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Building Better in 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
Building Better in 2021

As Canadians begin their long-awaited summer, they have much to cherish, much to mourn and much to confront and reflect upon. Over the past year, we have come together across the land and around the world to survive the first waves of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic killed and harmed too many but brought out the best in us in many ways.

As we pay respects to the lives lost, we also honour our frontline health heroes. We thank those behind the scenes who “had our backs” in this crisis and we highlight those leading our current quest to “build back better” as we create the many opportunities that await.

We equally must address the many inequalities that the pandemic has intensified, the tragedies from our past that have now come to light, and the other shortcomings we still must repair. Inspired by over a century and a half of hard-won success in overcoming costly pandemics, economic recessions and foreign conflicts, we draw strength from Canadians who are committed to science, academics, business, and Indigenous communities, who now lead the way in building a better, fairer, more inclusive community at home and abroad.

The Hon. Jean Augustine, First Black Woman elected to the Parliament of Canada & former Cabinet Minister of Multiculturalism and Status of Women

Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Margaret MacMillan, Professor of History, University of Toronto and Oxford University

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