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Call for contributions and papers: 2014 Innovation for Financial Services Conference to be held in Montréal, Canada, October 16 and 17

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Montréal, March 4, 2014 – The Innovation for Financial Services (IFS) Conference in partnership with Finance Montréal calls for interested professionals and academics to submit their case studies, project results or research papers to participate as speakers in the 2014 IFS Conference which will be presented at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, October 16 and 17, 2014. Selected authors will be able to present their research and pragmatic insights during the Conference and will be eligible to win a $5,000CAD prize offered by Finance Montréal. Submissions from academic, research, consulting, industry, intermediary and policy organizations are strongly encouraged. The deadline to submit a paper is March 21st, 2014.

The 2014 IFS Conference will be held conjunctly with the FinTech Forum organized by Finance Montréal October 15, 2014. The preliminary keynote speakers for the 2014 IFS Conference are Mr. Richard Boivin, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policies Pertaining to Financial Institutions and Corporate Laws, Ministère des Finances et de l’Économie du Québec, Dr. Scott Edgett (Stage-Gate International and the Product Management Institute), Mr. Brian Bieron (eBay Inc. Policy Lab), Prof. Pascal François (HEC Montréal), Prof. Marko Torkkeli (Professor of Technology and Business Innovations, Lappeenranta University of Technology), Mr. Matteo Rizzi (General Partner, SBT Venture Capital) and Dr. Anne-Laure Mention (Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor). As with the previous editions, Innovation for Financial Services will tackle innovation in financial services under all of its possible forms. This allows covering a large spectrum of the research and practitioner activities in innovation for financial services.

Why is the conference relevant for financial services industry professionals and researchers?

The IFS Conference offers a dedicated venue within the multidisciplinary spectrum of innovation (economics, management, finance, law, science, engineering and IT). Providing peer-to-peer information and feedback regarding research and innovation projects is as the heart of IFS conferences. In line with this, IFS conferences provide participants with top-notch networking opportunities and excellent social events. This offers attendees the value of meeting and discussing innovation initiatives with experts active in their industry. The research tracks allow researchers to present research outcomes, discuss their implications with industry peers and receive constructive feedback from practitioners. The various networking opportunities will assist participants in developing common research projects and stimulating professional contacts to facilitate collaborations.

The format caters for the growing innovation interest within financial services and fosters multilateral exchanges, experience feedbacks and conceptualization of specialized research projects. Keynote addresses, thematic sessions, workshops, panel discussions, research tracks and practitioner tracks are always an integrative part of an IFS Conference programme. The take away from attending this two day conference will be actionable knowledge on the industry changing trends and the possibility to publish research through various associated special issues.

How do I participate to this conference?

Registering to the IFS Conference is quick and easy. To do so please access the dedicated website. Please check the list of priority topics at and the submission guidelines at

About Innovation for Financial Services

Launched in 2011, the Innovation for Financial Services (IFS) series of conferences has attracted more than 450 participants worldwide, including executives, thought leaders, innovation professionals, expert researchers and leading academics. Innovation for and within financial services is a dynamic combination of technological, human and organizational elements. This requires creativity, leadership, vision and strategy combined within a globalized economy. By visiting prime financial centres across the world, IFS provides a bridging platform between deep industry knowledge and the overarching principles for managing innovation.

About Finance Montréal

Finance Montréal, Québec’s financial cluster, was created in 2010 by major players of the financial services industry at the invitation of the Québec Government. Finance Montréal’s mission is to continuously expand Montréal’s reputation on the world financial markets, promoting the city as a strong and innovative industrial hub that contributes to Québec’s economic development. The organization helps strengthen Québec’s financial sector by generating growth in high value-added financial activities strategic to its development. A non-profit organization with 23 Governors, 13 Associate Members and close to 100 volunteer professionals, Finance Montréal fosters cooperation among a vast range of financial sector companies to watch over the industry’s common interests while generating higher awareness of the financial specializations found in Montréal. To learn more about Finance Montréal, visit


Innovation for Financial Services

Dr. Anne-Laure Mention



Finance Montréal

Matthieu Cardinal

Director of Communications

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