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Chad Rickaby, CEO of Grantus Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

NCFA Canada | May 5, 2022

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Chad Rickaby, Advisor, Government Funding and Public Policy

TORONTO, MAY 5, 2022 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Chad Rickaby, Co-founder and CEO Grantus, has joined the Association`s Advisory Group to advise on the areas of government funding and public policy.

Chad is an experienced public sector strategist in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. With a background in Public Policy, he has extensive experience working with public sector stakeholders.  He’s secured $10M+ in public sector funds and grants through more than 50 successful applications. In addition to grants and tax credits, he advises companies on navigating government systems to help position organizations within government strategic priorities and programs.  Chad is driven by connecting public sector support opportunities with innovators and entrepreneurs.

I am very excited to work with NCFA as a government funding and public policy advisor. I look forward to working closely with the team and its members to further develop the finance innovation ecosystem. It is an exciting opportunity to bring my public policy background to this important and rapidly growing space. – Chad Rickaby, CEO, Grantus 

“We welcome and look forward to working with Chad and the Grantus network to help fuel several projects that will transform NCFA into its next evolution as an innovation and venture development ecosystem that will align stakeholders and benefit the entire community.” – Craig Asano, Founding CEO, NCFA Canada

About Grantus

Grantus is on a mission to help businesses, artists, musicians, and not-for-profits secure grants and scale their projects.  Grantus is a small, but nimble team. Their strength comes from our extensive experience and knowledge.  They help demystify the grant process and remove the burden applications can cause so they can focus on their ideas.


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Mahi Sall, Independent Expert, Fintech-Bank Partnerships, Joins NCFA’s Ambassador Program

NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | March 9, 2022

Pic Mahi.Sall  - Mahi Sall, Independent Expert, Fintech-Bank Partnerships, Joins NCFA’s Ambassador ProgramTORONTO, MARCH 9, 2022 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Mahi Sall, Independent Expert on Fintech-Bank Partnerships, has joined the Association`s Ambassador Programme.

NCFA Ambassadors are leaders, educators, supporters, and advocates of innovation, partnerships, and an inclusive and broad-based fintech industry in Canada and around the globe. They are circles of influence and ‘go to resources’ for high growth ventures, and investors to connect with, and are plugged into an international network of thought leadership and industry professionals shaping the future of technology and financial services.

Mahi Sall, Independent Expert, Fintech-Bank Partnerships

Mahi Sall’s background is in the financial services industry with 10+ years of experience on 3 continents (Europe, Asia, Africa) and a global exposure, part of it at the C-suite.   Fluent in fintech-bank partnerships, he championed amongst others the Frankfurt-based multi-corporate innovation platform Fintech Europe at Germany’s largest bank. As part of building a view around fintech, he has spoken at numerous venues including the Frankfurt Digital Finance Conference and AsiaBerlin Summit and contributed alongside 280+ CEOs & leaders at global financial institutions to an ebook on fast-tracking fintech innovation in a legacy ecosystem, and more.  Mahi provides strategic insights, connections and applied knowledge to entrepreneurs in fintech and adjacent verticals helping them connect and engage with strategic partners, investors and corporates.  More about him: LinkedIn, About.me

The financial services industry is reinventing itself at a lightning speed thanks to breakthroughs in technology, shifts in regulation and customer behavior. This comes with risks and opportunities best harnessed by fintechs and financial institutions who by design work to create long-term mutually beneficial partnerships as opposed to seeking unilateral dominance.” – Mahi Sall, Independent Expert, Fintech-Bank Partnerships

“Mahi understands that magic can only happen when stakeholders truly align their interests.  Combined with his experience and global perspective, fintechs as well as large banks will benefit from his wisdom, and we are excited to collaborate at all levels as NCFA continues to expand its global network.” – Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA Canada

 


NCFA Jan 2018 resize - Mahi Sall, Independent Expert, Fintech-Bank Partnerships, Joins NCFA’s Ambassador Program The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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Hot off the press: NCFA’s Fintech Confidential Issue 4, October 2021

About NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Oct 7, 2021

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Welcome Letter

Dear Global Fintech & Funding Communities,

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) and partners are excited to present Vol. 1 Issue 4, FINTECH CONFIDENTIAL, a digital pop-up of the 7th annual 2021 Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (FFCON21) held virtually from May 11-13 and co-hosted by NCFA and Toronto Finance International (TFI).

As global economies strive to contain the latest Covid outbreak and recover fragile sectors, fintech innovators continue to ‘BREAK BARRIERS’, the main theme of this year’s conference, and the second year in partnership with TFI, reflecting the growth and emerging challenges that the Canadian Fintech industry must navigate to achieve mass adoption and scale.

Fintech is not a niche but a permanent technological evolution that is changing the world of finance by high growth fintech companies and incumbent financial institutions.  It’s setting new standards and demanding new regulations.  It’s about delivering better financial products, services, and outcomes for everyone especially consumers and small to midsize enterprises (SMEs).

It’s been another unprecedented year with covid accelerating trends such as bitcoin’s institutionalization, the growing power of retail investors, the 2nd round of Open Banking consultations and the advisory committee’s recommendations to the federal government, payment modernization efforts, adoption of harmonized Crowdfunding regulation, AI roadmap, emergence of digital identity as a ‘right’ and core data infrastructure (ie., vaccine passports), growing support for Purpose (not just shareholder profit), green finance solutions tackling shared global problems such as SDGs and climate change, EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion), and regulatory push back and a firm ‘line in the sand’ for Big Tech.

FFCON21 was a successful event attracting over 100+ thought leaders, 75 partners, 500+ attendees, an NFT charity fundraiser in partnership with CanadaHelps for front line workers, and our second annual 2021 Fintech Draft competition -- a pitching event inspired by sports league drafts and designed to identity emerging high growth fintech ventures.  A hearty congratulations to the winners:  Agryo (Overall) and Copia Wealth Studios (People’s Choice)!

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Thank you to all the partners, speakers, attendees, volunteers, and the entire organizing team for making ‘Breaking Barriers’ an impactful and amazing online experience and for being part of Canada’s fintech and funding community.  We hope you enjoy reading this special edition of Fintech Confidential.

Finally, we continue to encourage the community to be mindful of others, and to do the right thing.  Dream big, be open to partnerships, and execute like your life depends on it -- it’s not too late to participate.  The world is changing because of you but there is a long bridge to cross, and more glass ceilings to break.  Onwards and upwards…

All the best
Craig Asano
Founder and CEO
NCFA Canada

 

Read the 85 page Fintech Confidential Issue 4 Digital Magazine --> Now

Note to readers:   the publishing platform's 'hot spot editor' is currently down (but we wanted to publish before Canada's Thanksgiving Long Weekend.  We'll add in audio and links to the document shortly.  Thanks for your patience!

 


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Rojin Nair, CEO of Incyub8 Inc. Joins the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada’s Advisory Group

NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | June 1, 2021

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Rojin Nair, Advisor, Fintech, Blockchain, AI, Payments

TORONTO, JUN 1, 2021 – The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Rojin Nair, CEO of Incyub8 Inc., has joined the Association`s growing Advisory Group to advise on the areas of fintech, blockchain, artificial intelligence, and payments (view profile).

At Incyub8 Inc, Rojin is focusing on nurturing and guiding various national and international start-ups to establish their business and accelerate their growth. Rojin also serves as the Head of Product Innovation at a large Canadian Payments firm and acts as the resident entrepreneurial executive at a Venture Capital & Private Equity firm.

In his career, Rojin worked across many industry verticals ranging from banks, credit unions, investment, telecom, education, energy, insurance, manufacturing, utilities, etc. in business leadership, management consulting, and technology roles. Current areas of focus include green finance, open banking, fintech, agtech, insurtech, regtech, health tech, blockchain, digital identity, artificial intelligence, IoT, clean energy, cognitive computing, robotic process automation, digital twinning, and smart space.

Rojin is a strong believer in outside-in thinking, the human-centric design approach, and innovation for social impact. A big proponent of inclusive growth, gender equality, and diversity; he volunteers his time mentoring emerging leaders and future entrepreneurs as part of the largest Canadian open innovation challenge, Cooperathon. As a volunteer to the World Economic Forum's Uplink initiative, Rojin is an active supporter of climate change, circular economy, and plastic waste elimination initiatives.

"It is an honor to join the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association as an advisor. Looking forward to collaborating with NCFA and peers to contribute to accelerating the Canadian fintech’s journey to be a global player in the space. I am excited at the opportunity to work together with NCFA’s advisory team to develop point-of-views and thought leadership in the financial services innovations like open banking, open finance, decentralized finance, and central bank digital currencies.” -- Rojin Nair, CEO, Incyub8 Inc.

“Rojin brings tremendous experience and a true passion towards developing a more innovative and robust Canadian fintech industry to fruition.  NCFA looks forward to Rojin’s contributions and thought leadership at a critical time in industry’s growth and global digitalization.” – Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA Canada

 


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NCFA Launches Fundraiser Auction to Aid CanadaHelps COVID-19 Healthcare & Hospital Fund

NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | May 13, 2021

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TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / May 13, 2021 / The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA), today announced the launch of its first ever Charity Auction at its annual Fintech & Financing Conference FFCON21. The auction is being held in aid of CanadaHelps COVID-19 Healthcare & Hospital Fund which supports more than 110 hospital foundations across Canada that are supporting urgent needs in response to COVID-19.

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The auction, which kicks off on May 13, the final day of FFCON21, and runs until June 9, 2021, will feature unique donations from artists and organisations including Liquid Avatar, Pierre Bourque, Blockchain Intelligence Group, SuperWorld and Nathan McCrorey, with other donors set to be announced.

Interested collectors can access the auction and bid on items on Blockparty’s new NFT marketplace using this link.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of all the artists and organisations contributing to this auction in aid of hospitals across Canada,” said Craig Asano, Founder and CEO, NCFA. “Their donations will support an incredibly important initiative that has been instrumental in providing the lifesaving aid and critical equipment needed to combat the COVID-19 crisis.”

Over the course of the auction, Oasis Digital Studios will be adding additional items in support of CanadaHelps’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Hospital Fund.

Initial donation items include:

Title: Fishbone #9

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Donated by Artist Pierre Bourque this NFT is part of a limited series of 11 individually unique ‘Fishbones’ artworks. Bourque is a digital crypto artist known for evocative images of iconic personalities, themes, and indulgences and has been featured in Bitcoin Magazine, CoinDesk, Benzinga, and Yahoo Finance. Bourque is an ex-board member of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada. His NFTs can be viewed at: http://foundation.app/bourque and Metaverse: http://oncyber.io/bourqueart
Start bidding at 1000 USD

Title: Human Metamorphosis

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This is an original creation donated by internationally renowned artist Nathan McCrorey aka Love is the answeR (=LOVe). This work was donated with love and respect to all humans on planet earth and beyond. Love is the answer.
Start bidding at 1000 USD

Title: SuperWorld token ACQUIRED (PURCHASED)

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SuperWorld Virtual Real Estate lets you stake a claim to over 64 billion virtual plots of land geographically mapped onto Planet Earth. Within seven days of auction close the winning bidder will receive an ERC-721 token to redeem a property anywhere on “earth” that holds a special place in the bidder’s heart.
Start bidding 500 USD.

Title: Crypto Investigator Course  ACTIVE BID

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Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG) enables investigators to forensically track, trace and monitor illicit cryptocurrency activities. Whether you are fighting terrorist financing, money laundering, human / drug / weapons trafficking, or other cyber crimes, BIG’s suite of tools were built by investigators for investigators. Through human intelligence and Machine Learning, they establish visibility into blockchain data, ultimately enabling the ability to “follow the virtual money”. The auction winner will receive BIG’s proprietary 5-module Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator course where students step through 8 hours of training, covering the basics of cryptocurrency through to forensic analysis.
Start bidding 500 USD

Bidding starts 4:00 pm ET May 13/2021

Bidding ends 11:59 pm ET June 9/ 2021

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Optionally, you can donate directly to CanadaHelps to support the COVID-19 Healthcare & Hospital Fund


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NCFA Reveals Speakers and Agenda for Online FFCON21: Fintech and Financing Conference

NCFA Release | May 6, 2021

Conference to explore accelerated Blockchain - Fintech trends and innovations paving the way to mass adoption and scale

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / May 6, 2020 / The Fintech & Financing Conference and Expo (#FFCON21), Canada's premier Fintech conference organized by The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA), Toronto Finance International (TFI), and partners has announced its agenda and speaker line-up for its seventh annual event taking place online from May 11-13.

Building on the success of previous conferences will bring together an international community of leading voices in fintech, digital banking, payments, tokenization, blockchain, CBDCs, digital identity, AI, capital markets innovation and finance - all in an immersive and interactive platform. The FFCON21 audience is composed of 500 global Fintechs, financial institutions, investors, tech providers, government, and media.

This year's theme is 'Breaking Barriers' - reflecting the growth and emerging challenges that the Canadian Fintech industry must navigate to achieve mass adoption and scale. Through keynotes, lively panel discussions, and workshops the conference will share new ideas and thought-provoking insights into:

  • AI and the Future of Innovation in Financial Services
  • The Rise of Decentralized Finance and Web 3.0 and its Barriers to Adoption
  • The Future of NFTs and What Happens When Your Customers are Augmented Humans, Robots, and Virtual Beings?
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Beyond Disclosures
  • How Millennials and Gen Z are Changing the Financial Landscape
  • Retail Investors, Stakeholder Capitalism and IPO Innovations
  • Stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies
  • Open Finance and Composable Banking
  • Inclusive Banking and Affordable Credit
  • First Federally Chartered Digital Asset Bank
  • Fintech's Opportunity to Breaking Barriers to Net Zero
  • Data Rights and How Decentralized Technologies are Shaping our Future
  • Blockchain and Renewable Energies
  • China vs USA and What it Means for Tech Innovation and Global Fintech Markets
  • Strengthening Canada's Innovation Capacity and Global Competitiveness

VIEW THE FULL FFCON21 AGENDA

This year's event features 100+ notable speakers including:

Keynotes

Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute

Sophia, Humanoid Robot, Hanson Robotics

David Hanson Ph.D., Founder, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer, Hanson Robotics

Ben Goertzel, CEO, SingularityNET

Cathy Hackl, Futurist + Chief Metavers Officer, Futures Intelligence Group

Hester M. Peirce, Commissioner, Securities Exchange Commission

Hrish Lotlikar, Co-Founder and CEO, SuperWorld

Ethan Pierse, Founding Partner / Director, Borderless Ventures / CryptoAssets Institute

Winston Ma, CFA & Esq., Chairman of Advisory Board, ThreeFold Tech; Author of The Hunt for Unicorns and The Digital War; former Managing Director of CIC

Government

Senator Colin Deacon, Senator, Senate of Canada

Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Government of Ontario

Hon. Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Government of Alberta

Judith Robertson, Commissioner Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, Toronto Finance International

Innovation

Mark Maybank, Managing Partner, Maverix Private Equity

Jean Desgagne, CEO, Stablecorp Inc.

Betty DeVita, CBO, Finconectra

Christin Friedrich, Chair European Crowdfunding Network, CEO Innovestment

Andrew Graham, Co-founder & CEO, Borrowell

Brittany Kaiser, Independent Chairperson of the Board, Gryphon Digital Mining

Hamzah Nassif, Partner, Real Ventures

Krista Kim, Digital Artist, Global Ambassador of SuperWorld

Lawrence Lewis, Founder, OneFeather

David Unsworth, Co-Founder and General Partner, Information Venture Partners

Timothy[1] Li, CEO at Wikipro Inc, CEO at Alchemy

Chris Goodman, Advisory Services, Credit Union Digital Transformation, CuDigital.ca

David Lucatch, Co-Founder, Director and President, Liquid Avatar Technologies

Jeff Lynn, Seedrs, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder

David Nault, Luge Capital, Co-Founder & General Partner

Tom Baumann, CEO and Co-Founder, ClimateCHECK

Georgia Quinn, General Counsel, Anchorage

Kris Read, Co-founder and CTO, Neo Financial

Som Seif, CEO, Purpose Financial / Purpose Investments

David Taylor, President and CEO, Versabank

View the Full list of Speakers here

FFCON, for the first time ever, is holding an NFT Charity Auction featuring donations from artists and organisations including Liquid Avatar, Pierre Bourque, Blockchain Intelligence Group, SuperWorld and Nathan McCrorey.

Net proceeds from the auction will go to CanadaHelps COVID-19 Healthcare & Hospital Fund which supports more than 110 hospital foundations across Canada who are supporting urgent needs in response to COVID-19.

The event will also feature the 2nd annual 2021 Fintech Draft, designed to identify and feature emerging and high growth fintech start-ups and scaleups. Inspired by sports league drafts,

Congratulations to the six Fintech Draft pitching finalists listed below who will battle in FFCON21's pitching competition for prizes and exposure:

Agryo - A global risk intelligence provider that enables financial institutions to assess and manage financial risks in the crop field level for underwriting agriculture insurance, loans, and trade finance globally; as well as meet sustainability goals.

Copia Wealth Studios - A financial intelligence platform that uses modern design and machine learning to bring all investments (including Alternatives and Illiquid assets) into one elegant view.

ForwardAI - A simple, single, and lender-first API that delivers the most robust accounting & financial data suite for small business lending.

Nava - A software as a service (SaaS) company that offers an ecosystem of socially responsible fintech products for credit unions, helping them compete with big banks.

Orchid B - The premium platform of choice for back office functions including business registration, banking, cards, foreign exchange, insurance, accounting, and payroll -- enabling the self-employed and small businesses to transact efficiently and cost effectively.

Phaze - Phaze makes digital money instantly immediately spendable in 80+ countries but also makes digital money go further, providing neobanks, wallets and fintech companies with a discount off the total value of any transaction.

The agenda can be accessed on the programme page.

Registration for FFCON21 DIGITAL is still open. Register for your tickets at https://fintechandfunding.com/tickets/

About the NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain and cryptocurrency, Regtech, and Insurtech sectors. To learn more about NCFA visit www.ncfacanada.org

About Toronto Finance International

Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada's three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI's mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto's financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre. For more information, please visit: www.tfi.ca

About FFCON

FFCON (Fintech and Financing Conference) is an annual conference hosted by Canada's National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA). Now in its seventh year, FFCON21 brings together professionals and innovators in fintech, AI, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and alternative finance.

Further information about the conference series can be found at www.fintechandfunding.com

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NCFA Announces 7th Annual FFCON21 Digital ‘Breaking Barriers’ FinTech Conference

NCFA Canada | FFCON21 Team | March 11, 2021

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FFCON21 to connect HR talent and explore accelerated Fintech trends and innovations paving the way to mass adoption and scale

TORONTO — March 11, 2021 — The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA), organisers of Canada’ foremost Fintech conference, is pleased to announce the return of FFCON for its 7th consecutive year. The annual FFCON Digital Event, held in association with Toronto Finance International (TFI), will take place May 11-13, 2021.

Building on the success of previous conferences, this year’s event -- titled ‘Breaking Barriers’ -- will bring together an international community of leading voices in fintech, digital banking, tokenization, blockchain, CBDCs, digital identity, AI, capital markets innovation, EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) and sustainable, open, and alternative finance.

“Fintech is evolving quickly and breaking barriers,” said Craig Asano, Founder and CEO of the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada. “Fintech is no longer niche -- it is a permanent technological evolution that is changing the world of finance by high growth fintech companies and incumbent financial institutions. It’s rewiring financial services for the new economy and setting new standards that also demand new regulations. Most importantly, it’s about improving access and delivering better financial products, services and outcomes for everyone especially consumers and small to midsize enterprises (SMEs).”

The theme of FFCON21 reflects the growth and challenges that the Canadian Fintech industry has had to navigate through to foster scalability and mainstream adoption, made all the more complicated through the disruption caused by Covid-19.

“Our Fintech ecosystem has become a great strength in the greater Canadian innovation landscape. COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of change in the industry and highlighted the important role digital innovation plays in the competitiveness of the financial services sector. Rapidly changing consumer habits and ways of delivering products and services offers a significant opportunity for Canadian Fintechs" Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, Toronto Finance International

Beyond covering important fintech topics, FFCON21 will offer an engaging and fast-paced interactive agenda, including investor speed dating, sports-inspired Fintech Draft pitching and demo competitions designed to identity and feature emerging fintech stars, debates, round table discussions, digital ebooths and virtual expo, 1-on-1 networking opportunities and unique experiences.  Delegates and partners can build their knowledge base, launch or scale an idea or collaborate digitally with visionary entrepreneurs and investors.

New to FFON21 this year, organizers are adding an HR fintech talent marketplace to connect anyone seeking new opportunities with high growth companies, and a ‘deep dive’ masterclass series on the topic of decentralized finance as part of its quarterly Global Fintech Now program for VIP passholders.

The multi-day event will run from May 11-13 inclusive with daily content to span feature themes of Digital Innovation and Breaking Barriers, Creation & Growth and Global Future Forward. Updates to the evolving programme and speaker lineup can be found on the FFCON21 website.

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Registration for FFCON21 Breaking Barriers is now open with special early bird rates for delegates, exhibitors and startup packages available for a limited time. Tickets can be purchased at https://fintechandfunding.com/tickets/.

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About the NCFA

The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain and cryptocurrency, Regtech, and Insurtech sectors. To learn more about NCFA visit www.ncfacanada.org

 

About Toronto Finance International

Toronto Finance International (TFI) is a public-private partnership between Canada’s three levels of government, the financial services sector and academia. TFI’s mission is to lead collective action that drives the competitiveness and growth of Toronto’s financial sector and establishes its prominence as a leading international financial centre. For more information, please visit: www.tfi.ca

 

About FFCON

FFCON21 (Fintech and Financing Conference) is an annual conference hosted by Canada’s National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA). Now in its seventh year, FFCON21, held in association with Toronto Finance International, will bring together professionals and innovators in fintech, open banking, digital identity, blockchain, cryptocurrency, AI, capital markets innovation, sustainable and alternative finance.

Further information about the conference can be found at www.fintechandfunding.com

FFCON21 Contacts

Craig Asano
Founder and CEO, NCFA
casano@ncfacanada.org
(416) 618-0254

Partnership Inquiries
Lauren Linton
Advisor, NCFA
lauren@ncfacanada.org
(416) 569-4349

Media Contact
The Top Floor Public Relations
Michele McDermott-Fox
michele@thetopflooragency.com
(905) 379-1893

David Lewis
david@thetopflooragency.com
(905) 541-5699