Tech Focus in Toronto

Author: Lane Nieset       

Canada is shining a spotlight on technology in May with a cluster of events in Toronto, one of the country’s innovation hubs.

Innovate Canada 2019, a four-day event for global C-suite executives, is being held from May 21-24 and is aimed at showcasing the country’s strengths in the life-sciences industry (medtech and pharma).

“Toronto is the country’s largest combined life-sciences sector, providing access to industry thought leaders and businesses driving innovation in the field,” said Johanne Bélanger, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto, in a recent release.

Innovate Canada planned its event to coincide with Collision — which Forbes has called “North America’s fastest-growing tech conference,” with more 25,000 attendees — which will be hosted for the first time in Canada on May 20-23. Collision organizers had previously announced that the event, which had been held in New Orleans, Louisiana, will be held in Toronto for three years.

“Timing Innovate Canada with the first Collision Conference in Toronto not only provides us an opportunity to showcase how well the city does large events, but it presents a great opportunity to take part in HealthConf, where the biggest minds in health tech are gathering,” Virginie De Visscher, director of business development for economic sectors with Business Events Canada, said in a statement. HealthConf is among the 14 Collision conferences.

For associations, the events offer an opportunity to see Toronto’s life-sciences ecosystem first-hand. That can provide inspiration for growth in the sector for associations — and destinations—abroad.

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