Innovation events continue to take centre stage in Canada: Collision and World AI Summit

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When the time comes to meet again internationally, conference-goers that choose to meet in Canada’s tech hubs, tap into a world-class brain trust. Connecting with some of Canada’s brightest minds and thought leaders, organisations can preview made-in-Canada solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, and explore Canadian technologies powering the future during tech festivals, B2B exchanges, technical tours and more.

It’s no secret that top execs consider Canada as a world leader in all that technology can mean, now and into the future. Decades of investment are coming to fruition with the city ripe with world-class talent in more than 42,500 emerging and headline tech companies. Canadian trailblazers continue to shape the future of work, healthcare, culture and society to meet changing times.

With virtual conferences our current reality, hybrid is here to stay. As conferences evolve and become more interactive and engaging, it makes sense to incorporate the best and the brightest into a meeting’s agenda – online and in person. Two events most recently further cemented two Canadian cities’ tech dominance – with virtual event tech allowing attendees to join remotely from around the world.

Olympics of tech – Collision 2021

Toronto’s status as the fastest growing tech hub is a natural fit for the fastest-growing tech conference in North America – Collision, considered the ‘Olympics’ of the tech world. First held in the dynamic and culturally diverse city in 2019, due to Covid-19, the event went online in April for the second year running.

Despite the virtual nature of the event, the event leveraged the local ecosystem to promote the city and region’s capabilities. Some 38,000 attendees from 141 countries heard from local and international speakers, including almost 50 Canada-based entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and tech-focused journalists. Bright Canadian minds spoke to the influence tech is having in society, including payment innovation, AI in banking cybersecurity and automation in supply chain management. The legacy ripple effect for trade and investment and meaningful interactions for organidations are a surety with Collision locking in Toronto for their 2022 conference.

Unlock curiosity and let yourself into Toronto’s burgeoning tech scene when you plan tech events in Canada.

Collision Trailer 2022

World Summit AI Montreal

Another world-leading conference looking to return from virtual status in 2021 to hybrid in 2022, Montreal’s World Summit AI upholds the city and country’s leadership in AI. The world’s leading and largest AI event aims to grapple burning AI issues and set the global AI agenda with the brightest minds from tech giants, startups and research in attendance. The event pays homage to the Canadian government’s appointment of Montréal as headquarters for Scale AI, Canada’s AI supply chain supercluster, dedicated to building the next-generation supply chain and boosting industry performance by leveraging AI technologies.

The repeat host enables AI talent from the Montreal eco-system to contribute ideas to the event, for example Joelle Pineau (co-managing director of Facebook AI Research lab in Montreal and McGill University Professor) on transforming personalised healthcare with AI. Further, Montreal continues to uphold its reputation as an AI hub with MILA and Intel’s new strategic partnership to help develop and apply AI advances to medical research.

Meeting planners can also look to Montreal’s creative and tech preeminence in business events with Palais Media Propulsion at the Palais de Congres. The Palais is the first convention centre in the world to permanently house immersive rooms. Meeting planners can capitalise on the hybrid capabilities of the three new OASIS immersion studios spanning 2,200sqm of rental space and include 105 laser projectors and 119 surround sound speakers, the state-of-the-art equipment making 360° projections possible on walls and floors.

These innovative destinations are just two of Canada’s thriving knowledge centres who can provide expertise in world-leading conference locations for technology decision makers. Thanks to Canada’s depth of intellectual capital, organisations continue to look to Canadian cities as the ideal host destinations for their future conferences, congresses, and symposia. The Destination Canada Business Events team can help you meet with purpose in Canada when restrictions ease.

© Montréal Convention Centre (Palais des congrès de Montréal)
Source: 2018 Canadian ICT Sector Profile, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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