Annual Study Mission 2023

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23rd Annual Study Mission in Toronto, presented by Sierra Health Foundation. September 13-16, 2023

2023 Annual Study Mission

Toronto, ON
September 13 – 16, 2023

Sacramento grows more vibrant and economically competitive every year. Our business and community leaders drive strong inclusive economic development, in part, by gathering great ideas from around the world and adapting them to our local needs.

This year’s program will continue that history as the Metro Chamber’s Study Mission will take members to Toronto, Canada on an extraordinary discovery effort. We will experience and learn from Toronto’s unique approach to strengthening community through the integration of economic growth, community development, health and culture. This is a Study Mission that should not be missed.


Chet Hewitt
Sierra Health Foundation
2023 Study Mission Chair

About the Study Mission

The Sacramento Metro Chamber organizes an annual Study Mission to a destination in North America to learn best practices, expand thinking, inspire new ideas and provoke meaningful collaboration. Annually, the program enables local leaders to align around a common vision, strengthen relations, and collaborate on building a more vibrant community at home.

The delegation representing civic, business and elected leadership will glean insights from a cross section of Toronto’s leaders through dozens of presentations, conversations, cultural experiences, and guided tours. The goal is for Sacramento’s delegation to gain understanding of Toronto’s
innovations, successful outcomes, unique partnerships, lessons learned and leading economic, cultural, and civic approaches.

What makes Toronto one of the best cities in the world to live? According to the Global Livability Index, it’s Toronto’s extraordinarily multicultural population that makes it shine. Forbes’ 2022 list of best international cities applauded Toronto for its infrastructure, education, access to culture, sports
and green space. Toronto was also recognized in
2023 as one of the best cities for students.

This year’s program focuses on how Toronto embraced inclusion, culture, people and place. As a city that celebrates these values to create a potent, cultured and welcoming atmosphere, the program will feature topics of specific interest to Sacramento’s pursuit of vibrant neighborhoods, civic amenities, waterfront and greenspace activation, quality of life, and mixed use/reuse of historic centers and corridors.

If you have any questions, email Mayes Alfaris or call them at (916) 850-1976 x102.

Registration costs include accommodations for three nights: September 13, 14 & 15.

The King Edward Hotel
37 King St
East Toronto, ON
M5C 1E9
(416) 863-9700

Single occupancy

$3,995 per person

Double occupancy

$3,595 per person

Additional room nights
(September 10, 11 or 12)

$535 per room/per night (inclusive of tax)*

Additional room nights
(September 16 or 17)

$385 per room/per night (inclusive of tax)*

Premium room upgrade

$50 additional per room/per night

Air credit

$350 pp

* Based on hotel availability at time of request

Please note that Study Mission is a member only program.  For membership information, please contact us (916) 552-6800 or


Wednesday, September 13

5:15 PM – Flight Arrival

6:30 PM – Chair’s Welcome Dinner 

Thursday, September 14

8:30 AM – Breakfast 

9:00 AM – Session: Culture Driving Economy    

10:00 AM – Session: Urban Development & Sustainable Communities 

11:15 AM – Experience: Explore St. Lawrence Market  

12:15 PM – Session: Cultural Centers, Corridors & Connections  

1:45 PM -Session: Making Old Places New Spaces People Want to Be  

2:45 PM – Experience: The Distillery District Tour  

3:30 PM – Freetime: The Distillery District 

4:30 PM – Experience: Reception  

6:00 PM – Experience: Small Group Dinners 

Friday, September 15

9:00 AM – Breakfast

9:30 AM – Session: Development with Purpose

11:00 AM – Session: Cultural Investment Changes the Game   

12:15 PM – Lunch  

12:30 PM – Cultural Neighborhoods 

2:00 PM – Session: Culture Attracts Talent; Talent Attracts Business 

3:00 PM – Session: Livable Communities for All. 

4:00 PM – Experience: Free Time  

5:00 PM – Toronto Local Leaders Closing Reception  

6:30 PM – Dinner

Saturday, September 16

7:30 AM – Grab and Go Breakfast  

8:30 AM – Experience: Community Spaces 

9:15 AM – Session: Lived Experiences in Livable Communities 

10:30 AM – Experience: Waterfront Tour 

12:30 PM – Lunch & Wrap Up Session

1:45 PM – Departures for Sacramento

*** Please note: Itinerary subject to change ***

The program will feature topics of specific interest to Sacramento’s pursuit of vibrant neighborhoods, civic amenities, waterfront and greenspace activation, quality of life, and mixed use/reuse of centers and corridors.

Several sessions include “Making Old Places New Spaces People Want to Be”, “Culture Attracts Talent; Talent Attracts Business” and “Livable Communities For All. Intersection of Mobility, Housing and Land Use”.

The Metro Chamber offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities.

For questions or to request more information, please contact:

Susan Harris Brazelton
Phone: 916-826-5410

What is the Annual Study Mission?

The Sacramento Metro Chamber organizes an annual Study Mission to a destination in North America for the purpose of learning best practices, expanding thinking, inspiring new ideas and provoking meaningful collaboration. Annually, the program enables local leaders to align in a common vision, strengthen relations, and build a more vibrant community.

What do attendees gain by participating in Annual Study Mission?

Our delegation will gain a thorough understanding of Toronto’s innovations, successful outcomes, unique partnerships, challenges both encountered and overcome, lessons learned, and leading economic, cultural, and civic impacts that resulted from our host city’s leaders’ efforts.

How has the Greater Sacramento Region benefited from the Annual Study Mission?

Past Study Mission cities included visits to Indianapolis in 2019, Brooklyn in 2018 and Chicago in 2015, just to name a few. Some of the programs and projects that resulted from past Study Missions include the following: The Railyards development, Old Sacramento redesign, Sacramento Brandathon, Emerge Summit for young professionals, Measures Q & R, and more.


Presenting Sponsor

Sierra Health Foundation

Chair’s Dinner Sponsors

UC Davis
UC Davis Health

Opening Breakfast Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

Sutter Health

Small Group Dinner Sponsor

Terms and conditions

RESERVATIONS: Reservations are based on space availability and will be confirmed upon receipt of registration and full payment. 

WAITING LIST: If the program sells out, only upon submission of a waiting list form will you be put on the waiting list. If there is a cancellation, the first person on the list will be contacted and a notice with invoice will be e-mailed.

PAYMENTS: Please make checks payable to I.S.Tours. Registration payments are due no later than September 01, 2023. All payments received after September 01, 2023, are considered late and will be charged a $100.00 late processing fee. Confirmation is subject to space availability at prevailing rates. Please note that payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) will incur a convenience fee of up to 3.1%. Your statement will reflect the name of I.S. Tours when the charge is posted.  NOTE: Your travel documents WILL NOT BE RELEASED if payment is not received by September 01, 2023. 

NAME CHANGES: Name changes are allowed without a fee prior to August 10, 2023.  From August 10 – September 8, 2023, name changes are allowed with a $200 charge. No name changes are allowed after September 8, 2023.  A change of name form must be provided and emailed to I.S.Tours at  I.S.Tours assumes no responsibility with respect to monies between participants.

CHANGES: The Sacramento Metro Chamber has the right to withdraw the program, or any part of it to make such alterations in the itinerary deemed necessary, or to substitute services of comparable value. Unused portions of the program are not refundable.

EXPENSES: Prices include only those services specifically stated in your tour package. Items such as room service, telephone calls, optional activities and other incidental items not specifically stated in your package, are not included.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations must be made in writing and must be emailed to I.S.Tours at  A $250.00 per person penalty plus any hotel and airline penalties will apply from date of booking through July 1, 2023. July 2 – August 10, 2023, a $500 per person penalty plus any hotel and airline penalties will apply. From August 11, 2023, to date of departure, the full registration fee is non-refundable and may result in loss of entire program cost. There are no refunds for no-shows.

RESPONSIBILITY: The Sacramento Metro Chamber and I.S.Tours, their representatives and agents act only as intermediaries between travel program participants and airlines, hotels and other public service organizations. Both the Sacramento Metro Chamber and I.S.Tours disclaim any liability for claims, losses, damages, costs for expenses arising out of injury, accident or death, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, loss of pay, upset disappointments, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental resulting from acts of God, weather, overbooking incurred by said persons or operators to either passengers or baggage from whatsoever cause.

I.S.Tours MAINTAINS A TRUST ACCOUNT (#3368097493) to protect its clients’ payments pending distribution to suppliers. Additionally, I.S.Tours participates in California’s Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. Our registration number is 2085879-40. A claim can be filed with the California State Attorney General within 60 days after you suffer or become aware of loss. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the state of California.

AIR TRANSPORTATION: For scheduled service, Air Canada and United Airlines are the official airlines for the 2023 Study Mission. Flight delays and cancellations can occur and are completely outside of the control or responsibility of the Sacramento Metro Chamber and I.S.Tours. In the event of a delay or cancellation, Air Canada and/or United Airlines, not I.S.Tours, determines and provides the compensation, if any, to be provided to passenger(s).  Air Canada group tickets cannot be changed and are non-refundable/non-reusable once ticketed. United Airlines tickets are non-refundable once ticketed. Please verify baggage policy for each carrier prior to departure.

DOCUMENTATION: ALL passengers must present a valid U.S. or Canadian passport to travel into Canada and back into the United States. You must submit your name as it appears on this document and your date of birth, as required by TSA. Failure to comply may result in denied boarding and no refunds will apply. Please visit for specific details.