Good News of the Month

November 2019

Check out the good news we collected about our Members during the month of November!

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  • On October 29, the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre Board of Directors announced the retirement of the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Judy Sander.  Congratulations Judy and thank you for dedicating 20 years to this important role!  more…
  • The Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre Board of Directors also announced that Kendall Williams has accepted the position of incoming Executive Director. Kendall previously held the position of Program Coordinator with the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre and has supported hundreds of innovators and start-ups to establish or grow their ideas over the past 8 years.  Congratulations Kendall, we’re looking forward to working with you!  more…
  • Positive change happens as a result of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The Mayor’s Community Safety Awards, now in its ninth year, features just that— local individuals and groups who give their all towards making Thunder Bay a safer, more inclusive city.  Presented November 5 during Crime Prevention Week, two individuals and four community projects received recognition for their outstanding efforts. The 2019 award recipients are Tessa Debruyne, Yamaan Alsumadi, the Joint Mobile Crisis Team, Thunder Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, Giant Hearts and Wake the Giant. Congratulations to the City of Thunder Bay and the Crime Prevention Council on this uplifting initiative! more…
  • On November 6, RegenMed celebrated the launch of DermGEN(tm), Canada’s first Acellular Dermal Matrix.  Check out the video below for more info! more…
  • The Thunder Bay CEDC Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Eric Zakrewski as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CEDC, effective November 18, 2019. Welcome Eric – we look forward to working with you in this new role!
  • Last week at the Timmins Northern Ontario Tourism Summit with the backdrop of a stunning Damien Gilbert video showcasing our amazing city, Tourism Manager Paul Pepe announced that Thunder Bay will be the host city of the 2020 Northern Tourism Summit next fall. Congratulations on bringing this important event to Thunder Bay!
  • On Thursday November 21, the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 team excitedly revealed Safeway as the mystery sponsor of Mystery Match Draft Day at the day’s wrap-up event Thursday. Safeway committed to matching every athlete drafted on November 21 up to a maximum of 50 athletes (a $25,000 value). Games organizers also announced that Safeway’s support will continue with an additional $50,000 contribution, earning them recognition as a Diamond Sponsor and the role of Presenting Sponsor for the Opening Ceremonies. Congratulations to the Special Olympics team, and way to go Safeway!

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  • On November 6 as part of Ontario’s 2019 Fall Economic Statement and following 5 years of advocacy effort with many local and provincial partners, the Government announced it will reduce the aviation fuel tax rate in Northern Ontario to 2.7 cents per litre from the current 6.7 cents per litre, returning it to 2014 levels. This change would take effect on January 1, 2020 and will be implemented across all of Northern Ontario. More here.
  • Next week the City of Thunder Bay will release the results of their Core Services Review. The Chamber is very pleased to see Council and Administration moving forward with this initiative and demonstrating their continued support for the commitments made by our elected Councillors to the City of Opportunity platform we developed for the 2018 Municipal Election. The Core Services Review is one of the items to which the Chamber asked candidates to commit under the Visionary Leadership pillar. Stay tuned for more information on the Core Services Review as it’s released next week! Learn about the City of Opportunity platform and our municipal advocacy work here.
  • On November 1, the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) began accepting inquiries from community-based employers who are interested in posting positions on the CEDC website to recruit under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.  We’re very proud to have been a part of the development of this project and would like to thank all the Members whose feedback and support was instrumental in rounding it out.  Visit the gotothunderbay website for more information on the pilot project and how to get involved, or reach out to Piero Pucci at ppucci@thunderbay.ca with questions.
  • Our President Charla Robinson was proud to represent the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce as we met with TTC and Provincial representatives to talk about the importance of Bombardier’s manufacturing facility here in Thunder Bay and the huge economic impact of the plant across the GTA.  Did you know that GTA suppliers were used for 28% of the total parts purchased to build Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx projects in the past 12 months? That’s a HUGE economic benefit to the GTA, creating jobs for their citizens and easing transit congestion. The strong transportation relationship between Toronto and Thunder Bay is a Win-Win for both communities. #StrongerBusinessTogether