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 as the Ontario Ministry of Education until she retired in 1998.  

Her Community Involvment consists of being on the board at the TBCf as well as the President of the board at Luthern Community Care Centre, President of the board at Group Services Inc., Member of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board, Member of the United Way of Thunder Bay board and a member of the Port Arthur Rotary Club. 


Jordan Lester, Vice-President

Lawyer, Cheadles Law

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. Besides volunteering his time as a trustee of the TBCF, Jordan also sits on the baord of the Thunder Bay Law Association and the 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 has a bossy cat names Stray. 





Reily Madigan, Secretary Treasurer

Controller, Badanai Motors

Jody Krupa

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Reily worked and lived in Minneapolis, MN and Lamoni, IA completing her Post-Secondary education and gaining experience that would lead her to her current position as Controller for Badanai Motors. Reily obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics and Finance with an Accounting Minor and American Humanics Certificate) from Graceland University and her Master of Accountancy from the University of Minnesota. Reily brings her education, her experience and her passion for the community to the Foundation. 





George Badanai, Trustee

CEO, Badanai Motors

George Badanai

George is the Owner and CEO of Badanai Motors. He is a Graduate of Lakehead University, Business Administration and worked for General Motors of Canada in their Calgary and Vancouver field marketing offices right after graduation. 

In 1980-1992 he was the Olympic Judge for Freestyle Skiing and is a Former FIW World Cup Champion. His Community Involvement consists of the TBCF, Committee Member for Children's Wish Golf Tournament, a past Team Member for General Motors National Communications Dealer and was a President on the Ontario Deals Association. 



Leslie Bell, Trustee

Retired Head Librarian

Lesley is a retired library administrator, having returned to Thunder Bay where she grew up, after many years in Southern Ontario. She retired in 2011 as CEO of the Belleville Public Library and John M. Parrott Art Gallery. Prior to Belleville, she was a senior manager in the Toronto Public Library system, responsible for collections, services and cultural programming at the Toronto Reference Library. She is an active community volunteer and currently is a member of the Northwestern Grant Review Team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation as well as a member of TVO's Regional Councillors Advisory Board.





 Paul Jasiura, Trustee

Lawyer and Partner, Weilers Law

Paul Jasiura

Paul has 30 years experience in commercial litigation, real estate and corporate solicitor's work. In recent years, he has acted in several complex commercial, real estate and land-development transactions for Northern Ontario clients. Paul also maintains a thriving family law and wills and estates practice.

Paul's Comunity Involvement consists of being a past board member on several boards such as 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 been the publisher and general manager of the Chronicle Journal until his retirement in 2014. 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 Past President of the United Way of Thunder Bay board, 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. 




Michael Larizza – Trustee


Michael was born and raised in Thunder Bay and had the honour to graduate from Lakehead University. An entrepreneur, he owns investment properties and operate 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.” – Mike Larizza