Happy New Year!
I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday season and are feeling some sense of renewal as you turn your calendars to 2022.
While I want to stay forward-looking – believe me! – I do think it’s worth looking back at a few of Odlum Brown’s highlights as we closed out last year.
The greatest joy for me was seeing clients return to our offices. I have to tell you, I was so excited that first week of client meetings in Vancouver that I actually popped in to three of them just to say hi! Our relationships with our clients are at the heart of everything we do, so after many long months, this development was a meaningful one for everyone at the firm.
With this additional buzz around the office, the holiday season was all the more special. Through a combination of in-person and virtual initiatives, our team members were able to celebrate together and carry on many of our Odlum Brown traditions, including the annual Giving Tree in support of the Bob and Kay Ackles YMCA Nanook House and Woodwards YMCA Child Care Centre, and the Children’s Holiday Card Competition.
We also ended 2021 by coming together for our community in light of the severe flooding and storm damage across the province. As a proudly BC-based firm, and one with two branch locations in the hard-hit Fraser Valley, we were devastated to see the catastrophic flooding affecting our communities.
To assist in the response and recovery efforts, Odlum Brown made two special donations: $25,000 to United Way BC’s United for BC Flood Response Fund, and $25,000 to the BC Search and Rescue Association. If you or anyone close to you was impacted by these events, please know our hearts are with you, and with all of our communities across BC that have been affected.
Much is still uncertain, both close to home and globally, but moving forward remains our goal. We are excited by what this year – our 99th as a firm – promises to bring, as we continue to find new ways to support our clients, team members and communities.
In the coming months, we will be hosting our Annual Address presentation virtually once again. Building on the success of last year’s event, we look forward to engaging with clients and other attendees, and hearing from Executive Vice President, Director, Investment Research Murray Leith and our outstanding team of Equity Analysts. Stay tuned for details on registering for this great event; I hope you will join us.
Speaking of the Annual Address, while we can’t know exactly what 2022 has in store, what we do know is that we don’t want to wait another year to connect with all of you in person, and we are looking into options for doing so later in the year.
Indeed, I am hopeful that 2022 will be the year of togetherness – and at Odlum Brown, that includes all of our clients, team members, friends and partners. On behalf of all of us, thank you for another year of trust and loyalty, and we look forward to seeing you soon.