The Key to Canada’s Future

In a January address to the World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that he wants Canada and Canadians to be known as much for our resourcefulness as for our resources. We agree.

Our natural resources are important. They will continue to be a cornerstone of our economy. But resourcefulness, talent and diversity are natural resources, too, and equally critical to our growth and success. Most of these resources reside in our biggest cities, which are home to 49 per cent of our population and generate 52 per cent of our gross domestic product.

In response to the Global Cities Initiative, the Toronto Region Board of Trade launched a trade accelerator program, TAP GTA, to help more businesses access global markets. There is now interest to take the program national. Business must activate.

If the 21st century is to be the age of cities, then Canada’s cities must be present. In many respects, it is Canada’s time. We have all the potential and natural resourcefulness to succeed – we just need the initiative to get there.

Jan De Silva and Adam Legge
from Cities are the key to Canada’s future. Let’s unlock it.
The Globe and Mail, June 21, 2016
Jan De Silva, CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade and Adam Legge, CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Contributors to this article included Michel Leblanc, CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal; Ian Faris, CEO of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce; Dave Angus, CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce; Janet Riopel, CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce; Iain Black, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade; and Todd Letts, CEO of the Brampton Board of Trade.

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Trade Accelerator Program

Now is the time for Canadian companies to export globally. A lower Canadian dollar, limited domestic growth and a strengthening U.S. economy have established the right conditions for Canadian firms to go global.

To help Canadian firms increase their export potential, the Toronto Region Board of Trade has launched TAP GTA, a trade accelerator program to serve as the one-stop-shop for a company’s exporting needs. Through its Lead and Supporting Partners, TAP GTA gives companies access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts.

The Toronto Region Board of Trade encourages companies to take advantage of this unique opportunity to accelerate their firm’s growth and export capacity.
Trade Accelerator Program