May 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

  •  Startup Canada Innovation Forum

Are you one of Canada’s top industry executives? Register to attend the Startup Canada Innovation Forum in Toronto on May 18, and build the future of Canada’s small business economy. This exclusive event brings together, celebrates and creates a platform for influential executives, high-growth entrepreneurs and government decision makers to share and spread ideas on the role of industry in building an innovative and entrepreneurial country.

Date: May 18, 2017, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Venue: Bennett Jones, 3400 One First Canadian Place

Host:  Startup Canada



  • Annual YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards

Join host Marivel Taruc on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 for the 37th Annual Women of Distinction Awards presented by Sun Life Financial

Date: May 18, 2017, 5:30pm

Venue:  The Carlu – 444 Yonge Street, Toronto

Host:  YWCA Toronto



  • Disrupting Tradition: Stories on Taking the Road Less Travelled

These days, there’s no such thing as a typical female career, industry or professional trajectory. However, studies and articles show that women are still largely underrepresented in so-called male-dominated industries.

If you ever find yourself as the only woman at the table, Patricia’s “Five Radical Degrees of Life” can help you develop a new response framework and rewire your thinking for optimal success.

Date: May 19, 2017, 7:30am

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

Host:  Women’s Executive Network


  • Get MORE Business NOW!

This workshop is where you will learn how to close more business – FAST and easier than you ever expected!
Want to grow your business where you are financially independent even location independent?
Want to take those luxurious spa retreats?
Take that cruise to those islands that are on your bucket list?
Give your family the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of?
Not have to worry about balancing your bank account as the money flows in?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this Get MORE Business NOW! Workshop is for you!

Date: May 24, 2017, 9:30am-4:00pm

Venue: Montgomery’s Inn, , 4709 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M9A 1A8

Host: Patti Pokorchak, Business Growth Strategist



  • Simple Selling on Steroids (Sell More. Close More)

Do you struggle endlessly with sales and closing business? Don’t worry, this 1 hour webinar will help you learn what to do… even if you hate selling! Liz Scott “The Business Growth Guru” will share with you how to close more clients faster, why your selling style might be turning people off, your biggest sales bang and… The #1 way to close 50% more sales!

Date: May 24, 2017, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Venue: Free Webinar – Register at

Host: Liz Scott – North America’s Business Growth Guru!



  • ICCO Business Excellence Awards

The ICCO Business Excellence Awards (BEA) are presented to the most outstanding and innovative leaders from the business, academic and scientific community. The 2017 edition of the awards will mark the 15th Anniversary of the event as well as celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial (150th) as well as showcase individuals who have changed the economic landscape of Ontario, and given a competitive edge to their business.

Date: May 25, 2017, 5:00pm

Venue: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, 25 British Columbia Road, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Host: ICCO



  • Networking Event with WCM & ULI

Toronto CREW will be holding a networking event in association with Women in Capital Markets (WCM) and the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) on Thursday, May 25. Cocktails and appetizers will be served between 5:30 and 8:00 pm in the ground floor offices of Haworth (55 University Avenue). This event is open to members of these groups only, and the cost is $30 per person.

Date: May 25, 2017, 5:30pm

Venue:  Haworth (55 University Avenue)

Host:  WCM & ULI



  • VBEC Seminar: Tax Considerations For Entrepreneurs

This presentation gives business owners an overview of relevant Canadian income tax topics. We will review considerations relating to the legal structure of the business, the fundamentals of tax planning, a review of government incentive programs, and a short summary of administrative matters. The intention is to make entrepreneurs aware of opportunities that can help them retain more of their hard-earn income, both now and in the future.

Date: May 25, 2017, 6:00pm

Venue:  Vaughan City Hall, 2141 Major Mackenzie Dr, Room 244, Vaughan

Host:  Vaughn Business Enterprise Centre, City of Vaughn



  • The New Leaders: A Systems Leadership Series

Get ready for a networking event like you’ve never seen before. Facilitated networking is punctuated with talks from inspiring systems leaders who take centre stage to share short stories of their experiences working across sectors, leading through influence, and noticing patterns – just some of the skills required to make bold systems impact.

Date: May 25, 2017, 5:00pm-8:45pm

Venue:  MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Auditorium
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7

Host:  Studio Y



  • Build it Like a Boss

A practical guide to the legal stuff you need to take your business to the next level

Andrea Henry, business and tax law partner at Vox Law LLP, has been a business lawyer for 10 years and loves using the knowledge she gained working for huge corporations to now help small business owners. She will share insider secrets on how you can use the law to protect your assets, save more of your money and grow your business. If you’re wondering if you should incorporate, what contracts you need and whether you actually own your business name or logo, you won’t want to miss this.

Date: May 26, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Venue:  Olio Restaurant & Lounge { In the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, 801 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J5}

Host:  Toronto Mompreneurs



  • 2nd Latin American Entrepreneur Conference in Toronto

Are you one of Canada’s top industry executives? Register to attend the Startup Canada Innovation Forum in Toronto on May 18, and build the future of Canada’s small business economy. This exclusive event brings together, celebrates and creates a platform for influential executives, high-growth entrepreneurs and government decision makers to share and spread ideas on the role of industry in building an innovative and entrepreneurial country.

Date: May 28, 2017, 8:30am-5:30pm

Venue: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

Host:  City of Toronto y LABTI



  • TBOT 2017 Annual Golf Tournament

Kick off the golf season by teeing up for 18 holes and unmatched networking opportunities with clients, peers and influencers in the Toronto region business community during the Board’s Annual Golf Tournament at The Country Club.

Date: Monday, May 29, 2017, 8:00am-3:30pm

Venue:  The Country Club, 20 Lloyd St, Woodbridge, ON L4L 2B9

Host:  Toronto Region Board of Trade



  • The Change Leadership Conference Toronto

The most common critical factor to succeeding in today’s fast-paced business environment is ‘leadership’, and John C. Maxwell articulates it best when he says “Everything rises and falls on Leadership“.

This one-day event is designed to provide you with the tools, strategies, and knowledge to help you lead and succeed in today’s environment.

Date: May 31, 2017, 8am-5pm

Venue:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre Canada (222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9



  • RBC Business Advice Series: How to Uncover, Develop & Retain Your Leaders

Attracting and retaining talent is a primary concern for business leaders. Finding the right fit for an organization can be expensive and time-consuming. But what if the talent you’re looking for is already employed by your organization?

Date: May 31, 2017, 8:00am-9:30am

Venue:  Toronto Region Board of Trade, 1 First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide St. W. Entrance, 4th Floor

Host:  Toronto Region Board of Trade



  • 2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum

Presented by SheEO and sponsored by the City of Toronto, this event is aimed at early stage women-led ventures in Toronto who have an idea, have started a venture, are growing a venture or are contemplating starting a venture.

Date: June 1, 2017

Venue:  Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Toronto ON

Host:  City of Toronto and SheEO



Toronto Social Events:


  • Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month of May.
Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.

Date: May 1-31

Venue:  Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9



  • Yoga in the Garden at Toronto Botanical Gardens

Where better to practice your tree pose than beside a tree? Relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature through outdoor yoga situated within Toronto’s Botanical Gardens. All ages and fitness levels are welcome to participate. Must bring your own yoga mat and towel.

Dates: Wednesdays, May 17-Aug 2, 4:30-6:00pm or 6:30-8:00pm

Venue:  Toronto Botanical Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave East



  • Untangling the Cosmos

The Ontario Science Centre and CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research) are hosting a symposium that will take guests on a journey to unravel some of the greatest secrets of the universe.
Moderated by Jay Ingram, the symposium will feature leading Canadian and international researchers in astronomy and cosmology. Through plenary talks and panel discussions with the audience, they will discuss major recent breakthroughs in our understanding of the properties of and forces in the universe, and explore areas where research is pushing the boundaries to answer some of astronomy’s deepest questions.
Date: May 17, 9:30am-4:30pm

Venue:  Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd., Toronto



  • Rib & Craft Beer Fest

The Rib & Craft Beer Fest, on at Yonge & Dundas Square, will feature the best rib teams in Canada along with amazing craft beer vendors.
A massive Backyard BBQ is the best way to celebrate BBQ Month – if you can BBQ it, you can eat it at Rib Fest.

Date: May 18-21, 10am-11pm

Venue:  Yonge-Dundas Square



  • Artfest at the Distillery

Artfest Toronto showcases the work of local artists and artisans, with painting, photography, sculptures, fine crafts and more. Peruse the art and pick up a piece or two, and enjoy the live music on the Distillery District stage.

Date: May 20-22, 11am-6pm

Venue:  Distillery District



  • Doors Open Toronto

For one weekend a year, buildings across Toronto open their doors to the public during the Doors Open Toronto festival. Over 150 buildings of cultural, historical and social importance will open up to the public.

Date: May 27-28

Venue:  Various locations in Toronto



  • CBC Music Festival

Celebrating its fifth year, the CBC Music Festival will proudly showcase an all-Canadian lineup featuring co-headliners Serena Ryder and Walk Off The Earth. CBC Music Festival brings a diverse roster of artists from across Canada to Toronto for a one-day event.

Date: May 27

Venue:  Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West