Stream: Blockchain & Web3
Blair Wiley is the chief legal officer at Wealthsimple and leads Wealthsimple’s regulatory innovation strategy. Under his leadership, Wealthsimple has achieved many regulatory firsts in Canada: the first in Canada to offer a mobile-first stock trading platform; the first regulated crypto trading platform; the first and only to offer a Shariah-compliant ETF; the first and only platform for fractional trading of Canadian shares; the first non-bank to enable direct deposit through our own financial institution number (703); the first non-bank to be approved for a direct settlement account with the Bank of Canada; and the first wealth management firm in Canada to offer retail investors access to high quality, private investments.
Throughout his career, Blair has served as an advisor, mentor and coach to a wide range of organizations, including Creative Destruction Labs, Web3 Canada and the Ontario Securities Commission.
Prior to joining Wealthsimple, Blair was a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP where he co-led the firm’s fintech and crypto practice groups. He holds degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Waterloo, and is a member of the bar of the Law Society of Ontario.