More than 250 BILD members attended the annual Industry Luncheon on March 11 to hear from keynote speaker and former City of Toronto mayor David Crombie.
Crombie’s address focused on what he feels are the four major things we must do to survive and flourish in the 21st Century.
- Provide for economic wellbeing and opportunity
- Strike a balance between natural heritage and everything else
- Find ways to create what humans need in human communities
- Build public services and infrastructure that serves all our needs
He talked about the importance of providing economic opportunities to incite new residents to come to the GTA. This includes embracing new technology and using it to create new opportunities and new jobs.
Crombie discussed the role that the building and development industry plays in building communities and cities for the 100,000 people that come to the GTA every year. Part of that role is accommodating the cultural differences of GTA residents in order to maintain and enhance the standard of living.
A key component of doing so is connecting people by building new roads, schools and public transit. These services are the connecting tissue of our communities and give residents equal access to the number of opportunities that our region provides.
A video of Crombie’s address can be viewed on BILD’s official Facebook page or by clicking here.