Cryptocurrencies in Canada: Legal status and public policy considerations

Presented at the SERENE-RISC Workshop 2017, April.

Bitcoin (BTC) has often been referred to as “nerd money”. However, since the first BTC transaction in 2009, the decentralized cryptocurrency has become more popular and is becoming widely available with more users and merchants adopting the cryptocurrency every day. This presentation will provide a high-level taxonomy of cryptocurrencies and discuss BTC’s inherent properties that make it appealing to both law-abiding citizens and bad actors. This presentation will also touch on BTC’s status in the current legal environment and the broader public policy implications of BTC and its underlying technology.

About the speaker

Gabriel has over 15 years of combined experience in both the financial services industry and the public sector as a senior advisor and adjudicator. He is a subject matter expert on Canada’s framework for anti-money laundering (AML), combating the financing of terrorism (ATF/CFT), and financial intelligence (FININT).

Through his public service experience in both operations and policy, he has developed key skills in providing strategic advice, leading horizontal Government-wide initiatives, Parliamentary and public affairs, and developing and implementing legislative and regulatory amendments.

He has developed a professional expertise in financial sector policy, regulatory compliance, administrative monetary penalties (AMP) regimes, and financial technology (FinTech).

Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) from the Telfer School of Management and a Juris Doctor (LL.B./J.D) from the University of Ottawa. He has also completed formal training in adjudications at Osgoode Hall Law School.



Running time :<19 Minutes.