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Interpret and plan for global market change through this educational course developed for lawyers, business leaders, managers and influencers with an interest in blockchain.

The Osgoode Certificate on Blockchains, Smart Contracts & the Law is designed to cohesively integrate relevant information on governance, regulation, policy, law and distributed ledger systems in a way that is tailored to help you to understand the implications on how blockchain works, and its potential impact.

Change is here. You need to get prepared.

The rapid growth and implementation of blockchain technologies has already begun to disrupt and revolutionize the financial system and other industries. Change can present challenges and it can also provide opportunities. The key to unlocking opportunities lies in determining how the legal system can best foster the development of this new business sector by truly understanding the nature of blockchain transactions, the implications of differences in business models, and an appropriate approach to address the numerous legal issues arising from this paradigm shift.

As with many new technology services offerings, there are vital risk-based issues that need to be carefully considered before businesses, particularly heavily-regulated ones, can start to fully realize the full potential of distributed ledger technologies.

Designed for lawyers and executives without a technical background, over the course of this comprehensive, focused and practical program, you will explore the potential of the blockchain industry, as well as the effect of the technology on other industries, to enhance your understanding of blockchain and to arm you with the knowledge and insights you need to incorporate blockchain into your practice and/or business strategy.

In two intensive module, this one-of-a-kind, focused and practical program has been developed with a sophisticated audience in mind and is presented by a faculty comprised of legal thought leaders to address key elements, including:

  • Understanding blockchains and distributed ledger ecosystems
  • Cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and characterizing blockchain tokens
  • Smart contracts and decentralized applications
  • Competently advising through blockchain innovation
  • Analyzing the nature of blockchain transactions and differences in business models
  • Transforming enterprise business models

PLUS! All participants will receive access to three new Online Primers and a PDF copy of A Practical Guide to Smart Contracts & Blockchain Law, by Aaron Grinhaus (LexisNexis: 2019).

Not ready to complete the full Certificate? Choose to register for: Module One (Nov 28-29, 2019) OR Module Two (Jan 20-21, 2020)


Program Director

  • Aaron Grinhaus, LLB, JD, LLM, Grinhaus Law Firm
  • Amy ter Haar, Global Blockchain Consultants

Program Advisory

  • Ana Badour, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
  • Addison Cameron-Huff, Blockchain lawyer, and Co-Founder, Toronto Blockchain Week
  • Peter Hunn, Accord Project Founder, and Founder, Clause.io
  • Peter Todd, Applied Cryptography Consultant

2019-2020 Faculty Includes:

  • Bram Abramson, Technology Counsel, Independent
  • Ana Badour, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Ethan Buchman, Technical Director, Interchain Foundation, and Chief, CoinCulture Cryptoconsulting
  • Thomas Borrell, Chief Product Officer, Polymath
  • Addison Cameron-Huff, Blockchain lawyer, and Co-Founder, Toronto Blockchain Week
  • Michael Casey, CEO, and Co-Founder, Streambed Media, Author, MIT Educator/Researcher, Speaker, Advisor: Economics of Blockchain and Digital Innovation
  • Charlene Cieslik, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer (CAML) & Chief Privacy Officer, Coinsquare
  • Omar Ha-Redeye, Principal, Fleet Street Law, and Educator, York University – Osgoode Hall Law School, Ryerson University and Life Institute
  • Paul Horbal, Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Ian Hu, Carroll Heyd Chown LLP
  • Peter Hunn, Accord Project Founder, and Founder, Clause.io
  • Evgeny Koloda, Senior Manager, Technology Advisory Services (TAS), BDO Canada LLP
  • Curtis Miles, Founder, Digital Brilliance Inc., and former Blockchain Technical Lead, IBM Canada
  • Andreas Park, Associate Professor, Department of Management and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Laila Paszti, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Matt Rappard, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, ThreeLefts
  • Eric Rowe, Project Leader – Forensics Informatics Services, Criminal Investigations Directorate, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Toufi Saliba, CEO, Toda.Network, and President, DAIA (the Decentralized AI Alliance)
  • Amber D. Scott, Founder, CEO & Chief AML Ninja, Outliers Solutions Inc.
  • Chanan Steinhart, Co-Founder, MoneyClip Inc., and C0-Founder, Palo Alto Blockchain Consulting
  • Evan Thomas, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Peter Todd, Applied Cryptography Consultant
  • Jay Tulsani, CPA, CMA, Manager, Indirect Tax, BDO Canada LLP
  • Greg Wolfond, Founder & CEO, SecureKey Technologies Inc.



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the days of the program.

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 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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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:
Alexandra Karacsony at AKaracsony@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

Module 1 
November 28, 2019 
8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
November 29, 2019 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
(In Person and Webcast)
Registration for Module 1 is now closed.

Module 2
January 20-21, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
(In Person and Webcast)
Register for Module 2 Only


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

Fee per Delegate

Regular Rate (2 Modules): $2495 + HST

Individual Module (Regular Rate): $1495 + HST

Government Pricing (2 Modules): $2195 + HST

Individual Module (Government Rate): $1196 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019): $1,247.50 + HST (for both modules)

Register Now for Module 2

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • All lawyers interested in new technologies that affect law and legal practice
  • Business leaders in a managerial, executive or director position
  • Professionals in technology, innovation, and new product design
  • Business leaders, managers, and influencers who want insight into and knowledge of blockchain technology and examples of its uses
  • Blockchain experts
  • Government officials, public administrators, and policymakers
  • General counsel and in-house counsel
  • Anti-Money Laundering professionals
  • Federal and provincial regulators
  • Banking and financial services professionals
  • Compliance and risk management professionals
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Management consultants and technology consultants
  • Technologists involved in deploying systems at scale utilizing blockchains and distributed ledger technology
  • Anyone aspiring towards a career that will benefit from knowledge of blockchain technology

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“Very good overall. Broad & deep on blockchain and crypto. Regulation is coming.”

Paul Chipperton 
Director, Angel Investors Ontario, and CEO & President, Mperia Therapeutics Inc.

“All of the presenters were very knowledgeable and did an excellent job of presenting complex legal and technical issues in a straightforward manner.”

Ryan Zahara
Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

“The overall course was great [and] all of the speakers gave top-notch advice, were open to answering detailed questions, and covered a gamut of issues I have been grappling with for some time. The opportunity to network with some of Canada’s preeminent experts on this subject was invaluable.”

Heather Anne Hubbell
Head of Governance, Hubbell Associates Limited, and MD Digital Bonds Salt Exchange

“Good quality content, knowledgeable speakers and nice depth of subject matter. The instructors were all very knowledgeable and engaging [and] were able to provide a good foundation for the topics. Very good space, convenience and comfortable.”

James Mosher
Office Lead Partner, McInnes Cooper

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.