Welcome to the Leaside Business Park Association (LBPA).
My name is Dag Enhorning and I have been elected to serve as the President of the LBPA. I am the President of Siltech Corporation, a privately owned Canadian company that manufactures specialty silicones for customers around the world. We have been located in the park since 1997 and find this an excellent place to do business. We chose to locate here because Toronto offers a very skilled work force, has an excellent infrastructure for business and the park is ideally located near major highways for easy transportation of both raw materials and finished goods.
I will take over from Joe Cacioppo who has relocated to Lincoln Electric Company's Mississauga office. We wish him all the best and thank him for his service to the LBPA.
As your president, I will continue to proactively put forth concerns that all members of the Leaside Business Park Association have to ensure that your park continues to be a vibrant and attractive place for business.
Of paramount importance to our Association is maintaining the Leaside Business Park as an industrial business park. The encroachment of this industrial park by retail and other non-industrial uses puts pressure on the Association's members because of increased traffic and brings to the park people that are uncomfortable with various manufacturing activities, including the use of heavy machinery, large trucks, loud noises and unfamiliar smells.
The LBPA will continue to work closely with all levels of government and has the support of and a good working relationship with municipal (Toronto City Councillor John parker, for Ward 26), provincial (The Honourable Kathleen Wynn, MPP Don Valley West) and federal (The Honourable Mr. Robert Oliphant, MP Don Valley West) representatives. We will continue to bring forth our issues to these government representatives to make sure our concerns are heard and acted upon.
As an integral member of Toronto's business community the Association's members are committed to environmental initiatives, such as the Toronto Green Roof, alternative energy initiatives, maintaining attractive and clean properties, annual park clean-ups, etc.
Finally, we will endeavor to keep all members up to date on any and all matters that affect the LBPA members such as nearby development projects, the proposed Metrolinx Eglinton Light Rail Transit, zoning by-law changes, etc.
I look forward to a productive year as your President and welcome any comments or concerns you might have. I would also encourage all of you to attend our General Annual Meeting to be held on November 10. This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other members of the association and to hear about what is going on in your park.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact any of our Board of Directors, or myself at 416-424-4567.