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November 2, 2017
InnovateTO150 to celebrate Toronto's future influencers
On November 3 at the Design Exchange, the InnovateTO150 collaboration between the City of Toronto and Toronto's four universities will showcase some of the best of the Toronto area's next generation change-makers, innovators and entrepreneurs alongside a keynote speech by Canadian inventor and Forbes magazine "30 Under 30" inductee Ann Makosinski.

Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee, and Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), the Mayor's Innovation Economy Advocate, will also speak at InnovateTO150.

"This showcase will direct and inspire youth to demonstrate how they can change and shape the future of our city," said Mayor John Tory. "As much as this is a year to remember Canada's past, it is also an opportunity for us to envision its future."

A highlight of the showcase will be two competitions in which 10 finalists will demonstrate how their ideas, services, technologies and products will transform Toronto's future. The 10 companies will compete for two separate awards. The top award of $30,000 will be awarded to the best social enterprise company. The second award of $15,000 will go to the best startup enterprise. The other exhibiting enterprises will each qualify for a $5,000 award.

Additionally, more than 50 participating enterprises will showcase their innovations on the Design Exchange's historic trading floor and in the exhibition hall. All the November 3 events, each taking place from 2 to 8 p.m., will offer free admission and the public is invited to attend.

The InnovateTO150 program is a partnership between the City of Toronto and Toronto's four universities (OCAD University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto and York University). More information is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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