DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest on Family Day, February 17, 2020

January 01, 2020

Join us in celebrating this year’s Family Day on Monday, February 17, 2020 along with the rest of the DUKE Heights community. DUKE on Ice winter festival is coming back to North York with ice-skating, loads of food, music, free giveaways and fun family activities! Admission is free. Come to the Champagne Centre parking area with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun!

By hosting DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest, the only event of its kind, our goal is to promote North York and provide a winter festival for our neighbouring communities. It will also provide local food and event vendors an opportunity to promote their businesses and this area.

DUKE Heights BIA works to bring investment to the Downsview and the Dufferin-Keele neighbourhoods. We expect this event to attract many children, families, and community members as it is held on the Family Day. This event will be a unique attraction for the neighbourhood!

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 (Family Day)
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Address: Champagne Centre, 2 Champagne Drive, Toronto, ON M3J 0K2

Interested in getting involved as a sponsor and/or a volunteer? Email us at events@dukeheights.ca, or call (416) 739-1621. Check out the event page on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683249515139459/.

DUKE Heights Business Breakfasts 2020: Foundation Series

January 01, 2020

Why Business Breakfasts?

At DUKE Heights BIA we believe in the power of building connections, which essentially means connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.

If you are someone who thinks that pursuing opportunities to connect with industry leaders or professionals with varying skills, interests and perspectives is critical to your own business growth, you are one like us.

Through our meetups and networking breakfast sessions we encourage good quality referrals to help members improve workflow and grow their business. Our members and guests come from a wide variety of businesses and we enjoy a friendly, helpful atmosphere at our meetings, where those attending can benefit from one another’s experience and expertise.

Next Business Breakfast Event:

Date & Time: January 23, 2020, 8 AM – 10 AM


YEDI – York Entrepreneurship Development Institute HQ
907 Alness St, North York, ON M3J 2J1


  • Business Financing Options for Entrepreneurs
  • Maximize your marketing dollar with digital marketing


  • Thomas Tang, Partner at Tang & Partners LLP
  • Catherine Luzena-Hall, Founder at Practical Marketing Group

What can you expect?

  • Interactive presentations on business topics by business people
  • Hands-on insights and ideas that you can immediately apply to your business
  • Networking – make valuable connections
  • Fresh breakfast buffet & free parking

Interested in attending? Sign up on Eventbrite. It’s FREE! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/duke-heights-business-networking-breakfast-january-23-2020-tickets-86716147331.

Let us know your thoughts at business@dukeheights.ca, or, join DUKE Heights Business Hub Meetup Group (https://www.meetup.com/DUKE-Heights-Business-Hub-Meetup-Group/) so we can keep you updated.

DUKE Heights Business Breakfasts

Dec 01, 2019

DUKE Heights BIA is launching a series of FREE business breakfasts and networking events in the new year. Each event will include an information sharing session from business professionals and experts who will share ways in which you are able accelerate the success of your business.

What can you expect?

An interactive business presentation related to business BY Businesspeople + discussion about the topic of the event

Hands-on insights and ideas that you can immediately apply to your business

Networking – Connect with other businesspeople and build long lasting relationships

Freshly served breakfast – Your time is valuable. So, let’s kill two birds with one stone. Join us for breakfast while learning how to boost your business.

If you are interested in attending, please make sure to let us know at business@dukeheights.ca, so we can keep you updated.

Annual General Meeting 2019 – DUKE Heights BIA

November 01, 2019

DUKE Heights BIA invites its members to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019.

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Location: Painters Union Hall (IUPAT), 132 Toro Rd, Toronto
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Proof of BIA membership will be required. Members are requested to bring their photo IDs and either a business card, utility bill showing business name/tenant name and address, or their City of Toronto property tax bill.
The purpose of this meeting is to approve the DUKE Heights BIA budget and general program for 2020. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to BIA members. For the BIA member, the best way to participate in decision making is to get involved, so we encourage you to be active and join our committees.

AGM Invitation - DUKE Heights BIA

Tour de DUKE Heights – Children’s Bike Race held on October 05, 2019

October 05, 2019

While the “big” folks can race, so can the “little” ones!

After hiding behind the gloom for the past few days, the sun finally came out bright to smile at and welcome young riders on the tracks of the first ever Tour de DUKE Heights on October 05, 2019. The event took place on Canarctic Drive located in DUKE Heights BIA. It was a “special day” for children from surrounding communities who received their first bikes and helmets as gifts and then took part in a friendly race.

Toronto Mayor John Tory addressing children and parents at Tour de DUKE Heights 2019

DUKE Heights BIA co-hosted the first Tour de DUKE Heights with Toronto City Councillor Anthony Perruzza. The event was a success! Special thanks to the City Transportation and Traffic Management departments, TTC, EMS, Toronto Police, CultureLink Bike Hub and our volunteers for assisting in the day’s events.


The day started with a Cycling Education and Safety training session by CultureLink Bike Hub and bike trainer Hugh Smith, who is also a retired officer and one of the city’s first Bike Patrol Unit officers. This session aimed at guiding the young riders on essential skills and awareness of road safety.


With significant contribution from our sponsors we were able to provide 101 bikes to children from underprivileged families from the surrounding neighbourhoods. The Toronto City mayor, the local MPP and the City Councillor joined our Board of Directors at the inauguration ceremony.

To end the proceedings of the day full of excitement and fun, each racer was given a race medal and treats, so every kid was a winner!

Hundreds of Jobseekers Participated in the Annual Opening Doors Job Fair



October 01, 2019

A hiring event took place at the National Event Venue located in the DUKE Heights BIA on Aug 29, 2019. The event was organized by the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLCT) to connect newcomer jobseekers with prospective employers hosted 15 employers from various fields. MNLCT is an organization from the BIA that works as a conduit to bring together diverse talent with employers who understand that to serve their diverse customer base, they need to have qualified and culturally competent staff.

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“We know that great candidates come through various locations, we are trying to connect them to the right opportunities”, said TD Bank’s Nima Hersi at the job fair. The fair was an opportunity for jobseekers to demonstrate their skills as well as network with employers.

“I have been able to move from table to table submitting my resume and having a chat with some of the employers. I am hoping to be contacted soon.” said Denis Wakigiri, one of the newcomers at the Fair. Leticia Esquivel, who oversees the HOPES program (Helping Our Newcomers Prepare for Employment Success) at MNLCT said, “The newcomers’ participation was high, this is a good example of how we can support them and the kind of activities they require since lack of employment is one of their main barriers.”

DUKE Heights BIA sponsored this event. This was a window for us to connect our member businesses with the right talents that they need. Events like this support one of our core objectives – driving employment in the area.

Tour de DUKE Heights – Children’s Bike Race Event on October 05, 2019

September 01, 2019


DUKE Heights BIA is working with Anthony Perruzza, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7 and few other local community organizations towards organizing a community bike race event on October 05, 2019. The objective of this event is to provide bikes to kids who are in need from the neighbouring community by developing young riders’ essential skills in a safe, fun, and playful environment and leading them up to a non-competitive bike race.

The City of Toronto Transportation and Traffic Management departments and Toronto Police are already on board and who will be providing necessary support in making this event successful.

When: Saturday, October 05, 2019, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Canarctic Drive, North York

  • The day will start at 10:00 am with a Cycling Education and Safety training session by CultureLink Bike Hub and Hugh Smith, a retired officer and one of the city’s first Bike Patrol Unit officers. This session aims at guiding the young riders on essential skills and awareness of road safety.
  • A non-competitive bike race will follow at 1:00 pm on a 1.8 km loop from Keele Street back onto Canarctic Drive via Wildcat Road.

To learn more and participate, email us at bikerace@dukeheights.ca.

Road Closure:

The event will take place on 1.8 km loop from Keele Street back onto Canarctic Drive via Wildcat Road. It will require that the following roads remain closed on Saturday, October 05, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Canarctic Drive from and to Keele St.;
  • Wildcat Road from Keele St. via Canarctic Drive; and
  • Petrolia Road from Limestone Crescent and from The Pond Road

We regret any inconvenience caused by the road closure on the event day and request cooperation from the business owners and their employees. However, should there be an emergency and/or you require access or exit for a vehicle on Saturday, October 05, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., we request the concerned owner or tenant to call us. The event team will make necessary arrangements for your access or exit.

MNLCT brings back Opening Doors Job Fair to DUKE Heights


One of the most urgent needs of every newcomer is to find a job as soon as they can so they are able to sustain themselves and their families.

The Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLCT) – a settlement agency located in the DUKE Heights BIA that offers a range of services to newcomers – is hosting the Opening Doors Job Fair, an event aimed at helping newcomers integrate into the Canadian labour market. The event is supported by DUKE Heights BIA, through a sponsorship as well as connections to local employers, as part of their mandate to aid area businesses and tap into the growth potential of the community.

This year’s event is scheduled for August 29, 2019 from 10am to 2pm at the National Event Venue at 1000 Finch Avenue West, North York. It will be the 3rd of its kind and will feature up to 20 employers, with an opportunity for newcomer jobseekers to meet and interact with prospective employers and to showcase their skills and talents.

Registration is FREE through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mnlct-opening-doors-job-fair-tickets-65051248034.

Shelly D’Mello, the Executive Director of MNLCT says, “the Centre created this Job Fair to help newcomers find meaningful work in Canada”.

“We know that immigrants face many barriers to finding meaningful work here in Canada – they need to get credentials recognized, to learn a new language and culture, to identify employers who are hiring, and they need to do all of this with social and professional networks that aren’t yet as fully developed as they were in their home countries. We created this event to give newcomers a chance to tackle some of these barriers in a supportive environment, to grow their networks and their confidence – and to know that there is a good job out there for them, that they can achieve their career goals.” Says D’Mello.

For more information, visit the event page on the MNLCT website: http://mnlct.org/openingdoors.

Join us for Tour de DUKE Heights on October 05, 2019!



Tour de DUKE Heights is a community bike race event aimed at providing bikes to kids who are in need. There will be a strong focus on developing young riders’ essential skills through training and coaching in a non-competitive, fun and playful environment leading them to the bike race event which would bring the community together. Subject to contribution from our members and associates, our goal is to coordinate donations of bikes for up to 200 kids in need and leading them up to the race. We are partnering with City Councillor Anthony Perruzza and have all the relevant departments at the City of Toronto on board with us for this event.

For sponsors, this is an opportunity to contribute to an initiative driven by local needs and to give back to the community. This is also a wonderful opportunity to network with some of the local businesses and community members.

We are looking for sponsors to provide donations for bikes and helmets to kids in need. Check out the link below for more details.

Sponsorship Form - Tour de DUKE Heights 2019

This would be a great opportunity to take part in this community event and to make a difference to the people around you.

To learn more and participate, e-mail us at bikerace@dukeheights.ca or call (416) 739-1621.

DUKE eats festival 2019 : A Fusion of Fun and Flavours Loved by Foodies and Families

July 01, 2019

The kickoff for the Canada Day long weekend could not be any better for the DUKE Heights community. With more than two thousand community members, families, students, and people from the surrounding areas, we celebrated our very own DUKE Eats festival on June 29, 2019 at the corner of Keele St and Finch Avenue W. The festival was a smashing success; it brought in over a dozen local BIA food vendors, craft vendors, local organizations and businesses, and some of Toronto’s best food trucks to the DUKE Heights community.


The festival featured Toronto’s DJ Budz, free family circus performances by Illuminair Entertainment, a kids’ entertainment zone completed with bouncy castles and countless free activities and treats, such as face painting, caricature sketches, Lego blocks, and cotton candy, all thanks to our sponsors for the festival.


In addition to delicious food options, we promoted DUKE eats as a green festival with Metrolinx, Live Green, Regenesis and Cultural Link bike clinics promoting sustainable living and transportation methods. Thanks to the help of these organizations, we were able to provide the public with access to information on sustainable methods of waste disposal, a free bike clinic for minor repairs and tune-ups and information on the construction of the future Finch West LRT.


Last year DUKE Heights BIA organized its first outdoor food festival to provide a platform for our growing and successful food manufacturer and vendors. This year we brought back DUKE eats festival with a promise to provide a wider platform for the food manufacturers and retailers to showcase our rich and thriving food sector and to promote diversity and cultural inclusion in our BIA.


DUKE eats festival is sure to return next year bigger and better, with more food, fun and excitement for all your friends and family to enjoy in the DUKE Heights BIA!