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 a part-time schedule that works for you. Your career upgrade starts here.
Why Choose York?
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 8 months, you will better qualify for new opportunities in the blockchain technology field. The 4-course 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 program can enhance the careers of people with hands-on experience in:
Full-Stack Web Development
… and related fields
The Certificate in Blockchain Development is has two different delivery formats. In the upcoming Fall 2020 term, the program will be delivered via blended learning on a part-time basis. Each certificate entails online coursework as well as four (4) live online sessions that take place over weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
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 study part-time and balance family, work, and other commitments.
- Format: Part-Time, blended
- Delivery: online coursework + four (4) required live online sessions over weekends
- Live Session Schedule: 1 weekend per course (Saturday & Sunday), 4 weekends total over 8 months
- Term Starts: September. January
- Program Length: 8 months
This program is offered in two different delivery formats Please note your selection:
- FALL TERM: online coursework + four (4) required live online sessions (4 weekends (Sat & Sun) over 8 months)
- WINTER TERM: asynchronous online work
Courses may be completed according to your schedule; there is no “live” requirement.
These different formats are offered to make our program accessible to those working full-time, or those who may not be able to complete the course on a full-time basis.
- You will go through the program with the same group of people, allowing for a deeper peer-learning experience.
- You will know when each course is scheduled at the beginning so you can plan accordingly.
- Courses will not be cancelled, so you can complete the program on time.
- You should expect to allocate six to nine hours per week to complete your work.
- The courses are interactive and include case studies, weekly discussions, group work, videos, simulations, and narrated audio and video presentations.
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
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
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, 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, 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, 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, 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).
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.
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, 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
Bio coming soon
William Mougayar, Kin Ecosystem
Bio coming soon
Omid Sadeghi, York University
Bio coming soon
Shagufta Sayani, Ernst & Young
Bio coming soon
Jamiel Sheikh, Chainhaus
Bio coming soon
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.
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.
- Solidity with Truffle
- Hyperledger Fabric
- Hyperledger Composer
- Google Cloud Platform
|Fall 2020||Certificate in Blockchain Development (Blended) (September 2020-May 2021)||$6,799.00||Register|
|Winter 2021||Certificate in Blockchain Development (Online) (January 2021-September 2021)||$6,799.00||Register|