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CEDC Board of Directors Welcomes Karen Lewis as Interim CEO

April 24, 2013 - The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Lewis as Interim CEO of CEDC effective immediately.

“Karen’s strong communications, leadership and management skills will be an asset to the CEDC,” said Paul Inksetter, Chair of the CEDC Board of Directors. “We are very fortunate to have her join our team on an interim basis.”

Karen Lewis has been the Director of Corporate Communications & Strategic Initiatives with the City of Thunder Bay since October 2009 and has 18 years of municipal experience in progressively senior roles. Ms. Lewis was the lead facilitator in the startup of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) in 2006 to 2007 from the development of the model through to the search for the founding CEO.

She has been involved in supporting a variety of economic development initiatives including the marketing sub-committee for the ongoing Mining Readiness Strategy. In 2001, she was part of a team that won an Economic Development Association of Canada Marketing Canada Awards – 1st place in the Community Profiles category for the Development Thunder Bay Community Partnership Brochure "It's All Here".

Communication is a significant role for the Interim CEO and Ms. Lewis has superior skills in communication, teambuilding, community engagement and customer service.

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Contact:  Paul Inksetter, Chair of the CEDC, 345-1614