The inaugural meeting of the Thunder Bay Business Women’s Network (TBBWN) was held on February 21, 1985 at the Valhalla Inn. Founding members Dawne-Marie MacLeod, Cathy MacKintosh and Cathy Hagberg were instrumental in organizing that first meeting. Since then, the Network has evolved into a dynamic organization committed to the interests and concerns of business and professional women. Officially incorporated in 1998, the Thunder Bay Business Women’s Network is a not-for-profit organization which operates with a 9-member volunteer Board of Directors. In 2000, TBBWN launched its first website with funding support from FedNor. Our goal was to provide timely information to our members in an electronic format, including links to business information sources on the Internet. We offer special thanks to Lisa Beckwick for her vision and energy in realizing the dream of an online presence for the TBBWN. Our ongoing commitment is to a website that is fresh, interesting and responsive to member needs.

President’s Message

Leanne Mitton – 2015/16

I’ve been a member of TBBWN since I started my business in 2004. Over the last 11 years, I’ve met some amazing women through TBBWN who have helped me both personally and professionally.

I’m very excited about our 30th Year Jubilee in September and then continuing with our monthly meetings focusing on topics to help our members grow and expand their businesses.

This organization is more than just networking, it’s about creating friendships and growing… not just as a business but as a person as well.

Juhli Shaw – 2015/16

I started my own business in 2009 and have been part of the Thunder Bay Business Women’s Network ever since. Over the years I have enjoyed the opportunities that the network has to offer such as participating in the Women’s Expo and getting to meet and learn from other members. It is a unique and exhilarating opportunity to belong to such an amazing group of independent and brilliant women.

I am very excited to be co-president and thrilled that it is during our 30th Year Jubilee. I’m looking forward to the year ahead of monthly meetings and providing opportunities to further the learning and networking opportunities that TBBWN has to offer.