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New boss helms Thunder Bay port authority

Chris Heikkinen works his way up to succeed Tim Heney

The Port of Thunder Bay appointed from within in selecting a successor to outgoing CEO Tim Heney.

Chris Heikkinen is the port authority’s new boss, effective Oct. 11. He served as the organization’s director of business development and terminal operations.

A chartered professional accountant, Heikkinen is a commerce graduate from Lakehead University. He joined the organization in 2010.

"I'm honoured, and I'm grateful to the board for the confidence placed in me and for the opportunity to lead the port and the dedicated and talented professionals who make up our team," said Heikkinen in a statement. "This is a terrific opportunity, and we have a solid track record on which we will build an exciting future for the port.”

Odgers Berndtson, a global executive firm, ran the search process and narrowed a large prospect pool to a short list which was presented before the board’s executive search committee, a news release said.

"After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of the Port of Thunder Bay," said Bonny Skene, board chair, in the release.

"Chris has a track record of strong leadership and consistent development. This combined with his industry knowledge and institutional tenure makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Port of Thunder Bay successfully into the future."