TECH IN TORONTO

Albert Lai, the hometown tech hero, explains why Toronto is the perfect city for tech start-ups…and business events!

ALBERT LAI Co-founder, Big Viking Games Serial entrepreneur

Before starting Big Viking, I travelled to Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, Singapore, India and Berlin—all these up-and-coming new Silicon Valleys outside the U.S.—and none had the potent mixture of strong creative and technical talent that Toronto has.

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When flying into the city, it’s hard not to notice Toronto’s iconic skyline. Get to know what’s what with our guide to the cityscape. 

1. ROGERS CENTRE

Since 1989, the Rogers Centre (then known as the SkyDome) has been home base for the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as host to some of the biggest musical acts in the world. For a time during and after its construction, it was known as the “concrete convertible” for its fully retractable roof.

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ROGER THAT: The Rogers Centre roars with excitement during a Toronto Blue Jays game.

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STAFF PICK: INNOVATION HUB

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MaRS Discovery District

101 College Street.

MaRS is at the crossroads of innovation and commercialization, where researchers make new discoveries that they can bring to the market. It also reflects Toronto’s architectural trend toward striking contrasts, a spectacular fusion of old and new. And the stunning four-storey, 62-foot-high glass atrium is an outstanding event space.

By Andrew Weir, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Tourism Toronto.

7 WAYS TO ADD LEISURE TO YOUR NEXT TORONTO BUSINESS TRIP

“Bleisure” travel has become increasingly popular over the last few years – when professionals mix business with leisure, by adding vacation days on to work-related trips. If business is bringing you to Toronto, you can easily turn the visit into a memorable trip for the whole family or spend quality time with your partner with these 7 unique date ideas.

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5 IN 5: Enercare & Allstream Centres

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The area surrounding the Enercare and Allstream Centres is home to some of Toronto’s most amazing architecture and fascinating history! So take a quick walk during break times or at the end of the day to explore these 5 attractions, all within a 5 minute walk or so!

BMO Field

170 Princes’ Boulevard

After the conference, catch a game at BMO Field, Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium. It’s home to Canada’s National soccer team, Toronto FC (Canada’s first Major League Soccer team), and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. In 2015, the stadium was upgraded to include 8,400 new seats, new clubs and suites, and four massive columns that will hold up a roof, covering all of the seats in the east, west and south stands.

Stanley Barracks

2 Strachan Avenue

The limestone “New Fort” was built by the British army in 1841 to replace the nearby Fort York (see below). In 1892, it was renamed Stanley Barracks in honour of Governor Lord Stanley (of Stanley Cup fame). Canadian forces took over from 1870 to 1947. The barracks then served as public housing until the early 1950s and the Toronto Maritime Museum until 1998. Today only one of the original buildings survives. Construction of Hotel X is underway in the surrounding area.

Princes’ Gates

100 Princes’ Boulevard

The stunning arched gateway at Exhibition Place commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. The gates were unveiled during a visit from Edward, Prince of Wales and Prince George on August 30, 1927. The gates are topped by the Goddess of Winged Victory statue, and the nine pillars represent the Canadian provinces in existence at the time.

Toronto Inukshuk Park

789 Lake Shore Boulevard West

The Toronto Inukshuk Park is home to one of the largest inukshuk in North America, made from 50 tons of mountain rose granite by acclaimed Inuit artist Kellypalik Qimirpik! And inukshuk is an important symbol of Canada’s Aboriginal people, serving as a guide to travellers on land and sea, providing comfort, advice and spatial orientation.

Fort York*

250 Fort York Boulevard

One of Canada’s most important historical structures is just minutes away! (*Okay, this one’s actually a 9-minute walk.) Fort York includes the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings constructed by the British Army and Canadian troops to defend Upper Canada from the newly independent United States. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1923. Today, visitors can enjoy tours, exhibits, and period settings, as well as many festivals and concerts in the summer months!

THE CN TOWER TURNS 40!

Considered a national icon and a must-see attraction in Toronto – the CN Tower is arguably the most recognizable landmark in the city. While it is one of Toronto’s top attractions, it’s also a corporate venue for hosting meetings and events of up to 2,000 people. From its spectacular views and award-winning cuisine to the flexible meeting space (including a private in-house theatre and revolving restaurant), the CN Tower is an inspired venue for your next event. This Toronto icon is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, standing at 553m/1,815 ft. It also boasts  a couple of unique accolades like the world’s highest ‘hands-free’ walk (called the EdgeWalk) at 116 stories above ground, as well as the world’s highest wine cellar according to the Guinness World Records. It opened in 1976 and celebrates its 40th anniversary on June 26th