THE TORONTO BOARD OF TRADE AND THE GREATER TORONTO MARKETING ALLIANCE
The Toronto Board of Trade is one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in North America. At the time I was President in 1996-97 there were over 10,000 members.
The Board concentrated on policy work but did not directly get involved in Economic Development. It was felt that this was a Government responsibility, unlike the approach in the United States where Chambers usually played a lead private sector role.
When my term as President was up, I became the Founding Chair of a new organization sponsored by the Mayors and Regional Chairs Committee led by Mayor Hazel McCallion and an ad hoc group of the 29 Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
This organization is called The Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and its mission is to “expand the economy of the Greater Toronto Area by raising the profile of the region internationally to attract new investment and employment”.
I remained the Chair until 2002.