Leadership is easy to identify yet difficult to define. It involves vision, the capacity to see beyond the ordinary and imagine fresh possibilities. It demands courage, the willingness to persist in the face of obstacles, and confidence that the goal can be realized. And most important, it inspires others to share the vision, summon the stamina and demand more of themselves.
“The Top 40 program creates a shared commitment among individuals and organizations to showcase world-class talent in Canada. I’m proud to share this commitment with my fellow honourees as well as the organizations that support this important cause.”
Cameron Fowler, Executive Vice President, P&C Canada, BMO Bank of Montreal
“I am honoured to receive the Top 40 award. The experience of the national events and the network of Alumni is truly outstanding, and the award marks a fresh starting point for me to set new priorities and goals both in business and the community.”
Deirdre Horgan, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Indigo Books & Music, Inc.
“The Top 40 experience is phenomenal, and being named in the same category as some of the most influential people in Canada is truly humbling for me. This program recognizes – and more importantly, celebrates – the hard work, perseverance and achievements of young individuals from a variety of fields. I hope it continues to inspire future generations of leaders.”
François Desjardins, President & CEO, B2B Trust and EVP, Laurentian Bank
“It is inspiring to realize that Canada has such an incredible pool of talent as recognized by the Top 40 Under 40, and humbling to be named among them. There is an unexpected, but welcomed sense of responsibility that comes with the award.”
Rob Drynan, Executive Director, Camp Oochigeas for Children with Cancer
“I met remarkable people who made me re-examine and re-evaluate my priorities and general philosophy on life. I cannot think of any program that has such an impact on this country's present and future decision makers.”
Gregory Roberts, CEO/Owner, Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters! & P.I. Enterprises Group
Honourees stated roles and organizations reflect positions held at the time of award.