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Toronto mayor says city's tech sector confident pandemic will foster innovation|BCI CANADA

Toronto's mayor says the city's technology community is optimistic that the COVID-19 crisis will be followed by a period of rapid innovation like the one that followed the 2008-9 financial downturn.

Mayor John Tory says the pandemic has caused damage to the city's economy but the crisis has also taught valuable lessons that should lead to permanent change.

He specifically mentioned the need to use technology to help the city's vulnerable citizens.

Tory made the comments at the opening of a three-day conference that had to be conducted entirely online due to travel and other restrictions put in place to fight COVID.

The Collision conference was originally expected to attract thousands of people to see dozens of high-profile tech, media and entertainment speakers at a downtown Toronto venue this week.

Tory told Collision co-founder Paddy Cosgrave that he's optimistic that the conference will be able to welcome visitors again in 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 23, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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