RE•WORK Brings Deep Learning to Toronto

RE•WORK Brings Deep Learning to Toronto

The RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit is coming to Toronto, October 25 – 26, 2018. Taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the summit covers the latest advancements in deep learning technologies from global leaders in the field and explores how industry leaders and startups are applying such techniques.

The summit comes on the heels of the technology boom happening in Toronto. In September, the city drew over $1.4 billion in investment from U.S. and Canadian companies, including Microsoft, Uber, Shopify and Instacart to name just a few. A recent study showed that Toronto has created more tech jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C. combined in the last year. With all that is happening in the city in the technology space, the city is a destination for tech meetings and events given the network and community here.

Also this year, the first ever AI for Government Summit will be run in conjunction with the conference providing the opportunity for attendees to interact with Government Bodies, Policymakers, Strategists and Directors of Innovation. The focus of the summit will be to explore the use of machine learning to increase efficiency, reduce costs and meet the high demands of the public sector. Attendees will have access to both events and be invited to interactive workshops, panel discussions, mentoring sessions and many more activities.

A full list of speakers is available here. Confirmed speakers across both tracks include:

Geoffrey Hinton, Professor, University of Toronto
Regarded as the godfather of AI, Hinton designs machine learning algorithms and was one of the researchers who introduced the back-propagation algorithm. His research group in Toronto made major breakthroughs in deep learning that have revolutionized speech recognition and object classification.

Brendan Frey, Co-Founder & CEO, Deep Genomics
Frey is internationally recognized as a leader in machine learning and genome biology. His group has published over a dozen papers in Science, Nature and Cell, and their most recent work on using deep learning to identify protein-DNA interactions was highlighted on the front cover Nature Biotechnology.

Tomi Poutanen, Chief AI Officer, TD Bank
Tomi is co-founder and co-CEO of Layer 6 AI (layer6.ai) which was recently acquired by TD Bank, which offers the world’s most accurate prediction engine for enterprise data. Layer 6 AI helps banks, media, cable/telco, and e-commerce companies leverage all of their data to predict customer needs and personalize each customer experience.

ReWork speakers
The RE•WORK Deep Learning Summit takes place October 25 – 26, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Last year the event in Montreal welcomed the pioneers of deep learning, Yoshua Bengio, Yann LeCun & Hinton, who shared their knowledge and expertise in a joint panel for the first time.

Watch the full presentation here.

Toronto is a hot-spot for AI with the likes of Uber, NVIDIA, Etsy and Samsung all announcing investment plans in Toronto for development in this space, not to mention the Vector Institute that has established itself as one of the leaders in research and development. The Canadian Government have committed over $125 million to AI developments. Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has announced its Smart City Project for the city’s waterfront that will be the ‘world’s first neighbourhood built from the internet-up’.

REGALE AT THE GLOBE AND MAIL CENTRE

REGALE AT THE GLOBE AND MAIL CENTRE

Yes, that’s right. You can now host your next event at Canada’s headquarters for authoritative news. In 2017, Canada’s most widely read news source opened its very own event space: The Globe and Mail Centre. Not far from the downtown core and located in Toronto’s actual Globe and Mail head office, the space is elegant, flexible, but most importantly, offers some of the best skyline views to add as a backdrop for your next event.

PARTY, CONVENE, OR MEET WITH A VIEW
Whether it’s a conference, intimate gathering, wedding, award shows, product launch, media event, or other corporate celebration, The Globe and Mail Centre prides itself on its flexibility and variety of customizable space. The best part? Each space offers a scenic view of Toronto’s dazzling skyline, including Lake Ontario.

Located in the King East Design District, the Globe and Mail Centre is a short distance from downtown Toronto, and also nearby charming neighbourhoods like the nearby Distillery Historic District and the Canary District. It’s easy to get to and easy to pair with a program of events, if needed, since it’s located in such a dynamic part of town.

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
With a variety of spaces, your event can be easily customized to your liking. Elegance meets high-tech convenience as all rooms are equipped with the latest AV technology, including refined furnishings that are LEED Gold Certified. At the upper-most floor of the Globe and Mail building, spaces include the Event Hall and Lounge that can be combined into a massive 6,500 sq. ft. room or easily separated into two distinct areas. The Event Hall (3,700 sq. ft.) and Lounge (3,800 sq. ft.) can be arranged to your needs. Let your creativity run wild as you conceptualize your ideal event whether it’s an elegant seated dinner, a themed product launch, or your company’s next holiday party. When the weather permits, the spacious and charming Terrace (2,800 sq. ft.) makes for a breezy gathering overlooking the downtown skyline, Lake Ontario, and the Toronto Islands.

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DECK THE HALLS
Actually, you can leave that to the Globe and Mail Centre! This year, plan your holiday themed event that’ll have your employees RSVP’ing faster than you can say ‘mistletoe’. You can expect only the highest quality catering and services, for your ideal festive get together. The Globe and Mail Centre works with carefully selected caterers and suppliers who share their high standards, and in turn work with you to make sure everyone’s aligned to ensure a successful event. And with the dazzling Toronto skyline acting as the backdrop, there will be more than enough holiday magic to enliven your holiday event.

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FMAV: The MVP of AV

FMAV: The MVP of AV

As the largest Canadian-owned audiovisual company, FMAV employs more than 250 staff across seven offices from coast to coast, including Toronto. What sets FMAV apart is a focus on partnering with their clients. While most AV companies simply rent gear to their clients, the team at FMAV intimately works with meeting planners, creating a connection that helps them achieve their business goals.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
This summer, FMAV partnered with Jays Care Foundation for the second consecutive year on their Curve Ball Gala to produce an event recognized as one of the best in Canada for 2018. The Gala raised funds to teach life skills and create lasting social change for children in marginalized communities across Canada. Working closely with Jays Care Foundation, including Candice and Alison Events Group, FMAV provided detailed expertise and care towards the Gala’s objective of elevating the attendee experience. This included the entire Blue Jays roster and more than 1,500 VIP guests, all within the Rogers Centre.

The gala gave guests a rare opportunity to not only root for the home team, but also mingle amongst the team’s biggest stars, coaches and alumni. All the while dining on the baseball diamond where the Blue Jays play. Working with such an iconic venue presented challenges for FMAV’s timeline as the Blue Jays hosted a home game the night before and after the gala. There were also audio challenges taking into account that it’s a stadium that seats 50,000, as well as seating-related issues since it’s highly important not to impact the turf in any way.

Working closely with Jays Care, FMAV’s team used graphics and content projections to immerse attendees into the journey and impact of the organization including:

  • A map of Canada featuring pinned locations showcasing the reach of Jays Care Foundation and the children who were helped by the organization
  • Creative seating arrangements: taking into consideration the field’s dimensions, FMAV conceptualized a horseshoe-shaped seating layout, bringing the audience closer to the stage
  • The Jays Care logo and imagery was projected onto a 20 ft. tall circular truss, simulating a baseball
  • 8 ft. by 8 ft. LED wall used to simulate a diamond, positioned on either side of the podium
  • Simulated draping décor outlined the field throughout the gala dinner

    “FMAV went above and beyond for us and accounted for every detail. They are experts in creating intimate amazing events, and the team was incredible in supporting us to tell our story though brainstorming and building engaging content in order to demonstrate our theme of ‘unstoppable kids’.” – Jenny Le, Manager, Events, Jays Care Foundation.

GALA EXTRAVAGANZA
The result was a spectacular event that truly captivated attendees, transformed the venue, and was their largest success to date in terms of donations. Jays Care hit a home run raising a whopping $1.5 million in support of Unstoppable Kids in the programs across Canada. The team’s efforts did not go unnoticed, with BizBash naming it one of the Top 100 Events in Canada of 2018.

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MAKE WAVES AT RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF CANADA

MAKE WAVES AT RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM OF CANADA

What’s big, watery, and filled with fish? More like 20,000 of them, including invertebrates and two green sea turtles. And no, it’s not Lake Ontario. Instead, you’ll find all these eclectic sea creatures happily swimming along the vast water-filled habitats of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. With nine galleries of salt and freshwater environments, there are aquatic specimens from around the world and Canada that live here – including sharks! The Dangerous Lagoon (where sharks reign), is the largest exhibit with 2.9 million litres of salt water. Rainbow Reef, just as colourful as it sounds, is the most diverse exhibit with over 100 different species of tropical fish.

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SEA AND BE SEEN
The masses just can’t get enough. Who doesn’t love petting string rays and taking selfies in front of a giant wall of glowing jellyfish? Earlier this summer, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada surpassed 10-million visitors after opening its doors to the public just four years ago! From day one tourists and locals line up to see and be seen with the aquarium’s exotic and photogenic marine life, conveniently located in Toronto’s downtown core, near most iconic attractions. It’s become a vital Toronto landmark in attracting both tourists and business to the city. One of Toronto’s most popular spots on social media, it’s a sought-after corporate event venue for galas, celebrations, fundraisers, holiday parties, meetings and more.

UNDER THE SEA AND OVER THE MOON
Plan the corporate event of a lifetime, leaving your delegates in constant awe of their surroundings. In between cocktails and bites, guests can roam fish-filled tunnels, play around with over 100 interactive exhibits, and fill their brains with fun facts from the aquarium’s knowledgeable education team. When it comes to events, Ripley’s goes above and beyond in creating a truly unique experience for guests.

For larger events with a capacity of up to 1,200 people, the Aquarium Rental is ideal as it gives delegates full access to all exhibits. Rental times begin at 7 PM from Sunday to Thursday, excluding late June, July and August. Event planners can customize the space to their liking with food stations and bars throughout, and ample space for varied entertainment opportunities. The possibilities are endless. For a more formal vibe, the lobby can host seated dinners of up to 200 guests, with intimate dining options available in the Rainbow Reef and Ray Bay galleries (up to 80 and 60 guests respectively).

DRINK WITH THE FISHIES

On Thursday, September 27 from 8pm-12am, Ripley’s is hosting their annual Octo-berfest where beer aficionados can raise a stein of craft beer and enjoy live music, all under the magic of charming sea creatures. The ten local breweries taking part in the festivities are: Steam Whistle, Cowbell Brewing, Nickel Brook Brewing Co., Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewery, Lost Craft Brewing Co., Muskoka Brewery, Railway City Brewing Co., Lake of Bays Brewing Co., and Collective Arts Brewing. Admission costs $30+HST and you must be 19 years old or older to attend. The evening includes Bavarian entertainment by Matt Lebar Ensemble, food, and of course, lots of fun! Purchase your tickets here.

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CANTRAV: PARTNERS IN YOUR SUCCESS

CANTRAV: PARTNERS IN YOUR SUCCESS

The most crucial part of planning a successful event is ensuring that a well thought out idea is executed properly. Enter Cantrav Services Inc., event planning experts who know that a healthy dose of creativity plus strategy makes for a seamless event that not only reflects a client’s vision, but is fun! On top of conveying a meaningful message, an impactful gathering still offers attendees a great time that they won’t soon forget.

EXECUTION IS EVERYTHING

Cantrav is one of Canada’s most reputable business events experts and leading ‘Destination Management Company’ (DMC). They serve as event whizzes who know the destination like the back of their hands, and can creatively marry their knowledge to the client’s needs. Cantrav offers this in spades, coupling their passion for Toronto with an innovative team that’s unafraid to push boundaries. Their formula is simple: a dash of creative vision with strategic insight, blended with their client’s goals, and remarkable execution.

KNOW YOUR MARKET

Especially when it’s the Prime Minister of Canada! Recently, Cantrav was the chosen DMC for an elite conference of 263 leading philanthropists from all over the world. Every detail throughout the three-night program was to reflect high level opulence. With a VIP guest list including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and U.S. President George W. Bush, the pressure was on.

Cantrav meticulously managed all the logistical details including branding, transportation, entertainment, offsite event production, hospitality suites, activities and more. An opening gala dinner was held at the Liberty Grand, with guests transported from their hotels via luxury coaches. Picture the scene: a lush red carpet welcomes guests as they’re greeted by two Royal Canadian Mounted Police on horseback. Inside the ballroom, the décor was tastefully elegant with white tones, gold accents, and florals.

Morning sessions were also top of mind, as Cantrav ensured that the impact from the previous evening’s gala would continue into the following day. An exquisite lunch was organized for guests at the Royal Conservatory of Music where once again the space was minimalist, chic and always elegant. With custom curated activities, conference members were entertained with a post-lunch sightseeing tour of Toronto’s most cultural and awe-inspiring attractions. No impressionable opportunity was left behind.

THE CHERRY ON TOP

Consistency is key when hosting a successful conference. As the final evening approached, Cantrav knew that the ambiance had to remain in line with the previous events, while being even more impactful. Why? This would be the delegates’ final impression. Did we mention Justin Trudeau would be there? Held at the Royal Ontario Museum, the evening’s tone would be modern-day elegance combined with traditional flair. Once again, opulent simplicity would take precedence with high and low floral arrangements, cirque-inspired centerpieces, and other regal details. Guests were entertained by cirque performances and soft musical performances, so as not to overpower interpersonal mingling.

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A CONFERENCE WELL DONE

The end result was a highly-successful conference and a very happy client. Cantrav hit all their targets in seamlessly organizing a high-level three-day event, from transportation and activity logistics to food and beverage coordination and event produciton, all while showcasing Toronto as a world-class destination.

Cantrav understands that impression is everything. They also know Toronto well, and there’s a lot to know about this eclectic city. With a variety of venues, local offerings, and different elements to consider, it takes an experienced DMC with the right industry leaders to navigate all the essentials efficiently, and craft a successful gathering. Luckily, Cantrav Services Inc. is both passionate about Toronto and what they do, so clients know they are in good hands when working with their team.

Learn more about the Cantrav team and how they can help elevate your next event here

Toronto Tops the List in Canada for Meetings & Events

Toronto Tops the List in Canada for Meetings & Events

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Toronto has been named the top city for meetings and events in Canada, in Cvent, Inc.’s inaugural rankings. The rankings are compiled based on sourcing activity through the Cvent Supplier Network.

In 2017, more than 40 million room nights worldwide and $14.7 billion of business were sourced through the Cvent Supplier Network – helping to support more than 715,000 events around the globe.

“We’re thrilled to have been named the Top Meeting Destination in Canada by Cvent, a recognition of our passionate community that is an industry leader in the meetings and events industry,” said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “Known as ‘Canada’s Downtown,’ Toronto is a city renowned for big-ticket events, top attractions, unique restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. We’re excited to share the energy found in our destination with each of the 400,000 delegates we welcome to Toronto every year.”

Additionally, Mississauga ranks 6th on the list, bringing even more accolades and recognition to the region.

“When we first launched Top Destinations in 2012, the only cities highlighted were located in the United States. Now, six years later, Top Destinations includes six lists covering every region in the world,” said Chris McAndrews, Vice President of Marketing for the Cvent Hospitality Cloud.

The top 10 cities in Canada for 2018 are:
1. Toronto, Ontario
2. Vancouver, British Columbia
3. Montreal, Quebec
4. Calgary, Alberta
5. Ottawa, Ontario
6. Mississauga, Ontario
7. Banff, Alberta
8. Edmonton, Alberta
9. Whistler, British Columbia
10. Quebec City, Quebec

“The cities featured in this year’s Top Destinations lists have invested significant time, energy, and resources into building premier locations that entice organizations, large and small, to plan meetings and events in their areas,” said McAndrews.

Methodology
Destinations around the world compete on a variety of factors including the accessibility of the destination and facilities for events, price and price flexibility, quality of facilities, quality of services, personal safety for attendees, and having a point of differentiation.

Cvent evaluated more than 11,000 cities worldwide featured on the Cvent Supplier Network to compile the seventh annual list. Activity was tracked from January 2017 through December 2017 and the ranking was then determined by a set of qualifying criteria consisting of:

  • Unique Request For Proposals Received
  • Total Room Nights
  • Awarded Request For Proposals
  • Awarded Room Nights
  • Percentage of Qualified Meeting Venues
  • Number of Profile Views

The HUM Awards are coming to Canada’s Downtown

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The stars of Pakistan are set to take over the Toronto region later this month with the arrival of the HUM Awards. The Toronto region will play host to the 6th annual HUM Awards, a celebration of the best of entertainment in Pakistan. The awards showcase Pakistan’s prominent celebrities, actors, musicians, dancers and performances on Saturday, July 28th.

HUM Television Network is Pakistan’s leading entertainment television channel which airs dramas and lifestyle programs. HUM Television is frequently rated as the prime entertainment channel in the country, and one of the top rated television channel in the South Asian sub-continent.

Previously held in Karachi, Dubai and Lahore, this will be the first time that the awards will take place outside of Pakistan, bringing the pageantry and glamour to Canada’s Downtown. Pakistanis from around the world eagerly await the HUM Awards which has established itself as the country’s chief awards show. The Toronto region is a natural fit for the HUM Awards as it is home to the largest Pakistani-Canadian community in the country.

Performers to include Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan, Bushra Ansari, Humayun Saeed,  Kubra Khan, Ahad Raza Mir and Mikaal Zulfiqar.

Event highlights include:

  • More than 100 artists, performers, media personalities and celebrities will be attendance
  • An exclusive red carpet event, followed by four hours of non-stop performances and award presentations
  • Approximately 15,000 attendees are expected at the awards show
  • The event airs on television to HUM Network’s viewers globally

HUM Network is a pioneer of entertainment, fashion and style in Pakistan. It has always been regarded as a grand platform to promote content related to style, glamour, lifestyle, media, and entertainment.

The HUM Awards are presented by Digital Media Limited (DML), bringing the Hum Network’s viewers to the Toronto region. DML is an exclusive sales and distribution partner for HUM Television Network in Canada. HUM World airs locally in the Toronto market on Bell Channel 830, Rogers Cable Channel 688 and Cogeco cable channel 102.

For more information and to book tickets to the show visit www.humawards.com.