Meet the GDA team
GDA team founders & board of directors
Co-Founder & CEO
Michael Gord is the co-founder & CEO of Global Digital Assets (GDA) Group of Companies, which are focused across capital markets verticals in the blockchain industry. Michael is also the Managing Director of the XDB Foundation, the leading blockchain protocol focused on consumer digital assets, and was previously the CEO of MLG Blockchain, focused on enterprise and government consulting and development. Michael has advised on over $20.5 Billion in digital asset offerings, helped to secure over $5 Billion in asset placements onto the blockchain and has worked with Fortune 500 companies and global governments. Michael was one of the first advocates for digital assets in Canada, built the first university communities for blockchains in Canada and was the first enterprise blockchain developer that TD Bank hired. Michael has introduced digital assets to tens of thousands of people through his initiatives.
Co-Founder & President
David is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of bringing disruptive technology to market and generating strong returns for investors. David excels at identifying value, creating a vision and executing said vision through sound strategic development. David intuitively sees the various threads of opportunity that wind throughout an organization and uses his strong relationship skills and industry insights to bring these opportunities together into a coherent objective. David was the catalyst behind bringing 4 ventures from the technology and advertising space to market. Since those exits, David has gone on to launch Secure Digital Markets followed by Global Digital Assets, where he occupies the roles of CEO & Executive Chairman respectively. Through these roles, David has committed himself to facilitating digital asset liquidity and blockchain adoption on a global scale.
Co-Founder & COO
Zachary Friedman is the co-founder & COO of Global Digital Assets (GDA) and its portfolio Companies, which span across a variety of capital markets verticals in the blockchain industry. Zachary is also the COO of Secure Digital Markets (SDM), a leading global digital asset brokerage and holds advisory positions at several notable emerging technology companies. Through his time at SDM, Zachary has worked with world leading institutions, Family offices, governments, exchanges and Fortune 500 companies alike. He has facilitated first-hand over $2 billion of digital asset transactions. Prior to making his foray into blockchain, Zachary has scaled ventures in both the consumer tech, and pharmaceutical industries, with a notable exit to wework in 2015. Zachary who is extremely passionate about entrepreneurship previously launched his own accelerator W5 and co-produced Elevate Toronto, Canada’s largest technology conference
GDA team leadership
Head of Corporate Strategy and Compliance
Consultant, Technical Development
SVP, International Banking
Founding Partner SVP, Global Growth
Rich was previously the Controller and Head of FP&A for a Canadian Challenger bank, where he raised over $60M of Venture Capital funds. Prior, he has also been involved in large M&A transactions such as the Walmart Canada Bank sale. He is a Canadian who was originally from China and has lived in Japan.
Associate, Corporate Development
VP, Digital Asset Offerings
Jonah was previously head of IR at Secure Digital Markets where he built relationships with institutional capital groups. Jonah now increases scale and distribution of digital assets by managing multi-touch marketing campaigns. Jonah has entrepreneurship major from Dalhousie’s Rowe School of business.
Grady focuses on developing platforms, connecting markets through community enhancements.
He has also experience in building businesses for sustained success while improving stakeholders lives.
Lead Developer for RARE
Michael Van De Velde
Senior Manager, Financial Reporting
Analyst, Global Research
Analyst, Capital Markets
Coordinator, Human Resources
Capital Markets Analyst
Coordinator, Social Media/ Events
Coordinator, Social Media & Community
Morgan Davies is a Financial Analyst at GDA Group, performing monthly analysis and presentations for management on portfolio companies, as well as weekly analysis of investments including digital assets and equities. He is responsible for ad hoc investment related financial models and presentations including valuations, forecasts, and raise materials. He also helps run accounting operations including cash management, A/R A/P, and reconciliation. He has a degree from Western University in chemical engineering and has previously held engineering consulting and start-up sales roles.