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Turn your Meeting into an experience


The future of meetings is changing. It’s not just about tables and chairs, it’s about inspiring people to learn and collaborate in fresh new ways. At BMO’s Institute for Learning (IFL), we put people first to bring your vision to life in ways you never thought possible.

Imagine your meeting in a bright, inspiring space, paired with fresh food, engaging activities, and comfortable accommodations. Add our team of expert conference planners, by your side, planning every detail. Suddenly, it's not just a meeting - it's an unforgettable experience.



OUR PACKAGES


All-inclusive packages offer you a convenient, cost-effective way to host your meeting. We keep things simple so you’ll never have to worry about budget surprises.

All of our packages include:

  • inspiring meeting space
  • delicious, fresh food
  • expert conference planning
  • onsite AV/IT support
  • free Wi-Fi
  • free parking
  • the best in hospitality services
  • gratuity-free

Meeting Packages

Everything from your meeting space, to all-day food and beverages, amenities, free Wi-Fi and parking, plus a comfortable guest room (if you need it) for one price per person.

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Learning Packages

The IFL was purpose-built with learning in mind. Our all-inclusive packages make it easy for you to facilitate learning for your group. We’ll take care of the details so you can focus on developing and delivering an impactful learning session.

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CONFERENCE FACILITIES


Inspiring meeting and conference spaces, naturally-lit rooms and vibrant outdoor areas invite creativity. The IFL has been proudly approved by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) as a model of the industry’s best practices.


Presentation Hall

The Presentation Hall is a flexible, open space designed to create a variety of settings. It’s the perfect space for town halls, general meetings, product launches, celebrations and conferences and it can easily accommodate up to 450 people.

Presentation Hall

Bow/Grand Hall

Known for its stunning architecture, The Bow is a sweeping, open and inspiring multi-purpose space linking all areas of the IFL. It’s the perfect place for private receptions, banquets and trade shows.

The Bow

Learning Centre

The Learning Centre offers comfortable spaces for attendees to meet, collaborate and engage. A mix of meeting rooms and break-out spaces, it’s ideal for groups of 4-60 people.

Learning Centre

The Forum

The Forum is a bright, modern space and can accommodate up to 288 people. The perfect setting for business sessions and special occasions, it is designed with the latest AV equipment, including built in projectors, screens, sound system and a private AV booth.

The Forum

First Bank Boardroom

Sophisticated and functional, our private executive boardroom accommodates up to 12 people and includes high back leather chairs, custom boardroom table, built-in video conferencing and phone system, and natural lighting.

First Bank Boardroom


MEET THE TEAM


Meet the Team
When you host an event at the IFL, our Dolce team of expert conference planners work with you to understand your meeting needs, and ensure every detail is perfectly planned. Whether you are just starting to look for a venue, or are busy ironing out all the details, we listen, provide support and deliver an exceptional experience.

ROOM CAPACITY & SET-UPS


Our innovative spaces and flexible set-ups ensure you'll find the perfect fit for any event - large or small.

1-10 PEOPLE

room for 1 to 10 people

Rooms:
107/108/113/117/220/222

Max Capacity: 6
Dimensions: 9' x 14'
Area: 126 sq. ft.

Rooms:
110/111/115/211/213/215-219/221

Max Capacity: 7
Dimensions: 9' x 14'
Area: 126 sq. ft.

Rooms:
109/118/119/120/121

Max Capacity: 8
Dimensions: 9' x 14'
Area: 126 sq. ft.

Rooms:
106/116/207/209

Max Capacity: 8
Dimensions: 9' x 16'
Area: 144 sq. ft.

Rooms:
112/114/212/214

Max Capacity: 9
Dimensions: 9' x 17'
Area: 153 sq. ft.


11-59 PEOPLE

First Bank Boardroom

First Bank Executive Boardroom

Max Capacity: 12
Dimensions: 14' x 18'
Area: 252 sq. ft.

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Room 124

Max Capacity: 22
Dimensions: 19' x 24' x 11'h
Area: 456 sq. ft.

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Lab Room 203

PC Lab Room 203

Max Capacity: 24
Dimensions: 24' x 28' x 11'h
Area: 672 sq. ft.

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Meeting Room 201

Room 201

Max Capacity: 34
Dimensions: 24' x 29' x 11'h
Area: 696 sq. ft.

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60-199 PEOPLE

Meeting Rooms 101, 102, 103, 202, 204, 205

Rooms 101/102/103/202/204/205

Max Capacity: 60
Dimensions: 33' x 34' x 11'h
Area: 1,122 sq. ft.

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Meeting Rooms 104 and 206

Rooms 104/206

Max Capacity: 60
Dimensions: 44' x 34' x 11'h
Area: 1,496 sq. ft.

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Room 200

Max Capacity: 60
Dimensions: 34' x 38' x 11'h
Area: 1,292 sq. ft.

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The Studio

Max Capacity: 60
Dimensions: 34' x 38' x 11'h
Area: 1,292 sq. ft.

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Rooms 105 and 208

Rooms 105/208

Max Capacity: 60
Dimensions: 39' x 33' x 11'h
Area: 1,287 sq. ft.

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200-450 PEOPLE

The Forum

The Forum

Max Capacity: 288
Dimensions: 48' x 64' x 20'h
Area: 3,072 sq. ft.

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Bow Grand Hall

Bow

Max Capacity: 300
Area: 5200 sq. ft.

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Presentation Hall

Presentation Hall

Max Capacity: 450
Dimensions: 72' x 77' x 20'h
Area: 5,544 sq. ft.

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TRADE SHOWS

Bow Grand Hall

Bow (Grand Hall)

Max Capacity: 30 booths
Area: 5200 sq. ft.

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Bow (Grand Hall) Middle

Max Capacity: 20 booths
Area: 3600 sq. ft.

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Bow (Grand Hall) East

Max Capacity: 10 booths
Area: 1600 sq. ft.

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The Forum

The Forum

Max Capacity: 20 booths
Dimensions: 48' x 64' x 20'h
Area: 3072 sq. ft.

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TEAM BUILDING


We offer signature team-building activities that bring your meeting to life in new ways. Fun, motivational activities are a powerful way for attendees to socialize, collaborate, and build trust. With a variety of options, including culinary classes, scavenger hunts, and interactive games, it's never been easier to engage and energize attendees.

Get ready to work and play together in a series of fun-filled, interactive games. With names like:


Best Baker Challenge

Let them eat cake! Best baker challenge

Calling all bakers, artists and sweet-toothers in your group! It’s time to roll up your sleeves and try your hand at competitive cake decorating. Let the icing begin!

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Best Baker Challenge

Sous Chef Challenge

Cooking for a difference

In this class with a purpose, IFL Chef Murray Hall will educate participants on large scale food preparation, knife handling and basic food safety. Participants will be guided through the preparation of a full meal which will then be donated to a local food bank.

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Sous Chef Challenge

Culinary Workshops

Wine and cheese pairing

Master the art of pairing! Learn how to pair a selection of popular Canadian cheeses with the perfect glass of wine.

Spice rub workshop

Add some flavour to your meats and vegetables with a signature IFL spice rub. Attendees select and apply fragrant spice rubs to meat and vegetable skewers and sample the oh-so-tasty creations.

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Culinary Workshops

Game-based Team Building

The great scavenger hunt

Tick tock – it’s a race against the clock. Teams work together, collaborating and gathering information from clues carefully hidden throughout our facility.

Beat it to win it

Get ready to work and play together in a series of fun-filled, interactive games. With names like Don’t mind the Sharks and The Tallest Structure, laughter is guaranteed.

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Game-based Team Building

Other Team Building

Additional activities

Looking for a few more ideas? We also offer a series of engaging team building activities facilitated by our trusted partners.

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Audio Visual

AUDIO VISUAL

With our dedicated, onsite team, you'll never have to worry about technical difficulties. Our AV/IT professionals put the latest technology to work for your presentations, multi-microphone discussions, video conferencing, webcasting and more. They are here to accommodate your technical needs – across the room and around the world.

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*Standard AV setup is included in all our meeting packages. Additionally, we can accommodate any special requests you may have.
Business Services

BUSINESS SERVICES

Have to send an urgent package? Our hands-on conference services team is here to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from small print jobs, to shipping, faxes, package handling and more. In addition, we offer complimentary fully-equipped workstations, so you can connect to the office at a moment’s notice.


FAQs


Where is BMO IFL Located?

The IFL is conveniently located at 3550 Pharmacy Avenue, and is easily accessible from Toronto Pearson International Airport as well as the downtown core. For more information on our location or directions, contact our Front Desk at 416-490-4300.


Who do I contact to book a meeting or conference at the IFL?

Contact Event Reservations or call 416-490-4389 and one of our representatives will be happy to help you.


How do I plan my meeting or conference at the IFL?

Our hospitality provider will assign you a dedicated Conference Planner who will be your single point of contact in both the planning and implementation of your event. Your planner will work with you, taking care of all the details so you can focus on your meeting objectives. Please contact Event Reservations to get started.


What type of events can be hosted at the IFL?

We’re host to a wide variety of events, from intimate meetings to large Town Halls, learning sessions, strategic planning sessions, trade shows, as well as private receptions, awards galas and holiday events. Our facilities are very flexible and can accommodate a wide range of needs.


What room configurations are available?

We offer a range of room styles and configurations to accommodate the needs of your event. View our Room Capacity and Set Ups for more information on the different types of meeting rooms available.


Can I get access to the venue early to set up?

Yes. Talk to your Conference Planner to set up a time to access your venue and set up before your event.


Can I visit the IFL for a tour before booking?

Absolutely. One of our Sales Managers or Conference Planners would be happy to take you on a tour of the IFL so you can see all of the amenities, rooms and services we have to offer. To book a tour, contact Event Reservations or call 416-490-4389.


What method of payments do you accept?

We accept Interac, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, cash or company cheques.


Are you able to provide staff for my event?

Yes, the IFL is able to provide a wide variety of event staff. Your dedicated Conference Planner will be happy to discuss staffing requirements and pricing with you.


How do I pay gratuities?

We are a gratuity free facility. Our associates are as attentive as they are friendly. Your comfort is their concern and tipping is not required.


Does the IFL provide technical/audio assistance?

Yes. We have an extensive in-house inventory of audio-visual equipment, and a dedicated on-site team of professional, courteous and highly experienced AV/IT technicians who will help you set up, test and operate your AV presentation, webcast, videoconference, or secure a private network.


Does the IFL have a recycling program?

Yes, the IFL is ISO 14001 certified with an Environmental Management System.


What is the IFL smoking policy?

The IFL is a 100% smoke-free facility with outdoor designated smoking areas in the Courtyard and The English Garden.


Does the IFL have Wi-Fi?

Yes. The IFL provides complimentary Wi-Fi for all guests throughout the facility. If for confidentiality reasons you require a password-protected, secure private network for your meeting, we can provide you with a reliable and secure network for your exclusive use.


Is there a shuttle service?

If you need to shuttle guests between specific locations, the Front Desk or your Conference Planner can help arrange other transportation.


Does the IFL have on site accomodations?

The IFL offers 150 individual guest rooms with a variety of amenities that will make guests feel at home without having to leave the property. We are proudly supported by Dolce Hotels and Resorts, a leading hospitality company. Our Front Desk is open 24 hours a day to ensure your stay is comfortable and secure.