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2020 Nation Builder of the Year Award

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
2020 Nation Builder of the Year Award

The Empire Club of Canada awarded the 2020 Nation Builder of the Year Award to Canada’s front line workers, the men and women who kept us safe and functioning during the most severe pandemic to hit the world in over a century.

A virtual on-line awards ceremony was held on December 10th to mark this year’s winner, with testimonies of tenacity and bravery from across the country and words from some well-loved Canadian personalities.

(00:00:21) Empire Club of Canada Historical Video
(00:01:31) Event Introduction
(00:06:42) O’Canada by Charlotte Siegel (Bilingual Version)
(00:08:00) President’s Remarks
(00:10:24) COVID-19 Background Video by Humber College
(00:13:15) Introduction of Kayla Grey
(00:15:07) Introduction of Political Leaders
(00:17:00) Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
(00:19:08) Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief
(00:21:56) Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
(00:24:00) John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
(00:26:29) Laurent Duvernay Tardif, NFL player and frontline medical worker
(00:29:28) Introduction of Canadian Entertainers Videos
(00:30:55) Canadian Entertainers Video – Atom Egoyan, filmmaker
(00:32:23) Stephan James and Shamier Anderson, Actors and Activists
(00:35:35) Sophie Milman, Jazz Singer
(00:38:20) Testimonial – Lee Turner on behalf of frontline grocery cashier Pam Smallman
(00:39:55) Introduction of Canadian Literature Video
(00:41:27) Adrienne Clarkson, Former Governor General of Canada and John Ralston Saul, Author
(00:44:40) Testimonial – Paul Berry on behalf of frontline worker Marcia Brown
(00:47:48) Introduction of Canadian Media Video
(00:49:03) Canadian Media Video – Lisa Laflamme, CTV National News Anchor
(00:51:46) Frontline Worker Testimonial – Jaclyn Carrigan and Waste Connections Canada on behalf of frontline waste workers
(00:54:44) Introduction of Corporate Leaders Video
(00:56:29) Michael Medline, Sobey’s CEO
(00:59:28) Michelle Romanow, Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den Personality
(01:01:05) Jean-Jacques Ruest, CN CEO
(01:04:15) Victor Dodig, CIBC CEO
(01:06:12) Testimonial – Flavio Volpe & Ali Salam
(1:10:12) Testimonial – Kathi Wood on behalf of Elder Strong Canada
(01:11:51) Introduction of Health Leaders Videos
(01:13:12) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the W.H.O
(1:14:13) Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
(01:17:38) Testimonial – Barbara Amsden on behalf of Frigo Virtuel
(01:20:43) Introduction of House of Commons Video
(01:21:24) House of Commons Video – Anthony Rota, Speaker of the House of Commons
(01:24:12) MC Closing Remarks
(01:26:23) Frontline Worker Appreciation Draw
(01:27:48) Introduction of Sponsor Presentation
(01:28:38) Sponsor Presentation – Mike White, President and CEO of IBK Capital
(01:30:49) Closing Remarks

*The content presented is free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.*

*Views and Opinions Expressed Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the speakers or panelists are those of the speakers or panelists and do not necessarily reflect or represent the official views and opinions, policy or position held by The Empire Club of Canada.*