Opening Comments at Mining Your Future Forum


Frank Pullia
Frank Pullia
THUNDER BAY – Here is the opening address from the Co-chair of Business for the NSWPB, Frank Pullia:

Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us this morning. As the Co-chair of Business it is indeed timely for me to highlight the importance of the mining sector to the business community.

We are not just talking about few large mining companies here, but a variety of small and medium size companies that support and service this growing sector of our economy.

By now, it is becoming abundantly clear that higher orders of government are facing some though financial choices which will likely mean reductions in transfer payments to our region.

It is indeed crucial for the future of our region that this great opportunity to strengthen and build our economic base be realized.

I join my co-chair, our staff, the rest of the board members and our community partners in expressing our desire and confidence in a collaborative effort to achieve our potential not only in workforce development but also in creating a sustainable business and economic base for the future.

Thank you for your participation and have a great day!

Frank Pullia
C-chair Business
North Superior Workforce Planning Board

Mining Your Future North Superior Workforce Planing Board

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Frank Pullia has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Lakehead University, is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Consulting CMA with over 26 years experience in business, marketing, management, labour, and politics. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in the public (Ontario Hydro), private sector international company (Kimberly Clark), Canada-USA organizations (Northwest-Midwest Alliance) and has been the Principal of Pullia Accounting & Consulting since 1995. He is an experienced and innovative business professional helping companies, municipalities, Aboriginal communities and not-for-profit organizations in Northwestern Ontario, Canada and internationally meet their strategic, financial, management and economic development objectives by providing leading-age business consulting services. Frank has an excellent background in public/private sector partnerships and forging alliances with various levels of government, having been a Councilor for the City of Thunder Bay for seven years. This experience and the many leadership roles taken through his involvement in numerous volunteer Boards and organizations, also allow him to provide a high-level of expertise on governance and management. Throughout his career he has focused on effective risk and change management and ensuring that organizations were and continue to be well positioned to deal with both internal and external challenges. Frank writes extensively covering trends and issues of social, economic, financial and political nature with a global perspective but of particular interest for the city and region. He is currently writing a book on the traditional Japanese martial arts and modern management techniques. He holds a 1st degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and has used the holistic approach of body-mind-spirit as a way of life to accomplish outstanding results in his personal and professional career.