About

BITCOIN IS DISRUPTING THE FUTURE OF MONEY.

Riot Blockchain is focused on supporting the Bitcoin ecosystem through proof-of-work mining. We are believers in Bitcoin and our efforts aimed at growing our mining operation demonstrates our commitment to the Bitcoin network.

Riot is one of the largest U.S. based publicly-traded Bitcoin miners in North America and we are constantly working to improve our efficiency and production.

Management Team

Jason Les

Jason Les

Chief Executive Officer

Jason is the driving force behind the Company’s mission to become one of the most relevant and significant companies supporting the Bitcoin network.  He has been deeply involved with Bitcoin since 2013, with significant experience in cryptocurrency mining, and as an engineer studying protocol development, and contributing to open-source projects.

Jason was also a founding partner of Binary Digital, a software-development company where he led the engineering team and coordinated project development for artificial intelligence, reverse engineering, and inter-software compatibility projects.

Additionally, Jason’s background includes over a decade of unique experience as a former professional heads-up poker player during which he has successfully competed in high-stakes games online, in addition to the most prestigious, high-stakes tournaments in the world.  In 2015 and 2017, he was selected as a human benchmark for testing the world’s best poker artificial intelligence in what was dubbed “Man vs Machine” at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 and 2017.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Information & Computer Science from UC Irvine.

Colin Yee

Colin Yee

Chief Financial Officer

Colin joined Riot in April 2022 as Head of Corporate and Financial Operations.  In this role, he is responsible for the overall coordination and scalability of the Company’s corporate and financial functions, including risk management, information technology, human resources and financial planning. 

Colin is an experienced business partner and team builder, having successfully grown businesses by working collaboratively to implement key processes, reporting tools and internal controls.  Specifically, he has successfully installed company-wide ERP systems, improved workflows, team communications, driven transformational changes and strategy deployment. 

Prior to joining Riot, Colin was the CFO of a publicly traded real estate company in Canada, the CFO of a large private equity firm specializing in renewable energy and infrastructure and most recently, the COO/CFO of a family office with controlling interests in companies focused on construction and geothermal systems. 

Colin is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Cellular Biology and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting, both from the University of Calgary.  He also sits on the board of directors of a large not-for-profit organization focusing on social change and innovation.

William Jackman

William Jackman

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

William Jackman is the General Counsel of Riot and manages the Company’s legal affairs. As General Counsel, William draws upon his unique business and legal acumen to support the Riot leadership team navigate strategic decisions by developing innovative solutions.

William has represented Riot since September 2018 as external counsel, prior to joining the management team in July 2021.  Previously, William represented S&P 500 companies as well as other public companies in the areas of securities laws, mergers and acquisitions, and power generation.  Additionally, he is a former member of several distinguished law firms including, a global AM100 law firm, and one the largest global law firms in Canada.  In 2014, he served a secondment at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) in the Corporate Finance division.

William holds dual juris doctorate law degrees from the Universities of Windsor and Detroit, as well as an MBA from Nova Southeastern, specializing in business finance, where he graduated among the top of his classes in each degree.  William is a member of the New York, Florida and Ontario Bar Associations.       

Chad Everett Harris

Chad Everett Harris

Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

Chad Everett Harris is the CEO of Whinstone and brings his vast entrepreneur and executive leadership skills to the Riot leadership team. As one of the key founders of Whinstone's inception in 2018, Chad has helped to build the company into North America’s most significant Bitcoin hosting facility in just a few short years.

As a serial entrepreneur with a track record of building successful and profitable firms, Chad has used his marketing experiences in customer retention, acquisition, and negotiations to help businesses achieve successes. As a true entrepreneur, he took the opportunity to move into the Data Center Development & Construction sector laterally. Chad's ability to leverage his experience in construction, data analysis, and finance over the last thirty years provides him with a well-balanced approach to capture profitability from unrecognized sources.

Not only have Chad’s entrepreneurial efforts resulted in tremendous profits but he has been recognized by a multitude of organizations and media for his efforts. Including receiving the 2020 Community Economic Development Award And many other previous awards, including Holding a ranking in INC and being named one of the Top 100 Internet Retailer.

Board of Directors

Benjamin Yi

Benjamin Yi

Executive Chairman of the Board

Benjamin was recruited to Riot in October 2018 to serve as a director, audit committee chair and member of a special committee of the Board.  At the time, Riot's market capitalization was approximately $34 million.  During his tenure, the Company's collective achievements to-date include significantly improved operational and financial profiles, including the attainment of profitability, a reconstituted and more diverse Board of Directors, a reconstituted and operationally streamlined management team, and the announcement of a transformative transaction to create a US-based leader in Bitcoin mining via the planned acquisition of Whinstone US, the largest Bitcoin mining facility in North America.  Benjamin was elected Chairman of the Board in November 2020 and nominated Executive Chairman in May 2021.

Benjamin brings significant experience in corporate strategy, corporate development, and governance to the Company.  In addition to having served as a director of several public and private companies, he also brings over sixteen years of unique capital markets experience to the management team, with a particular expertise in fintech-enabled businesses, specialty finance, and special situations investing through a company's capital structure.

Prior to Riot, Benjamin led the capital markets and corporate development efforts at IOU Financial, a tech-enabled lender to small businesses and an investee company of Neuberger Berman.  Prior thereto, he worked directly under Ned Goodman, a renowned Canadian financier, investor and founder of Dundee Corporation, a Toronto-based conglomerate.  Prior to Dundee, Benjamin was a securities analyst at the predecessor to 1832 Asset Management L.P., where he covered energy and special situations investments on a team managing one of North America's largest natural resources-focused investment funds.  Benjamin is a CFA charter holder and holds a Master of Finance degree from the Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Trinity College in the University of Toronto.

Hubert Marleau

Hubert Marleau

Director

Hubert is a veteran capital markets professional, corporate director, and Chair of the Marleau Lecture Series on Economic and Monetary Policy at the University of Ottawa.  Currently, he serves as Chief Economist at Palos Management, a boutique investment management firm headquartered in Montreal, Canada.  In addition to a career in the capital markets that has spanned over five decades, Mr. Marleau has previously served as a Governor of the Montreal and Vancouver stock exchanges, and as a Director of the Listing Committee for the Toronto Stock Exchange and Director of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (now known as IIROC).

Hubert’s broad areas of expertise include macroeconomic policy & analysis, corporate governance, financial analysis, and investment banking.  In addition to his being a current or past board member of approximately fifty publicly traded companies, he has raised funds privately and publicly for hundreds of emerging and mature companies, structured numerous mergers and acquisitions, and acted as the driving force behind numerous transactions.  Hubert graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics.

Hannah Cho

Hannah Cho

Director

Hannah is an award-winning marketing and communications executive with expertise in brand building and storytelling. She has over 15 years of experience in enterprise technology brand marketing, product and corporate communications supporting hyper-growth companies and global, multinational organizations in business growth and expansion, rebranding efforts, M&A, IPO and divestiture. 

Hannah holds a BA Honours in Criminology from Carleton University and currently resides in Sonoma, California where she enjoys the wine culture and outdoor activities the area offers.