Toronto’s Tech Sector Adds Another Win Under its Belt

October 16, 2018

Toronto’s Tech Sector Adds Another Win Under its Belt

Toronto has been selected by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) to host the foremost international event for medical technology experts, The MedTech Conference, taking place October 5-7, 2020. The major convention will bring over 2,600 leaders in medical technology, including CEOs, venture capitalists, and policy makers to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

Toronto is home to half of Canada’s medical technology companies and most top 25 global medical technology companies operate in the region, so it comes as no surprise that the city won this significant bid. This will be the first time The MedTech Conference will take place outside of the United States.

October 8, 2018

Toronto Goes into a Tech Rush

Toronto has emerged as one of the world’s fastest growing tech markets; indeed, it’s the 3rd largest in North America with some 14,000 tech companies and 65+ incubators. In the past 30 days, the city has seen a number of announcements, such as Microsoft’s expansion of their Canadian headquarters or that Pinterest is opening its Toronto office, a clear indicator that Toronto’s tech boom shows no signs of slowing down.

With organizations such as Business Events Toronto, Toronto Global and the Toronto Leader’s Circle helping provide access to local sponsorship and thought-leaders, attendance-building tools and industry networking opportunities, the city is the right destination for tech conferences. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the largest convention centre in Canada and Enercare Centre, the largest exhibition space in Canada, make it easy for conferences such as Collision, North America’s fastest growing tech conference, to relocate to Canada’s downtown.  

In a recent article on the Collision Conference, Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto, noted how Toronto’s Tech scene is shaped by global events hosted here,  “Hosting a conference of this magnitude demonstrates how meetings and events can be a powerful catalyst for economic development for sectors like technology and innovation, showcasing and elevating the booming tech industry, people and companies that have made the Toronto region a tech powerhouse.”

September 20, 2018

IMEX America Presents the Association Leadership Forum

The Association Leadership Forum, created in partnership with ASAE, will take place the day before IMEX America kicks off, namely on Monday 15 October. Designed exclusively for senior association leaders from around the world, the free high level strategic education and networking program covers multiple challenges of association management and development.

The Forum uses case studies and blends presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel – all designed to address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams. During the day, association leaders are inspired and challenged by leadership visionaries and role models from a variety of professional and trade association backgrounds.

Topics include future changes in the industry, diversity and how it can benefit revenue, building a volunteer program and repacking traditional membership offering. The day ends with a panel discussion on the future of events, followed by the Association Evening.

September 18, 2018

Vancouver Ties It All Together

The fact that this year’s American Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting & The Foundation of the ASNR Symposium was held in Vancouver came as no surprise. The nearly 2,500 physicians and experts who are advancing the field of neuroradiology found a host destination with a successful life sciences sector and experts in their field, many of which do research at the the University of British Columbia.

“There’s a lot of research that’s done that we get to benefit from in this arena, and a lot of education and a lot of networking too,” says ASNR Executive Director Mary Beth Hepp. Neuroradiology is a discipline that depends on collaboration, she says. Delegates got to see what that looks like in Vancouver, where research institutions, biotech companies, universities and more make up a thriving life sciences ecosystem.

The 17th American Pediatrics Healthcare and Infectious Disease Conference was recently held in Vancouver, convening more than 25,000 pediatric researchers and practitioners. This year alone, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the International Society of Hematology, and the American Academy of Periodontology have made Vancouver their conference destination. Many of these associations choose the sustainable Vancouver Convention Centre with its largest non-industrial green roof in North America.

September 14, 2018

Quebec Wins Bid for People-Environment Studies Conference

Québec City won earlier this summer an important bid in Rome, Italy. The combined efforts of Université Laval and the Québec City Convention Centre managed to attract the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS), which will host its 26th conference for the first time in North America.

From June 21 to 26, 2020, Université Laval and the Québec City Convention Centre will host some 500 researchers in the fields of architecture, urban planning, psychology, geography, sociology, anthropology, and other disciplines that study people-environment relations.

This conference will be an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of scientific work around the globe on the interrelationships between people and the environment and the long history of education and research in the field at Université Laval’s School of Architecture,”said Carole Després, a Université Laval professor and ambassador for Quebec City.

September 11, 2018

Ottawa Leads the Way for Canada’s Life Sciences

In Ottawa, the life sciences sector regularly collaborates with Tourism Ottawa and other industry stakeholders to ensure the local expertise found here is leveraged to help augment agendas and drive delegate engagement. This became evident when the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) was planning its 2018 conference, as the the city prioritized iMig’s goal of ensuring meeting content aligned to the available resources. iMig Conference Manager Sukwhan Chung said: “Ottawa did a really good job starting the bid, connecting with officials who spread the word to their own networks. We saw a huge number of abstracts this year, which translates into delegates for us.”

Canada’s capital is a hub of life sciences expertise, leading the nation with its efforts in e-health, medical devices and biopharmaceuticals. Conference attendees have a wide array of resources to aid their research and professional development, from the Canada Science and Technology Museum to the National Research Council. There are also two life science-oriented Networks of Centres of Excellence in Ottawa, the Stem Cell Network and Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment.

One of attendees’ favorite resources is the University of Ottawa’s LIFE Research Institute as well as the the university-affiliated Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Cross-sector collaboration is one of Ottawa’s strengths, bringing experts of all backgrounds together in one compact but mighty community.

September 10, 2018

Talley-Miruka Partnership to Assist Associations in Africa

Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), and African association professional Jeffers Miruka of Kenya, are jointly launching the African Association Management Company (AFAMCO), headquartered in Kenya, providing associations with global experience, local connections, education and opportunity on the African Continent, while enabling growth for the organizations each company represents.

“Talley Management Group is very excited to add yet another global partnership to our list of growing brands,” said TMG President Gregg Talley, CAE. “With over 30 years of experience, TMG brings knowledge in the areas of full-service management, association program consulting and association outsourcing. Jeffers is an ideal partner for TMG as he is an association professional and has connections with nonprofit associations within Africa. We are excited to see what the future holds for us and look forward to expanding the AMC model within Africa.”

September 3, 2018

Calgary Gets Energised by Oil and Gas Conferences

With a number of meetings dedicated to wind and solar power, Calgary seems to be a sought-after host city for natural resources and renewable energy conferences.

For one, the Global Petroleum Show, North America’s largest conference for oil and gas professionals, has been convening in Calgary for over fifty years and is now hosted at BMO Stampede Park. It welcomes some 50,000 thought-leaders, industry influencers and professionals from 100 countries for three days of keynote speeches, technical presentations and panel discussions on the future of the industry.

The Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) is the flagship event of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the largest individual-member organization dedicated to engineers, scientists and other professionals in the oil and gas industry attended by some 6,000 delegates. Finally, Energy Disruptors Unite, a two-day conference held in May 2018  aimed to embrace the concept of disruption providing Calgary oil and gas professionals a chance to connect with the brains behind the ideas that threaten traditional business models. The second Energy Disruptors Unite conference will be held at Calgary’s Stampede Park, September 18 – 19, 2019.

Some 43% of Canada’s installed wind generation capacity is operated by Calgary-based energy companies, making the city one of the country’s centres of excellence in renewable energies, complemented by innovations being created through University of Calgary’s Centre for Advanced Solar Materials and the Calgary Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion Research Group.


August 29, 2018

Calgary Reaches out to Europe-based Associations

The Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) is now working with Sue Wilkes as its International Business Development Manager – Europe. Sue, who has previously worked with convention bureaus in Chicago, Gold Coast and Sydney, will be engaging the European market to generate new client opportunities for CTCC and the city of Calgary.

“There is massive potential for international associations headquartered in Europe to bring their congresses and meetings to Calgary” says Sue Wilkes. “So many associations align with the intellectual capital and research that is in Calgary’s universities and business community.”

Calgary is a vibrant city, the downtown core, is concentrated, walkable, connected to hotels, entertainment, retail shopping and the business community. CTCC can host congresses ranging from 1,500- 2,500 people, right in the centre of downtown.


August 24, 2018

Thailand Gets Standard for Association Planners

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) wants to accelerate the enhancement of meetings venue standards so that planners know what to expect. To this aim, ‘Thailand MICE Venue Standards 2018’, a marketing communications campaign has been created. Its goal?  Driving market penetration using digital network and createing awareness and encourage general public to remember the certification mark.

It is expected that 175 Thai meetings venues nationwide will be certified this year, lifting up the confidence of international events to select Thailand as their meetings destination.

“The ‘Thailand MICE Venue Standards 2018’ campaign will communicate with the target using key strategy called the 4 Create 1 Connect, which embraces Create the awareness of campaign; Create pleasant image of Thai MICE; Create the confidence among prospective users and Create understanding in organisation’s mission and vision, all of which are meant to initiate good connections with alliances and entrepreneurs, basing on the main concept “International standards you can trust. Guaranteed by Thailand MICE Venue Standards” commented Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of TCEB.