Canada Fintech Week Launches in Toronto

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Toronto CanadaThis week sees the first ever Canada Fintech Week (CFW) in Toronto. Running from August 12th to the 15th, the four-day celebration of everything fintech in Canada features a slew of events and panels for those in the industry.

Ranging from how to incorporate blockchain technology in Holocaust asset recovery to cybersecurity, to the future of open banking, CFW appears to cover a mix of topics and issues that are at the forefront of various corners of the scene.

CFW was launched by the Digital Finance Institute (DFI), a thinktank established to provide assistance to the digital finance ecosystem of Canada, with particular attention being paid to inclusion, responsible innovation, and the supporting of women in fintech. Having held the Annual National Fintech Canada Conference for the previous four years, DFI is combining the two events into one this year, with the fifth conference taking place on Wednesday.

In the lead up to CFW, DFI has released a list of its top 50 fintech companies in Canada that features the likes of Interac, OnDeck, and Lendesk; which accompanies its previous list of the top women in Canadian fintech. FundThrough, whose Director of Innovation spoke with deBanked last month after appearing on this list, will be hosting a panel covering alternative finance on Thursday.

CFW is coming at a time when fintech in Canada appears to be on the up, with a recent report from PwC-CBInsights finding that the first six months of 2019 have seen totals funds raised by Canadian fintech firms almost doubling from $133 million in Q1-Q22018 to $251 million. As well as this, investments in seed-stage companies have risen too, with the portion of seed round investments made in the first six months of 2018 being 36% of total investments, while 2019 witnessed 49%.

Last modified: August 12, 2019
Brendan Garrett

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