Sibos 2017: What to expect from this year’s event

Sibos 2017: What to expect from this year’s event

Preparations are underway for this year’s event which takes place in Toronto from 16-19 October

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Around 8,000 financial leaders will converge at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)  from 16-19 October this year to network and lay the foundations for future industry developments.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Building for the Future’. Featuring in-depth panel sessions, debates and hundreds of speakers from a mix of backgrounds, the four-day programme will help delegates to better understand the latest trends shaping the financial industry.

The 2017 agenda is structured around four streams – banking, compliance, securities and technology, which will ensure all relevant topics are well covered.

The programme  will continue to evolve as new speakers and sessions are added in the build up to Sibos week in October. Confirmed speakers so far include RBC’s Dave McKay, who will open Sibos, and Admiral Michelle Howard, Commander of the US Naval Forces Europe & Africa.

New for this year, the conference will take place across a number of different Zones at the MTCC:

  • The John Bassett Theatre in the Inspire Zone will house the plenary sessions and the ‘big issue debates’. This year’s big issue debates will bring together leading figures from across the industry to cover cybersecurity, geopolitics and regulation, innovations in AI, and the future of money.
  • The Learn Zone will host the main conference sessions. It will also feature the standards forum sessions, where delegates can discover the benefits that standards can bring to their organisation, as well as the SWIFT Institute sessions and the SWIFTLab product demos.
  • Located on the exhibition floor in the Connect Zone, the Innotribe sessions will take place in a ‘coffee shop’-style space alongside workshops and networking opportunities.

Global management consulting firm McKinsey is one of the exhibitors at this year’s event. Natasha Karr, global payments practice manager for the company, said: “McKinsey places great importance on reach and relevance – and being at such an influential financial services event has a positive impact on both.

“Sibos provides a platform for us to meet with our clients and deliver our perspectives to the wider industry. This year, we’re also looking forward to having the opportunity to deepen our relationships with Canadian banks in the areas of payments and cash management.”



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