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Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN) provides an open and neutral sphere for all stakeholders to deepen common understanding and to collaborate to address issues they face in order to attain sustainable development of the blockchain community. It is a unique global network of leading thinkers from industry and academia in the field of blockchain.

The Blockchain Governance Initiative Network (BGIN) takes a leading role to design healthy governance where stakeholders develop a common understanding, enhance dialogue, work together and make a real positive impact on the ecosphere and society at large. To serve the above purpose, BGIN tentatively aims at

  1. Creating an open, global and neutral platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue
  2. Developing a common language and understanding among stakeholders with diverse perspectives
  3. Building academic anchors through continuous provision of trustable documents and codes based on an open source-style approach

The blockchain research cluster at the University of British Columbia will host block #7 of the Blockchain Governance Initiative Network. BGIN #7 continues to bring voice to individuals focused on governance for digital economic networks. The Block #7 Program Committee is curating the meeting themes and speaker list.

While the program is hybrid, we strongly suggest people to participate in the program onsite, as there will be unique networking opportunities. Please refer to Google Maps for directions.

Who should attend?

Developers, Regulators, Business entities, Consumers, Civil society, Academia, and anyone interested in blockchain ecosystems!


Call for agenda items

We call for agenda items to discuss at the Block #7 and future Block meetings.

If you want to contribute a talk or suggest agenda items, please feel free to contact

Travel and Accommodation

At the time of the conference, there will be no traveling restriction on the Covid in Canada.

UBC Accomodations

Vancouver Airport

Vancouver Hotels Downtown

Richmond Hotels


All Recordings

Day 1 (Ponderosa Ballroom; 2075 West Mall, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2) 

11/30: Keynotes, Lectures and Application to Digital Identity 
Time (Day 1) Topic Speaker

09:00 - 10:00

Opening Plenary

- Opening Remarks, Chen Feng (Local chair of Block #7, University of British Columbia)

- Introduction to BGIN, Shin'ichiro Matsuo (Co-chair of BGIN, Georgetown University)

9:30 - 10:00

Coffee Break

10:00 - 12:30

Keynotes and Panel Session


- Rei Safavi-Naini (University of Calgary)

- Dinesh Shah (Bank of Canada)   

- Joni Brennan (DIACC)

Keynote Lecture: 

-James Angel (Georgetown University)

Panel: Toward responsible development

-Dinesh Shah (Bank of Canada) 

- Joni Brennan (DIACC)

- James Angel (Georgetown University)

12:30 - 14:00 


14:00 - 15:30

Invited Talks on Identity, Key Management, and Privacy

- Heather Dahl (Indicio)   

- Glen Weyl (Microsoft) 

- Hart Montgomery (Hyperledger Foundation)

15:30 - 16:00 

Coffee break

16:30 - 18:30 

IKP Working Group Session

Overview of the WG an Sessions (by Nat Sakimura) (10 min)

  • Scope of the WG
  • Document development process 
  • What we want to achieve today 

Overview of the documents (by author)

  • Selective disclosure (by Kazue Sako) (10 min)
  • SBT Part 1 including NFT document  (by Michi Kakebayashi) (20min)
  • DeFi disclosure and regulation update (by Tomonori Yuyama/Paul Brigner/Ken Katayama) (10 min)
  • Other topics including Ronsomeware, etc (10 min)

Potential New Works (45 minutes)  

  • Part 2 presentation + Q&A (by Joseph Beverley) (20 min)
  • Panel Discussion: Soul Bound Tokens (SBT) Part 2 (by Michi Kakebayashi / Joseph Beverley / Mitchell Travers /Shai Perednik, moderated by Nat Sakimura) ( 20 min)
  • Collaborative discussion including Q & A (5 min)

Roadmap (15 min)

Day 2 (Ponderosa Ballroom; 2075 West Mall, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2)

12/1: Financial Applications
Time (Day 2) Topic Speaker
9:30 - 11:15

Invited Talks 

- Professor Christine A. Parlour (UC Berkeley Haas School of Business)

- Professor Peter Chow-White (Simon Fraser U, School of Communication and the GeNA Lab)

- Patrick McCorry (Infura)

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 - 12:30


Moderator: Ali Nejadmalayeri (Professor, University of Wyoming)

- Professor Tom Lombardi (Pepperdine Graziadio Business School & Network NFT Studios)

- Professor Peter Chow-White (Simon Fraser U, School of Communication and the GeNA Lab)

- Patrick McCorry (Infura)

- Dohyung "DH" Kim (CEO, Finhaven)

12:30 - 14:00

14:00 -16:00 Decentralized Treasury Working Group (DTWG) Session

(1) Special session: Points of failure in decentralized finance: governance of exchanges and bridges between blockchain and traditional finance

Moderator: Ali Nejadmalayeri (Professor, University of Wyoming)

Main Panelists: Oki Matsumoto  (Monex Group);  Jame Angel (Georgetown University); Caroline Hill (Circle); Hiromi Yamaoka (Futures)

(2) Decentralized treasuries, DAOs, and their applications

Moderator: Ali Nejadmalayeri

Panelists: Panelists: Caroline Hill (Circle); Judy Bogle (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)); Niusha Moshrefi (TeleportDAO)

(3) Coordination between blockchain-based decentralized finance and CBDCs

Moderator: Ali Nejadmalayeri

Panelists: John Kiff (Satoshi Capital Advisors); Masaki Bessho (Bank of Japan); Carole House (National Security Council)

16:00 - 18:00

Kintsugi (Financial Internet) Study Group Session

Session Chair: Pindar Wong (VeriFi)

18:00 - 19:30 Social reception

Day 3 (ISABEL MACINNES BALLROOM, WALTER GAGE RESIDENCE, 5959 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1K2)

12/2 Industrial Session, Local Blockchain Community and Closing
Time (Day 3) Topic Speaker

9:00 - 11:00

Industrial Sessions by Event Sponsors

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30 Roundtable: Canadian Blockchain Ecosystem

Moderator: Chang Lu (University of British Columbia)

- Lee Ackerman (Chair of Web3 Committee, Canadian Blockchain Consortium)

- Atefeh (Atty) Mashatan (Assistant Professor, Toronto Metropolitan University)

- Zehua Wang (University of British Columbia, Verilog Solutions)

12:30 - 14:00 

14:00 - 14:45 Administrative matters and future roadmap
14:45 - 15:30 Closing Plenary

Photo Gallery


Level 1

Level 2


Program & Organizing Committees (alphabetical)

  • Aaron Wright
  • Ali Nejadmalayeri
  • Chang Lu
  • Claudio Tessone
  • Feng Chen
  • Florian Spychiger
  • Mai Santamaria
  • Nat Sakimura
  • Nii Quaynor
  • Pindar Wong
  • Robert Schwentker
  • Ryosuke Ushida
  • Shengnan Li
  • Shigeya Suzuki
  • Tomonori Yuyama


Lee Ackerman

Distinguished Digital Learning Architect, TEKsystems Global Services

James Angel

Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Masaki Bessho

Head of Fintech Centre, Bank of Japan

Julie Bogle

Partner, Corporate Capital Markets

Jodi Brennan

President, Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada

Peter Chow-White

Professor, SFU

Heather Dahl

CEO, Indicio

Daniel Goldsheider


Caroline Hill

Director, Circle

Yuko Kawai

CEO, Japan Digital Design, Inc.

John Kiff

Advisory Head, Satoshi Capital Advisors

Dohyung "DH" Kim

CEO, Finhaven

Tom Lombardi

Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University

Atefeh Mashatan

Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University

Oki Matsumoto

Chairman, Monex Group

Hart Montgomery

Research Analyst, Hyperledger Foundation

Christine Parlour

Chair in Finance, Berkeley Haas

Dinesh Shah

Director Fintech Research, Bank of Canada

Gary Weinstein

CEO, Electric Coin Co.

Glen Weyl

Economist and Social Technologist, Microsoft

Hiromi Yamaoka

Special Advisor for International Finance, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Zehua (David) Wang

Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia