StartWell Presents: The Economics of Mining Cryptocurrencies


The nature of monetized value is rapidly evolving. Contrasting days gone by, pickaxes swung into dirty corners of the earth’s core are being replaced with advanced computing technology capable of mathamatically deriving justification for the replacement of fiat money.

Cryptocurrency is one of the most sensationally newsworthy concepts of the modern Internet – with so many mysteries surrounding how new currencies are being born every day online and why they hold value for people creating and trading in them, StartWell is raising stage to Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs and technologists working on the Blockchain developing Cryptocurrency solutions.

This Session

Join our moderator, StartWell’s CEO Qasim Virjee in a discussion about how cryptocurrencies are ‘mined’ and the business models supporting this new sector’s evolution.  The panel will include: Scott Howard (Cofounder, ePic Blockchain Technologies), Shelly Gray (ex-COO Greenminer, now Canada Blockchain Group), Scot Johnson (CEO, Digital Shovel) and Alim Khamisa (Director – Research & Business Development, CryptoGlobal)


2:00pm – 2:30pm: Networking/Welcome

2:30pm – 3:15pm: Panel Discussion

3:15pm – 3:45pm: Q&A

3:45pm – 4:30pm: Networking (Open Bar)

Speakers & Bios

Scott Howard is an enterprise and startup technology deal maker. Scott partners with world-class engineers to solve complex business and technology challenges generating customer success. As co-founder, of ePIC Blockchain, ePIC is committed to building secure, decentralized, and scalable processing power for the blockchain market. ePIC delivers best-in-class ASIC design and the best performing ASICs to the blockchain market.

@howardscottj & @epicblockchain


Shelly Gray is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of building, managing and growing successful businesses. As a blockchain technology & crypto expert she is an early adapter, industry leader and have been an investor since 2013.

She owns a diversified business portfolio that includes blockchain, technology, telecommunication, e-commerce, agricultural and consulting companies.

At Canada Blockchain Group, she is a global leader on providing resources for education, development, investments, exchange, hardware, mining, and ICO services. Her innovative approach and successful strategies will break through the barriers and create a sustainable path for others in the industry.



Scot Johnson is the CEO of Digital Shovel – a Toronto based cryptocurrency mining operation offering managed mining solutions as well as colocated hosting solutions in Quebec, Ontario and Calgary.




Alim Khamisa has built a career as a strategic innovation leader with deep experience in product development, digital strategy, payments, and technology commercialization. He has worked in digital media, banking, telco, health tech, and management consulting. He is currently Head of Research at CryptoGlobal, a publicly listed Canadian blockchain company focused on mining, custody, trading, and new ventures.



Qasim Virjee (CEO and Founder, StartWell) As an entrepreneur with experiences running businesses between Canada, East Africa and India, Qasim applies a unique lens on how people work.  He previously founded Design Guru (a creative studio whose portfolio of clients included cause-based organizations like the Stephen Lewis Foundation to large multinationals like the Coca Cola Corporation), the BBC-partnered global music brand Indian Electronica, GetFilmi (a digital distributor of Indian cinema) and other software startups.  He has a passion for enabling tech startups – something which has led to creating the Founder Deck playing card game, WeTeachStartup ideation bootcamps, Startup Safaris global pitch sessions as well as running IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program across Canada.