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Addressing the Empire Club of Canada

TTC bus operator 1/15/21 6:00 PM

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Yesterday (January 14), I had the distinct honour of speaking virtually at the Empire Club of Canada. Similar to the speech I gave at the virtual CUTA Conference last November, my speech focused on the work the TTC is doing to attract and develop a diverse and qualified workforce. Specifically, I spoke about our 10-Point Action Plan, which was endorsed by the TTC Board in December.

Respecting and celebrating diversity is central to the TTC’s mission and values. We want all our employees and customers to feel safe on our system. We want the TTC to be a diverse and inclusive organization in a way that Torontonians can both be proud of and feel welcomed by.

Video of CEO Remarks – Empire Club of Canada on January 14, 2021

Throughout the speech, I emphasized our key deliverables in 2021 will include collaborating with our external partners, accelerating key initiatives and hold ourselves accountable. So I’m looking forward to going back to the Empire Club next year to report on our successes.

TTC’s 100th Year in Service
I’d like to remind everyone that this is an important year for the TTC. On September 1, we mark our 100th year in service. In 1921, the Toronto Transportation Commission took over a mix of private and municipal street railways in the city. In 100 years, Toronto’s transit system has carried more than 32 billion riders, and has grown into the third largest carrier in North America.

Plans to recognize our centennial are in the works. Unfortunately, the pandemic has caused us to revisit how we traditionally celebrate these milestones. I look forward to sharing our updated plans in the weeks ahead.

And finally, my sincerest thanks to everyone who contributed to this year’s TTC/United Way fundraiser. More than $565,000 was raised in 2020. Thanks also to the TTC’s COMTO members, Mount Dennis, Streetcar Transportation, Local 2 and many others who held holiday donation drives across the property to assist those in our community who are in most need at this very difficult time.

I want to acknowledge that the Province declared a second state of emergency this week. Please remember to stay vigilant and stay safe.

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
January 15, 2020

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