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CBC Radio Partners with Lakehead U to Host Community-Based, Town Hall Discussion

(March 1, 2010 - Thunder Bay - ON) CBC Radio Thunder Bay, in partnership with Lakehead University, will host an upcoming public discussion about the future of Thunder Bay.  Interest is already spreading over the special Town Hall event, which is gearing up to explore The Future of Thunder Bay: What's in it for Our Kids.  This event takes place at Lakehead's Bora Laskin Theatre on Wednesday, March 3.

This community-based event explores the hopes, visions, and expectations for Thunder Bay from the viewpoint of the younger generation - the goal of which is for CBC Radio to engage young people from high school, college, university, and the community, who wonder if the city offers what is needed for them and/or their children to continue living here.

To start the evening, Anthony LeBlanc gives a motivational speech about how Thunder Bay can leverage its current reputation, location, and passion for sports into a winning combination for the future.  LeBlanc is a Thunder Bay native, Lakehead alumnus, and current CEO of Ice Edge Holdings, the company formed to acquire the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club.  LeBlanc also sits on the Lakehead University Board of Governors.  His speech will be the catalyst for a roundtable discussion by young people and parents on their vision for the city's future.

Susan Rogers, CBC Program Manager in Thunder Bay, emphasizes that members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions and offer their comments.  "We want to hear from a cross-section of people about the kind of city they want, so that the young people of today and tomorrow can continue to call Thunder Bay home."  Rogers adds that, "It's a chance for the folks who live here to say what direction they want our city to take."

Lisa Laco, host of the CBC's morning show, The Great Northwest, will moderate the discussion. She'll be joined by Gerald Graham, host of Voyage North, who will be in the audience and encouraging participation. Parts of this discussion will later be broadcast on CBC Radio One, 88.3 in Thunder Bay.

The CBC Town Hall is a free event.  It starts at 7:00 p.m. sharp, and parking is free. 

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Media: Additional bio information on Anthony Leblanc follows.  For more information about this event, please contact Susan Wade, CBC Radio Thunder Bay Producer, at 807-625-5012 or Susan.Wade@cbc.ca; or CBC Radio Thunder Bay Program Manager Susan Rogers at 807-625-5021 or Susan.Rogers@cbc.ca.

ABOUT ANTHONY LEBLANC
Anthony LeBlanc was raised in Thunder Bay, is a graduate of Lakehead University, and maintains a home in the Thunder Bay community. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Ice Edge Holdings, LLC., a company that has been formed to acquire the Phoenix Coyotes Hickey Club. Prior to founding Ice Edge, LeBlanc spent his career in senior sales and marketing positions with some of Canada's highest profile companies. Most recently he spent eight years at Research In Motion (RIM), where he was the Vice-President of Global Sales and led a team that was responsible for the direct interaction with RIM's largest customers worldwide. Anthony is on the Lakehead University Board of Governors,  and also works to foster trade relations and business links between US and Canadian businesses.

For more information on Anthony LeBlanc, please contact Karen Gordon, Squeaky Wheel Communications Inc., at 416-699-1624 or karen@squeakywheel.biz.

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,700 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca

Last updated June 22, 2010

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