Sponsored by the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School

The Toronto FinTech Conference is an event where scholars in the fields of strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, organization theory, finance, and economics can discuss their research on the rise, diffusion, and disruptive potential of financial technologies (“FinTech”). 

Technologies such as artificial intelligence, crypto tokens, blockchain, and the Internet of Things are rapidly reshaping the economy by promoting decentralization, disintermediation, and digitization in a manner described by some as the 4th industrial revolution. With applications in the form of digital currencies, digital payments, P2P and marketplace lending, robo-advisors, smart contracts, decentralized autonomous organizations, and insurtech, these emerging technologies are enabling new business models and are radically disrupting the financial sector. The theoretical and empirical knowledge of these trends is in its infancy and now is the time to examine these trends, as a community of scholars, with rigorous research. 

The Toronto FinTech Conference has three objectives:

  1. To network within a fast-growing academic community of scholars (both professors and PhD students) who research FinTech topics across a range of related disciplines.
  2. To discuss cutting-edge research papers, both theoretical and empirical, which address important issues related to the antecedents and consequences of decentralization, disintermediation, and digitization in the FinTech sector and beyond. The ultimate goal is to work together toward publication at top journals.
  3. To facilitate a dialogue between academics and top executives, entrepreneurs, and policymakers from the public and private sectors.


In October 2017, the first Toronto Fintech Conference attracted a large volume of high quality academic submissions across the fields of strategy, entrepreneurship, finance, economics, and organization theory. Thirty-four papers were presented and discussed in nine themed tracks that captured the multi-faceted nature of FinTech. Leading academic thinkers representing 35 universities from all over the world met and debated this emerging and exciting area of study.


Event Details

Date: March 14-15, 2019

Conference Venue: Scotiabank Centre, 40 King Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Canada

Cost: $100 (+HST)


Call for Full Papers or Proposals

Submit 5-page proposal or full paper by: December 1, 2018 to FinTechConference@ivey.ca

Decisions for Accepted Proposals: December 20, 2018

Deadline for Full Paper (for accepted proposals): March 1, 2019

Download the full Call for Papers

The Lab offers five research travel grants of CAD$750 for the top PhD students presenting their research at the event, and a CAD$2,000 cash prize for the best FinTech research paper presented at the conference.


Submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed by our Program Committee:

Dr. Hanna Halaburda, Economist, Bank of Canada, and Visiting Professor of Management, Stern School of Business, NYU, hhalaburda@gmail.com

Dr. Ying-Ying Hsieh, Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College Business School, y.hsieh@imperial.ac.uk

Dr. Michael R. King, Associate Professor of Finance, Ivey Business School, mking@ivey.uwo.ca

Dr. Andrei Kirilenko, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology, Imperial College Business School, a.kirilenko@imperial.ac.uk

Dr. Andreas Park, Associate Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, andreas.park@utoronto.ca

Dr. Jean-Philippe Vergne (Chair), Associate Professor of Strategy & Organization, Ivey Business School, jvergne@ivey.uwo.ca


Conference Agenda

Thursday, March 14

Reception, Welcome, and Dinner (only for Scholars presenting a paper the next day at the Toronto FinTech Conference)

Anytime after 3:00 p.m.

Hotel Check-in
Hotel rooms at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Toronto will be available at a special rate.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Registration & Welcome Drinks
Located at the Conference Venue:
Scotiabank Centre, 40 King Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Canada

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Introduction & Conference Opening
Keynote Address:
Kristal Au-Yong
Senior Vice President, FinTech Partnerships at Scotiabank

Moderated by:
Jean-Philippe Vergne
Co-Director, Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School

The Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School:
Creating a Global Platform for Academic FinTech Research

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Located at the Conference Venue:
Scotiabank Centre, 40 King Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Canada


Friday, March 15

Main Agenda (for all attendees)

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Plenary Introduction
JP Vergne & Andrew Sarta (Ivey Business School)

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Presentation
Cato Pastoll, Co-Founder & CEO, Lending Loop
Lending Loop is Canada's first fully regulated peer-to-peer lending platform focused on small business.

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

Concurrent Tracks
(10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Track 1 in Auditorium 1: Cryptoeconomics & Blockchain
Track 2 in Auditorium 2: Peer-to-Peer Dynamics
Track 3 in Auditorium 3: Organizational Theory & Strategy

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Paper Presentations - Sub-track 1
Sub-track 1-1: Decentralization
Sub-track 2-1: P2P Lending & Societal Welfare
Sub-track 3-1: Adoption of FinTech into Business Practice

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch & Awards Ceremony

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Paper Presentations - Sub-track 2
Sub-track 1-2: Cryptoeconomics & Token Pricing
Sub-track 2-2: ICOs & Legitimacy
Sub-track 3-2: Trust & FinTech

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Coffee Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Paper Presentations - Sub-track 3
Sub-track 1-3: Tokens in Market Environments
Sub-track 2-3: P2P Lending as an Alternative to Incumbents
Sub-track 3-3: Strategic Responses to FinTech

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Paper Presentations - Sub-track 4
Sub-track 1-4: ICOs as Financing Alternatives
Sub-track 2-4: Crowdfunding & Micro-contributions
(No Sub-track 3-4)

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Closing and Farewell
Refreshments to be provided

To download the Full Agenda, click here



Venue and Hotel Information

Rooms at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel will be available for those attending this conference at a predetermined group rate.

   Toronto Intercontinental interior            Toronto Intercontinental exterior

The conference venue, in downtown Toronto
is 30 minutes away from Toronto Pearson International Airport,
and a 10-minute walk from Via Rail Union Station.

The InterContinental Hotel in downtown Toronto,
by the famous CN Tower and a 10-minute walk from the Conference venue, where pre-booked rooms are available at a great rate.

Organizing Committee

Andrew Sarta (Chair), PhD Candidate, Ivey Business School, asarta.phd@ivey.ca

Tania Grafstein-Ho, Manager, Academic Partnerships, Scotiabank, Tania.Grafstein-Ho@scotiabank.com



Fee: $100 + HST