Justin Trudeau appeared in a video at the Collision conference yesterday to announce that the the fastest growing tech event in the U.S. and its Planet:tech energy event will be held in Canada next year.
Planet: tech brings together the world’s leading startups, business giants, influencers and thought leaders from the fields of sustainability, energy and clean tech.
Collision and Planet:tech were created by Paddy Cosgrove, who also started Lisbon’s enormously influential Web Summit Conference.
Speakers at this years’ Planet:tech included Al Gore; Christiana Figueres, who oversaw the delivery of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change; Jackie Nunez, founder of The Last Plastic Straw and dozens of other energy, environment and cleantech leaders.
2018 Speakers included Al Gore
Below is the message from Paddy Cosgrave about why the conference is moving to Toronto..
And you can see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s welcoming video below.
“We are delighted to announce that Collision is moving to Toronto. Right now feels like a special moment for Canada, and for Toronto. There is such energy in the city, such an open, cosmopolitan and global atmosphere. Great companies are being started and incredible talent is coming out of University of Waterloo and other institutions.
New Orleans, Collision’s home for three years, is a very special town, but as Collision grows we needed to find a bigger and more globally connected base.”
I believe that Canada and Toronto have lived to some extent in the technology shadow of America, but that’s changing and changing fast.
“A new wave of Canadian founders are building companies, not just out of Canada, but all over the world. At the very moment when some countries around the world seem to be shutting their borders, when intolerance is on the rise, Toronto stands for diversity and inclusion.
It’s true that some international tech entrepreneurs have been denied visas to attend Collision in New Orleans in recent years. At the same time, Canada now fast-tracks international work visas.
We are incredibly excited to work with the city of Toronto, Mayor John Tory and the entire tech ecosystem to make sure Collision delivers an amazing experience for attendees in 2019. Our thanks go to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his welcome support.”
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