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The future of Blockchain is now. Be a part of it.

Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law delivers one of Toronto’s most important and productive learning days on the Blockchain calendar. It’s where leaders – representing the legal and tech industries - come to discover the latest and most important legal issues, seize new ideas, and concentrate on the fundamentals in a relaxed environment.

This one day program is a ‘forest rather than the trees’ approach to learning about blockchains, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, tokens, settlement systems, litigation and the law. Suitable for any lawyer, entrepreneur, investor or consumer, this program will help delegates recognize and understand common themes and precipitate understanding of the topics under discussion.

With an unparalleled speaker roster, Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law delivers an exemplary experience highlighting the boldest and the best of the industry.

This program has been developed as a resource to help lawyers, entrepreneurs, investors and consumers learn about the rapidly emerging field of blockchain technologies and its intersection with law.

Join top legal, tech and financial industry experts to discuss key issues and the biggest legal questions facing blockchain technologies, including:

  1. Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts and Transaction Costs
  2. Opportunities for Blockchain in the Settlement System
  3. Initial Coin Offerings and Characterizing Blockchain Tokens
  4. Competently Lawyering Through Blockchain Innovation
  5. Analyzing the Nature of Blockchain Transactions and Differences in Business Models
  6. The Essential Blockchain Primer – A Session on the Technical Aspects of Blockchain (with Question & Answer period)


Program Chairs

  • Donald B. Johnston, Legal Educator and Consultant
  • Addison Cameron-Huff, Chief Legal Officer, Decentral Inc.
  • Anne Butler, Vice President and General Counsel, Payments Canada
  • Andrew Caplan, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Pat Chaukos, Chief, OSC LaunchPad, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Jeff Coleman, Head of Technology, Ledger Labs
  • Scott Hendry, Senior Director, Financial Technology, Bank of Canada
  • Matthew Rappard, Head of Interactive Development, ThreeLefts
  • Parna Sabet-Stephenson, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • Marco Santori, Partner, Cooley LLP
  • Lee A. Schneider, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Josh Stark, Head of Operations and Legal, Ledger Labs
  • Usman Sheikh, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • Erik Syvertsen, General Counsel, AngelList
  • Peter Todd, Bitcoin Core Developer, Applied Cryptography Consultant
  • Aaron Wright, Associate Clinical Professor of Law; Director of Tech Startup Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Alan Wunsche, Chief Token Officer & CEO, TokenFunder – Chair, Blockchain Canada
  • …and more



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Amy ter Haar at aterhaar@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

November 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT

Online Replay
December 19, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Register for the Online Replay.


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$595 plus HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Technology Lawyers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Investors
  • Transactional Lawyers
  • Banking and Financial Services Lawyers
  • Banking and Financial Services Professionals/Executives
  • Securities Lawyers
  • Federal and Provincial Regulators
  • Management Consultants & Technology Consultants
  • Anti-Money Laundering Professionals

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What attendees said about the previous program (March 2017):

“Very interesting information and brought in a very understandable manner.”

“The program was extremely well organized, the speakers were exceptional and the Q&A sessions helped me solidify my thinking about the area.”

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Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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