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MTCC Hosts Record Number of Medical Conferences

Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre Hosts Record Number of Medical Conventions in 2018

In a testament to Toronto’s leadership in the Life Sciences industry, June 2018 stands as the busiest month in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) history for international medical conventions, with three taking place in this month alone on topics ranging from atherosclerosis to blood transfusion and more. 

Together, this year's major medical conventions will bring thousands of leading medical professionals to Toronto, generating an estimated $55 million in economic impact for the community, further solidifying the city's position as a world-class hub for medical expertise. The transfer of knowledge from medical experts attending major conventions in many instances lead to lifesaving changes in medical care around the world and leave a legacy of ideas, research and innovation for Toronto.

"Toronto is home to a strong network of medical experts who are dedicated to innovation and research," said Barry Smith, President and CEO at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. "We are certainly proud to help bring major medical meetings to the city that shine a spotlight on Toronto's successful life sciences sector."

Toronto is home to a thriving Life Sciences sector that employs more than 36,000 people in medical research, biotechnology and medical technologies. The city is Canada's largest centre of Life Sciences activity, with more than 1,400 clinical trials and $1 billion in research and development. 

Citywide medical conventions rotate the destination of their meeting around the world and for some the highly-competitive bidding process begins 5+ years in advance. In many cases, a winning bid requires support from a local expert or organization and is contingent on the combined efforts of the MTCC, Tourism Toronto and the Leaders Circle. In fact, four citywide medical meetings taking place at the MTCC this year were brought to Toronto as a direct result of this partnership and with the support of local experts, also recognized as Leaders Circle Ambassadors.

Tara Gordon, VP, Sales & Service, Business Events Toronto notes, "Our Life Sciences sector is thriving, and that's why so many in the industry around the world are choosing Canada's Downtown to host their conferences, meetings and events – further cementing Toronto's place as a global leader in health care and innovation."

Key Life Sciences conferences hosted at the MTCC in 2018 include:

  • Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting - May 2018 May 4-8, 2018
  • 35th Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) - June 2-6, 2018
  • 18th International Symposium on Atherosclerosis - June 8-12, 2018
  • Global Hepatitis Summit 2018 - June 13-17, 2018
  • 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer - September 23-26, 2018
  • Canadian Cardiovascular Congress Annual Meeting - October 18-23, 2018
  • Family Medicine Forum - November 14-17, 2018

About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 33 years, the Centre has hosted over 20,000 events.

Learn more about what Toronto, can offer your next medical conference, here.