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2014-07-07 at 10:59

New Tbaytel board members include former Yukon minister, SaskTel CEO

By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Tbaytel has named two new members to its Board of Directors. 

After a national search, officials of the local utility announced the addition of Eugene Lysy and Robert Watson to its ranks. 

Lysy has an extensive background in both government and the private sector. He's currently vice-president of the NCC Investment Group and is a former deputy minister of economic development for the Yukon Government. 

Watson is the current president of SaskPower and a former president and CEO of SaskTel. 

They replace Scott McFadden and Bill Baines. Their terms have already expired.


(TBT News)

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silly_goose says:
Maybe if we had an Event centre even more qualified people would WANT to make tbay their home.... I know i left for lack of things to do...
7/8/2014 1:12:38 PM
Dan dan says:
The existing alarm monitoring station was shut down and the jobs outsourced.

Tbaytel "Direct IT" support provided by Southern Ontario.

The reasons are cost and laziness. We have more than enough qualified local people to provide these functions. This utility should be required to prove that they cannot fulfill their needs locally before they start looking outside - sort of like the Federal "Temporary Foreign Worker" boondoggle!

Most Tbaytel Corportate IT support functions outsourced to Southern Ontario or US.
7/8/2014 12:39:10 PM
educator says:
When the motioning station was closed, those employees were given positions in other departments, no jobs were lost.

Again, I know of no security company currently doing their own monitoring. There are too many variables prohibiting a company from running their own monitoring station.

7/8/2014 3:19:01 PM
westfortforever says:
Do we not have the skill set available in this city or the abillity to get it? The alarms used to be monitored here before. We have the talent from people that used to monitor our alarms, spend some money on the equipment, a little less on comercials and employ some more people from Thunder Bay rather than down east and become a 100% local employer.
7/8/2014 10:34:10 AM
Analyst1 says:
What a stupid question. I don't understand why you have an issue with this. Are there any other former CEO's of a major telecommunication company currently residing in Thunder Bay? NO! That is why you look for the best people - either within or outside of the city. That is how you find qualified board members with relevent job experience to help run a major institution in our city. It is called running a business - not outsourcing. Good thing you are not running things.
7/7/2014 10:14:42 PM
educator says:
Not sure where you are getting your information from, but the only jobs not in the city are the security monitoring jobs.

Security Monitoring requires a specialized skill set, which is the reason why no security providers do their own monitoring.

Tbaytel is a strong and vital company employing more than 430 local people.
7/7/2014 8:58:26 PM
RelaxinginMurillo says:
"specialized skill set" ??
Assembling the network and troubleshooting it, yes. Monitoring it.. no. As with most jobs outsourced by various companies, it was probably cheaper and/or removed a liability.

As for the board of directors.. what determines how many directors they need ? Why 8 people ? Could it not be done with 6 or even 4 ?
7/8/2014 9:39:55 AM
truthteller99 says:
Agreed Dan Dan!
7/7/2014 6:20:40 PM
Dan dan says:
Tbaytel has a history of outsourcing jobs to other municipalities. Why do we stand for this?
7/7/2014 2:29:19 PM
SomeGuy says:
I would rather have people with experience than some Joe Bumpkin just because he's from town.
7/7/2014 3:27:29 PM
tsb says:
Have you read the comments submitted to this website?

The less Thunder Bayers in charge of things, the better.
7/7/2014 9:27:01 PM
Wolfie says:
More information please.
7/7/2014 10:50:53 PM
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