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Royden Potvin retires from Thunder Bay Ventures (2 Photos)

Potvin will be succeeded next month by Martin Wyant.

THUNDER BAY — The long-time face and voice of Thunder Bay Ventures is stepping down,

Royden Potvin will leave the manager's post on Sept. 30.

Thunder Bay Ventures is a Community Futures Development Corporation funded by the federal government, and provides programs and services to support local economic development and small business growth.

A statement from board president Wayne Fletcher said Potvin has helped guide Thunder Bay Ventures through significant changes in the Thunder Bay economy, and was instrumental in facilitating the Northwestern Ontario Investment Pool, which provides access to loans by leveraging the investment funds from CFDCs across the region.

"It has been terrific to play a role in growing and diversifying the local economy. I wish Thunder Bay Ventures the very best and I look forward to seeing exciting work ahead," Potvin said.

He will be succeeded by Martin Wyant who will assume the position of executive director near the end of August.

Fletcher said Wyant has a broad background in the private and non-profit sectors including leadership in business development, telecom, manufacturing, employment services, social services and student services.

In December 2018 Wyant was announced as the new Executive Director of the United Way of Thunder Bay. but he left the organization earlier this year.