Canadian Innovation Exchange 2018

Brunico Communications Ltd. held the eleventh annual Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) at the Marriott Hotel Eaton’s Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from October 22 & 23, 2018.   CIX was a two day technology conference where investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs and facilitators meet to discuss the financing, the development and the implementation of new technologies.     Attendees included technology start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and enterprise and media representatives.     They learned from each other, meet and pursued partnerships and investment deals.  The 2018 themes were AI, diversity and the global marketplace.

The agenda included: CIX Top 20 Showcases – presentations by  innovation startups as selected by CIX’s Top 20 Selection Committee; Lunch and Learn / Workshops – new strategies to help companies grow; Tracks – Fintech, Cleantech – the latest trends and opportunities;  Canadian Success Stories – with founders and their investors; Meeting Exchanges – pre-arranged face-to- face meetings between entrepreneurs and investors;   ‘Conversations with’ sessions – more intimate conversations with top tech investors;  Networking- opportunities for delegates to connect with other delegates at breakfast, coffee, lunch, cocktail or in the lounge.

Torontoartsandevents Reports on the following Sessions at CIX 2018:

Open Banking – CIX – Monday, October 22, 2018

Open Banking enables third party developers to build applications and services around financial institutions by allowing access to financial institution data. The UK has already implemented an open banking framework; Australia will do so next year while a recent U.S. Treasury Report called for open banking in the U.S. This panel examined the pros and cons of open banking in Canada.   Canada will produce a discussion position by the end of the year and then feedback and then a year or two before anything happens.

Moderating: Steve Boms, Executive Director, Financial Data and Technology Association (FDATA) of North America

Panel Members: Christine Day, Chief Technology & Information Officer, Questrade Financial Group

Lori Martel, Vice President, Data Strategy, Envestnet | Yodlee

Richard Prior, International Technology & Platform Policy, Kabbage

Saskia Tolsma, Senior Economist, Sectoral Policy Analysis, Economic Development and Corporate Finance Government of Canada

Canadian Innovation Exchange Top 20

The jewel of the event is the CIX Top 20, a showcase that celebrates Canada’s best innovations and the people behind them.

CIX 2018 Innovator of the Year:  Startup World Cup Canadian Cup Presentation

The Canadian winner is:  Inkbox, Toronto

“Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with 30 regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in US Silicon Valley. CIX is the official partner of Startup World Cup in Canada and Inkbox was awarded the Canadian Cup and will go on to compete in the Startup World Cup.”

About Canadian Innovation Exchange:

The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is a showcase for great Canadian innovation while catalyzing strategic relationships and transactions across this dynamic sector. CIX is attended by the people behind the innovative technologies: entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, service providers, government and media. Its objective is to bring together the key leaders and protagonists of technology-based innovation in order to learn from each other and to showcase and celebrate the tremendous innovative products, services and technologies that exist today and are providing the fuel for our economy to grow.

Canadian Innovation Exchange 2018 was an interesting event that did bring together important players in technology from across Canada.  Investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs and facilitators meet to discuss deals and companies were looking for financing.  Look back here for next year’s CIX!

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