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Message From The PSRC Chair
Gregory Borschel, MD, PSRC Chair

The 65th Annual PSRC Meeting will be held in Toronto, Canada, May 28-31, 2020. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Dr. Brian Gastman (Program Chair) and I have planned broad scientific and educational programming and social events, and a full integration of the Research Fundamentals Workshop with Summer Hanson and Jason Ko from PSF. All of these events will take place in downtown Toronto. We will include all aspects of Plastic Surgery Research including basic, clinical and translational research. The Local Program will take place at the MaRS Discovery District on Thursday May 28, followed by a Welcome Reception at the Hockey Hall of Fame. On Friday May 29, we will host the Members Dinner at the Omni King Edward Hotel Ballroom. Saturday night, May 30th, we will celebrate ongoing integration of the PSF-RFW with a joint gathering in downtown Toronto.

I wish to extend to you a warm welcome to Toronto my adopted home for the last ten years. Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world, according to the BBC (July, 2019; bbc.co.uk). I hope you enjoy the multitude of attractions in Toronto and in the region, including some of the best dining in North America. With around half of its population born outside the country, Toronto is often referred to as 'the most multicultural city in the world.' Located in Canada, this city boasts 200 ethnic groups with over 140 languages spoken. People from the UK, Ireland, China and Italy, to name a few, represent some of the larger cultural groups, while smaller communities include people from Iran, the Netherlands, Nepal and Romania. Toronto also features dozens of international neighborhoods waiting to be explored, including Chinatown, Greektown, Roncesvalles Village (Little Poland), Little Italy, and Little India (theculturetrip.com).

The central meeting hotel is The Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto's First Luxury Hotel, built in 1903 and re-imagined for the 21st century. The city's old-world charm and vibrancy begins the moment you step outside onto King Street in the heart of downtown. Located in the financial, entertainment and shopping districts provides convenient access to top attractions including the Sony Centre, Eaton Centre, Distillery District and more.

Just a short walk will get you to a multitude of downtown restaurants, shops, museums, quirky neighborhoods and other attractions. For a "must see" list, please check: https://travel.usnews.com/Toronto/Things_To_Do/.

Those with additional time to explore outside of downtown will be able to explore Niagara Falls, and the Niagara region wine country - home of the world famous ice wine, made of grapes naturally frozen on the wine late in the harvest season. The quaint town of Niagara-on-the-lake has been named the #1 Food and Wine destination in Canada, so be sure to check it out! For more information, please check this site: https://winecountryontario.ca/region/niagara-on-the-lake/.

I am delighted to host you and your team members during your visit to Toronto. If I can assist you during the planning of your visit, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Gregory H. Borschel, MD
Chair


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