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THUNDER BAY, ON ------  August 18, 2011 ---  The Chamber Board of Directors announces that Michael NitzMichael Nitz, 1st Vice Chair of the Chamber of Commerce has assumed the role of Chair, effective today.  Earlier today, the Chamber Executive accepted 2011 Chair Justin Frape’s resignation, with regret.  Following the sale of his business this past July, Mr. Frape was no longer able to fulfill his responsibilities as Chair of the Board and Director.

“Justin’s dedication and commitment to the Chamber has been greatly appreciated” stated Michael Nitz.  “He has been a valued Director on our Board since 2007, and it is very unfortunate that he is unable to finish his term as Chair and Director of the Chamber of Commerce.  However, I am prepared to step forward a few months early into this important role representing the Business Community of Thunder Bay.  Additionally, we are very pleased that Ed Schmidtke has agreed to serve as the 1st Vice Chair for the balance of the year and that Uli Walther has agreed to join the Executive”. 

Justin’s full term would have been completed November 30. “We wish Justin all the best in his future endeavours, and look forward to his continued participation in Chamber activities and committees in the future”, Michael Nitz concluded.

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