Career Opportunities

Chief Executive Officer

Port of Thunder Bay

At the terminus of the St. Lawrence Seaway System the largest inland waterway in the world, the Port of Thunder Bay is the second largest export grain port in Canada and a leading cargo exporter. The Port was built to provide access to European markets for Western Canadian grain producers through the world’s longest grain supply chain. Today, the Port services grain markets in the Mediterranean, Africa, Central and South America as well as Europe. With world-class facilities that efficiently handle 9 million tonnes of cargo annually, an integral part of the Port of Thunder Bay’s strategy is to expand upon the successful project cargo corridor, facilitating the movement of cargo to and from Western Canada and international markets. With the retirement of its current Chief Executive Officer, the Board is looking for a successor who will build upon on the incumbent’s long-standing leadership and contributions to evolve the Port of Thunder Bay as a major breakbulk hub for Western Canada.

With a mission to promote and invest in the efficient integration of marine, rail and road transportation systems and improve competitiveness of the Thunder Bay marine route to advance economic growth, the CEO is accountable to the Board of Directors for the overall planning, organization, coordination, and control of all Thunder Bay Port Authority’s operations to ensure a safe, environmentally sound, and financially self-sufficient organization. In consultation with internal and external stakeholders, the CEO will promote the development of business partnerships with shipping, rail, trucking companies, and independent port operators – leading the organization as a major contributor to economic growth.

This is an exciting opportunity for a proactive and innovative leader with an entrepreneurial mindset, able to see the big picture for this critical infrastructure/transportation business, assessing the risks and opportunities through sound judgement and experience. With the exemplary communication skills needed to engage staff, stakeholders and the Board of the Directors, you bring demonstrated leadership experience managing complex port operations/port asset infrastructure, marine transportation, or supply chain logistics. With the political acumen to engage government agencies and elected officials, your senior executive level experience includes working and communicating effectively with a board of directors. A university degree in Business or a related discipline will serve a valuable foundation to your accomplishments and experience.

To Apply

To fill this position, Port of Thunder Bay has partnered with leadership advisory firm Odgers Berndtson. Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online ideally by August 24th at

For more information, please contact Kyle Mechar of Odgers Berndtson at

We would like to thank all applicants but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements for the role.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Port of Thunder Bay is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Port of Thunder Bay throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.

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