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Healthcare, education jobs transforming Thunder Bay’s economy – Northern Ontario Business

First Nation partnerships key to restoring city’s tarnished image as regional hub

In the early 2000s, much of Thunder Bay’s economy leaned on the pillar of the forestry industry.

For Doug Murray, the former general manager of the Resolute Forest Products mill, he remembers 2003 as being the city’s best employment years with two kraft mills humming, a stable of paper mills, and five sawmills operating.

The upheaval in the forestry sector that resulted in mill closures and layoffs has taken Thunder Bay more than a decade for the city’s once-staggering economy to recover.

Murray, now the CEO of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC), said the city is in a healthier place due largely to its position as a regional hub for medical services, education and aviation.

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