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Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver Make it to the Top 10 Most Livable Cities in the World

Country RepTrak® measures the reputation of 55 countries based on levels of trust, esteem, admiration and respect based on an online panel of more than 48,000 people representing the G8 countries. The Study measures a country’s perceptions exploring 16 attributes that include it being viewed as: a safe place to visit, a beautiful country, having friendly and welcoming residents, having progressive social and economic policies, being run by an effective government, and more.


Toronto Montreal and Vancouver made it to the top 10.  Toronto was #4 – the city where #1 “people would want to live for sure” , #2 “to work”, and #3 “invest money”.  Montreal and Vancouver were “two cities where people said it would be interesting to try to live.”

Note, Vancouver has been coming down in ranking from #1 in 2012 to #9 in 2016.

Top 10 cities for 2016 were:

  1. Sydney Australia
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Zurich, Switzerland
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. Stockholm, Sweden
  6. Edinburgh, UK
  7. Montreal, Canada
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. Vancouver, Canada
  10. Copenhagen, Denmark

Jon Mamela, Chief Marketing Officer, Destination Canada said:

“Canada’s top ranking in the report is a testament to the global desire to come and visit our country and we’re honoured by this recognition. We know that a country’s reputation is its calling card, opening the doors to tourism, trade, investment and academic excellence to name but a few benefits. The study by Reputation Institute shows clearly that perception of a country translates into economic benefits when people want to visit that country as well as live, work or study there.” ~

Toronto MakerKids startup empowering kids to do big things

MakerKids is the #1 kids workshop in Toronto. Thousands of kids have taken our STEM programs in Coding, Robotics and Minecraft. Our Camps, After-School & Weekend Programs and Birthday Parties empower children to be creators, not just consumers.


Who started the company? Do you / team members have tech background?

Jenn Turliuk is the CEO of MakerKids. Jenn had a transformative and empowering moment when she coded a website at 12 years old that received thousands of views. This propelled her take on more challenges and give her self-confidence. Jenn then continued her studies as an adult at NASA’s Singularity University where she studied how to connect education and exponential technologies.

Jenn’s career highlights include doing marketing and PR for the Matterform 3D Scanner crowdfunding campaign (which raised over $471K – the most-funded Indiegogo campaign outside the US), helping build a 3D printer for a music video, launching an SMS-based disaster relief project during Hurricane Sandy, being selected as a Startup Chile entrepreneur (as part of a program run by the Government of Chile to foster entrepreneurship locally), creating her own self-education program which involved being 1 of the top 6 finalists in a competition to shadow Dave McClure of 500 Startups, leading the Canadian launch of Tide Pods (P&G’s biggest launch in 27 years), running Canada’s largest business plan competition (the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition), writing one of Forbes Greatest Hits articles and doing a TEDx talk in Spanish.

MakerKids is designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers from Queen’s University). Our instructors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including music, theatre, 3D design, game design and engineering. What all instructors have in common is the love for teaching!
How are you being financed?

We have programs and camps throughout the year. We also teach our programs offsite at many schools.

What do you think will be / is a big obstacle to overcome?

There are many perspectives about technology and many about children, media and digital technology. When kids should go online? How much screen time? We realize that many kids are already introduced to video games, computers and phones before they come to MakerKids. Our goal at MakerKids is to encourage kids to use technology positively, effectively and wisely. Technology can do a lot of good and people can do a lot of good – that is one of the values we push. There is apprehension about the new digital world (for adults and kids) and we this is a concern we have considered.

How do you go about finding good developers / IT guys for your company?

Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds. We search many sources and industries to find the best fit. Experience teaching and working with kids is key. We have created premium training over the years to teach our new instructors our approach to teaching, coding, robotics and Minecraft.

See video of instructors at MakerKids:

Who is your biggest competition?

Coding and kids STEM programs are a growing industry and new. The landscape is always changing and there is much space for all of us to grow. The more kids reached, skills learned, and positive change that can happen are wins for us.

How are you intending on taking your company to million dollars in revenues? In what markets?

We have been in Toronto for over 6 years and we are always looking to grow and expand. This may be in the form of additional locations and school programs.

What is the big lesson you’ve learned (success or failure) with this project.

Technology, which affects STEM education, is always changing. This means we always stay current, move quickly and be well versed with emerging technology. We were the first and largest makerspace for kids and have unique programs you can’t find anywhere else. This is a big success for us by propelling the maker movement here in Canada and abroad further.

Website: http://www.makerkids.com

Tech Startup Conference RESOLVE TO came to Toronto in January 2017

UPDATED This even has already happened. Here is what you missed:


This coming January, the team behind Montreal Startupfest is launching ResolveTO in Toronto. An event held in Canada’s largest city, combining Startupfest’s unique vibe with the latest enterprise thinking. The event will bring together the best of young startups and large organizations, for a look at innovation, disruption and emerging markets. Next year, let’s resolve to transform ourselves, and business as we know it, in the face of radical, constant change on a global stage.



With ResolveTO’s focus on startup growth, acquisition, and business development, we’ll look at how early-stage companies can dance with incumbents and giants. We’ll look at scaling, acquisition, and enterprise partnerships. We’ll contrast the slow, deliberate growth of predictable business models with the reckless, often unregulated scaling of new ones.

Agenda for the conference:

See more / buy tickets: www.resolveto.com