Scott Hand, former Chairman and CEO of Inco Limited gave this speech at the Pollution Probe Annual Gala on November 13, 2003, at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada.
Last year I had a milestone birthday. Born in 1902. I turned 100 years old.
Not many Canadians have lived so long. So I celebrated. And reflected on a century of life. What had I accomplished? What did I leave in my wake?
Was I a force for good in the world? Or an instrument of harm?
The truth is my life hasn’t been perfect. I’ve left a few footprints.
Tonight, I have come neither to blow smoke about our achievements over the century. Nor to apologize for our legacy. You won’t hear me say how “committed” I am. I won’t be pleading for patience and understanding.
You’ll hear a little straight talk, which I hope adds something to the discussion.
First, let me say that that 100-year-old Canadian is Inco. Inco is me. And around the world, there are 10,000 people just like me.