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Whispers of “was that Rob Ford?” dominated the post-speech, pre-dinner chatter at the 126th annual Toronto Region Board of Trade gala on Monday night. Despite confusion over whether he was actually invited or not, Mayor Ford skipped out after Board of Trade president Carol Wilding gave her speech. With or without the mayor, the show continued on with a three-course meal and entertainment at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Les Oiseaux de Paradis kicked off the evening with an aerial dance performance to Adele’s Skyfall followed by the keynote speaker, Nadir Mohamed from Rogers Communications. Master of ceremonies Jian Ghomeshi kept the crowd in good spirits, pitting iPhone and Blackberry users against each other while urging the suit-heavy scene to share their experience on social media. Perhaps the most poignant note of the night, however, was when Ryerson president Sheldon Levy – recipient of the Toronto Region Builder Award – quoted Bob Marley in his acceptance speech and said, “Life is one big road with lots of signs” and “you have to wake up and live.” parties@globeandmail.com