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Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab

The First Toronto FinTech Conference

Sponsored by the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School

The Annual 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”). Academics will have the opportunity to interact with leaders from financial institutions, FinTech startups, and policymakers working in this fast-moving and dynamic field.

Financial technologies such as digital currencies, blockchain, marketplace/P2P lending, equity crowdfunding, robo-advisors, Big Data, and the Internet of Things are rapidly reshaping the economy by promoting decentralization, disintermediation, and digitization. These emerging technologies are disrupting the financial sector as well as other industries, and are described by some as a new industrial revolution. Now it is time for scholars to address these trends with rigorous research.

The First Annual Toronto FinTech Conference has three objectives:

  1. To build an academic community of leading scholars (both professors and PhD students) researching 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.
  3. To facilitate a dialogue between academics and top executives, entrepreneurs, and policymakers from the private sector.


Event Details

Date: October 20-21, 2017

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

Cost: $100 (+HST)

NOTE: Registration is now closed.



Friday, October 20

Reception, Welcome, and Dinner for those attendees who were selected to present papers at the Toronto FinTech Conference

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION & WELCOME DRINKS (Conference venue: Scotiabank Centre)

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Joseph Villamizar (Director FinTech Partnerships, Scotiabank)

Scotiabank’s Involvement with FinTech Partnerships


Dr.  Jean-Philippe Vergne

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. DINNER AT THE SCOTIABANK CENTRE

Hotel rooms at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Toronto are available at a discounted rate.  See Hotel Information below for details.


Saturday, October 21


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.


JP Vergne & Ying-Ying Hsieh (Ivey Business School/Scotiabank Lab)

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


Christian Catalini (MIT Sloan)

“Some Simple Economics of the Blockchain”

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


Hanna Halaburda (NYU Stern/Bank of Canada)

"Blockchain Revolution without the Blockchain"


* A brief panel discussion will follow the presentations.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Details available on the full downloadable agenda.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Ryan Zurrer (Principal & Venture Partner of Polychain Capital): “Keepers for Blockchain Governance”

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Details available on the full downloadable agenda.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Details available on the full downloadable agenda.

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Information on the individual Themed Tracks are available on the full, downloadable Agenda. 

Hotel Information

Rooms at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel will be available for those attending this conference at a rate of $155/night. Please note that a limited number of rooms are available at this rate, so please book early.  Rooms can be booked directly through the link below.

Call for Proposals

Submission deadline for proposals: The Call for Papers is now closed

We will cover registration fees for all scholars selected to present a paper. The Lab offers five research stipends for PhD students presenting their research at the event (CAD$750 each) and a CAD$1,500 cash prize for the best FinTech research paper presented at the conference.

Submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed by our Program Committee:
Dr. Christian Catalini, Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management, MIT,
Dr. Hanna Halaburda, Economist, Bank of Canada, and Visiting Professor of Management, Stern School of Business, NYU,
Dr. Michael R. King, Associate Professor of Finance, Ivey Business School,
Dr. Jean-Philippe Vergne, Associate Professor of Strategy & Organization, Ivey Business School,

Organizing Committee

Ying-Ying Hsieh (Chair), PhD Candidate, Ivey Business School,
JP Vergne, Associate Professor & Co-Director of the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab, Ivey Business School

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