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 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 New York 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.
Leon has a multi-faceted background in technology, finance and media. He was most recently Managing Director (Technology) at BNY Mellon and was a founding Board Member of BNY Mellon, Tel Aviv. During Leon’s tenure at BNY Mellon, he spearheaded the development of a new Angular platform that unified several line of business applications. Previously, Leon worked for Bridgewater Associates, one of the largest hedge funds globally. Leon also held technical leadership roles at the New York Times, Thomson Reuters, and Dow Jones where he was responsible for developing and scaling software across a global, distributed user base. He is a co-author of the textbook: Web Application Architecture: Principles, Protocols and Practices and holds two US patents on representation and search of heterogeneous data. Leon received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.
Didier brings 30 years of experience in the field of information technology as well as data security. Previously, he set up information security structures and frameworks at several fintech startups. At SunGard Financial Services he was responsible for the security and compliance for most of the division. His credentials and certifications include an MBA in Management Science, a Masters degree in Finance, CISSP, CISM, CISA and CEH.
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.
Wes leads Tradewind’s marketing strategy, brand, and public relations. Wes is a seasoned marketer with experience in public relations, brand management, event, go-to-market plans, and ensuring messaging is consistent. He has been active in the emerging business technology community for several years and frequently speaks at industry events. Prior to joining Tradewind, Wes focused on Technology Marketing at BNY Mellon helping bring their digital transformation to life. Prior to BNY Mellon, Wes worked at JP Morgan within their Private Bank’s Mortgage Advisory Practice, providing customized mortgage lending solutions to high-profile clients across industries.
Ryan is the Head of Human Resources at Tradewind Markets. She is an experienced human resources leader with a passion for hiring and developing fast-growing, talented teams. Ryan has spent her career recruiting and developing talent for both large financial services firms and technology startups. Most recently, Ryan managed the Graduate Talent Program at UBS where she lead recruitment and development initiatives from the ground up overseeing a rotational program for 50 new hires. Ryan received her B.S. in Business and Technology Management from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering with a concentration in Finance.
Greg is Head of Product Management and is responsible for overseeing end-to-end product management while working across all teams to translate client and market needs into a clear product strategy. Greg received his BA in Political Science from Amherst College and focused his early career on law, first as a paralegal at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and subsequently as a compliance analyst at Ellington Management Group, an investment and advisory firm. After developing his interest in software and technology at Ellington, Greg shifted his professional focus to FinTech and attended Yale University, where he obtained his MBA, and further developed a background in software, business and technology.
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.