Toronto wins international conference bid for IEEE ICASSP 2021


When you ask Leaders Circle Ambassador Prof. Dimitri Androutsos why Toronto is an ideal host city for the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), he laughs. “You’re asking me to list the thousand reasons?” he asks.  In April 2016, Androutsos and fellow Leaders Circle Ambassadors Prof. Kostas Plataniotis (University of Toronto) and Prof. Xiao-Ping Zhang (Ryerson University) presented the case for why ICASSP should come to Toronto in 2021. Leading the list … Continue reading

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Navigating through a post-con evaluation


In the lead-up to any event, it’s easy to get consumed by the immense planning effort, and by the time it has (successfully) come to a close, many want to do what needs to be done to move onto the next project. Personally, I call this the Post-event Purge; the brain dumps information that is no longer relevant so that it can make room for pertinent information for the here and now. I believe this … Continue reading

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Our top blog posts of 2015


2015 was an eventful year for us at the Centre. Among the hundreds of events that came in and out of our building, last year also brought with it the exciting launch of this blog. From event planning to recipes to green initiatives, we worked to cover a range of topics for you, our readers. Join us as we look back at 10 of our top stories of the year…   The most memorable events … Continue reading

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How to engage and retain amazing event volunteers


It’s fall in the bustling metropolis of Toronto and for us here at the Centre, we’re in the thick of a busy event season. As the seasons change, I can’t help but reflect on the past summer. I had the privilege to be one of 20,000-something volunteers helping to make the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games a reality. For 16 days in July, I donated my time to the Games, something I … Continue reading

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6 ways you must use social media for your event


In my line of work, I do a lot of creeping researching. When you’re the Social Community Specialist for a venue as large and as busy as the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, you know your role will require you to stay abreast of what’s happening at all times. That said, my attention is always split among the various events we have in the building and the many more we have coming up. Following each event’s … Continue reading

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