#RegHackTO is Canada’s first hackathon by a securities regulator.

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1st Place
Team Existence Labs – "Key Stamp"

2nd Place
Team RicLoo – "Blockchain on TLS"

3rd Place
Team Extreme Securities 2k16 – "Rubix Solution"

Honourable Mentions
Team Pendio – LinkedIn and Advisor Credentials
Team Firm ID – "Suit Yourself"

Problem statement

The financial services regulatory environment is becoming increasingly complex. Solutions that help streamline the regulatory environment are beneficial not only for regulators, but also for the regulated organizations and even for the economy as a whole. Bring your strategists, subject matter experts, developers and UX designers together for three days of purposeful interaction, and make your mark contributing to a more efficient Canadian regulatory ecosystem.

Examples include:

  • RegTech
  • KYC/Identity authentication
  • Financial Literacy
  • Capital markets

Judging criteria

Judging will be based on the following criteria, with equal weight assigned to each:

  • Creativity
    Does your app create brand new, interesting or original use cases? We’re looking for the wow factor here. Just another app or bitcoin wallet won’t cut it, unless it has unique features we’ve never seen before.
  • Product
    Does your app make regulatory systems more user friendly and approachable? How will it ease pain points in regulatory systems?
  • Execution
    The devil is in the details. Does the app work well? Does it provide a good experience to the user? How does UX feel or the GUI look?


Maureen Jensen
Chair and CEO, Ontario Securities Commission
Chris de Bruin
President, Digital Platform, Zafin Technology
Adam Felesky
President and Managing Partner of Portag3 Ventures GP Inc.
Doug Steiner
CEO, Evree Corp.
Ethan Wilding
Co-founder, Ledger Labs


Can I bring a team?

Yes, though we have a limit of six members per team. You can bring your friends or you can team up with other hackers on site. However you choose to do it, be ready to hack!

Does the OSC own my hack?

No, all code is yours. This hackathon is for you to have some fun, meet great people and do some good.

Should I bring my pajamas?

Expect to stay overnight, so bring what you need to get through the hackathon. We’ll provide some sleep spaces for those who need some shut-eye. Remember you’re in a public forum, so please act accordingly. As for daytime dress, think casual and definitely no ties please!


  1. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Eligible participants include teams of between two to six people.
  3. Participants must register their interest by emailing vmalloy@osc.gov.on.ca by noon on November 23, 2016.
  4. All submitted code must be created between 7 pm on November 25, 2016 and 9 am on November 27, 2016. Any participant or team who uses code that has been created before the hackathon start time will automatically be disqualified.
  5. Participants can only contribute code toward their respective team and cannot share code, ideas or contribute code toward other teams.
  6. Any designs created, code written, products built, presentations, marketing material etc., created during the hackathon will belong to creators of the codes/designs/content.
  7. By submitting your code, you agree to these hackathon rules.


November 25, 2016
5:00 p.m.


5:30 p.m.


Maureen Jensen, Chair and CEO
Ontario Securities Commission

Cory Russell, Bitmaker

Guy Pearce, Managing Partner
REData Performance Consulting

Ethan Wilding, Co-founder
Ledger Labs
6:00 p.m.


Leslie Byberg
Executive Director and CAO
Ontario Securities Commission

Pat Chaukos
Chief (OSC LaunchPad)
Ontario Securities Commission

Tyler Fleming
Director (Investor Office)
Ontario Securities Commission

Huston Loke
Director (Corporate Finance)
Ontario Securities Commission

Paul Redman, Chief Economist and Head of Research
Ontario Securities Commission

6:45 p.m.

Introduction to developer resources



MLG Blockchain Consulting
7:00 p.m.

Dinner and Hackathon begins

8:30 p.m.

Workshop: Lean start-up

Alex Kurm, Head of Nimbus BPM and Advisor, Process Centre of Excellence
BMO Financial Group
10:00 p.m.

Workshop: Getting started with Ethereum using INFURA

Michael Wuehler
Blockchain Strategy and Business Development, ConsenSys

November 26, 2016
7:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Workshop: Building Enterprise Blockchains

Jin Tu, Co-founder and CEO
10:00 a.m.

Debate: Should regulators treat fintech start-ups the exact same as incumbents

Randy Cass, Founder and CEO
Nest Wealth

Huston Loke
Director (Corporate Finance)
Ontario Securities Commission

Guy Pearce, Managing Partner
REData Performance Consulting

Peggy Van De Plassche
Vice President (Innovation Engagement), CIBC

Moderator: Monica Kowal, Vice-Chair
Ontario Securities Commission
12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Workshop: Blockchain and security issues

Russell Verbeeten, Decentralized Operations Specialist
3:30 p.m.

Workshop: The Perfect Pitch

Veronica Scotti, President and CEO
Swiss Re Canada
7:00 p.m.


November 27, 2016
7:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Hackathon ends and

10:30 a.m.

Presentations: Opening and Pitches

Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant (Digital Government and Finance)

All participants
12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Close and Awards

Maureen Jensen, Chair and CEO
Ontario Securities Commission

Hon. Charles Sousa
Minister of Finance

Chris De Bruin
President (Digital Platform)
Zafin Technology
2:30 p.m.

Event concludes


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