To work hand-in-hand with industry to design, launch and support digital solutions for investment, trading, settlement, and provenance management of precious metals.
The inaugural products available on the Tradewind platform are VaultChain™ Gold and Silver.
The VaultChain™ products are the next generation solution for trading - and managing ownership of - physical gold and silver vaulted with the Royal Canadian Mint.
Founded in 2016, Tradewind is managed by a team of professionals with extensive experience in electronic trading, precious metals investment management, market operations and blockchain technology.
Michael Albanese is the CEO of Tradewind Markets. With over 20 years in the industry, Michael previously held multiple leadership positions at J.P. Morgan, including Global Head of Agency Collateral Management, Global Head of Securities Clearance, Head of Japan Trustee business, and was a board member of J.P. Morgan Trust Bank Japan, Ltd. While at J.P Morgan, Michael focused on enabling banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, corporations, and insurers to effectively manage collateral cross repurchase agreements, securities loans, and derivatives trades. Michael is experienced in market infrastructure across securities markets, online brokerage, and leadership of complex businesses. Michael earned his Master’s of Business Administration from NY University, and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Language and Linguistics from Georgetown University.
Mike has a background in capital markets and investment management. Mike worked in the capital markets division at RBC for 7 years, after which he joined Steve Eisman in starting Emrys Partners, a long/short hedge fund in New York, to focus on research into the workings of the global banking system. Mike was most recently in Strategic Ventures at IEX.
Fraser has a background in precious metals production, investing, and sales having previously worked in the Canadian capital markets. Fraser has been involved in founding several precious metals companies, including NewCastle Gold, a publicly traded development company. Fraser previously worked with GMP Securities, an independent Canadian investment bank and broker dealer in both Toronto and London in Institutional Equity Sales.
Abishek is a cryptographer and engineer with a mission to change asset ownership through cryptography. Abishek has software engineering experience from Google, where he worked on the identity and authentication systems, leveraging public key cryptography. Previously, Abishek worked on the Bill Gates' technical assistants team at Microsoft after completing his undergrad at the Indian Institute of Technology, at which he won several programming olympiads. Abishek has a PhD in Cryptography from UCLA.
Steven is highly experienced in the areas of business development, strategic planning and sales in the precious metals industry, as well as in recruitment and partnerships. He worked with ScotiaMocatta for 20 years, holding numerous management positions including Global Co-head of the Bank’s base and precious metals businesses as well as developing and implementing the business strategy of ScotiaMocatta’s European operation. Steven earned his Bachelor of Commerce, with honors, at Queen’s University and went on to the University of Western Ontario, where he completed his Masters in Business Administration. He has served as a Director and Trustee on numerous notable Boards including Scotiabank Europe Plc and the London Bullion Market Association.
Kevin has significant experience in the brokerage and investment management industry, with a strong background in commodity & hedge fund based investing. Before joining Tradewind, Kevin was Founder and Managing Principal of Hadrian Partners, Ltd. – a New York based Commodity Trading Advisor specializing in Macro, Managed Futures and resource-based investing. Prior to Hadrian, Kevin was Managing Director and Head of Sales of R.J.O’Brien & Associates New York Institutional Sales Division. Formerly, Kevin held senior sales management positions at M.F. Global and Refco, Inc. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Dayton.
Board of Directors
Blake was the founder and CEO of DLJdirect, one of the first and largest online brokerage firms. He took the company public in 1999 and sold it to BMO in 2002. He led the expansion of the firm with ventures in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai and Chennai. Mr. Darcy also formed a technology firm, iNautix, that provided web-based technology solutions to brokerage firms and created the largest brokerage workstation platform in the US. Blake was also the founder and CEO of a multi-billion dollar asset management firm. He now serves on the boards of startup firms.
Brad was one of the co-founders of IEX in 2012 after their team uncovered ways that the existing stock exchanges were selling high speed technology and data to the detriment of long-term investors. Brad and his team’s pursuit of a fairer market has been chronicled in Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys, as well as in outlets ranging from 60 Minutes to the New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg Markets. Brad is the former head risk trader and head of electronic trading for RBC Capital Markets.
Michael Albanese is the CEO of Tradewind Markets. With over 20 years in the industry, Michael previously held multiple leadership positions at J.P. Morgan, including Global Head of Agency Collateral Management, Global Head of Securities Clearance, and Head of Japan Trustee business, enabling banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, corporations, and insurers to effectively manage collateral cross repurchase agreements, securities loans, and derivatives trades. Michael is experienced in market infrastructure across securities markets, online brokerage, and leadership of complex businesses.
Arthur is Senior Managing Director and General Counsel at Sprott Inc. He also serves as General Counsel at Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. and is on the Board of Directors of Corsa Coal Corp. Before joining Sprott, Mr. Arthur was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Masters in Business Administration from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business.
Matt started his investing career at Bain Capital private equity in 1995, having worked previously at Bain & Company. In 2000, Matt founded Village Ventures, which he ran for 12 years and where he focused on early-stage fintech investing. In 2012 he rejoined Bain Capital Ventures to run their financial technology and services investment portfolio.
Before co-founding IEX, Rob was the Head of Global Algorithmic Trading for RBC Capital Markets, where his team was instrumental in the creation of client-facing algorithms and smart order routing strategies. Prior to working at RBC, Rob co-founded Quantera Financial Corp., a proprietary high frequency trading firm that specialized in statistical and machine learning algorithms.