Community Connection

Every year, ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition attendees have the opportunity to give back to the host city through a variety of activities that benefit a local charitable organization. This year, we have the opportunity to benefit The Toronto Humane Society and the Royal Canadian Legion.

5k Fun Run/Walk Toronto Experiences



Honoring Canadian Veterans | 25 participants

Plant a tree, honour a fallen Canadian veteran.  Because out of tragedy grows a brighter tomorrow.

When a member of the Canadian Armed Forces falls in combat, their final journey is along the Highway of Heroes. In support of the Highway of Heroes Initiative and the Royal Canadian Legion, join ASAE attendees in planting 117,000 trees, rising up for every Canadian soldier who’s fallen for their country.

NBC’s Brian Williams shares more here.

See Highway of Heroes as performed by The Trews.

Toronto is also proud to host the 2017 Invictus Games this fall, the only international adaptive sport event for injured active duty and veteran service members.

Saturday, August 12

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Join us in planting a memorial garden, and lasting legacy, at The Royal Canadian Legion’s RCL Todmorden Branch! The Legion supports veterans transitioning to civilian life, while providing their families with financial support. The Legion also offers camaraderie to veterans and their families, and now you can too through your budding seedlings, flora and fauna! Lest We Forget.


Tuesday, August 15

2:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Come plant trees at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the largest veterans’ care facility in Canada. In close partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, they’ve provided long-term medical care to 475 veterans from both the Second World War and Korean War. Help brighten up a space that brightens up lives in return!


Animal Shelter Experience | 12 participants

Tuesday, August 15
2:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Create some happy tails! During this Community Connection activity, you will contribute to enriching the lives of homeless animals in Toronto. Participants will learn about the shelter operations and what it takes on a daily basis to help more than 16,000 animals each year. Come take part in projects that will improve the lives of the animals you’ll meet.

It is the mission of The Toronto Humane Society to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. Following no kill principles, the Toronto Humane Society aspires to be a best-in-class animal shelter – working in partnership with the community to find creative solutions and improve outcomes for all animals.