Dapper Labs, Ether Capital Headline Newly Formed Canadian Web3 Council

The 11-member non-profit trade association includes issuers of financial products, exchange platforms, open-source blockchain projects, investors and more.

AccessTimeIconMar 29, 2022 at 10:35 a.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 6:04 p.m. UTC

The Canadian Web3 Council aims to advocate for a national strategy in Canada for cryptocurrency and digital assets, the newly formed group said Tuesday.

“There is an urgent need to ensure Canada and its citizens are well positioned to benefit from this emerging asset class,” the organization said in a statement. “The Canadian Web3 Council is calling for all levels of governments to establish a coordinated approach to convene industry and experts to build a robust, equitable and sustainable national strategy for cryptocurrency and digital assets.”

The Council’s initial members are: Aquanow, Axiom Zen, Chainsafe Systems, NBA Top Shot maker Dapper Labs, Ether Capital, ETHGlobal, Figment, Cosmos developer Informal Systems, Ledn, Wealthsimple and WonderFi Technologies. Additional members are actively being sought, according to the statement.

“The Canadian crypto ecosystem is poised to flourish and position homegrown Canadian companies as global leaders,” says Brian Mosoff, CEO of Toronto-based Ether Capital. “Industry participants, government and regulators need to work together to create a framework for responsible innovation that sets Canadian businesses and investors up for success.”

The Council notes that Canada’s capital markets in certain cases have given a warmer reception to crypto products than in the U.S.

For instance, spot bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETF) have been approved and trading in Toronto for some time, while the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission continues to delay approving such an ETF.

Canada’s crypto industry came into notable focus recently after ​​the Ontario Provincial Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police ordered all regulated financial firms to cease facilitating any transactions from 34 crypto wallets tied to funding that country’s trucker protests.


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