100 Main Street Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6R9
Tel: (807) 345-6400
Fax: (807) 345-9058

The Superior Way West

The Port of Thunder Bay is the Western Canadian terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway System, the largest inland waterway in the world.  The opportunities are largely determined by the Port’s strategic role as it relates to the Seaway corridor.  The Port was built to provide access to European markets for Western Canadian grain producers through the longest grain supply chain in the world.

An integral part of the Port of Thunder Bay’s strategy is expanding upon the successful project cargo corridor, facilitating the movement of dimensional cargo to and from Western Canada and international markets. The Port coordinates the activities of stevedores, trucking companies, equipment operators, railways and fabricators to ensure that project cargo is handled efficiently and that shippers derive value out of shipping cargo via Thunder Bay, The Superior Way West.

The Port of Thunder Bay’s strategy is broadly defined by three strategic objectives:

  • Diversify and increase marine cargo
  • Invest in strategic infrastructure
  • Promote partnerships & engagement

The mission and vision of the Port of Thunder Bay will be realized through the strategic objectives, which form a framework for decision-making.  The Port strives to diversify cargoes to reduce dependency on select commodities.  Continuing to expand the Port’s profile through strategic partnerships and promotion is critical to its success in a dynamic global market.  The Port has prepared a significant 5-Year Capital Plan in strategic investments. This includes the expansion and reconfiguration of the general cargo terminal to capitalize on future cargo growth opportunities.

Mission Statement

To promote and invest in the efficient integration of marine, rail, and road transportation systems and to support economic development.

Vision Statement

The Port of Thunder Bay and the Seaway is the preferred marine route for European trade with Western Canada.  Thunder Bay Port Authority is an important facilitator of commerce in the region.

Our Team


Chris Heikkinen
Chief Executive Officer chris@tbport.on.ca

Mel Parker
Comptroller & Corporate Secretary mel@tbport.on.ca

Sam Mohammadi
Accounting & Media Communications sam@tbport.on.ca

Emily Price
Communications Specialist emily@tbport.on.ca

Arturo Perez Romo
Maintenance Manager arturo@tbport.on.ca

Edi Lopez
Terminal Operations Manager edi@tbport.on.ca

Board of Directors

Industry leaders bring significant experience to the Thunder Bay Port Authority Board of Directors.  Each level of government – federal, provincial, and municipal – names a director for a term of up to three years.  The federal Transport Minister, in consultation with port users, names the remaining four directors. The Board is autonomous and elects its own chair.

Patrick Bushby, Chair
Municipal Director



Dianne Miller
Federal Director

Wade Robertson
Provincial Director

Charla Robinson
Port User Director



Our Facilities

The Port of Thunder Bay has world-class facilities that efficiently handle 9 million tonnes of cargo annually. Facilities include 8 grain elevators, dry bulk terminals, liquid bulk terminals, a general/project cargo terminal and a shipyard with dry dock.

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8 grain elevators
3 dry bulk terminals
2 liquid bulk terminals
1 general/project cargo terminal
1 shipyard with drydock

Grain Handling

Largest grain storage capacity in North America and the fastest grain ship turnaround time of all western Canadian ports.