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Thunder Bay Public Library CEO retiring

John Pateman is set to retire in September 2022, after nine years as library CEO.
John Pateman

THUNDER BAY – The CEO and chief librarian of Thunder Bay Public Library is retiring.

John Pateman will be completing his contract with the library in September of this year.

During his nine years as CEO, he led the library through a restructuring process and the development and execution of two strategic plans.

Library board chair Carol Grieve thanks Pateman for his contributions to the library.

“The Thunder Bay Public Library has become a very different place than it was when he came. There’s much more diversity and inclusion and John has taken on a lot of partnerships,” Grieve said.

“One example is that we have Anishinaabe education and training downstairs here in Waverley Library, Science North, so this has become a real community hub in his tenure.”

To search for Pateman's replacement, the library have recruited Phelps, a local executive search and leadership advisory firm, to immediately help with the recruitment selection process.

The board says that enough time has been given for the search, and they are confident that it will be a seamless transition.


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