Rebecca Johnson, Councillor At Large, is well-respected as one of the city’s most experienced and savvy political leaders.  First elected to Council in 2003, she is now in her fifth term of representing the citizens of Thunder Bay. Her business approach, no-nonsense politics and down-to-earth leadership style have earned her the trust of the community-at large for over 15 years.

A strong and influential voice, Rebecca advocates for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, but specifically for women. She is recognized as a role model, mentor and ambassador for women in politics and business across Northern Ontario. Among her accomplishments is her work as Co-Founder of Women in Politics, an organization committed to promoting female participation at all levels of Canadian government.

With an impressive portfolio of over 20 volunteer boards, organizations and committees, Rebecca is recognized for her high-energy and commitment to getting things done. She works proactively with people from all facets of the community to tackle Thunder Bay’s priorities head on. Her passions continue to be focused in the areas of: Economic Development, Inclusivity & Diversity, Age-Friendly, Environment and Community Wellness.

Boards and committees  

  • Drug Strategy (Chair) (2009 – present)

  • Anti-Racism & Respect Advisory Committee (2009 – present)

  • Off-Leash Dog Park (2007 - present) 

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee (2006 - present) 

  • Clean, Green and Beautiful Committee (Chair) (2005 - present) 

  • District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administrative Board (2018 – present)

  • CEDI - Community Economic Development Initiative Working Group between Fort William First Nation and the City of Thunder Bay (2017 – present)

  • respect.  Working Group (2016 – present)

  • Earth Care Waste Working Group (2010 – present)

  • Thunder Bay Age Friendly Committee (2018 – present)

  • Thunder Bay District Municipal League (2003 - present) 

  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities Coalition Against Racism & Discrimination (2005 - present)

Outside of her City of Thunder Bay commitments, Rebecca dedicates an equally significant amount of time to important community organizations. For over 27 years, she has served many high-profile roles including Trustee and Chair of the Lakehead Board of Education, Co-Chair of Diversity Thunder Bay, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, COO for the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce and two-time Campaign Chair for the United Way. 

Rebecca’s history of involvement on Community Boards and Committees is far reaching and includes:

  • Creative Arts Northern Network (Director) (2018 – present)

  • Federal Status of Women Gender Equity Network (2017 – present)

  • Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Thunder Bay 2020 Games Organizing Committee Administrative Officer (2017 – present)

  • Northwest LHIN Regional Seniors’ Care Advisory Committee (2017 – present)

    Women in Politics – Co-Chair, Steering Committee (2013 – present)

    LIP – Local Immigration Partnership (2010 – present)

    Age-Friendly Thunder Bay (Chair) (2009 - present)

  • Northwestern Ontario Immigration Web Portal Steering Committee (2009 - present)

  • Thunder Bay Police Youth Corps (Director) (1993 – present)

  • Diversity Thunder Bay Co-Chair (1991 – present)

  • Thunder Bay Association of Volunteer Administrators (TBAVA – 2017 - present)

  • Mentor – to a participant in the City of Thunder Bay Pathways to Leadership Mentorship Program (2016 – 2017)

  • Thunder Bay Community Living Self-Advocate Council (2015 – present)

  • Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Education Committee (2003 – present)

  • Mentor – to a participant in the Northern Leadership Project (Science North, Laurentian University, City of Greater Sudbury, Health Sciences North (2015 – 2016)

  • Girl Guides of Canada, Thunder Bay Division Ambassador (2006 – present)

  • Slate River Women’s Institute (1959 – present)

  • Thunder Bay District Women’s Institute (1963 – present)

Along with her various civic and committee commitments, Rebecca owns and operates her own business, REBECCA REPORTS … for the RECORD. The confidential consulting business helps businesses and organizations with recording minutes, writing letters, note taking at conferences, seminars, writing reports, focus groups, meeting facilitation, research, etc.

Over the years, Rebecca has been recognized with a number of awards and honourary memberships in recognition of her accomplishments for the citizens of Thunder Bay.

  • 2019 – Girl Guides of Canada “Silver Thanks Pin” acknowledging the commitment given to the organization as the Guiding Ambassador for the past 11 years.
  • 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

  • 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

  • 2006 - Girl Guides of Canada Ambassador, Thunder Bay Division

  • 2000 - Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce Don Sanders Award of Excellence

  • 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

  • 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.


Community – honourary membership 

  • Leadership Thunder Bay
  • PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
  • Thunder Bay Business Women’s Network
  • Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce
  • Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Thunder Bay Intercity Council

Membership only 

  • Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame


  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery

  • Thunder Bay Historical Museum

  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre


What gets Rebecca motivated every day is collaborating with the right partners to drive social transformation. She is incredibly proud to call Thunder Bay home and will continue her mission to build a welcoming, safe and healthy Thunder Bay.



Rebecca Johnson


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

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