These are the Winners of the 2016 Canadian FinTech Awards

The Digital Finance Institiute this week announced the winners of the 2016 Canadian FinTech Awards.

The FinTech Awards honour and recognize innovators, investors, banks, impactors and advisors across Canad in the financial technology space. This year’s event was held on Monday at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and was attended by 500 people.

CIBC won Financial Institution Innovator of the Year.

“We are proud to be recognized for our innovative partnerships with the fintech sector as we build the bank of the future for our clients,” said David Williamson, Group Head of Retail and Business Banking, CIBC. “Our clients benefit from our fintech partnerships here in Canada and globally through new and enhanced services, and we look forward to further collaborations in this important market.”

OMERS Ventures won Investor of the Year, while DMZ took homethe  Accelerator, Incubator or Entrepreneurial Network Award. Here’s the fill list:

  • Financial Institution Innovator of the Year Award: CIBC
  • Investor of the Year Award: OMERS Ventures
  • FinTech of the Year – Incumbent Award: Thinking Capital
  • FinTech of the Year – Startup Award: Wealthsimple
  • Global Impact Award: Kosta Peric, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Innotribe at SWIFT
  • Academic Institution Most Supportive of FinTech Award: Zone Startup – Ryerson University
  • Governance, Thought Leader or Organization of the Year Award: FinTech Association of Canada
  • Professional Services Firm of the Year Award: Wildeboer Dellelce LLP
  • Accelerator, Incubator or Entrepreneurial Network Award: DMZ
  • Judge’s Choice Award: Tapscott Group and Ferst Capital Partners

The Digital Finance Institute is a Vancouver -based thinktank which addresses issues facing financial innovation, digital finance policy and regulation and supports the research and partnership between long-standing institutions and fintechs.

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