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8 must-attend sessions at this year’s Collision conference

Stay on the cutting edge of tech trends and business with these sessions from this year’s conference.

After two years of being a virtual event, Collision, one of the world’s biggest tech conferences, is returning to Toronto June 20 to 23. More than 600 speakers, 850 investors, 1,250 startups and 33,000 attendees are descending on the city to learn about the latest breakthroughs in technology and network with the top leaders in the field. It’s the ideal showcase for Canadian tech — the conference gathers some of the world’s biggest names, giving Toronto locals access to stimulating talks and events that will interest anyone hoping to learn more about startup culture and the tech industry.

Here are a few of the can’t-miss events at Collision 2022.

Margaret Atwood 
Wired editor-in-chief Gideon Lichfield sits down with bestselling author Margaret Atwood and MaRS CEO Yung Wu as a part of the conference’s opening night. The conversation will delve into the climate crisis and what it will take to get to net zero. (MaRS will also have a large booth on the trade floor, where attendees can hang out and chat with MaRS employees who are there to answer any questions about their services and companies within the innovation hub). June 20, 5 p.m. Learn more about this session 

Delivering through diversity 
Claudette McCowan, TD bank’s global executive officer for cybersecurity and the chair of the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR), joins Wes Hall, Kingsdale Advisors founder and chairman and the founder of BlackNorth Founder, to talk about the link between diversity and a company’s financial performance. This session offers tips on how organizations can craft inclusion strategies for a more competitive edge.  June 21, 12 p.m. Learn more about this session 

The open banking road to a personalized metaverse
In this event hosted by Hossein Rahnama, the founder and CEO of Flybits, a startup that helps banks personalize their online communication with customers with technology that takes into account a user’s purchasing habits and location to provide relevant messages. Rahnama’s session will explore data ecosystems and how to merge humanity and banking into a valuable experience for individuals. June 22, 11:50 a.m. Learn more about this session 

Michelle Romanow: How to create a successful unicorn
In this session, Michelle Romanow, the youngest-ever entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den as a dragon, will teach attendees about why starting a business that people want to copy is the key to creating a successful unicorn. June 21, 10:45 a.m. Learn more about this session

How to crypto correctly, with Race Capital’s Edith Yeung
This session features Edith Yeung, an early-stage venture investor, partner at Race Capital and one of the world’s most influential investors in crypto. Yeung, who has invested in more than 60 startups will answer all your burning questions on how to get ahead in crypto. June 22, 10:30 a.m. Learn more about this session

Moving past male, pale and stale: Increasing diversity in VC
Four leaders in venture capital investing talk about the new funds and initiatives that are aiming to increase diversity in this field. June 22, 11:30 a.m. Learn more about this session

The journey to responsible tech: Privacy, equity and inclusion
While tech can mitigate some of the problems of inequity in our society, it can also exacerbate them. Thoughtworks CTO Rebecca Parsons will discuss the responsibilities that leaders and innovators have to the consumers of the tech products that are built and how to create a more equitable tech future. June 22, 12:10 p.m. Learn more about this session.

The digital healthcare revolution
Now more than ever, there’s a need to bring healthcare systems into the present. We need to balance both short-term crisis management with long-term planning to create health systems that will work now and into the future. Ro Health CEO Zachariah Reitano and Wheel CEO Michelle Davey sit down to talk about everything from the digital transformation to health for all. June 23, 11:45 a.m. Learn more about this session


Collision runs June 20 to 23, 2022. Join tech CEOs, journalists, policy makers and global cultural figures for this multi-day virtual event covering a range of topics from the startup economy to open banking and social media regulation.

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MaRS is the world's largest urban innovation hub in Toronto that supports startups in the health, cleantech, fintech, and enterprise sectors. When MaRS opened in 2005 this concept of urban innovation was an untested theory. Today, it’s reshaping cities around the world. MaRS has been at the forefront of a wave of change that extends from Melbourne to Amsterdam and runs through San Francisco, London, Medellín, Los Angeles, Paris and New York. These global cities are now striving to create what we have in Toronto: a dense innovation district that co-locates universities, startups, corporates and investors. In this increasingly competitive landscape, scale matters more than ever – the best talent is attracted to the brightest innovation hotspots.

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