Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Risks


This course will enhance your understanding of best practices in managing complex anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions investigations. Current trends and issues in Canada, US, UK and EU AML and sanctions compliance will be examined, including recent enforcement actions, leveraging examples and case studies.

The course includes a review of emerging challenges that will impact AML and sanctions compliance for organizations. This covers changes to international payment standards and the regulation of virtual assets. Participants will be introduced to essential AML and sanctions program elements to support screening and investigation functions. The course will examine regular scenario updates, use of machine learning and analytics, system testing and model validation.



  • Review emerging regulatory enforcement trends in AML and sanctions enforcement applicable to Canadian entities with operations in the US, the UK and the EU;
  • Identify emerging risks associated with more complex sanctions compliance associated with targeted sanctions;
  • Learn tools and techniques required to better manage risks associated with virtual currency transactions;
  • Increase knowledge about best practices and emerging trends associated with more complex AML investigations through examples and case studies.



  • Private and public sector individuals with some background in AML or sanctions. This is an advanced course intended to supplement existing training (for example, the Financial Intelligence Specialist certification), and would benefit employees of the public or private sector who are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills involved in AML and sanctions.



12 hours



  • $1095 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Steve Alsace has over 21 years experience working in financial crime compliance. He spent 18 of those years working in the legal and then compliance departments of a big-5 Canadian bank, where he was last the Global Head of Sanctions and Anti-Terrorist Financing. While in this role Steve had the opportunity to work closely with the FBI Terrorist Financing Operations Section, CSIS and RCMP, including delivering specialized training on terrorist financing in banking. Steve currently is employed by Guidehouse consulting, where he provides advice on anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions risks for banks, money-services businesses, payment facilitators and digital asset firms. Steve is regularly a speaker at industry conferences and seminars, speaking on AML and sanctions issues.