Honorary Leaders Circle Ambassadors appointed following inaugural event

The Leaders Circle

Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, Reza Moridi, have had bestowed upon them an official honour from the Leaders Circle, Toronto’s official Ambassador Program.

An inaugural presentation of the Leaders Circle took place last week, stirring up excitement and buzz around the words research, innovation, and opportunity. Tory and Moridi shared the stage with Tourism Toronto President and CEO Johanne Bélanger, as well as Metro Toronto Convention Centre President and CEO Barry Smith. Together they addressed an audience of Leaders Circle Ambassadors, senior members of the city’s universities, hospitals, and research institutes, and presented the Ambassador Program. Following the presentation, the Leaders Circle appointed the Toronto Mayor and the Research and Innovation Minister as the program’s first Honorary Ambassadors in recognition of their support.

“When we bring together a diverse group of experts in academia, life sciences, new technologies, natural resources, and commerce to act as ambassadors and team builders, our ability to attract national and international conferences and meetings will support our shared goal: to showcase Ontario to the world,” said Minister Moridi of the program.

The Leaders Circle, a regeneration of Toronto’s Ambassador Program, has brought the city many years of hosting international meetings, and each success story has begun with a bid for Host City from a local expert. In fact, 70 per cent of international associations rely on a local expert in that field to put forward a bid to host its conference. Simply put, regardless of how great a destination Toronto is, without the expertise of the Leaders Circle members, a large majority of international associations could not meet here. And when international meetings are held in Toronto, they not only provide a boost to Toronto’s tourism sector, but they also leave a legacy of social and economic benefits for the city. These meetings cast a spotlight on Toronto and the groundbreaking research and institutions developed throughout the city.

This is where Toronto has the advantage in the bidding race for international conventions, remarked Tory, who went on to cite the city’s critical mass of innovation and immense pool of talent. “Let’s put Toronto on the world conference stage.”

Mayor John Tory at the Leaders Circle event

Toronto Mayor John Tory speaks at the inaugural presentation of the Leaders Circle at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

Minister Moridi at the Leaders Circle event

Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, speaks at the inaugural presentation of the Leaders Circle at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

The Leaders Circle

From left to right, Metro Toronto Convention Centre President and CEO Barry Smith, Tourism Toronto President and CEO Johanne Bélanger, and Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, at the inaugural presentation of the Leaders Circle at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

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