Janet De Silva
President & Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Sector: Non-Profit Sector
Magic Moment: My experience in China was one of the most impactful of my career. Where mature market assignments were typically about efficiencies and improvements to compete, China was all about growth. And the biggest barrier to growth in a country of 1.3 billion people was people. We needed to attract and retain 4,000 people in 3 years in a market that averaged 35% annual turnover
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Toronto is an important economic engine for Canada with the ingredients to be top five globally. Two million more people will make Toronto home over the next 15 years. A regional master plan, housing and transit is needed to accommodate growth and opportunity for all. Canada needs a stronger Toronto as a catalyst for growth elsewhere. Being too humble won’t cut it this time.
One word that captures you: Dynamic