Who We Are
In 2017, Adappcity Inc. was founded as a blockchain technology company with the goal of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing social issues using blockchain technology. We quickly identified that blockchain technology could be used to improve the lives of artists and help solve endemic issues in the art industry, such as the fragility of provenance information and certificates of authenticity, lack of price transparency, tracking of artwork and the absence of an artists’ resale royalty which has been enacted in 93 countries but does not exist in Canada or the United States.
In early 2018, we launched the prototype version of UppstArt, an online marketplace where original artwork is purchased directly from artists and can be re-sold at any time for a low commission, a portion of which is paid directly to the original artist. Every time a work of art is purchased on UppstArt, its provenance information, price and an image of the work is securely and immutably recorded on the blockchain.
We hope that you will browse our selection of fantastic original art on UppstArt and follow our journey on social media and by signing up for email updates.
UppstArt is currently in its prototype phase, but site improvements and new artwork and artists are being added every day.
Below is our team “Gallery”. Feel free to peruse our carefully curated and juried selection!
Brent Cheal is an entrepreneur with a keen focus on social impact. He holds a bachelor of business administration and is a self-professed blockchain fanatic. He has taken companies from the startup phase to successful exit and has served as a director on several boards of non-profit and for-profit organizations including the David Foster Foundation, Kinsman, Plan and BC Children’s Hospital.
Steve Gow is a social entrepreneur, corporate lawyer and Canadian Forces veteran of the war in Afghanistan. His education includes a bachelor of arts and Juris Doctorate (JD) in law from the University of Calgary. Steve has represented several software development companies through each stage of the start-up life cycle and has advised small, mid-sized and large companies in corporate and securities law matters.
Jose Hererra is a full stack software engineer with extensive experience with several programming languages. Jose has developed both Hyperledger and Ethereum blockchain applications and has expertise in respect of Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s) and Blockchain architecture.
Geoffrey Cann is presently a Partner in the Calgary office of Deloitte, where he focuses on helping oil and gas companies create and embrace a digital future. He has thirty years of management consulting experience with Deloitte gained through engagements in Canada, Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea and the Caribbean. From 2006 to 2012, he was Deloitte’s consulting national industry leader for the oil and gas sector in Canada. In 2009, he was named the Managing Director for Deloitte’s consulting function in Calgary and held a seat on the national management committee. In 2012, he transferred to Brisbane Australia to assume leadership of Deloitte’s oil and gas industry program in Queensland. Since returning to Canada with Deloitte in 2016, he has been spearheading Deloitte’s advisory services in blockchain in the oil and gas industry. Geoffrey holds numerous publications to his name, presents regularly on Strategy topics and has been a guest lecturer at the MBA program at the Haskayne School of Business. He has a B. Comm in MIS from McGill University, an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and is a Certified Management Consultant. He is an expert in the global LNG industry.
Will Gow is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in sales, management, business development, human resources, consulting, training, recruiting and government communication. Will chaired the Employment Insurance Tribunal and managed a company with 17 staff for 15 years. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics and has served on many boards including the Kelowna High Tech Association, Chamber of Commerce and Interior Health Authority. He is also a volunteer advisor for CESO (Canadian Executive Services Overseas).
Art Proctor is a seasoned award-recognized arts and creative industries veteran and social enterprise advocate. He is a well-travelled outspoken cultural catalyst and socio-political unwilling profit and futurist.
He is a connector. AR / VR advocate, story coach, project management, social digital community manager, art tech diplomat. He is most known for his cultural walking tours ArtwalkwithArt.
He has been a Digital Media and Arts Admin Consultant in the corporate and entertainment industry for ten years – developing and implementing digital media strategies and tactical initiatives.
Jamie L. Smith is a finance leader, business advisor and connector. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), holds a Masters in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Administration. She is a founder of Amplify Advisors Inc. which supports start-up, small and medium business with contract Chief Financial Officer and Controller services. Amplify Advisors also assists finance and accounting teams of all sizes with their continuous improvement projects and employee placements. Jamie has previously held roles at two ‘Big Four’ accounting and professional services firms, a financial institution and an international public reporting issuer. She has served clients in most industries and is passionate about new technology and what can be achieved.