A unique, international exhibition, professional conference and solutions-focused symposium
exploring arts, culture, society, humanities, ethics and sciences through immersive technologies.

splash image photo by Drew Graham | @Dizzy_d718 & @Vinnybalbo

A one-of-a-kind symposium for experiential media and technologies.

80+ Speakers, Over 50 Exhibitors and Unique Interactive Installations

4 Days

The largest Immersive Technologies Conference in Canada

June 16th-18th

10am-6pm Daily.

Workshops start June 15th
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Add to My Calendar 2018-06-15 09:00:00 2018-06-18 18:00:00 America/Toronto VRTO Conference & Expo 2018 VRTO (Virtual Reality, Toronto) organization hosts their Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference and Expo. 80 Gould St., Toronto, ON M5B 2M7 VRTO info@virtualreality.to

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VRTO Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Conference & Expo Features

This, Changes Everything.


“Unlike Any Conference You’ve Ever Attended”

~ VRScout

“The next insanely great thing may not come out of Stanford, it may come out of Toronto.”

~ Forbes

“5 Reasons VRTO Will Completely Change the Face of VR”

~Huffington Post

“Super signal-to-noise ratio”

~Kent Bye – Voices of VR Podcast


~ Holor

“A mix of visionary leadership and priceless connections.”

– Tanya Kelen, CEO & Futurist, kelencontent

“If you can only go to one VR conference, this is The ONE!”

– Brett Leonard, Director “Lawnmower Man,” “Virtuosity, Co-Founder Studio Lightship

“A forum where companies at both ends of the economic spectrum can meet and exchange ideas.”

Eric Weiss – Canadian Film Centre
Read other press mentions for VRTO Conference & Expo


Take a look back at VRTO 2017
by the numbers

The 2018 Conference Speakers, Presenters & Panelists

click the dots below to scroll through the complete list, updated daily

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Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor

Game Designer, Co-founder (Portland, Oregon)

Fullbright (Gone Home)

Philip Rosedale Headshot processed 300x300dpi

Philip Rosedale

CEO & Co-founder (San Francisco)

High Fidelity

Amanda Shelby

Amanda Shelby

Producer (Los Angeles)

The Ego Studio

Steve Spaz Williams

Steve "Spaz" Williams

Chief Animator Industrial Light & Magic | LucasFilm (San Rafael, CA)

Spaz Williams

Irena Cronin

Irena Cronin

Partner & President (San Francisco)

Transformation Group, LLC


Brett Leonard

Co-Founder (Los Angeles)

Studio Lightship

Danielle Perszyk

Danielle Perszyk

Co-founder & Scientific Director (Evanston, IL)


Kent Bye

Kent Bye

Host (Portland, OR)

Voices of VR Podcast

Paloma Dawkins

Paloma Dawkins

Artist/Cartoonist (Montreal)

National Film Board of Canada

Dave cardwell SpinVR

Dave Cardwell

Creative Director (Toronto)
John Montsarrat

Johnny Monsarrat

Founder (Boston, MA)

Monsarrat, Inc

Nathalie Mathe

Nathalie Mathe

Creative Director, Founder (San Francisco)

Native VR

Charlie Fink

Writer, Producer (New York)

Forbes, “Charlie Fink’s Metaverse

Jacqueline Assar

Jacqueline Assar

Co-Founder (Boston, MA)


neil matthew headshot

Neil Mathew

CEO (Kitchener, Waterloo)

Vertical AI

Nyla Innuksuk

Founder (Toronto)

Mixtape VR

Ryan Andal Secrel Location

Ryan Andal

President, Co-Founder (Toronto)

Secret Location

Joanna Popper

Joanna Popper

Global Head of Virtual Reality, LBE (Los Angeles)


Paul Darvasi

Educator, Writer, Game Designer (Toronto)

York University

Sophie Howe Xesto

Sophie Howe

CEO & Co-Founder (Toronto)


Thomas Wallner

Thomas Wallner

Founder / CEO (Toronto)

Liquid Cinema Inc. / 360Flix

Jeremy Patterson

Jeremy Patterson

Chief Creative Technology Officer (Ohio)


Jeffrey Lynn Damon - Technoshaman

Jeffrey Lynn Damon

Futurist, Psychonaught, Artist (Toronto)


Ross Shain

Ross Shain

Chief Product Officer (New York)

Boris FX / Imagineer Systems

James McCrae

James McCrae

CEO (Toronto)

Janus VR

Eliott Edge

Author, Artist (New York)

Eliott Edge

Claire Brunet

Claire Brunet

PhD Associate Professor (Toronto)

OCAD University

Glenn Cantave

Glenn Cantave

(New York)

Movers and Shakers

William Perry

Bill Perry

Digital Artist, Publisher (Toronto)

WM Perry Digital Text Services

Tina Madry

Tina Madry

Futurist (Toronto)

VR Researcher

Karan Singh

Karan Singh

Co-Founder (Toronto)

Janus VR

Karen Kelly

Karen Kelly

Managing Partner (Toronto)

K2 Performance Consulting

Adam Cosco

Adam Cosco

Writer/Director (Toronto)

Canadian Film Center

audri phillips

Audri Phillips

Immersive Media specialist/3D Animator (Los Angeles)

Robot Prayers

Elli Raynai

Content Creator (Toronto)


Nick Moshenko

Nick Moshenko

Founding Partner (Toronto)


Shachar Weis

Shachar "Vice" Weis

Founder, CTO (London, Ontario)


Lisa Sokoloff

Lisa Sokoloff

Manager, Training & Simulation (Toronto)

Baycrest Health Sciences

Bob Fine

Bob Fine

Editor (Washington, D.C.)

VR Voice

Tanya Kelen

Tanya Kelen

CEO (Toronto)


Dustin Freeman

Dustin Freeman

Founder (Toronto)

Escape Character

Sergio Ramirez

Sergio Ramirez

Vice President (Mexico)


Trudy Elmore

Trudy Elmore

Creative Director, Artist and Animator (Calgary)


claudio rojas

Claudio R. Rojas JD, MBA

Managing Director (Toronto)

Hurt Capital Inc.

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Philip Plough

Founding Partner (Los Angeles - California, Switzerland)

Persistence Productions  &  Pangea Investments

lee Vermeulen, CEO of Alientrap Games at VRTO 2018

Lee Vermeulen

CEO (Toronto)

Alientrap Games

Nathan Weir

Senior Designer, 3-D Visualization, Creative Studio (Toronto)


Sabarish Ganamoorthy

Sabarish Gnanamoorthy

Founder (Toronto)


james desroches

James Des Roches

GPLLM Candidate, Innovation, Law & Technology (Toronto)

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Taymoore Balbaa

Taymoore Balbaa

Director (Toronto)

SubPac Experiential

Blair Renaud

Blair Renaud

CEO (Toronto)


hillel maresky

Hillel S. Maresky, M.D.

CEO, Co-Founder(Toronto)

VisionAIRy Corp.:
Artificial Intelligence, Radiology and YOU

michael waite

Michael Waite

Global Manager (Tokyo)


Stephen Shew

Co-founder (Toronto)


Heather Phenix

Executive Producer (Toronto)


Srinivas Krishna

Founder & CEO (Toronto)

Geogram & AWE Company

Martin Bradstreet

Martin Bradstreet

Founder/CEO and Creative Director (Montreal)

Martov Co.

Maryam Sabour

Maryam Sabour

Immersive Technology Consultant (Toronto)

X Consulting

Maxim Khasiev

Founder (Toronto)

YODE Group Canada

Andrew MacDonald

Andrew MacDonald

Creative Director (Toronto)


Stephen Chan

Stephen Chan

CEO and Founder (Toronto)

Dapasoft Inc.

Alex Berlin

Co-Founder & President (Toronto)


Jesse Damiani

Jesse Damiani

Editor-at-Large, VRScout & CEO, Galatea (California)


Your 2018 Hosts

Keram Malicki-Sanchez

Executive Director (Toronto, Los Angeles)


Nigel Newton

Director Business Development (Toronto)

Impossible Things

Stefan Grambart

Stefan Grambart

Writer/Director, VR (Toronto)


Ana Serrano

Chief Technology Officer (Toronto)

Canadian Film Centre

Tom Emrich

Tom Emrich

Co-Founder (San Francisco)

Super Ventures


All tickets include access to the FIVARS festival summer preview featuring some of the best international Virtual & Augmented Reality stories from previous and the current year, and the Battleverse Augmented Reality RPG combat game (an $85 value) and to all exhibits that include prototypes, art installations, videogames, industrial simulators and even possible job opportunities.


While it may seem like a lot of choices, it is actually a fairly standard arrangement that we took and hopefully improved up from many major tradeshows we attend. This is a way to make sure there is always enough room for every registrant, and that you end up in the right place for your goals!

Tickets for the conference, intensive training, workshop (Friday 15th only), special offsite performances and VIP networking events are sold separately. The Multipass (best deal, limited quantities) includes all of the above, but attendance must be pre-registered for Workshop and RSVP for VIP networking events and offsite events is required. (information will be sent by registered email).


Ticket Guide:

Special Exhibits Pass (Saturday June 16th to Monday June 18th, 10am-6pm daily)
Visit all the exhibitors, demos, pavilions, including FIVARS, Battleverse and General sessions for all three days (Saturday June 16th-18th) – Note: All ticket types include this option.

WORKSHOP in Narrative Approaches in Spatialized Media – Friday June 15th Only (10am-6pm)
Featuring a lineup of All-Stars, you will explore the possibilities in camera placement, spatialized audio, interactive media, game level and set design and philosophical considerations for the implications of spatialized media.

Conference Pass [CR1, CR2]  (Saturday June, 16th-18th, 10am-6pm daily)
Access to the Main Conference sessions with Keynotes, Super Sessions, Power Talks in CR1 and CR2 for three days of information-rich, industry-shifting discussions.

Intensive Training Passes:
Two separate days: You will NOT need prior programming experience. You do NOT need a computer. Though both are useful and will be of benefit.

Intensive Training Day 1 [ITRD1] – (Sunday June 17th)
Focus on Advanced Imaging Techniques and Production
3D scanning, photogrammetry, depth maps, volumetric capture, spherical production and post production

Intensive Training Day 2 [ITRD2]  – (Monday June 18th)
Focus on Interactive Design
VR development fundamentals, game theory and design, vCAD, Touch OSC, level design and UI and other techniques will be discussed.

Intensive Training – 2 Day Pass – (Sunday, June 17th & Monday, June 18th – 10am-6pm daily)
Get in for both days at a hefty discount!

MultiPass (All Access) – Friday June 15th – Monday June 18th. (10am-6pm Daily)
 You will have to all the rooms and the VIP Networking Reception featuring food, bev and speaking-level entertainment. You must RSVP your intention to attend the Friday Workshop and/or the Intensive Training rooms to reserve your seat. There are a very limited quanity of MultiPasses Available. Private VIP Networking Reception Saturday, June 16th, 7:15pm-10pm.


VRTO aims to empower people to share their world, culture, knowledge and dreams with the assistance of emergent immersive technologies.

Recognized internationally for its high caliber, high-quality discussions, in-depth training, world-class presentations and top level speakers, VRTO brings together compelling discourse and bleeding-edge prototypes, demonstrations and innovative companies in carefully crafted schedules and environments.

While many conference focus on airing the problems and pain points in the industry, VRTO has an acute focus on searching for solutions for these problems, and testing candidates.

VRTO is always an opportunity to build powerful and long-lasting business and personal relationships, with a very open-minded and inclusive community, unafraid to ask the big questions. Furthermore, the show provides many different tools to ensure attendees find their best matches towards meeting their goals at the show.

In 2016, VRTO hosted a town hall and summit to ratify a Code of Ethics for Human Augmentation led by inventor and Meta Chief Scientist Steve Mann. Read more about the Scientific paper and code that was written at Kurzweil AI

The VRTO conference is not a Toronto VR conference – it is an international conference that takes place in and leverages the tremendous R&D community of Toronto.

Professional International Conference

Featuring over 65 speakers and spanning three days, exploring the challenges of virtual, augmented and mixed reality conceptualization, research and development, production and postproduction, distribution and marketing, sales and metrics.

Structured, Vetted, Business Networking & Support

VRTO works with companies around the world to create powerful matchmaking opportunities. Submit your company to meet with some of the world’s leading producers, distributors, investors, and consultants. We are also partnered with a mobile app that will facilitate matchmaking, communication and discovery for a registered participants. All Access ticket holders, Speakers, Exhibitors and Sponsors will be invited to a private VIP networking event on opening night. A networking lounge is also available to conference ticket holders.

Innovators' Showcase

Ranging from students and startups to established industry leaders, where you might find anything from Smart Devices, 3D Printing, IoT (Internet of Things), and meet some of the brightest young minds and companies pushing the envelope with the latest products, services, and demos.

VR Video Game & Experiences Showcase, Training and Talks

Try out the latest games, prototypes and experiential spaces from indie and AAA studios before anyone else! Wide area free roam roomscale, state of the art treadmills, escape rooms, multiplayer Augmented Reality combat, and mind blowing indie titles. Meet face-to-face with the developers, artists and programmers! Get training from world-class game designers, and discuss the future for VR and AR game development, the industry, best practices, and new technologies.

Premiere Workshop: Exploring New Narrative Structures and Approaches in Spatialized Media

FRIDAY JUNE 15th only! Pre-conference day. As a follow up to 2017’s sold out Film & TV Industry onboarding workshop, this full-day workshop brings major thought leaders together to examine how our stories are changing and how to approach narrative structure in spatialized and embodied media. Requires a separate dedicated ticket or All Access pass (pre-registration required).

Intensive Training

Educational and skill-development tracks. Two separate days.

Day 1 (Sunday June 17th) will focus on many advanced imaging techniques: 3D scanning on high and low budgets. Volumetric capture and depth maps. Spherical post production workflow from Academy Award and NAB best in show winners in mono and stereoscopic and VFX pipelines.

Day 2 – Monday June 18th will focus on approaches to interactive experience design – from a foundational lecture on building VR experiences to architectural design, code-free solutions and even aesthetic approaches for creating unique interactive immersive experiences from a host of seasoned experts. Some of the products covered include BrioVR, ModBox, Unity, Touch Designer and more.

Blockchain, Cryptography, Tokens, Digital Assets, Identity, Security, Privacy

What are the implications for immersive technology and how can we help? How can the industry reconcile the inverse equation that GPU-based mining affects the price of the very graphics cards needed for widespread VR adoption? What are the amazing technologies behind these esoteric names? How do they work directly with VR, AR, AI, IOT and other industries? What are the movements that can be made to decentralized systems recorded to the blockchain, and ported across ecosystems? How does a redistribution of hierarchical power unfold? Where do our responsibilities and priorities lay for us and for future generations?

Augmented Reality Zone

Meet developers, designers and entrepreneurs at the forefront of the Augmented Reality technology space with thoughtful, creative and even provocative demos that examine how this transformative technology will change the landscape, culture and the economy.

Health Applications for VR, including Wearables

From personal wearable health tech, to CBT and NLP, to surgery and pain mitigation, to mindfulness and transcendentalism. Data visualization, biometrics wearables, emotional AI and more will be covered!

Special Exhibits - Attractions

FIVARS 2018 Summer Preview Immersive Content Pavilion

Be the very first to experience a special collection FIVARS 2018 selections and winners from previous years at the VRTO summer preview! An Immersive content pavilion experience curated by FIVARS (The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories) hosted inside the iglooVision surround theater, featuring the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms including several world premieres and their producers, directors and actors!

Battleverse Augmented Reality Multiplayer Battle Arena

Battleverse offers a new unique and action-packed experience by immersing you into the game. From throwing magic bolts to summoning creatures, the fight is in your hands! Battelverse offers team-based games in which it is a battle of red team vs blue team (up to 4 vs 4) games in which you compete for points and eliminations.

3 PVP Game Modes
– Domination – The team with the most eliminations win! Players compete for points by eliminating other players. Players do not die they respawn after being eliminated
– Elimination – Last team standing wins! Players do not respawn and losing all your health means you are out of the game
– Beast Battle – Each team must protect their sacred beasts. In order to win the game the opposing team must eliminate the other team’s beasts

Player vs Computer Mode
– Monster Survival – Orcs are invading our realm! You must defeat as many orcs that venture out of the doom portal to win!

VRulez' KatVR Premium Arcade

 Try the Katwalk Premium – commercial-grade treadmill version of the ones you saw in steven Speilberg’s Ready Player One in person! Presented by VRulez – a ground breaking Virtual Reality (VR) Arcade that provides an unrestrained Virtual Reality experience. Their equipment allows players a wide range of movement with no obstacles, including walking, running forward and backward, jumping, sitting and crouching, just like you would in real life, to create a fully immersive gaming experience.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, a single player or a group of players, VRulez promise to always offer the best service to maximize your enjoyment in the world of VR.

Interactive Experiences and Indie Video Games Room

Try our new and unreleased games and meet the developers! VRTO is proud to present experiences like Chiaro and the Elixir of Life, Shatter Everything and the Museum of Symmetry – all experiences that will stay with you long after.

Title: Museum of Symmetry
Created by Paloma Dawkins
Developed by Casa Rara Studio1
Produced by Maral Mohammadian (National Film Board of Canada)

Special Exhibits - Attractions

2018 Gold Sponsors

VRTO could not be possible with the generous support of our sponsors


Premier Sponsors

VRTO could not be possible with the generous support of our sponsors

VRTO 2018 Bronze Sponsors!

VRTO could not be possible with the generous support of our sponsors

VRTO 2018 Community Sponsors!

VRTO could not be possible with the generous support of our sponsors


VRTOC2018 is very grateful to our media partners and friends for helping to connect the communities together. If you are interested in helping to spread the word about the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & EXPO 2018, and reaching the heart of the Canadian entertainment and tech industry, please see the contact section below.

2018 Strategic Partners

VRTOC2018 is very grateful to our community partners for supporting us in building an important platform for the Experiential Technologies industry domestically and abroad. If you are interested in helping to spread the word about the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & EXPO 2018, and reaching the international Spatial Media industry through the heart of the Canadian entertainment and tech industry, please see the contact section below.

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VRTO 2018 Venue and Neighbourhood

VRTOC2018 takes over Ryerson University’s Rogers Communications Centre in the dead centre of downtown Toronto – North America’s 4th largest city. The show will encompass over 15 rooms and the central, 3-story atrium, including two complete TV studios over the course of three days.

Rogers Communications Centre

80 Gould St

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M5B 2M7

The Rogers Communications Centre (RCC) serves four of the university’s acclaimed degree programs in media and electronic communications, including, Journalism, Radio and Television, Image Arts and Theatre Technical Production. The Centre is a fully interactive and highly adaptable communications facility, featuring state-of-the-art computing laboratories and networked media print facilities. The Rogers Centre houses over one hundred television and video production facilities, over thirty audio production studios and radio production facilities, and over 700 computers supporting the digital communications infrastructure. The Rogers Centre hosts industry conferences and supports professional development and research on an international scale. For detailed information on areas of study in communications please refer to the individual programs or departments.

Where to stay/eat

We have partnered with Revolugo to bring you special discount rates you won’t find anywhere else.
Finding a good hotel can be tricky. Fortunately, there are many hotels and restaurants located near the event. Be sure to reserve early however, as Toronto is a very busy city in the summer months!

The cost of the hotel accommodation and travel is not included in the event fee. For corporate accommodation rate, please contact us directly.


The Complete Conference Speakers, Presenters & Panelists, Schedule, Exhibitor, Sponsor Archives

2016 Conference Archive Page

See Complete 2016 Schedule


 2017 Conference Archive Page

See Complete 2017 Schedule

Print Programmes

The VRTO Conference and Expo is for all ages over 13, though some demos may not accommodate minors. Tickets are non-refundable. VRTO attendance does not guarantee access to any particular demo, but rather the event as a whole.

By attending Virtual Reality Toronto Conference and Expo 2018 (aka “VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo,” “VRTO Con,” or “VRTOC”) at [location to be determined] (“the Location”) on June15th – 18th, 2018, you release VRTO Conference and Expo, the Location, all of the event’s organizers, volunteers, employees, exhibitors, vendors and contractors from any and all liability – financial or otherwise – that may arise from my attendance at the above mentioned event. You are hereby aware that some people experience nausea, disorientation, motion sickness, general discomfort, headaches or other health issues when experiencing virtual reality.

Your entry signals your agreement to take full responsibility for these or any other consequences that may arise from attendance at VRTO Conference and Expo. Be aware that some content being exhibited is in an unfinished, prototype state, and may heighten the above sensations. Demo experiences are explicitly not intended for users under 13 years of age, and your entry signals your agreement to take full responsibility for any use of virtual reality or any other technologies exhibited at VRTO Conference and Expo by any minors in your care. By remaining on the premises you agree you will not pursue legal action against VRTO Conference and Expo, the Location, any of the event’s organizers, volunteers, employees, exhibitors, vendors, or contractors for any damages – real or perceived – arising from attendance at VRTO Conference and Expo. If you do not wish to be subject to the foregoing, please do not attend VRTO Conference and Expo.

Your attendance signals your irrevocable consent to, and authorization without compensation for VRTO, its successors, assigns, contractors and other film crews permitted by the VRTO to film at VRTO Conference and Expo, to use your likeness, voice, and to make video and audio recordings of your attendance at VRTO Conference and Expo. You are hereby aware of such recording, and relinquish your rights to any compensation for any release of these recordings in any media now extant or to be devised in the future. If you do not wish to be subject to the foregoing, please do not attend VRTO Conference and Expo.

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