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Southern Ontario Spotlight


Upcoming Events



June 8

Advanced Manufacturing Symposium: Ontario\'s Next Frontier (Toronto)

This half-day event will explore the opportunities available to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Toronto region’s manufacturing industry, including those related to technology adoption, green manufacturing, precision manufacturing, and management and transition of IP. Speakers include government officials, industry leaders, operations and supply consultants, law experts, and leading innovators. For attendees, the event aims to build knowledge and capacity in key areas.

June 12-14

H2O: Home to Overseas (Halifax, NS)

This is a conference for the ocean technology industry. The conference will include international delegates, research, development and commercialization presentations and B2B meetings.

June 13

Peterborough & The Kawarthas Funding Forum (Peterborough)

Showcasing financial resources available to businesses of varying sectors and stages of growth, discussions will focus on three topics: Angel Investment, Tips for Securing Small Business Funding, Growth Opportunities in the Tourism Industry.

June 13-15

Canada SynBio Conference (Toronto)

This event showcases the successes and opportunities of engineering biology across Canada, and will examine how Canada can advance its position as a leader in engineering biology.

June 13-14

9th Annual Big Data & Analytics Summit Canada (Toronto)

This event explores the latest trends in big data and discusses hiring, and fostering diversity in data & technology.

June 14

Women in Business Summit (TBD)

The Canadian Chamber will discuss the successful participation of women entrepreneurs in Canada’s economy, and their contribution to job creation and sustained economic growth.

June 16

Small Business Expo (Toronto)

This one-day event will feature panel discussions, webinars, and keynote presentations by Canadian business leaders and entrepreneurs.

June 19-25

International Paris Air Show (Paris, France)

The Paris Airshow is one of the largest air shows in the world. Attended by global aerospace companies, suppliers, defence contractors, government and military. 

June 20-21

PetroChem Canada Conference & Expo (Sarnia)

This event will discuss the challenges of developing Canada’s downstream sector, including its role in a circular economy, sustainable practices in petrochemical manufacturing, and the policy considerations needed to support advancement.

June 26-29

Collision (Toronto)

Collision brings together a range of famous speakers, leading technology companies and media. 

June 26

LatAm Startups Conference (Toronto)

Under the theme Beyond LatAm: Tech Trends in Emerging Markets, this event takes place shortly before Collision in Toronto and will feature speakers and leaders of the Latin-American start-up community for three evening sessions of business speakers, panels and workshops.

June 26

Electrifying Ontario\'s Economy (Toronto)

To meet climate targets and ensure that the economy is competitive globally, Ontario will need to double its electricity generation capacity by 2050. Addressing these challenges will require a range of solutions, including nuclear energy. This event will explore opportunities in nuclear energy.

June 27-29

Federal Black Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Conference (Windsor)

Building off of the Federal Black Entrepreneurship Program, this event will examine the progress of the Black Entrepreneurship Ecosystem as partners continue to collaborate to improve and amplify the Black business community. Discussion topics will include: strategies to overcome organizational barriers, effective networking techniques, and other business development strategies. The event will address how the Black Entrepreneurship Program funds are spent throughout the Black business community.

June 27

Energy Forum: Competing in the age of decarbonization (Mississauga)

Building on a historic string of investment in electric vehicles, clean steel and critical mineral sectors, provincial and federal governments have rolled out new program incentives to support grid resiliency, leverage the value of our clean electricity grid and accelerate adoption of new manufacturing technologies. The event will showcase success stories and will discuss Insights on the latest energy research, trends, and incentives. The keynote speaker is the Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Energy.

June 27

Future-proofing the Factory Floor (Online)

This webinar will discuss how manufacturers can embrace Industry 4.0 to unlock operational efficiency, long-term innovation, market resilience, and gain global competitive edge. Discussion points include: the importance of digitising manufacturing, benefits of Industry 4.0, feasibility/capacity of businesses to successfully adopt information and operational technologies, skills needs for the new manufacturing, how companies are building cyber awareness and tackling cyber threats.

June 28

Indigenous Women in Business (Online)

This event is designed for early stage, women-identifying Indigenous entrepreneurs. The featured speakers are Kimberly Gorgichuk: Indigenous Women and Youth Program Officer, NACCA and Ashley Richard: Associate Director, Indigenous, WEKH. As part of the Startup Women 2023 program, Startup Canada will facilitate industry-specific advisory circles once a month between February and November. Hosted by Isabel Nolan, Program Lead for Startup Women, these sessions will feature expert talks from late-stage founders, a panel discussion with support organizations within the industry and networking breakout rooms with attendees and speakers. This close-door, virtual meetup will give women all across Canada a sense of community and support.

June 29

Summer Global Economic Outlook (Online)

Rapidly changing global events, paired with limited resources and rising interest rates, can make it challenging to manage business growth. This event will review EDC Economics’ latest analysis on the international business environment, including growth for key economies, commodity prices, interest rates and exchange rates. The event will also share EDC Economics’ energy outlook on key commodities, the prospects for recovery in both developed and emerging markets, how rapidly changing global events are shaping the global economic outlook, and central banks’ monetary policy decisions and the implications for exporters.



July 13

Canada Start Up Visa Summit 2023 (Online)

This event will connect select 20+ early-stage, international startups with Angel Investors, industry partners, government stakeholders, and service providers. Keiretsu Forum Canada is a designated Startup Visa program. Its members have supported and funded over 90 new-to-Canada companies with high growth potential, making it the most active Startup Visa program.

July 13

3rd Annual Brampton Venture Expo 2023 (Brampton)

This tech event brings together startup founders, executives, investors and creatives across Brampton’s biggest industries. the event will feature impactful tech, entrepreneurship, and industry content, one-on-one and group networking opportunities. What to expect: panel discussions with established founders and notable Brampton leaders, spotlights on successful Canadian startups, closing musical performance from a notable local artist, food from local vendors.

July 18

Connecting Industry & Innovators (CII) Series: Part 1 - Advanced Mobility (Toronto)

Part 1 of 4 events. Bundle tickets are available.
Innovative mobility modes can help address congestion in Toronto. This event look to how critical technologies can be deployed in new mobility applications, and how such applications can be used to enhance the livability and economic prosperity of the region. Examples include: drones, delivery robots, distributed mobility networks, autonomous mobility systems (e.g., autonomous cars), self-driving cars, and mobility devices in general.

July 25-27

Maritime & Arctic Security & Safety Conference (MASS) (St. John\'s, NF)

This conference will discuss challenges and opportunities associated with the North Atlantic and Arctic environments. 

July 26

Beyond LatAm: Tech Trends in Emerging Markets (TBD)

This event will feature speakers from emerging markets sharing new technology trends.



August 11-13

Abbotsford International Airshow (Abbotsford, BC)

Canada’s biggest international aerospace tradeshow.

August 15-16

Block Chain Futurist Conference (Toronto)

Recognized as the largest and most high-profile blockchain & cryptocurrency event in Canada, this annual event aims to foster engagement with hands on technology weaved into every aspect of the conference. The event brings together a global audience of attendees with startups, investors, developers, enterprise leaders, financial institutions, researchers, academics and emerging tech pioneers to build the future.​ Attendees can expect to hear leading experts discuss trends, showcase the newest tech and debate topics that are sure to shape this technological revolution. Speakers include Michelle Romanow and Ashley Wright.

August 15

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging for the Public Sector (Online)

This course will deepen an understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). Through a mix of presentations, self-reflective exercises and peer learning environment, the course will provide actionable steps designed to help sharpen and continue the DEIB journey.

August 20-23

AMO 2023 Annual General Meeting and Conference (London)

The event brings together more than 2,300 municipal leaders, government officials, public servants, sponsors, exhibitors, and media over three days of programming and conversation.



September 6-8

Ontario East Municipal Conference 2023 (Ottawa)

This event aims to provide programming and opportunities to share knowledge and best practices to enhance economic opportunities and successes. The event will focus on three streams: economic development, municipal and community development, and workforce development.

September 9-10

Toronto Franchise Expo (Toronto)

This Expo highlights the most successful franchises and new business opportunities from every industry and provides an opportunity to view and compare all the full and part-time business ownership options under one roof, saving delegates hours of research time. It also offers the chance to meet face to face with proven and money-making businesses, ask questions and get information in a no pressure environment with those businesses expanding in Toronto and are interested in meeting new potential owners.

September 11-12

CABE Conference 2023 (Kingston)

More details to be announced.

September 12-15

Defence and Security Equipment International (London, U.K.)

This international event connects governments, national armed forces, and industry leaders within the defence and security sectors on a global scale.

September 12

The Data Dividend: Harnessing the power of people, processes and technology to unlock value from data (Toronto)

Part of the "Data Dividend" event series, this half-day event features a roundtable discussion and a forum. This event will discuss top-of-mind issues for data and analytics leaders, evolution of data and artificial intelligence regulation, the trustworthiness of AI, mitigating risk, collaborating to share data and promote data literacy. This event targets chief information management/privacy officers, and data science executives. The "Data Dividend" series brings together leaders in government and industry to discuss how to establish the strategy, culture and skills needed to foster a data-driven enterprise and cultivate new ways of thinking and working.

September 13

Public Sector Innovation Show – Ontario (Toronto)

Under the theme From Innovation to Impact: Building a Better Tomorrow, discussions will focus on the latest I.T. innovations in the Ontario public sector and how they are driving transformation in Ontario. This conference will feature insightful sessions from leading experts, networking opportunities, and sessions to help guide innovation.

September 14

Vector Institute Stop: Womxn in Data Science Tour (Toronto)

This event brings together experts and professionals from across Canada to share their insights and knowledge on the latest AI trends and technologies.

September 18-21

Sibos (Toronto)

Under the theme "Collaborative finance in a fragmented world", the event will address issues such as working together to create a sustainable and inclusive financial industry, risk management in times of economic and geopolitical uncertainty, and the balance between technology and trust.

September 19-21

First Nations Economic Advancement Conference 2023 (Niagara Falls)

Each year, OFNEDA offers an Annual Conference to its members which last year drew approximately 225 delegates that included Economic Development Officers, First Nation Chiefs and Councillors, Indigenous Business Owners, Government Officials, Industry Leaders, Corporate Sponsors and other dignitaries.

September 20

Executive Summit Series: Life Sciences (Ottawa)

This webinar will focus on achieved and outstanding priorities necessary to strengthen pandemic preparedness and health system resilience, promote improved health outcomes for Canadian patients, and foster a world-class life sciences ecosystem as a driver of jobs and growth.

September 25-28

Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (Toronto)

This annual CMTS event will provide insight into manufacturing technologies and best practices.

September 25-27

Canada Fintech Forum 2023 (Montréal, QC)

An international event that showcases emerging global trends in FinTech, new technology solutions for the financial industry, and emerging FinTech start-ups. The FinTech Forum also aims to facilitate networking and collaboration between financial institutions, technology providers, start-ups and other key players in the financial services sector, as well as contribute to the visibility of Canada's FinTech talent.

September 26-28

Elevate Festival (Toronto)

Elevate Festival is the largest festival in Canada at the intersection of arts and technology. It features speakers from around the world, has opportunities to pitch businesses, a lounge for women in technology, etc. 

September 26

APMA 71st Annual Conference (TBD)

This national networking event unites the entire automotive supply chain across all tier levels.

September 27-28

Forward Summit East: Empowering Indigenous Economies (Orillia)

Forward Summit aims to empower Indigenous economies by providing a platform for corporate Canada and Indigenous communities to collaborate on how to progress economic reconciliation. Typically held in western Canada, Forward Summit hopes to introduce a conference in eastern Canada in 2023.



October 2

Canadian Life Sciences Innovation Summit (TBD)

#NGBIdeas is an annual Life Sciences innovation summit in support of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation that brings together industry leaders and scaling start-ups from across Canada. The summit features short talks about the path that researchers and businesses taking and the innovations underway. Following each talk, a start-up founder working on that topic discussed will share their company’s journey and impact on the life sciences economy.

October 3

Retail Sustainability Conference (Mississauga)

This event targets retail professionals and value chain partners interested in accelerating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) solutions. The event attracts retail innovators, sustainability experts, government leaders, quick-service restaurants, and consumer packaged goods professionals to share best practices for integrating sustainable approaches into existing strategies and processes. Topics include: Net-Zero and Supply Chain Decarbonization, Navigating the Circular Economy, Technology and Innovation in Alternative Power Sources.

October 3

FBO Inclusive Leadership Conference (Mississauga)

This event discuss working with new Canadians in the workplace and community. Attendees will walk away with ideas and solutions that they can practice immediately in their own companies. We are thrilled to have Farah Mohamed as our keynote speaker.
To register, contact Jason Crawford, Director of Membership and Industry Relations at

October 3-5

DEFSEC Atlantic (Halifax, NS)

This is the largest Canadian defence industry conference in Atlantic Canada.

October 4

Executive Summit Series: Cybersecurity (Online)

This webinar will focus on shaping a better future by exploring the changes needed in cooperation amongst the private and public sector and discussing the advocacy needed for policy and regulatory frameworks that promote security and economic growth.

October 9-11

AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition (Washington, DC)

This is the largest defence tradeshow in North America.

October 11-12

Space Economy Summit (California, USA)

This inaugural Space Economy Summit will offer a forum for space stakeholders to debate how to maximise commercial and environmental returns to earth from space. This forum will showcase the latest developments and growth drivers of the space economy, and provide a platform to advance the dialogue around sustainable next steps. This event will offer value to the space ecosystem by attracting a mainstream industry audience who can benefit from engaging with space data. By bringing together thought leaders and decision makers from a diverse range of backgrounds, we will facilitate fruitful discussions and debates that will shape the future of the space economy.

October 11-13

Toronto Global Forum (Toronto)

This is an annual conference hosted by the International Economic Forum of the Americas. Next year’s theme/key speakers are not yet identified.

October 17-19

Space Bound (Ottawa)

This event is open to thought leaders, ecosystem partners, and industry stakeholders to discuss how to strengthen the Canadian space sector. Last year's event received approximately 400 participants over three days.

October 18

EDCO Regional Event - Cobourg (Cobourg)

This event will feature one full day of economic development sessions, breaks and lunch. Program to be announced.

October 18-19

Big Data & AI Toronto (Toronto)

This event explores big data, artificial intelligence, cloud, and cybersecurity. The event connects innovators with other data analytics professionals. This event will feature speakers, exhibitors, conferences, bootcamps, and networking. Approximately 5,500 people attended the 2022 event (4200 in-person and 1300 online).

October 18-25

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging for the Public Sector (Online)

This course will deepen an understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). Through a mix of presentations, self-reflective exercises and peer learning environment, the course will provide actionable steps designed to help sharpen and continue the DEIB journey.

October 19

EV Breakfast Series #2 - Plugging in Together (Toronto)

A session highlighting the need for more charging stations that are accessible to all members of the public, and insights on how businesses can participate and benefit from this transition.

October 19-20

International AI + Society Conference (Ottawa)

This conference brings together a mix of scholars, policymakers, engineers, social scientists, philosophers, and regulators who are at the forefront of AI theory, design, and development. The event features keynote speeches, panel discussions, armchair conversations, poster sessions, and exhibitions with thought leaders from North, Central and South Americas, Africa, Oceania, Asia and Europe. Attendees will include those shaping the legal and social structures in which AI operates, fostering interdisciplinary conversations and debates that drive innovation and responsibility in AI development and deployment. Program TBA

October 24-25

Intelligent Cities Summit Canada (Toronto)

This 7th edition of the Summit brings together leading global municipal professionals and tech experts to discuss how new technology can enhance our cities and municipalities and offers the chance to meet, connect and learn from leading municipal professionals. Speakers include municipal leaders from countries around the world as well from Southern Ontario.

October 24-26

10th Annual Xcelerate Summit 2023 (Barrie)

This annual event offers start-up entrepreneurs practical techniques and networking opportunities through keynote presentations and a Presidents' Panel.

October 25

Executive Summit Series: Food Supply (Online)

This webinar will discuss how Canada can champion food security.

October 26-27

Global Tech Summit (Toronto)

This trade show will offer networking and venture capital opportunities for Black tech innovators.

October 26-27

3rd Annual Global Youth Business Forum & Expo (Toronto)

Under the theme Connect to the Business World and Grow, this event offers youth an opportunity for the youth to share their entrepreneurial experiences, and offers information on business start-up, how to access mentorship, and supports.

October 26

Startup Canada Tour - Brampton (Brampton)

In lieu of the one-day event in Ottawa, Startup Canada is touring the country with the fifth and final stop in Brampton featuring a Pitch Competition Grand Finale. This event takes place during Small Business Week and highlights the role entrepreneurs play in fueling economic growth and how ecosystem partners can further empower entrepreneurs to continue to innovate and create new companies. Attendees include entrepreneurs, innovators, industry executives, and government representatives.

October 26

German Technology Day (Mississauga)

Hosted in partnership with the City of Mississauga, this trade show will feature 25 automation and advanced manufacturing firms with their headquarters in Germany and offices in Canada. Approximately 300 representatives of the manufacturing community are expected to attend.

October 30

Small Business Forum (TBD)

This is the City of Toronto's full-day signature in-person event for SMEs in Toronto. Under the theme "Future-Proofing Businesses through Innovation & Sustainability", this year's event will feature a number of entrepreneurs as keynote speakers, panel discussions on trends facing small businesses, tactical workshops, and a trade show area. ​​Agenda and program guide is in development and will be shared at

October 30

Connecting Industry & Innovators (CII) Series: Part 2 - Advanced Manufacturing (Toronto)

Part 2 of 4 events. Bundle tickets are available.
Global competition and rising prices have placed the region’s  manufacturing industry under pressure. This second of four events in the series will explore how critical technologies in manufacturing processes and logistics can improve productivity, labour and capital return, operational resilience, global competitiveness.

October 31

Small Business Summit (Toronto)

Hosted during Small Business Month, this event aims to help entrepreneurs grow and succeed, and is open to entrepreneurs in Toronto. This event is themed "Embracing Digital Disruption."