Call For Abstracts and Symposia

Authors guidlelines

Submissions are now closed


The last few years have witnessed the emergence of new business models, breakthrough technologies, and customer experiences that are creatively disrupting the banking sector. The rise of Fintech – which refers to the use of technology to deliver innovative financial solutions – is rapidly and profoundly transforming banking as we know it. While the Fintech phenomenon is booming, it is noticeable that, so far, it has been commented mostly by the press and the media outlets. Scientific research on Fintechs is sparse and still in its infancy. For the research community, the opportunities are very open today to develop a deep understanding of Fintechs as well as their impact on the banking landscape.

We invite you to showcase your research and ideas in any area on Fintech and banking transformation. The conference is an opportunity to join a community of researchers, practitioners and experts with varied backgrounds and interests in the financial technology arena, including finance, behavioral finance, management, innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, design science, sociology, information technology and information systems.

Jointly Organized by UQAR and Desjardins, the conference offers an intensive two-day program including panels, workshops and keynotes speakers. The event provides participants with opportunities to exchange ideas, present original research, learn about recent and ongoing studies, and network with peers. Experts, faculty and doctoral students from Quebec, Canada and around the world will have the opportunity to present and share their ideas in both languages: English and French.


We invite submission of extended abstracts (About 500 words) representing empirical, methodological, and conceptual research that focus on Fintech and banking transformation related areas. New research proposals and research-in-progress are also considered. We also invite participants to submit proposals for symposia . In this format, a number of speakers discuss a common topic or theme in a manner that brings new insights to the subject. The purpose is to engage a group of panelists in an interactive discussion. Symposium proposals should include clear descriptions of the topics to be discussed and the procedures that will be used to manage the discussion among panelists and with the audience.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Blockchain
  • Smart-contrats
  • Insurtech
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Mobile wallets
  • Mobile payment
  • Fintechs business models
  • Disintermediation
  • Robot advisors
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Banking and gamification
  • Banking transformation
  • Fintech growth and strategies
  • Fintech in developping countries
  • Fintech and customer experience
  • Banking and big data
  • Fintechs adoption, use and impact
  • General topics on Fintechs
  • Fintech innovation
  • Risks and cybersecurity
  • Societal impact of FinTech companies
  • Financial inclusion
  • Trends and developments in Fintech
  • Insurance and on demand services and economies
  • Fintech case studies
  • Crowdlending & Crowdinvesting
  • Reg-tech
  • APIs and data
  • Fintech and banks integration
  • Financial services digitalization

All abstracts and symposia proposals should include title and full contact details, in an electronic Doc file to: . You may submit your abstract as soon as possible but no later than April 8th 2018. For more information about the conference, you are invited to visit:  All the submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed by the scientific program committee and judged by their relevance to the conference, and their potential to generate discussion. Submissions can be in English or French.

In order to give as many attendees as possible the chance to present their work at the conference, the number of submissions per presenting author is limited to two submissions in total (symposium, oral presentation): By making a submission to the conference, the author(s) of each submission agree that at least one author of each accepted submission will attend the conference and present the research.

Important dates

  • April 1, 2018, Submission deadline, April 15, 2018
  • April 10, 2018, Authors notification Before, April 20, 2018
  • June 20-21, 2018, FinteQC conference

organizing committee

  • Francis Belzile, Professor, UQAR.
  • Ilias Benjelloun, innovation catalyst, Desjardins,
  • Anissa Frini, Professor, UQAR.
  • Rachid Ghilal, Professor, UQAR.
  • Hamid Nach, Professor, UQAR.
  • Sandra Rousseau, Director, Desjardins.