Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a safe and healthy holiday season. Now that January has arrived, I think we can all agree that we are happy to put 2020 behind us and look ahead to brighter days in 2021.
That said, 2020 taught us many lessons. We witnessed how our communities come together to take care of one another in times of trouble. We recognized the commitment and courage of our health care workers and other frontline heroes. We saw what innovation and industry can accomplish when people work together toward a common goal.
Personally, 2020 reinforced for me that what we have here at Odlum Brown is special – and not just because we recently requalified as one of Canada’s Most AdmiredTM Corporate Cultures. I have been immensely proud of the ways in which our team has come together to see our clients and each other through these challenging times.
Over the holidays, in true Odlum Brown fashion, we also came together for our community. Rather than skipping our holiday traditions this year, we re-imagined them, continuing safely with our annual Giving Tree to deliver gifts and food hampers to the families of the Bob and Kay Ackles YMCA Nanook House and Woodwards YMCA Child Care Centre, and making a special donation to local food banks in lieu of our annual holiday cocktail party. Some of you may have learned about these initiatives and more from the Odlum Brown Holiday Video, which is still available on our website.
Looking ahead, we have much reason for optimism, as the most vulnerable in our communities gain access to the vaccine, and we slowly begin to come back together again. I know I speak for the whole Odlum Brown team when I say that I cannot wait until we can safely welcome clients back into our offices.
For now, we are looking forward to our 27th Annual Address – another tradition we have re-imagined. This year’s presentation will be taking place virtually on Wednesday, February 10. We hope that you will join us from the comfort of your homes; please save the date, and we will be sharing more details in the coming weeks.
I hope that 2021 brings you all that you have been missing and more, and I offer a heartfelt thank you to our valued clients, partners and friends for your loyalty. As I said on these pages all those months ago: we are here for you. And we will be, for the coming year, and for generations.
Debra Hewson, President and Chief Executive Officer