SaaS North reverting to in-person event this fall

SaaS North

After going virtual last year during the pandemic, one of the capital’s largest annual tech conferences is returning to a public gathering in 2021.

The organizers of SaaS North said this week the two-day event will be held at the Shaw Centre on Nov. 17 and 18. 

“SaaS North 2021 is designed to focus on the collaborative learning and sharing that is only possible with in-person events,” they announced in an email blast on Tuesday afternoon. “Be prepared to connect with ACTUAL people in discussion hubs, roundtables and interactive working groups.”

Tickets for the event are now on sale. Organizers say they will offer full refunds to anyone who cancels by Oct. 14 should ticket-buyers not feel comfortable with attending. 

While SaaS North says it will be “prioritizing safe, in-person conference attendance,” the hosts are also offering a “remote participation pass” that will allow remote attendees to interact with the in-person audience and presenters.

It will be the sixth edition of SaaS North, which in past years has featured high-profile speakers such as Shopify chief executive Tobi Lütke, Kinaxis CEO John Sicard and Canopy Growth co-founder Bruce Linton. 

The event is jointly run by the Kanata-based L-Spark accelerator and Cube Business Media.