Collision from Home: Reflections from Across Canada

Rebecca McDonell, Advisor, Partnerships and Strategy, Invest in Canada

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When Canada attracted Collision Conference, North America's fastest-growing tech event, the world took notice of a progressive northern neighbour, accelerating start-ups and fueling tech giants with global expertise at an astonishing pace. In 2019, this colossal event occurred outside of the United States for the first time. With great success in Toronto, many of the 25,000+ attendees from across 125 countries began immediately planning their return to Canada in 2020.

As news broke of the global pandemic earlier this year, Canada saw even more reason to open our doors to the global community, bringing together a world adapting to rapid change amidst the largest economic challenge of recent history. Additionally, what better platform to showcase Canada’s resilience, adaptability, innovation and accelerated digital transformation. In March 2020, Collision announced that the conference would go forward virtually in Toronto.

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Talent and Innovation: Twin Drivers of Canada’s Tech Industry

Ian McKay, CEO, Invest in Canada

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Canada’s technology industry is thriving—and more global investors are taking notice.

With the second event in a multi-year commitment to hosting the world-attracting Collision tech conference coming up soon, Canada is proud and excited to again be part of this important global event.

When conference co-founder Paddy Cosgrave was finalizing a decision in 2018 to move the growing conference—it had already been hosted in Dublin, Lisbon and New Orleans—indications were that a singular Canadian location would be ideal as the conference’s new home.

Mr. Cosgrave wrote in an article on LinkedIn that, “At the very moment when some countries around the world seem to be shutting their borders, when intolerance is on the rise, Toronto stands for something very different.” 

Collision in Toronto brings technology in Canada to the world

Following its successful launch in Toronto in 2019, Collision now finds itself in both a new and familiar world.

The new is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic, which in this specific context has resulted in Collision From Home—bringing together 30,000+ attendees, 1,000+ investors and 1,000+ journalists from 100+ countries to hear 450+ speakers from June 23-25 in a virtual setting accessed from attendees’ homes around the world.

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