CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/DIRECTOR
Taras Kulyk has spent his career in venture capital, banking, and technology. Most recently, Mr. Kulyk led the CoinGeek Mining and Hardware team where he oversaw the development and growth of one of the largest crypto mining fleets globally. Before joining CoinGeek, Mr. Kulyk was part of Decentral’s leadership team in Toronto, Canada. Prior to this, Mr. Kulyk spent three years in investment banking at CIBC World Markets and BMO Capital Markets in the resources sector, followed by two years with TD Securities with the Communications, Media and Technology team, where his coverage focus was on the Canadian tech and media sectors. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University where he received a Juris Doctor with a focus in Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law, and earned his MBA, with distinction, with a specialization in Finance and Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Meshcherekov is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 15 years of management experience in industry and public practice. He has demonstrated financial and organizational leadership in the wealth management, blockchain technology and fintech sectors within operations spanning Canada, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Squire, Mr. Meshcherekov was Director of Finance of the nChain Group, a global leading blockchain research and development company. Previous to that he was Director of Finance of nTrust Technology Solutions Corp., a regulated money transfer platform which evolved into a Bitcoin wallet and exchange. He started his career and gained extensive experience through a Canadian audit firm providing tax, reporting and accounting assurance services to private and publicly traded companies. Mr. Meshcherekov has board and committee level experience, having recently served a three year term on the board of a local not-for-profit organization.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Over the last 15 years, Mrs. Holowaychuk has found herself at the forefront of emerging technologies, holding senior management positions leading day to day operations, technical development teams and global expansion projects within the fintech, regtech and most recently, blockchain and Bitcoin exchange sectors. Her expertise is building global operations and service channels from the ground up and working closely with legal and regulatory advisers, executives and technology specialists. Mrs. Holowaychuk attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology for Operations and Supply Chain Management.
Marco Strub has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the financial services and consulting sectors. Since March 2003, Mr. Strub has been the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Sircon AG, a portfolio management company based in Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to this, Mr. Strub served as a Partner of Exulta AG from 1997 to 2003. He has been an Independent Director of numerous private and publicly listed companies, including Triumph Gold Corp and ZincX Resources Corp, listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Strub received a Master of Arts degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1982.
Mr. Matthews has significant senior management and executive leadership experience totalling more than 30 years in the technology and on-line services sector, where he has been responsible for operations in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Spain, Malta and the United Kingdom at the levels of chief information officer, chief technology officer and chief executive officer. He has been actively involved in several initial public offerings (Australia and the United States) and multiple mergers and acquisitions.
In 2015, Mr. Matthews was a founder, and is currently the chairman, of the nChain Group, known for global leadership in blockchain and Bitcoin research. BMG, a division of the nChain Group, has a significant investment in Bitcoin BCH mining, operating a diversified fleet in multiple locations.
Mr. Matthews holds a bachelor of financial administration degree and an MBA (international business) from the University of New England.
Peter Wielgosz is a lawyer with more than 12 years experience across Australia, Europe and the Middle East with a particular focus on capital markets and structuring financial instruments. Over the last five years, Peter has been a legal advisor to family offices and has worked on a variety of acquisitions, divestments, and private equity deals as well as the establishment of various corporate investment/holding vehicles, SPVs and trusts and the governance structures that unite them.
Prior thereto, Peter was an attorney in the capital markets practice of Clifford Chance LLP in both its Dubai and London offices and in the banking and project finance team with Freehills in Melbourne, Australia.
Peter has a Juris Doctor from Melbourne University (Australia) and a bachelor in economics from McGill University (Canada). He recently studied private equity at Oxford University’s Said Business School and is a member of the Institute of Directors in London.