Former President of Estonia – the blockchain nation – to headline Payments Canada SUMMIT in Toronto

Toomas Hendrik Ilves presided over Estonia's transformation to the world’s most digital country

OTTAWA, March 5, 2018 – Blockchain and cyber-security will take centre stage at the Payments Canada SUMMIT 2018. Toomas Ilves, former President of Estonia, co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain council, and visiting fellow in International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, will anchor a roster of business, technology and banking leaders at what has become one of the most anticipated events for Canada’s financial sector. 

“We’re excited to bring some blockchain star power to The SUMMIT” said Justin Ferrabee, COO of Payments Canada. “I don’t think many people realize just how much Toomas Ilves has contributed to developments in e-governance, cyber security and the practical adoption of cryptocurrency technology. He transformed Estonia into a global example of the possibilities of these technologies to national interests and economic performance. His presence this year cements The SUMMIT as the main event for the Canadian payments ecosystem to learn, challenge, collaborate and thrive.”

The SUMMIT takes place on May 9 – 11 and will cover all aspects of payments policy and payments-related technology. The event will feature leading experts in blockchain & cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, AI, social payments, quantum computing, Internet of Things, financial literacy & inclusion, and Canada’s own payments modernization program. 

When:  May 9 -11, 2018
Where: The Beanfield Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd #1, Toronto ON, Canada

Media are invited to attend The SUMMIT

For further information or to RSVP to attend, please contact: Tricia Weagant, Payments Canada,, 613-806-5168.

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About Payments Canada

Payments Canada ensures that financial transactions in Canada are carried out safely and securely each day. The organization underpins the Canadian financial system and economy by owning and operating Canada’s payment clearing and settlement infrastructure, including associated systems, bylaws, rules and standards. The value of payments cleared by Payments Canada’s systems in 2017 was approximately $50 trillion or $200 billion every business day. These encompass a wide range of payments made by Canadians and businesses involving inter-bank transactions, including those made with debit cards, pre-authorized debits, direct deposits, bill payments, wire payments and cheques. Payments Canada is a proud supporter of the Catalyst Accord and The 30% Club.