• Vires in Numeris

    About - The Company

    Octonomics is an independent research and consulting firm dedicated to financial technologies. More specifically interested in the fast and evolving world of Bitcoin, its ecosystem and applications.


    Established as an independent, Octonomics is free from any legacy business models and offers an unencumbered perspective on the current and emerging trends.


    The solid financial services background and strong academic profile of its founder, combined with a passion for the Bitcoin ecosystem, allows Octonomics to offer its clients unique insights which in turn, allows them to trail-blaze confidently this new era.

  • About the Founder

    Elisabeth Préfontaine, MBA, CFA, CAIA

  • Elisabeth Préfontaine is the founder of Octonomics, an independent research and consulting firm dedicated to financial technologies.


    With over 25 years of experience, she is among the few who can claim to have traded both physical coupon bonds, and bitcoins. A free and forward-thinking individual whose bold assertions and confident, no-nonsense stance have branded her as a trailblazer.


    Her professional experience includes online banking, over-the-counter capital markets, investment funds and Bitcoin. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), she also has an Executive MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal. 


    Ms. Préfontaine has witnessed a broad range of changes in financial technologies over the years. In fact, she was a front-line participant in the early stages of online banking. In 1996, when employees of financial institutions still used an intranet, she took part in Bank of Montreal’s mbanx project with the objective of creating the world’s first virtual bank.


    Afterwards, she moved towards capital markets and spent five years on the sell-side of swaps and bonds trading desks. Then in the mid 2000’s and for over ten years, she actively contributed to fostering the market’s understanding of ETFs as a technological platform for investment funds. Ms. Préfontaine is the former Head of Wealth Sales for BlackRock in Canada.


    In late 2016, having previously observed and experienced first-hand the many transformations in financial technologies, the discovery of Bitcoin intrigued her; it combined the three aspects of her professional experience - online banking, capital markets and investments - but in the context of a distinct and totally novel ecosystem. She knew this could trigger a profound change that would open up as many challenges as opportunities for the near future and the long-term.


    Finally, Ms. Préfontaine founded Octonomics in 2017 and carefully monitors regulatory, geopolitical, monetary, technological, and commercial aspects of this emerging and often misunderstood technology.

  • Services


    Target audience: Family Offices - RIAs - Institutional money managers - Professionals (accountants, lawyers) - High net worth individuals - Executives (insurance, banking, securities, capital markets) - Private equity - Energy producers.


    Services are available in French and in English.


    This made-to-measure service is designed to support the understanding and ongoing education needed to stay abreast of the developments in the ecosystem. The firm assists clients who need a go-to person to ask questions. Some may need to quickly get up the steep learning curve, while others may have considerations regarding the due diligence of a service provider or an investment proposition. Octonomics can keep its clients updated on a breaking news or assist them with the know how needed to buy and sell bitcoin while educating on how to ensure safe custody of the assets. Octonomics does not get involved in the actual transaction (fiat or bitcoin).


    Business model: per hour consultation fee. Retainer package available.


    This strategic intelligence service provides clients with competitive, timely and usable information through its detection of emerging trends garnered from extensive reading and independent market research. In a world overwhelmed with data, Octonomics’ ability to see the forest for the trees allows to provide its clients with the ‘big picture’ which helps them to make better decisions.

    Publicly available research:


    -Rapport d’analyse Présenté à la Régie de l’énergie (French)



    - Comments to Canadian Securities Regulators (consultation paper 21-402) (English)



    Business model: Customized per mandate or ongoing by retainer for flagging selected topics.


    Elisabeth has been a public speaker for over two decades. She is available as a keynote speaker, as a panelist or for shorter speaking engagements.

    • Pro-bono engagements will be considered for universities and charitable organizations. 
    • The content copyrights remain the property of Octonomics.
    • Conferences are available in English or French. 

    Business model: speaker fee.

  • Thought leadership

    Passion, Independence, Insights


    Coming up

    • July 20th, 2020 (New Port, RI): Opal's Public Funds Summit East. A Global Macroeconomic and Geopolitical Outlook: State of the Global Economy and International Affairs

    • July 20th, 2020 (New Port, RI): Opal's Family Office Forum. Making a Case for Digital Assets: Investing in Blockchain and Crypto Currency. (Hint: Bitcoin).

    Written Publications



    Panel participation

    • March 3rd, 2020 (New York): Opal's 10th Annual Family Office Winter Forum. A Global Macroeconomic and Geopolitical Outlook: State of the Global Economy and International Affairs
    • March 12th, 2020 (Montreal). Concordia / Blockscrum (http://bit.ly/38zh3B0)


    Community involvement

    • Technological Innovation Advisory Committee (AMF)
    • Judge at the John Molson MBA international case competition, Montreal. Montreal, January 2020


    Keynote engagements (exclude private events)

    • Sun Life: Indice de santé financière: Comprendre son assiette budgétaire. Quebec, November 2019  
    • Global Risk Institute, Talk, Toronto, September 2019
    Panel Participation
    • Alternative investment summit, Global Alternative Investment outlook: Measuring the wind of change. Dana Point, CA, December 2019.
    • Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum West by Opal Group. Napa Valley, California, October 2019
    • Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum by Opal Group. Newport, Rhode Island, July 2019.
    • The International Economic Forum of the Americas. Montreal, June 2019
    • Inside ETFs Canada. Montreal, June 2019.
    Media (French)

    Community involvement

    • C2 Montreal: Leveraging the ledger in digital creative industries (workshop)
    • Round table participant: Government of Canada’s advisory committee on open banking.
    • Judge at the John Molson MBA international case competition, Montreal.
    • Technological Innovation Advisory Committee (AMF)


    Panel participation

    • Data Science Institute, Montreal: Cryptocurrency and Institutional Investment.
    • Association of professionals in economic development of Quebec, Magog: Economic impact of cryptocurrency and Blockchain.
    • Inside ETFs Canada, Montréal: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & the Future.
    • McCarthy Tetrault, Toronto: Cryptocurrency and Investment funds.                       

    Speaking engagements

    • Thrive wealth management, Saskatoon: “It can’t be uninvented”. 
    • Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC), Montreal: ‘’Over 1,000 hours of research in 10 minutes”.   
    • Chartered Human Resources Advisors, Montreal: “Why I accept Bitcoin payments’’.
    • Young President Organization, Quebec Chapter, Montreal: “It can’t be uninvented”.
    • Concordia University John Molson School of business, Montreal: “20 minutes innovation primer”. 
    Media interviews (French)

    12-21-18 (RDI économie) Quel avenir pour le bitcoin?



    03-06-18 (RDI économie) Bitcoin: la prudence des banques



    02-15-18 (RDI économie) Bitcoin et cryptomonnaies 101



    02-15-18 (RDI économie) Les cryptomonnaies est-ce fait pour vous?



    02-15-18 (RDI économie) Démystifier le bitcoin et les cryptomonnaies



    Community involvement

    • Technological Innovation Advisory Committee (AMF)
  • Code of Ethics

    Octonomics abides to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct.

    This code is a standard for investment professionals around the world. You can consult the code here.


    *Octonomics does not sell bitcoin to investors but rather accepts bitcoin as a means of payment for its services.

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