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Day two of Collision 2021 included discussions about the venture capital landscape in Canada and how startups and investors alike are having to change tactics, as well as more talks about Collision returning to Toronto next year and Toronto Mayor John Tory looking to attract more foreign firms to the city.

Having kicked off on Tuesday, Collision claims this has been its biggest year yet, with 38,000 attendees from 141 countries and more than 1,200 startups participating. Last year, Collision from Home reportedly saw an attendance of 32,000 people from 140 countries.

At a Wednesday morning press conference, Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Collision, announced the addition of the organization’s first external board member, Nathan Hubbard. Hubbard is the former CEO of Ticketmaster and formerly served as VP of global media and commerce at Twitter, he is currently the CEO and co-founder of live events platform Rival.

Cosgrave also spoke to his company’s plans for future events, noting that Web Summit will be taking place in November, though the format will depend on local regulations at the time. He also spoke to hosting events in 2022. Web Summit is set to host events in Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur.