Toronto Board of Trade

Toronto Board of Trade

January 29, 2007 20:00 ET

Sell-Out Crowd Meets Board of Trade's New Leader

Laughs, tributes and insights at Board’s 119th Annual Dinner

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 29, 2007) - The Toronto Board of Trade welcomed a sell-out crowd of more than 1,350 business and political leaders to its 119th Annual Dinner Monday night at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event featured keynote speaker Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research in Motion, and the first public appearance by the Board's new President & CEO, Carol Wilding.

"Although Carol doesn't officially start until February 19, she wanted to come out to meet our members and be part of this Toronto business tradition," said Board of Trade Chair Becky McKinnon. McKinnon introduced Wilding to the audience during remarks in which the Chair outlined the Board's priorities for 2007 - helping Toronto business connect and succeed, and helping create a more competitive, liveable and sustainable city.

McKinnon noted that, following the success of the 2006 Dinner, the Board worked to ensure a high entertainment factor for this year's edition. "We brought in Jessica Holmes of Air Farce fame as our MC, staged live entertainment and had a lot of fun with the BlackBerry theme, in tribute to Jim Balsillie and RIM."

The Dinner also featured tributes to the Board of Trade, the Toronto business community and Balsillie from federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (appearing on behalf of the Prime Minister), Premier Dalton McGuinty (who held up his own BlackBerry during his pre-recorded video) and Mayor David Miller, attending for the fourth time as Mayor.

Balsillie, named as the Outstanding Business Executive of the Year by Financial Post Magazine and the Canadian International Executive of the Year by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, offered the audience his story of the BlackBerry's success and his insights into the future for his company and its popular e-mail device.

The Toronto Board of Trade is the champion of a competitive and vibrant Toronto with a mandate to serve, represent and unite the city's business community. Founded in 1845, Canada's largest chamber of commerce operates at five locations across Toronto. Further information about Board events, policies, advocacy and products is available on its website at Commentary from Board executives can be found on the Board Blog at
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Contact Information

  • Glen Stone, Public Affairs Manager, Toronto Board of Trade
    Primary Phone: 416-862-4565