THUNDER BAY, ON ---- May 5, 2014 ------ Thunder Bay’s Ian McCormack was elected Chair of the Board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) at the organization’s Annual General Meeting held in Sault Ste. Marie this past weekend. Ian is a Registered Professional Forester and Director, Government and Aboriginal Affairs, Canada for Tetra Tech and a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team for its Canadian Mining Practice.
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce President Charla Robinson proudly congratulated Ian. “Ian will be a tremendous asset to the businesses in Ontario as Chair of the OCC board. His connection to Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario will serve to broaden the perspective at the OCC board table.“
Ian brings a history of business leadership to the position having worked for 32 years in resource and consulting industries, amassing an extensive background in operations, business management, and ownership. He also serves as Chair of the Thunder Bay International Airport Authority and as a member of Ambassadors Northwest.
“The Chamber of Commerce movement has always inspired me,” said Ian. “One of the most outstanding roles of the Chamber network is to help develop leaders and business capacity in the communities.” Ian’s involvement on the board of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce for over ten years, serving as Chair in 2004, certainly confirmed for him the strength, determination and leadership capabilities of the people in the region.
As the newly elected Chair of the OCC and as a member of the OCC board of directors for the past six years, Ian recognized the excellent work of the organization as the most effective voice of business in Ontario. “Our work with government and political leaders on issues critical to businesses and communities in the province will certainly continue. My number one priority is to help drive economic growth,” he said.
He also said that the work the OCC has undertaken over the past three years on the Ring of Fire will definitely continue under his leadership. It brings phenomenal opportunities to support the social and economic advancement of the region and the Province, and I am privileged to be in a position to lead the OCC as we help make this development a reality,” he stated.
Ian McCormack is the Director, Government and Aboriginal Affairs, Canada for Tetra Tech and a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team for Global Mining Practice. Tetra Tech is an engineering and environmental science consulting practice with operations on five continents and projects around the world.
Ian grew up in small resource industry towns across northern Ontario and currently resides in Thunder Bay, ON.
A Registered Professional Forester, Ian graduated from Lakehead University in 1982 and worked for 22 years in forest industry operations management. Ian joined Wardrop Engineering Inc. in 2004, becoming a member of the corporate management team and a senior shareholder/partner of the company. Wardrop merged with Tetra Tech in 2009.
As an active community leader, Ian believes in “showing up and giving back.” A strong contributor to the Chamber network, Ian has been a volunteer with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce for ten years leading up to 2004.
Ian has served his community over the years through the following organizations:
• Thunder Bay International Airport Authority (2007 - present / current Chair)
• Ontario Chamber of Commerce (2008 - present / current Chair)
• President’s Advisory Council on Economic Development - Lakehead University (present member)
• Canadian Chamber of Commerce Territorial Policy Committee (present member)
• Ambassadors Northwest (2009 - present / member)
• Thunder Bay Marathon Miles with the Giant (2009 / Founding Director)
• Leadership Thunder Bay (2009-10-13-14 / speaker)
• Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Energy Task Force (2007-10 / member)
• Northwestern Ontario Forest Council (2003-07 / Co-Founder / Chair and Director)
• Ontario’s Living Legacy Trust - Value Added Committee (2002-04 / member)
• Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (1999-05 / Chair 2004))
• Northwest Forest Network (Co-Founder and Director)
In 2010, Ian’s passion for supporting the professional and personal success of others, saw him return to university, attend Royal Roads University (Victoria BC), enroll in their graduate program in Executive Coaching and become a Certified Executive Coach. He works actively as a coach within Tetra Tech and is Founder and Principal of Compass, a private executive coaching practice.
Relevant Facts re Ontario Chamber of Commerce:
• The Term of the Chair of the board of Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is one year.
• In past, Thunder Bay’s Dick Dolphin served as Chair of the OCC, as did Shayne Smith, former CEO of Wardrop Engineering Inc