The first Great Lakes Circular Economy Forum will take place in Toronto from 25-26 June 2019 at the Toronto Reference Library. Co-convened by UN Environment North America, the City of Toronto and the Council of the Great Lakes Region, the Forum is an invitation-only, bi-national dialogue on promoting circular economy in the Great Lakes region.
The Great Lakes region is uniquely positioned for a transition to a circular economy because of its tightly integrated industries and its strong cross-border collaborations. Shifting towards circularity holds great promise for improving resource efficiency, promoting innovation and helping drive economic growth. As the largest body of freshwater on the planet, maximizing sustainability and minimizing waste in the Great Lakes region is essential for safeguarding our future.
The Great Lakes Circular Economy Forum will bring together key stakeholders - including major cities of the Great Lakes region and key companies and industries – to generate a shared vision of how to move towards more circular markets and economies in the region, and the type of partnerships and collaborations needed to achieve this. The Forum will also provide a milestone in the lead up to Canada hosting of the World Circular Economy Forum in 2020.
The Forum is an invitation-only, bi-national dialogue that aims to promote the transition to a circular economy in the Great Lakes region, North America’s economic engine. The Forum will cover a series of thematic sessions and cross-cutting issues (see below) that will be addressed in plenary format, and we are counting on the full engagement and contribution of all participants to this meaningful conversation.
The Great Lakes Circular Economy Forum will be held at the Bran & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library from 25-26 June 2019. The Bran & Bluma Appel Salon is on the second floor of the Library.
The Toronto Reference Library is located at the heart of city and a few kilometers from Lake Ontario. The Library is one block north of Bloor Street on the east side of the vibrant Yonge Street. The surrounding neighborhood is filled with restaurants, hotels, galleries and other cultural attractions. For information on restaurants and things to see and do in Toronto, please visit Tourism Toronto.
A pre-Forum reception will be hosted by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, between 18:30 and 20:00 on 24 June. The reception will take place a few blocks away from the Reference Library, at Queen’s Park, the site of the Ontario Legislative Building.
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Queen's Park, 111 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON, Canada
Getting to Toronto
Toronto is a metropolitan city that is easily accessible by plane, train, car and public transit.
By plane: The closest airports are the Toronto Pearson International Airport and the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The Toronto Pearson International Airport is about 25 km from the venue and has multiple ground transportation options to Toronto, including train, shuttle and ride sharing. The Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is about 6 km from the venue and services over 20 cities in Canada and the U.S. The airport offers shuttle and curbside pick-up and drop-off.
By train: Union Station is approximately 4 km away from the venue and connected to Toronto’s subway, streetcar and bus systems. The station is serviced by the Toronto Transit Commission, Go Transit, UP Express, VIA Rail Canada, Amtrak and Greyhound.
By car: If you are planning on driving to the Forum, paid parking lots are available on Asquith Avenue and Church Street.
By public transit: The closest public transit stations to the Reference Library are the Bloor-Yonge TTC subway station, Bay Street bus station and Wellesley Street bus station.
Staying in Toronto
The area surrounding the library has dozens of vacation rentals through Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO and hotel options that are within walking distance to the library. A few nearby hotels are listed below for your convenience. A more complete list of accommodations can be viewed on Google map online or the Tourism Toronto website.
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (0.2 km from Library)
60 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4W 0A4
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville (0.3 km from Library)
90 Bloor Street East, Toronto M4W 1A7
The Anndore House (0.5 km from Library)
15 Charles St E, Toronto, ON M4Y 1S1, Canada
The Hazelton Hotel (0.5 km from Library)
118 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 1C2
Windsor Arms Hotel (0.6 km from Library)
18 St Thomas Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3E7
Avalon Suites Yorkville, Toronto (0.7 km from Library)
155 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5R 1C4, Canada
Bellamond Suites (0.7 km from Library)
155 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C4, Canada
Downtown Home Inn (0.9 km from Library)
2 Monteith St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1K7, Canada
Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown (1.3 km from Library)
475 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7
Kimpton Saint George Hotel (1.4 km from Library)
280 Bloor Street W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V8
Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre (1.4 km from Library)
30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2E9
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (1.9 km from Library)
33 Gerrard Street W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4