RBC welcomes Toronto-area technology mavens, entrepreneurs, and startups for monthly TechToronto meetups

RBC partners with TechToronto.org to strengthen and grow the technology community in GTA

TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Calling all self-proclaimed tech-geeks, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs. Toronto's best and brightest technologists will converge on RBC's WaterPark Place once a month to mingle and hear tech leaders and innovators share their expertise and experiences.

RBC signed on to be TechToronto.org's annual champion and key sponsor, bringing together the city's tech leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts for monthly events throughout 2016.

Speakers from some of Toronto's most influential and innovative technology companies share a lesson learned, a counter-intuitive finding, or demo a product, giving the city's technologists a place to share, learn, and make new connections. Staying true to the startup vibe, attendees keep it casual and network over pizza and drinks.

"Innovation and collaboration are central to what we do. We believe in the potential of GTA's tech ecosystem, so we are thrilled to help bring together technologists, entrepreneurs, innovators and engineers to network, share expertise and spark new ideas," said Gabriel Woo, vice-president of Innovation, RBC. "We look forward to welcoming an exciting group of TechToronto's speakers through 2016."

TechToronto is the creation of Jason Goldlist and Alexander Norman. The organization was founded in 2014 as a way to strengthen and grow the city's tech community, and support the people, companies and infrastructure surrounding them.

"We are first and foremost entrepreneurs ourselves," said Jason Goldlist, co-founder TechToronto.org. "TechToronto is simply a way for our community to build the connections and knowledge they need to succeed and compete globally."

Coming from a humble beginning of just a handful of attendees at their first meetup, TechToronto has grown to over 8,500 members, 100 alumni speakers, and upwards of 500 attendees each month.

RBC's WaterPark Place auditorium at 88 Queens Quay West will be the destination for all TechToronto's 2016 meetups. It's easily accessible by the PATH from Union Station. For more information on TechToronto, or to register for a meetup, visit www.techtoronto.org.

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada's largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 81,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 37 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.‎

RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2015, we contributed more than $100 million in donations, community investments, and sponsorships around the world.

TechToronto.org is a non-profit organization supporting the growth and development of the Toronto tech community. Founded in 2014, TechToronto is a non-partisan advocate on behalf of the tech community, a tireless champion of local entrepreneurs and their companies, and a recruiter of senior technologists from abroad. Our flagship monthly TechToronto meetup helps Toronto technologists expand their knowledge and network in the community, and is the original promoter of the hashtag #TechTO.

The organization has grown to over 8,500 members, 100 alumni speakers, and upwards of 500 attendees each month. In 2016, TechToronto.org is graciously supported by RBC, PwC, City of Toronto, and Hired.com.


For further information: Cheryl Brean (cheryl.brean@rbc.com), Corporate Communications, 416-974-0263; Alex Norman (alex@techtoronto.org), Co-Founder, TechToronto.org, 416-317-0854

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