CELEBRATED ENTREPRENEUR AND PHILANTHROPIST
Calvin Ayre’s rise to billionaire is as authentic a success story as the world has ever seen.
Born in 1961 on a farm in rural Canada, Calvin ascended to the elite levels of global entrepreneurship through his drive and keen eye for opportunity. Calvin seized on the potential of the Internet during its earliest days to become one of the 21st century’s first digital billionaires.
FIRST BUSINESS VENTURES
Calvin launched his first business, renting a truck and running fresh fruit from lush orchards in British Columbia up to his friends in northern communities that were too cold for that type of agriculture.
Not long after graduating with an MBA, Calvin relocated to Vancouver in the early 1990s and opened an office service business that provided the city with its only high-speed Internet connection.
His exposure to a number of new digital start-up companies led him to launch an enterprise supplying technology for the nascent online gambling industry. In time, he formed an online gambling company of his own.
Bodog was built to be a brand with attitude and emotional appeal. It connected with the public in a way that surpassed all of its peers, turning online gambling into a mainstream activity and the Bodog lifestyle into an aspirational desire.
The bold move made Bodog a trend-setter and Calvin the undisputed thought leader of the industry. As the mainstream business world took notice, Calvin garnered the coveted cover story of the 2006 “Billionaires” issue of Forbes Magazine. Because he wasn‘t your typical suit-and-tie-style businessman, Calvin also caught the eye of the celebrity circuit and appeared in the iconic MTV Cribs twice.
Calvin loves sports and he believes that being part of a team helps instill important values that translate well over to business. It takes hard work and camaraderie to build both a successful sports team and a successful business. This belief, along with a lifelong commitment to supporting local community and grassroots sports, is what motivated Calvin to become the official shirt sponsor for Ayr United, a football club that plays in the Scottish Professional League.
In 2007, Calvin stepped down from an active role in the online gambling business but kept the rights to the Bodog brand, which he then licensed to companies around the globe. CalvinAyre.com remains a trusted hub for industry professionals to gain knowledge and interesting insights about the online gambling space.
Calvin has re-invented himself into an entrepreneur in an industry with even more potential than online gambling. Since 2010, Calvin has been a key investor and leader in the Bitcoin industry that is increasingly changing the way business is conducted around the world.
Calvin has the inventiveness and ability to propel not only a company but an entire industry rapidly forward. It is the beginning of a stellar second chapter to an entrepreneurial career destined to be ranked among the best of the century.
SEQUEL TO SUCCESS
Calvin Ayre partnered with Bitcoin pioneers to bring stability to a wildly erratic industry. In becoming a major investor of nChain, a leading Bitcoin and blockchain engineering and advisory company, Calvin fostered a shift away from irrational cryptocurrency mania and toward a sound path for worldwide adoption of the technology.
Calvin astutely brought blockchain back to its intended purpose: To create a more transparent way to facilitate monetary transactions and to make participating in the global economy accessible to anyone, anywhere.
CHANGING THE BLOCKCHAIN LANDSCAPE
In advocating for the use of Bitcoin SV (or Satoshi Vision, in honor of Bitcoin founder Dr. Craig S. Wright’s use of the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto), Calvin has created an environment for the only public blockchain in the world with the capacity for infinite scale.
In a few short years, Calvin has turned a little known website called CoinGeek into one of the world’s largest Bitcoin Transaction Processors, as well as the Bitcoin and blockchain industry’s leading media, publishing and events company.
CoinGeek Conferences offer an opportunity for businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups, developers, crypto-mining operators, investors, academics, and policymakers to discover more about the unique technological capabilities of the BSV blockchain. The international conferences are held in world-class destinations such as London, Hong Kong, Toronto, New York and Seoul , and are quickly becoming the most highly anticipated events within the Bitcoin and blockchain world.
The Ayre Group, through its venture arm, is now the largest investor in the world in the original Bitcoin Protocol (BSV) ecosystem.
MORE THAN TECHNOLOGY
With CoinGeek at the forefront, Calvin has created a landscape that will fundamentally change how the world does business. He has built an ecosystem that will help modernize the gaming, supply-chain, healthcare, advertising, and financial markets, among other industries.
He is one of the three founders of Taal.com, along with Stefan Matthews and Dr. Craig S. Wright, creator of Bitcoin. Taal is pioneering the post-mining sector that will include specialized software and hardware development to process stable fiat valued microtransactions, which are only possible on the infinitely scalable original Bitcoin -- the BSV protocol network.
Part of Calvin’s motivation for supporting blockchain’s growth is the ability the technology has for improving the lives of the less fortunate. Altruism has been a key aspect of the Calvin Ayre Story.
PHILANTHROPIST AND SPECIAL ECONOMIC ENVOY
Despite his success, Calvin never forgot his humble upbringing and his family’s difficulty with keeping up financially. The Calvin Ayre Foundation was launched in 2005 as a platform for Calvin to share his good fortune with others around the world who have not as yet reached his level of achievement.
Now with a home base in the Caribbean, Antiguan/Canadian Calvin Ayre is focused on improving the lives of the people of the island nation. The Foundation has provided support, education, and inspiration for thousands of residents of Antigua & Barbuda.
EFFORTS TO UPLIFT COMMUNITIES
In 2017, the Halo Foundation chose to honor Calvin Ayre with their Philanthropist of the Year award in recognition of his years of generous support for local causes, including donating badly needed medical equipment, furthering local students’ education and assisting relief and rebuilding operations in the wake of 2017’s devastating Hurricane Irma.
On November 14, 2019, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, the Governor-General of Antigua & Barbuda, presented Calvin with the Faithful & Meritorious Service Cross Award. The Cross is presented to individuals whose efforts have resulted in a transformational improvement of the country. Calvin’s efforts have been recognized by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda, which has named him a Special Economic Envoy for the country.
Another way Calvin is helping Antiguans is through employment. In 2019, Calvin officially opened his five-story office complex dubbed Canada Place, and it serves as the location of the Ayre Group’s global head office. He had it built at a cost of US $40 million and it is expected to house up to 600 employees, both belonging to Ayre Group’s various technology companies and other high tech tenants.
Canada Place boasts one of the largest commercial building solar systems on the island.
In 2020, Calvin officially launched the Bodog Beach Club, a world-class restaurant and beach bar located on the desirable south shore of Antigua’s Jolly Harbour. In 2021, he will debut the first of several planned Ayre Resorts properties.
The luxury vacation resorts will feature high-end accommodations, world-class facilities, and exceptional dining and entertainment. A wellness centre with elegant accommodations and health-focused programs is also scheduled to debut on Antigua shortly after the launch of the first Ayre Resort. More than 350 jobs will be created through the $100-million project.
Proving the sky truly is the limit, CalvinAir.com also operates out of Antigua, taking elite travelers on helicopter rides to locations around the Caribbean.
As he has proven throughout his life, whether it be in northern Canada or an island in paradise, Calvin Ayre is always on course for new heights — making an impact as he rises.