Information and Communications Technology
canada: A nation of innovators
Business Events Canada is focused on attracting conference events from across the key economic sectors in which Canada excels. With some $181billion in revenue, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are a key driver of Canada’s economy, and one of Canada’s top priority economic sectors.
Canada has always been a hotbed of ingenuity and tech expertise. From Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone, to advancements in artificial intelligence and deep learning, Canada demonstrates its leadership on the global stage. Canada’s dramatic, vast landscape helped fuel a drive for closer connection; the resulting wireless and satellite breakthroughs drive mobile media, networking, AI and digital technology advancements worldwide.
Convening in Canada opens your team up to a host of new connections. Diverse, collaborative and a world-leader in innovation, Canadian centres of excellence are a natural draw for conferences across the spectrum of tech sub-sectors. From next generation networking to the Internet of Things, from FinTech, to Software as a Service, from Autonomous Vehicles to Cybersecurity, from Robotics to Augmented Reality, the breakthroughs happening in Canada are creating the future.
As conferences evolve and become more interactive and engaging it makes sense to incorporate the best and the brightest into a meeting’s agenda. For the Information and Communications Technologies sector, those thought-leaders and innovators are in Canada.
CANADA’S KEY ICT CENTRES
Learn More About Canada's ICT Sector
Economic Impact of ICT in Canada
$181 Billion Annual Revenue
$73 Billion Sector GDP
39,000 Companies, 594,871 Jobs
Canadian Success Stories
The Shopify cloud-based e-commerce platform serves 377,500+ businesses across 150 countries and is among Canada’s top R&D spenders.
Fluent AI’s patented voice recognition solution enables natural language interactions with voice-operated systems and works with most languages and accents.
Google Montréal’s Google Brain AI research lab, led by Hugo Larochelle, is advancing machine intelligence through research, systems engineering and collaboration with other Alphabet teams.
The Microsoft Research Montréal lab—founded in 2015 as Maluuba and acquired by Microsoft in 2017—teaches machines to read, think and communicate like humans.
The Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms is working on two major projects: an AI research hub in conjunction with Thales Group’s Paris-based lab, and IBM’s planned AI development lab slated for Montréal.
Electronic Arts’ Vancouver office is home to Frostbite, a research division focused on machine learning and neural networks as well as developing highly believable human characters for VR devices.
Hendrix, developed by Edmonton’s Testfire Labs, is a natural language AI assistant that works with most online conferencing platforms to listen to meetings, identify key points and important discussions, and pull it all together into actionable outcomes.
Sightline Innovation is one of Canada’s largest machine learning companies delivering disruptive artificial intelligence-based solutions, and offering Industry 4.0-level capabilities to insurance, health care, manufacturing, agriculture and more.
Clearpath Robotics, founded by University of Waterloo alumni, is an industry trailblazer that automates the world’s dullest, dirtiest and deadliest jobs—from load-haul-dump jobs in mining to searching out algae blooms on water.
Organizations like TED, SIGGRAPH and OpenStack choose Vancouver because of our unparalleled convention infrastructure set against a backdrop of ocean, mountains and coast. Our clients tell us the city itself, and our spectacular natural setting inspire creative thinking and dynamic ideas.
Dave Gazley, VP Meeting and Convention Sales, Tourism Vancouver
Toronto has emerged as one of the word’s fastest-growing tech markets and groups choosing the city for their meetings can benefit from the conversations happening here. ‘Canada’s Downtown’ is not only an appealing international destination, 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.
Tara Gordon, VP, Sales & Service, Business Events Toronto
For anyone who wants to do serious AI, it will be of strategic importance to keep your eye on Montréal. We see it now in terms of reputation, but that means Montréal is able to attract top talent from elsewhere—top entrepreneurs and large organizations.
Jean-François Gagné, Co-founder and CEO, Element AI
The strength of Winnipeg’s ICT community, from entrepreneurs to global companies, creates a local ecosystem that welcomes businesses from around the world. We’ve seen highly successful meetings and conventions in the ICT space take place in Winnipeg, where delegates notice the strength of our local industry, the learning opportunities and success stories available here.
Dayna Spiring, President & CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg
Here's how we can help you get planning
The team at Business Events Canada helps global organizations meet with purpose in Canada. Contact our team for:
- Specific information regarding Canada's sector expertise
- Recommendations on destinations based on their sector strengths
- Introductions to industry leaders, academia, and economic development agencies
- Recommendations of expert speakers to augment events
- Assistance in sourcing RFPs for conference placement