Massive tech conference held in Toronto moving online due to COVID-19

Mar 6 2020, 5:49 am

Collision Conference won’t be held in Toronto this summer as previously planned due to COVID-19.

The conference, which was scheduled to take place in June, brought together technology giants and industry leaders from around the world, and is considered North America’s fastest-growing tech conference.

Although speakers were already announced, the Conference has decided to move online for 2020.

“Given the uncertainty facing a large number of public events around the world due to the progression of COVID-19, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone Collision from taking place until June 2021,” reads a statement from the Conference.

Collision said it has been liaising with the City of Toronto for months, and have also followed the advice the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

“While disappointed, we determined the time to make this decision,” said organizers. “We’d also like to confirm that year two of our time in Toronto will be in 2021.”

They add that this year’s conference will take place online, and while it “it won’t be perfect”, those who have tickets to 2020’s conference will be transferred to the 2021 event.

Mayor John Tory has expressed his disappointment in the change, but empathizes that the decision could not have been easy for those who had to make it.

“I am disappointed that Collision has had to make what I know is a tremendously difficult decision – as many other conferences around the world have had to do as COVID-19 has spread and many businesses limit global travel,” Tory said in a release on Friday.

“I have spoken personally with Collision founder and CEO Paddy Musgrave and told him we are committed to working with Collision to help host Collision from Home – the online conference that will be taking place this year. And I will be working with Collision, City staff and Exhibition Place to make sure Year Two of Collision in Toronto in 2021 will be a fantastic event.”

All ticket holders will be able to attend Collision from Home, free of charge.

Collision is set to return to Toronto for its second year from June 21 to 24, 2021, at the Enercare centre.