World FinTech Festival in Canada

In partnership with the Singapore FinTech Festival and the Government of OntarioToronto Finance International presents the World FinTech Festival in Canada, a virtual series of events highlighting the Canadian FinTech ecosystem, taking place on December 8th and 10th, 2020. Join us and the global FinTech Community at the world’s largest FinTech event – featuring a unique hybrid format combining a 24-hour online event platform with over 40 events in FinTech hubs around the world.

The World FinTech Festival in Canada is part of the Singapore FinTech Festival’s official program and will be broadcast live from Canada directly to the Festival’s hyperlocal channel. For those who are not registered to attend the Singapore FinTech Festival, we will be offering a free live-streamed broadcast. Details on how to access the free live stream will be provided to all registrants closer to the broadcast date.

Note - the full Singapore FinTech Festival takes place over five days, December 7th-11th, while the World FinTech Festival Canada will take place on December 8th and 10th.

The agenda below will take place back to back on each day and will be live streamed continuously on December 8th and 10th. Please register for each day separately.

Registration

*If you would like to purchase tickets to attend the Singapore FinTech Festival, please click here.

*If you do not intend to register with the Singapore FinTech Festival, please click here to register for the free live-stream broadcast of the World FinTech Festival in Canada only.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Sara Anderson, Director of Strategic Alliances, Toronto Finance International: sanderson@tfi.ca

Agenda

Please click here for the full agenda and list of speakers


Tuesday December 8, 2020

8:30am - 8:45am EST - Kick off - Welcome to the World FinTech Festival in Canada

Welcome remarks from The Honourable Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Province of Ontario and Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO of Toronto Finance International, followed by a presentation on the Canadian FinTech ecosystem.

8:45am - 9:45am EST- The Rise of the Canadian Tech Ecosystem

Canada has become a hotbed for technology and FinTech companies from around the world. Over the past five years, more new tech jobs were created in Toronto than in San Francisco and Seattle combined and the innovation sector has been the number one sector for new listings on the TSX & TSXV. Learn how some of these Canadian companies are becoming global leaders with this engaging panel discussion presented by the Toronto Stock Exchange, which has an aggregate market cap of $3T. We will highlight the FinTech ecosystem as well as opportunities and key considerations for companies domestically and abroad.

Presented by Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange.

9:45am - 10:45am EST - AI & Alternative Data in Canada

Traditional data used for decision-making purposes in lending are no longer enough. Often, that data does not paint a financial accurate picture of the individual. FinTechs globally have strived towards finding alternative data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to come up with predictive models to determine risk potential. The opportunities in applying AI & Alternative Data are endless. We have seen real innovative solutions emerge in various financial services sectors including insurance, lending, payments, regulation, personal finance management and more! Discover real-world applications of AI & Alternative Data from the leading Canadian FinTechs and the impact it has on the future of finance by joining this session. Presented by the FinTech Growth Syndicate

Presented by the FinTech Growth Syndicate.

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Thursday December 10, 2020

8:30am - 9:30am EST - Diversity & Inclusion in Canada

Join us for a discussion on the importance of diversity and inclusion in Canada and how it has become a priority for both the private and public sectors. Creating diverse and inclusive teams within our organizations is recognized to drive innovation and superior business results. Canada's diverse population provides a unique opportunity to increase our competitiveness and the long-term success of our economy.  Our expert panel will highlight why Canada has prioritized diversity and inclusion for our talent pool and how we can continue to drive progress on this important business and societal goal. 

9:35am - 10:35am EST - The Future of Work is Now - How to Future Proof Talent and the Workplace through a Collaborative Approach

The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst, and more than ever organizations need to keep pace with the changes of the workplace of tomorrow. As technology transforms the way people work and businesses attract and keep talent, both employees and employers will have to reinvent themselves to remain competitive

In 2019, businesses, academic institutions and various levels of government came together in the Region of Waterloo to get ready for the future of work and learning. The ‘Waterloo Region Future of Work and Learning Coalition’ is an innovative and collaborative solution tackling the challenges of the future workplace. In this session, the co-leads Simon Chan (Communitech) and Kathryn Kitchen (Manulife) will share their unique approach, what they learned from primary research, and will invite some of their coalition partners to a panel discussion where they will share some of their innovative ideas and learnings.

Presented by The Waterloo Region Future of Work & Learning CoalitionCommunitech and Manulife.

10:45am - 11:45am EST - Developing NextGen Talent in Financial Services

Toronto Finance International (TFI) works with industry and academic partners to grow and sustain Canada’s long-term talent advantage in financial services. Join this engaging panel discussion to learn about innovative approaches to building a diverse, work-ready pipeline of early talent - amidst the pandemic and over the long-term. Financial services employers and one of Canada’s largest post-secondary institutions share examples of organizational initiatives, as well as their perspectives on the value of sector-wide collaboration and leading edge talent programs such as ASPIRE, which attracts in-demand students to financial services and helps them transition successfully to the workplace.

Presented by TFI ASPIRE.