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About Us

Our Purpose

We believe that everyone has a role in making the world a better place. Our vision is to empower global participation in supporting social good using emerging blockchain technology. To this end, we have created a platform that connects charities, artists, and their supporters to the crypto economy and to each other.

Fayyr was created to support charities, non-profit organizations and humanitarian causes through NFT fundraisers. A non-fungible token, or NFT, is a unique digital asset that is stored on a cryptocurrency blockchain. Fundamentally, a blockchain is a digital database used for recording transactions that is distributed throughout a network of computers to keep information and assets safe. We use the NEAR blockchain because it is fast, cheap, and climate neutral.

Click here to learn more about the NEAR Protocol and our NEAR Partners

Our Story

Our small, dedicated team has worked hard during the pandemic to make our vision a reality. While we're driven by this vision, we have also had a lot of practical challenges to face. Unsurprisingly, this has meant enormous dedication, as well as learning all kinds of new technical tools, methods, processes, and underlying technologies. Luckily, this is exactly what we love to learn about, so while we're working hard, we're having a blast doing it!

To accomplish our goal, we've leveraged our many complementary skills. We range from seasoned software veterans, to enthusiastic top of the class students; from mathematical gurus to marketing masters and everything else in between. We love sports, music, art, books, movies, video games, and hanging out with friends. We're a bunch of keeners, and a bunch of campers, but you would probably find that at most startups. What keeps us going is our collective vision to support charities while celebrating digital art. It's what we're all about.

Our Team

Chris Eliasmith


Professor Chris Eliasmith holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of Waterloo, and is co-CEO of ABR, an AI company. He believes in leveraging the crypto economy for good and is excited to help make the world more Fayyr.

Benjamin Kurrek


Ben Kurrek is a software engineer at NEAR protocol and studies Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He has a passion for decentralization and wants to utilize his expertise in blockchain technology to help advance the world while doing social good.

Alex Eliasmith


Alex is a Co-Founder of Fayyr and a Mechatronics Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. He likes to code, play video games, and watch anime.

Samir Baksh

Director of Marketing

Samir Baksh is a graduate from the University of Toronto with over 5 years of experience in the fields of marketing and business strategy. Samir has spent a majority of his professional career pioneering the North American cannabis industry through the legalization period at renowned multinational corporations. Samir currently serves as the Director of Marketing at Fayyr.

Maria Mihu

Marketing & Partnerships Lead

Maria joined Fayyr as a software developer and has since worn many hats, from marketing to business development to sales. She studies Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo and works in the AI/ML field as a software developer.

Steve Elias

Development Lead

Steve joined Fayyr after a 27-year career holding various management and leadership positions in the Engineering Software industry. He is motivated and excited to help create a new platform to advance the social good.

Steve Tunney

Development Operations

Steve is in charge of Fayyr's infrastructure, and is passionate about technology and the building of products, teams for businesses.