For the first time ever, the fastest growing tech conference in North America is heading to The 6ix.
The city will become the new home to Collision starting next year and continue to play host for the two years following.
“There is such energy in the city, such an open, cosmopolitan and global atmosphere,” Collision CEO Paddy Cosgrave said in a statement.
“Great companies are being started and incredible talent is coming out of University of Waterloo and other institutions.”
Collision is made up of 16 different conferences with such speakers as Al Gore, Microsoft president Brad Smith, Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, WWE co-president Michelle D. Wilson and Wyclef Jean.
Around 25,000 people from over 120 countries are expected to attend.
“I want to say a big thank you to web summit for moving Collision to Toronto,” Mayor John Tory said.
“I think it’s only suitable that the fastest growing tech conference would come to North America’s fastest growing tech ecosystem.”
About 400,000 people work in Toronto’s tech industry.
For the last three years, Collision has lived in New Orleans, but Cosgrave said that as the event grows, it 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,” Cosgrave’s statement contiuned.
“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.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is backing the project, saying he’s not surprised Collision picked Toronto as it’s next host.
“I’m happy you chose Toronto to host North America’s fastest growning tech conference for the next three years,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
“Toronto’s a key global tech hub and an example of the diversity that is our strength.”
Collision will be at the Enercare Centre from May 20 to 23, 2019.