Charlene Cieslik

Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer & Chief Privacy Officer


Charlene Cieslik is the Chief Anti Money Laundering Officer and Chief Privacy Officer of Coinsquare, Canada’s premier digital asset exchange for buying bitcoin, ethereum, and other digital currencies.

During her 20 year career, Charlene has held roles as the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Chief Anti-Bribery Officer, and Chief Privacy Officer at several Canadian and Foreign scheduled banks, where she was responsible for the development, remediation, and execution of AML/ATF, anti-bribery, regulatory, and privacy programs. Charlene has also worked at several “Big 4” accounting firms and a Canadian fintech company, where she assisted global financial institutions with AML/ATF program development, particularly with post-regulatory exam remediation and AML/ATF investigations.

She currently teaches courses on AML/ATF Compliance and cryptocurrency at the graduate level with University of Toronto and York University, and is a frequent speaker on the subject within the Toronto cryptocurrency community. She appeared as a speaker at Ideacity, as a panelist at Untraceable’s Blockchain Futurist Conference and Transparency International’s Day of Dialogue, among many others. Charlene also sits on the Advisory Board of Canada’s National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA), and has recently been asked to join the Program Advisory Council (PAC) for  Ryerson University The Chang School’s blockchain program. She holds a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and was an original founder of the Toronto ACAMS Chapter.

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