The National Business Forum of Canada is a privilege where leaders in business, government, investment, economy and world affairs gather to discuss how we can advance prosperity, and sustain Canada's market. Canada is part of an interconnected system in the world that is straining under the burden of its own dynamics and challenges making the international environment more unpredictable and difficult to navigate.
We see the world aims for emergence of new geo-economic competition, new regionalism and new actors. Meanwhile, technological change is disrupting our economies and changing the nature of our globalized world in ways that are both unpredictable and complex. Advances in all the sciences – from robotics and genetics to communications and the social sciences – will leave no aspect of global society untouched.
Across Canada, a young generation is demanding to be heard. Young people increasingly see decisions being made at the expense of their future, many Canadians are considering starting up their business while those are in the market would love to grow, international investors, entrepreneurs would love to expand in Canada and finally Canada's veterans in the army and law enforcement agencies are increasingly entering the business world. Each of these factors and many others require a new kind of convention – one with the adaptability, the entrepreneurialism and the trust of all stakeholders – that can bring together people who have the power to make change, to achieve mutual understanding and empathy, to come to common agreement and, where appropriate, push action forward.
As a Canadian organization, the forum provides a platform for leaders from all stakeholder groups from across Canada and internationally – business, government and civil society – to come together. We are proud at the National Business Forum of welcoming newcomers, investors, entrepreneurs, creating exciting new opportunities, and helping every Canadian find their path to their dreams—the dream of success, prosperity and growth.
The forum is proudly supporting Canada's strong economic growth, reflecting on the stock market, inspiring consumer confidence, business confidence, small-business optimism and opening the door for many investments and entrepreneurs.
Many attend the forum annually to focus on finding ways to reaffirm international cooperation on crucial shared interests, such as the environment, the global economy and unfolding the opportunities to strengthen the Canadian economy and bring more of Canada to the world.
The Annual Meeting is truly a “global summit” for all Canadians with unprecedented participation from all levels of government, business and civic leaders witnessed by many international delegations in Canada. We hope that the forum stimulates further thinking on how to create a shared future for all Canadians. We gratefully acknowledge our partners, members and participants, as well as our board and management team, for their leadership and guidance throughout the event. With their support, the forms achieves a new milestone every year with its independent certification as a national business convention.