The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) hosted the 17th Annual Home for the Holidays Healthcare Career Fair today at the Victoria Inn.

Healthcare students, professionals, physicians, and recent graduates attended the networking event, having the opportunity to meet and talk to 28 exhibiting healthcare organizations from Thunder Bay and throughout the region. Home for the Holidays initially started as a reception for local medical students attending school outside of Thunder Bay, but has expanded to respond to the health recruitment needs of Northwestern Ontario.

Local exhibitors included St. Joseph’s Care Group, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and the City of Thunder Bay. Recruiters from Geraldton District Hospital, Kenora All Nations Health Partners, Marathon Family Health Team, Dryden Regional Health Centre, and Atikokan General Hospital represented regional communities.

“There are more people employed in healthcare than any other sector in Thunder Bay,” said Lexie Penko, Community Health Sciences Recruiter for Thunder Bay CEDC. “The healthcare here is world-class and we want students and professionals to know that there are careers here for them.”

For more information and a complete list of exhibitors, visit


Contact:       Lexie Penko, Community Health Sciences Recruiter – Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) – Tel: 807-625-2541 or


About Thunder Bay 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 and District Entrepreneur Centre provides seminars, workshops and free and confidential business counselling services to new and existing small businesses.

Previously known as physician recruitment, community health sciences recruitment is now part of the CEDC mandate. The role of the Community Health Sciences Recruiter is designed to recruit new physicians and other healthcare professionals to our community and to help retain those already here.