Sibos Insider

Bringing you the highlights from the MTCC

Sibos Insider relives the best of the action from a busy week in Toronto, featuring news, views and videos.

Sibos 2017 – A record breaker

With 8,100 delegates, this year’s Sibos was officially the largest to date in the Americas.

It also saw unprecedented use of the Sibos App, with over 4,100 users on the Monday alone.

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Bookended with industry influencers

The opening plenary address was given by coder-turned-banker Dave McKay, CEO of RBC, who talked about how data is the new battleground. McKay discussed how API advancements are opening up opportunities, but stressed how trust and security is crucial across all digital touchpoints. Watch the video on

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella ended the week on a high by delivering an inspiring closing address to a packed John Bassett Theatre, talking about how technology is impacting every aspect of our society and economies.

The Big Issue Debates: A finger on the industry’s pulse

The Sibos conference featured four Big Issue Debates over the course of the week, which were held in the MTCC’s John Bassett Theatre.

They brought together prominent thinkers from across the industry and beyond, with speakers including an admiral, a hacker, and a cyborg anthropologist. The Big Issue Debates covered cybersecurity and digitisation, the growing impact of nation first politics, the Future of Money, and disruptive innovation & AI.

The video of each Big Issue Debate is now available online.

Relive the 2017 Big Issue Debates on


Citigroup, which led the top 10 global transaction banks in 2016, maintained its position in the first half of 2017 helped by continued strength in trade finance.

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Catch up with Sibos TV

Reporting live from a studio at the heart of the exhibition floor, and hosted by Nadine Dereza and Steven Chia, Sibos TV covered all aspects of the event through four scheduled programmes each day and live coverage of the major sessions.

Watch the 2017 Sibos TV programmes online


Exploring big ideas

Focusing on “the how” of innovation in a coffee shop integrated with the exhibition floor, Innotribe drew the crowds. The sessions highlighted how adjacent industries - including shipping, retail, and military - have solved their innovation challenges, and explored their journey as a source of inspiration for financial services professionals.

One highlight was a look at the past, present and future of the Internet, with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web. Sir Berners-Lee talked about collaboration, and how the 51% of the world’s population that have access to the Internet have a responsibility to help the 49% who don’t.

Innotribe’s magazine looks at the speakers and sessions in more depth. It’s well worth a retrospective read.

Building a new arena

The Discover Zone represented a new frontier for Sibos, and was very popular with delegates.

The FinTech Marketplace featured cutting-edge FinTech companies from around the world, helping them to connect with delegates and discuss new relationships. The FinTech Theatre provided a stage for startups to give short presentations on how their proposition is helping customers in today’s volatile market.

In addition to these new networking initiatives, the Canada Lounge welcomed 32 Canadian FinTech startups, who showcased their solutions in payments, securities markets, cybersecurity and RegTech.


Supporting SKETCH

The Sibos Comedy Club was a new initiative for 2017. Around 150 delegates enjoyed a diverse line-up of comedy talent from Toronto and beyond, with SWIFT making a donation to SKETCH – this year’s charity partner – for all those who attended.

Delegates also supported the charity by playing the ice hockey challenge game at the SWIFT stand and engaging with the artists’ unique artworks in the Sibos Art Gallery.

Visit for information about SKETCH and the Sibos Comedy Club

Starting early for the Sibos 5K

Hundreds of delegates took part in the Sibos 5K Run/Walk on the morning of Wednesday 18 October. The event took place in Coronation Park, on the shores of Lake Ontario, giving participants a chance to see more of the host city.

Sponsored by RBC, the 5K Run/Walk raised funds for the Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. The winning time was an impressive 18 minutes 6 seconds. Thank you to all who took part.

Check out more pictures from the 5K

Practical information

See you in Sydney!

Sibos 2018 takes place in Sydney between 22 & 25 October. We hope to see you at the ICC Sydney as Sibos turns 40!

Stay tuned to for updates ahead of registration opening in March 2018.

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