Hello, I’m Stephen Lund and I took on the role of Toronto Global CEO in September. There’s a very short list of jobs that I would voluntarily undertake in the middle of a global pandemic, but this was one I could not pass up. The Toronto Region is brimming with potential and I’m placing my bets on this region to come back stronger than anywhere else in the world. This has been a difficult year, no doubt. Difficult for businesses, difficult for front-line workers, difficult for Canadians. 2021 continues to present challenges, and we understand that the world of international investment has changed. However, the enduring confidence of investors in the Toronto Region has remained and we’re very bullish about our opportunities going forward. If you have doubts, check the headlines on any given day. Major international companies are choosing the Toronto Region – they are betting big on our future.
As the fastest growing urban metropolitan region and tech hub in North America, we are committed to continuing that pace of growth and investment. Not only to get back to where we were before the pandemic, but to go beyond what we have achieved already. Our primary goal is to ensure that the Toronto Region leads our country’s recovery and cements its place as the best location for investment in North America. This annual report is the blueprint for our comeback. It’s a collection of inspiring stories from the past year – ones that show the resilience of our people and our economy. It’s a showcase of major investments and big names from the past year – Sanofi, HCL, Pinterest – all companies that want to be part of a resurgent Toronto Region. It’s champions throughout our region that never wavered in their dedication and enduring faith in the place we all call home. And it’s a celebration of our team at Toronto Global and all our partners in the region, in the province and in the country, that are working together to reimagine how we emerge from this stronger.
I’m proud to be leading a team at Toronto Global that has never stopped believing in this region and never stopped driving towards bigger and better. We thank you for joining us in writing this comeback story.