Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) CEO position:

POSITION TITLE : Chief executive officer

DEPARTMENT: Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission





Wage scale:

  • Competitive compensation according to experience

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will lead the organization’s business development and support initiatives to achieve its long-term vision and goals to to foster the economic success of Thunder Bay. and North West region.

The CEO will continue to build a high performing organization and an environment conducive to innovation and the timely execution of identified priorities.


  1. Public Relations: Must be adept at identifying and managing public relations risks, issues and processes in a timely manner in a manner that protects the brand, reputation, board and organization. Must be adept at managing expectations, communications and interactions with stakeholders, the public and the media.
  2. Mentoring/Team Building: Experience in developing formal mentoring processes to strengthen the organization’s workforce.
  3. Government Relations: Must be adept at managing municipal, provincial and federal government relations and governance processes.
  4. Human Resources: Demonstrated ability to understand BTC’s internal HR policies, recruitment, retention, framework and operations in unionized and non-unionized (management) environments.
  5. Risk Management: Identifies, monitors and manages all risks on behalf of the board and the organization, including: HR, brand/reputation, public relations, government relations, stakeholder relations, media, legal and succession planning (staffing).
  6. Legal acumen: Strong practical understanding of contracts, contract administration, procurement processes, NDAs, etc.
  7. Board Governance: Demonstrated experience working with board governance framework including: EL, BG, bylaws, agreements and conflict of interest processes.
  8. Leadership acumen: proven experience and track record in building teams and succession planning through collaboration, inclusion, performance management, planning and communications.
  9. Communications: Must be a strong and effective communicator, both internally (staff, Board of Directors, City of Thunder Bay) and externally (stakeholders, media, public, etc.).


Education experience:

  • Degree in business, marketing or related discipline and complemented by seven to ten years of business management experience.
  • Previous government relations experience, which included navigating senior levels of government, establishing and maintaining networks of key contacts, and building advocacy in support of natural resource development projects in the region
  • Demonstrated experience and in-depth knowledge of what attracts business and development, you bring a practical understanding of how to build results-oriented, engaged and cohesive teams
  • Previous PR and media communications experience, including working with a team on coordinated media appearances, PR campaigns, press releases and media articles, etc.
  • Strong ability to develop credibility, trust and partnerships with the business community, community groups and all levels of government and the desire and passion to implement initiatives and activities that will promote and develop the community of Thunder Bay.
  • Knowledge and knowledge of working with Indigenous communities, industry partners and all levels of government

Skills and abilities:

  • Project management skills, with the ability to organize resources, schedules and deliverables for small to large projects within a diverse team
  • Senior management skills in developing a flexible and efficient environment with changing priorities, objectives, activities, responsibilities and people
  • Results Orientation – An effort to achieve a standard of performance. The standard can be one’s own past performance, an objective measure or ambitious goals that one has set for oneself. This includes setting goals and priorities that maximize the use of available resources to consistently achieve results consistent with CDCE direction, goals and public expectations.
  • Maintaining direction – the ability to track progress towards a goal and make adjustments as needed. This includes the ability to review and refine multiple plans and priorities on an ongoing basis, to put in place procedures for regular progress review and to leave the workplace and to be accessible and available to issues, problems and issues that need attention. .
  • Resource Management – the ability to identify, obtain and effectively allocate the resources needed to achieve applicable objectives. This includes the ability to accurately identify resource needs, ensure everyone understands each other’s responsibilities, and act as a broker of expertise; provide the appropriate resources to tackle problems and opportunities.
  • Business development skills, with the ability to identify opportunities for Thunder Bay; building relationships, connections and customers; attract new businesses to the city; and sell Thunder Bay’s value proposition to various sectors
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver presentations to a variety of audiences and skillfully respond to on-site questions from senior government officials, members of city council, special interest groups and the media
  • Superior ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with industry partners, members of city council, private and public officials, colleagues and the general public
  • Strong project/time management, analytical/critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills
  • Ability to think and act strategically, including the ability to conceptualize and implement new strategies
  • Proven ability to influence others, build consensus, inspire trust and lead
  • Proven conflict management abilities and mediation skills
  • Must be proficient in the use of computers and current related software
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license or equivalent
  • Must meet the definition of a competent driver as defined by the Company
  • Competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health and Safety Act


  • Professional Certification in Project Management (PMP).


  • Must undergo a successful Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC)
  • May be required to travel to various work locations and provide own transportation
  • Must remain a Competent Driver as defined by the Company
  • May be required to provide a passing (non-certified) driver’s record
  • Out-of-town travel (by land and air) may be required from time to time.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to or visit to learn more. Please submit your qualifications by May 18, 2022.