Toronto Region Board of Trade - Check against deliveryTORONTO, Nov. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - [Introduction] I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land we are on is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (HO-Dehn-Oh-show-knee), the Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Indigenous peoples are the first stewards of our water, air, and land, and we must work in partnership to protect our environment. [Pause] Thank you, everyone, for the warm welcome. It's great to be back. The Board of Trade is a longtime pillar of the Canadian business community and a cornerstone to the success of this great city. Our world has come a long way since the Board of Trade was created in the 1850s, on the dusty streets of Toronto.
First of all, we live, on average, four decades longer than we did in 1850.
We travel across our country in hours rather than weeks or months.
And today, we carry all the libraries of the world in the palms of our hand.
If you ask me, I'd say we've done pretty well. Together, we've overcome countless challenges—from war, to recession, to disease. Here in Canada, our curiosity, intelligence, and determination have led us to create thriving cities and to come up with innovations that our ancestors would not have believed. But today—after so much progress—we confront an urgent challenge. A challenge that will alter the course of our future if we don't act now—and will affect how and where we live, our quality of life, and our collective prosperity. Earlier this month, the United Nations released a report. It said that 2016 was the hottest year in recorded history. Before that, 2015 was the hottest year. And before that, it was 2014.