North America’s fastest growing tech conference will be moving to North America’s fastest growing tech region when Collision heads to Toronto in May, 2019. Toronto will play host for the next three editions happening in 2019, 2020 and 2021, building on the region’s momentum as a hub for technology and innovation and leveraging the strength of Ontario and Canada as diverse and inclusive.
All three levels of government, Business Events 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 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place from May 20-23, 2019.
“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.”
Collision is the fastest growing tech conference in North America. Now in its fifth year, Collision 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.
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 is just one of the latest organizations to choose to join the conversations happening in Toronto. Toronto’s Tech Community continues to be a global leader in this important vertical sector, one of the reasons Collision chose to meet here.
Overview of Toronto’s Tech Community
- Fourth-largest tech sector in North America, with offices for Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Airbnb, Uber and more
- Over 18,000 tech companies employing over 400,000 employees in the tech sector
- Over 4,100 tech related startups
- VC investment in tech has grown by 2.5 times between 2013 and 2016
- 2017 was another record year for funding in Canada at $2.7B US with Toronto seeing the most deals
- Toronto Ranks Among the World’s Fastest Growing Technology Innovation Hub
Looking forward to seeing everyone for #CollisionConf19 in Toronto!