Podium of Record

In the past year, the Toronto Region Board of Trade has again been the platform for inaugural addresses, keynote speeches, long-term frameworks and imminent action plans, as well as breaking news. Sought-after leaders and influencers visited our podium to speak candidly, bringing pivotal issues into focus and diversifying the debate on topics that are key to our members’ growth and our city-region’s lasting prosperity. More than 6,000 people attended 38 speaking events.

  • The Board introduced members to our new federal government including, Canada’s Minister of Finance, the Hon. Bill Morneau and the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, who both chose the Board as the platform to deliver their inaugural addresses to the public
  • The Board formed new partnerships to bring to our podium Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of a daring new book Unfinished Business, and a panel of senior leaders including, the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, to discuss the new government’s approach to driving innovation and supporting Canadian business
  • Government officials, respected influencers and thought leaders presented on important topics from our podium, including economic growth, jobs, energy and climate change, global trade, and finance and investment. Ed Clark, Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, discussed how to secure long-term sustainable economic growth in Ontario; the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, outlined the government’s plan for the largest transit infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history; and the Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change discussed the province’s Climate Change Action Plan and ways to help Ontario businesses compete in a low-carbon economy
  • National Energy Board Chair and CEO Peter Watson delivered a major speech to our members, releasing the NEB’s flagship study on Canada’s long-term energy supply and demand directly from our podium. The Board was also pleased to host Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who is the Chair of the Financial Stability Board for the G20, in a sold out forum on the risks and opportunities that climate change has on the global economy and its impact on the world’s financial sectors
  • The Board continued to offer members unique opportunities to participate at the table with experts in panels on topics related to community, liveability and vitality in our city-region. Panels were held on the big business that is the Toronto International Film Festival, the region’s $1B arts and culture powerhouse; on the journey to a cashless future where experts discussed Canada’s readiness to embrace cashless technology and the impacts of digital payments and tokenization on our businesses; and on the short- and long-term impacts of our October 2015 federal vote the day after the election
  • At the 128th Annual Dinner in January, the Board was honoured to have Linda Hasenfratz, Chief Executive Officer, Linamar Corporation, as keynote and Ed Clark, the recipient of the 2016 Region Builder Award. Our 5th Annual Business Excellence Awards celebrated and honoured entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses for their innovations, business successes and contributions to the local community. We are grateful to our volunteer judges and our generous gala event and award sponsors whose support permits us to publicly showcase our region’s wins and our businesses’ achievements
“The Globe’s relationship with the Board provides additional opportunities to network with thought leaders from government, industry and the community. These leaders bring a diversity of perspectives to their discussions and analyses of the city and their visions for Toronto.”
Sean Humphrey
Vice President, Marketing
, The Globe and Mail