Management 2018-01-25T17:53:55+00:00


BLOK Technologies Inc. Robert Dawson

Rob Dawson


Rob is a performance-driven and innovative executive with over 20 years of global experience in business leadership, strategic marketing, consulting, technology, crowdsourcing, innovation, and communications.

As a C-Level executive in growing software technology and innovation companies, Rob has developed and delivered compelling business strategies for both Fortune 500 and growing enterprises. His experience crosses several categories including technology, financial services, blockchain, consumer goods, food, retail, and environmental sustainability with well-known brands such as Intel, Dell, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Expedia, HSBC, LEGO, VELCRO, and others. He has extensive experience in the ideation and creation of new technology-based business models based on emerging market dynamics.

Rob has held positions as Chief Client Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at industry-leading participation and crowdsourcing technology companies as well as President of boutique research and innovation consultancies.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. A frequent speaker at global marketing and innovation events, Rob was President of AIM, the Association of Integrated Marketers, a member of the Digital Strategy Conference Advisory Board and in 2006 he was recognized as one of BC’s “Top 40 Under 40”.

BLOK Technologies Inc. David Alexander

David Alexander


Mr. Alexander’s past achievements include; CFO of Arakis Energy Corporation, an international oil & gas development company and managed the company’s growth from a start-up to over a billion dollars in assets, leading to a listing on the NASDAQ exchange. He was also the CFO of Nortran Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a UBC based pharmaceutical company engaged in the development and Commercialization of cardiovascular therapies.

While at Nortran, he helped secure initial and ongoing research financing. Nortran ultimately became Cardiome Pharma, a successful Vancouver B.C. based pharmaceutical company (NASDAQ: CRME). Mr. Alexander holds a degree in Finance from The University of British Columbia.

BLOK Technologies Inc. Joel Yaffe

Joel Yaffe


Joel is an established technology professional of the Montreal startup community, agitating and mentoring tech- entrepreneurs while incubating and launching many ventures.

Joel founded iTechnique a popular Montreal and Toronto Apple Service Centre in 2005 and then MConcierge Systems in 2009, a hospitality engagement platform (app) for the hotel industry. Rebranded as GuestDriven, the platform was acquired in 2016 and today is deployed in hundreds of properties and cities worldwide.

Joel is also a member of The Founder Institute where he is a mentor to tech startups in Montreal and around the world. Aside from Joel’s many experiments in disruption, his current interests include robotics, brain-computer- interfacing (BCI), and environmental-technologies

BLOK Technologies Inc. Jamie Hyland

Jamie Hyland

VP Corporate development

Mr. Hyland is a founding partner with Tribeca Capital Partners and provides corporate development services on behalf of several publicly listed companies in Canada. Mr. Hyland has over 25 years of experience as a financial and marketing consultant, a corporate founder, director and manager of a number of early-stage public and private Canadian businesses. His industry experience includes hospitality, publishing, mining, financial services, technology, alternative energy, telecom, and healthcare.

Mr. Hyland has an extensive network of contacts within the financial community including fund managers, family offices, industry analysts, and media throughout North America, the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Mr. Hyland has also worked in advertising with a major mining and resource publication based in Vancouver BC.

Mr. Hyland earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University of Victoria, BC. Canada and received a Certificate in Private Capital Markets from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, Los Angeles, California.


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