Who We Are
- Collective intelligence
- Independent research
To be the most trusted source of information on blockchain infrastructure in the world by providing quality, independent knowledge.
To enhance blockchain and cryptocurrency development in a cost-effective and responsible manner by providing quality information.
Our Executive Team
Tanya Smith, M.Sc.
Chief Executive Officer
Tanya is a professional applied economist, trained at the London School of Economics. She formerly worked for the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank, conducting risk analyses and international emerging market research. Tanya has particular expertise in supply and value chain assessment, policy and regulatory landscape evaluations, and price and trend analysis. Tanya is a strong business leader and avid blockchain enthusiast.
Micah Smith, P.Eng.
Chief Operating Officer
Micah is a professional engineer with over 10 years of experience in the hydropower industry and 5 years experience in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Micah has extensive experience with cryptocurrency mining, supporting the development and operation of multiple large mining facilities to date. He provides technical services to prospective miners, and consulting services for investors, power companies and other blockchain enthusiasts. Known for his world-class expertise in clean energy and cryptomining infrastructure, Micah now comes to BIR as its Chief Operating Officer.
Ron Hankewich, P. Eng. MBA CFA
Chief Research Officer
Ron Hankewich P. Eng. MBA CFA is a senior executive with Blockchain Infrastructure Research. He has numerous years of investment experience on both-side and sell-side with privately held investment funds as well as publicly traded corporations. His focus with BI Research is on corporate valuation of mining entities as well as the creation of business combinations that provide value for shareholders.
Colin Nebocat, B.Com
Chief Technology Officer
With experience in full stack development and online marketing for technology companies, Colin helps Blockchain Infrastructure Research achieve its research and operational goals through technology-based solutions. Currently, he is looking into how GPU compute power can be applied to industries other than crypto mining in order to help mining companies leverage valuable assets they wish to utilize. Along with technical skills, Colin has a strong business sense, and is keen on applying his knowledge to develop more energy-efficient data centres to power the future of innovation in Canada.
BIR is supported by an Advisory Board made up of a number of industry professionals including engineers, analysts, economists, and blockchain-intellects.