We just co-hosted an event at our Downtown Centre this morning - a commemoration service for the business community to mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
It was a very simple, heartfelt and - I think - very moving ceremony that allowed some of the family members of the Canadian victims to see that their loved ones have not been forgotten, and gave all of us an opportunity to reflect on what happened, and what we learned as a result.
I spoke briefly on behalf of the Toronto Board of Trade, World Trade Centre Toronto and the 10,000 members of our organizations to express both our sadness and our determination.
Our sadness is for the victims, their families, friends and colleagues, and for the sense of loss and horror we all felt on that terrible day.
Our determination is that the loss of those lives, and its horrific impact on so many others, will never be forgotten nor have been in vain.
I believe that the spirit that brought nations and communities, faiths and peoples together five years ago is still in our hearts, and can still unite us today.
I call on our business colleagues here in Toronto, and around the world, to revisit that spirit and to work to forge greater understanding and kinship between the peoples of the world.