Top Planner Q&A: Best Practices, Challenges and New Trends


Within the meetings industry, Jean Pickering is known as a seasoned planner. As Director of Real Estate Conference Management at Informa, she creates 18 successful real estate forums and conferences across Canada. This includes The Real Estate Forum, Canada’s largest annual national conference on real estate investment and management issues. The Real Estate Forum attracts more than 2,500 executives and was sold out in 2018 for the 12th consecutive year. We asked Jean about best … Continue reading

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The MTCC Difference: 3 key facts that set apart our food and beverage program


Last year, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre welcomed 1.5 million attendees from around the world. Here, things are done on a massive scale, including world-class food and beverage service. At capacity, the MTCC will serve anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 meals in one evening. The MTCC is one of a select few convention centres that produce almost every food element in-house and this reflects our facility’s commitment to creating culinary experiences comparable to a restaurant … Continue reading

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Meeting Planners: Coffee May Help Brew a Better Meeting


Last year, we estimate that 1.4 million cups of coffee were served at meetings and events taking place in our facility. This figure does not include coffee consumed by our staff, who certainly enjoy a good cup of java. Coffee is a beloved staple in the meetings industry, and a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology may persuade meeting planners to increase its presence at every meeting. Could coffee contribute to leaving a … Continue reading

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Show Management: Three Easy Ways to Reduce your Event’s Environmental Footprint While Saving Money


Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at the Centre, and we are proud to offer every event and exhibitor the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint and give back to the community in a meaningful way. Here are three ways your event can reduce its environmental footprint and save time and money: 1 – Order Booth Services Online Save paper, time and trees! There is a simple way for your exhibitors to … Continue reading

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Recipe: The Kalamansi Tart


Our pastry team, led by Executive Pastry Chef Mia De Ala, consists of a group of talented individuals with a passion for making world-class desserts. Together, they continue to impress attendees by creating the most delicious and unique desserts in-house for a variety of events, from major convention to gala dinner. Just in time for the summer heat, we are thrilled to share the pastry team’s recipe to the MTCC’s Kalamansi Tart, a current favourite … Continue reading

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