Calgary, Alberta – (Newsfile Corp. – March 1, 2022) – Brane Inc. (“Brane”), a leading independent cryptocurrency custody solutions provider, announced today the inaugural Board of Directors for Brane Trust Company Ltd .(“Brane Trust”) — a wholly owned subsidiary of Brane that, following regulatory approval, will provide regulated custody of digital assets to institutional clients such as banks, asset managers, corporations, and public sector organizations seeking to manage cryptocurrencies.

Granted letters patent in October 2021, Brane Trust is now progressing toward a certificate of registration from Alberta’s Ministry of Treasury Board and Finance that will enable the company to open for business. Brane Trust’s development is overseen by a Board of Directors that includes five distinguished, Alberta-based directors.

“The recent incorporation of Brane Trust was a significant milestone in our roadmap to provide highly secure and independent custody that keeps cryptocurrencies safe on behalf of our clients,” said Patricia McCunn-Miller, Director for Brane Trust. “While expanding into cryptocurrency services may seem like a risky and complex endeavour for institutions, we are proud to support that transition by providing a secure, flexible, and easy to use platform to manage digital assets.”

Following regulatory approval, Brane Trust will provide custody of digital assets through a comprehensive, scalable and modular solution backed by strong insurance policies and institutional-grade risk management.

“I’m proud to be working with Brane, a company that combines innovation and trust, and represents a significant investment in Alberta’s economy and tech sector,” said Stephen Buffalo, Director for Brane Trust. “We look forward to working with Alberta’s regulators and business community to build on our province’s growing reputation as a great place to do business.”

“The Brane Trust Board of Directors brings together a group of talented and experienced executives to help us build a trusted brand for digital asset custody in Alberta,” added Adam Miron, Interim CEO of Brane Inc. and Chair for both Brane and Brane Trust’s boards of directors.

Brane Trust’s directors include:

  • Patricia McCunn-Miller – Lawyer, energy executive and corporate director with extensive experience in regulatory and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters, President of Blue Bridge Energy, and past member of the National Energy Board and National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy.
  • Stephen Buffalo — Chair of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, President and CEO of the Indian Resource Council, Governor of the Canadian Energy Executives Association, Senior Fellow of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and former Regional Manager, Southern Alberta of Peace Hills Trust.
  • Nick Facey – Digital technology solutions expert, Lead, Industry Solutions with Unity Technologies, and Vice Chair of Digital Alberta.
  • Shree Govindarajan – Community leader and digital marketing expert at Edmonton-based Paper Leaf.
  • Riyaz Virani – Co-founder of acclaimed Calgary-based homebuilding and property management company Sarina Homes.
  • Melanie Pump, CPA, CGA – Financial management and operations executive and Chief Financial Officer for Brane Inc.
  • Adam Miron (Chair) – Entrepreneur, author, and Interim CEO of Brane Inc.

Detailed biographies are available on the Brane website at  

In the coming weeks, Brane Trust expects to announce key hires, the location of its Calgary headquarters, and further regulatory milestones.

About Brane
Founded in 2017, Brane Inc. is a carbon neutral, independent Canadian cryptocurrency custody service provider, helping institutional clients unlock the opportunities of blockchain and digital assets. Brane Vault, its core digital asset custody technology, is third-party certified to stringent global standards including ISO 27001, ISO 27017, and NIST CSF Tier 4, and insured against theft and crime.

About Alberta’s Financial Services Sector Concierge
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