2017 Conference Archive


A unique, international exhibition and professional conference exploring arts, culture and science through immersive technologies.

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

100 Speakers, Over 60 Exhibitors and Unique Interactive Installations

June 15th-18th

10am-6pm Daily.


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Add to My Calendar 2017-06-24 09:00:00 2017-06-26 18:00:00 America/Toronto VRTO Conference & Expo 2017 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 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.

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.

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

Try out the latest games, prototypes and experiential spaces from indie and AAA studios before anyone else! Meet face-to-face with the developers, artists and programmers from Secret Location, Postopian, IRIS VR, Globacore, BadFly Interactive and Dustin Freeman! Play wireless NES on a jumbo screen, or freeplay pinball on a real F-14 Tomcat table!

VR Onboarding Workshop for Film & TV Pros

Covering complete workflow from conceptualization, principal production through post-production, in a television studio, taught by real industry production teams. If you are curious or interested in producing 360-degree or “spherical” videos, drone footage, ambisonic audio or stitching techniques – and don’t want to be within 100 feet of computer code – this is for you!

Intensive Training

Educational rooms with tracks for both for seasoned V/A/MR developers, professionals looking to pivot effectively into this space and all interested in a crash course in advanced experiential media concepts and design.

 Learn more…

Multimodal Sensory Pavilion

Featuring state-of-the-art prototypes and installations from around the world showcasing the possibilities for somatosensory system interactions: haptics, holograms, networked devices and virtual media designed to stimulate the imagination. Among the offerings on display – the perceptual boundaries of the human mind are explored in a collection of mind-expanding artworks that illustrate the magic that inspire and influence all things VR: 3D imagery pioneer Willy Le Maitre, Inventor and professor of Holography, Michael Page, and Augmented Reality art innovator Alex Mayhew show how 2D images can dazzle and awe.

WebVR, Augmented Reality & Spatialized 3D Audio Zones

Dedicated rooms, workshops, training with professors, inventors, modders, hackers: A deep dive into design, principal and production, applications, possibilities and opportunities from global industry leaders. Janus Camp and the creators of JanusVR – James McRae and Dr. Karan Singh  will be on hand to discuss the engine and its culture in two highly interactive rooms dedicated to understand the future of mobile web VR. A dedicated Augmented Art Gallery will be accompanied by a track of talks by leading AR developers. The Spatialized Audio pavilion features new and innovative approaches to using sound as a texture, a tool and guide.

Health Applications for VR, including Wearables

From personal wearable health tech, to CBT and NLP, to surgery and pain mitigation, to mindfulness and transcendentalism. Featuring talks by Walter Greenleaf PhD Stanford, Peggy Wu (Associate Director of Human Machine Interaction Research United Technologies Research Center) and Stephane Bouchard!

FIVARS Immersive Content Pavilion

FIVARS Virtual Reality Festival
An Immersive content pavilion experience curated by FIVARS (The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories) 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! FIVARS will be staged inside of a special 8K projection mapped silo created by IglooVision making their Canadian debut!

Note: A Special Exhibits ticket or MultiPass is required to attend this pavilion in order to avoid wait times and ensure a comfortable viewing experience.

The 2017 Conference Speakers, Presenters & Panelists

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

*Unapproved live streaming of events via mobile devices is strictly prohibited.

Walter Greenleaf

Walter Greenleaf, PhD

Research Neuroscientist (Stanford University)

Virtual Human Interaction Lab

David A. Smith

CEO & Founder (North Carolina)

CEO Vision, Wearality

Sara Diamond

Dr. Sara Diamond

President (Toronto)

OCAD University

Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Chief Science Officer


Moses Znaimer

Moses Znaimer

Founder (Toronto)

Zoomer, Citytv, MuchMusic, Bravo!, SPACE

Peggy Wu

Associate Director of Human Machine Interaction Research (Washington, DC)
James Jensen THE VOID

James Jensen

Chief Visionary Officer and Co-Founder (Utah, USA)


Todd Makurath - Bullitt

Todd Makurath

CEO (Los Angeles)


Maria Karam

Dr. Maria Karam

CEO, Inventor (Toronto/London UK)

TADs Inc.

Eduardo Cuervo

Researcher (Redmond, WA)

Microsoft Research

James McCrae

James McCrae

Co-Founder (Toronto)


Roy Taylor, AMD

Roy Taylor

Corporate Vice President - Studio Alliances, Content & VR (Los Angeles)


Heather Phenix

Heather Phenix

Executive Producer (Toronto)


Eyal Kleiner IMAX

Eyal Kleiner

Vice President Virtual Reality (Toronto)


Karan Singh - JANUS - Toronto

Dr. Karan Singh

Co-Founder & CTO (Toronto, SF)



Dr. Steve Mann

CTO (Toronto, SF)

Eyetap, Meta

Charlie Fink

Charlie FInk

Contributor (VA)


Tim Merel 2016

Tim Merel

Founder, CEO (Menlo Park, CA)



Ana Serrano

CTO (Toronto)

Canadian Film Centre

Graeme Moffat

Graeme Moffat

VP Research & Regulatory Affairs (Toronto)

Interaxon (Muse)

Kevin Millar

Kevin Millar

VP of Creative and Medical Science (Toronto)

Invivo Communications

Jai Krishnan

Jai Krishnan

Chrome Media Product Manager (Mountain View, CA)



Alex Mayhew

Co-Founder {Toronto}

Impossible Things


Samantha Matthews

Co-Founder/CEO (Los Angeles)



Paul Darvasi

Paul Darvasi

Educator/Researcher (Toronto)

Ludic Learning

Michael Page

Michael Page

Artist, Professor (Toronto)


Ross Shain BorisFX

Ross Shain

Chief Product Officer

Boris FX / Imagineer Systems 

Steve_Cohen - Open text - Austin

Steve Cohen

Senior Intellectual Property Counsel (Boston, MA)

Open Text Corporation

austin hitchcock

Austin Hitchcock

Co-Founder (Toronto)

Junction Box 360

Rafael Brown Digital Myths

Rafael Brown

Creative Director/Co-Founder (Bay Area, CA)

Digital Myths

dmitri ignakov

Dmitri Ignakov Ph.D.

Co-Founder (Toronto)

Taiga Robotics

Michael Haminem

Michael Haminem

Creative Director (Toronto)

Google Canada

Maiko Tanaka - Executive Director

Maiko Tanaka

Executive Director (Buffalo, New York)

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

Jeremy Friedberg Co-Founder, Spongelab Interactive

Jeremy Friedberg

Co-Founder (Toronto)

Spongelab Interactive

Lora Appel

Dr. Lora Appel

Project Lead (Toronto)

UHN OpenLab

Greg Woodbury Charles Street Video Headshot

Greg Woodbury

Co-Director (Toronto)

Charles Street Video

tom overly

Thomas J Overly



Lucie Lalumiere

Lucie LaLumiere

Founder & Principal (Toronto)

Lalumiere Media

Ed_Callway AMD

Ed Callway

Entertainment Architect (Toronto)


Ahmad Ismail

Ahmad Ismail

Head of New Business Development (Toronto)

Redlab Digital

Chrtistine Clark - ThinkingBox

Christine Clark

Associate Director of Production (Toronto)



Tom Westerlin

Creative Director (Toronto, SF)

Nice Shoes

Changyin (CY) Zhou

Changyin (CY) Zhou

CEO & Co-Founder


Sonata Taman

Sonata Taman

CSO (Los Angeles)


Nick Harauz

Nick Harauz

Avid, Apple and Adobe Certified Instructor (Toronto)

Creative One Eleven

Tom C. Hall

Tom C. Hall

Technical Producer, 360 Supervisor (Toronto)

Redlab Digital

Laura Mingail - eOne

Laura Mingail

Director, Marketing & Promotion (Toronto)

Entertainment One

Matt Whelan

Matt Whelan

Owner (Toronto)


Angela Bowen - Nice Shoes

Angela Bowen

Executive Producer (Toronto, SF)

Nice Shoes


Craig Alguire

CTO (Toronto)

Quantum Capture

Joel Zika - the Dark Ride Project

Joel Zika

Founder (Melbourne, Australia)

The Dark Ride Project

Shachar Weis

Founder and CTO (London, Ontario)


James Hackett

James Hackett

Creative Director (Toronto)

Spongelab Interactive

David Plant - trinity square video

David Plant

Executive Director (Toronto)

Trinity Square Video

mike sevigny

Mike Sevigny

Founder (Toronto)

CANVAS 360™ Pro


Claire Brunet

Claire Brunet

Professor (Toronto)

Ontario College of Art and Design

William Perry - Toronto

Bill Perry

Artist, Publisher (Toronto)

Wm. Perry: Digital Text Services

Joseph Wilson - SpongeLab

Joseph Wilson

Director of Business Development (Toronto)

Spongelab Interactive

David Dexter SIRT

David Dexter

Senior Business Development Manager (Toronto)

Screen Industries Research & Training Centre (SIRT)

Joel McConvey

Joel McConvey

Director (Toronto)

Digital for SESQUI

Liam Ferris

Liam Ferris

Software Engineer (Belfast, N. Ireland)


Jennie Robinson Faber

Jennie Robinson Faber

Executive Director (Toronto)

Dames Making Games

Elli Raynai

Elli Raynai

Founder & Head Content Creator (Toronto)


Ryan Schmidt gradientspace

Ryan Schmidt

Founder (Toronto)


Tanya Kelen headshot

Tanya Kelen




Morgan Young

CEO (Toronto)

Quantum Capture

Jonathan Corbin

Jonathan Corbin


Corbin Visual


Henry Faber

Co-founder (Toronto)

Gamma Space Collaborative Studio

Marc-Olivier LePage

Marc-Olivier LePage

Co-founder (Montreal)


Priam Givord

Interactive Artist/Designer (Toronto)

Priam Givord Inc.

Keram Malicki-Sanchez

Founder, Executive Director (Toronto, Los Angeles)

FIVARS, Transportive.Technology

2017 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 2017 Sponsors!

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


VRTOC2017 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 2017, and reaching the heart of the Canadian entertainment and tech industry, please see the contact section below.

2017 Strategic Partners

VRTOC2017 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 2017, and reaching the international Spatial Media industry through the heart of the Canadian entertainment and tech industry, please see the contact section below.

2017 Exhibitors

Support SPONSOR / EXHIBIT at this unique, independent initiative

Are you ready to align your brand with this fast-growing, transformative movement and techno/sociological paradigm shift?

Contact us with the form below!

VRTO 2017 Venue and Neighbourhood

VRTOC2017 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

Where to stay/eat

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.


Some options (VRTO does not specifically endorse nor holds commercial affiliation with any of the following options. They are presented here strictly for your convenience):


Marriot Downtown 

Comfort Inn City Centre

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Holiday Inn, Downtown Centre

Bond Place Hotel



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

2016 Conference Archive Page

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 2017 (aka “VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo,” “VRTO Con,” or “VRTOC”) at [location to be determined] (“the Location”) on June 24th – 26th, 2017, 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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