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Board of Directors

The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) is governed by an independent Board of Directors. The members serve for a four-year term. The Commissioners receive formal proposals on projects that will contribute to economic development. They are empowered to respond quickly to new opportunities, enabling the undertaking of new initiatives, and attracting direct financial involvement from other levels of government and/or the private sector.

The members are as follows:

Roberta Simpson May 2015 (2)

Roberta Simpson (Chair) is a past chair of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and is currently a director for the Thunder Bay International Airport Authority. Roberta remains very active in Thunder Bay's business community since retiring from Bank of Montreal as the Senior Commercial Account Manager after 35 years. Roberta's banking background included working with private-sector companies, community organizations, municipalities, as well as First Nations and Aboriginal agencies which bodes well for her role at the CEDC.

Craig Urquhart

Craig Urquhart (Vice Chair) is the President and owner of Intercity Industrial Supply. Craig is a Past Chair of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and a Past Chair for Canada’s Mississauga based Independent Distributors Inc. group. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Thunder Bay International Airport Authority. Craig brings a strong business background to the CEDC Board of Directors.

George Patterson portrait

George C Patterson (Treasurer/Secretary) —a geologist— began his career in the private sector and, shortly thereafter, moved to the public sector as resident geologist for Thunder Bay. This was followed by employment with the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Saskatchewan where he helped develop and implement government, academic and industry programs designed to coordinate, support and promote the mineral industry and local economic development. He has also worked on a number of initiatives dedicated to building strong relationships with Aboriginal people and their communities.

Barry Streib           

Barry Streib has worked extensively throughout his career in business management, marketing, sales, administration and communications. Currently Barry serves as a Board Director and Chair of the Governance Committee for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, and sits on the Executive Committee in the role of Secretary. In addition, he is a Past Chair of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, and Past President of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC), and continues to serve as a Senior Advisor on its Executive Committee. Barry is also a Board Director of Common Voice Northwest.

Roberta Sawchyn portrait

Roberta Sawchyn is the General Manager of the Best Western PLUS Nor'Wester Hotel & Conference Centre. She has been a leader in the hospitality industry in Thunder Bay for over twenty years and currently sits on the Board for the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. She has also taught in the Hospitality Program at Confederation College. Roberta also volunteers in our community, most recently with the leaders of the United Way as well as Easter Seals.

Peter Marchl - November 2017

Peter Marchl brings an established background in finance, solid business and entrepreneurial sense, and years of experience in volunteering and community engagement to the CEDC Board of Directors. Peter is an investment advisor and partner at Normaxx Financial. He is also a Director for SHIFT Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network and is an active member of both the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Port Arthur Rotary Club. He also sits on the City of Thunder Bay Audit Committee and belongs to the Thunder Bay Yacht Club.


Council Commissioners

Shelby Ch'ng portrait

Mark Smith

Doug Murray Picture for board members