Your Chamber Staff

Charla Robinson

Phone: (807) 624-2620

Guided by the Board’s strategic plan, Charla leads the staff team and serves as a nexus for the political, organizational and business relationships we cultivate in support of our mission. A lifetime “political junkie,” Charla’s deep and broad connections to all three levels of government help us keep the business community abreast of issues as they develop. Though she seems to work round-the-clock on Chamber business, Charla does take time to relax and recharge, usually with a classic movie or one of her favourite British detective programs.

Tanya Smyk

Membership Director
Phone: (807) 624-2624

Tanya leads the Chamber’s membership development initiatives to further the interests of its members. A lifelong entrepreneur, her strong marketing & creative background give her a multi-faceted perspective to helping new and existing members get the most from their Chamber membership. When not at the Chamber, you will find Tanya spending time with her loved ones in Thunder Bay or one of her other “home towns.”

Lesley Edwards

Events Manager
Phone: (807) 624-2621

Creativity, attention to detail and thinking outside of the box are a few of the skills Lesley Edwards brings with her to her new role as Events Manager with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce.  Her dedication, ability to multi-task and work well under pressure while maintaining a positive attitude will be invaluable in her new role.  A traveller and adventurer at heart, Lesley has visited Australia and Southeast Asia on rock climbing trips with her husband. These days time is spent raising and enjoying their two young children and if time permits maybe sneaking out for a trail run!

Hanna Pattyson

Administrative Assistant
Phone: (807) 624-2626

Possibly the best known of the Chamber team for her role at our reception desk, Hanna also assists the President, administers Chamber Board and Executive meetings and supports various committees and taskforces.  She also assists at Chamber events and shows.  Hanna is known for her kind and thoughtful personality and her ability to dig up almost any piece of information you could ask for.  A wife, mother and grandmother, she loves to spend time with her family, especially her grandkids, and enjoys reading and long walks with her husband and little dog, Ruby.

Raili Roy

Communications Coordinator
Phone: (807) 624-2623

Driven by curiosity and a need to always be improving, Raili supports the team’s branding and strategic planning as we develop the tools and programs that help connect our Members with each other and our services. A part-timer with the Chamber, Raili also works as a research consultant in the food sector, a small-business communications consultant and a hobby farmer producing pork, eggs and vegetables.
This website is Raili’s baby – email her with suggestions for improvement!

Mary Ann Agostino

Accounts Coordinator
Phone: (807) 624-2622

During the summer, you can probably find Accounts Coordinator Mary Ann Agostino in her flower and vegetable garden when she’s not in the office.  Mary Ann is responsible for the financial records for the Chamber of Commerce and our partners at the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce, including reconciling accounts and preparing the financial statements for both organizations.  At the Thunder Bay Chamber, she also assists with other office duties and provides support for shows & events as required – watch for Mary Ann’s smiling face as you check in for After Business or at one of our trade shows.

Summer Reilly

Member Relations Assistant (Intern)
Phone: (807) 624-2627

Summer is responsible for assisting with the Chamber’s Membership development. Summer is a very outgoing, approachable person who enjoys helping people whenever she gets the chance. With her wide-ranging work experience in sales, recruitment, and emergency services, she brings a unique set of skills and wisdom that will benefit both the Chamber and its Members. With Summer’s bold and outspoken personality, she will undoubtedly make a great asset to Member development and engagement.

Our Mission:

Together, we are the catalyst for a stronger business community.

Our Vision:

To position business to grow and prosper together.

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