Every new year brings both challenges and opportunities for Canada’s business community, and as you will see in our Annual Report, that was especially true in 2017.
From the inauguration of President Trump and the renegotiation of NAFTA to the ratification of CETA, the international context was upended. Closer to home, Canadian businesses faced their own set of obstacles, whether in the form of extreme weather events or the cancellation of large-scale projects like the Energy East pipeline. Governments piled on more obstacles on businesses, and the federal government proposed tax changes for private corporations that threatened entrepreneurs.
What could have divided us did the opposite. As you will see in our Annual Report, these challenges only caused the business community to rally, to organize unprecedented campaigns and to advocate louder than ever before. And, together, we succeeded in making Canada that much more competitive.
We are proud to provide you with our 2017 Annual Report, which outlines all of our efforts of the past year, the policy highlights we need to celebrate, and the events and people that made it all possible.
2017 was Canada’s sesquicentennial, a moment to celebrate all that we have achieved in the past 150 years. It was also an opportunity to look forward and reflect on what we wanted Canada to be in the next 150 years and beyond. The strength of our network and the success of our teamwork this year should leave us feeling optimistic, no matter what challenges lie ahead.
On behalf of the staff and the Board of Directors, we thank you for your support this past year and look forward to working with you in 2018.