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

Directors’ Role

Thunder Bay Port Authority (TBPA) is established under the Canada Marine Act and is part of Canada’s national ports system.

The primary responsibility of the Board of Directors is to foster the long-term success of TBPA consistent with the Board’s responsibilities to its stakeholders.  The Board is responsible for the stewardship of TBPA, for the setting of policy and for monitoring the actions of and, providing overall guidance to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  The CEO is responsible for the overall and day-to-day management of TBPA.

Subject to the Letters Patent of TBPA, the Board retains the responsibility for managing its own affairs, selecting a Chair, appointing committees and determining director compensation.


The directors of a port authority shall have generally acknowledged and accepted stature within the transportation industry or the business community and relevant knowledge and extensive experience related to the management of a business, to the operation of a port or to maritime trade.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

TBPA values diversity and encourages women, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply for Board positions as they become available. The Federal Government is using an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership.



The following individuals may not be directors of a port authority:

(a) an individual who is a mayor, councillor, officer or employee of the City of Thunder Bay;

(b) an individual who is a member of the legislature of the province of Ontario, or an officer or employee of the public service or of a Crown corporation of the province Ontario;

(c) a Senator or a member of the House of Commons;

(c.1) an officer or employee of the federal public administration, a federal Crown corporation or a port authority;

(d) an individual who is not a resident Canadian, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Canada Business Corporations Act;

(e) an individual who is a director, officer or employee of a person who is a user of the port;

(f) an individual who is under eighteen years of age;

(g) an individual who has been declared mentally incompetent by a court in Canada or elsewhere; or

(h) an undischarged bankrupt.