Monday, February 23, 2015

Getting Involved with the Toronto Business Community

This article originally appeared on i-StudentGlobal on 8th January 2014.
Jenny Jeong
Jenny Jeong
Jenny has traveled from her home in South Korea to study Tourism and Hospitality Management - Event Planning at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Canada.

Have you visited the best venues in Toronto? The Carlu, ROM, AGO, or the Four Seasons?

The Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum
When I heard about the Toronto Special Event Network networking event, I was curious. Last year, I did an internship with the network’s organizer, Alex Cheung, and it was time for me to re -connect with him and learn about current event industries and top vendors in Toronto.
Networking Event
Networking Event
The event was held at the Fountain Blu, a beautiful event centre near Toronto’s Exhibition Place. When I arrived at the Fountain Blu, I got my name tag and walked inside to look around. I had an opportunity to network with some of the wedding planners from wedding decor companies and learn more about different types of wedding cakes.

Cake Display
" decor companies..."
If I think about event-planning industries, there are so many different events that have different purposes to satisfy or entertain people. In fact, event-planning industries are growing and have become one of the most popular programs of study for students.

During the event, I enjoyed sampling appetizers from Table Talk CATERING and yummy chocolate from Rococoa chocolate shop. Different sponsors came to the event to support Alex’s event, and I think it is critical to value the relationship between a vendor and a sponsor. Business is all about collaboration and exchanging products to benefit each other.

"... yummy chocolate..."
The whole event theme was “ 2014: Celebrating TOP vendors in Toronto.”I had an opportunity to hear speeches and meet people from different industries. People from the Carlu, Arcadian Court, AGO, ROM, Four Seasons were all at the event, mingling with other business professionals. It was great opportunity for me to learn about different industries in Toronto and meet event professionals who can connect with me for possible internships or volunteer opportunities.
"... meet people from different industries..."
I recommend international students to join the Meet Up Toronto group and sign up for networking events they are interested in attending. I believe that networking events are the best way to get jobs and meet potential employers. It’s always better to know people and meet people from different industries who can affect our career life.

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