With 25 years experience as an elected official, Bill Mauro has extensive knowledge and experience in public sector leadership and strategic planning, particularly as it relates to economic investment, growth and job creation.
For the last four years, Bill was honoured to serve as Mayor of Thunder Bay, returning to City Hall from an earlier tenure as city councillor. From 2003 to 2018, he served as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay – Atikokan, and including several roles in cabinet, including; Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Member of Treasury Board and served in several Parliamentary Assistant roles. As Chair of the Northern Ontario Caucus, he worked diligently to bring issues and opportunities facing the north to the Ontario Legislature.
Over those 15 years, Bill advocated for many transformational projects in Northern Ontario, including the new “Tech Hub”, and the Regional Education Alliance for Community Health facility, a Law School at Lakehead University, Angioplasty and a commitment to Cardiac Surgery at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center, new Four-Lane Highways, new Long Term Care facility, new Court House and a new District Jail. Additionally, Bill was instrumental in achieving a Canadian Content policy for mass transit vehicle production that kept hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in Ontario and worked diligently during the North American Forestry crisis beginning in 2005 to bring forward a significant stabilization package for affected companies across Ontario.
Bill has extensive experience working with post-secondary education leaders including the Board of Governors and Presidents of Confederation College. His commitment to lifelong learning is exemplified through a career path characterized by progressive senior management within diverse areas and his own post-secondary education which includes two degrees from Lakehead University and skilled trade certification.
He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Thunder Bay Hydro, Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.