Bitcoin Alliance of Canada

Bitcoin Alliance of Canada

December 02, 2013 07:45 ET

The Bitcoin Alliance of Canada Officially Launches to the Public with a Community Building Web Platform and Tiered Membership Structure

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 2, 2013) - The Bitcoin Alliance of Canada (BAC) is excited to officially announce itself to the public by way of a new community building platform and membership structure. Starting today, Bitcoin enthusiasts from Vancouver to St. John's have a space to gather, interact, and communicate. A place to see where Bitcoin events across the country are happening, and a place where members can interact with the BAC leadership.

Based on models that promote mass participation, mass acceptance and mass involvement, the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada has been structured as a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Bitcoin among Canadian consumers, merchants, and policy makers; to promoting Bitcoin adoption in Canada; and to furthering study and research in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The BAC leadership consists of a seven member board, elected by an independent committee of Bitcoin enthusiasts from across the country. Also joining the team is Stu Hoegner as Legal Counsel, as well as accountants, and executive director Anthony Di Iorio.

Building up to this official public launch, nine committees within the BAC have been formed, with board members taking on one or more roles. Over the next many months, these committees will be filled in by BAC members so that a robust, diversified group may be established. The committees are; Membership, Marketing, & Fundraising; Accounting & Audit Policy; Legal & Regulatory; Bylaws; Public Relations and Education; Website; Merchant & Commercial Relations; Expo & Events; and Technical.

To grow the Bitcoin community in Canada the BAC in proud to unveil a community building website based on the NationBuilder platform. This community organization system will bring together people, finances, communications and website and help the BAC grow, organize communities and provide a unique setting for its members. It is expected the platform will unite Canadian Bitcoin enthusiasts behind a common purpose and help spread the message of Bitcoin through tight integration with social media and by taking advantage of the many tools the platform offers. Notable features include a social credit system and leader-boards that are designed to foster participation and growth of the community.

Along with the new website the BAC is also making an announcement regarding membership. "After months of discussion between the board and the Bitcoin community, the BAC is excited to announce its membership structure", says Executive Director Anthony Di Iorio. "The idea is to have a free base BAC membership, with upgraded paid memberships that will offer voting rights and other perks. We feel it's important to always offer a free option for whatever we are organizing", continues Di Iorio. "Our goal is to represent a large portion of the Bitcoin community in Canada and nothing gets more numbers behind you than free memberships and actions the garner mass participation", For those wanting a say in various voting situations and for added benefits, yearly paid memberships are offered at the equivalent of $25 paid in BTC, and lifetime memberships of $125 equivalent in BTC. Industry membership structure will be determined in the upcoming weeks with the input from the Canadian Bitcoin community and the membership base.

It's been an exciting few weeks of activity for the BAC, starting with the announcement of the Bitcoin Expo taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center April 11-13, 2014. This will be the first Bitcoin Expo to come to Canada and its shaping up to be one of the largest International Bitcoin gatherings to date. Notable speakers include Jeffrey Tucker, Jeff Burwick, Joseph David, Michael Turpin, Elizabeth Ploshay, Cody Wilson, Stephanie Murphy, Adam B. Levine, Andreas Antonopoulos and Jason King, and Erik Voorhees (tentative). 80+ speakers are expected to present in 4 theater rooms and an Expo hall will house 30+ exhibitors and serve as a networking meeting space for the attendees. Keeping with the "free" concept, a half day of free seminars for those just getting into Bitcoin will take place. Upgraded full access packages are expected to be reasonably priced.

About the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada

The BAC is dedicated: to raising awareness of bitcoin among Canadian consumers, merchants, businesses, regulators, and policy makers; to promoting bitcoin adoption in Canada; to further Canadian and international study and research in bitcoin and other virtual currencies; and, to promoting Canadian participation in international partnerships, associations, and other efforts to promote, study, research, and discuss bitcoin and other virtual currencies.

About Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a digital currency and protocol that enables instant peer-to-peer transactions and worldwide payments for almost no processing fees. Bitcoin uses technology to operate with no central authority; managing transactions and bitcoin issuance is carried out collectively by the network. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that cannot be covered by any previous payment systems. The software that the Bitcoin network runs on is a community-driven, free, open-source project released under the MIT license.

For information on the Alliance, or if you wish to volunteer or help the organization pursue its goals, please contact the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada.

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