Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee and multiple partners on a pan-Canadian delegation of more than 400 companies, organizations and individuals attending Web Summit – the world's largest annual technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal from November 5 to 8.

The purposes of the mission are to promote the benefits of doing business in Toronto and to raise awareness that Toronto will host Web Summit's sister conference Collision for three years, starting in May 2019.

“Web Summit is the ideal event for Toronto to expand its profile and influence as North America's fastest growing tech community and as the new home for North America's fastest growing tech conference, Collision,” said Mayor Tory. “I am proud to help lead this Canadian delegation and to continue to promote Toronto's tech sector.”

On November 5, Mayor Tory will speak at Web Summit's Eco-System Summit, as well as participate in a Facebook Live event (https://www.facebook.com/WebSummitHQ/) at 9:30 a.m. Lisbon time (4:30 a.m. Toronto time). The delegation, which primarily consists of established and startup tech companies, incubators and venture capitalists, will connect and network with some of the approximately 70,000 attendees from more than 170 countries.

The City's Web Summit mission partners include: City of Montreal, Collision, Communitech, Global Affairs Canada, Invest Canada, Invest Ottawa, MaRS Discovery District, Montreal International, Tech West Canada, Toronto Global, Tourism Toronto, Vancouver Economic Commission, Waterloo EDC and York Region.   

“Web Summit is widely regarded as an event that sparks significant international technology partnerships and investments,” said Councillor Thompson. “It is essential for us to be there to promote Toronto as a serious industry player and to encourage conference attendees to come to Collision next year in Toronto.”

The fastest growing tech conference in North America, Collision is in its fifth year and has grown from 5,000 to more than 25,000 attendees. It will have an estimated economic impact of $147 million and is expected to draw 90,000 attendees to the city from 2019 to 2021. Toronto will host Collision at the Enercare Centre from May 20 to 23, 2019. For more information on Collision, please visit https://collisionconf.com/ and on Web Summit, visit https://websummit.com/