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SIMS XVII is being jointly organized by The University at Buffalo (New York, USA), The University of Toronto (Toronto, ON) and The University of Western Ontario (London, ON).









Latitude: 43.38N  Longitude: 079.24W   Altitude: 77m

Toronto is a clean, safe, cosmopolitan city with a wonderful network of parks, recreational, and cultural facilities. Toronto is the home of four professional sports teams and the third largest English-speaking theatre district in the world, behind New York and London. One of the world's most ethnically diverse cities, it is home to more than 80 ethnic communities from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Toronto is also Canada’s business centre.

It’s a centre of rare openness, energy and style ― an intimate metropolis showcasing world-class dining, shopping, creativity, architecture and entertainment. Its skyline includes the CN Tower, a Modern Wonder of the World; beaches; parks and distinct neighbourhoods with inspiring surprises around every corner. Beyond the city limits are fabulous regional attractions such as Niagara Falls, a renowned wine region and many outdoor adventures. Toronto engages your imagination with an experience unlike any the world over.

English is the predominant language of Toronto, although both English and French are official languages and most government services are available in either language. But there are also large ethnic populations so those languages are prominent in many neighbourhoods.

Time Zone
Toronto is in the Eastern Time (ET) zone, five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During Daylight Savings Time (DST), March to October, clocks are turned ahead one hour.

Toronto does experience four seasons, with a long winter (about five months, mid-November-mid-April), short spring (mid-April-May) and fall (October-mid-November) and a four-month summer (June-September). Average September temperatures range from 13-20 C.

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SIMS XVII Conference Secretariat: Ron Dewar - Meeting Management Services - (905) 335-7993 or (800) 625-7925 -

SIMS XVII Conference Co-Chairs: Dr. Joseph Gardella, Jr., University at Buffalo
Dr. Rana Sodhi
, University of Toronto
Dr. Leo Lau, University of Western Ontario