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Major Tech Conference Moves to Toronto in 2019
5/3/2018
North America's fastest growing tech conference will be moving to North America's fastest growing tech region when Collision heads to Toronto next year. The move secures Collision in Toronto for the next three conferences happening in 2019, 2020 and 2021, building on the Toronto 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, 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 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place from May 20-23, 2019.

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.

"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."

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.

"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." - The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

"With a rich history of innovation, Ontario is the ideal location for the 2019 Collision conference. Hundreds of thousands of talented Ontarians work in innovative industries including cleantech, cybersecurity and life sciences. We have leading institutes for artificial intelligence and quantum computing and our start-up culture is top-notch, with incubators at virtually every university and college. Collision 2019 will be like no other and we look forward to showing the world what Ontario has to offer." - The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science

"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." - John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

"We are delighted that Enercare Centre has been selected as the new home for Collision. We know that the venue's robust ICT infrastructure, commitment to sustainability and demonstrated success in delivering high profile international events was a key component in this win." - Dianne Young, CEO, Exhibition Place, Enercare Centre


ABOUT TOURISM TORONTO
Tourism Toronto is the official destination marketing organization for the region, "Canada's Downtown" – encompassing Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton. With sales and marketing programs in key markets around the world, Tourism Toronto promotes the Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travelers. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. For more information please visit www.SeeTorontoNow.com.

ABOUT ENERCARE CENTRE
Exhibition Place is Canada's largest entertainment and convention site, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario's economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sport, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Exhibition Place boasts the award-winning, LEED Gold Enercare Centre; Canada's largest exhibition and convention centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading edge green technologies and practices across the site. explace.on.ca

ABOUT COLLISION
Collision is the fastest growing tech conference in 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 most exciting startups, leading investors and media from more than 120 countries.


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