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Appointee Biographies

Ontario Northland Transportation Commission


Douglas Bender is a former councillor for Black River Matheson, and a former Corrosion Technician for TransCanada. His community involvement includes serving as President and Coach Trainer for BRM Minor Hockey.


As a Certified Hotel Administrator Roberta Sawchyn has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. For the past 19 years she has held the position of General Manager for the Best Western Plus Nor'Wester Hotel & Convention Centre. She is Chair of the Thunder Bay Hotel Association, Board Director of the Thunder Bay CEDC, past board director of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and has volunteered for many local organizations such as the United Way and Easter Seals. Roberta is a life long resident of Thunder Bay and she works passionately in bringing her visions and experience of excellence to the community and surrounding areas. Having a strong and healthy community for her family to live and grow in is paramount.


is a Franchise Owner for A&A Restaurant Kenora. His community involvement includes formerly serving as a Chair of Tourism for Lake of the Woods Development Commission.


Lynne Innes serves as a member (part-time) on the Board of Governor for the Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology, and a President/Chief Executive Officer for Weeneebayko Area Health. Lynne’s community involvement includes serving as a Board Trustee for Moosonee District Area School Board.