Events Calendar

Below is a list of upcoming events relevant to our industry. If you would like to add an event to our calendar, please send details to

ACT Events

Quantum Computing Workshop

March 7th, 2019

Twenty Toronto Street Conferences | 200 - 20 Toronto Street | Toronto | ON | M5C 2B8 

  • Quantum computing will be a threat to our critical infrastructure in as little as 8 years and we are not prepared
  • The current critical infrastructure is vulnerable and quantum-safe cryptography is not commercially available
  • Training and education is required to understand the threat and to build safe solutions

Cybersecurity is at the forefront of our industry as there is an urgent need to protect our infrastructure against attacks. The National Cyber Security Strategy stresses the need to fortify public and private infrastructure against ever increasingly sophisticated threats. One such threat is the anticipated arrival of the first quantum computer within the next 8-15 years. 
The encryption which protects the current cyber infrastructure will no longer be unbreakable once quantum computers are on board. It is anticipated that quantum computers will break existing encryption within mere minutes. The plans to update our cryptography infrastructure cannot wait until then. We need to lay the foundations for quantum-safe cryptography now, before it’s too late.

The workshop will:

  1. Introduce the potential positive applications of quantum computers, the fundamental elements of the problem posed by quantum computers, including an outline of the impact on blockchains
  2. Outline the proposed solutions, their strengths and weaknesses, and some of the key challenges to practical deployment
  3. Focus on quantum risk management, including quantum risk assessments and migration strategies available to address the threats

Topics to be covered will include:

  • What is a quantum computer? Why do people want to build one?
  • How does it impact cybersecurity?
  • How can we defend against quantum attacks? What is the process and timeline? What is the state of readiness of deployable quantum-resistant cryptography?
  • Available solutions, including open-source
  • How real is this threat, and when do we need to start doing something?

Workshop Instructor:
ACT Canada has partnered with evolutionQ to provide this quantum workshop

Dr. Vlad Gheorghiu is the CEO, President and Co-Founder of softwareQ Inc. and a researcher at the Institute for Quantum Computing. Vlad graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a PhD in Theoretical Physics. Vlad's interests range from quantum computing and quantum software to quantum cryptanalysis, quantum error correction and applications of machine learning to the quantum domain.

ACT Canada Forum 2019

October 7th, 2019

MaRS Discovery District | South Tower | 101 College Street | Suite 110 | Toronto | M5G 1L7

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Industry Events

The Canadian Institute is proud to present our 14th Annual Forum on Payments Compliance and Innovation – an event specifically designed to give your financial institution, retailer, or card provider the crucial information you need to ensure that your payments strategies are remaining compliant while delivering the services your customers and clients have come to expect.

Join your peers in Toronto on February 26th and 27th, 2019 for two days of frank discussions on the current and future legal and regulatory frameworks that Canada’s payments professionals will need to negotiate. Hear from regulators and industry associations on the essential updates to payments technologies and cyber security concerns that keep you up at night.

A Must-Attend Event For:

  • Financial Institutions/Credit Unions and Payment Card Issuing Organizations:
    • Legal Counsel
    • Anti-Money Laundering Officers
    • Business Development Managers
  • Private Practice Lawyers:
    • Consumer Protection
    • Corporate and Commercial
  • Government & Regulatory Bodies
  • Payment Industry Stakeholders

AI World Forum and Annual Awards

March 4th - 5th, 2019

 The Carlu | 444 Yonge Street | 7th Floor |
Toronto | M5G 2B3

The AI World Forum (, hosted by the Digital Finance Institute (, is a 2-day educational innovation conference that brings together global thought leaders in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to advance the dialogue on the AI revolution.

The AI World Forum explores leadership trends in Machine Learning, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Infrastructure, Health Care, Cyber-Security, Self-Driving Cars, Chatbots, Law & Ethics, Banking, Defense, Food Security and Diversity in AI and its impacts on the global economy.

Please register for Canada’s 2nd Annual AI World Forum at We look forward to seeing you at the Carlu in Toronto on March 4th and 5th, 2019!

Secure Technology Alliance Payments Summit

March 11th - 14th, 2019

 122 North 2nd St | Phoenix | AZ | 85004 | USA

The Payments Summit is the premier industry event covering all things payments, including FinTech, EMV chip technology, mobile wallets, NFC, contactless, open transit systems and more. Attend the 12th annual Payments Summit and get the latest on all of these exciting technologies and the many business opportunities they can unlock.

2019 will mark the second year that the Secure Technology Alliance and the  U.S. Payments Forum are combining the Payments Summit with the U.S. Payments Forum All-Member Meeting, resulting in the most comprehensive gathering of card and payments professionals than ever before!

ETA: Transact

April 30th - May 2nd, 2019

 Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas | NV | USA

TRANSACT is where people come to do business – because they know that TRANSACT is where the industry gathers. Everyone from ISOs / VARs to ISVs, large financial institutions, tech startups, entrepreneurs and many others, come to TRANSACT to meet, see what’s new, and learn what it takes to grow. Through extensive networking events, education and a robust exhibit hall filled with more than 200 companies, you’ll learn about groundbreaking technology, security trends and policy affecting the industry.

You’ll connect with the key players you need to know to take your product to market, find distribution, or strengthen sales with new products to offer your merchants.

If you’re involved in payments, bet on TRANSACT. Make the connections, nurture the relationships, and secure the funding and the new technology that you need to help your business win.

Payments Canada SUMMIT

May 14th - 16th, 2019

Beanfield Centre | 105 Princes Blvd | Toronto | M6K 3C3

The SUMMIT is the largest payments conference and gathering of financial professionals in Canada. We explore a broad spectrum of issues and topics that influence the future of payments policy, products, services, and processing, with a focus on the innovations and challenges emerging in the payments ecosystem. Join us May 14-16, 2019 at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto, ON. 


International Cryptographic Module Conference 

May 14th - 17th, 2019

JW Marriott Parq | 39 Smithe Street | Vancouver | BC | V6B 0R3

After years of growing participation in the Northeast, hundreds of cryptographic professionals will reconvene May 14-17 in Vancouver, Canada, for the seventh annual International Cryptographic Module Conference (ICMC19). Leveraging Vancouver’s direct access to countries around the Pacific Rim, the conference at ICMC19 will incorporate new content and perspectives: We’ll examine the growing emphasis on cryptographic certification by schemes in China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and others. We’ll showcase a range of West Coast startup firms that employ cryptography as a foundational technology. We’ll survey contributions by companies and organizations in Australia and Southeast Asia to the open source cryptographic protocols that power the Internet. And we’ll dive deep into the cutting-edge post-quantum crypto work that is taking place throughout Asia.

ICMC is the leading annual event for global expertise in commercial cryptography. At ICMC19 in Vancouver, over 500 industry leaders from over 25 countries will come together to address the unique challenges faced by those who develop, produce, test, specify, and use cryptographic modules, with a strong focus on standards such as FIPS 140-2, ISO/IEC 19790, and Common Criteria. The conference helps to foster a focused, organized community of users. ICMC reviews technical issues underlying cryptographic implementation including physical security, key management, side-channel analysis, open-source development, algorithm testing, quantum threats, embedded applications, standardization, validation programs, government policy, professional ethics, and more.



May 20th - 22nd, 2019

 Sheraton Charlotte Hotel | 555 South McDowell Street | South Tower | Charlotte | NC 28204 | USA

Loyalty Expo is a true Voice of the Customer-driven, best practice-focused customer loyalty and reward conference. By attending, you’ll have the opportunity to network with hundreds of your fellow marketers and hear how they are reaching their customer relationship-building goals. Market leaders will be sharing their experiences and insights on customer retention strategies and trends. Attendees will leave Loyalty Expo with an understanding of new research, technologies and solutions to aid their organizations on the customer loyalty journey.

Loyalty Expo will provide the knowledge necessary to guide your customers on the path to loyalty. Presented by Loyalty360 – Association for Customer Loyalty, Loyalty Expo has earned the reputation of being one of the industry’s premier events, and we are extremely pleased to be able to continue to provide a forum to meet and discuss the challenges facing brands today.

The three-day event will be jam-packed with learning and networking opportunities including: 20+ interactive sessions, cocktail receptions and meals in the exhibit hall, and marketer-only peer-to-peer roundtables, as well as product & technology showcase sessions. The roundtables have been quite popular at our past events as participants take advantage of this offering to share experiences and discuss challenges and solutions.


Card Forum

May 21st - 23rd, 2019

Hyatt Regency | 601 Loyola Ave | New Orleans | LA | 70113 | USA

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Join ACT Canada at Card Forum 2019.  Card Forum is built for card and payment executives at the industry’s leading issuers, networks, retailers and innovators. The program includes cutting edge insight from the industry’s most admired and innovative institutions.