Call For Abstracts and Symposia

Authors guidlelines

Abstract submission deadline extended: April 15, 2019


After the success of the inaugural edition of the FinteQC’18 conference, we invite you to showcase your research and ideas at the second edition of the conference to be held on 5 and 6, June 2019. FinteQC is a unique annual event that brings together academic researchers, executives, practitioners and experts around the topics of financial technology (Fintech) and banking transformation. The conference’s theme is of interest to actors and stakeholders in many fields, including finance, information systems, management, innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing, design science, data science, sociology and regulation.

Recent years have seen the emergence of new business models, groundbreaking technologies and customer experiences that are creatively challenging the financial sector. The rise of Fintech is rapidly and profoundly transforming the financial services industry and discussions about adoption and use these new technologies and the role they play in the evolution of the financial sector are constantly evolving. For example, Fintech start-ups were initially perceived as disruptive, today they are considered more as partners and collaborators in the innovation process.

Likewise, customer experience (CX), is at the heart of the financial digital transformation. For example, large technology companies (Big Tech), such as Apple, Google and Amazon are causing a remarkable disturbance in the financial services industry by transforming consumer expectations and behaviors. Financial services institutions must meet these expectations in order to retain their existing customers and attract new ones. The challenges of this transformation are numerous and include: i) the digital optimization of the customer experience, ii) the efficient and responsible use of data while complying with standards and regulations, iii) the improvement of customer security and iv) the creation of partnerships with Fintech companies to drive innovation.

In light of these changes, the FinteQC conference aims to,

  • Create a diverse and worldwide community in order to advance research, practices and policies around the digitalization of Finance, Fintech and banking transformation.
  • Enable the scientific community to present and discuss cutting-edge academic research with the aim of developing a deep understanding of Fintech and banking transformation.
  • Enable entrepreneurs, leaders, practitioners and experts to network and exchange ideas and practices.

Jointly organized by UQAR and Desjardins Lab, the conference offers an intensive two-day program including panels, workshops and keynote speakers. The event provides participants with opportunities to exchange ideas, present original research and get valuable feedback on research-in-progress projects. Experts, faculty and doctoral students from Quebec, Canada and around the world will have the opportunity to network with peers, present and share their ideas in both languages: English and French.

The 2018 edition of the FinteQC conference attracted more than 200 participants from eleven different countries. They attended the presentation of four panels, seven invited speakers and thirty high quality academic research in eight different sessions. FinteQC 2018 was sponsored by several partners including Desjardins, Lévio, Korem, CGI, the city of Lévis and CPA Quebec.


You are invited to submit an extended abstract (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:

  • Fintech adoption, use and impact
  • Fintech innovation
  • Digital finance
  • Fintech business models
  • Emerging topics on Fintech
  • Fintech case studies
  • Open banking
  • Big data, business analytics in finance
  • Deep learning
  • Design science
  • Artificial intelligence
  • APIs and open data
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Blockchain
  • Smart-contracts
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Disintermediation
  • Reintermediation
  • Banking and gamification
  • Banking transformation
  • Fintech-incumbents collaboration
  • Financial services digitalization
  • Customer experience (CX)
  • Digital marketing and financial services
  • Mobile wallets
  • Mobile payment
  • Robo-advisors
  • Insurtech
  • On-demand insurance
  • Regtech
  • Crowdfunding, crowdlending & crowdinvesting
  • Societal impact of Fintech
  • Financial inclusion
  • Governance
  • Risks and cybersecurity
  • General topics on Fintech

All abstracts and symposia proposals should include title and full contact details, in an electronic Doc file to: You may submit your abstract or symposium proposal at your earliest convenience, but no later than April 8th 2019. 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. 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 8, 2019, April 15, 2019 deadline for submission
  • April 15, 2019, April 18 2019, author notification
  • June 5 – 6, 2019, FinteQC’19 Conference

For more information

Organizing committee

  • Francis Belzile, Professor, UQAR,
  • Rachid Ghilal, Professor, UQAR,
  • Harold Heppell, Professor, UQAR,
  • Sylvie Morin, Professor, UQAR,
  • Hamid Nach, Professor, UQAR,
  • Sandra Rousseau, Senior Director, Desjardins,

Lévis and Québec city

Lévis is a welcoming city that will meet your expectations. Located just minutes from Quebec City, Lévis stands out for its many access points to the majestic St. Lawrence River, its heritage and cultural sites, and its art galleries. There are plenty of reasons to visit Lévis and stay there. We enjoy the most beautiful view of Quebec City, access is easy and activities and services are numerous and accessible. Whether on foot or by bike, discover the Chutes-de-la-Chaudière Park and the Parcours des Anses. In addition, the walk to the neighbor opposite is an experience in itself by taking the Traverse Quebec-Lévis for a short cruise on the river. The visits of the two cities to the rich military, maritime and religious heritage complement each other perfectly. The City of Quebec is the birthplace of the Francophonie in North America. It is one of the most visited cities in the world and Old Quebec is for many. Inscribed in 1985 on the UNESCO World Heritage List, this heritage site is now part of the heritage of humanity. Quebec City is the only city in North America with all the fortifications virtually intact.