Mongeau, speaking to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said Canada has many of the critical resources the world needs, the capital and skills to add value to them and the transportation infrastructure to efficiently get them to global markets.
But, to win its fair share of world markets, the nation needs greater corporate innovation and productivity, buttressed by sound public policies relying on commercial frameworks.
"The choice is clear, if Canada wants to truly succeed on a global scale, we need an environment where businesses with vision can innovate and thrive and we all have to embrace change and look forward, not backward."
Mongeau said the federal government's privatization of CN, a willingness at CN to continually challenge conventional wisdom and the successful deregulation of the rail industry in Canada combined to drive the company's remarkable transformation, from an industry laggard based largely in Canada to a North American rail leader.
Mongeau said, "There are success stories in Canada, but we need more of them. Because the world is not standing still, we need to embrace change, not shy away from it. We all need to raise our play because the game is constantly getting more challenging.
"With sound public policy and a strong conviction within the business world, together we can succeed by pursuing greater innovation and productivity to ensure a bright and exciting economic future for Canada."