North America’s fastest growing tech conference will be moving to North America’s fastest growing tech region when Collision heads to Toronto in Canada next year.
Collision’s organisers have committed to Toronto for the next three conferences: 2019, 2020 and 2021.The 2019 conference will take place at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, 20-23 May 2019.
Government at all levels, Tourism Toronto and venue Exhibition Place partnered on the bid and the event is expected to bring 90,000 attendees to the city over the three conferences and provide an economic impact of CAN$147m (US$115m).
Collision is now in its fifth year, growing from an initial 5,000 attendees to 25,000 attendees for the 2018 event in New Orleans last month (30 April – 3 May), where it had been for three jazz-filled years.
Created by the team behind Web Summit, Collision attracts CEOs of the world’s largest companies, founders of exciting startups, leading investors and media, from more than 120 countries.
“Right now feels like a special moment for Canada, and for Toronto,” said Paddy Cosgrave, CEO of Web Summit. “There is such energy in the city, such an open, cosmopolitan and global atmosphere. Great companies are being started and incredible talent is coming out of the region.”
The Toronto 2019 edition will mark the first time the conference will have been held outside of the US. Before New Orleans, it had been held for two years in Las Vegas.
“Collision is one of the most coveted conferences a destination can host,” said Johanne Bélanger, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Hosting a conference of this magnitude demonstrates how meetings and events can be a powerful catalyst for economic development for sectors like technology and innovation, showcasing and elevating the booming tech industry, people and companies that have made the Toronto region a tech powerhouse.”
The Toronto region ranks as the largest tech sector in Canada and the third largest in North America. The sector employs 401,000 people in 18,000 tech companies, accounting for 15% of all jobs in the Toronto region. Based on current growth rates, Toronto claims it will have more technology jobs than Silicon Valley within two years.