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Jul 17
Sibos Update

Take a closer look at this year’s Sibos venue

Barry Smith, President & CEO of the MTCC, discusses what it takes to host one of the world’s leading financial services events

Sibos is returning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) following a successful debut in 2011. Over 7,600 delegates attended the event that year, making it the largest Sibos in the Americas to date. 

The MTCC was originally constructed in the early 1980s on the former Railway Lands in Downtown Toronto. The MTCC’s North Building was officially opened in 1984 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

In 1997, the venue was expanded to include the South Building. Today, the MTCC covers 2 million square feet, and includes the John Bassett Theatre, which will host the Sibos plenary sessions and the Big Issue Debates. 

Since 1998, the MTCC has been under the leadership of Barry Smith. Smith and his management team have been credited with transforming the venue into Canada’s number one convention and trade show facility. 

The MTCC has held over 18,000 events, received over 55 million visitors, and played host to some of the world’s largest and most prestigious events, including the G20 and G7 summits. 

In May this year, Smith was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation at the 2017 Visionary Awards. This award recognises individuals across the world for their contribution to the business events industry.

In the following video, he discusses his team’s pride at hosting Sibos, what it takes to deliver a world-class event, and the benefits that Sibos brings to the local community and the Canadian finance sector: