Thunder Bay – Returning Home For the Holidays

Winterfest Skating at Marina Park
A pair of skaters enjoying the ice to themselves at Prince Arthur's Landing - photo by Lynda Henshell

Visiting Home, Returning Home

THUNDER BAY – Over the holiday season, many people come back to the Thunder Bay region to visit with family and friends. However, over the past several years, a growing number of professionals are also returning to our city to make their homes here.

You may be one of those Thunder Bay region residents who have left, and are now home visiting your family for the holidays.

This year you may want to take a closer look at Thunder Bay, and consider coming back home to help lead our community to a dynamic and exciting future. This future includes people like you who have already returned to our city and region, and other professionals who have moved here from elsewhere in the world (and there are many).

Winterfest Skating at Marina Park
A pair of skaters enjoying the ice to themselves at Prince Arthur’s Landing – photo by Lynda Henshell

While our population has remained fairly stable for the last 10 years (around 109,000) our city has had an amazing turnover of people with over 35,000 leaving and just as many moving in. The Young Professional Network (now SHIFT) had only a couple of hundred members just a few years ago. They now have over 1,400.

These are people who share a common vision; can clearly see some of the amazing opportunities emerging in Northwestern Ontario, and have also the desire and expertise to move diligently towards this future and help shape it.

Returning Home with New Perspectives

Those who have grown up here and then return are bringing a new perspective on the world, and on Thunder Bay. These new ideas, perspectives and experiences help them make their lives and careers more enjoyable.

Your reasons to return can vary. They can be to have a great place to raise a family, opening a new business in our city, or to have your children have a better relationship with their grandparents and family.

It might be that the lifestyle you can have here in our region is better than you could have almost anywhere else in Canada, or around the world for that matter.

For many people who have left Thunder Bay, and ended up in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver or Ottawa, or anywhere else in the world, they start finding that the community they thought, as teenagers was “boring,” is actually an amazing place with lots of things to do.

Thunder Bay Emerges as Major Player

In recent years, Thunder Bay has emerged as a major player in many fields such as bio-medicine, technology, green energies, tourism, education, mining, engineering, the arts and culture (particularly film), and Aboriginal relations.

Frank Pullia
Frank Pullia

Thunder Bay and region has always enjoyed a rich and diverse cultural scene and the Internet allows us to do business with anyone, anywhere in the world. It’s an exciting time of change for this area. Why not be a part of it?

If you are a returning professional, someone who just moved to Thunder Bay region, or would like to know more, you are invited to share your own ideas and experiences. In the mean time please take a moment to watch the video with Kathryn, and Frank, who will share their own experiences.

Frank Pullia

Frank Pullia is a community activist, has served on Thunder Bay City Council and is a long-term resident of Thunder Bay. He can be reached at 767-6579 or via e-mail at 

Video with Frank and Kathleen was shot and edited by Paul Morralee of Morvision in Thunder Bay.

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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.