4 Steps to Host an International Meeting in Toronto


By Kathy Nicolay There is no question that international meetings enhance Toronto’s global reputation, help build the local economy and create lasting economic and social legacies. So, what does it take for international events to take place in our city? It starts with the Leaders Circle, Toronto’s conference ambassador program. The Leaders Circle, a partnership between Destination Toronto and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is the only program of its kind in Toronto that offers … Continue reading

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After the Congress: Ambassador Dr. Katerina Pavenski Highlights the 35th International Conference of the ISBT


By Kathy Nicolay, Leaders Circle Manager Dr. Katerina Pavenski is the Head of Transfusion Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. She was the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 35th International Congress of the ISBT – International Society of Blood Transfusion, which took place at our Centre June 2-6, 2018. Experts who help bring international medical conventions to Toronto, like Dr. Pavenski, help sustain Toronto’s reputation as a world-class hub for medical … Continue reading

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Bid Win Case Study: IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2022


By Kathy Nicolay, Leaders Circle Manager Our Centre will host a record-breaking number of international conferences in 2018. Each will bring thousands of people from around the world to Toronto and leave a legacy of social and economic benefits for the city and region. Did you know that to win an international conference bid, the participation of a representative from the Canadian member organization is required in 70 per cent of cases? The Leaders Circle … Continue reading

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The Art of Bringing International Meetings to Toronto: Q&A with Leaders Circle Manager Kathy Nicolay


In 2018, Toronto will host the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions, the world’s largest interfaith event. The 2018 Parliament will bring more that 10,000 people from around the world to Toronto for seven days, generate economic benefit for the city, and offer more than 500 programs, workshops and events presented by the world’s religious communities and institutions. Have you ever wondered what it takes to bring an international conference like the 7th Parliament of … Continue reading

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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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