Blockchain for Business

Haskayne Executive Education

Schedule: February - March 2020

Detailed schedule is in the program brochure.

Program Delivery: Blended

Location: University of Calgary Downtown Campus

Commitment: 21 hours (14 in-class; 7 hours online)

Investment: $2,250

Why has blockchain been called a bigger disruptor than the internet?

As competition grows, margins decrease and our reliance on technology grows greater every day. Learning how to perform correct assessments and choosing the most profitable technology projects becomes critical to any business. Blockchain has emerged as the technology with the most potential for impact. Organizations are joining blockchain alliances and big technology firms are rolling out their solutions, all in an attempt to learn quickly and be the first to market with a new competitive edge. 

This program brings together business leaders and experienced executives for an in-depth analysis of blockchain and how it can be used to solve innovative business needs and goals. Join us in this blended learning program to learn what blockchain is, the opportunities it could bring and how to advance a blockchain project from idea to execution.

This program provides an overview of blockchain, addresses associated risks, explains how this emerging technology can be utilized in a range of industries, and provides a structured approach to implementing it within your organization

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this blended learning program, you will be able to:

  • Gain a non-technical understanding of industrial blockchain, a distributed ledger technology which facilitates tamper-proof business transactions
  • Assess the differences between industrial blockchain transactions and cryptocurrency
  • Apply distributed ledger principles, the backbone of blockchain, to current business models
  • Evaluate the impact of blockchain to current business needs in industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, health, science, and retail
  • Devise a strategy for developing a blockchain project for your business

Professionals and organizations interested in understanding and identifying blockchain opportunities and identifying blockchain opportunities or who are looking to augment their specialty with blockchain and maintain a competitive advantage in accounting, engineering, supply chain, law and audit.

Elena Dumitrascu, Co-founder, TerraHub

Elena is recognized as an international speaker and advocate for industrial blockchain education and innovation. She is the driving force in helping organizations navigate blockchain and understanding the business opportunities that can be had by embracing this technology. She has authored numerous articles and delivered keynotes across North America. She was recently recognized as the Expert in Blockchain and Machine Learning during the Inventures Conference held by Alberta Innovates in Calgary, AB.

With a background in emerging tech and entrepreneurship, Elena has held leadership roles in oil and gas, supply chain, automotive and ecommerce. Elena has a Bachelor's of Computer Science from the University of Windsor and is a Director with the A100 and Chic Geek, as well as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Platform Calgary

Dr. Ryan Henry, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Calgary

Dr. Henry’s research focuses on the ystem challenges of applied cryptography, with an emphasis on using cryptography to build secure systems that protect the privacy of their users. He recently co-authored “Blockchain Acess privacy: Challenges and Dircetions.” IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine: Special Issue on blockchain. In Addition to analyzing, designing and implementing privacy-enhancing systems, Ryan’s work expands into theoretical matters like devising number-theoretic attacks agains non-stanadard cryptographic assumptions and developing new models and thoeries to understand just how concretely efficient “heavy-weight” cryptographic primitives can be.

Melissa M. Smith, Partner with BLG in the Securities and Capital Markets Group

Melissa’s practice includes advising buyers, sellers and boards of directors in relation to mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law matters, including corporate governance, director and officer liability issues, and continuance dislcosure obligations; advising both uderwriters and issuers in various types of equity and debt financings and initial public offerings.

Melissa acts for companies offering blockchain solutions and has advised in respect of security law considerations related ito cyrptocurrency offerings. In addition, Nekissa has presented on legal and ethical issues related to blockchain and other emerging technologies, including the Internet of Things.

To increase efficiency and remain relevant, business leaders cannot afford to ignore blockchain. We are proud to be offering new insights regarding this emerging technology to increase the competitiveness of Alberta businesses and beyond.

Loren Falkenberg

Senior Associate Dean, Graduate and Professional Programs, Haskayne School of Busi