Board of Trustees

 Jackie Dojack, President

 Retired Educator 

Jackie Dojack

Jackie is the President of Dojack Associates Ltd., providing consulting services to education and business in program review, dispute resolution, project management and strategic planning. Prior to her consulting business, Jackie was the Regional Director of Northwestern Ontario for the Ontario Ministry of Education, she retired in 1998.  

Her community involvment consists of being on the Board of Directors at Thunder Bay Community Foundation, Luthern Community Care Centre, and Group Services Inc. She is also a member of Thunder Bay Police Services Board, United Way of Thunder Bay, and Port Arthur Rotary Club. 



Jordan Lester, Vice-President

Lawyer, Cheadles LLP

Jordan Lester

Jordan is a lawyer at Cheadles LLP in Thunder Bay practicing civil litigation. Before his career in law, Jordan spent several years as a reporter for the CBC based in Winnipeg, Sudbury and Thunder Bay. In addition to acting as a trustee for the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, Jordan is also on the Board of Directors Thunder Bay Law Association and Thunder Bay International Baseball Association.

Jordan spends his spare time snowboarding, playing hockey, fishing and spending as much time as possible at his family camp. Jordan and his wife Genevieve have a bossy cat named Stray. 





Reily Madigan, Secretary Treasurer

Controller, Badanai Motors

Jody Krupa

Originally born and raised in Thunder Bay, Reily worked and lived in the United States to complete her post-secondary eduecation, and gain experience that led to her current position as Controller with Badanai Motors back at home in Thunder Bay. Reily obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Finance, with an Accounting Minor and American Humanics Certificat, from Graceland University. She then went on to obtain her Master of Accountancy from the University of Minnesota. Reily brings her education, experience, and passion for the community, to the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. 





George Badanai, Trustee

CEO, Badanai Motors

George Badanai

George is the Owner and CEO of Badanai Motors. He is a graduate of the Business Administration program through Lakehead University. After graudation, he gained experience working for General Motors of Canada  in their Calgary, and Vancouver, field marketing offices.

Interestingly, from 1980-1992 George was the Olympic Judge for Freestyle Skiing, and is a Former FIW World Cup Champion.

He is involved in Thunder Bay's community through serving as a Trustee for Thunder Bay Community Foundation, as well as acting as  a Committee Member for Children's Wish Golf Tournament. Previosuly, George has acted as a Team Member for General Motors National Communications Dealer and was a President on the Ontario Dealers Association. 


Lesley Bell, Trustee

Retired Library CEO

Lesley Bell, TrusteeLesley is a retired library administrator, having returned to Thunder Bay where she grew up, after many years in Southern Ontario. She is an active community volunteer and currently is Chair of the Northwestern Grant Review Team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation and a member of TVO's Regional Councillors Advisory Board. Her most recent position was as CEO of the Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery. Prior to Belleville, she was senior manager responsible for collections, services and cultural programming at the Toronto Reference Library.






 Paul Jasiura, Trustee

Lawyer and Partner, Weilers Law

Paul Jasiura

Paul is an experienced lawyer with nearly 30 years of practice in the field of commercial litigation, real estate, and corporate solicitor's. Recently, he has acted in several complex commercial, real estate and land-development transactions for Northern Ontario clients. In addition, Paul runs a thriving practice that focuses on family law as well as wills and estates. 

Paul is dedicated to the communtiy of Thunder Bay, acting as a Trustee for the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. Previoualy, he has acted on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Parish Councel at St. Agnes Parish, Catholic Family Development Centre, Ogden East End Community Health Centre, Wesway Inc., and the Community Support Services Council.



Colin Bruce, Trustee

Retired Newspaper Editor, Chronicle Journal

Colin Bruce

Colin has recently retired from The Chronicle Journal, where he acted as the Publisher and General Manager. His responsibilities included every aspect of newspaper management, strategic planning, new business product development, editorial direction and marketplace revelance. 

Colin's community involvement consists of being a Trustee with Thunder Bay Community Foundation, Publisher member of the Ontario Press Council, Member of the Legal Affairs sub-committee of the Canadian Daily Newspaper Association, a Member of the Community Auditorium Marketing Committee and chair of the Lakehead University Governance Committee. Previously, he was the past President for the United Way of Thunder Bay.




Michael Larizza – Trustee


Mike Larizza, TBCF Trustee

Michael was born and raised in Thunder Bay, graduated from Lakehead University. An entrepreneur, he owns investment properties and operates businesses in Thunder Bay – some with his family and some with friends with whom he grew up. His family also owns two independent grocery stores, Renco Foods, and Renco Family Foods. Michael loves Thunder Bay and believe it’s a great city to invest in and grow a family. He is married to his High School sweetheart, Melissa, and they have two beautiful girls, Isabella and Alivia.  

“I believe that I would be an excellent Ambassador for the TBCF and look forward to letting friends, colleagues and family know how they can join in us in nurturing their passion, building our community and creating a legacy.” - Michael Larizza