Reimagining Recovery

Learn about the policy work and events that are helping to lead our region’s recovery.

Driven by our mission and informed by our members, Reimagining Recovery is rooted in expert insights, designed in collaboration with government and industry leaders, and organized around six priority work tracks essential to our shared success.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents the world with the biggest health and economic crisis of our time.

Necessary protective measures such as social distancing bought us life-saving time for our hospitals to prepare, for personal protective equipment to be manufactured, and importantly, for public health education. However, social distancing also shuttered our businesses and sent communities around the world into financial distress.

Currently, we face yet another challenge as we begin to re-open our economy and navigate getting back to business safely and strategically.

Re-opening – and economic recovery more broadly – demands more than the status quo. It will require imagination, coordination, and collaboration.

The Toronto region is one of the largest and most economically important in North America. With over one million businesses, employing nearly three million people, our region is a renowned centre of excellence for innovation in technology, manufacturing, and the financial sector – its recovery is a key component of Canada’s recovery.

Representing the voice of business for this region, the Toronto Region Board of Trade is putting forward a framework for economic recovery – the Reimagining Recovery Framework. Guided by a Steering Cabinet comprised of senior government and industry leaders, it consists of six work tracks that will help inform government policy, and will culminate with the Recovery Summit Series taking place over the course of fall 2020 and winter 2021.

Scroll down this page for more information about the summits, work tracks, and Steering Cabinet.

Recovery Summit Series

Over the course of a three-part virtual Recovery Summit Series, the Toronto Region Board of Trade will convene leaders and city-builders from across the region to discuss how to foster strategic partnerships and build back better.

Work Tracks

Work Tracks led by business and policy leaders will investigate six areas toward a consolidated vision for our economic future. The work of each of these tracks will help inform all three levels of government.

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Steering Cabinet

Reimagining Recovery is led by our Steering Cabinet – senior leaders who will help inform our direction, guide our impact and support our action.

Jan De Silva

President and CEO

Toronto Region Board of Trade

Scott Beck

President and CEO

Tourism Toronto

Diane Brisebois

President and CEO

Retail Council of Canada

Mark Cohon


Toronto Global

Deborah Flint

President and CEO

Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Michael Friisdahl

President and CEO

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Eric Gales

Country Manager

Amazon Web Service Canada

Godyne Sibay

Regional Managing Partner for Ontario

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Meric Gertler


University of Toronto (& on behalf of Corridor Universities)

Richard Joy

Executive Director

Urban Land Institute Toronto

Iain Klugman

President and CEO


Tony La Mantia

President and CEO

Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation

Mohamed Lachemi

President and Vice-Chancellor

Ryerson University

Joseph S. Mancinelli

International Vice President


Farah Mohamed

Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Policy & Public Affairs

Toronto Region Board of Trade

Calin Rovinescu

President and CEO

Air Canada

Anne Sado


George Brown College (& on behalf of Corridor Colleges)

Chad Schella

General Manager, Government & Community Affairs

Canada Post

Chuck Scott

CEO, Canada and Latin America

Cushman & Wakefield

Michael Serbinis

Founder and CEO


Mike Williams

General Manager, Economic Development & Culture

City of Toronto

Yung Wu


MaRS Discovery District

Luc Vilandré


TELUS Health and Payment Solutions


Saad Rafi

Chief Recovery and Rebuild Officer

City of Toronto

Giles Gherson

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; Small Business and Red Tape Reduction

Government of Ontario

James Meddings

President, FedDev Ontario

Government of Canada

Get Involved

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