About

With over 37,000 square feet, Design Exchange (DX) is the perfect venue for your special event bookings including corporate meetings, trade shows and conferences, and community events.

A historic building located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, DX has served as a critical meeting point for commerce, design, technology, and innovation.

Purpose-built as the original Toronto Stock Exchange (1937-1983), DX has housed Canada’s Design Museum (2012-2019), Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology (EDIT) Festival (2017) and Elevate Tech Festival (2017-current).

In September 2019, DX was announced as Canada’s Headquarters for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).  Partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), DX will now be home to year-round programming, leveraging design and technology to create actionable solutions to solve the 17 UN SDGs, which include climate change, poverty, and inequality.

ABOUT THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Adopted by all United Nation Member States in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals are ‘an urgent call for action’ for the human race and the planet we inhabit.  World leaders have pledged to meet the UN SDGs by 2030 to ensure a brighter future.

FOUNDING PARTRONS

Bell Canada
Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
Canon Canada Inc.
Clarice Chalmers
Cott Corporation
Gardiner, Roberts
Gordon Capital Corporation
Inco Limited
King Products Limited
Northern Telecom Limited
Steelcase Canada Ltd.
Steelcase Design Partnership
Teknion Furniture Systems Limited
The Toronto Dominion Bank

FOUNDING PARTNERS

Apple Canada Inc.
William and Nona Heaslip

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Design Exchange currently receives an annual operating grant from the City of Toronto. This grant was awarded in 2015.

From time to time, DX is also fortunate to receive project assistance. The following represent those partners who have provided us with support over the years.

City of Toronto Economic Development
City of Toronto Better Building Partnerships
Toronto Arts Council
Ontario Arts Council
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration
Ministry of Economic Development & Trade
Department of Canadian Heritage
Canada Council for the Arts
Telefilm Canada
Industry Canada
Ontario Media Development Corporation
Natural Resources Canada
Human Resources Development

DESIGN EXCHANGE'S FOUNDING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alison Hymas
Alison I. Parsons
Bradley A. Dalgleish
Dr. Earl H. Berger
Dr. Brian Segal
Edmund C. Bovey, Q.C.
George F. Plummer
Keith N. Muller
Lee Gary Jacobson
Linda Lewis Founding President
Robert G. Jekyll
Tiit Telmet
Vincent M. Tovel
Virginia M. Wright

FOUNDING SUPPORTERS

ALF
ARIDO
Audi
Thomas Bjarnason
Bombardier Inc
Bunting Warburg Inc
Camco Inc
Colour Your World
Electrohome
Engle Canada
First Canada Securities International Limtied
Global Upholstery Co Inc
Harry Rosen Inc
Interior Dimensions
Keilhauer
Kraft General Foods Canada Inc
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Keith Muller
Nienkamper
Oshawa Foods
Price Waterhouse
Richardson Greenshields of Canada Limited
Roots Canada
Sayers & Associates Limited
ScotiaMcLeod Inc
Spar Aerospace
Toronto Life Fashion
Transport Canada