A finance and information technology hub: 1 day, 5 contests, $50,000 in
MONTREAL, May 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 250 participants from
the combined finance and information technology fields came together at
the Mont-Royal Centre yesterday for the first edition of the FinTech
Montréal Conference, under the honorary presidency of Mr. Henri-Paul
Rousseau, Vice-Chairman, Power Financial Corporation. The goal of the
conference was to help discover new talent, create networking
opportunities, and contribute to the visibility of Montréal's financial
The speakers featured at the event drew considerable interest from
conference delegates and included Michael E. Roach, President and CEO
of CGI, Léo Apotheker, former President of Hewlett-Packard and SAP, and
Jeff Rubin, former Chief Economist with CIBC World Markets.
David Furlonger, Vice-President of Gartner, moderated a panel discussion
alongside Pierre Miron, Executive Vice-President, Operations and
Information Technology, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Robert
Ouellette, Senior Vice-President, Shared Services and General Director,
Technology Desjardins Group, and Mr. Apotheker.
The conference ended with a cocktail reception, where the winners of the
event's five contests were announced. During the day, the finalists in
each category presented a video describing their financial software
application. The evaluation criterias of the jury members were
innovation and novelty, usefulness, and quality of the solution in
terms of versatility and marketing potential.
"Finance Montréal is proud to have offered $50,000 in prize money to the
winners of its five contests promoting the development of financial
software applications among corporate developers and graduate
students," stated Eric Lemieux, Chief Executive Officer of Finance
Three Montréal businesses were declared winners in the 2013 FinTech
Montréal Développeurs corporatifs category:
Mobeewave won in the first category, sponsored by CGI, with the theme of payment
hubs, mobile banking or business intelligence. Maxime de Nanclas, CEO
of Mobeewave, presented an innovative mobile payment solution that
transforms a phone or tablet into a secure terminal. This solution
revolutionizes the world of payment offering simplicity, security and
mobility to marchands.
Traderific won in the second category, sponsored by Jitneytrade, with the theme of
automated algorithmic trading strategy on equity. Philip Miresco,
Founder of Traderific, presented an automated negotiation strategy
algorithm that automatically generates free daily stock advice
applicable to all types of stocks, including Canadian.
Inovestor won in the third category, sponsored by the Montréal Institute of
Structured Finance and Derivatives (IFSID), with the theme of an
application related to derivatives. Pascal Lefrançois, President of
Inovestor, presented an options simulator for multi-leg strategies on
Yann Bilodeau, a doctoral student in Finance at HEC Montréal, was the winner of the
2013 Montréal FinTech contest in the Relève universitaire category, sponsored by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, with
the theme of structured and unstructured data. Mr. Bilodeau presented a
software application that makes high-frequency data available for
William Sanger, a student at Polytechnique Montréal, won the 2013 Montréal FinTech
contest in the Découverte category, sponsored by Heenan Blaikie. Mr. Sanger presented his
application, which estimates stock market behavior based on a
mean-variance model via unstructured data (Twitter). The Découverte prize is awarded to the finalist who submitted the highest-scoring
software application for innovativeness, all contests combined, but who
did not win a prize in the 2013 Montréal FinTech contests.
The 2013 Montréal FinTech Conference, in partnership with
TechnoMontréal, is proud to include many other key finance and
information technology groups among its sponsors and exhibitors,
including Analystik, Autorité des marchés financiers, Croesus
Finansoft, Desjardins Group, Finance et Investissement, FinlogiK,
Fondaction, Hill+Knowlton Stratégies, Inovestor, Interactive Brokers,
Investissement Québec, Laurentian Bank, Maples Fund Services, Montréal
Exchange, National Bank, Power Financial Corporation, SAS Canada,
softTarget, and ZEROSPAM.
For more information about the 2013 Montréal FinTech Conference, please
visit our Web site at http://www.fintechMontréal.ca, follow us on Twitter @FinTechMTL, or visit our Facebook page and
FinTech Montréal Conference LinkedIn group.
About Finance Montréal, Québec's financial cluster
Finance Montréal was created in November 2010 by the financial services
industry, at the Quebec Government's invitation, and its members
include banks and financial corporations, government bodies (the Quebec
Government, the City of Montréal, the Communauté métropolitaine de
Montréal, and the AMF-Québec's financial market regulator and
supervisor), and universities. Finance Montréal works in the field of
human resources and derivatives in order to strengthen the financial
sector and achieve greater international competitiveness.
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SOURCE: Finance Montréal
For further information:
To learn more about Finance Montréal - Quebec's financial cluster, visit their website at www.grappefinanceMontréal.com/en, write to manuela.steis@cfiMontréal.com, or call Manuela Steis, Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, at 514-287-1477, ext. 323.
For any questions about the 2013 Montréal FinTech Conference, write to email@example.com, or call one of the following members of our Organizing Committee: Laurent Terrasse, at 514-871-3534, or Stéphanie Alison Berthiaume, at 514-787-6515.