Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

April 22, 2014 08:00 ET

Metro Toronto Convention Centre Welcomes the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

AATS recognizes Toronto as an international leader in thoracic surgery

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 22, 2014) -

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Recognized as a major international medical centre, Toronto will host the American Association for Thoracic Surgery's (AATS) 94th annual meeting, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, April 26 to 30. With more than 4,800 attendees, including 2,600 medical professionals from 80 countries, the AATS meeting is one of the largest events of 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), Toronto's premier convention facility. Benefitting the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario, the AATS annual meeting represents an economic impact of more than $13.7 million(i) through delegate spending.

"Toronto was selected because not only does the Metro Toronto Convention Centre meet the logistical requirements of size and capacity, but the city itself is also a major medical centre with some of the largest medical facilities in North America, including Toronto General and all of the hospitals and institutions affiliated with the University of Toronto," said AATS Executive Director Cindy VerColen. "Many of the leading cardiothoracic surgeons are currently practicing in Toronto or have spent time practicing and training in Toronto." The city has hosted the AATS conference twice before: in 2007 and 2004.

"We are excited to partner with the prestigious American Association for Thoracic Surgery to present its 94th annual meeting," said MTCC President and CEO Barry Smith. "We have every confidence AATS conference delegates will embrace all that our multicultural City of Toronto offers, beginning right here with our venue's own enhanced services and newly revitalized amenities."

While the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will house the AATS education and plenary sessions, Legends Lunch and receptions, and the exhibitor hall, which will feature the latest medical equipment and a "surgeon of the future laboratory," knowledge exchange will extend to Toronto's pre-eminent medical community. Two innovative and unique hands-on sessions will be held at Toronto General Hospital, part of the University Health Network: the first will focus on the endobronchial ultrasound technology used for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer and the second will use simulators to practice common scenarios requiring the use of extracorporeal life support therapy.

Special guest speaker Rick Pitino, The New York Times bestselling author and coach of the 2013 national collegiate basketball champions, the Louisville Cardinals, will present coaching principles that can be applied in the surgical suite, during grand rounds and as part of each physician's personal life.

The Legends Luncheon is a tribute to the cardiothoracic surgeons who have contributed to the advancement of the discipline. For the culinary team at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, it is an opportunity to showcase its new menu, featuring locally sourced produce that will offer guests a unique homegrown taste of Ontario. New equipment and systems, all part of the venue's recent kitchen renovation, will help to ensure an optimal guest experience despite the extraordinary demands that come with high-volume production and service.

About the American Association for Thoracic Surgery

Founded in 1917, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery is an international organization that brings together the world's leading cardiothoracic surgeons. Additional information is available at

About the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's number one convention and trade show facility. Over the past 30 years, the Centre has hosted over 15,000 events, entertained more than 40 million guests and has added $4.7 billion in direct spending economic impact to the community. For further information, please visit

[i] Figure based on North American and international delegate-only spending calculations (TBC)

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