Canadian Fintech Summit 2018

The 2018 Canadian Fintech 2.0 Summit is happening April 17-18 in Toronto. Discover the latest trends and technologies from the best minds in fintech. The conference is presented by BDC’s IT Venture Fund in collaboration with MaRS Discovery District.

Building on the success of previous years, the summit is expanding to two days for 2018, creating a bigger event with a more comprehensive roster of topics and discussions. The first day is focused on pitches – 40 innovative startups from the fintech space will compete for a chance to win an investment prize of over $100,000. The competition will test their ideas and mettle for using technology to tackle challenges and create solutions in AI, capital markets, lending, accounting, payments and more.

The second day will bring together speakers in a variety of fireside chats and panel discussions to explore and ponder the future of financial services. It’s a great opportunity to learn, strategize and develop relationships with leaders in the field. After all, fintech is no longer just about digitizing existing financial products, it’s about integrating financial services into applications and services customers use every day.

Naturally, meeting regulatory requirements and identity verification technology will be part of the conversation, especially in the realm of payments and transactions. That’s precisely why Trulioo’s CEO Stephen Ufford will be participating on a payments panel on day two of the summit.

Payment Panel

Stephen will join a panel of leaders in the payments field on Wednesday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. (Track One of the summit agenda).

The evolution of payments has gone from the simple ability to accept debit and credit cards to re-imagining how people and businesses pay. The idea of frictionless experiences and embedding payments into everyday applications has begun to gain serious traction since Uber showed how removing payment friction for taxi services can drive virality. So what does the future hold? The payments panel will explore this and all the new regulations driving innovation at an ever-increasing rate.

The payments panel will feature:

  • Kristy Duncan (Founder and CEO, Women in Payments) – Moderator
  • Derek Colfer (Head of Digital Innovation, Visa Canada)
  • Tarique Al-Ansari (President and CEO, Zomaron)
  • Robert Bast (Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, WayPay)
  • Stephen Ufford (Founder and CEO, Trulioo)

Expect a fascinating discussion from the vantage point of large payment companies and the fintech innovators helping to improve experiences and secure transactions for businesses and individuals alike.

About the Summit Sponsors

The summit is being presented and hosted by the BDC IT Venture Fund and Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District, two recognized leaders helping to support Canada’s growing and dynamic technology sector and startup space.

The BDC IT Venture Fund manages over $300 million in venture capital investments across Canada in emerging and mid-stage internet, mobile and enterprise companies. BDC’s initial investments typically range from $2 million to $5 million in Series A or B rounds with up to $15 million invested over the life of the company.

BDC’s investment team includes five partners based in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and San Francisco. The partners have extensive operating experience in the software space, having previously served as CEOs, VP Sales, CFOs and developers. Combined, the five partners have founded eight companies. Leading the majority of BDC’s investments, they use their collective knowledge, resources and worldwide networks to help promising early-stage companies become global leaders. Some successful companies in BDC’s portfolio include Radian6 (acquired by Salesforce), Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM) and Layer 7 (acquired by CA).

MaRS works with an extensive network of partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow the innovative companies that are building the future. With a bold vision MaRS’ mission is more important than ever before.

As the Toronto Discovery District’s commercialization hub, MaRS gives entrepreneurs what they need most: a home with access to networks and capital. This community keeps some of Canada’s most promising talent at home in Toronto and supplies established businesses and institutions with a steady stream of creativity.

To participate in the 2018 Canadian Fintech 2.0 Summit and learn more about the Canadian fintech scene, register now and make your way to Toronto this April.