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Councillor Rebecca Johnson
At Large

205 - 138 Ravenwood Ave.
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 4H8

Res:    (807) 577-2807
Fax:     (807) 577-4837

Rebecca Johnson, Councillor At Large, is pleased to once again represent the citizens of Thunder Bay during her fourth term as a Councillor at Large. First elected in 2003, her vocal style of leadership has always complimented her energy and dynamism as she advocates for community progress.

Sitting on more than 20 boards and committees, in addition to her role as Councillor at Large, Rebecca is considered a business leader, mentor, ambassador and a role model for young women in Northwestern Ontario. With 26 years of political experience, and as one of Thunder Bay’s three female councillors, Rebecca understands the importance of women’s political involvement. Rebecca has lent her passion and expertise to help found Women in Politics, an organization that encourages women to participate at all levels of Canadian government.

Rebecca Johnson is an active member of a wide variety of organizations including the Thunder Bay Police Youth Corps (Board of Directors); PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise (Into the New Decade Program Steering Committee); the Children's Centre Thunder Bay (Board of Directors Immediate Past Board Chair); the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (Senior Advisor); the Immigration Web Portal Steering Committee and Diversity Thunder Bay (Co-Chair) among others.  She sits as a representative from Northwestern Ontario on the Associated Municipalities of Ontario – AMO) Long Term Care and Age Friendly Task Force.

Rebecca chairs the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy Steering Committee and the Age-Friendly Community Steering Committee. She co-chairs the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy and has recently taken on a new leadership role with the United Way chairing Thunder Bay Counts.  Rebecca is also a proud 2014 graduate of the Lakehead University Social Innovation/Leadership in Complexity program.

Past involvement within the community includes: serving as an elected Trustee on the Lakehead Board of Education for 12 years and as Chair for the last three years, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce for 10 years and COO for the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce.   She was also the host of the local television program “Community Clipboard” for nearly 20 years and was a judge on “Reach for the Top” for four years.  Volunteer involvement over the years has been extensive with various organizations such as the United Way, where she served as Campaign Chair twice.

Rebecca has been recognized with a number of awards over the years for her commitment to Northwestern Ontario.  Among others, she has received an Achievement Award by the City of Thunder Bay and was one of 25 individuals to receive a Silver Achievement Award in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the City of Thunder Bay.   In 2008, she was presented with the Most Influential Woman in Northwestern Ontario Award, Public Sector category.   In 2012, Rebecca was presented with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Ontario Minister of Citizenship & Immigration.  In 2014, Rebecca was selected as one of the top 20 PARO Northern Ontario Platinum Award winners.


  • City of Thunder Bay Advisory Committee on Anti-Racism & Respect (2009 - present)  
  • Off-Leash Dog Park (2007 - present)  
  • City of Thunder Bay Accessibility Advisory Committee (2006 - present)  
  • Waste Working Group (2010 – present)
  • City of Thunder Bay Clean, Green and Beautiful Committee (Chair)  (2005 - present)  
  • Thunder Bay District Municipal League (2003 - present)  
  • City Operated Childcare Task Force (2015)
  • City of Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council representing the Drug Strategy (2010 – present)
  • Thunder Bay Drug Strategy (Chair) (2009 - present) 
  • Civic Pride Task Force
  • respect.  Working Group 
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities Coalition Against Racism & Discrimination (2005 - present) 
  • AMO Long Term Care & Age Friendly Communities Task Force  (2015)
  • OBIAA (Ontario Business Improvement Area Association) Return on Investment of BIAs project  Advisory Committee


  • Thunder Bay District Food Strategy – Steering Committee Co-Chair (2013 – present)
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 2020 Strategic Plan Steering Committee 
  • Women in Politics – Co-Chair, Steering Committee (2013 – present)
  • Thunder Bay Counts – Chair (2014 – present)
  • PARO – Accelerator Program Advisory Board & Into the New Decade Program Steering Committee
  • Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Education Committee  (2003 – present)
  • Age-Friendly Thunder Bay (Chair) (2009 - present) 
  • Northwestern Ontario Immigration Web Portal Steering Committee (2009 - present) 
  • LIP – Local Immigration Partnership   (2010 – present)
  • Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce – Executive Committee Senior Advisor
    (2009 - present)
  • Diversity Thunder Bay Co-Chair (1991 – present)
  • Food Action Network  (2003 – present)
  • Slate River Women’s Institute (1959 – present)
  • Mentor – to a participant in the Northern Leadership Project (Science North, Laurentian University,  City of Greater Sudbury, Health Sciences North  (2015 – 2016)
  • Mentor – to a participant in the City of Thunder Bay Pathways to Leadership Program (2016 –  present)
  • Girl Guides of Canada, Thunder Bay Division Ambassador (2006 – present)


  • Children’s Centre Thunder Bay (Immediate Past Chair of the Board) - (2009 – present) 
  • Thunder Bay Police Youth Corps   (Director)   (1993 – present)

COMMUNITY – Honourary Membership

  • Leadership Thunder Bay 
  • PARO  Centre for Women’s Enterprise
  • Thunder Bay Business Women’s Network 
  • Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce


  • Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
  • Dying  with Dignity
  • Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery
  • Thunder Bay Historical Museum
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre


  • 2014 - PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise “Top  20 in 20 Platinum Award”
  • 2012 - Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal presented by the Government of  Ontario 
  • 2012 - The Canadian Hearing Society, Thunder Bay Branch Accessibility Award for "Going the Extra  Mile" when providing service to Deaf, Deafened and Hard-of-Hearing residents and visitors of  Northwestern Ontario 
  • 2012 - CERAH Champion award - recognition of extraordinary sense of public service in advancing the  health and social care for an aging population and promote the health and well-being of people aging
     across the lifespan 
  • 2011 - Toastmasters International District 6 Communication and Leadership Award 
  • 2009 - PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise - Honourary Membership 
  • 2009 - Thunder Bay Business Women's Network - Lifetime Membership 
  • 2008 - Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards - Public Sector Award 
  • 2007 - Nominated as one of the Most Influential Women of the Decade in Northwestern Ontario 
  • 2007 - Leadership Thunder Bay Lifetime Membership in recognition of the contribution and  responsibility accepted in initiating the incorporation of the organization  
  • 2006 - Girl Guides of Canada Ambassador, Thunder Bay Division 
  • 1993 - 2000 - Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Thunder Bay Intercity Council - Honourary Member 
  • 2000 - Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce Don Sanders Award of Excellence 
  • 2000 - Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Honourary Membership 
  • 1999 - Ontario Chamber of Commerce Executives James Gordon Carnegie Award in recognition of the  contribution of a Chamber of Commerce professional as a leader and a mentor to other Chamber  professionals 
  • 1998 - Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year Award 
  • 1998 - Ontario Association of Broadcasters "Friend of the Industry" Award, recognizing contributions  to the broadcasting industry 
  • 1995 - Silver Achievement Award in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the City of Thunder Bay in  recognition of outstanding community service (1 of 25 awards presented) 
  • 1994 - Ontario Chamber of Commerce B.J. Gillespie Memorial Award recognizing exceptional  community service and dedication to the Chamber movement 
  • 1992 - City of Thunder Bay Achievement Award in recognition of distinguished contribution to the  Community of Thunder Bay 
  • 1991 - Thunder Bay Business Women's Network Woman of the Year - Balanced Life Award 
  • 1990 - Ontario Municipal Recreation Association Certificate for volunteer contributions to recreation,  which significantly enhanced the quality of life in the community.