Fortune Global Forum Spouse & Companion Program

Each Fortune Global Forum offers delegate companions a complimentary program that is as thoughtfully planned, insightful, and memorable as the Forum itself. This year our guests will enjoy privileged access to some of the most colorful destinations our host city has to offer. Traveling with our expert guides, you will gain unique insights into distinctive cultural sites and be immersed in the area’s breathtaking natural splendor.

Toronto is a leading global business, finance, and technology hub that is also a magnetic center for arts, cuisine, and culture. It is Ontario Province’s capital and Canada’s largest city, with a landscape that blends spectacular skyscrapers, industrial buildings, heritage sites, and unique residential enclaves.

Stretched along the shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is an ultra-modern city with a rich history that dates back to the ice age. Indigenous people are numbered among its diverse population, which is heralded as one of the most multicultural in the world. It is a place where First Nation Huron and descendants of 18th Century French and English settlers blend with more recent arrivals from Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and beyond. An estimated 140 languages are spoken in this dynamic international crossroads, and nearly half the population is foreign-born.

This is a city of neighborhoods, each reflecting a character all its own, including the buzzy culinary scene in the Distillery District, the bohemian shops and galleries of the Annex, the bustling Harbourfront, and the tree-lined streets of Cabbagetown. Electric, eclectic, and always on the move, Toronto holds surprises and possibilities around every corner.

Monday October 15

Afternoon 2:15-5:00
Bata Shoe Museum (BSM)
This unique, renowned museum is the legacy of the passionate collector, philanthropist, and visionary shoe industry executive Sonja Bata. The museum’s shoebox-inspired building is itself a work of art—an award-winning five-story limestone and glass structure designed by celebrated Toronto Architect Raymond Moriyama.

The BSM’s four galleries follow the steps of 4,500 years of footwear: a cascading trove that progresses from ancient Egyptian sandals and embroidered Chinese jin lian to mojaris from India and Inuit kamiks, and on to modern times with Vivienne Westwood’s “Anglomania” collection and John Lennon’s Beatle boot. Our visit will include an intimate conversation with a special guest, Toronto-based Master Shoemaker Jeff Churchill. He is the creator of one-of-a-kind footwear— from the beautiful to the bizarre—for stage and screen, including the films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Shape of Water. Our group will also gain elite insider access to the museum’s treasures through a private tour lead by Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack. We will be guided through this unmatched collection by one of its foremost authorities.

Evening 6:30-8:00
Opening Night Reception and Dinner
Evergreen Brick Works
Our opening reception will introduce delegates and their companions to one of Canada’s most exciting cutting-edge venues: the trailblazing Evergreen Brick Works, a collection of once-deteriorating heritage buildings now transformed as a showcase for green design. For 100 years, the site functioned as world-class factory that supplied bricks for pre-eminent Toronto landmarks, including the Old City Hall and the Royal Ontario Museum. It is also a geological treasure trove where rare fossil specimens, including wooly mammoths, have been discovered. This sprawling site was abandoned to vandalism and decay in 1984 before its redevelopment as a world ecotourism destination.

Dinner will be held in the Brick Works’ Kiln Building. As part of the building’s meticulous restoration, the original kilns and graffiti-covered walls have been retained. Our event will echo this gritty design aesthetic through a live, in-the-moment creation of a 40-foot mural. We will further spotlight the lively Toronto art scene by featuring leading local sculptors at work all around the venue.

Dinner will showcase eight sophisticated and innovative chefs from across Canada, each with their own kitchen station. Guests will have the opportunity to sample each chef’s signature dish paired with a Canadian wine. The evening will fuse outstanding aspects of Canadian art, performance, and cuisine in a rare and unforgettable experience.

Tuesday, October 16
Morning and Afternoon 8:50am-5:00pm
Niagara Falls
This stunning natural wonder consists of three cascading waterfalls that straddle the New York/Canada border and flow at a rate of more than 3,000 tons of water a second. The Falls lie along the course of the Niagara River, and are about a 90-minute drive from our accommodations in Toronto.

When we arrive at the Falls, we will enjoy a panoramic view of their majestic scope. Our group will then take in the full splendor of the Falls—and their iconic rainbows—from an aerial view via helicopter. We will hover 457 meters (1,500 feet) above the Falls and track the flow of water from a vista that spans from the River’s origin in Lake Erie over the edge of the Niagara gorge and through to Lake Ontario. The experience will deliver an unmatched perspective of the Falls’ epic expanse.

Lunch
Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
Just a short drive from the Falls, this award-winning family-owned vineyard is nestled on 34 acres of rolling hills in historic St. Davids, Ontario. The vineyard practices biodynamic and organic viticulture, and carefully matches grape varieties to the land’s unique soil composition to create wines noted for their refined elegance.

Executive Chef Ross Midgely will design a custom-crafted, locally-sourced lunch for our group in the vineyard’s acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant with wine pairings chosen by Ravine Winemaker Ben Minaker.

Evening 7:00-9:00pm
Our evening activity will once again bring delegates and companions together, this time for one of several select experiences culled from among our host city’s most acclaimed restaurants.

Wednesday October 17
Morning 8:00-11:00am
CN Tower
Our morning starts with a visit to Toronto’s iconic CN Tower, a soaring concrete communications and observation structure noted as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Our experience will take us more than 350 meters (1,150 feet) in the air via the Tower’s high-speed glass-fronted elevators for a private breakfast. We will also ascend 33 stories further up the Tower’s core to its SkyPod, one of the highest observation platforms in the world. We will take in the city from a vantage point that spans more than 100 miles, and captures its full beauty and variety from a bird’s-eye view.

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
Our final stop will be the stunning Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, the last operating vaudeville-era double-decker theatre in the world. The stately Elgin, with its domed ceiling, gold leafing, plaster cherubs, and ornate opera boxes, is a grand dame of entertainment palaces. The quirky Winter Garden sits seven stories above and is a botanical fantasy, with garden murals and a canopy of leaves and twinkling lanterns overhead. This magnificent National Historic Site has been painstakingly restored and includes an unparalleled collection of vaudeville scenery. Our group will step back in time with an exclusive tour of one of Canada’s most treasured architectural landmarks.


Skyline of Toronto over Ontario Lake at twilight; Shutterstock ID 230876692