The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) has been presented with the 2017 Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award and the Certificate of Building Excellence in the public assembly category by the Building Owners and Management Association of Toronto (BOMA Toronto).
The prestigious TOBY Award and the Certificate of Building Excellence are presented to facilities with the highest level of quality in various categories of building operations, including energy conservation, building performance, security standards and community impact.
The MTCC is the first convention centre in Canada to offer clean renewable power and continues to reduce its environmental footprint every year by diverting 90 per cent of event waste from landfills and putting successful energy and water reduction strategies into place.
Some of MTCC’s other sustainable practices include the upkeep of beehives on the South Building’s roof and the recent implementation of the innovative app Voyage Control to reduce CO2 emissions during the delivery move-in process for trade and public shows. The MTCC also donates various materials per year to Red Door Family Shelter, Habitat for Humanity and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB)’s Arts Junktion Program, and provides approximately 19,000 kg of food, or about 60,000 meals, to local organizations including Margaret’s Housing, Second Harvest and the TDSB’s Nutritional program.
This latest recognition comes following the South Building’s recent BOMA Canada Platinum level certification, achieved after receiving a score of 93 per cent in categories including energy conservation, waste reduction, indoor environment and environmental management systems.
“We are thrilled to be receiving this industry recognition, which reflects our team’s effort and dedication to environmental sustainability,” said Vince Quattrociocchi, vice president of operations at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “This award also recognizes the Centre’s enduring commitment to operating a first-class facility for our customers and their guests while also giving back to our community.”
“As the producer of over 200 trade shows, consumer shows and conferences at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre since 1989, we are delighted that the building has received the recognition that it so rightfully deserves,” added George Przybylowski, vice president, construction and real estate at Informa Canada. “The Centre is continually being upgraded and revitalized to ensure that it is providing high quality space for a diverse set of clients and purposes. Congratulations on your TOBY.”