North America’s fastest growing tech region Toronto have secured major technology event Collision to be held there for the next three years, building on Toronto’s momentum as a hub for technology and innovation.

Collision is the fastest growing tech conference in North America. Now in its fifth year, It has gone from 5,000 to an expected 25,000 attendees in 2018. Created by the team behind Web Summit, the world’s largest and most influential tech event, Collision attracts CEOs of the world’s largest companies, founders of exciting startups, leading investors and media, from more than 120 countries.

All three levels of government, Tourism Toronto and Exhibition Place partnered for the bid, which is expected to bring more than 90,000 attendees to Toronto over the next three conferences with an economic impact of $147 million. The 2019 conference will take place from May 20th-23rd, 2019 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place.

“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.”

“Welcome to Canada, Collision. I’m happy you chose Toronto to host North America’s fastest growing tech conference for the next three years. Toronto is a key global tech hub and an example of the diversity that is our strength. Here in Canada, we know innovation and inclusion go together and the rest of the world has taken notice. Tech talent is coming to our country in record numbers and with our Innovation and Skills Plan, our government is making it easier for innovators to succeed and for investors to support them. We know Collision will bring even more energy and vision to Toronto’s tech scene.” said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The conference is entering its third year in New Orleans from April 30 to May 3, following a two year stay in Las Vegas. This is the first time the conference will be held outside of the U.S.

“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 per cent of all jobs in the Toronto region. The growth of the regional tech sector outpaced that of New York City and San Francisco combined in 2016. Based on that growth rate, Toronto will have more technology jobs than Silicon Valley within two years.

“Collision’s decision to move confirms Toronto’s status as an important innovation hub in North America and affirms what we already know – that Toronto is building an inclusive type of innovation that brings people together to solve the world’s biggest challenges. We are looking forward to welcoming Collision and invite the rest of the world to join them.” Commented John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

I myself was a speaker at Web Summit last year in Lisbon and I’ve got to say that I speak at events all over the world and none have come close to the way that Web Summit is organised and run. I am yet to attend a Collision event but have heard equally good things about it also, so Toronto will definitely be on my to do list next year.

I have to hand it to Paddy and the 200 people who work for Web Summit, they are doing an amazing job and Ireland should be very appreciative that such a world class business was started and is HQ’d in Dublin.

Governments around the world wake up and take notice… Technology events have huge economic impact, not just during the event… but also in bolstering the local and national tech ecosystem. I met Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa the president of Portugal at Web Summit and had a chat with him, he gets it, clearly Justin Trudeau does too….

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