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CEDC hosts Minister Steven Fletcher

September 2, 2009 – The CEDC showcased Thunder Bay’s assets to the Honourable Steven Fletcher during his visit to Thunder Bay on September 1-2. As part of its Strategic Action Plan, CEDC has been working to build business and enhance relationships between Thunder Bay’s long time neighbours in Western Canada.

“The Minister has expressed a very strong interest in becoming intimately familiar with the work of the CEDC and its community partners” said Steve Demmings, CEO of CEDC. During the Ministers visit he had the opportunity to tour the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Genesis Genomics. He also attended presentations by the Thunder Bay Airport Authority and the Thunder Bay Port Authority at the CEDC’s offices.

"Thunder Bay has always been a critical gateway of commerce and trade in Canada," said Fletcher. "With advocates, like Mr. Demmings and the Thunder Bay CEDC, it will continue to meet the challenges of today's economy."

Steven Fletcher is the Minister of State for Democratic Reform. In his role as Minister he is responsible for Senate reform legislation, House of Commons seat distribution, the creation of a Canadian agency to promote democracy abroad and many other initiatives surrounding voter turn-out and Canadian democracy. Minister Fletcher is one of five Ministers who serve on the Treasury Board cabinet committee.

Prior to his election, Mr. Fletcher worked as an engineer in the Mining Industry until an automobile collision with a moose, left him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. He returned to University where he obtained a Master's in Business Administration (MBA).

CEDC is responsible for business development, retention and expansion, entrepreneurial support, opportunity promotion, and collection and assessment of key business data. Incorporated in December 2006, CEDC is an arms-length Community Development Corporation, led by an independent board with core funding from the City of Thunder Bay. Located within CEDC's administrative office, the Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre provides seminars, workshops and free and confidential business counselling services to new and existing small businesses.


Contact: Steve Demmings, CEO – Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC), 807-625-3960 or