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New leadership for Thunder Bay Ventures

Saultite Martin Wyant moves into community economic development role
Martin Wyant, new executive director of Thunder Bay Ventures (Thunder Bay Newswatch photo)

Martin Wyant has been hired as executive director of Thunder Bay Ventures.

He replaces Royden Potvin whose last day with the Community Futures Development Corporation is Sept. 30.

Wyant was hired Aug. 26.

The organization is funded by FedNor and Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada to provide programs and services to support small business growth and community economic development.

“Royden has been the face and voice of Thunder Bay Ventures and has represented us with distinction,” said Thunder Bay Ventures president Fletcher in a Sept. 9 news release. “We wish him the very best.”

“It has been terrific to play a role in growing and diversifying our local economy," said Potvin.

The organization employed a recruiting firm to find his replacement.

Fletcher stated that Wyant’s mix of successful private sector and non-profit experience will serve the organization well.

“Martin’s broad background, which includes leadership roles in community economic development, business development, telecom, manufacturing, employment services, social services, and student services, will serve us and our Thunder Bay community well."

Wyant, who hails from Sault Ste. Marie, has more than 30 years working in the field of social services, including as CEO of the Simon Fraser Student Society, the United Way of Thunder Bay, and the Sault Family YMCA.

Wyant has also been involved in a telecom startup and a company supporting joint manufacturing and business consulting startups. He is valued for experience in board governance and developing and implementing strategic plans.

“Having worked in a number of communities, I can see that Thunder Bay has many important assets that can help us move our economy forward," said Wyant in the release.

“I’m looking forward to working with our board and our partners to build on the success we have achieved and chart the course ahead.”