Leaders Circle Ambassadors celebrated at first ever Recognition Gala

Ambassadors stand for group photo at Leaders Circle Recognition Gala

What a night! It was an evening of celebration for Toronto’s success in the International Business Events industry, and those key individuals who led the charge in putting the city on the world conference stage.

June 16 marked the inaugural Recognition Gala of the Leaders Circle, Toronto’s official Ambassador Program supported by Tourism Toronto and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). Held at MTCC, the momentous occasion drew together members of the tourism, business, and higher education communities, as well as leading professionals across a spectrum of industries who each had a hand in bringing their respective global colleagues to the city.

“It was an absolute honour recognizing our wonderful Ambassadors and their contribution to the Leaders Circle,” said Kathy Nicolay, Leaders Circle Manager. “Bringing international associations abroad for their meetings is no easy or straightforward feat; the bid for host city takes countless hours of preparation and work, so we really wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate and thank our Ambassadors for their unwavering dedication.”

Also celebrated at the event was the first ever award presentation of the Leaders Circle Grant, a program established in November 2015 to acknowledge the efforts of those who led a convention meeting bid for Toronto, and to award funds to an organization or institution to support research and innovation. Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and Leaders Circle Honorary Ambassador, Reza Moridi, presented the grant to Dr. Katerina Pavenski of St. Michael’s Hospital. Pavenski also serves as a Leaders Circle Ambassador for her work in spearheading the efforts involved in bringing the 35th International Congress of the International Society for Blood Transfusion to Toronto.

Over the course of the evening, the Leaders Circle shone a light on 30 Ambassadors for their integral contribution in bringing 26 international association meetings in Toronto, nine of which took place from 2012 to 2015, and 17 future meetings scheduled to take place from 2016 to 2019. What’s more, it was announced that the total economic impact to the city of Toronto of these meetings is estimated at over $200 million.

“We couldn’t be happier with this year’s celebratory event, and we look forward to honouring a new wave of Ambassadors at next year’s Recognition Gala,” remarked Nicolay.

See below for full list of award recipients.

Leaders Circle Recognition Gala

Guests applaud the first ever recipient of the Leaders Circle Grant at the Leaders Circle Recognition Gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Thursday, July 16, 2016.

 

Leaders Circle Recognition Gala

The evening’s program is presented at the Leaders Circle Recognition Gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Thursday, July 16, 2016.

 

Leaders Circle Recognition Gala

Guests mingle at the reception of the Leaders Circle Recognition Gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Thursday, July 16, 2016.

 

Leaders Circle Recognition Gala

Guests learn about past and future international association meetings in Toronto at the Leaders Circle Recognition Gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Thursday, July 16, 2016.

 

Leaders Circle Recognition Gala

Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and Leaders Circle Honorary Ambassador, Reza Moridi addresses the crowd at the Leaders Circle Recognition Gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Thursday, July 16, 2016.

 

Leaders Circle Recognition Gala

From left to right: Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and Leaders Circle Honorary Ambassador, Reza Moridi, Dr. Katerina Pavenski of St. Michael’s Hospital, Metro Toronto Convention Centre President and CEO Barry Smith, Tourism Toronto President and CEO Johanne Bélanger.

 

Congratulations again to the following award recipients from the 2016 Leaders Circle Recognition Gala!

Dr. Eric Bouffet
15th International Symposium on Paediatric Neuro-Oncology, 2012

Dr. Sandra E. Black
2013 International Society of Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders Congress

Dr. Arjun Sahgal
2013 International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Congress

Dr. Eric Bouffet
46th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology, 2014

Dr. Denis Daneman
2014 Meeting of the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes

Mr. Geoffrey Languedoc
2014 International Astronautical Congress

Mr. Philip C. Mendes da Costa
AIPPI 2014 44th World Intellectual Property Congress

Dr. Tony Easty
2015 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Dr .David Jaffray
2015 World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Sam Schulman
2015 Congress of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Dr. K.W. Michael Siu
21st Annual International Mass Spectrometry Conference, 2016

Mr. Franklin Smith
17th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication,  2016

Dr. Vera Bril
14th International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases, 2016

Dr. Mustafa Koc
XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology, 2016

Dr. Peter Laussen
8th World Congress on Paediatric Intensive and Critical Care, 2016

Dr. Peter Cox
8th World Congress on Paediatric Intensive and Critical Care, 2016

Dr. MichaeI S. Pollanen
21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, 2017

Dr. Laurie Mazurik
20th WADEM Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine, 2017

Ms. Rebecca Jamieson
World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, 2017

Ms. Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald
World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, 2017

Dr. Patrizia Albanese
2018 International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology

Dr. Denise D. Belsham
9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology, 2018

Dr. Michael G. Fehlings
2018 Symposium of the International Neurotrauma Society

Dr. Robert Hegele
2018 International Symposium on Atherosclerosis

Dr. Scott Heximer
2018 International Symposium on Atherosclerosis

Dr. Harry Janssen
2018 International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease

Dr. Jordan Feld
2018 International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease

Dr. Gwen Clarke
35th International Congress of the International Society for Blood Transfusion Toronto, 2018

Dr. Katerina Pavenski
35th International Congress of the International Society for Blood Transfusion Toronto, 2018

Dr. Frances A. Shepherd
IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer, 2018

Dr. Michael G. Fehlings
2019 Global Spine Congress

Mr. Jost am Rhyn
44th World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress, 2019

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