How should Canada regulate digital asset exchanges?

Event Details

Breakfast seminar

Toronto | Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 07:30 - 10:00 EST

Regulatory trends in digital crypto-asset platforms 

Toronto Finance International (TFI) and Norton Rose Fulbright are pleased to invite you to a discussion exploring the trends and emerging issues in the regulation of digital and crypto-assets.

Canadian Regulators are taking a keen interest in platforms that permit the buying, selling, or transferring of digital or crypto assets such as cryptocurrency (digital asset exchanges).  Digital asset exchanges are mostly used today to buy and sell cryptocurrency. However, greater diversity in the types of digital assets that will be traded  is expected to grow exponentially.  The Regulators are tasked with a difficult public interest mandate:

  • How should regulators regulate digital asset exchanges to provide greater market integrity and protect consumers while also leaving sufficient flexibility to explore exchange of tokenized assets? 
  • What can the other jurisdictions teach Canada with their experience in balancing the protection of consumers with encouraging innovation and avoiding undue regulatory costs or restrictions, particularly as it relates to digital asset exchanges?

Opening remarks

We will provide an overview of regulatory trends in regards to crypto-asset platforms, both within Canada and globally.

  • Anthony de Fazekas, Partner and Head of Technology and Innovation, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
  • John Kim, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
  • Hannah Meakin, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright (via videoconference from London)

Panel discussion

This will be followed by a panel discussion around how regulatory frameworks should be adapting for crypto-asset trading platforms. We will also discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by regulators, investors and marketplaces.


  • David Wismer, Managing Director, Head of Technology Investment Banking, BMO Capital Markets
  • Cole Diamond, CEO & Co-Founder, Coinsquare
  • Blair Wiley,  General Counsel & Head of Regulatory Affairs, WealthSimple


  • Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, Toronto Finance International


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