Business Leaders Sharing Their Vision for a Better Canada

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Since the beginning of 2019, Canadian CEOs and business leaders have been speaking out about the urgent need to make smart decisions today so that Canada continues to thrive socially and economically for many years to come.

Al Monaco of Enbridge in The Globe and Mail

June 21, 2019

In an op-ed in The Globe and Mail published on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Al Monaco, President and CEO of Enbridge, shares this perspective on whether business has done enough and what else could we do to truly reconcile our past and move forward together with Indigenous people:

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action #92 also directs companies to redouble efforts to ensure Indigenous people have access to jobs, training and education while gaining long-term benefits from projects. To us, it is much more than that. It is important to build relationships with communities for the long haul – through the life cycle of projects – not just when we want to build a project.”

Read the op-ed.

Alex Pourbaix of Cenovus Energy on BNN

May 28, 2019

In an interview with BNN Bloomberg’s Greg Bonnell, Alex Pourbaix, President and CEO of Conovus, shares this perspective on Bill C-69:

“We’re putting a lot of effort into this. I think we have some workable coming out of the Senate Standing Committee, now it is up to the Senate and the Government ultimately. But we have something that industry can live with and still respects the legislative intent of the government.”

Watch the interview

Mac Van Wielingen of ARC Financial in The Globe and Mail

May 16, 2019

In an op-ed in The Globe and Mail,  Mac Van Wielingen, founding partner of ARC Financial, shares this perspective:

“We can contain, curtail, and dismantle our leading industry. Or we can consider the facts, and pursue a future for our oil-and-gas sector that is both moral and smart, demonstrating a commitment to long-term energy leadership in all facets of the industry, including the environment.”

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Al Monaco of Enbridge at their AGM

May 8, 2019

At Enbridge’s Annual Meeting of shareholders, Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer shared the following:

“There’s no reason that we shouldn’t be able to pursue energy exports and global emission reduction at the same time. Yet, we are squandering this opportunity, there’s no doubt about that, while our largest trading partner across the border capitalizes on the same advantages that I just took you through. Right now they are aggressively executing an industrial and export strategy driven by their energy advantage. Canadians, I think, have been pretty patient through the peace year, but it’s time to get our act together, frankly, to seize the energy advantage that we have.”

Read the transcript.

Louis Vachon of National Bank at his company’s AGM

April 24, 2019

At National Bank of Canada’s Annual Meeting of shareholders, Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer shared the following:

“We cannot take for granted this favourable situation. We cannot rest on our laurels. It’s not going to be here forever, which is why I’ve agreed to co-chair the Task Force on Canada’s Economic Future – organized by the Business Council of Canada – whose aim is to trigger public discussion and ensure we have the right strategies in place to ensure the brightest economic future for future generations.”

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Joe Natale of Rogers at his company’s AGM

April 18, 2019

In media interviews following his company’s AGM, Joe Natale, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers, shares this perspective:

“The next 12 or 24 months will define and dictate the future of digital evolution in Canada. We have an opportunity to lead in that area. More than ever, it’s a critical time for us to step up and create the environment.”

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Dawn Farrell of TransAlta at the Public Policy Forum’s Growth Summit

April 12, 2019

In Edward Greenspon’s interview of Dawn Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer of TransAlta, at the Public Policy Forum’s Growth Summit in Toronto, she shared this perspective:

“Canadians are very slow. We like to talk. We take years to do what others do in months. Australia is fast. They feel the heat of China.”

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Victor Dodig of CIBC at the Public Policy Forum’s Growth Summit

April 12, 2019

In his address at the Public Policy Forum’s Growth Summit in Toronto, Victor Dodig, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC, shares this perspective:

“Today, we can rightly be proud of where we are as a country, but we have an opportunity to think ambitiously and nationally in three key areas to ensure our future prosperity.”

Watch his speech

Bharat Masrani of TD on BNN Bloomberg

April 4, 2019

In an interview with BNN Bloomberg’s Amanda Lang, Bharat Masrani, President and Chief Executive Officer of TD, shared this perspective:

“We’ve lost a bit of our brand value over the past few years

At one point we were the darling of the world, this was where everyone wanted to invest. So, we’ve lost a bit of that. But these things go in cycles. We’re a developed economy, this morning we had the bank’s annual meeting and I talked about problems, real problems that need to be fixed.”

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Dave McKay of RBC at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce

April 4, 2019

Dave McKay, President and Chief Executive Officer of RBC, shared this perspective with the Halifax Chamber of Commerce:

“Our capacity to grow and advance our economy is stalling. It’s impacting our ability to compete globally.

And yet, we know what our country looks like when Canada is at its best. As the world around us is rapidly changing, this is the time to pull together and not pull apart.”

Read his LinkedIn post for a summary

Brian Porter of Scotiabank at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce

March 7, 2019

In address by Brian Porter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Scotiabank, to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, shared this perspective:

“Desperately needed pipelines, processing and export facilities are consistently bogged down by excessive regulation, misinformation and indecision.

As Canadians, we must not fool ourselves.

As investment dollar shift to other jurisdictions, and Canadian competitiveness lags, we all pay the price.”

Read his remarks shared on LinkedIn

Chuck Magro of Nutrien at the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

February 21, 2019

Chuck Magro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nutrien, shared this perspective to the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce:

“But when you step back and look at what’s happening around the world, that theme of change is powerful and we should ask ourselves: Is there more we should be doing to ensure that Canada and Saskatchewan are the preferred places to do business?

Because investment brings jobs. Investment is what pays for the important social services that Canadians are rightfully proud of. It brings improved quality of life for all of us.

I see no reason why Canada shouldn’t be the best place in the world to invest.”

Read an excerpt from his remarks

Dave McKay of RBC, and Al Monaco of Enbridge at the Canadian Club of Toronto

February 20, 2019

Dave McKay, President and Chief Executive Officer of RBC, and Al Monaco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enbridge, shared this perspective with the Canadian Club of Toronto:

“We’ve got all these pieces,” Monaco said. “We’ve got to put them together, so we can actually develop an energy strategy here that utilizes this great competitive advantage we have.”

“We risk ceding that dividend to others instead of taking control of it and building the world around us that we envision, not letting others do that,” McKay said.

Read this article about their address

Calin Rovinescu of Air Canada at the Canadian Club of Montreal

February 4, 2019

Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada, in his address to the Canadian Club of Montreal, shared this perspective:

“Before closing, in this election year, I do need to say a few words about Canada’s competitiveness and economic growth prospects. Last week, I attended a meeting of the Business Council of Canada, where CEOs of Canada’s leading companies are members. This group of 150 companies employs about two million Canadians – and like our team at Air Canada, all are committed to building a future of good jobs, strong communities and a higher quality of life for Canadians – in effect, increased prosperity.”

Read this excerpt of his remarks

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