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Closing May 25, 2022 - Thunder Bay Community Economic Development - Chief Executive Officer

27 Apr 2022 12:56 PM | Stephanie Crilly (Administrator)

The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC)

POSITION TITLE: Chief Executive Officer

DEPARTMENT: Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission





Salary Range: Competitive pay commensurate with experience

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

The CEO will continue to build a high performance organization and an environment conducive to innovation and timely execution of defined priorities.


1. Public Relations: Must be adept and identifying and managing public relations risks, issues and processes in a timely manner, such to protect the brand, reputation, Board and organization. Must be skilled in managing expectations, communications and interactions with stakeholders, the public and the media.

2. Mentoring/Team Building: Experience in developing formal mentoring processes to build out the bench strength of the organization.

3. Government Relations: Must be skilled in managing relationships and governance process relative to Municipal, Provincial and Federal Government.

4. Human Resources: demonstrated capacity for understanding internal CTB Hr policies, recruitment, retention, framework and operations in both union and non-union (management) environments.

5. Risk Management: Identifies, monitors, manages all risks on behalf of the Board and Organization including: HR, Brand/Reputation, Public Relations, Government Relations, Stakeholder Relations, Media, Legal and Succession Planning (Staffing).

6. Legal Acumen: Solid working understanding of contracts, contract administration, procurement processes, NDA’s etc.

7. Board Governance: Proven experience working with Board Governance framework including: EL’s, BG’s, By-Laws, Agreements and Conflict of Interest processes.

8. Leadership Acumen: Proven experience and track record of team building and succession planning through collaboration, inclusion, performance management, planning and communications.

9. Communications: Must be a strong and effective communicator, both internally (staff, board, City of Thunder Bay) and externally (stakeholders, media, public etc).



  • Degree in in business, marketing or a related discipline and complemented with seven to ten years senior business leadership experience. 
  • Previous government relations experience, which included navigating senior levels of government, establishing and maintaining networks of key contacts and creating advocacy in support of natural resource development projects in the region 
  • Proven experience and in-depth knowledge of what attracts business and development, you bring a practical understanding of how to establish results-oriented, committed and cohesive teams 
  • Previous public relations and media communication experience, which included working with a team on coordinated media appearances, public relations 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. 
  • Familiarity with, and knowledge of working with Indigenous communities, industry partners and all levels of government


  • Project management skills, with the ability to organize resources, schedules and deliverables for small to large scale projects as part of a diverse team 
  • Senior management skills in developing an environment that is flexible and effective with changing priorities, focus, activities, responsibilities and people
  • Results orientation—A drive to meet a standard of performance. The standard may be one’s own past performance, an objective measure or challenging goals one has set. It includes setting goals and priorities that maximize the use of resources available to consistently deliver results against the CEDC’s direction, objectives and public expectations. 
  • Maintaining direction—the ability to monitor progress towards a goal and make adjustments when necessary. This includes the ability to review and fine tune plans and multiple priorities on an on-going basis, to set up procedures for regular review of progress and to move out of the workplace and be accessible and available for questions, problems and issues that require attention. 
  • Resource Management—the ability to identify, obtain and effectively allocate the resources required to achieve applicable goals. It includes the ability to accurately identify resource requirements, to ensure that everyone understands each other’s’ responsibilities and to serve as a broker of expertise; bring the appropriate resources to bear on problems and opportunities. 
  • Business development skills, with the ability to identify opportunities for Thunder Bay; establish relationships, connections and clients; attract new business 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 to skillfully handle on-the-spot questions from senior officials, members of City Council, special interest groups, and the media 
  • Superior ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with industry partners, members of City Council, private and public officials, co-workers, 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, to inspire confidence and to 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 Class “G” Ontario Driver’s licence or equivalent 
  • Must meet the definition of a competent driver as defined by the Corporation 
  • Competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health & Safety Act


  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.


  • 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 Corporation 
  • May be required to provide a successful driver’s record (uncertified) 
  • Out of town travel (by land and by air) may be required from time to time

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to or visit to learn more.

Deadline to apply is May 25, 2022 at 11:59 pm

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