We are responsible for:

Incorporated in December 2006, CEDC is an arms-length Community Development Corporation, led by an independent board with core funding from the City of Thunder Bay.

The mandate of the CEDC is to operate in a way that is:

CEDC receives formal proposals on 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. CEDC’s staff will assist your business with attaining essential information for decision making.

The Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre and Tourism Thunder Bay are both located in the CEDC’s administrative office and operate under the CEDC umbrella.

CEDC's New Strategic Action Plan is coming soon!

Stay tuned!

Members of the Board

Peter Marchl (Chair)
Peter brings an established background in finance, solid business and entrepreneurial sense, and years of experience in volunteering and community engagement to the CEDC Board of Directors. Peter is an investment advisor and partner at Normaxx Financial. He is also the Past President for SHIFT Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network and is an active member of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. He has also held a position on the City of Thunder Bay Audit Committee and belongs to the Thunder Bay Yacht Club.

Barry Streib (Vice Chair)
Barry has worked extensively throughout his career in business management, marketing, sales, administration and
communications. Currently Barry serves as a Board Director and Chair of the Governance Committee for the Thunder Bay
Regional Health Sciences Foundation, and sits on the Executive Committee in the role of Secretary. In addition, he is a Past
Chair of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, and Past President of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of
Commerce (NOACC), and continues to serve as a Senior Advisor on its Executive Committee. Barry is also a Board
Director of Common Voice Northwest.

Rob Frenette (Secretary/Treasurer )

Mr. Rob Frenette, P.Eng is a Consulting Engineer licensed in the Province of Ontario.  Rob is past President of TBT Engineering Limited (TBTE), a role he served for over 25 years, and he currently serves in the capacity of Managing Director for TBT Engineering Consulting Group, a company of more than 100 employees. Rob has 30+ years of experience in civil engineering from planning through to contract administration. Rob has a strong background in total project management, construction and road design, surveying, environmental and materials engineering. 

Roberta Sawchyn
Sawchyn Roberta is the General Manager of the Best Western PLUS Nor’Wester Hotel & Conference Centre. She has been a leader in the hospitality industry in Thunder Bay for over twenty years and currently sits on the Board for the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. She has also taught in the Hospitality Program at Confederation College. Roberta also volunteers in our community, most recently with the leaders of the United Way as well as Easter Seals.

Michael Fox
Michael is the President/CEO of Indigenous Community Engagement (ICE) – one of Canada’s leading national Indigenous firms specializing in community consultation, facilitation/negotiations, capacity building, & social research. He brings a wealth of experience in structuring projects and financing for both industry and Indigenous clients. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator, a certified Change Management Practitioner, and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. Currently, he is the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Affairs Committee for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada and is the Co-Chair for the Jury Panel for the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Michael also sits as a Ministerial appointed board member on the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.  

George C Patterson
George began his career in the private sector and, shortly thereafter, moved to the public sector as resident geologist for Thunder Bay. This was followed by employment with the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Saskatchewan where he helped develop and implement government, academic and industry programs designed to coordinate, support and promote the mineral industry and local economic development. He has also worked on a number of initiatives dedicated to building strong relationships with Aboriginal people and their communities.

Council Members

Mayor Bill Mauro
Councillor Peng You
Councillor Brian McKinnon


Karen Lewis

General Manager, Development & Emergency Services 

City of Thunder Bay 

Jamie Taylor
Chief Executive Officer for CEDC

Ex-Officio Defined

Ex-Officio Members of Boards and Committees:. Frequently boards and committees contain some members who are members by virtue of their office, and, therefore, are termed ex-officio members. When such a member ceases to hold the office his membership of the board terminates automatically.
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