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From PM to VC – Stephen Harper joins San Francisco tech fund

The last time Canadians really heard from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he was campaigning for another term in government against Justin Trudeau's Liberals. We know how that ended. Now Harper is speaking up

Published on: April 19th, 2017 Brian Jackson

CIBC unveils voice commands in mobile app to simplify navigation

A major bank in Canada is following the latest trend of voice-first applications. CIBC has announced that voice commands are now supported in its mobile banking application, allowing customers to complete a variety

Published on: April 7th, 2017 Mandy Kovacs

New Toronto AI research centre to get financing from all levels of government, private sector

Toronto’s push to become a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) is finding support from all levels of government, academia and private businesses. The University of Toronto’s newly unveiled Vector Institute for Artificial

Published on: March 31st, 2017 Mandy Kovacs

Canada’s first commercial blockchain service could become the ‘Interac’ for digital transactions

With the announcement of a major commercial service with backing from Canada’s "Big 5" banks and a new research institute driven by the Tapscotts, complete with government funding, it’s fair to say that

Published on: March 27th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Blockchain: The killer app that will stretch far beyond banking

There’s a technology that could one day prevent voter fraud, track stolen artworks, process a home sale within 24 hours and eliminate the need to ever file another tax return. It’s blockchain, and

Published on: March 24th, 2017 Christine Wong

Esso stations to let Canadians pay at the pumps with new mobile app

Imperial Oil is launching the first mobile app that will allow Canadians to pay at the pump at 1,000 Esso stations across the country, it announced on Thursday. Canadians can pull up their

Published on: March 23rd, 2017 Brian Jackson

Canada’s banks leading in digital transformation by embracing rivals: PwC

Canada’s banks are becoming digital transformation leaders by collaborating with their fintech counterparts, according to a new report by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Financially speaking, what the organization calls “the big six” (Bank

Published on: March 20th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Former financial journalist says stock brokers are next for FinTech disruption

A Montreal-based former business journalist has raised $50,000 in crowdfunding, including $14,000 from BMO SmartFolio, to add an online course to his stock-investing mobile app launching this summer. Hardbacon, which is developing a mobile

Published on: March 17th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Open your online store to international customers with Stripe’s new offering

Online businesses in Canada can now accept payments in more than 130 currencies from anywhere in the world, thanks to San Francisco-based fintech startup Stripe. Last week the company launched a multicurrency service

Published on: March 6th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Canada still has a ways to go before it becomes cashless

TORONTO - With countries like Sweden and South Korea announcing bold plans to go completely cashless over the next five years, Canadians have to wonder: when will Canada do the same? Not anytime soon,

Published on: March 1st, 2017 Alex Radu

Sun Life’s chief digital technology officer readies for Silicon Valley-inspired HQ launch

When you hear that a 150-year-old insurance company is going to open up a new office, you probably wouldn't expect it to be inspired by Silicon Valley startups, but Alice Thomas, chief digital

Published on: February 27th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Now Canadians can use TransferWise to send money over Facebook Messenger

Now you can add money to the list of things Canadians can send over Facebook Messenger. In another sign of the increasing commercial potential of instant messenging programs, London-based P2P money transfer service

Published on: February 22nd, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Intuit launches QuickBooks mobile app to help freelancers track finances

With the so-called "gig economy" representing an ever-increasing share of the Canadian workforce, there's never been a better time for an accounting software firm to offer a solution for the many, many freelancers

Published on: February 3rd, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Innovation culture key to Wealthsimple’s disruption of financial services industry, CEO says

"Innovation" is a favourite buzzword in the halls of both financial services and technology firms, but it's following in the latter's footsteps that's helped Toronto-based online investment management service Wealthsimple Inc. succeed in

Published on: February 3rd, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

West coast skin care company leverages cloud to support U.S. expansion

Expanding into new markets is a challenge in and of itself, but when it’s a complex business and your financial management software can’t keep up, it’s time to make some changes. Vancouver-based Skoah

Published on: February 2nd, 2017 Gary Hilson