Business leaders unite around Canada’s resource economy
CANADA – Business leaders from coast–to–coast are teaming up to raise awareness of the importance of Canada’s natural resource economy.
The Canadians for Natural Resources campaign is an initiative coordinated by the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC). The aim of the campaign is to bring conversations to kitchen tables across Canada about the role energy has in our country, and what the future looks like.
Currently, more than 1.82 million Canadians are directly or indirectly employed by Canada’s resource economy. In addition, Canada exports more than $236 billion worth of natural resources every year. Yet, Canada struggles not only to reach markets abroad, but also within its own borders. As a result, Canada’s natural resources are selling at a discounted rate, resulting in less investment in our social services and economy.
Through the campaign, the CGCC is asking for all Canadians to talk about how we can further develop our country’s natural resources as we head into a pivotal federal election this fall.
The CGCC includes chambers and boards of trade in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Brampton, Toronto, Montréal and Halifax and will officially launch the initiative at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual general meeting in Quebec City on May 30. The campaign will capitalize on a series of events leading up to and throughout the federal election in October to get its messages out to Canadians.
“Our energy future relies on getting a fair price for our natural resources, building a concrete path towards a lower carbon economy domestically and applying our energy efficiency expertise, technology and products around the world to make a game-changing difference to reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Sandip Lalli, President and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
“Canada is a pace setter in responsible, innovative and sustainable development of natural resources. When Canadian resources are able to get to global markets, we do more than trade – we generate prosperity for millions of Canadians and share our expertise for positive global impact. In October, Canadians have a true opportunity to support our national resource sector and to shape a responsible economy and environment, here and abroad,” Loren Remillard, President and CEO, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
“Our natural resource sector is essential to building a prosperous Canada from coast to coast to coast. The growth and success of a competitive Toronto region, the fourth largest commercial centre in North America, is dependent on a strong energy economy. All provinces must work together to bring our resources to market,” Jan De Silva, President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade.
“We need to get a fair price for our natural resources today, to invest, so that future generations can have access to reliable, affordable and renewable energy to fuel their daily lives and support a healthy environment and growing economy,” Patrick Sullivan, President and CEO, Halifax Chamber of Commerce.
About the Canadian Global Cities Council
Founded in 2015, the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) is a coalition of Presidents and CEOs of the eight largest urban regional Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade in Canada: Brampton, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Representing 52% of Canada’s GDP and more than half of the country’s population, CGCC collaborates on international and domestic issues impacting our regions’ competitiveness.