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 www.femmliveevents.com.
#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