Future of Institutional Bitcoin: Lessons from 3iQ, the Creators of the 1st Publicly Traded Bitcoin ETF

November 18, 2020

6:00 pm



7:30 pm


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After a long journey and intense battle with regulators, 3iQ was the first firm to receive approval from a securities regulator, the Ontario Securities Commission to provide an publicly traded bitcoin fund on the Toronto Stock Exchange, for any size or type of investor. Join Fred Pye, Co-Founder of 3iQ as he discusses his journey and why this was so important to him. Joining him will be Tom Lombardi, Managing Partner of 3iQ as he discusses the reasons why this is so important to investors and advisors, and the challenges that exist in educating and gaining acceptance from these groups as well.

Fred Pye

Fred Pye is the President and Chief Executive Officer of 3iQ Corp. Mr. Pye is recognized for creating and promoting creative and unique investment products for the investment industry.

Mr. Pye has managed private client portfolios with Landry Investment Management and various other investment dealers. Prior to this Mr. Pye was Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Argentum Management and Research Corporation, a company dedicated to managing and distributing quantitative investment portfolios including the first long-short mutual fund in Canada.

He was also Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager of Fidelity Investments Canada and an integral part of the team that saw assets rise from $80 million to over $7.5 billion in assets under management during his tenure. He also held various positions with Guardian Trust Company, which listed the first Gold, Silver and Platinum Certificates on the Montreal Exchange.

Mr. Pye obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University and is a member of the Board of the Anglican Funds and the West Island Youth Residence.




Tom Lombardi

Tom Lombardi is a Managing Director at 3iQ, responsible for overseeing business development and marketing. Tom has over 20 years of experience in investment banking, asset management and emerging technologies, most recently focused on bitcoin.

Tom also serves as adjunct professor of finance at Pepperdine University, teaching Digital Asset Finance to MBA students. He was formerly a Director with Wave Financial, leading the digital asset investment team in Los Angeles. Previously, Tom was the Head of Growth for the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, working with global companies on how to embrace blockchain technology. He started his career as an investment banking analyst with Bank of America. After business school, Tom worked at West Partners, a $500 million private equity firm.

Tom is a passionate student of financial regulations and securities laws, particularly related to digital assets. He holds Series 63, 65 and SIE active securities licenses. Tom received a B.S. in Finance from the College of Charleston and an MBA in Finance from the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine University.




Jack Tatar

Jack is co-author with Chris Burniske of "Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond" (McGraw Hill, 2017). Jack is Managing Partner of Doyle Capital Management which is an early stage investor to companies involved with transformative technologies. He's also an angel investor and advisor to start-ups in innovative growth companies and is an author of retirement and finance books. Jack is also Editor of Forbes Cryptoasset and Blockchain Advisor premium newsletter.

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