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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Leaders Circle Ambassadors celebrated at first ever 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 … Continue reading

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Leaders Circle forges partnership with TO Health!


Exciting news for our city’s Human Health and Sciences (HHS) cluster! A joint goal to raise Toronto region’s HHS profile globally has led to the Leaders Circle’s newly formed partnership with TO Health! For the Leaders Circle, forming a relationship with TO Health! presented itself as an exciting opportunity. “We’re thrilled with this new partnership,” said Kathy Nicolay, Leaders Circle Manager. “The Leaders Circle will continue to identify international meetings that showcase Toronto’s excellence in … Continue reading

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