The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Zakrewski as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CEDC, effective November 18, 2019. Mr. Murray will stay on to assist Eric in a successful integration into the department.

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

Mr. Zakrewski is a well-respected business leader with over 25 years of business and project management experience for a wide array of sectors in Thunder Bay and across northwestern Ontario. 

Most recently he was responsible for the incorporation of True Grit Engineering, a Thunder Bay based firm that he led the growth of to over 50 employees providing engineering and project management services to all levels of government, Indigenous Communities, industry, institutions and private sector clients. 

He has proven track record in corporate and large institutional board governance, operations, finance, risk management, legal, human resources and indigenous, public and government relations.  Mr. Zakrewski  currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre’s “Our Hearts at Home” fundraising campaign to bring cardiovascular surgical services to northwestern Ontario.

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


Contact: Craig Urquhart, Chair,, 807.628.7429