As a member-driven organization, the Board relies on committee volunteers — business leaders and stakeholders who share their expertise, insight and influence on decisions and actions that help make the Toronto region one of the most attractive places in the world to live, work and do business. Board committees are focused on advancing a business-led advocacy agenda that delivers results on three key pillars of regional success: Trade, Transportation and Talent.
Policy and Advocacy Committee
The Policy and Advocacy Committee provides strategic oversight of all policy committees and official Board of Trade policy statements. This committee guides the strategic advocacy direction of the Board of Trade to ensure the development and implementation of policy positions and advocacy actions that advance the competitiveness and economic prosperity of the Toronto region.
Municipal Performance Committee
The Municipal Performance Committee develops policy positions, raises public awareness and advocates for strong municipal leadership that collaborates with neighbouring municipalities and senior orders of government. The committee directs the Board’s City Budget consultations and submissions, as well as major municipal campaigns around municipal elections, prudent fiscal policies, improved transportation infrastructure plans, greater social cohesion and economic inclusion.
Economic Development Committee
The Economic Development Committee advocates for programs and public policies that encourage regional economic growth, enhance commercial development, support global trade and attract investment. The committee is focused on cultivating business-led industry cluster strategies that foster business and investment opportunities and enhance the profile of the Toronto region as a global hub.
The Infrastructure Committee develops policy positions and undertakes advocacy initiatives to advance infrastructure priorities that are essential to the Toronto region’s growth, competitiveness and quality of life. This committee focuses particularly on regional transit and transportation networks.
Energy Working Group
The Energy Working Group develops policy positions and advocacy plans around security of supply, reliability of energy infrastructure, emerging technologies, conservation and demand management (CDM), climate change and pricing. The group advocates for an efficient, affordable, reliable system that incorporates a mix of sources and technologies to ensure business competitiveness while meeting environmental challenges.
Smart Cities Working Group
In 2016, the Board and the City of Toronto partnered in the creation of a Smart Cities Working Group to identify how the City can leverage information and communication technologies (ICT) and digital connectivity to enhance the quality and performance of city services, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with citizens. The working group is charged with developing an Smart asset inventory and an integrated Smart City roadmap for Toronto that incorporates local innovations and international best practices.