AML Hot Topic Updates: Cryptocurrencies and Cannabis

  • When: Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Where: Toronto, Canada
  • Venue: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
    123 Queen Street West
    Toronto, ON, M5H 2M9

Join us for two in-depth sessions with our financial crime experts for insights and answers around two of the most pressing issues facing AML professionals in Canada today.


7:45 AM – 8:45 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Creating and Maintaining a Wholesome AML and Risk Management Framework for a Sane Virtual Currency Ecosystem
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Banking Virtual Currency Exchangers: Considerations Toward Compliance Expectations and Transaction Monitoring
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Networking Luncheon
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM Cannabis Legalization: Addressing Regulatory Trends and AML Implications
2:45PM – 3:00PM Networking and Refreshment Break
3:00PM – 4:45PM Stirring The Pot: Enhancing Your AML Program to Effectively Manage The Risks of The Marijuana Industry
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Q&A and Closing Remarks

(Program is subject to change)


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$595 $695

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Joseph Mari
  • Joseph A. Mari, CAMS

  • Director of External Partnerships, Financial Crimes Risk Management
  • Scotiabank


Joseph Mari is the Director of External Partnerships in the Global Risk Management Division of Scotiabank. In this role Mr. Mari develops strategic partnerships aimed at further advancing the organization’s mission on mitigating financial crimes.

Mr. Mari forges and maintains relationships with external stakeholders and authorities that seek to strengthen Scotia’s commitment to corporate responsibility initiatives, such as public/private partnerships. Additionally, Mr. Mari has served as the lead coordinator for the anti-human trafficking public/private partnership, Project Protect, since its creation in 2015. He also serves as a subject matter expert on virtual assets and currencies with a particular focus on their potential use in financial crimes.

Chris Nyberg
  • Chris Nyberg

  • Associate
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


Chris is Co-Chair of Blakes’ Cannabis Group and his practice focuses exclusively on regulatory, commercial and financing matters under the federal Cannabis Act and the various provincial and territorial adult-use regimes. Chris regularly advises applicants, licensees, retailers, manufacturers, service providers and members of adjacent industries on all manner of cannabis-related mandates. He was seconded to the legal department of one of Canada’s leading licensed producers where he advised on a wide variety of issues related to the space.

Jacqueline D. Shinfield
  • Jacqueline D. Shinfield

  • Partner
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


Jacqueline Shinfield is a Partner in the Financial Services Group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Jacqueline advises on all aspects of the payments industry including regulatory compliance issues and consumer protection legislation. Jacqueline has extensive experience advising in respect of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and Canadian sanctions legislation. In this regard, she provides advice on the provisions of this legislation and its application and interpretation, prepares and assists clients in audits of their anti-money laundering and sanctions programs and in preparing industry-specific risk-based risk assessments. Jacqueline also assists clients in making submissions on notices of violation issued by FINTRAC.

Jacqueline has been inducted into the Canadian Payments Hall of Fame and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, and Acritas Stars 2018.