Southern Ontario Spotlight - Calendar

Southern Ontario Spotlight


Upcoming Events



February 27 - March 1


GLOBExCHANGE will build on the themes and outcomes of GLOBE Forum 2022, primarily The Path to Net Zero: 10×10 Matrix - the ten action areas of priority over the next ten years to achieve net zero by 2050. Canada's climate and sustainability leaders come together to accelerate progress in these areas to succeed in a net-zero future.

February 28 - March 1

CNA2024: Foundations for Success (Ottawa)

For the nuclear industry to fully realize these opportunities and ensure nuclear can play an even more fundamental role in Canada’s clean energy future, cooperation and coordination are more important than ever. CNA2024 will highlight the ways in which the sector can work together and with partners to build the foundations for success.

February 28

CIFAR Talks: Women in Research (Online)

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research is bringing together a panel of interdisciplinary women who have dissected the politics of race and identity, made groundbreaking discoveries in the microbiome, pioneered responsible AI and pushed the boundaries of quantum physics.

February 29

Annual Dinner 2024: Dare to Lead (Toronto)

This year’s event will showcase a collection of "Toronto Talks" speeches and celebrations for local leaders.

February 29

Unleashed 2024 (Ottawa)

A gathering focused on social impact.

February 29

Accelerator Centre: Studio Winter Showcase (Waterloo)

In-person public showcase event that features the 100 companies supported by the venture studio program.

February 29

3rd Annual Strike UP Conference (Online)

An online conference for women entrepreneurs that shares best practices in business development.



March 3-6

PDAC Annual Conference (Toronto)

PDAC 2024 is the leading event for people, companies and organizations connected to mineral exploration. The annual award winning PDAC Convention in Toronto, Canada brings together up to 30,000 attendees from over 130+ countries for its educational programming, networking events, and business opportunities.

March 4-6

Southern Ontario Tourism Conference (Sarnia)

An opportunity to gain valuable knowledge through workshops, presentations, learning tours, and panel discussions and receive knowledge and insights by staying updated on the latest trends, best practices, and market insights.

March 4-8

UofT Entrepreneurship Week (Toronto)

Over 15 events showcasing, celebrating, and rewarding innovation and startup activity at U of T. All are welcome at this week of public events – students, mentors, alumni, business leaders, and investors.

March 4

Community Innovators: Women in Business Driving Change (Peterborough)

This event will bring together a diverse panel of accomplished women to inspire entrepreneurial spirit and positive change in the local business community.

March 5

International Women\'s Day Celebration at Yspace (Markham)

This events unites women entrepreneurs from diverse industries and backgrounds & provides a platform where they can openly share their stories, showcase their businesses, fostering inspiration, empowerment, and a strong sense of community.

March 5

CABE Webinar: Shaping Our Worlds: Perspectives on How Women are Reinventing Our Future (Online)

Vicky Saunders, Dawn Desjardins and Marci Surkes will share their experiences from the private and public spheres of economic decision-making.

March 6

Smashing Barriers: Inspiring Diversity, One Code at a Time (London)

Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder and CEO of Canada Learning Code, shares anecdotes and lessons learned from her journey building one of Canada's largest technology education organizations aimed at increasing diversity in the tech industry.

March 6

Advance: Women in Manufacturing (Online)

This virtual summit will feature experts working to create diverse and inclusive workspaces. Influencers in the Canadian manufacturing sector, as well as women who have trailblazed in their careers will share their experiences and strategies on climbing the career ladder.

March 6

Women Inspire-2024 (Beyond Inclusion: Empowering Women Digitally) (Toronto)

Focusing on women who have advanced Canada’s trade and economic development landscape.

March 6

Getting It Done: The Women Who Have Thrived Against All Odds (Toronto)

This event introduces leaders who are rewriting the script in traditionally male-dominated core sectors like mining, real estate, and construction.

March 6

Eastern Ontario EV Charging Initiative (Online)

A presentation on demystifying electric vehicle technology and exploring benefits and opportunities for local tourism operators to become more involved in the planning and deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

March 6

Women Leading in AI+ (Ottawa)

Hear from Canadian AI leaders contributing to the success of AI-based business transformation initiatives, about opportunities, challenges, and real-world needs that guided their decision-making.

March 6-7

TechNation FutureWave (Montréal)

FutureWave is TECHNATION’s annual hybrid event exploring the future of the tech workforce in Canada. Taking place during Work-Integrated Learning month in March, this conference invites diverse voices in the tech space and beyond to discuss ways in which we can support our future leaders with experiential learning opportunities. Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

March 7

Women Innovation Summit 2024 (Toronto)

Recognizing outstanding women in tech.

March 7

Celebrate Women in Business and the Power of Ambition (Cornwall)

Guest speaker Isabelle Hudon, President and CEO of the Business Development Bank of Canada, will share her insights and wisdom, empowering women entrepreneurs and encouraging them to reach new heights.

March 8

OFC event: International Women\'s Day (Toronto)

Annual event celebrating International Women's Day. 2024 themes are Inspire Inclusion (International) and Every Woman Counts (National). In attendance will be Olivia Chow (Mayor of Toronto) and Edith Dumont (Lt. Governor of Ontario).

March 11-12

2nd Edition of the Metropolis Francophonie Mondiale Congress - Human Mobility in the Francophone Space: Where Are We Going? (Online)

This French-language conference will examine how human mobility, accelerated by globalization and climate change, is now a major challenge for countries in the Francophone space. Discussion will centre around the impact of political and climate crises on departure decisions and their consequences in host countries.

March 12-14

Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit (Seattle, Washington)

A supply chain event that brings together aerospace and defense primes, tier suppliers and contract-manufacturers. Engineering, procurement, supply chain, fabrication, commodity teams, suppliers and service providers will meet through pre-arranged one-on-one meetings.

March 13-15

26th Metropolis Canada Conference (Montreal)

This conference will discuss the challenges in effective collaboration and coordination among policymakers, settlement service providers, and researchers in the context of migration planning. Other topics include how the voices and perspectives of newcomers can be included in decision-making processes, especially when dealing with diverse migrant categories, and how Canada's immigration policies and practices align with or impact global efforts to address migration, refugees, and human rights on a broader scale.

March 20

The Business Expo - Scarborough (Scarborough)

A small business information and networking event.

March 21-22

AfriCanada Economic Summit 2024 (Toronto)

The 2024 AfriCanada Summit will bring together Canadian and African leaders from the clean energy sector, providing a platform for businesses to connect, share ideas, and build partnerships.

March 21

Leaders Creating a Sustainable World (Ottawa)

Hear inspirational and actionable insight from role models who translate vision into action and impact locally, nationally and globally.

March 26

Transportation Symposium: Are We There Yet? (Toronto)

The 9th annual transportation symposium will share insights into the challenges, investment imperatives, policy adaptations, and groundbreaking opportunities necessary to keep the GTA region moving.

March 26-27

Cix Summit (Toronto)

CIX - Canadian Innovation Exchange is a technology innovation destination where investors, innovative companies, entrepreneurs and facilitators converge to drive economic growth and accelerate the development and implementation of new ideas. The event features a showcase innovative Canadian companies, panel discussions and networking opportunities.

March 26

Leaders Driving the Smart Mobility Revolution (Online)

This event features speakers at the forefront of smart mobility innovation. Panellists include award-winning founders, visionary innovators and industry executives who are future-focused leaders in their respective fields as well as champions of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

March 28

A 5 à 7 with an E-Commerce CEO: How I Built a Successful Online Business (Ottawa)

A networking evening with social entrepreneur Jenn Harper, who built a highly successful e-commerce cosmetic business. Gain practical and actionable insights into the strategies that helped drive her success.



April 2-4

Canadian Armed Forces Outlook (Ottawa)

Key networking opportunity with defence industry. Canadian Armed Forces updates on project development related to the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy.

April 8-10

RC Show (Toronto)

This year's theme ‘LEVEL UP’ highlights in an ever-evolving industry, continuous improvement and growth are key for a profitable business.

April 11

Canada Growth Summit (Toronto)

Convenes leaders from industry, government, academia and civil society to discuss Canada’s leadership and partnerships on the global stage as well as its long-term prosperity

April 11

Annual Testimonial Dinner Honour Roll (Toronto)

This annual event draws more than 1,100 leaders and policy workers from all sectors of society gather to pay tribute to distinguished Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to public policy and good governance.

April 11

CABE Spring Policy Conference: Navigating Crossroads in Canada (Ottawa)

Several factors and issues are dampening growth in Canada: declining productivity, cooling labour markets, accelerated population growth, poor consumer and business confidence, and affordable housing challenges. Also, persisting climate change issues and geo-political uncertainty continue to be key risks for the economy. What can be done to boost productivity in Canada? What is the impact of dampening growth on the labour and housing markets in Canada? How will the economy react to new immigration targets? What are the next steps for the green transition and climate change? How will geopolitics impact the economy in the coming years? What can be done to cushion the last mile?

April 15

Immigrants in Business Summit (Toronto)

This event offers entrepreneurs information on funding and mentorship, as well as tech solutions to business solutions, immigration advice, and networking opportunities.

April 17-18

OCI DiscoveryX (Toronto)

Innovators, thought leaders, and visionaries come together to explore the latest breakthroughs, share game-changing ideas, and build partnerships. This event showcases leading-edge technologies, includes panel discussions, and features networking opportunities.

April 17-18

National Building Decarbonization Forum: Pathways to Electrification (Ottawa)

This event will bring together industry experts, construction professionals, civil society representatives, government officials, Indigenous leaders, and others to explore the most promising pathways to achieve net zero through building electrification. The forum will unpack the challenges and opportunities in the net-zero transition, and develop a shared vision for action through engaging discussions, information exchange, and opportunities to connect with other professionals committed to moving Canada’s building sector towards its emissions goals.

April 17-18

WEOC Leadership Summit (Toronto)

The inaugural WEOC Leadership Summit will showcase innovation and champion inclusivity, while encouraging collaboration and understanding across the ecosystem. Organizational CEOs and other leaders within organizations are invited to attend separate sessions specifically designed for them.

April 24-25

World Summit AI for the Americas (Montréal)

A gathering of global influencers in AI across business, science and tech for discussions on AI policy, ethics and regulation, applied solutions for enterprise, and the development of plans for advancing the application of AI for good in the coming year.

April 28 - May 1

Annual BIA Conference (Mississauga)

An annual event offering workshops focusing on present-day challenges of downtown communities.

April 30 - May 1

Cybersecurity and Identity Summit (CIS 2024) (Ottawa)

A two-day event dedicated to cyber risk prevention and digital identity management. CIS 2024 will offer insight into the future of cybersecurity.



May 1-3

OSUM Conference 2024 (Orillia)

The OSUM Conference draws close to 200 municipal leaders from across Ontario to examine and address issues of the day facing small urban municipalities.

May 1-2

AGRI Tech Venture Forum (Toronto)

An annual event that serves as a converging point for global agri-tech leaders. Industry giants, investors, accelerators, and innovators provide insight on the latest sector headwinds, technology milestones, and key challenges facing the future of agri-tech.

May 2

Womxn in Data Science Conference (Toronto)

Talks and panels on business, technical and ethical aspects of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

May 3-5

Annual OG100 CEO Summit: Think Big (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

An annual conference for entrepreneurs and CEOs. Confirmed speakers are Bruce Croxon, Founder and CEO of Round13, Jill Heinerth, Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Jonathan Brill, Futurist, and Kian Gohar, Founder and CEO of Geolab.

May 5-7

IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism – ONTARIO: A Regional Event (Toronto)

The event will bring together thought-leaders, destination representatives and operators from across Ontario who are committed to making the tourism industry more sustainable. Programming highlights will include international best practices, invaluable resources, and new research in sustainable tourism.

May 7

Energy Forum (Mississauga)

A gathering for the latest on energy policy and energy management, and to learn from experts and peers on how to reduce energy costs, reduce carbon footprint, and increase energy efficiencies.

May 8-9

Indigenous Prosperity Forum (Gatineau, QC)

An opportunity to connect, share, celebrate, and learn about Indigenous business, economy, and prosperity.

May 9

Manufacturing Summit (Guelph)

Unites the manufacturing and supply chain communities of the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph region. This year's theme will focus on Smart Manufacturing & Industry 4.0.

May 9

Women\'s Entrepreneurship Forum 2024: Women Shaping Global Business (Toronto)

An interactive and informative event designed to inspire and empower women entrepreneurs in enhancing their skills, sharing experiences, and forging connections to excel in the dynamic world of global business. The main focus of this year’s forum is on women entrepreneurs breaking traditional boundaries and venturing into the global arena of commerce. Through workshops, discussions, and networking opportunities, the forum will provide a platform for women to gain valuable insights and tools to thrive in international trade.

May 14-15

APEX Leadership Summit and Awards of Excellence Ceremony (Ottawa)

Under the theme Leadership Excellence: Rethinking and Reinventing Together, the conference will reflect the commitment to fostering, growing, and adapting leadership in an ever-evolving global landscape. Speakers to be announced. Early-bird registration closes April 8, 2024.

May 14-15

Canada\'s Net-Zero Forum (Toronto)

This event will present a strategic, integrated, whole-of-society view of potential net-zero solutions. Through two days of engaging, interactive sessions and meaningful keynote presentations, participants will learn about what drives large-scale transitions, and will gain a practical and powerful framework for identifying the transition pathways that will drive better investment decisions, smarter policies, and equip Canada to succeed in emerging global value chains.

May 14-16

Mari-Tech Conference: Navigating Sustainable Marine Transportation (St. John\'s, NL)

A learning and networking opportunity for the marine community.

May 16

Economic Reconciliation Summit (Ottawa)

Conversations explore best practices for building wealth and well-being for Indigenous people and communities.

May 28-29

CCAB 40th Anniversary Celebration (Toronto)

The event will celebrate 40 years of advocacy work with keynote speakers, live entertainment, and an awards gala.

May 29-30

CANSEC (Ottawa)

Canada's largest defence trade show. Key domestic defence event for FedDev Ontario.

May 30

FBO Annual Conference (Toronto)

Speakers include Benjamin Tal, Chief Economist, CIBC, Ajay Agrawal, founder of the Creative Destruction Lab, Althia Raj, Panelist at CBC, and David Coletto, Chair and CEO of Abacus Data.

May 30

The Business Expo - Ottawa (Ottawa)

A small business information and networking event.



June 5-6

Big Data & Analytics Summit (Toronto)

A gathering of North American experts in big data and analytics. Topics include applications of GenAI, best practices in data governance, data and AI literacy foundation, how to implement frameworks that address the ethical implications of AI, mitigate bias, promote fairness, and protect individuals’ rights.

June 6-9

Annual Conference and Trade Show 2024 (Calgary, AB)

Canada's largest gathering of municipal elected officials, featuring full programming and valuable networking and learning opportunities.

June 11-13

FABTECH Canada (Toronto)

Held every other year, this trade show will exhibit metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing, and exhibit floor demonstrations. The event will also feature presentations and panel discussions.

June 11-13

CBAA 2024 Convention & Exhibition (Longueuil, QC)

An annual conference hosted by CBAA that discusses the business aviation industry, attended by over 500 business aviation stakeholders - including operators, OEMs, and product and service suppliers.

June 11

Open Banking Expo (Toronto)

This event will discuss strategies, refocus efforts, and best practices to increase capabilities of businesses to serve customers better. Conversation will focus on how to execute consumer-driven finance by 2025.

June 15

Black Innovation in STEM Summit (Toronto)

This event presents opportunities for entrepreneurs to engage with potential partners & investors, gain exposure to innovative startups solving important global challenges in health, agriculture, and fintech. Participants can connect with prospective employers and fortune 500 companies leading the charge in global innovation.