Saturday Throwback: Reliving Toronto's Impact on My Journey and Your Next Business Conference

Saturday Throwback: Reliving Toronto's Impact on My Journey and Your Next Business Conference

Helen Yu 09/09/2023
Saturday Throwback: Reliving Toronto's Impact on My Journey and Your Next Business Conference

Are you looking for the perfect destination to host your next business conference? Look no further than the dynamic city of Toronto!

Did you know that Toronto is one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in North America? This vibrant metropolis ranks among the world’s top 10 most livable cities, boasting an incredible multicultural charm that welcomes over 21 million visitors annually. It’s an incredible city for both business and leisure – something I know from personal experience.

Inspiration for My Success

A place close to my heart and a source of numerous cherished memories, Toronto has been central to both my personal and professional development. From catalyzing my transition from Finance to Technology to being the place where I achieved my first technological milestone, this vibrant metropolis has played a pivotal role in nurturing my personal evolution.  

In 1991, I started my higher education journey in Ithaca, New York. Toronto, just a four-hour drive away, became a frequent destination during those years. Then, in 1999, Toronto played a crucial role in shaping my career. During my first year at JI Case (now a subsidiary of Fiat), I was involved with technical training at the Toronto Longview office, sparking my interest in technology and leading me to transition from a financial analyst to a technology consultant. This pivotal Toronto experience laid the foundation for my future career growth.

In retrospect, Toronto not only enriched my odyssey with its cultural tapestry but also afforded me access to a rich corporate infrastructure that played an indelible role in shaping the course of my professional aspirations. 

Catalyst for Conference Success

Just as this city has been instrumental in my journey, it has the potential to be the catalyst for the success of your upcoming conference. With its diverse offerings and multifaceted appeal, Toronto stands ready to infuse your event with the same transformative energy it has consistently shared with me.  

Each time my work has brought me back to Toronto, I’ve been met by a dynamic ecosystem of business professionals, offering a myriad of networking opportunities and potential collaborations. The city’s rich talent pool reflects its global appeal and reinforces Toronto’s status as a prime destination for businesses seeking to tap into a highly skilled workforce. 

Though I haven’t personally attended conferences in Toronto, I’ve been privy to accounts from numerous others who have. They are impressed with Toronto’s state-of-the-art convention centers and venues, highlighting the city’s cutting-edge technology, adaptable spaces, and proven ability to provide the highest level of service when hosting large-scale events. I'm excited to be heading to Toronto September 18-21 to attend Sibos and looking forward to seeing all the city has to offer.

Toronto’s Food and Culture

I take immense pleasure in immersing myself in the local food and culture wherever I travel. For a taste of exquisite Greek cuisine, Estiatoris VOLOS holds a special place in my heart. Nestled within a convenient walking distance from the musical showing in the theater district, this restaurant has consistently delighted my palate with its fresh and flavorful dishes. I also enjoy the delicious sushi at Kibo Sushi House, a delightful culinary experience that added to my Toronto adventure.

Getting around Toronto was incredibly convenient. The city boasts a well-structured public transportation system, including buses and subways. And with two international airports, travel from various global points is easy.

For art enthusiasts, Toronto presents a treasure trove of options. From cultural landmarks and museums to theaters, visitors can engage in a number of unforgettable experiences during their leisure moments. Personally, I’ve explored the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), both of which are noteworthy highlights. The ROM boasts an extensive array of Canadian and international art, featuring creations from ancient civilizations to contemporary maestros.  

Toronto is enriched by a number of iconic natural attractions, like the Toronto Islands, recreational hiking trails, and numerous waterfront parks and beaches. The awe-inspiring Niagara Falls is a two-hour drive away, expanding the range of opportunities to explore. These natural wonders offer a delightful escape from the conference setting. 

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Helen Yu

Innovation Expert

Helen Yu is a Global Top 20 thought leader in 10 categories, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, internet of things and marketing. She is a Board Director, Fortune 500 Advisor, WSJ Best Selling & Award Winning Author, Keynote Speaker, Top 50 Women in Tech and IBM Top 10 Global Thought Leader in Digital Transformation. She is also the Founder & CEO of Tigon Advisory, a CXO-as-a-Service growth accelerator, which multiplies growth opportunities from startups to large enterprises. Helen collaborated with prestigious organizations including Intel, VMware, Salesforce, Cisco, Qualcomm, AT&T, IBM, Microsoft and Vodafone. She is also the author of Ascend Your Start-Up.

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