ATB Financial joins R3 distributed ledger consortium

EDMONTON, March 9, 2017 /CNW/ - ATB Financial has joined financial innovation firm R3's consortium to design and apply distributed and shared ledger-inspired technologies to global financial markets.

ATB Financial, the Alberta-based financial services provider, will be collaborating with over 75 of the world's largest financial institutions to develop ground-breaking commercial applications for the financial services industry that leverage the appropriate elements of distributed and shared ledger technology.

The R3 team of financial industry veterans, technologists and blockchain and cryptocurrency experts collaborate with consortium members on research, experimentation, design and engineering to help advance this technology to meet banking requirements for identity, privacy, security, scalability, interoperability and integration with legacy systems.

Consortium members work closely with R3 to continue the development of Corda™, an open source distributed ledger platform for recording, managing and synchronising financial agreements. Corda is heavily inspired by and captures the benefits of blockchain systems, but with design choices that make it able to meet the needs of regulated financial institutions.

David Rutter, CEO of R3, commented: "We are delighted to welcome ATB Financial to our ever-growing network of members in Canada. Distributed and shared ledger-inspired technology holds the potential to revolutionise the infrastructure used by participants in all financial markets, and we continue to diversify and grow our member base to reflect the interests of sell- and buy-side firms across the globe."

"What excites ATB Financial the most about joining the R3 consortium is having the ability to collaborate with 75 of the world's largest financial institutions to lead the creation of meaningful solutions that will transform the banking industry of tomorrow," said Wellington Holbrook, ATB's Chief Transformation Officer. "We know through listening to our customers how important it is to get the most out of the technology available to us. Developing distributed and shared ledger technology will benefit the entire banking industry and we're ready to see what's possible."

About R3

R3 is leading a consortium with over 75 of the world's largest financial institutions to develop ground-breaking commercial applications for the financial services industry that leverage the appropriate elements of distributed and shared ledger technology.

Operating in New York, London and San Francisco, the R3 team is made up of financial industry veterans, technologists, and new tech entrepreneurs, bringing together expertise from electronic financial markets, cryptography and digital currencies.

The R3 Lab and Research Centre has quickly become a centre of gravity for collaborative research and testing of distributed and shared-ledger inspired technologies, and is where R3 works with its partners to define, design and deliver the next generation of financial infrastructure.

About ATB Financial

With assets of $46.8 billion, ATB Financial is Alberta's largest home-grown financial institution. Established in 1938, ATB is made up of a network of 173 branches, 136 agencies, a Customer Care Centre and two Entrepreneur Centres. ATB's 5,065 team members help more than 730,000 customers in 244 Alberta communities.

ATB has been named the third best place to work in Canada by Glassdoor and one of Canada's top 100 employers for young people by Mediacorp.

SOURCE ATB Financial

For further information: ATB Financial, Barry Strader, Corporate Reporter, 780-495-1343 (office); 780-886-4398 (mobile), bstrader@atb.com; R3: Nick Warren, Chatsworth Communications, +44 (0)207 440 9780, nickwarren@chatsworthcommunications.com; Charley Cooper, R3, +1 917 855 8529, charley@r3cev.com

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