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Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission Names New CEO


August 7, 2013 - The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Murray as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CEDC, effective Monday, Aug. 12.

"I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff to welcome Doug,” said Paul Inksetter, Chair of the CEDC Board of Directors. “We look forward to working together for the benefit of Thunder Bay's economic development. Doug's strategic leadership and strong management skills will be an asset to the CEDC. We are very fortunate to have him join our team."

"This is an excellent opportunity for me to help build Thunder Bay,” said Murray. “I was born and raised here in Thunder Bay in a small business family. I’ve played a leadership role in the re-vitalization of the forest industry and liaised extensively with community, labour and government contacts. I'm really looking forward to working with CEDC's partners and furthering the Commission’s objectives.”

Murray is a seasoned Thunder Bay business leader with a track record of identifying opportunities. Prior to being the General Manager at Bowater, now Resolute Forest Products, he worked in the Pulp and Paper industry in Northern Ontario and British Columbia in progressively-senior management roles for more than 30 years, including over 11 years as a General Manager.

Murray has been involved in many service clubs and the Chamber of Commerce, including four years on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Currently Murray sits on the founding Board of the Northern Policy Institute.

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Contact: Paul Inksetter, Chair – CEDC Board of Directors, 345-1614

About CEDC:
The CEDC is responsible for business development, retention and expansion, entrepreneurial support, opportunity promotion, and the collection and assessment of key business data. The CEDC receives formal proposals for projects that will contribute to economic development. It responds quickly to new opportunities and initiatives to attract direct financial involvement from government and private sectors.

Located within CEDC's administrative office, the Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre provides seminars, workshops and free, confidential business counselling services to new and existing small businesses.

For more information, visit www.ThunderBayCEDC.ca