Scheduled from October 29 to 31, this year’s Canada FinTech Forum will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, attesting to the city’s status as a crucial centre of the financial technology revolution.
KPMG International’s “Pulse of Fintech” report released two months ago cited Montreal as one of Canada’s prime destinations (along with Toronto) for financial and intellectual capital.
The October event’s theme is set as “Open Innovation in Financial Services,” and more than 70 speakers and hundreds of fintech innovators have been invited.
A main attraction will be a conference with Janet Yellen, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, on the evening of the first day of the Forum.
“The Canada FinTech Forum’s rapid expansion reflects the general public’s and industry professionals’ growing interest in financial technology. It’s a clear signal that technology’s critical role in transforming financial services is being recognized,” Finance Montréal vice president for fintech development and corporate affairs Matthieu Cardinal said.
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The event will also host the FinTech Start-up Pitch Contest, which will feature nearly 120 entrants from around the world.
The competition will give the 10 successful finalists a total of $230,000 in prizes. The award will go to the most innovative financial services solutions.
“The Canada FinTech Forum is an essential event in the financial technology sector. In addition to its conferences and activities, it provides the ideal setting for start-ups and investors to network and do business,” 2018 Canada FinTech Forum honorary president Paul Desmarais III stated.
“With its renowned speakers, varied content and technological innovations, the Canada FinTech Forum is making our ecosystem more dynamic, helping it connect with international markets and raising the profile of sector talent,” Finance Montréal CEO Louis Lévesque added.