Dear Prime Minister and Premiers,
As business and community leaders, we share your commitment to keeping Canadians safe and eliminating as soon as possible the threat posed by COVID-19.
We are encouraged by the federal government’s assurances that, despite some delays, Canada is still on track to receive a total of six million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of March, enough to vaccinate three million people.
As vaccine shipments accelerate through the spring and summer, there will need to be an “all hands-on-deck” push to inoculate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
Companies and employers across the country are ready and eager to offer their expertise and resources at every stage of the rollout. This includes transportation and storage, establishing and scaling up vaccination clinics, training staff, tracking inventory and managing immunization records.
Having said that, it is increasingly apparent that a single large-scale vaccination campaign will not be enough to overcome the pandemic and restore a sense of normalcy to life in Canada.
The time has come for a sustained national commitment to widespread and frequent rapid testing and screening.
We as employers are prepared to play a leadership role, building on the success of rapid screening pilot projects that are currently under way at workplaces across Canada.
However, for any such effort to succeed we need the federal government to coordinate purchases on a massive scale, and we need the full cooperation of provinces, territories and public health officials.
In parallel with this, your governments must take additional steps to protect Canadians from the spread of COVID-19 variants, some of which may require new or modified vaccines.
The past few weeks have shown Canadians what can happen when our country relies exclusively on vaccines manufactured elsewhere. We cannot afford to allow that to happen again.
Last week the Prime Minister announced an agreement with a U.S.-based company to produce COVID-19 vaccines at a plant in Montreal owned by the National Research Council. We welcome this development, but coronavirus strains will be with us for years to come and one such facility may not be enough.
For that reason, we encourage the federal government to take further steps to expand Canada’s vaccine manufacturing capacity, particularly in the emerging field of mRNA vaccines.
Eleven months ago, COVID-19 claimed its first life in Canada. Since then, almost 21,000 have died, more than 800,000 have contracted the virus, and millions have lost employment income.
On behalf of Canada’s business leaders, we thank you and your colleagues for everything you have done to protect Canadians. Much more work lies ahead. A close partnership between governments and employers can save lives, preserve jobs and rebuild our economy.
Donald R. Lindsay
President and Chief Executive Officer Teck Resources Limited and Chair of the Board of Directors Business Council of Canada
President and Chief Executive Officer
Business Council of Canada
|Mr. John M. Beck||Chairman||Aecon Group Inc.|
|Mr. Jean-Louis Servranckx||President and Chief Executive Officer||Aecon Group Inc.|
|Mr. Blake C. Goldring, C.M., M.S.M., C.D.||Executive Chairman||AGF Management Limited|
|Mr. Calin Rovinescu||President and Chief Executive Officer||Air Canada|
|Mr. Ronald N. Stern||President and Chief Executive Officer||Alberta Newsprint Company|
|Mr. John E. Peller, O.C.||President and Chief Executive Officer||Andrew Peller Limited|
|Mr. Stéphane Lespérance||President and Chief Executive Officer||Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.|
|Mr. Mac Van Wielingen||Founder and Partner||ARC Financial Corp.|
|Ms. Nancy Southern||Chair and Chief Executive Officer||ATCO Ltd.|
|Mr. Andrew Hider||Chief Executive Officer||ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.|
|Mr. Mirko Bibic||President and Chief Executive Officer||BCE Inc. and Bell Canada|
|Mr. Darryl White||Chief Executive Officer||BMO Financial Group|
|Mr. John Corley||President and Chief Executive Officer||Brink’s Canada Limited|
|Mr. Michael W. Rencheck||President and Chief Executive Officer||Bruce Power|
|Mr. Marc Parent, C.M.||President and Chief Executive Officer||CAE Inc.|
|Mr. Tim Gitzel||President and Chief Executive Officer||Cameco Corporation|
|Mr. Daniel Daviau||President and Chief Executive Officer||Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.|
|Mr. Dani Reiss||President and Chief Executive Officer||Canada Goose Inc.|
|Mr. Keith Creel||President and Chief Executive Officer||Canadian Pacific Railway|
|Mr. Greg Hicks||President and Chief Executive Officer||Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited.|
|Mr. Gordon McKenzie||President and Chief Executive Officer||Canpotex Limited|
|Mr. Alex Pourbaix||President & Chief Executive Officer||Cenovus Energy Inc.|
|Mr. Victor G. Dodig||President and Chief Executive Officer||CIBC|
|Mr. Ian Smith||Chief Executive Officer||Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership|
|Mr. Yves-Thomas Dorval||Executive Chairman of the Board||Conseil du patronat du Québec|
|Mr. Ronald Mannix||Chairman Emeritus||Coril Holdings Ltd.|
|Ms. Deanna L. Zumwalt||President and Chief Executive Officer||Coril Holdings Ltd.|
|Mr. Doug Murphy||President and Chief Executive Officer||Corus Entertainment Inc.|
|Mr. Donald E. Clow||President and Chief Executive Officer||Crombie REIT|
|Mr. Chris H. Fowler||President and Chief Executive Officer||CWB Financial Group|
|Mr. John Baker||President and Chief Executive Officer||D2L Corporation|
|Ms. Wendy Andrushko||President||DuPont Canada|
|Mr. Geoffrey M. Smith||President and Chief Executive Officer||EllisDon Corporation|
|Mr. Al Monaco||President and Chief Executive Officer||Enbridge Inc.|
|Mr. Ian C. Dundas, B.Comm., L.L.B.||President and Chief Executive Officer||Enerplus Corporation|
|Mr. Darren Throop||President and Chief Executive Officer||Entertainment One Ltd.|
|Mr. Jad Shimaly||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer||EY Canada|
|Mr. Stephan Crétier||Founding President and Chief Executive Officer||GardaWorld|
|Mr. Paul Wood||President and Chief Executive Officer||Giant Tiger Stores Limited|
|Ms. Sabrina Geremia||Country Manager||Google Canada|
|Mr. Andy Trewick||President and Chief Executive Officer||Graham Construction & Engineering Inc.|
|Mr. Paul A. Mahon||President and Chief Executive Officer||Great-West Lifeco and Canada Life|
|Mr. Howard Field||President and Chief Executive Officer||Greenfield Global Inc.|
|Mr. Paul J. Hill||Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer||Harvard Developments Inc. – A Hill Company|
|Mr. Charles Brindamour||Chief Executive Officer||Intact Financial Corporation|
|Mr. Hartley T. Richardson, O.C., O.M.||President and Chief Executive Officer||James Richardson & Sons, Limited|
|Mr. Dean Setoguchi||President and Chief Executive Officer||Keyera Corp.|
|Mr. Jon E. Love||Chief Executive Officer||KingSett Capital Inc.|
|Mr. Elio Luongo||Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner||KPMG LLP|
|Mr. Bruno Keller||President||Kraft Heinz Canada ULC|
|Mr. Dax Dasilva||Founder and Chief Executive Officer||Lightspeed POS Inc.|
|Ms. Linda S. Hasenfratz||Chief Executive Officer||Linamar Corporation|
|Mr. Swamy Kotagiri||Chief Executive Officer||Magna International Inc.|
|Mr. Peter E. Gilgan, C.M., O.Ont.||Founder and Chief Executive Officer||Mattamy Asset Management Inc.|
|Mr. Jacques Mignault||President and Chief Executive Officer||McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada|
|Mr. Mike Greenley||Chief Executive Officer||MDA Inc.|
|Ms. Jaqui Parchment||Chief Executive Officer||Mercer (Canada) Limited|
|Mr. Kevin Peesker||President||Microsoft Canada Inc.|
|Mr. Stephen Liptrap||President and Chief Executive Officer||Morneau Shepell Ltd.|
|Mr. Jeffery M. Zweig||President and Chief Executive Officer||Mosaic Forest Management Corp.|
|Mr. Louis O. Vachon, C.M.||President and Chief Executive Officer||National Bank of Canada|
|Mr. Jeffrey Maddox||President||Nokia Canada Inc.|
|Mr. Luis Sierra||President and Chief Executive Officer||NOVA Chemicals Corporation|
|Mr. Chuck Magro||President and Chief Executive Officer||Nutrien Ltd.n|
|Mr. Mark J. Barrenechea||Vice Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer||OpenText Corporation|
|Mr. Bob Espey||President and Chief Executive Officer||Parkland Corporation|
|Mr. David G. Filipchuk||President and Chief Executive Officer||PCL Constructors Inc.|
|Mr. Sam Sebastian||President and Chief Executive Officer||Pelmorex Corp.|
|Mr. Hassan Khosrowshahi, C.M., O.B.C.||Chairman||Persis Holdings Ltd.|
|Mr. Neil Chrystal||President and Chief Executive Officer||Polygon Homes Ltd.|
|Mr. Paul Desmarais, Jr.||Chairman||Power Corporation of Canada|
|Mr. R. Jeffrey Orr||President and Chief Exeutive Officer||Power Corporation of Canada|
|Mr. Steve Sammut||President and Chief Executive Officer||Rocky Mountaineer Railtours|
|Mr. Joe Natale||President and Chief Executive Officer||Rogers Communications Inc.|
|Mr. Lino A. Saputo, Jr.||Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer||Saputo Inc.|
|Mr. Brian Porter||President and Chief Executive Officer||Scotiabank|
|Mr. Bradley S. Shaw||Chief Executive Officer||Shaw Communications Inc.|
|Mr. Michael Crothers||President, Canada Country Chair||Shell Canada|
|Mr. David V. Pathe||President and Chief Executive Officer||Sherritt International Corporation|
|Mr. Faisal Kazi||President and Chief Executive Officer||Siemens Canada Limited|
|Mr. Dean Connor||President and Chief Executive Officer||Sun Life Financial Inc.|
|Mr. Mark Little||President and Chief Executive Officer||Suncor Energy Inc.|
|Mr. Soumen Roy||Executive Director and Country Head||Tata Consultancy Services Canada Inc.|
|Mr. Donald R. Lindsay||President and Chief Executive Officer||Teck Resources Limited|
|Mr. Darren Entwistle||President and Chief Executive Officer||TELUS Communications Inc.|
|Mr. John M. Sullivan||President and Chief Executive Officer||The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited|
|Mr. Steve Hasker||President and Chief Executive Officer||Thomson Reuters|
|Mr. John McKenzie||Chief Executive Officer||TMX Group Limited|
|Mr. Edward Sims||President and Chief Executive Officer||WestJet|