Toronto for Fintech
If You Plan Conferences in the FinTech Space, We’ve Got a Destination for You!
Nowhere is North America’s technology sector growing faster than in Canada’s largest city. Dubbed ‘The New Silicon Valley,’ Toronto boasts 14,000 companies and a tech sector workforce of more than 400,000, serving up the ideal ecosystem for event planners to leverage the city’s knowledge capital when hosting business events here.
“Toronto has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing tech markets, and groups choosing the city for their meetings can benefit from the conversations happening here,” said Tara Gordon, Vice President Meeting & Convention Sales, Business Events Toronto. “Canada’s Downtown is not only an appealing international destination to people from all over the world, it has a large proportion of the world’s technology companies, putting attendees within arm’s reach of some of the biggest names in the sector.”
Indeed, it was just that sort of expertise that helped attract the Collision Conference to Toronto, moving outside of the US for the first of what will be a three-year run in Toronto. The event, which brought together the people and organizations who are redefining global technology industry welcomed over 27,000 attendees, including 3,750 CEOs from 120 countries, along with 70+ international delegations looking at Toronto for expansion or investment.
"Toronto is not an up and coming city, it has arrived,” said Paddy Cosgrave, founder and CEO of Collision. “A number of people around the world haven't realised it yet. Collision is fortunate to be here at a time when Toronto is already booming."
Toronto is the second largest financial centre in North America and sits in the third largest technology cluster on the continent and it’s teeming with top-end talent and industry-leading research and development. Home to the largest FinTech ecosystem in Canada Toronto is also home to 194 FinTech companies, 19 VC firms and 20 incubators and accelerators.
With one of the soundest banking sectors in the world, globally-recognized financial institutions, and a robust innovative FinTech ecosystem, Toronto is uniquely qualified to host meetings and conventions in the financial sector.
“Connecting with our leading innovation sectors helps conference organizers compete for delegates attention by offering up meaningful content and networking opportunities,” says Virginie De Visscher, director of business development, economic sectors for Destination Canada’s Business Events team. Some of the expertise FinTech conference organizers can tap into in Toronto:
tech tours of Toronto’s, and nearby Waterloo’s universities where leading edge R&D is underway, expert speaker sessions with insights from industry leaders such as Wave, Smoothpay, Quandl, Hockeystick, Sensibill and Wealthsimple, all headquartered here.
Home to Canada’s busiest airport, Pearson International, Toronto offers easy access for conferences attendees, with direct flights to and from more than 180 destinations around the world. Meeting planners will find Toronto’s conference infrastructure to be second to none in North America. The city’s collective meeting space exceeds 2.5 million square feet, highlighted by the largest and grandest facility of its kind in Canada—the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Outside the doors of the conference room awaits one of North America’s most vibrant, cosmopolitan cities. The iconic CN Tower, accentuated by a skyscraper-filled horizon, overlooks Toronto, an ethnically-diverse major city, replete with arts and culture, world-class dining, a bustling nightlife and internationally-acclaimed music. Often referred to as ‘Hollywood North’, you just may happen across a downtown movie set. Toronto hosts a thriving film industry, highlighted by the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival. And along with being home to four major professional sports teams including the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, the city perpetually projects an unmistakable big-league, big-city vibe.