4 Steps to Host an International Meeting in Toronto


By Kathy Nicolay There is no question that international meetings enhance Toronto’s global reputation, help build the local economy and create lasting economic and social legacies. So, what does it take for international events to take place in our city? It starts with the Leaders Circle, Toronto’s conference ambassador program. The Leaders Circle, a partnership between Destination Toronto and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is the only program of its kind in Toronto that offers … Continue reading

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Charity Partner Spotlight – Supporting the TDSB Student Nutrition Program


Unfortunately, food insecurity has been on the rise in Canada during the pandemic, and food donation programs have become more important than ever. According to a recent report released by the non-profit Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), food insecurity now affects 1 in 7 Canadians. At the MTCC, we recognize that being a good neighbour and helping others, especially during this challenging time, is very important. We are navigating the pandemic alongside our city, and … Continue reading

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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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