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Leaders Circle joins TO Health!

Toronto, ON: A joint vision to promote innovation and groundbreaking research in Toronto region’s Human Health and Sciences cluster has led the way to a newly forged partnership between the Leaders Circle and TO Health! Supported by the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), and Tourism Toronto, the Leaders Circle endeavours to identify international meetings that showcase Toronto’s excellence in a variety of industry sectors. By continuing to focus a majority of research on life sciences, the work and success of the Leaders Circle will help to further the goal of TO Health!

“Toronto has a strong history in attracting international events to the region,” says Barry Smith, President and CEO of MTCC, who also serves as a primary supporter for the Leaders Circle. “And while this success may be attributed to our city’s standing as a highly attractive global metropolis, it is also equally in part to the innovation and scientific breakthroughs stemming from our region. The Leaders Circle’s partnership with TO Health! will work to further establish a cohesive, distinctive brand for Toronto.” 

A regeneration of Toronto’s official and longstanding Ambassador Program, the Leaders Circle partners with members of the region’s research community to submit strategic bids to host international congresses in Toronto. For years, such meetings have been successfully brought to the city, and as such they have gone on to build a strong legacy of social and economic benefits to the Toronto region. The Leaders Circle’s focus on the promotion of local innovation and groundbreaking institutions stood out as a corresponding goal to TO Health!, as it also works towards elevating the region’s profile in the international arena.

“TO Health! and the Leaders Circle share an important mandate, to raise the profile of the Toronto region’s Human Health and Sciences (HHS) cluster,” says Dr. Barry McLellan, President & CEO Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “We are delighted to have established this new partnership.”

In its inaugural Summit: “Top 5 in 10”, happening this Wednesday, February 24, TO Health! Will bring together business leaders, academics, elected officials, and policy makers.  Keynote speakers and panelists will share success stories and discuss how to collaboratively build the profile of this important cluster, with the goal to position the Toronto region as a Top 5 global cluster over the next 10 years.  For more information on the Top 5 in 10 Summit and TO Health!, visit

“TO Health! is about collaboration among industry leaders and investment in the future economic competitiveness and health of the Toronto region,” says Paul Lepage, President, TELUS Health. “It is important that we continue to attract strong strategic partners who share in our vision, which will ultimately result in growth, prosperity and opportunities for the region.”

About the Leaders Circle
The Leaders Circle program partners with top thinkers, innovators, and researchers throughout the Toronto region to bring international meetings to the city. These meetings showcase Toronto as a place of innovation, excellence and opportunity. Supported by the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Tourism Toronto, the Leaders Circle ensures Toronto hosts international meetings that provide a transfer of knowledge, build on the city’s global reputation, promote innovation and ground breaking institutions, and leave a legacy of social and economic benefits to the city and region. For more, please visit
About TO Health! (, @TOHealthToronto)
TO Health! is an industry-led promotion cooperative focused on raising the profile of the Toronto region's Human Health & Sciences (HHS) cluster. TO Health! actively promotes and builds profile for the entire Toronto region HHS cluster by highlighting its strengths and successes and recognizing industry leaders within the cluster. TO Health! also assists groups with their own promotional outreach through TO Health! brand affiliation and resources, which can be used to powerfully present the region as a highly attractive place to live, work and invest.


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Nicolay
Leaders Circle Manager

Ella Korets-Smith
TO Health!