Message from the President

Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.

-Chris Hadfield

Leadership Thunder Bay has been a fundamental part of Thunder Bay for the past 14 years.  I was a graduate of the 2012 year and have been part of this great organization ever since.  I am extremely honoured to become its seventh president and want to personally thank all Past Presidents, Board members, supporters and friends of the program that have made it what it is today.  We have had great community leaders that have helped to build Leadership Thunder Bay and I just hope I can help to continue the success of this great program.

Why Leadership Thunder Bay?

I believe Leadership Thunder Bay is an integral part of our community.  This year we will be graduating our 14th class and will have over 268 alumni after this graduating class and 37 graduates of our sister initiative, the Aboriginal Youth Leadership program.  We are a vital part in helping the up-and-coming leaders of Thunder Bay gain valuable hands-on experiences that help them grow and develop.  We help enlighten people on community leadership and the challenges of our city. We help people grow and develop and strive for something more.  In this day and age, it’s extremely rare that we find a program that can survive—let alone thrive–for 14 years.  The world since the planning stages of Leadership Thunder Bay in 2002 has seen many changes, good and bad.  We have witnessed a growth in how information is shared, developed and accessed.  Some historians might say that in the past 14 years we have seen some of the most significant technology changes ever.  The way the world learns has changed dramatically and Leadership Thunder Bay has had to change with the times.   Leadership Thunder Bay has experienced some ups and downs in the past 14 years.  But we have changed, adapted and grown.  It is my goal to help Leadership Thunder Bay continue to be progressive and move with the times.   It is important that our friends, supporters and our board all continue to develop, promote and educate people on the importance of Leadership Thunder Bay and allow this program to continue as a staple of our community.  As a board, we have the challenge to making Leadership Thunder Bay fresh and rejuvenated.  I believe our board is strong, dynamic and innovative and I am excited to be working with this great group of people moving LTB forward.  I also look forward to engaging with our alumni, committees and future participants.

As a board and as a program we have some exciting things that will be happening in 2017 and 2018 both with Leadership Thunder Bay and the Aboriginal Youth Leadership program. We at the board encourage you to follow us and support us as we move forward into our 15th year. If you are a graduate, friend, supporter we need you to become re-engaged and continue your support. We need everyone on board with us to guarantee the success of our program. If at any time you would like to chat about the Leadership Thunder Bay Program or Aboriginal Youth Leadership program I will always make time over lunch or a coffee or perhaps a quick conversation over email.   I am looking forward to connecting, reconnecting, educating and promoting this wonderful community leadership program.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your continued support.

Matthew Villella