Today is an exciting time to live and work on the South Side of the City of Thunder Bay and especially to be business owner in the Fort William Business District.

Excitement is already starting to build in anticipation of the opening of the New Consolidated Courthouse which will bring together, the legal community, the judicial bar and students from our new law school into the Fort William Business District.

Building on this excitement, the Fort William Business District has reached out to the Thunder Bay Business Community, City Administration, and our loyal customers to help us develop a forward looking Strategic plan for our BIA.

We are a family orientated area, with a large number people being served by our downtown core. Residents, of Neebing, Northwood, Westfort and McKellar ward use the services we offer.

Being very much aware of this we have invited both the Simpson Street BIA and the Westfort BA’s to assist us in developing our Strategic plan.

Follow this link to participate in our survey

JP Fraser, Chair Strategic Planning Committee


The Strategic Planning Committee :

JP Fraser, Committee Chair and BIA Board member, Owner of Lake Superior Art Gallery

Tom Petrie, BIA Board member, Ownerof  Petrie’s Cycle & Sports

Shelby Ch’ng owner of Unveiled Bridal Boutique,

Christine Meronyk – employee of Nutrition Corner and Country Store.


Patricia Forrest, Forrest Marketing + Communications


Tina Huk, BIA Coordinator


1. Businesses from our current & expanded area (February 12, 2013)

Shoppers Drug Mart ; Amethyst Gift Centre -Tim Lukinuk ; Norm Staal; Youth Centres Thunder Bay;  First Wesley United Church; St Andrews; St Patrick’s Cathedral; St Paul Anglican; Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce; Regional Multicultural Youth Council; Pam Cain – CAHEP; Simpson Street BIA; Caroline Kajorinne; Westfort BA;  Fort William Curling Club

2.Government and NGO (February 13, 2013)

Community Policing Superintendent;Thunder Bay District Social Service Board; City Manager, Tim Commisso; Parking Authority – James Coady; Courthouse Representative; Thunder Bay Law Society;  NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno

3. Businesses with an interest in Fort William Business District (February 19, 2013)

SIJHL – Thunder Bay North Stars; Lakehead University Thunderwolves; Best Western;  Valhalla Inn; Victoria Inn

4. Large Property Owner(February 20, 2013)

Rene Larson; Francis Larizza; Mike McNabb; Ahsanul Habib; Glengowan Condominium; Aldo Roberto; Robert Zanette; Jack Remus

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