The Canadian fintech startup scene has exploded and the banks are working hard to innovate and provide enhanced offerings. I’ve been working with Canadian banks and solution providers for many years and had the privilege of joining the judging panel of the 2016 Canadian Fintech Awards.  A black tie event was held last week in Toronto to recognize the winners and was attended by a veritable “who’s who” of Canadian fintech.

I also had the opportunity to spend some time with our banking clients in Toronto. I’m really pleased with the progress being made by Canadian banks, particularly in digital banking, and am eager to see the various pieces come together and presented to customers. Several of the banks are actively seeking out fintech partners in new areas and it’s great to see some of the efforts underway - - there's lots more to come here. Some of the award winners listed below will give you as sense for what the climate is like and how banks, startups and established fintech players are coming together.

Congratulations to the following award winners, Javelin is pleased to have been part of the program and process:

Financial Institution Innovator of the Year Award


Investor of the Year Award

OMERS Ventures

Global Impact Award

Kosta Peric -
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Innotribe at SWIFT

Academic Institution Most Supportive of FinTech Award

Zone Startup – Ryerson University

Governance, Thought Leader or Organization of the Year Award

FinTech Association of Canada

Professional Services Firm of the Year Award

Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

Accelerator, Incubator or Entrepreneurial Network Award


FinTech of the Year – Incumbent Award

Thinking Capital

FinTech of the Year – Startup Award


Judge’s Choice Award

Tapscott Group

Ferst Capital Partners



About Jacob Jegher

Jacob is President at Javelin Strategy & Research and a member of Escalent’s senior leadership team. He is responsible for Javelin’s overall strategy, vision, growth and product development efforts. An experienced fintech executive and thought leader, Jacob advises clients on emerging technologies and business strategies related to digital banking, payments and fraud & security.

Most recently, Jacob was Vice President of Global Solution Marketing and Head of Analyst Relations at FIS, where he was responsible for marketing strategy efforts across all business units and solutions. Jacob also brings extensive expertise in the banking research and consulting field, having spent over 10 years as a Research Director at Celent.

Jacob has been widely quoted in the press, including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, American Banker, Bloomberg, The Globe and Mail, and Financial Post. He is a sought-after speaker and has presented at numerous industry and corporate conferences, including Money20/20, Finovate, Digital Banking, NACHA Payments, and the Association for Financial Professionals.

Jacob holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management Information Systems and Finance from McGill University.

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