Chairman of the Board
Benjamin was recruited in October 2018 to serve as a director and audit committee Chairman. At that time, Riot's market capitalization was approximately $34 million. During his tenure, the Company's collective achievements to-date include the successful termination of the SEC investigation, the elimination of all corporate debt, and significantly improved financial and operational profiles. Benjamin was elected Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the nominating and governance committee, in November 2020.
Benjamin brings significant corporate governance experience to Riot, having served as an independent director and audit committee chair of several private and public companies. He also brings over fifteen years of unique capital markets experience to the Company, and a particular expertise in fintech, specialty finance, and investing throughout a company’s capital structure.
Benjamin currently serves in a consulting capacity at IOU Financial, Inc., a leading public fintech-enabled lender to small businesses, where he works closely with senior management to ensure IOU’s capital structure and funding sources are resilient, diversified, and cost-effective. Prior to IOU, Benjamin worked directly under Ned Goodman, a renowned Canadian financier, investor, and founder of Dundee Corporation, a Toronto-based conglomerate. At Dundee, he worked in an investment capacity, investing throughout the capital structure of companies involved in the natural resource extraction, energy technology, real estate, and automotive sectors. Prior thereto, Benjamin was a research analyst at the predecessor to 1832 Asset Management L.P., where he covered energy, forest products, and special situations investments as part of a team managing one of Canada’s largest and best-performing natural resources investment funds.
Benjamin is a CFA charter holder and holds a Master of Finance degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Trinity College in the University of Toronto.
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 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.
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.