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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will close Sibos 2017

As this year's event approaches, Sibos Insider brings you essential updates and previews ahead of Sibos week, news from across the industry, interviews, videos and visual teasers.


Microsoft CEO will close Sibos 2017

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, will deliver the closing plenary at the MTCC on Thursday 19 October (16:00-17:00), with a look at how technology is impacting the world around us.

"For over two decades, Satya has been at the forefront of the tech revolution, and worked at the heart of one of the defining companies of this century. He knows what it takes to build an innovative and game changing company, and that harnessing disruptive technologies is crucial to enabling businesses to remain relevant and competitive in an ever-changing world," said Sven Bossu, Head of Sibos.

"The financial services industry is currently undergoing its own tech revolution, which has created huge challenges but also opportunities. During the closing plenary, we look forward to Satya sharing his experiences with delegates to inspire them to build a stronger future for financial services."


Engage with the SWIFT Institute

The SWIFT Institute will host sessions in a dedicated room in the Learn Zone (Level 700). The team will showcase recent research on topics including cybersecurity, the future of global transaction banking and how quantum computing can be used to fight financial crime.

The thought-provoking programme will also feature visiting professors, the SWIFT Institute Student Challenge 2017, and the Sibos quiz - 'A Question of Finance'.

For further details, visit the conference programme section of


It takes two - Elly Hardwick, Head of Innovation at Deutsche Bank, swapped her life as FinTech start-up boss to head innovation at a global bank and reflects on how channelling investment, creativity and expertise in partnership rather than competition makes the pie bigger for everyone.

Read Elly's story on


Explore a new frontier in the Discover Zone

The Discover Zone (Level 600) represents a new frontier for Sibos and will host new additions: A FinTech Marketplace and a FinTech Theatre.

The FinTech Marketplace will feature cutting-edge FinTech companies from around the world, whilst the FinTech Theatre will give startups the chance to present on how their proposition is helping customers in today's volatile market.

In addition to these new networking initiatives, and following the success of the FinTech Corner in Geneva last year, the Canada Lounge will welcome 32 Canadian FinTech startups who will showcase their solutions in payments, securities markets, cybersecurity and RegTech.

Take a break at the Health Corners

There will be three Health Corners in the Connect Zone (Level 800). The Health Corners, sponsored by SIX Securities Services, are areas where delegates can take a break and enjoy free healthy snacks and drinks, such as roasted apple & walnut power bars, four berry smoothies and fresh fruit.

The Health Corners will be open at the following times:

  • Monday 16 October: 15:00-16:00
  • Tuesday 17 & Wednesday 18 October: 10:00-11:00 & 15:00-16:00
  • Thursday 19 October: 10:00-11:00

The Health Corners are just one of the catering options at the MTCC. Watch the below video to hear Richard Willett, Vice President - Food & Beverage, MTCC, talk about the diversity of Canadian cuisine and the ingredients they use.

Practical information

Journey through the Zones at Sibos 2017

There is a new-look layout for this year's Sibos. There are five Zones (Inspire, Meet, Discover, Learn, Connect) that will be spread across the North and South Buildings at the MTCC. The two buildings are connected by a bridge, where you'll be able to sample local delicacies and pick up your copy of Sibos Issues and the latest publications from the media partners.

Head of Sibos Sven Bossu wrote a recent blog for, highlighting the features of each Zone.

Check the floor plan for Sibos 2017

Remember your photo ID

This year, Sibos is implementing a change of policy concerning badging. Sibos attendees will no longer have a photograph displayed on their Sibos badge, and so will now also be required to show a government-issued photo ID upon arrival at the MTCC. The official IDs that will be accepted are passport, driver's license or national identity card.

If you are from a country that uses non-Roman characters, please make sure that you bring your international passport, as this contains your name in both non-Roman and Roman characters. This will help to ensure a smooth ID checking process.

Travel in style on the UP Express

The UP Express is a modern air-rail link that connects travellers from Toronto Pearson Airport with downtown Toronto in 25 minutes. Leaving every 15 minutes, the trains feature free Wi-Fi and charging stations for your mobile devices.

Sibos has partnered with operator Metrolinx to offer all delegates a free round-trip that can be used any time between Friday 6 October and Sunday 29 October.

Visit to find out how to get your free ticket


Spend an evening at the Sibos Comedy Club

Networking is at the heart of the Sibos experience. As such, there is a focus on providing attendees with new opportunities to connect with each other.

The Sibos Comedy Club is a new initiative for this year. On Tuesday 17 October, it will showcase a diverse line-up of comedy talent from Toronto and further afield, offering a chance to network, relax and laugh.

The event will begin at 17:30, and to attend you must be a fully registered Sibos delegate. To sign up, log in to using your credentials and click on the 'Comedy Club' tile on your dashboard.

Read more & sign up on

Spotlight on Toronto:

Toronto is a patchwork of distinct neighbourhoods.
Here are the ones you really shouldn't miss:


City Centre - Broker some deals or sit down for a power lunch in the downtown Financial District, or catch a Broadway-style show in the Entertainment District.

Midtown - Contains an eclectic array of districts, such as Bloor-Yorkville with its luxury boutiques and spas, and Koreatown with its BBQ restaurants.

Old Town - The birthplace of Toronto. The historic St. Lawrence Market area brims with stunning architecture and an eponymous food market.

Westside - Includes the entertainment district of Queen St. West, with its clubs and cafes, and trendy Ossington Village with its hipster craft cocktail bars.

Waterfront & Toronto Islands - The Waterfront area offers a mix of parks, shopping, arts and culture and restaurants, all connected by the Water's Edge Promenade. Take a ferry to the Toronto Islands, where beaches, an amusement park and hiking trails await.

Eastside - A hip, emerging community, the east end features the culinary adventures of Little India and bustling Greektown on the Danforth.

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