Exhibition Place assists Homeless with Emergency Winter Respite Service
For immediate release
Toronto, ON – December 21, 2017. Following Toronto City Council’s call to action to provide emergency winter respite services for Toronto’s homeless; Exhibition Place, together with our clients, will provide access to a portion of the Better Living Centre to create a temporary Emergency Winter Respite Service.
This temporary Emergency Winter Respite Service, operated by Fred Victor, will provide approximately 80 to 100 spaces to support local community needs from December 21 to February 26; and from March 5 to April 15, 2018. The service will be located in the southeast pod of the Better Living Centre and be separated by a demising wall from the rest of the exhibition hall for the safety and security of all occupants and attendees to the building.
“Exhibition Place is owned by the City of Toronto and is known as the centre for Meetings, Conventions, Exhibitions, and Sporting Events. We are Toronto’s gathering place for the community and business alike. Offering our assistance to provide this Emergency Winter Respite Service for the homeless reflects our historic and ongoing commitment to the local community” said Councillor Mark Grimes, Chair of the Board of Exhibition Place. “I would like to thank our clients who came to the table to assist where they could, by providing a portion of their licensed exhibition space to assist the City of Toronto in accommodating emergency respite services to the City’s most vulnerable homeless.”
The Better Living Centre will continue to be used for our annual exhibition and events clients for shows such as The Toronto International Bicycle Show, Wizard World, The Artist Project and the Canadian National Exhibition.
About Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest year-round entertainment and convention site, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sport, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Exhibition Place boasts the award-winning, LEED Gold Enercare Centre; Canada’s largest exhibition and convention centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading-edge green technologies and practices across the site. Exhibition Place was the 2017 recipient of the “Give Back Award” by the Canadian Association of Exposition Management. www.explace.on.ca @ExPlaceTO
The 4,500 attendees spent Sunday in conference sessions at Enercare Centre before culminating in a lavish gala dinner for all delegates. Over 9000 meals were served in a traditional Chinese culinary style serviced by the exclusive in-house caterer Spectra FS.
With over twenty years in service, Perfect (China) is one of China’s leading direct-sales businesses. In previous years, cities such as Milan, Amsterdam and Los Angeles have hosted the company’s annual event. This was the first Canadian visit for Perfect (China), as the City of Toronto welcomed it’s largest-ever incentive travel group.
“We were so pleased to welcome the delegates from Perfect (China) at Enercare Centre.” said Arlene Campbell, General Manager, Sales & Event Management of Exhibition Place. “With Exhibition Place’s premiere convention centre, ideal location in downtown-west, picturesque grounds and proximity to Pearson International airport, we were a natural match for a group of this magnitude on their first Canadian visit.”
Dianne Young, CEO of Exhibition Place and Chair of the UFI Sustainability Committee stated, “Exhibition Place was delighted to welcome Perfect (China) and their 4500 attendees to the premier meeting place in the City of Toronto. With the dynamic Enercare Centre being a LEED Gold certified building and Allstream Centre a LEED Silver certified conference facility we were able to host this large incentive group in an environmentally sustainable manner.”
About Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment venue, attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sport, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Located at Exhibition Place is the award-winning Enercare Centre, Canada’s largest exhibition and convention centre (LEED Gold), and the Allstream Centre (LEED Silver) conference venue. Exhibition Place recently was a major sports and international broadcast venue during the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American games, the world’s third largest multi-sport Games and the 2016 NBA All Star Game Jam Session fan fest in February 2016. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading edge green technologies and practices across the site. www.explace.on.ca
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