Business Leaders Sharing Their Vision for a Better Canada

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From all industries, backgrounds and regions, chief executives and entrepreneurs have showed an openness to engage Canadians in different forums and on diverse subjects. Their passion reflects a deep commitment to Canada and a desire to see our country reach its full potential.

This timeline features some of our members’ many speeches, op-eds, blogs and articles on the most important public policy issues of our time, including the future of work, the importance of indigenous reconciliation, the role of business in addressing the challenges of climate change, and the importance of stopping the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring a strong economic recovery.

Mike Rencheck of Bruce Power addressing the Empire Club of Canada

Mike Rencheck, President and CEO of Bruce Power, addressed the Empire Club of Canada to announce his company’s Net-Zero 2050 plan. The goal of this strategy is to contribute to a net zero Canada, while growing the economy and supporting innovation.

“We are uniquely positioned to help lead Canada forward to achieve its economic and climate change objectives.”

Watch the address.

Darryl White of BMO Financial Group

Darryl White, CEO of BMO Financial Group, published an op-ed in the Financial Post on what lessons we can learn from the first wave of the pandemic to help us overcome the second wave. He identified key steps to ensure more Canadian entrepreneurs persevere and emerge stronger.

“The challenges facing Canada’s small businesses are stark, but not insurmountable. These owners represent nearly 98 per cent of Canada’s businesses and accounted for much of the job gains prior to the pandemic. Keeping them running is the right thing for the whole country’s bottom line.”

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Bharat Masrani of TD Bank Group

Bharat Masrani, President and CEO of TD Bank Group., published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail on the impact that the pandemic has had on Canada’s vulnerable populations and the importance for those with means to continue to support charities.

“Future generations will look back at our response to COVID-19 and judge us by how we supported those who were disproportionately impacted – how we came together to lift each other up in the wake of this crisis.”

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Ian Edwards of SNC-Lavalin Group in The Globe and Mail

Ian Edwards, President and CEO of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., was interviewed by The Globe and Mail‘s Andrew Willis on the topic of infrastructure and Canada’s economic recovery.
 
He emphasized the need for a more collaborative approach with government and industry working together on infrastructure projects, which is similar to successful examples from around the world.
 
“In Australia, a leader in infrastructure, you’ve seen government develop the concept of alliancing, where contractors are on the same team as the client, and they develop objectives together.”

Read here

Joe Natale of Rogers on Public Policy Forum’s podcast

Joe Natale, President & CEO at Rogers Communications, joined Ed Greenspon on the Public Policy Forum’s podcast to discuss the future of mobile tech, bridging the digital divide, and how industry can partner with government to bring Canada together as a nation.

“At the beginning of Covid we saw utilization of our network demand go up by 60 per cent. We rallied quickly, we added capacity in the moment.”

Listen here.

Elio Luongo of KPMG in The Globe and Mail

Elio Luongo, CEO and Senior Partner of KPMG in Canada, wrote an op-ed with Mary Lou Maher, Canadian Managing Partner, Quality & Risk Management at KPMG in Canada, describing how corporations have begun to embrace their social responsibility as a result of COVID-19.

“Canadian CEOs strongly believe that their growth will significantly depend on how well their organizations can prioritize ethical decision-making, noting that consumers, particularly millennial and Generation-Z Canadians, are increasing socially conscious and hold organizations to much higher standards than previous generations.”

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Marcelo Lu of BASF Canada in the National Observer

Marcelo Lu, President of BASF Canada Inc., wrote an op-ed in Canada’s National Observer about the role of Canadian manufacturing in the economic recovery.

“We need the government and the manufacturing sector working together to jointly set forth the path to a green economy. The solution must not be taxing and regulating, but, instead, incentivizing and rewarding early adopters and newcomers.”

Read more.

Karn Manhas of Terramera in Bay Street Bull

Karn Manhas, Founder and CEO of Terramera, wrote an op-ed in the Bay Street Bull on how agriculture can lead Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

“Right now Canada isn’t living up to its potential in this area. As we tackle economic recovery in a COVID-19 world, we have tremendous opportunity to punch above our weight and emerge as a global leader.  We can keep farming like we have been, or we can come together to forge a new way forward—one that’s better for our economy and the environment—making us a model for the rest of the world.”

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Brian Porter of Scotiabank in The Globe and Mail

Brian Porter, President and CEO of Scotiabank, wrote an op-ed emphasizing the importance of providing quality childcare in order to ensure women re-enter the work force and help our economy bounce back.

“We now have an opportunity to think about the longer term and to eliminate the barriers that have long stood in the way of women’s full participation in the work force.”

Read more.

Elio Luongo of KPMG in The Globe and Mail

Elio Luongo, CEO and Senior Partner of KPMG in Canada, wrote an op-ed with Robert Davies, Partner, Tax and Deputy Board Chair at KPMG in Canada, describing the need for corporations to address and tackle anti-Black systemic racism and the steps they can take to begin.

“While we have an urgent call to action, there is no quick fix here. We must move beyond band-aid solutions and calls to simply acknowledge that racism exists to delivering on long-term plans for sustained change.”

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Elio Luongo of KPMG in The Globe and Mail

Elio Luongo, CEO and Senior Partner of KPMG in Canada, wrote an op-ed about how society has changed the way they look at corporations and how that should change the focus of business leaders.

“Canadians’ memories will be long on how they judge the actions of organizations today and the overall role they play in the recovery.”

Read more.

Marcelo Lu of BASF Canada in Corporate Knights

Marcelo Lu, President of BASF Canada Inc. wrote an op-ed with Christian Heller, CEO of Value Balancing Alliance, about how businesses should use this time to re-evaluate their strategies and processes to adapt to the changing business and regulatory environments.

“We should embrace this time of change to leapfrog beyond old norms and adapt quickly to the new challenges we face ahead. It’s time to put numbers where numbers are due, weighing impacts on society and the environment at par with a company’s bottom line.”

Read more.

Joe Natale of Rogers in the National Post

Joe Natale, President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., and Iain Klugman, President and CEO of Communitech, wrote an op-ed highlighting the importance of using Canada’s infrastructure budget to further improve our digital capabilities across the country.

“Our digital-first economy demands that we expand our traditional definition of “infrastructure” beyond bricks and mortar to include digital infrastructure — the broadband and wireless networks that have enabled us to keep working, learning, buying and manufacturing through the crisis, and that we’ll need to power us out of COVID-19.”

Read more.

Don Walker of Magna International on BNN Bloomberg

Don Walker, CEO of Magna International Inc., spoke with BNN Bloomberg about how Canada’s new Minister of Finance can aid the country’s economic recovery and getting people back to work.

“I think encouraging people to get back to work safely is important, but we do need to get the economy rolling again.”

Watch here.

Chuck Magro of Nutrien on LinkedIn

Chuck Magro, President and CEO of Nutrien Ltd., published an article on LinkedIn about lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and how that has helped his company get through the crisis and look towards the future.

“Challenging times often force us to pause and reflect on what truly matters to us – and the better we are at embracing this opportunity, the more it will strengthen us as people.”

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Dani Reiss of Canada Goose in The Globe and Mail

Dani Reiss, President and CEO of Canada Goose Inc., wrote an op-ed that was recently published in The Globe and Mail. He explains how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted globalization and increased the need for certain products to be made in Canada.

“If our access to essential goods can be so quickly and dramatically disrupted, it’s clear that we need to reimagine our approach to manufacturing them domestically.”

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Michael Crothers of Shell Canada on LinkedIn

Michael Crothers, President and Canada Country Chair of Shell Canada Limited, published an article on LinkedIn about the inspiring generosity of his employees and how that has enabled his company to give back to its communities during the pandemic.

“We recognize the incredible demand for help right now and want to do our part to support initiatives that fill gaps and create opportunities for a stronger society… in the end, it’s about being a good neighbour and caring for each other.”

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Kevin Peesker of Microsoft in The Globe and Mail

Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada Inc., wrote an op-ed which was recently published in The Globe and Mail. He outlines the importance of companies and institutions adapting to changes in demand and taking their operations online during COVID-19, and stresses the need for Canadians to prepare for a major shift in the world of work.

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Louis Vachon de la Banque Nationale – article publié dans La Presse

Louis Vachon, le président et chef de la direction de la Banque Nationale du Canada et Frédérick Gagnon, titulaire de la chaire Raoul Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, dans un article à La Presse, décrivent l’importance des géopolitiques pour l’économie canadienne. Ils suggèrent quelques étapes que le gouvernement et les entreprises peuvent suivre pour minimiser l’impact de ce nouveau phénomène.

Lire la suite.

Louis Vachon of National Bank in The Globe and Mail

Louis Vachon, President and CEO of National Bank of Canada, wrote an op-ed with Frédérick Gagnon, holder of the Raoul Dandurand chair of strategic and diplomatic studies at the University of Quebec in Montreal, which was recently published in The Globe and Mail. They raise the issue of the growing importance of geopolitics on the Canadian economy, and put forward suggestions to government and companies alike to mitigate the impact of this phenomenon.

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Dave McKay of RBC and Joe Natale of Rogers in The Globe and Mail

Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC, and Joe Natale, President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., published an op-ed outlining the opportunity Canada’s businesses have for embracing a digital future.

“We have the potential to create the world’s most virtually advanced business sector – a resilient and self-reliant economy backed by “made in Canada” tech infrastructure and assets.”

Read more.

Brad Shaw of Shaw Communications in the Financial Post

Brad Shaw, Executive Chair and CEO of Shaw Communications Inc, published an op-ed in the Financial Post discussing the need for continuous investment in building and maintaining internet services.

“We know tomorrow’s networks will require even more power, speed and resilience. And the real-life example of the past three months has confirmed that continuous network investment is required to prepare not just for future demands, but for unforeseen crises.”

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Dax Dasilva of Lightspeed in The Globe and Mail

Dax Dasilva, Founder and CEO of Lightspeed POS Inc, shared his perspective with The Globe and Mail on challenges facing people of colour in the workplace and what needs to be done to make a positive change.

“Company culture comes from the top. People throughout the company will use you as a model of behaviour for how they treat one another. The CEO has to be quite involved in order to really move the needle.”

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Mark Little of Suncor in Corporate Knights

Mark Little, President and CEO of Suncor Energy Inc., published an op-ed with Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates, addressing the need and drive for oilsands to transition to greener and cleaner energy.

“Now is the time to take a big step forward. As the history of the oil sands reveals, disruption and transformation are nothing new for Albertans and we’re optimistic that the Canadian energy industry is up to the challenge and best positioned to invest in and lead energy transformation.”

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Michael McCain of Maple Leaf on CBC’s The Current

Michael McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., joined Dennis Darby (President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters) and host Anthony Germain on The Current to discuss the open letter signed by more than 120 CEOs.

“There is absolutely no room for complacency – none – and whether it’s the government leaders or business leaders, we all have to set the tone here to deal with this public health crisis. It’s absolutely critical that we act with pace, with urgency, and act now.”

Listen here (23:00 – 32:50).

Business Council Members in The Globe and Mail

More than 120 CEOS wrote an open letter encouraging all business and government leaders to concentrate their energies on stopping the spread of COVID-19.

“Today we stand united in a shared battle against COVID-19. We urge every leader in the country to immediately shift focus to the singular objective of slowing the pace of transmission of this coronavirus. International experience demonstrates that social distancing is the only effective method, and is in the best interests of our employees, their families and our communities. While this will have significant economic impact on our businesses in the short term, it is critical to weathering this storm and will hasten the recovery.”

Read more.

Dave McKay of RBC on LinkedIn

Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC, published an article on LinkedIn, explaining why Canada will be able to weather the storm of a pandemic and economic uncertainty successfully.

“During times like these, it’s important to step back and separate fact from fiction. The reality is as a society, we’ve been put to the test many times before. In recent memory, we’ve faced public health and financial crises, and managed through them successfully.

I’m confident that we will again, and there are several reasons why…”

Read more.

Jad Shimaly of EY Canada on LinkedIn

Jad Shimaly, Chairman and CEO of EY Canada, published an article on LinkedIn about changing the mindset of gender equity in the workplace.

“It’s time for us to stop talking about gender equity as a problem to solve and start seeing it as a solution to our most pressing business and economic challenges. This is a subtle but important shift in mindset that all Canadian CEOs and business leaders need to embrace if we’re going to make a positive difference together, while recognizing that gender is only one component of the diversity and inclusiveness conversation we should be having.”

Read more.

Edward Sims of WestJet on corporate blog

Edward Sims, President and CEO of WestJet, published an opinion piece on his company’s blog announcing their commitment to gender parity.

“My goal is to create a diverse and inspiring workforce that will encourage aspiring young girls and women to pursue careers in aviation.
As WestJet continues to grow, there is one thing I know to be true – diversity is our strength. We can no longer be complacent in striving for equal gender representation throughout our organization.”

Read more.

Lisa Lisson of FedEx on LinkedIn

Lisa Lisson, President of Federal Express Canada Corporation, published an article on LinkedIn addressing gender equality in the workplace.

“International Women’s Day is a day that always leaves me inspired as I see Canadian business leaders rally together for an important cause – workplace equality. However, there’s more that we can and should be doing. With only 4% of Canadian CEOs and 5% of board members female, joining the conversation one day per year simply isn’t enough. We – as individuals – must push for equality year-round to combat the slow rate of change.”

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Stephen Liptrap of Morneau Shepell on LinkedIn

Stephen Liptrap, President and CEO of Morneau Shepell Ltd., published a LinkedIn article on the importance of women in business and the value that comes from prioritizing gender equality.

“Our Board of Directors is … dedicated to equality. We are a proud member of the 30% Club Canada, which is striving toward having 30 per cent of board seats and c-suite positions held by women – a goal we have surpassed as a company and will continue to expand upon in the years to come. The board’s role is to offer outside opinions and think about our strategy and operations differently for the betterment of the company. The more balanced our board is, the more we have diversity of thought and the better we represent our clients.”

Read more.

Darren Entwistle of TELUS in the National Post

Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS Communications Inc., published an op-ed addressing Canada’s switch to a 5G network.

“So take pride Canada: we lead the world in fast networks and rank amongst the best in the world for affordability and value. Our country’s global leadership in network innovation is an inspiring accomplishment for us all. Now, let’s work together to build upon the leadership we worked so hard to achieve, and continue to enable the positive outcomes that Canadians need to thrive in our increasingly digital world.”

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Alex Pourbaix of Cenovus in the Edmonton Journal

Alex Pourbaix, President and CEO of Cenovus Energy Inc., published an op-ed describing the need for corporate leaders to tackle the issue of indigenous housing.

“Housing for Indigenous communities is a complex issue, which is why corporations tend to avoid playing a role. There are different housing models on First Nations and Métis lands, and there is varying involvement and responsibility of federal and municipal governments. It would be easy to view the problem as too insurmountable to tackle. But that was not an option for us.”

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Mark Little of Suncor and Dave McKay of RBC in the Financial Post

Mark Little, President and CEO of Suncor Energy Inc., and Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC, published an op-ed with Eric Martel, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, outlining the path forward for Canada’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

“We believe there is a way to reduce GHG emissions, grow our economy and create wealth.”

Read more.

Darryl White of BMO Financial Group in The Globe and Mail

Darryl White, CEO of BMO Financial Group, published an op-ed on the need for events like WEF and how bringing people together will facilitate the changes our society needs.

“An individual business on its own can make only a small difference, but businesses can amplify our efforts by pushing each other, and our governments, to meet a higher standard and co-operate to deliver results. Instead of waiting for governments to impose higher standards, it is long past time for business to show social leadership and set an even higher bar for themselves.”

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Marcelo Lu of BASF Canada in The Globe and Mail

Marcelo Lu, President of BASF Canada Inc. published an op-ed with Sean Drygas, President of Bullfrog Power, a Spark Power company, on the automotive industry’s shift to electric vehicles and the opportunity Canada has to take on a leading role in their production.

“From our natural resources to our highly skilled workforce, Canada is poised to create a sustainable value chain for battery materials and become a world leader in EV battery manufacturing – but has it done enough to plant an early stake in this burgeoning market?”

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Mirko Bibic of Bell in The Globe and Mail

On the tenth anniversary of #BellLetsTalk day, Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada, published an op-ed reflecting on what the initiative has achieved to date and what now needs to be done to make Canada a place where everyone can get the mental health care they need.

“We have often spoken of building a stigma-free Canada, and we’ve all made a lot of progress on that front. Now, let’s focus on making Canada a place where everyone can get the mental health care they need.”

Read more.

Darren Entwistle of TELUS in The Globe and Mail

Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS Communications Inc., published an op-ed with Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Global Privacy and Security by Design Centre, about the importance of privacy in the new age of data and doing business in the digital world.

“It is critical to address both the privacy rights of citizens, along with data utility for businesses – namely the ability of businesses to leverage the data collected – when determining the best way forward.”

Read more.

Brian Porter of Scotiabank in The National Post

Brian Porter, President and CEO of Scotiabank, published an op-ed in The National Post on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and what the global community must do to help Venezuelans.

“Millions of Venezuelans, many of them students, have taken to the streets in opposition to the regime. Far too many have paid with their lives. The West did not hesitate to support the Solidarity movement in Poland, and Venezuela’s democratic movement is the modern-day descendant of Solidarity. Venezuela’s legitimate president, Juan Guaidó, has shown tremendous courage and recently told the world “we cannot do this alone.” Now we must heed that call and stand with the Venezuelan people.”

Read more.

Chuck Magro of Nutrien on LinkedIn

Chuck Magro, CEO of Nutrien, published a LinkedIn article on the importance of large businesses collaborating with Canadian SMEs to innovate.

“Collaborating to organize, promote and provide financial backing for innovation competitions is one way business can contribute to the development of new solutions that not only spur improved economic growth, but can also deliver significant environmental benefits.”

Read the article here.

John Baker of D2L in Forbes Magazine

John Baker, President and CEO of D2L, published an op-ed in Forbes Magazine on the benefits of work-integrated learning.

“Having seen firsthand the benefits that WBL brings to businesses and schools alike, I remain more convinced than ever that what was rare 20 years ago will be commonplace in the future of education and of work — and that chief learning officers and others responsible for workplaces of the future will need to get on board or risk being left behind.”

Read more.

Stephen Liptrap of Morneau Shepell in The Globe and Mail

Stephen Liptrap, President and CEO of Morneau Shepell, published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail outlining some common problems of employee well-being strategies and offering ways to overcome them.

“Your well-being strategy needs buy-in from top leaders who directly shape how people function in your culture. If your leaders preach the merits of self-care and stress reduction, but create working conditions that achieve the opposite, you’ll soon have a credibility gap hard to overcome in promoting your well-being strategies.”

Read the article.

John Chen of BlackBerry in The Hill Times

John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, published this op-ed in The Hill Times proposing five broad policy priorities to help propel Canada as a leader in the global innovation economy.

“I believe Canada can become a global player on innovation, but it needs to adopt a bold and decisive approach.”

Read more.

Craig Kielburger of WE

Craig Kielburger, co-founder of the WE Movement, published an op-ed in the Postmedia chain of media outlets on the importance of increasing Canada’s international assistance.

“The world still needs more Canada. It’s time for our country to walk the talk, taking leadership in building a better world.”

Read more here.

Anthony Viel of Deloitte Canada on LinkedIn

Anthony Viel, CEO of Deloitte Canada, published a LinkedIn article on the important link between competitiveness and maintaining a high quality of life for all Canadians.

“A competitive economy is a necessary precondition to addressing inequality and raising living standards for all Canadians, which aligns with core Canadian values.”

Read the article here.

Doug Murphy of Corus Entertainment at the Economic Club of Canada

In a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto, Doug Murphy, president and CEO of Corus Entertainment, shares his vision of building a Canadian media industry for the future:

“Our regulations are out of date. The world isn’t stopping to accommodate the way we used to work. You cannot drive a car looking in the rear view mirror.”

Watch the speech here.

Don Lindsay of Teck Resources Ltd. to the Canadian Club of Toronto

Don Lindsay, President CEO of Teck Resources Ltd., addressed the Canadian Club of Toronto on the topic of building a strong future for Canadians.

“We need to move beyond division and put our country, our communities and our children first.”

Watch it here.

Michael Crothers of Shell Canada in The Globe and Mail

Michael Crothers, President of Shell Canada, published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail on how Canada can provide energy for citizens, harness our natural resources and do its part to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

“The complex reality is that climate change is real, and some portion of oil and gas will be needed through the decades-long energy transition. Canadian energy is among the most responsibly produced in the world and is well-positioned to supply Canadian and global customers, so long as we continue to reduce the environmental impact of our energy products.”

Read more here.

Lisa Lisson of FedEx Canada on LinkedIn

Lisa Lisson, President of FedEx Canada, published a LinkedIn article on why Canada needs to think about small businesses when it comes to international trade and economic growth.
“From forestry to AI technology, Canada has plenty of large industries driving our success. But when it comes to our economic growth and our ability to compete on the global stage, we often miss the opportunity to think small.”

Read more here.

Anthony Viel of Deloitte Canada on LinkedIn

Anthony Viel, CEO of Deloitte Canada, published a LinkedIn article on why immigration is key to Canada’s innovation agenda.

“Over the long term a more comprehensive shift to Canada’s current strategy is needed. At a time when countries are looking inward, Canada’s effective immigration system is an invaluable competitive advantage.”

Read more here.

Victor Dodig of CIBC in The Globe and Mail

Victor Dodig, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC, published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail on the need to strengthen Canada’s global leadership in responsible energy development.

“Our country cannot shy away from its strengths. Instead, we can and should lead the world in responsible resource production and the innovative development of technology that will lower emissions from current production and drive next-generation renewables.”

Read here.

Sandra Stuart of HSBC Bank Canada in The Globe and Mail

In an op-ed in the The Globe and Mail, Sandra Stuart, president and CEO of HSBC Bank Canada, highlighted her company’s strong track record in ensuring gender equality and offered advice on how to improve diversity in the workplace.

“As a leader, when you walk into a room, take a moment to think about how it feels for that lone woman at the table. To have a room full of men stop talking about last night’s game just because she walked in. To have brought her intelligence, skills, experiences and grit to bear to help your organization succeed and still have people wonder whether she’s committed. Be an advocate for her.”

Read more.

Victor Dodig of CIBC to the Economic Club of Canada in Calgary

Victor Dodig, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC, addressed the Economic Club of Canada on the topic of the importance of Canada’s sector at a special event in Calgary.

“We have a bounty of natural resources – and an economy that relies on their development and sale. We have an expertise at developing these resources responsibly. We do it better than anyone.”

 

Read more.

Mac Van Wielingen of ARC Financial to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto

In his address to the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto , Mac Van Wielingen, founding partner of ARC Financial, highlighted Canada’s opportunity in energy leadership:

“We need a complete about-face in the narrative from our politicians and senior government officials that is nevertheless consistent with a vision to reduce global emissions and climate risk, and which supports a long-term transition to a low-carbon world. This vision is consistent with our climate strategy goals and with preserving our national unity.”

Read more.

Elio Luongo of KPMG Canada in The Globe and Mail

In an op-ed in the The Globe and Mail, Elio Luongo, senior partner and CEO of KPMG Canada, shares his personal view as the child of newcomers to Canada on the continued importance of immigration to the Canadian economy and society:

“Canada’s strength as a country – present, past and future – is directly tied to attracting and embracing newcomers. Immigration powers our economy and makes our society one of the most desired in the world. With a rapidly aging population, immigration is more important than ever.”

Read here.

Rola Dagher of Cisco Canada in The Toronto Star

In an op-ed in the Toronto Star, Rola Dagher, president and CEO of Cisco Canada, shares her own story about coming to Canada and highlights the importance of newcomers in strengthening our economy and society. She also highlights the importance of greater collaboration between government and the private sector to address employment and other barriers that immigrants face:

“All of us have a role to play in helping newcomers unlock and leverage the skills and experience they bring to our country. But it starts with business leaders realizing that diversity and immigration is crucial to our success.”

Read the article.

Mary Ann Yule of HP Canada in The Globe and Mail

In an op-ed in The Globe and Mail, Mary Ann Yule, president and CEO of HP Canada, offers her perspective on the changing role of mentorship in the workplace:

“A cohesive multi-generational work force can seem unattainable; in reality, it offers unprecedented advantages for employers with the vision and values necessary to extract the benefits inherent to this unique form of diversity. Mentoring toward individual strengths is the key to success.”

Read the article.

Mac Van Wielingen of ARC Financial in the Calgary Herald

In an op-ed in the Calgary Herald, Mac Van Wielingen, founding partner of ARC Financial, shares this perspective:

“The opportunity is to advance the development of a clean, ethical Canadian energy brand based on innovation and a long-term commitment to a low carbon future. Canada is uniquely positioned to be a global leader in both ethical, responsible energy development and environmental stewardship.”

Read the article.

Doug Murphy of Corus Entertainment in the Financial Post

In an op-ed in the Financial Post, Doug Murphy, president and CEO of Corus Entertainment, shares his ideas for ensuring the future of media and broadcasting in Canada:

“Canadian broadcasting policy was written for an era of closed borders, one where television and radio broadcasters had a relative monopoly over audiences, and governments had a role to play as gatekeepers. That era is over. The policies that once supported and protected Canadian voices now risk restraining them, and need to change. If they do not, the future of Canadian media is in peril.”

Read the op-ed.

Dave McKay of RBC on BNN Bloomberg

Dave McKay, President and Chief Executive Officer of RBC, shared his perspective on the connection between Canadian prosperity and global competitiveness:

“Canada’s prosperity comes from our global competitiveness and we have to constantly challenge ourselves to say how competitive are we with our policies, tax structure, sufficient investment, ambition of our businesses, and there’s work to do.”  

Watch the interview.

Darryl White of BMO on LinkedIn

Darryl White, President and Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Group, offered a joint Canada Day and Independence Day message on LinkedIn that emphasized the close bilateral ties between Canada and the United States:

“Put simply, the U.S. and Canada benefit from the most successful bilateral relationship in the history of modern commerce… Canada and the U.S. are each other’s closest neighbour and ally; the vast majority of Canada’s 36 million consumers live near our border; and, we share common language, traditions and business practices.”

Read the article.

Mac Van Wielingen of ARC Financial to the Calgary Petroleum Club

In his address to the Calgary Petroleum Club, Mac Van Wielingen, founding partner of ARC Financial, offered his perspective on the critical link between Canada’s global competitiveness and the future outlook of Canada’s energy sector:

“The loss of Canada’s competitiveness is largely a product of ‘made in Canada’ failed political, legal and regulatory process.”   

Watch the address.

Al Monaco of Enbridge in The Globe and Mail

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.

Victor Dodig of CIBC to graduates of the Ted Rogers School of Management

Victor Dodig, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC, addressed graduates of Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management and shared his advice for bringing new leadership to Canada:

“With the opportunity you’ve earned today, it’s your responsibility to become the leading voices on how Canada shapes industry and commerce in the next century — or how we fund and improve on our public education system — or how we keep health care strong to meet the needs of an aging population. Keeping Canada strong means keeping us on the leading edge of commerce in new fields such as AI and innovation — but equally it means keeping Canada inclusive, vibrant, and fair.”

Watch the convocation address.

Dave McKay of RBC to graduates of the Ivey Business School

Dave McKay, President and Chief Executive Officer of RBC, addressed graduates of Western University’s Ivey Business School and shared his principles for success:

“You have an unprecedented opportunity to create change, to reinvent, to challenge, to work in more agile and collaborative ways, and to have impacts on large and small organizations much earlier in your career. I know you have the foundation to thrive in this new world.”

Watch the convocation address.

Alex Pourbaix of Cenovus Energy on BNN

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

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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Charles Brindamour of Intact on LinkedIn

Charles Brindamour, Chief Executive Officer of RBC, offered his views on the importance of building climate resilience for Canadians and the economy:

“In the coming years, climate-related natural catastrophes and their associated economic losses are expected to increase. Careful and thoughtful planning by leaders of business, government and other key institutions can help Canadians address avoidable human and economic costs.”

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Louis Vachon of National Bank at his company’s AGM

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

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

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.”

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

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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Bharat Masrani of TD on BNN Bloomberg

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

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.”

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Brian Porter of Scotiabank at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce

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.”

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Chuck Magro of Nutrien at the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

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.”

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

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.

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Calin Rovinescu of Air Canada at the Canadian Club of Montreal

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.”

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