at locally hosted events and initiatives. They are specialists and plugged into an international network of shared resources, thought leadership, and industry professionals striving to cultivate and shape the future of financial services in Canada and beyond.
Chris Horlacher, Chairman & CEO, Equibit Development Corporation
Chris began his career as an auditor at a Big 4 firm and before the age of 30 was the CFO of a start-up stock brokerage that now manages over $4 billion in assets. He went on to found his own management consulting firm and has been instrumental in numerous successful multi-million dollar start-ups and strategic initiatives for Canada’s largest companies, SME's and non-profits.
He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada, a research and educational charity focused on the field of Austrian Economics. Possessing Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations, Chris is certified by the Canadian Securities Institute as a partner, director and chief financial officer.
“The digitization and future of capital markets is upon us and Canada needs to be at the forefront of innovative financial technologies. Chris and the Equibit team recently completed one of Canada's first Initial Coin Offering (ICO) 'Crowdsales' successfully raising approx $570,000 USD in cash and coins. We are excited to have their leadership join the NCFA Ambassador program to provide more education and awareness in the areas of blockchain and distributed ledger technology," said Craig Asano, Executive Director, NCFA Canada.
“EDC is building Equibit, a peer-to-peer network for creating, transferring, and administering securities such as equity and debt. Such services cost issuers and investors many billions each year and blockchain technology can not only eliminate most of this overhead, but take the industry from 3-day to real-time settlements while massively improving the security, efficiency and accessibility of the OTC market,” said Chris Horlacher, Chairman & CEO, EDC.
About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada
The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1,500+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. Learn more About Us or visit www.ncfacanada.org.
About Equibit Development Corporation
Equibit is the world's first peer-to-peer equity marketplace and a complete platform for issuers to manage their investor relations without need of depositories and transfer agents. Founded by a former securities industry chief financial officer and a team of blockchain development experts, EDC was established with the aim of revolutionizing the securities industry.