Melanie Lefebvre (Programming Director) is an Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing Investigator and consultant with a specialization in virtual assets and blockchain technology. She currently consults as an independent contractor for Bitfinex one of the world’s largest Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) and has previously held roles with other regulated VASPs and money service businesses.
Within this specialised field, she has assisted in building comprehensive Canadian, European and United States based AML compliance programs and risk assessments, while leading both self-assessments and regulatory audits.
Melanie actively creates and teaches educational content focused on virtual assets and its AML application to public audiences, educational institutions, and companies. She is a frequent speaker on this subject, notably with Seneca College, the Canadian Institute for Financial Crime Analysis, Provincial and Federal Law Enforcement, the Toronto Compliance & AML Events, among others.
She has written several articles that included analyzing popular fraud techniques used in the virtual asset industry, and that assessed the risks of new and existing blockchain technology, which includes the article “The Lightning Network – Deconstructed and Evaluated”, published by ACFCS.
She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), as well as a Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP).