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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Leaving a Legacy: #ASAE17 Gives Back to Canadian Veterans with Meaningful Initiatives


What makes a conference stand out above the rest? Beyond economic impact and number of attendees, leaving an enduring legacy for host cities has become a hot topic within the meetings industry. But how can conferences leave an impactful legacy? The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting and Exposition will generate an impressive $16 million in direct economic impact for the city of Toronto between August 12-15, but perhaps equally impressive are the … 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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Delicious delicacies for every palate of 2016


One amazing part of my role as Social Community Specialist is that I quite often get to be the bearer of great news. It’s not uncommon to discover complimentary posts following one of our gala events, or meetings with a large food and beverage component, particularly when it comes to the dessert front. I delight in seeing a stream of beautiful food photos accompanied by captions like, “What a way to end the night!” and … Continue reading

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