Team

We’re a dedicated team of professional with over 30 years of combined industry experience with deep industry relationships, expertise in the art, blockchain and intellectual property space.

Vandana Taxali
Co-founder & CEO

Vandana is an art agent and intellectual property and business lawyer for artists, creatives and entrepreneurs.  She is a Certified Blockchain Professional (CBP) obtained from York University The Blockchain Hub.  She also obtained her blockchain certification from Blockmatics.

She has mentored start-ups at various incubators and provides both business and legal strategies to her clients. She teaches intellectual property for creatives as part of OCAD U’s part time continuing studies.  She has a passion for protecting artists and defending their rights.

She has also executed partnerships, marketing, business development, licensing deals and launched products in the art and fashion space with Harry Rosen, the Royal Canadian Mint etc.

Vandana has been involved with the arts community for the last two decades providing both business leadership and legal advice.  She sits on the Board for the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Mural Routes (an organization devoted to public wall art).  She is past Chair of the Canadian Art Gala and has also sat on the art committee for the Toronto Art Fair and the Power Plant Gallery.  She was Vice-Chair for Artists Legal Advice Service, a legal clinic that provides free legal advice to artists.

Gary Taxali
Co-founder & Chief Art Officer

Gary is a contemporary fine artist known for his retro vintage pop art style rooted from an award- winning illustration background.   He is a fine artist, illustrator, OCAD U Associate Professor, and a member of the Stamp Advisory Committee for Canada Post.  He also has a line of artist designed pocket squares at Harry Rosen and designed a set of 6 coins for the Royal Canadian Mint in 2012.  Gary created the cover art and inside illustrations for Aimee Mann’s album @#%&*! Smilers, which earned a 2009 Grammy Award Nomination for Best Art Package.

Internationally renowned and acclaimed recipient of numerous awards for his artwork, Gary Taxali has been trailblazing a path that intersects the paradoxes/anxieties of contemporary society through imagery of bygone eras. Reminiscent of 1930’s Depression era signs, posters, packaging, vintage graphics and ephemera, Taxali confronts themes of human relationships, love, sex, isolation, frustrations and consumerism through our yearning for nostalgia.

He has exhibited  at The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Jonathan LeVine Gallery (New York), Matthew Namour Gallery (Montreal), Wanrooij Gallery (Amsterdam), MondoPOP Gallery (Sydney), The Antonio Colombo Gallery (Milan), Steve Lazarides/The Outsiders (London, UK), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina (Naples) Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and The Andy Warhol Museum (Pennsylvania).

Gary’s clients include:  Sony, Warner Brothers, Converse, Nintendo, Time, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, GQ, Esquire, LA Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and others. He has been featured and interviewed in the CBC National, Maclean’s, Fashion Television, MuchMusic, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Scholastic, Artist designed pocket squares Harry Rosen, Gap Inc., Old Navy, Royal Canadian Mint and many others.   He is represented by Jonathan Levine Gallery.  See www.garytaxali.com for more info.

Mohamed El Kandri
Chief Strategy Officer

Mohamed is a Blockchain enthusiast who is passionate about Blockchain technology and committed to help growing the Blockchain ecosystem in Canada and around the world.

Mohamed is very active in the Blockchain space. He is the CEO of Fast Access Blockchain, program manager at The BlockchainHub, member of the Blockchain Global Consortium, member of the Blockchain Advisory Council and also lead the C-Lab program, the first peer-to-peer community based incubation program for Blockchain startups.

Mohamed is an award-winning in Blockchain, he is a recipient of the “Durland Innovation Award” for a Blockchain use case and holder of the “Beta Gamma Sigma Scholastic International Award”.

Art Mandalas
Advisor & Chief of Branding, Design & Communication

Co-founder of Community’s parent company, Pulp&Fiber, Art has a long and accomplished history in the creative field.  He currently leads the creative team at Community, compromised of an array of talented designers and writers.  Art’s own multi-disciplinary background and passion for graphic, environmental, industrial and interior design has afforded him a well-respected reputation among Toronto’s art community, and his grass roots beginnings as a designer have given him the opportunity to brand some of the city’s hottest venues.

His work helped shape the graphic and cultural landscape in Toronto’s once forgotten, now bustling King West corridor.  His tremendous success branding venues and developments across Canada and the United States, include clients such as Four Seasons, Heineken and Perrier.  A recipient of many awards in art and design. Art’s work has been published in various national and international publications.

He has also had the honour of judging some of the toughest craft design competitions in Canada.  Art’s dedication to design has recently earned him a seat on the Board of the DX Design Exchange.  Motivated by incredible work, Art aims to not only elevate his immediate surroundings, but to put Toronto’s design culture on the world stage.

Stephen Ranger
Advisor, Art

Stephen Ranger has been involved in the auction and fine art business for 30 years, and is Vice President and a partner in Canada’s oldest and most prestigious auction house, Waddington’s. Among his many accomplishments is the establishment of the first commercial wine auctions in Canada in partnership with the LCBO, and a partnership with Sotheby’s Canada for the sale of Important Canadian Art, realizing sales over $100 million.

In 2011, Mr. Ranger and Waddington’s launched “Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects” creating the first dedicated sales focusing on the creation of a secondary market for important Canadian contemporary art.

Social good is an important part of Stephen’s business philosophy. Each year he lends his expertise to over twenty five non-profit and philanthropic organizations across Canada raising over $3 million annually in fundraising events.

Nancy Parke-Taylor
Advisor, Art

Nancy Parke-Taylor is an art historian and lawyer who has advised and represented individual collectors, academics, heirs of despoiled owners, corporations, museums and art galleries, insurance companies and police forces, regarding a variety of issues pertaining to art law.

Nancy is an author and public speaker. She has lectured on issues as diverse as corporate art collections, original prints, Canada’s copyright law as it applies to artists, Second World War art looting, and the current state of laws regarding restitution.  She was called to the Bar in Ontario, Canada.

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Marek Laskowski
Advisor, Blockchain

Marek Laskowski, Ph.D., co-founded the Blockchain Lab at the Schulich School of Business where he teaches Data Science at the graduate level as well as Blockchain application development.

He is a leading researcher in the Blockchain space, is listed as Faculty on the Blockchain Research Institute website, and is a pioneer of “on-chain” analytics.

He is a consultant for Blockchain startups using Hyperledger and Ethereum, and has begun working with NIST on a blockchain standard for digital assets, as well as other efforts including cross-border business process standards with the United Nations CEFACT bureau.

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