Blockchain technologie, a veritable revolution in the world of Finance
The expression FinTech is derived from “finance” and “technology” and is designated by an innovative start-up that uses current technology to rethink financial and banking services.
Following the 2008 economic crisis, many bankers and traders worldwide left the mainstream corporations to launch their own entrepreneurial ventures and reimagine the existing model. The goal was to simplify finances and make it more accessible by proposing better quality services at lower cost. In ten years, the banking industry has seen more changes than in the previous 200 years! FinTech start-ups are developing in every sector, from banking, insurance, managed savings sectors and asset management.
This next Mat’Inno, organized in association with the Quartier de l’innovation will welcome professor Kaiwen Zhang from l’ETS along with Vincent Gauthier from the Montreal company Catallaxy. They will discuss Blockchain applications that currently exist in the rapidly shifting financial sector, and specifically focus on popular systems such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Hyperledger. We will also feature professor Xiaozhou Zhou who will focus on new analytical techniques supported through machine learning allowing for more informed decisions in a time when the financial markets are so fast-paced.
Kaiwen Zhang - Professor, Department of Software and IT, ETS
Kaiwen Zhang is an Assistant Professor at ÉTS. Previously, he was an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow in Computer Science at the TU Munich (2015-2017) and a member of the Middleware Systems Research Group. Mr. Zhang obtained his M.Sc at McGill University and his Ph.D at the University of Toronto. His research interests include fast and scalable event-based systems, massively multiplayer online games, blockchain technologies, and software-defined networking.
Xiaozhou Zhou - Professor, Department of Finances, UQAM
Xiaozhou Zhou is a professor in the Finance department at l’UQAM et holds a PhD from HEC. He teaches financial management as well negotiation and mediation in financial trading. He received the UQAM 2016 Research Prize for best publication for his article entitled: « Liquidity-adjusted Intraday Value at Risk modeling and risk management : An application to data from Deutsche Börse » published in the Journal of Banking & Finance.
Vincent Gauthier - Co-Founder, Catallaxy
Vincent Gauthier has been the architect of several solution blockchain solutions and is the founder of Blockchain Montreal. He is also active in the ETS research community. He is one of the founders of Montréal-based blockchain centre, Catallaxy, an expertise center that will invest in blockchain technology research, development, training and marketing. Catallaxy will be a unique portal for the blockchain technological and economic revolution. Their objective is to prepare businesses for their blockchain transformation.
Philippe Orfali - Reporter at Le Journal de Montreal
Philippe Orfali is an economics reporter for the section “Argent” of the Journal de Montréal and the Journal de Québec. He covers Canadian affairs and is primarily interested in the financial sector, large Québecois businesses and new innovations. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from UQAM. Before joining “Argent” he worked as a general and political journalist for the Devoir and Le Droit in Ottawa. He is also a collaborator for Les Affaires magazine and La Presse.