Discovering Downtown Toronto: A Vibrant Backdrop for the 70th MEDA Annual Convention 

Welcome to MEDA Convention 2023 in the heart of Toronto! This year, we extend an invitation to celebrate MEDA’s 70th anniversary! So many people have contributed to MEDA’s journey to our 70th year. From donors, investors, business partners, staff, board members, and volunteers – we haven’t done this alone! With your support, MEDA has equipped entrepreneurs around the globe with access to the resources they need to fulfill their God-given potential to earn a livelihood. 

As we prepare to join together in exciting downtown Toronto, register today and let’s dive into what this vibrant city has to offer. 

Exploring Toronto’s Downtown Attractions

Toronto is a city of diversity and contrasts, and its downtown area reflects this perfectly. To kick off your convention experience, consider visiting some of the city’s iconic landmarks: 

CN Tower: No visit to Toronto is complete without ascending the CN Tower for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. You can even try the EdgeWalk for a truly exhilarating experience. 

Royal Ontario Museum: Dive into the fascinating worlds of history and culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, where art and artifacts from across the globe come to life. 

Art Gallery of Ontario: For art enthusiasts, the AGO is a must-visit. Its impressive collection includes works from Canadian and international artists. 

Harbourfront Centre: This cultural hub on the waterfront hosts concerts, exhibitions, and festivals year-round, showcasing Toronto’s diverse arts scene. 

Dining Delights in Toronto 

Toronto’s culinary scene is a reflection of its multicultural community. You’ll find an array of dining options to suit every palate and craving! Some recommendations include: 

Kensington Market: This bohemian neighborhood is a food lover’s paradise, with an array of international cuisine, street food, and vintage shops. 

St. Lawrence Market: Sample fresh local produce, artisanal cheeses, and gourmet treats at this historic market. It’s a foodie’s dream come true! 

Distillery District: Known for its charming cobblestone streets, this district offers a mix of restaurants, craft breweries, and unique shops in a picturesque setting. 

Immersing in Toronto’s Culture

Toronto’s diverse population contributes to its rich culture. Here are some cultural experiences to consider: 

Chinatown: Explore the vibrant colors, flavors, and traditions of Toronto’s Chinatown, where you can savor authentic dim sum and discover unique treasures. 

Theatre District: Catch a show in Toronto’s famous Theatre District, home to the renowned Mirvish Productions and the iconic Princess of Wales Theatre. 

Cultural Festivals: Depending on your convention dates, you might be able to attend one of Toronto’s many cultural festivals, celebrating everything from film to music to food. 

Toronto’s downtown area offers a dynamic and diverse backdrop for the 70th MEDA Annual Convention. With its world-class attractions, culinary delights, and rich cultural experiences, attendees are sure to be captivated by all that this remarkable city has to offer. 

Make Your Convention Experience Unforgettable with Exclusive Tours! 

As you prepare for the 70th MEDA Annual Convention in Toronto, we have something special to elevate your experience – exclusive convention tours! These tours offer a unique opportunity to delve even deeper into the city’s rich culture and culinary treasures. Here’s a sneak peek at what awaits: 

Toronto Bird’s-eye View City Tour: Imagine savoring a delicious meal in the CN Tower with panoramic views of Toronto as your backdrop. Following lunch, you’ll be taken on an exciting city driving tour to take in the Toronto architecture and landscape.  

Distillery District Walking Tour: The historic Distillery District is a treasure trove of creativity and heritage. Our walking tour will lead you through cobblestone streets, craft breweries, and unique boutiques. As we celebrate MEDA’s rich history at the convention, immerse yourself in surroundings steeped in heritage. 

St. Lawrence Market Foodie Tour: Our St. Lawrence Market Foodie Tour is a must. Immerse yourself in the heart of Toronto’s food culture. If you love food and you love history, then you will love this tour! 

These exclusive convention tours are designed to enhance your convention experience, offering unique insights into Toronto’s history, culture, and culinary delights. Space is limited, so don’t miss out on these incredible opportunities. Register now and make the most of your time in Toronto. We can’t wait to share these unforgettable moments with you at the 70th MEDA Annual Convention in Toronto –  see you there



  • MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates)

    MEDA is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. We work in agri-food market systems, focusing primarily on women and youth in rural communities in the Global South. Our success is measured by income, improved processes, increased knowledge, and the creation of decent work.

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