2nd Toronto FinTech Conference

Starts:  Mar 14, 2019 8:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Mar 15, 2019 8:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Entrepreneurship (ENT)

The 2nd Toronto FinTech Conference
Sponsored by the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School

Save the Date:
March 14-15, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Submit full paper or 5-page proposal by:
December 1, 2018 to FinTechConference@ivey.ca

Decisions for Accepted Proposals:
December 20, 2018

Deadline for Full Paper 
(for accepted proposals):
March 1, 2019


We invite submissions to the 2nd Toronto FinTech Conference – a recurring event where scholars in the fields of strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, organization theory, finance, and economics can discuss their research on the rise, diffusion, and disruptive potential of financial technologies ("FinTech").  

The Toronto FinTech Conference has three objectives:

  1. To network within a fast-growing academic community of scholars (both professors and PhD students) who research FinTech topics across a range of related disciplines.
  2. To discuss cutting-edge research papers, both theoretical and empirical, which address important issues related to the antecedents and consequences of decentralization, disintermediation, and digitization in the FinTech sector and beyond. The ultimate goal is to work together toward publication at top journals.
  3. To facilitate a dialogue between academics and top executives, entrepreneurs, practitioners and policymakers from the public and private sectors.

We welcome papers on the following topics (among others):

  • Digital currencies, blockchain, and cryptoeconomics
  • Machine learning in the FinTech marketplace and establishing trust
  • The design of FinTech organizations, governance, and new organizational forms
  • Adaptation to new business conditions, and competition between traditional financial institutions and FinTech start-ups
  • The social construction of financial markets and the fight for legitimacy
  • Institutions, innovation and international regulation in a changing financial climate

The conference is supported by the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School. The Lab offers five research travel grants of CAD$750 for the top PhD students presenting their research at the event and a CAD$2,000 cash prize for the best FinTech research paper presented at the conference.

Authors can submit either a full working paper or a 5-page proposal (double-spaced, 12 pt font), to be followed by a 30-40 page full paper should the proposal be accepted.

If a proposal is submitted, it should include four major elements: (1) theory framework and research questions; (2) empirical strategy, setting, and data (or theory development, for conceptual papers); (3) preliminary results (or expected results, but note that full papers are due on March 1, 2019); and (4) key implications. Full papers submitted cannot be already published in journals or conference proceedings and, if already presented at a previous edition of the Toronto Fintech Conference, must represent a substantial improvement over the previously presented manuscript.

Visit the following web pages for further details on what promises to be an exciting conference.

Conference Webpage

Full Call for Papers

Submit to: fintechconference@ivey.ca by December 1, 2018. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by December 20.

The submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by our Program Committee:

Dr. Hanna Halaburda, Economist, Bank of Canada, and Visiting Professor of Management, Stern School of Business, NYU
Dr. Ying-Ying Hsieh, Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College Business School
Professor Michael R. King, Associate Professor of Finance, Ivey Business School
Professor Andrei Kirilenko, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology, Imperial College Business School
Professor Andreas Park, Associate Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Professor Jean-Philippe Vergne (Chair), Associate Professor of Strategy & Organization, Ivey Business School

We look forward to your submissions! Should you have any questions, please contact Andrew Sarta (asarta.phd@ivey.ca) who chairs our Organizing Committee this year.


Scotiabank Centre
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON