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FCC Bolsters Leadership Roster with Leading Blockchain Developers and Product Managers

First Carbon Corp., a next generation technology platform focused on democratizing tokenized access to carbon credits and ESG solutions, has accelerated its blockchain and smart contract development capabilities, as well as bolstered its executive team via the addition of key personnel. The Company has also enhanced its product management and business development competencies resulting in expedited commercialization timelines for its minting platform (MintCarbon).

First Carbon is pleased to introduce Mo Yang as CEO, Derek McKenzie as Head of Business Development, Adrian and Perry Haldenby as internal Blockchain Data Development Advisors, Muriel Schvartzman as Platform Design Lead and Eddie Law as Lead Developer.

First Carbon leverages leading technical capabilities to engage with global carbon credit producers, brokers, purchasers and streaming services. The Company’s ESG tokenization platform (MintCarbon) provides an onramp to the blockchain for carbon credit holders and aims to generate revenue through multiple streams including but not limited to upfront minting and recurring royalties.

Demand for voluntary carbon credits is forecast to increase significantly, driven by surging corporate net zero commitments globally. The Institute of International Finance believes there is “huge upside potential” for voluntary carbon credits, predicting the market could be worth as much as $100B/year by 2050.

Increased pressure on corporations to implement Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) policies has resulted in rapidly growing demand for carbon offset markets. Due to these developments, the total value of global carbon markets grew five times since 2017, hitting a record $261 billion in 2020 (compliance & voluntary markets combined.) (Refinitiv, Carbon Research Report, August 2021)

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Mo Yang (CPA CA) is a performance-oriented leader who has extensive experience in the areas of currency trading, regulatory reporting, blockchain/crypto business accounting, management reporting, technology implementation, capital raising and VC investment.

Mo’s expertise has allowed him to advise companies such as Polymath and related companies in a CFO capacity on tax structuring, financial reporting and operations management. Mo’s experience includes building and growing tech companies with complex holdings, M&A, capital raising and complex cryptocurrency accounting and treasury management.

Mo is a graduate of the Master program of accounting at Concordia University in Quebec, speaks fluent English, French and Mandarin and is a Certified Professional Account.

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Derek McKenzie founded Charlotte Street Associates (“CSA”) in 2016. CSA supports immediately recognizable banks, insurers, asset managers and start-ups with product innovation. Previously, Derek worked at Sun Life’s International Investment Centre consulting with global business units on product innovation, asset allocation (CAD6B) and manager selection. The team’s global relationships exceeded CAD100B and encompassed more than 100 global asset managers. Derek is a CFA Charterholder.

Adrian Haldenby is the Head of Data Science at Blimp Homes where he leads the creation of novel experiences for consumers and real estate agents that combine crypto and AI powered models built using home, listing, geography and usage data. Adrian led the Data Science team at GALE Partners, a creative media consultancy and Adage’s Data Agency of the Year, where he owned the consumer data product offering for Alchemy, GALE’s CDP. Adrian was recognized for his work by Business Insider, named a Top 40 Rising Star Revolutionizing Advertising, in 2020.

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Perry Haldenby, Blockchain Tech Advisor, is the Chief Technology Officer at Blimp Homes. Perry is responsible for overseeing the development and dissemination of Blimp’s technology for external customers, real estate agents, vendors, and other clients to democratize the home searching process and redistribute value back to users.

Prior to joining Blimp, Perry was the CTO of Bunz, a social bartering platform that launched the #PayPeopleNotPlatforms initiative dedicated to rewarding users for their participation on the site. Alongside his CTO experiences, Perry has over a decade of expertise working in tech with companies like CGI and TD and co-founded a Y Combinator backed hardware+software startup, Amulyte, that focused on empowering seniors.

Muriel Schvartzman is currently Director of Product Design at Ampli powered by RBC Ventures. Muriel helps enable Canadians to earn cash back on their everyday purchases while building loyalty and driving acquisition for brands. Muriel is also a consultant helping startups ship digital products with a focus on human-centered design. She has over 8 years of experience working with diverse brands such as Borrowell, Walmart, Zebra Technologies, Allstate, BMO, David’s Bridal, Mackenzie Investments, Hain Celestial, Path Factory, Brizi, and Halp.

Eddie Law is a Development Lead at Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”). He is currently working on the development of a next-gen business payments platform. Eddie spends his day coding up event driven microservices, improving engineering practices + continuous delivery, and being the glue between tech business and design.

Eddie has spent over 6 years building and shipping scalable products as a Software Engineer, with a focus on crafting delightful customer centric experiences. Before RBC, he led the front-end web development efforts at the social bartering platform Bunz. On top of revamping the front end React code base and build pipeline, he played a significant role in the creation of the Bunz cryptocurrency and its integration into the system. Eddie also led the efforts to improve search and recommendation capabilities on the backend.

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