2018 Events


October 9 - 12 2018

Co-organized by our partners Business and BpiFrance, the French Tech Tour America is a programme aimed at French start-ups wishing to settle and do business in North America within 12 to 18 months.

Following a call for applications last spring, 20 French start-ups were chosen to take part in a two-week programme. Through that programme, the selected applicants have access to training and advice from a team of experts to help them find the keys to success on how to build their business strategy, how to develop a better understanding of local business norms and  customs, B2B and networking events to create.

From October 9th to October 12th, 7 start-ups (Ayno, Dazzl. TV, Easilys, GEO4CAST, Mushin, SESAMm and Viewpay) are getting together in Toronto and getting the opportunity to introduce themselves to potential future clients, partners or investors.

Key Figures

  • 12th edition of the French Tech Tour America this year
  • A two-week programme for start-ups to validate their trade choices and their strategy
  • 7 French start-ups in Canada


Public Pitch and Networking Event

October 11th 2018, 5pm-8pm

TribalScales, 200 Wellington St. Toronto


October 12 - 14 2018

Enterprising Culture is a high-level international forum which gathers French and Canadian start-ups and professionals that are specialized in the culture, creative and media industry.

For the third year in a row now, the Embassy of France to Canada and the CFC Media Lab (Canadian Film Centre Media Lab) are partnering up with the Centre for Digital Media and working hard to organize this event. It will once again be an opportunity for notorious participants to discuss and think thoroughly about the impact of new digital technologies in the sectors of culture, creation and education.

This year’s edition will focus on ethics, artificial intelligence and edtech and France will be represented by professionals such as Benjamin Gans (Cap Digital), Nordine Ghaci (DOWiNO), Voyelle Acker (DV Groupe) and Maud Clavier.


Airship 37
37 Parliament Street, Distillery District

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October 20 2018

Hamilton’s Researchers’ Night is giving to the public a unique chance to meet with artists and researchers from McMaster University as well as notorious French speakers who are coming to present their research, their projects and the processes by which they made discoveries.

In the informal setting of the McMaster Innovation Park and through an open and friendly discussion format, participants will interact with speakers during workshops and exchanges about the topic of “Matter and Antimatter”.

The result of close cooperation between the Embassy of France to Canada, the Consulate of France to Toronto, the McMaster Innovation Park, the Office of International Affairs of McMaster University and Economic Development Hamilton, this fifth edition of Researchers’ Night promises to be a particularly interesting event.

One of the French guest stars to this night will be Béa Johnson, a famous blogger and speaker with world-renowned expertise in the “zero waste” lifestyle movement. She will be giving a presentation from 5 to 6pm. Danièle Quantin, Research and Development Director at ArcelorMittal will also be speaking starting from 6pm.

McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton ON L8P 0A1

For more information

Registration : process yet to be confirmed

October 22 2018


Cafés scientifiques regularly offer to the public opportunities to exchange with notorious speakers such as researchers and scientists.

Next October 22nd, the Embassy of France to Canada and the Consulate General of France to Canada are partnering up with the Alliance Française and Researchers’ Night is organizing another one of those about the topic of materials and their presence everywhere.

Come and listen to Danièle Quantin, Director of Research and Development at ArcelorMittal France to discover which challenges science faces as far as materials are concerned in a world where objects are increasingly made of several types of materials, have seen their function evolve and where reusing and recycling them has become a pressing matter.


October 22 2018, 6 - 7PM

Alliance Française Toronto – Mississauga Campus
4261 Sherwoodtowne Blvd,
Mississauga, ON L4Z 1Y5,

November 1 - 5 2018

Every year, this international festival gathers podcast programmers during panel discussions, masterclasses and roundtables.

This is a great opportunity for professionals to work on their skills, improve their knowledge and meet notorious sound production professionals.

The Consulate General of France to Toronto is proud to support this third edition of the Hot Docs Podcast Festival, an event organized by the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Movie Theater. Thanks to the Consulate’s contribution, two major French professionals will be participating : Laurent Frisch, Head of Digital at Radio France, France’s public radio broadcaster and  Joël Ronez, founder of Binge Radio, the “new generation podcast network”.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor Street West (corner Bathurst)
(Live podcasts, the Creators Forum panel)

November 6 2018

"Les Innovateurs” : 6 innovative start-ups to benefit from the FCCCO's expertise

Are you heading a French or Canadian start-up with expertise in the Smart Ecosystems and Fintech fields? Our partner, the France Canada Chamber of Commerce Ontario (FCCCO) is launching "Les Innovateurs", a competition at the end of which 6 of you will get the unique opportunity to have his/her innovative ideas incubated, mentored and accelerated thanks to the help and expertise of FCCCO. Interested? You have until October 24th to apply online to compete. 20 start-ups will first be shortlisted on October 26th and then 6 will eventually compete during an open event taking place on November 6th from 5 to 8 pm.


The Les Innovateurs competition and its associated events are part of our 2nd edition of the Toronto French Innovation Month, an joint effort by the Consulate of France to Toronto and its partners (the France Canada Chamber of Commerce Ontario, Business France, etc.) to enhance the visibility and better promote the rich initiatives existing in this city to foster deeper economic, trade, business and innovation links between France and Canada.

For a start up to register for the Les Innovateurs competition, please apply online at https://bit.ly/2NRJRyx.

To attend the final competition night on November 6th from 5 to 8pm and discover the 6 finalists' pitch in front of a jury, please go on https://bit.ly/2IyNW4G.


November 6 - 7 2018

For the 11th year in a row, the flagship event of the Ontario interactive media industry, Iventure is coming back to Toronto and is expecting over 300 participants.

This Interactive Ontario-organized conference ambitions to develop trade opportunities in two different ways : first by fostering exchanges between digital media industry leaders and second by putting those in touch with specialists from other related sectors.

Through its special contribution, the Embassy of France to Canada has facilitated the participation of speakers such as Yoan Fanise, the Lyon-born co-founder and CEO of the videogame production studio DigixArt.

Design Exchange Museum
234 Bay Street, Toronto


For more information: https://iventures.digital/
To register: https://iventures.digital/register/

November 12 - 18 2018

The result of a partnership between Business France and the French Direction Général des Entreprises (DGE), the “Smart Factory Connection Tour” is a unique “Industry of the future” programme for French companies in the field of data monitoring, control and exploitation.

Its goal consists in helping selected companies present their technologies and develop partnerships with major North American industrial actors.

For the second year in a row, the selected companies are coming to Toronto for an entire week at the end of November. They’ll take part in networking events and will be given the needed tools to make it to the North American market.

A public breakfast/event will be organized. More details for registration to come.

November 13 2018

Toronto French Innovation (#TFIM) : the Toronto French Business Network (TFBN) gathering a panel to discuss innovation and the food and beverage industry on November 13th

The food and beverage industry is confronted to important regulation, food safety and consumer challenges but it also is an innovative sector other sectors can learn many lessons from. How is it possible to go from concept to market in less than a year? To hear possible answers to this question as well as others, the Toronto French Business Network is gathering a panel to discuss the topic of "How innovation will shape the food and beverage industry" next November 13th from 6 to 9pm at the Toronto Business Development Centre, Suite 900, 1 Yonge St in Toronto.

To learn more about this event and to register, please click here.