Jillian Friedman is National Bank of Canada’s Blockchain Lead. In this role Jillian focuses on leveraging the benefits of blockchain technology for the Bank and works with the Bank’s venture fund NA Ventures. Jillian’s unique background includes several years of cryptocurrency and blockchain industry experience. She has published several works on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology and spoken before the Canadian Senate. Previously, Jillian was Senior Legal Counsel for the Bank and has also acted as counsel to Montreal’s Bitcoin Embassy. She holds a B.A. from McGill University and an LL.B. and J.D. from University of Montreal.