Lassonde Professional Development

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Program Length

11 weeks

Next Program Dates

To Be Announced

Program Format

Hybrid format

Tuition and Fees



Interest in understanding the key role that financial intelligence plays in detecting financial crimes

Course Overview

This course focuses on how global financial crimes are identified, conducted and monitored, while also reviewing countermeasures and regulatory frameworks that are in place to combat financial crimes.

The rapid advancement of technology and digital transformation has contributed to the growth and complexity of financial crimes, yet there is a significant shortage of domain experts and specialists who understand and can prevent financial fraud.
Participants of this course will gain an in-depth understanding of financial crimes and their implications, as well as the tools needed to prevent these crimes.

What You Will Learn:

Emerging financial crimes, including cryptocurrency Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), pump and dump approaches, and general types of financial crimes, such as Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes.

Obstacles to understanding financial crimes and the solutions used today in fighting them.
Emerging technologies to combat financial fraud and the challenges associated with them.

Exterior of Bergeron Centre
Self-paced learning

Part One – An Overview of Financial Crimes

Module 1: Introduction to Financial Crimes
Module 2: Types and Patterns of Offenses and Victimization
Module 3: Regulators and Regulations
Module 4: Policing and Law Enforcement
Module 5: Risk Management

Part Two – Financial Technology Solutions and Countermeasures

Module 6: Investigations
Module 7: Using Technology to Combat Financial Crimes
Module 8: Emerging Risks of Blockchain Technology
Module 9: Preventing and Mitigating Financial Crimes in the Future
Module 10: Public-Private Partnerships

Virtual online coaching sessions
– To be announced

Capstone Project Development
– Participants will be assembled into groups with the task of selecting at least two of the module topics and developing a proposed solution for an issue
– Participants will meet virtually on their own to collaborate and work together
Capstone Day

Participants will come together for a Capstone day which will include:
– Guest speakers
– Capstone presentations delivered by participants
– Attendance options: Virtual or in-person at our Keele Campus
Exam #1 (30% of final mark): Following the completion of Part One modules 1 through 5.

Exam #2 (30% of final mark): Following the completion of Part Two modules 6 through 10.

Capstone Project (40% of final mark): Participants will deliver a Capstone project presentation project in assigned groups virtually over Zoom.   Participants will collaborate virtually following the successful completion of the 10 modules and two examinations to propose a solution from a financial crime related issue including at least two of the learning modules.  
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded with a Certificate of Completion from Lassonde School of Engineering.

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Program Director

Michael Lusignan, LLM, CPA

Michael Lusignan is a Program Director with Lassonde Professional Development at the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and an extensive background in digitization and technology transformation initiatives.  He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a member of CPA Ontario.  Michael has an Honours degree in Finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Master’s degree in Business Law from York’s Osgoode Hall Law School.  Michael also serves as a Board member on The BlockchainHub, a York University innovation hub for blockchain education, research, and commercialization.