The Leaders Circle is supported by the City of Toronto and Mayor John Tory was named an “Honourary Ambassador” at the inaugural event on November 26, 2015. When looking to host an international congress, the Leaders Circle acquires official Letters of Support from the Mayor’s office to include in the strategic conference bid package. In the international meetings market, it is imperative to show that we have the City’s endorsement on these bid efforts. We will continue to include invitations to the City of Toronto for future Leaders Circle networking events and draw on their support for future conference bids.


The Leaders Circle,which in the world of meetings and events is known as an, “Ambassador program”, partners with members of the research community and university professors to submit strategic bids to host international congresses in Toronto. Research has shown that 70% of international meetings require a local expert to put forward the bid to become host city. Therefore, the process of hosting an international meeting necessitates a collaboration between the Leaders Circle and members of the research and university community. As an example of such collaborations, in 2015, the Leaders Circle partnered with Life Sciences Ontario, the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario to submit a bid for 2019 BIO International Convention.

Other Leaders Circle partnerships:
Dr. Peter Cox and Dr. Peter Laussen, Sick Kids Hospital, Co-Chairs of the 2016 8th World Congress on Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care
Dr. Sam Schulman, Hamilton Health Sciences, Congress President, 2015 Congress of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis


Toronto is a centre for world-leading research with a workforce of over 45,000 individuals working in the life sciences sector. This extraordinary talent operates largely out of the city’s, Discovery District which is Canada’s largest concentration of hospitals, research institutes, business incubators and venture capital organizations. The Discovery District is also home to MaRS which helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their innovations.

There are also a number of government programs that companies can access to help grow and accelerate product development. Toronto is also home to over 50 major pharmaceutical, digital health and medical device companies that provide private sector investment to businesses. Toronto also provides a competitive costs allowing for excellent economic return on R&D investments.
(Information taken from Invest Toronto, Life Sciences Key Sectors one pager)


We want people to hear, “Leaders Circle” and have awareness of who we are and what we are all about; want to be top of mind. In the coming months and years, we will conduct presentations at the city’s universities and institutes in an effort to build key partnerships to further the chance of Toronto being successful in the international meeting market, in particular in health sciences sector. This engagement creates opportunities to target and attract potential future meetings that have the ability to highlight the life science strengths of our city and region on a global scale.In order to be well informed of our city’s strengths that our program helps to highlight, we will conduct research on Toronto’s centres of excellence and universities and keep abreast of life science breakthroughs generated from our city’s groundbreaking institutes.

Focusing a majority of our research on the life science sector, we will continue to identify international meetings that showcase our city’s excellence in this field. Through discussion with various Leaders Circle stakeholders and partners, we will find new and innovative ways to engage and support the industry experts we partner with to bring international meetings to Toronto.


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President and CEO of Leaders Circle and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Barry Smith also serves as a primary supporter of the Leaders Circle, a network of professionals who work to put Toronto on the world conference stage. The Leaders Circle is a regeneration of Toronto’s longstanding Ambassador Program, which has successfully brought international meetings to this city for a number of years.

Prior to his work at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Barry was Vice President of Operations and General Manager of ORCA Bay Sports and Entertainment in Vancouver. Barry also managed General Motors Place, and additional career highlights include a successful tenure as Senior Vice President and General Manager with the British Columbia Pavilion Corporation where he was responsible for the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, as well as one with B.C. Place Stadium where he held the title of Chief Financial Officer.

Because of their focus on the promotion of the research and innovation of various industry leaders throughout the city, Barry and the Leaders Circle’s mission is one that wholeheartedly echoes that of TO Health.

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The Leaders Circle is the ONLY PROGRAM OF ITS KIND in Toronto that offers complimentary consulting services to professionals looking to host their international meeting here.

The program is supported by the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Tourism Toronto and the Ontario Provincial Government.

The Leaders Circle is a well funded, industry supported program dedicated to helping to PROMOTE THE RESEARCH ADN INNOVATION ACCOMPLISHMENTS of our industry leaders.

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