IEEE GEM is being held at the University of Toronto Chestnut Conference Centre (89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1R1, Canada), in the heart of downtown Toronto, near Toronto’s iconic city hall, and in close proximity to the University of Toronto’s main campus.
The City of Toronto
The first permanent European settlement in the vicinity of modern Toronto was the French trading fort FortRouillé, established in 1750, south of the village of Teiaiagon. Prior to European settlement, Neutral, Seneca, Mohawk and Cayuga peoples lived in the area. The first large influx of Europeans occurred during and after the American Revolution when United Empire Loyalists fled the United States. In 1793, Toronto, known as York prior to that, was named capital of the new colony of Upper Canada. York was incorporated and renamed Toronto in 1834. The city experienced steady growth during the 19th century. In the second half of the 20th century, Toronto surpassed Montreal as Canada's largest city and became the economic and business capital of the country. Rated as one of the top five global cities with economic clout (Cities of Opportunities Report, PwC, 2010), and one of the top five cities for economic potential and infrastructure (North American Cities of the Future, FDI), Toronto is a dynamic, diverse, rising city that provides the ideal business environment for companies looking for a competitive edge. With 2.8 million residents, Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America. One-quarter of Canada’s population is located within 160 km (100 mi.) of the city and more than 60% of the population of the USA is within a 90-minute flight. Toronto is one of the most liveable and competitive cities in the world as demonstrated by various rankings and reports. Toronto's public transit system is the second largest in North America and has the highest per capita ridership rate on the continent. More than 2,700 subway vehicles, buses and streetcars make it easy for more than 1.5 million business riders to travel throughout the city daily. Toronto continues to lead all North American municipalities in new large scale development with 185 high-rise buildings under construction.