This high-level, invitation-only workshop looks to have critical conversation surrounding blockchain and distributed ledger innovation. The discussions will vary, but will start with surveying the most important recent Canadian developments and discuss what it means for Canada and its relations globally.  Also, a discussion surrounding investigations of the legal and regulatory challenges that stand in the way of the successful adoption of distributed ledger technologies and innovations by traditional financial services providers.

Continuing the conversation a debate regarding innovative interim governance approaches that could potentially help incumbent innovators, disruptors, and regulators to peacefully co-exist while the technology continues to evolve.  Ending with an evaluation of the many different and emerging approaches to governance models through a critical lense. 

Registration opens at 8:30am:

9:00am - 9:30am: Welcome, Introductions, and Expectations 

9:30am - 11:00am: Decentralized Ledger Technologies in Canada - the State of Play

11:00am - 11:15am: Health Break

11:15am - 12:45pm: Distributed Ledger Innovations Within Traditional Financial Markets

12:45pm - 2:00pm: Lunch keynote/discussion topic

2:00pm - 3:30pm: Distributed Ledger Innovations Aimed at Displacing Traditional Financial Markets

3:30pm - 3:45pm: Health Break

3:45pm - 5:15pm: Do Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technologies Need a Transnational Governing Body?

5:15pm - 5:50pm: Opportunities for Canadian Innovation in Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Regulatory Approaches 

6:00 - 7:00pm: Cocktail Reception

This event is by invitation only.

Event Speakers

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Julie Maupin

CIGI Senior Fellow

Julie Maupin is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP), effective January 2016. She is also a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.