Burnaby, 6 October 2016 — The Ismaili Centre, Burnaby partnered with MaRS Discovery District, Canada’s largest entrepreneurial and innovations hub, for the national launch of the MaRS Financial Technology Canada series. The event attracted over 140 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, innovators and policy leaders from Vancouver and across Canada.
MaRS Discovery District and the BC Technology Association used the event as a platform to announce a landmark strategic partnership to drive innovation and increase collaboration among Canada’s two largest financial technology markets: Toronto and Vancouver.
The Honourable Michael De Jong, British Columbia Minister of Finance with Ismaili Council for BC President Samir Manji and Adam Nanjee, Group Head of Financial Technology at MaRS welcomed the audience to the event. Minister De Jong spoke about BC’s uniquely positioned economy, full of talent and ingenuity. He encouraged industry leaders to collaborate and form partnerships to develop ideas that can be brought to the global stage, while engaging with government on policy to further catalyse growth in the FinTech sector.
The conversation extended to Facebook and Twitter under #FinTechCA and was a trending topic across Canada during the event. Over 150 viewers took part in the event through a Periscope live stream.