November 2017/ Major Events in Toronto

Business, Social and Fundraising Events

Find business networking events, and meetings in Toronto. If you are looking to have a night out with your friends or business partners check out our social and fund-raising events.

Toronto Business Networking Events


Technology and digital solutions know no boundaries, and yet public policies shape innovation ecosystems. Administrative and regulatory rules as well as fiscal frameworks have an impact on companies’ ability to innovate, and incentives may be necessary to develop and maintain conducive environments for startups and scale-ups.

This event will allow us to discuss how France and Ontario support new businesses and innovative practices, and give startups the means to grow and develop new business models, products, services and technologies.

Date: 1 November 2017, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Venue: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street (Room CR3), Toronto, ON M5G 1L7



  • Revenue Engineering (Marketing & Sales) for your Startup – RevUP Fall 2017

You have a great product/service backed by a solid business model. The next step in the process of building a startup is to get the product/service out in the market, get people to use it and make money out of it! This is often the hard part and many startups fail to market their product/service and sell it.

Revenue Engineering is a set of processes that drive customer traction and revenue for a business. This workshop is designed to help you understand the importance of sales and marketing, and lay a solid foundation for revenue growth.


Date:  November 2, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Venue: Room 519 – Kaneff Tower, 4700 Keele St, North York, ON



  • Pitching your Startup – RevUP Fall 2017

Entrepreneurs need to be able to pitch their startups: for face-to-face events, or a sales pitch to a prospective customer or a pitch to investors to access funding. Also, they need to do it effectively and successfully.

In this workshop, you will learn how to pitch your startup communicate its value proposition effectively.

Date: 7 November 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Venue: Room 519 – Kaneff Tower, 4700 Keele St, North York, ON



  • 2017 Business Excellence Awards

The Board’s Business Excellence Awards (BEAs) celebrate small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals in all sectors of the Toronto region business community who demonstrate exceptional growth, leadership and innovation. A night of celebration and connecting, the event is an outstanding opportunity to meet and connect with business leaders and city builders, enjoy a delectable dinner and be inspired.

Date: November 8, 2017, 07:00 PM – 09:30 PM. (Registration at 06:00 PM)

Venue: Toronto Region Board of Trade (Room: 4th Floor Lennox Hall)




The way people and organizations invest is changing fast. New financial technologies are simplifying investing and giving individuals greater control over their money. At the same time, a new kind of activist investor is emerging. These demand investments that drive social progress or accelerate the shift to a clean economy – while still creating a profit. What do these financial shifts mean for investors? How can social entrepreneurs and clean technology companies capitalize on them? And will they create a fairer and greener economy?

The Social Finance Forum is the place to find out.

Date: November 9, 2017, 8:00 AM – FRI, November 10, 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Venue: MaRS Centre (Auditorium), 101 College St., Toronto, ON



  • Big Impact: A day in the life of…

A Fortune 500 CEO, a serial entrepreneur, a cabinet minister, a social activist, a futurist. Join WXN for a rare, behind-the-curtain look at a day in the life looks for powerful individuals in roles like these, now at the height of their careers. Speakers from all walks of life will delve into the daily struggles and triumphs that shape their lives and visions for the future. Come prepared to be inspired and enlightened.

Date: November 9, 2017, 6:00 PM.

6:00 – 6:45 – Registration & Networking
6:45 – 8:00 – Discussions and Q&A
8:00 – 8:30 – Networking

Venue: Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower, 8th Floor, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4



  • The Social Impact Summit

The Social Impact Summit is an engaging and inspiring conference program that brings together leading academics and practitioners to expose delegates to a variety of issues and topics in the area of Social Impact and Responsible Leadership. This two-day Summit is a mixture of keynote speakers, panel discussions, skill building workshops and networking opportunities designed to educate and inspire delegates to be impactful and responsible leaders both in their careers and in their local communities.

Date: November 10-11, 2017, 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Venue: Queen’s University Campus, Kingston ON



  • Financing & Fundraising for your Startup – RevUP Fall 2017

This workshop will be focused on managing the financials for your startup. You will learn the various options for financing your startup and provide you with a practical guide for how to prepare your first (or next) round of financing for your startup. Whether you’re an entrepreneurial person who someday could be seeking investment capital, or a startup founder or CEO of an early-stage company looking to raise funds, this class will provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed.

Date: 14 November 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Venue: Room 519 – Kaneff Tower, 4700 Keele St, North York, ON



This one-day event will bring together senior executives, entrepreneurs, scientists, public policy makers, and academics from Canada’s top business schools to explore the significant implications that global competition, changing demographics, and the emerging “fourth industrial revolution” will have on society in the years ahead.

Date: November 16, 2017, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Venue: Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St W, Toronto ON




The Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) and Unico Primo are celebrating the fifth edition of Pentola d’Oro Awards Gala. The event is a widely recognized annual Gala within the Italo-Canadian cultural and business community all over Ontario.

Date: November 17, 2017. Cocktail Reception: 5 pm. Dinner Gala Reception: 7 pm

Venue: Chateau Le Parc Event Centre, 1745 Langstaff Road, Concord, ON L4K 2H2

Host: ICCO



  • Immigrant Business Expo

Organized by New Canadians TV, in collaboration with the City of Toronto and a number of leading immigrant-serving organizations in Toronto, the second annual Immigrant Business Expo (IBE) is a one-day exhibition including workshops and small business clinics assisting new immigrant and refugee business owners.

Date: November 18, 2017; 9:30am to 3:30pm

Venue: Metro Hall, 55 John St. Toronto



  • Accelerating the Movement of People & Goods

Transportation is the Board’s longest running advocacy file. The smooth movement of people and goods is critical to the Toronto region’s recognition as a global champion.

Presented by SNC-Lavalin, this year marks the 3rd Annual Transportation Summit and the movement of people, goods and the future of transportation is brought together. Through insights, discussion and discourse, topics ranging from how the Region’s Transportation Plan 2.0 stands to benefit commuters and business to how to remove bottlenecks will be explored.

Date: November 21, 2017, 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

Venue: Toronto Region Board of Trade (Room:4th Floor – Lennox Hall)



  • 25th Annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Gala

The annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Gala is the premier event of the year. Nominees, applicants, finalists, judges and guests have the opportunity to celebrate Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards in style.

After an elegant cocktail reception spent mingling with celebrity guests, dignitaries and past award winners, guests will move into the grand ballroom for a three course dinner, entertainment and the official Awards Show where the winners of six award categories will be announced live.

Date: November 22, 2017, 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm.

Venue: Fairmont Royal York Hotel – Concert Hall, 100 Front Street West, Toronto,Canada



  • Entrepreneurs Conference & Trade Show

The Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference & Tradeshow is designed to provide entrepreneurs, whether budding or experienced, with the opportunity to expand their professional network, hear from experienced and successful entrepreneurs on tips and opportunities and learn what it takes to grow their business.

Date: November 22, 2017

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON



  • 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Leadership Summit (Toronto)

Join the 2017 Top 100 Leadership Summit in Toronto on Thursday, November 23rd at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre downtown. The afternoon Leadership Summit offers the opportunity to connect with and learn from past and present Top 100 Award Winners at this engaging and informative event.

Date: November 23, 2017, 11:30 AM.

Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), 255 Front Street West, Toronto, M5V 2W6



  • 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards Gala (Toronto)

As the community grows, Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners affirm the power and potential of women across the country. Collectively, women continue to create a better professional and societal landscape for all of us. And that, certainly, deserves a celebration!

The Awards Gala will celebrate the 2017 Award Winners from the public, private and non-profit sector across nine categories.

Date: November 23, 2017, 5:15 PM.

Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), 255 Front Street West, Toronto, M5V 2W6



  • Social Finance Academy

In Canada, new funds, products, and platforms such as Social Impact Bonds, and Equity Crowd Funding are on the rise. As well, social procurement policies are being adopted by governments as a way to meet their mandates. Investors from foundations to endowment boards, through to everyday retail investors are now able to think differently about how their investments achieve financial returns while maximizing social and environmental benefits.

Date: Nov 23 – Nov 24, 2017, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Venue: 200 Front St W, Toronto ON



Toronto Social Events

  • 2017 Canadian German Gala Ball

Do not miss out on the most anticipated event of the year for the German Canadian business community!  Save the date for an evening full of great entertainment, music, fun and networking at the Royal Ontario Museum on November 4, 2017 starting at 6.30 p.m. Each year the Gala is an amazing way to invite important business partners, reward your employees and spend time with honored guests. The evening starts off with an elegant champagne reception followed by a delectable five-course dinner by Oliver & Bonacini, exceptional live entertainment and music as well as a silent auction and a raffle draw for luxurious prizes.

Date: November 4, 2017, 6:30 PM

Venue: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto



  • EU Film Festival

The European Union Film Festival is a Not-for-Profit organization, it’s the unique cultural collaboration of EU Consulates and Cultural Institutes in Toronto. Celebrating cinematic excellence with national and international award-winning films, the official European Union Film Festival (EUFF) strives to reflect the excellence, innovation, and diversity of European cinema in Toronto, the world’s most multicultural city.

Date: November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – November 23, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

Venue: Details to be announced



  • Launch of Pizza Cultura

 The Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario is pleased to announce its exciting new editorial project, Pizza Cultura, a book entirely devoted to the most popular and celebrated dish around the world: pizza! Pizza Cultura is scheduled for launch on November 14, 2017 during CENTITALIA, a week long event on Italian cuisine and authentic and certified Italian products, with the presence of chef from Italy and in-residence, and the organization of master classes, workshop and a symposium.

Date: November 14, 2017, time n/a

Venue: ICCO and Centennial College



  • The Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration

The evening will include unlimited wine, live entertainment and wonderful fellowship, all in support of International projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Toronto – Forest Hill. The menu includes shrimp gnocchi, chef carved striploin, European cold cuts, international cheeses, a variety of desserts and much more.

Date: Thursday, November 16th 2017, 6.30pm-10pm

Venue: Courtyard Marriott Hotel – 475 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7


  • The Santa Claus Parade

The Santa Claus Parade has been a Toronto tradition since 1905. Fantastic animated floats leave the corner of Christie and Bloor Street in the company of two dozen marching bands and a couple of thousand costumed participants, cheered along by excited kids (and adults!).

Date: November 19, 2017.

Venue: Along Santa’s Downtown Parade Route



  • Pub Night



Date: November 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Venue: PJ O’Brien’s Pub ~ 39 Colborne St, Toronto



  • Brain Candy Live!


It’s what your mind is hungry for…

Adam Savage, one of television’s most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube’s biggest stars and they’re coming to a theatre near you. They’re bringing along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that’s an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience like no other.

Date: November 25, 2017, 7:30 PM.

Venue: The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts



  • Cavalcade of lights

Kick off the holiday season with the first lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree at the annual Toronto Cavalcade of Lights.

This festive event, a Toronto tradition for nearly 50 years, features the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, a brilliant fireworks show and a DJ skating party – all in Nathan Phillips Square.

Date: November 25, 2017.

Venue: Nathan Phillips Square



  • Belgian Frites Night

The Monthly Event of the Belgian Community – featuring this month

Wear orange and get 1 extra raffle ticket
Wear a costume and get 2 extra raffle tickets!

Frites Night is a monthly event open to all that allows you to network effectively in a relaxed atmosphere, meet new people or just have a good time with friends!

Frites Night welcomes you in various special locations in downtown Toronto. Come try amazing Belgian food & beer! Each month Frites Night gives you the chance to win prizes through its many partners.

Date: November 28, time TBA

Venue: TBA



Toronto Fundraising Events

  • Haha! Comedy for a Cause (Fundraiser for George Herman House)

Come out for an evening of standup comedy and partake in our sizzling live auction! Host Ali Hassan welcomes Carolyn Bennett, George Westerholm, and Evan Carter to the stage of the Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto. Our fundraising goal this year is in support of holistic programming initiatives at George Herman House, a residential program that supports and empowers its residents in their transition to independent living.

Dates: November 8, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST

Venue: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6



  • Charity Gala Cocktail Party

The Annual Networking Cocktail Party aims at keeping refugee girls in school by raising awareness for the cause.

Dates: 27 November 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Venue:  The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto, ON M5B 2H4




Meet MPP Soo Wong, political involvement and a social calling

A road of determination leading to success


Powerful, compelling and simple, the first female Chinese-Canadian to be elected to the Ontario Legislature leaves no room for doubt as she claims from the outset “I do my things because I care about them”.

Although the brilliant politician is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, she also currently works on Bill 79, an Act to proclaim the Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day. She serves as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Soo Wong is a member of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly and Standing Committee of Regulations and Private Bills. Not only that, she also sits on the Health Education Social Policy Subcabinet Committee. She is also Deputy Speaker in the Legislature.

Behind the politician who is committed to combating childhood obesity, stands a woman forceful in her ability to encourage others to strive towards continuous improvement. As she aced bringing forward a resolution calling on the Government to declare May as childhood obesity awareness month, she initiated the first food labels in chains such as Mcdonalds and Tim Hortons across Canada. “Let’s just think of how many kids we can help with one piece of legislation when we know that one legislation can help 14 million Ontarians” shares Soo.

When Soo Wong landed in Ontario for the first time in 1970, she would have probably been the last one to imagine that in grade 10, at 14 years old,  she would become the President of her High School’s student council.

With no English-speaking parents at home, regardless of her immigration background and despite her young age, the child prodigy stood firm to earn the respect of her school’s supervising authorities. “If I didn’t stand my ground to support my peers, I would have been in trouble representing the student body” says Wong. Within one of Toronto’s largest schools, Soo Wong was taught the core principles of negotiation and quickly acknowledged that “learning doesn’t stop at 3:30pm because the clock says that the school day is over”.

In 1982, as a university student now enrolled in nursing school, Soo Wong remained true to herself when she introduced her big plan to revolutionize a unique event, a very big plan. She thought:

“the amount of energy needed to make two muffins is the same amount of energy needed to make six muffins. It equally requires the use of one batter and the oven to be turned on. So, why not make six?”


SOO WONG, MPP Scarborough-Agincourt


Like that, just a stone’s throw from the Hospital for Sick Children, where young patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) receive their treatment, Soo Wong decided that getting the kids fully immersed in a beautiful activity was no longer a possibility, but was meant to happen. Shutting down one of Toronto’s major avenues, she did not only transform what used to be a standard fundraising bed race for the charity organization, but she converted it into an integrative bed race, in the heart of the city, where kids could take part in the festivities held in their honour and simply be kids again. One success leading to another, with a faith to move mountains for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Soo’s true passion for public health was born and so was her career in fundraising with the charity organization, Shinerama Toronto.

Smoking By-law in York region.Dedicated to support others, after years as a registered nurse, Soo Wong felt the need to make the best use of her skillset and found herself appointed with a mission that brought to light her capacity to generate outstanding ideas from actions to words. At a time when it was permitted to smoke in public areas all over the country, in the City of York’s Health Department and York Region Health Services, Soo seized the opportunity to put words to paper when developing, implementing and evaluating No-Smoking By-Laws, policies and research on smoking rooms in various establishments.


“If you believe in something, you have to work on it and proactively fight for it”, asserts Soo. With that motto always in mind, not only is she one of Toronto’s strongest advocates of  change and a role model to many youngsters and immigrants, but the Chinese-Canadian politician also lends her name to many volunteer actions and educational programs.

“Changing and improving the lives of Canadians is simple, it starts with becoming the voice of those who are voiceless and putting the money where the mouth is: with young people”, concludes Soo Wong.

It was a pleasure and an honour for us to interview MPP Soo Wong. When getting the chance to learn more on her professional journey, we can highly appreciate and admire her commitment to prioritize Public Health above all matters.


October 2017/ Major Events in Toronto

Business, Social and Fundraising Events

Find business networking events, and meetings in Toronto. If you are looking to have a night out with your friends or business partners check out our social and fund-raising events.


Toronto Business Networking Events

  • Small Business Network

Our speaker is Kate Watson, corporate lawyer. Kate Watson acts for various entities including private equity firms, public corporations and not-for-profit corporations, and owner-operated private companies. Kate’s practice is focused on meeting both the business and personal legal needs of her entrepreneurial clients:

  • equity and debt financings
  • mergers, acquisitions and sale transactions
  • corporate reorganizations
  • partnerships and joint ventures
  • business formation, including the incorporation of professional corporations
  • shareholders agreements
  • employee stock options and other equity and equity-linked compensation programs
    wills, trusts and family business succession planning

Date: October 10, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Toronto Reference Library (Hinton Learning Theatre), 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

Host: Toronto Public Library



  • Canadian Women in STEM Conference

Canadian Women in STEM Conference: Success Stories and Strategies for Closing the Gender Gap #CanWomenSTEM150 As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, we are celebrating Canadian Women in STEM with a one-day conference on October 14 at Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events. This conference is designed to bring together women and professionals in STEM for knowledge exchange and used as a learning platform to support diversity and close the gender gap for women in STEM. Beyond your typical conference, this event creates opportunities to open up dialogue and form tools and strategies for women in STEM and for the generation of women who are considering STEM as their future career. We welcome men to attend the conference and be part of the solution with us!

Date: October  14, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Venue: 20 Toronto St, Toronto, ON Suite 200




  • GROW Your Business FAST – Entrepreneur Success Circles™

Welcome to the Entrepreneur Success Circle™ Program! Nothing happens in business until a sale is made. Patti Pokorchak will share her skills and knowledge from her decades of professional sales and marketing experience in this online virtual program. The timing works for those on the West and East coast and even from Europe. 

This program is meant for anyone who has had little to no formal sales training. It will provide an easy-to-follow guide to success in developing your business, no matter what business you are in. Selling is simple once you know how. To learn faster, you must learn from an entrepreneurial expert seller, not someone who’s used to training sales departments as it’s too much information that is not applicable to most small businesses and solopreneurs.

Participants will start with the basics of how to grow a business based on the high and low experiences that Patti accumulated from having started 11 businesses in the past 25 years, seven in the past seven years in mainly B2B and but she did have her own retail garden centre in the middle of nowhere which she made into a thriving destination.

Cost of the four sessions is usually $397 but if you register before October 6, 2017, you get a whopping 50% off discount, so it’s only $197 plus HST.

Register NOW before they sell out as these are SMALL intimate groups, maximum 6 entrepreneurs where you will learn from each other, keep everyone accountable and grow your businesses FAST and Profitably! It is a win-win for all who take part. All sessions will run for 60-90 minutes via Zoom.

** NOTE: depending on who is in each circle, the topics for each week can be changed and adapted to meet your needs more closely.

Date: Monday, October 16, 2017, at 12 pm EDT for the four consecutive weeks. ( If that time is not good for you, other solutions could be brought up).

Venue: Wherever you want, it’s online!



  • Sibos 2017

Sibos is the global financial services networking event organised by SWIFT. The annual conference and exhibition connects more than 8,000 executives, decision makers and thought leaders from across the industry.

Toronto’s reputation and its financial institutions are underpinned by Canada’s ranking as the world’s soundest banking system six years in a row by the World Economic Forum (2008-2013). In 2014, Canada’s banking system was ranked #1 in the world for financial strength by Moody’s.

Toronto also boasts an innovative economy. More than a quarter of all Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in financial services is related to FinTech. R&D activity is greater than in any other single jurisdiction in Canada.The city’s mix of stability and innovation ensures that Toronto is the ideal host for Sibos 2017, as thousands of delegates come together to discuss the future of the industry.

This will be the second Sibos to take place in the city, following its successful debut in 2011. Sibos will be held in the midst of significant celebrations, with 2017 marking Canada’s 150 year anniversary.

Date: 16-19 October, 7am to 2pm.

Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), 255 Front Street West, Toronto, M5V 2W6



  • Corporate Reputation and Canadian Consumers

Strategic Leadership Forum Toronto is excited to host a panel discussion on corporate trust and the Canadian consumer.

This event will offer actionable insights and tips to marketing professionals and CEOs looking to build trust among clients, consumers and stakeholders. Attendees will hear from industry leaders about proactive reputation management through effective communications, including tips for enhancing credibility of leaders, companies and brands.

Alison Fleming of Shopify (ecommerce), Bruce MacLellan of Environics (communications), and Susan Schutta of Revera Inc. (senior living)will share their insights and expertise.Bruce will also present findings from the Environics Communications’ CanTrust Index, which provides an in-depth snapshot of Canadians’ trust in companies, information sources and leaders.

In October, join the SLF community for this engaging, insightful presentation with the following panelists:

+ Alison Fleming, Brand Strategy Lead, Shopify
+ Bruce MacLellan, CEO, Environics Communications
+ Susan Schutta, Vice President of Communications, Revera Inc.

This is a great opportunity to network with professionals in different companies and industries, and stay up to date on what’s new in the Canadian marketing landscape.

Date: 17 October, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Venue: Centre for Social Innovation – Annex, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

Host: Corporate Reputation and Canadian Consumers (Panel) by Strategic Leadership Forum



  • CIX Summit

CIX is a leading technology and ‘must attend’ technology innovation conference destination where investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs and facilitators converge to drive economic growth and accelerate the development and implementation of new ideas. In celebration of our 10th anniversary we’ve introduced a new look, new venue and an expanded 2-day program format. Meet more than 10 top CEOs as the guest speaker at this conference and obtain the skills from the CEOs.

Date: October 17 & 18, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Venue: 145 Richmond St W, Toronto ON

Host:  CIX




Join the U.S. Commercial Service of the Embassy of the United States of America, the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, and the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency at the “Expand to the U.S. Workshop” in Ogdensburg, New York, on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

This full-day event will introduce Canadian companies to expansion opportunities in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, and throughout the New York State.  The convenient and quick access from Eastern Ontario and West Quebec to the NYS region provides multiple competitive advantages Canadian firms can enjoy to enhance their supply chain and access to a large volume of U.S. customers and suppliers.

The exclusive full-day program will provide valuable information including:

  • Expert advice on incorporation, taxation, immigration and workforce recruitment
  • An overview of business incentives and benefits for qualifying business that expand to New York State
  • Information on available industrial sites and buildings
  • A tour of Ogdensburg Industrial Park, home to Canadian-based businesses currently operating successfully in the US market.

If your company is considering or actively planning expansion to the United States, consider registering for this full day program.

Date: October 18, 2017, full-day program

Venue: Dobisky Visitor’s Center, 100 Riverside Avenue, Ogdensburg, N.Y



  • CIMA Canada – Disruption: Storm proofing your future

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the CIMA Branch in Canada is organizing a conference with the title Disruption: Storm proofing your future.

BCCTC members receive complementary tickets to attend.

The CIMA Conference Committee has brought together a fantastic group of business leaders who will discuss the different types of disruption facing today’s businesses; from digital disruption, black swans, exponential technologies, workforce/demographic shifts and the increasingly VUCA nature of the world, and what you can do to protect against these.

The opening remarks at the conference will be delivered by CIMA President David Stanford. As a key note speaker, there will be, the founder of the McLean Group and former Chair of CN Rail, David McLean. Following the key note speech, there will be a panel discussion that includes business executives and thought leaders in the fields of disruption and will be Chaired by Derek DeCloet, Executive Editor and Business Editor of the Globe and Mail.

Date: October 19, 2017, 1:30pm 5.00pm; followed by a cocktail reception until 7.00pm

Venue: Bram & Bluma Appel Salon789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

Host: The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the CIMA Branch in Canada




The Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the European Chamber of Commerce in Canada are hosting a closed door high-level discussion on the current market access opportunities and challenges for European businesses established in Canada and those planning to expand into Canadian markets. This interactive, EU funded event, will bring together a diversity of industry professionals and established Euro/Canadian networks, to exchange insightful information on the current situation for European companies in the Canadian market.

This Workshop is part of the wider outreach program under the CETA Market Access Program for EU Business which aims to enable and expand a sustainable information sharing network amongst EU stakeholders.

Date: 19 October, 2017

14:00 – 16:30: Closed‐door Discussion for EU Business
16:30 – 18:00: EU Stakeholder Workshop
18:00 – 20:00: Networking Buffet and Cocktail

Venue: To be confirmed

Host:  EUCCAN – The Business Voice Of Europe



  • TRSM Executive Education – Are your customers “in synch” with your brand?

Every company knows brands are valuable assets. Whether B2B or B2C, your brand is a direct connection to your customers and it shapes their experience with your organization. In a rapidly changing business environment, the strength of that connection is more important than ever. Building that strength requires understanding your brand’s resonance, knowing how to maximize it, and ensuring your brand strategies, customer experiences, and activities align with your business goals.

Join Janice Rudkowski and Kathryn Newton from Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management for an interactive workshop on brand resonance. Experience a valuable hands-on opportunity to learn how to tap into your brand’s potential.

During the workshop you will:

  • – Learn how companies build, manage and maintain brand resonance
  • – Identify your current brand resonance and evaluate gaps and opportunities
  • – Take away practical brand resonance tools to share with your colleagues

Date: October 19, 2017, 8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Registration: 08:00 AM

Venue: 1 First Canadian Place 77 Adelaide St. W. (Room: 3rd Floor – Ridout)

Host:  Toronto Region Board Of Trade



  • FEMM Live Toronto


Join mentors, teachers and thought leaders as we celebrate female entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and global diversity!

This full day event includes fabulous keynotes, panels, marketplace/networking, music/entertainment & more! Breakfast, lunch & afternoon snacks are also included in your full day access pass.

BeSocial Members, Friends and Supporters get $200 off with the following Promo Code: BESOCIAL97 

Speakers/performers include Michele Romanow (Dragon’s Den), Margaret Trudeau, Vicki Saunders, Amber Mac, Paulette Senior, Heidi Allen, Maria Locker, Sandra Laronde, Kelly Lovell, Stephania Varalli, Susan Howson, Joy Foster, Jessica Pheonix & more! Live Stage Production by Red Sky Performance as well as Miss Emily featuring Rob Baker & Gord Sinclair of the Tragically Hip, Elyse Saunders, & headliners the Abrams Brothers!! For full speaker line-up and details please visit
#FEMMLiveTO proudly supports the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Date: 21 October 2017, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM EDT

Venue: Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3



  • ViVaCious Leaders Conference

ViVaCious Leaders is an annual conference created by women, for women. The conference features 5 dynamic speakers on the topics of authentic leadership, breaking through fear and how to lead like a rockstar! Our 2017 keynote speaker is Stuart Knight who’ll be sharing insights on how to create powerful conversations that transform relationships. Every conference ticket also includes an intimate 3-course lunch at the luxurious George restaurant, gift bags, door prizes and complimentary wine & cheese at the afternoon networking event. You’ll also receive immediate access to videos of the 2016 speakers with your ticket purchase. These speakers included Rona Maynard (Ex-Editor-In-Chief of Chatelaine) and Tammy Moore (CEO, ALS Canada).

Date: October 21, 2017, 8.30am – 6pm

Venue: Verity 111 Queen St E

Host: Trudy Murphy & Jackie Eldridge Co-Creators, ViVaCious Leaders Conference



FranchiseCanada Show

The FranchiseCanada Show is the only franchise expo produced by the Canadian Franchise Association, the national trade association for franchising and your indispensable resource.

This two-day event is where you will discover Canada’s leading franchise opportunities that allow you to be in business for yourself but not by yourself. It is specifically designed to help you explore franchise opportunities in person and speak directly with franchisors.

    • Connect with 100+ exhibitors from the hottest franchise brands and concepts.
    • Gain knowledge through free seminars led by franchise experts.
    • Discover what you need for success through free publications.
    • Realize your potential through the opportunities in franchising.

Date: October 21 & 22, 2017 | 11 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Venue: Toronto Congress Centre – (Hall F, south building), 650 Dixon road (off highway 401), Toronto| FREE PARKING



  • Authentic Leadership – Unlocking the Power of Differences in Organizations

 In a world where we’re increasingly working and leading across cultural differences, how can we leverage and be more inclusive of these differences? Based on her extensive research and work in this space, Ritu Bhasin says it comes down to authentic leadership, and that authenticity is the key ingredient for inclusion.

On October 25, Ritu will uncover the profound connection between inclusion, leadership, and authenticity. She will also discuss the latest neuroscience, leadership, diversity, and mindfulness research related to authenticity, how to leverage the Three Selves – an innovative concept for being more authentic and adaptive, and how leaders can build stronger, more inclusive relationships by being more of themselves at work.

Join us for an extraordinary evening of insight and inspiration and walk away with tangible tactics that you can leverage to drive inclusion within your organization.

Date: October 25, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

6:30 – 7:00 pm        Registration and Cocktail Reception
7:00 – 7:50pm         Keynote Presentation
7:50 – 8:20pm         Connecting Activity
8:20 – 8:30pm         Door Prize

Venue: Grand Banking Hall – 1 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5H1A1 

Host: Women Of Influence with Ritu Bhasin, President, BCI/People Strategist & Inclusion Specialist



  • Young Professionals Speed Networking


Get connected speed dating-style with Board members who are today’s business leaders. Curate new relationships with fellow young professionals and those at the top.

Date: October 26, 2017, 05:45 PM – 08:30 PM

Registration: 05:30 AM

Venue: 1 First Canadian Place 77 Adelaide St. W. (Room:4th Floor – ABCD)

Host:  Toronto Region Board Of Trade



Toronto Social Events

  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets™ In Concert

Featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Justin Free

Cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry.

This year at Hogwarts™, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From dueling clubs to rogue Bludgers, it’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage in this spellbinding adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s second book. Get ready to be amused and petrified as Harry Potter shows he’s more than a wizard, he’s a hero!

Date: October 12 & 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts



  • Pub Night


Regular tickets (include dinner and 1 drink):

Members $50, Non-Memb $65
Special for Regular tickets only ~ Register online  and save $5 (before 9 am Aug 15th) : Members $45, Non-Memb $60

Networking Only (include 1 drink):
Members $25, Non-Memb $30

Date: October 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Venue: PJ O’Brien’s Pub ~ 39 Colborne St, Toronto



  • International festival of authors

Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA) is a celebration of words and ideas, of writers and readers. Celebrating its 38th year in 2017, the International Festival of Authors brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round-table discussions and public book signings. Of the dozens appearing this year, a few of the notable writers are Roddy Doyle, Ann Michaels and Mark Billingham.

From October 19 to the 29, engage with the literature of our times, explore the world of books and get acquainted with the authors and their ideas. These 11 days are packed with readings, one-on-one interviews, thought-provoking panel discussions, special events and free book signings. From poetry readings, crime and thriller writing discussions to celebrations of authors’ literary achievements, the Festival offers a curated selection of events for every taste.The IFOA takes place at  Harbourfront Centre, where the city meets the lake.

Participating authors include:
André Alexis
Mark Billingham
John Boyne
Roddy Doyle
Kia Corthron
Lee Maracle
Anne Michaels
Heather O’Neill
Carol Off
Eden Robinson
Colm Tóibín
Adrian Tomine
and many, many more!

Date: October 19 to 29, 2017
Venue: Harbourfront Centre



  • Art Toronto 2017

Founded in 2000, Art Toronto is Canada’s international contemporary and modern art fair, located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the city’s downtown core. Providing unique access to the Canadian art market, the fair is one of the most important annual art events in Canada. Now in its 18th year, Art Toronto presents important artwork from leading Canadian and international galleries combined with PLATFORM, our engaging series of lectures and panel discussions from prominent art world figures, curated projects, an extensive VIP Program, and top-tier cultural offerings throughout the city.

Dates: October 27 – 30, 2017

Venue:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre



  • Halloween

Get spooky in Toronto with these tours, events, screenings and parties that go way beyond the usual. For good ghoulish fun, here are a handful of Halloween happenings.


Promenade through the immersive theatrical experience of Legends of Horror at Casa Loma as the audience winds its way through a 1.75 km trail starting in the lower gardens of the castle through the tunnels, turrets and darkest spaces never before open to the public. On the way you’ll encounter the legendary characters of horror brought to life by a multitude of actors. September 29 to October 31, 2017.

Brave your way through horrifying mazes, scare zones and live shows during the Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland. 700 monsters will be prowling the park, looking for YOU. September 30 to October 31, 2017.

The Queen Elizabeth Building in Exhibition Place is turned into a haunted scream park during Screemers. Haunted houses, a wax museum and a Field of Screams all add to the maniacal mayhem. October 6 to 31, 2017.

Grimm Grounds in Brampton is a large scale maze that features theatrical lighting, live scare-actors and chilling sound effects. There are child-friendly experiences as well as the night-time maze. October 27 to 31.


The “gaybourhood” comes alive on Halloween as Church Street is closed to cars and open to outrageous. Drag queens, costumed revellers, and those who love them, all gather for the second biggest night of the year on the LGBT calendar (next to Pride). More info: Church-Wellesley Village website. October 31, 2017.


The Haunted Walk offers a variety of tours exploring different legendary haunted sites including some of Toronto’s best ghost stories. Or try a Fact or Fiction Ghost Tour with the Tour Guys and get insight into what ghost investigators deal with when looking into reported hauntings as well as some of the natural phenomena that is mistaken for the paranormal.


What better time than Halloween to get this rare glimpse into the world of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro? At Home With Monsters at the AGO reveals del Toro’s creative process through his personal collection of art, artefacts and props culled from Bleak House, his creative haven in Los Angeles. September 30 to January 7, 2018.

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival showcases thrilling new sci-fi, horror, action and cult films all in one downtown location. Attendees can also look forward to lively Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, the popular Zombie Themed Night and Pub After Dark, the festival’s nightly after-screening social event where fans get to mingle with filmmakers and other guests. October 12 to 20, 2017.

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without screenings of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Hot Docs Theatre. Bonus: the Shadow Cast who will be performing their own satirical, comedic version of the film for audiences during the show. Do the Time Warp again September 29 and October 27, 28 and 31.



  • Halloween Frites Night

The Monthly Event of the Belgian Community – featuring this month

Wear orange and get 1 extra raffle ticket
Wear a costume and get 2 extra raffle tickets!

Frites Night is a monthly event open to all that allows you to network effectively in a relaxed atmosphere, meet new people or just have a good time with friends!

Frites Night welcomes you in various special locations in downtown Toronto. Come try amazing Belgian food & beer! Each month Frites Night gives you the chance to win prizes through its many partners.

Date: October 31, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Venue: Sin & Redemption 136 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W2e:



Toronto Fundraising Events

  • A Night to Shed Light

All in support of the SickKids Centre for Brain and Mental Health. Join us to help bring awareness to this issue so adolescents facing these challenges can get the support they need. Tickets include a buffet dinner, plus two host tickets for drinks. There will also be a silent auction.

Dates: October 14, 2017

Venue:  Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre, 30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON



  • 12th Annual James Fund Fun RunWalk

Join us for the 12th Annual James Fund Run/Walk on Sunday October 15th at 11:30 am at Trent University College on the Scenic River Road Trail in Peterborough, Ontario. Gather your friends and family to lace up and join us for a fun-filled day on the beautiful Scenic River Road Trail as we band together to make a difference in the lives of children and families impacted by Neuroblastoma, one of the most fatal childhood cancers. Register Today!

Dates: October 15, 2017 at 11:30AM

Venue:  Trent University College, Peterborough, Ontario



  • Action Against Hunger: Food for Action 2017

Action Against Hunger is thrilled to announce the second annual Food for Action dinner. The exclusive evening of food and philanthropy is both a nod to our food security programming and our strong relationships with Toronto’s food and chef community.

The dinner 6:00 – 9:00 pm

The Food for Action dinner is unique on the charity dinner scene, featuring 20 chefs from some of Toronto’s top restaurants who will each be preparing a special three-course meal exclusively for their table of 8. Who will be cooking your dinner?

Chefs cooking dinner on Oct 25:

Carl Heinrich | Richmond Station
Wayne Morris | Boralia
Renee Bellefeuille | Art Gallery of Ontario
John Morris | 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower
John Higgins | Chopped Canada & George Brown College
Binh An Nguyen | The Citizen
Donna Ashley | Karelia Kitchen
Rodney Bowers | Marilyn Dennis Show
James Harrison | Revere
Aaron Eccles & David Carter | Chef Life TO
Jonathan O’Callaghan | Bru Resto

The Nightcap After Party 8:30 – 11:00 pm

Indulge in the Nightcap afterparty featuring unlimited food, drinks and fun in support of Action Against Hunger.Stay tuned for all our tasty chefs and drink vendors!

Dates: October 25, 2017

Venue:  George Brown College, 300 Adelaide Street East, Atrium, Toronto, ON M5A



Meet John C. Maxwell in Toronto

The Change Leadership Conference Toronto. Wednesday, May 31, 2017

John C. Maxwell is a number one New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in 50 languages.

In 2014, he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. For six years, Maxwell has been voted the top leadership professional on

Called America’s top leadership authority, Maxwell received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network in 2014.

As the founder of the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP, he has trained more than 5 million leaders in nearly every country of the world. Each year, Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders.”

For more information about John Maxell visit

BeSocial Event Management recommends: Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

One of the largest North-American annual fairs, the CNE starts today, August 21, and offers entertainment for the whole family, for a small admission price. Some of the highlights include:
  • Entertainment
  • Concerts
  • Celebrity Chef Demonstrations
  • The Farm
  • Food
  • Shopping
  • Rides
  • Games
  • Kids’ World (a green space featuring attractions designed for children 10 & under)
  • Exhibits
  • Park Entertainers & interactive experiences
  • Daily Mardi Gras Parade
  • A three-day Air Show (on Labour Day Weekend)
  • & much more!
General Admission is $18, while Seniors and Children (13 and under) pay $14. Children under 4 receive free admission. The CNE runs until September 7 and is an end-of-the-Summer ritual for Torontonians and tourists! For more information, visit