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Certificate in Blockchain Development

Use blockchain technology to improve business

Blockchain has become one of the most revolutionary technologies bearing significant benefits to businesses and individuals. The role of intermediary institutions like those used in banking, ride sharing, Spotify, hedge funds and more, are diminished by this powerful technology. The time for blockchain has come.

Join a growing community of blockchain developers who improve the validity and transparency of transactions. There are many ways your blockchain development skills can drive business innovation and improvement:

  • Tracking sensitive products through the entire supply chain
  • Verifying personal identity
  • Building smart contracts across numerous sectors
  • Managing budget and finances
  • Supporting direct transactions in the sharing economy
  • Safeguarding elections and good governance
  • Improving self-ownership and monetization of online data

Blockchain provides an unmatched level of encryption that makes transactions virtually immutable. This has intensified the demand for blockchain skills today. Now is the time to increase your blockchain development skills and elevate your career on an intensive schedule that works for you. Your career upgrade starts here.

Demand for blockchain developers increased by 374% in the GTA
The median annual salary for Canadian blockchain developers is $133,750
89% of global organizations are hiring blockchain developers
[1] According to Deloitte’s 2018 global blockchain survey

Why Choose York?

REAL-WORLD PROJECTSDevelop core job skills

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES<br /><br /> Learn and grow with your peersNETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES Learn and grow with your peers



To career advancement and beyond

What is the key ingredient for complete career transformation? Continuing education. Staying relevant in the quickly growing blockchain field requires you to keep informed, innovative, and adaptable. Going beyond the blockchain technology basics demands essential skills employers desire like solid communication and active learning.

Professionals switching careers into blockchain development roles or graduates of full-stack web development programs will benefit from hands-on experience solving real blockchain challenges in this comprehensive program.

In only 3 months of this program, you will better qualify for new opportunities in the blockchain technology field. The 4-course intensive Certificate in Blockchain Development was designed in partnership with industry leaders and is the only technical certificate delivered by a Canadian university.

Apply your knowledge through a unique capstone at the end of the program and graduate with a portfolio of work. This allows you to demonstrate your talent and increase your chances of career growth.

Who should take this program?

This intensive Certificate in Blockchain Development is optimal for mid-career back-end developers with JavaScript experience, interested in career reskilling or advancement.

This program can enhance the careers of people with hands-on experience in:

Full-Stack Web DevelopmentFull-Stack Web Development

Data Engineering Data Engineering

Network TechnologyNetwork Technology

Enterprise ArchitectureEnterprise Architecture

… and related fields

Program Format

As of March 16, 2020, all our Continuing Education programs will be delivered 100% online. The School of Continuing Studies has launched and delivered many quality online programs over the years. This is not new to us, and there will be no interruptions or compromise in learning quality for those considering starting their studies with us.

The Certificate in Blockchain Development program will be delivered via blended learning on an intensive basis. Each certificate entails online coursework as well as live online sessions that take place on Monday to Thursday evenings.

Our live, interactive online sessions allow you to engage with instructors and fellow students in a learning environment that is practice-oriented and fun, while our asynchronous coursework allow you to balance family, work, and other commitments.

  • Format: Intensive
  • Delivery: online coursework  + required live online sessions on Monday to Thursday evenings
  • Live Session Schedule: Monday to Thursday evenings between February 8- March 1, March 8- March 25,  April 5- April 22 and May 3- May 20
  • Term Starts: September. February
  • Program Length: 3 months

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze appropriateness of blockchain for business use through development of a simplified qualification matrix.
  • Assess use cases of blockchain technology for compliance with various ethical and statutory frameworks and industry standards.
  • Select the most suitable consensus mechanism and platform in developing a blockchain solution.
  • Scope out a project using the appropriate software development lifecycle methodology based on the project specifications and requirements.
  • Design a blockchain solution for a decentralized application including nodes, blockchain instance, and interface.
  • Design and develop a decentralized application on public and private blockchain in various sectoral contexts (e.g. currency, real estate, health).
  • Define specifications, for and administer, performance testing for blockchain solutions.
  • Collect and review metrics in diagnosing performance bottlenecks for blockchain technologies.
  • Comply with specific standards and processes established for sharing of data and its security


Computer Requirements

This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. We recommend your device meets or exceeds the following specifications:

  • 16GB RAM
  • 500GB free disk space
  • Intel Core i7 Quad-Core, or equivalent
  • Linux or macOS (MacBook)

At a minimum, your device must meet or exceed the following specifications:

  • 8GB RAM
  • 250GB free disk space
  • Intel Core i5 Quad-Core, or equivalent
  • Linux, macOS (MacBook), Windows 10 Enterprise 10 Enterprise 64-bit, or Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Advisory Council

Alisa Acosta, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentAlisa Acosta, BSc, BEd, MA, PhD
Director of Education, Blockchain Research Institute

Alisa is an experienced educator with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning from the University of Toronto. Since 2011, she has been investigating powerful new ways of teaching and learning with technology, including the design of learning analytics, intelligent agents, immersive simulations, tangible media, and “smart classroom” architectures to support collaborative learning in face-to-face contexts.

Alisa is currently the Director of Education for the Blockchain Research Institute—an independent, global think-tank, bringing together the world’s top researchers to undertake ground-breaking research on blockchain technology. A major part of her role is to mobilize this research via educational programming, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and enterprise-level learning opportunities.

Alexandru Gogan, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentAlexandru Gogan, B.Eng., MSc, MBET
Director of Engineering, Sherpa

Alexandru is currently a Software Engineer at Sherpa, a startup providing electronic travel visas as an ancillary service for airlines and travel agencies. He completed his undergraduate degree in Information Management Systems in Germany as well as a postgraduate degree in Advanced Computing in Scotland. After working as a consultant and software engineer for four years, Alexandru joined the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program at the University of Waterloo. Since then, he has been immersed in the Toronto startup ecosystem. In 2018 he co-founded Source, a decentralized backend as a service allowing developers to create applications with interoperable data while enforcing true data ownership. His main fields of interest today are building scalable and robust cloud solutions and micro frontends.

Aly Kassam, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentAly Kassam, MBA, BSc
Director of Product, OneLedger Technologies Inc.

Aly has over 12 years experience in Enterprise Software Solutions and has worked at various start-ups leading product strategy, with several years experience in Product Management at Oracle.  He is currently working at OneLedger Technologies Inc., a blockchain protocol and solutions company, heading up all product initiatives both in their B2C applications and for their B2B Enterprise solutions.  Aly has an MBA in Finance from McMaster University and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from York University.

Henry Kim, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentHenry Kim, PhD, M.Eng, BASc
Associate Professor of Decision Technologies, Schulich School of Business, York University

Henry is an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Business, York University, and is the Director for blockchain.lab at Schulich. As one of the leading blockchain scholars in Canada, he has authored more than 20 publications on blockchain topics and over 60 overall. Prof. Kim is engaged in blockchain research projects with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (on electricity micro-grid), the Canadian blockchain startup Aion (on AI-based consensus mechanism), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (on food traceability), Don Tapscott’s Blockchain Research Institute (on commercial insurance) and many others.

He is also a leading expert in the development of ontologies for enterprise modelling. He gained expertise conducting research on the Toronto Virtual Enterprise (TOVE) project, a world-renowned investigation into developing Artificial Intelligence based enterprise systems involving global partners like BHP Steel, Bombardier, and Oracle. Prof. Kim is a committed educator to management students and managers, as well as blockchain enthusiasts and ontologists.

Marek Laskowski, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentMarek Laskowski, PhD
Chief Technology Officer, Novera Capital

Marek is CTO of Novera (formerly, Novera Capital), co-founder of Toronto Blockchain Week, and co-founder of the Blockchain Lab at the Schulich School of Business. He advises several international organizations on blockchain standards including NIST (USA) and the UN/CEFACT bureau and several startups. Marek is a faculty member for the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI).

Marc Lijour, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentMarc Lijour
Vice President, Capacity & Innovation Readiness, Information and Communications Technology Council

Marc is the Vice-President leading Capacity and Innovation Readiness initiatives at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). He started his career as an educator, teaching Mathematics and Computer topics in several countries. He played a leading role at the Ontario Ministry of Education during the revision of the Technological Education curriculum and the launch of the Ontario e-learning Strategy.

In recent years, he has worked in the private sector for IT companies leading the 4th Industrial Revolution, such as Cisco Systems, Savoir-faire Linux, and ConsenSys. He worked closely with startups and large organizations alike to create exponential business value driving economic and social growth. Marc is passionate about new technologies and helping people and organizations innovate. He chairs the industry program advisory committee for the Blockchain Developer Certificate at George Brown College, the first of its kind in Canada.

Marc holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and in Management (MBA in Technology and Innovation). He serves on the board of multiple not-for-profit organizations in the tech industry, such as TechConnex and the Toronto French Business Network.

Lana McGilvray, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentLana McGilvray
Founding Partner, Purpose Worldwide

Lana is a founding partner of Purpose Worldwide and serves on the board of Global Women in Blockchain. She began her career as a public television writer and then spent the next 23 years in marketing leadership roles at innovative data, technology and marketing companies.

The teams Lana has led have played roles in many emerging company successes as well as some of the most notable M&A and IPO strategies in the market.

Her current strategic marketing agency focuses on empowering clients to connect their purpose to growth and serves several blockchain enabled companies that are pioneering the future of their sectors.

Ross McKee, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentRoss McKee, BA, LL.B
Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Ross’s practice involves Canadian and cross-border securities regulation, regularly advising issuers, dealers, advisers, and marketplaces on capital markets financing regulation, registration, and marketplace compliance issues. In the field of cryptocurrency, digital tokens and other blockchain businesses, Ross has provided securities law advice to Canada’s largest ICO and largest crypto-related RTO, SAFT placements, cryptocurrency investment funds, exchanges, token foundations and protocol developers. He was the Canadian legal reporter for the Token Alliance of the Chamber of Digital Commerce and the Lex Mundi Global Token Sales Guide. Ross is recognized as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who Legal: Banking 2019 (Fintech), IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms – 2019 (Capital Markets) and Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Securities Law).

Sotirius Liaskos, York University

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William Mougayar, Kin Ecosystem

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Omid Sadeghi, York University

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Shagufta Sayani, Ernst & Young

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Jamiel Sheikh, Chainhaus

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Dhruvin ParikhDhruvin Parikh, B.E.

Over the course of half a decade, Dhruvin Parikh has been been helping organizations build next generation systems through cutting edge technologies. He is a Software Developer at a leading Toronto based Blockchain startup. He quickly perceived the potential of decentralized systems and that motivated him to start exploring blockchain technology since early 2017.

Dhruvin’s role includes but not limited to write clean, bug-free and well-tested code mainly in React, React-native and Node. He has been actively contributing to open source blockchain projects of Ethereum, AION and Polkadot ecosystem.

Dhruvin is dedicated in solving complex problems. He is an Adjunct Professor as well as Curriculum developer at George Brown college for Blockchain Development Program. He is responsible for creating and delivering content for full stack development(Node & React), Smart Contracts and decentralized applications.

Dhruvin provides smart solutions to hardware and firmware designing needs of Pharmaceutical and Electricity utility companies in India. He also runs a solo software consulting firm in Canada which provides development services for decentralized applications and solidity smart contracts.

Andy_LeungAndy Leung, MSc, BSc

Andy is a senior technology leader who is passionate in developing innovative solutions using blockchain technology. With over 15 years of experience in finance and FinTech, he is currently CTO and Co-Founder of Aquanow, a fast-growing FinTech startup which provides digital assets trading platform and infrastructure. Andy has strong leadership skills with experience building and growing teams. He loves learning new technologies and enjoys giving back to the community.

Govind Mohan photoGovind Mohan

Govind is a blockchain developer and researcher who has been in the space since 2014. He was involved with several start-ups during university which provided him with very strong development skills.

Govind has participated in several hackathons, notably winning EthUofT 2018 and creating a top 10 hack at HackFS 2020. He also is an advisor to Legal Hackers at UofT Law. The group organized a participating node in Global Legal Hackathon 2020 where the winning group went on to start a company.

After winning EthUofT, Govind was reached out to by the Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman Commerce, offering to incubate his group’s project at their inaugural Blockchain-AI stream. This led to him starting DataX Research, which was developing a browser-based blockchain plugin which could facilitate data monetization, along with several other experimental data science projects. He decided to pause DataX and went on to found Virgil Systems, where he currently works as lead developer. The company focuses on advanced peer-to-peer networks powered by DLT.

Govind is a passionate believer in data privacy and a free and fair internet. He has contributed to several open source projects and donates regularly to EFF and Wikipedia.
He holds an honours bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Philosophy, Economics from the University of Toronto.

Tarum SharmaTarun Sharma, MSc, MBA

With over 12 years of experience in information technology, Tarun has held various positions ranging from developer to founder & CTO. Tarun has worked on a plethora of Web and Standalone Technologies with cloud & e-Commerce applications development as the primary focus. Tarun can code in over 10 different programming languages and databases, with specializations including Software Engineering, Product Development, Project Management, and Payment integration. Tarun is a great proponent of Open Source, likes to contribute and develop on open source programs, and is currently interested in data architecture, predictive analytics, distributed databases and blockchain systems. Tarun holds Master of Computer Science and Master of Business Administration.


The list below provides an overview of the different software that may be used in our courses. As our program keeps up-to-date with current industry demands, please note the actual software used and taught within each program is subject to change.

  • Ethereum
  • SQL
  • MySQL
  • NoSQL
  • Solidity with Truffle
  • Hyperledger Fabric
  • Hyperledger Composer
  • Corda
  • Google Cloud Platform

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