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Invest North Bay annual meeting short on info about attracting new business

"As much as we're in a deficit position for this year, overall we're not in a deficit because we have a healthy surplus."
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The Invest North Bay AGM was held on Zoom, but reporters were only allowed in for two items.

Invest North Bay Board held its Annual General Meeting this afternoon, but more was left unsaid, than announced.

The meeting was held virtually on Zoom, but reporters were muted for the entirety. At the end of the meeting, reporters were shut off. The media was not allowed to ask any questions.

No mention of the Board actually attracting new business to the city was made, and the controversial $1.2m marketing contract that was broken with TWG wasn't addressed.

See: Invest North Bay dumps marketing company contract. Why?

Board President George Burton allowed only a list of initiatives and the financial report to be presented during the 30-minute public portion. No documents were made available to the media.

A number of board members were absent, and the speculation is that there have been some resignations.

Invest North Bay was formed in 2016 with the mandate of attracting business to North Bay and creating new jobs. The city provides annual funding of $140,000.

Executive Director Ian Kilgour outlined to the board the initiatives taken by Invest North Bay over the past couple of years.

It included buying a suite on the opening night of 2018 Ford World Women's Curling Championship to wine and dine prospective new business. The report says one company did eventually relocate here.

Another initiative was a marketing campaign in Toronto to generate awareness of North Bay.

Although the list was lengthy, it was not given to reporters.

Financially, INB finished 2019 in the red by $42,000 on revenues of $420,000, but Kilgour pointed out that INB is still is carrying a surplus of $247,000, accumulated from city funding during the first couple of years of operation.

See: Invest North Bay's 2019 financial statement

"I was making sure that our media guests picked up on that," added Kilgour. "As much as we're in a deficit position for this year, overall we're not in a deficit because we have a healthy surplus."

See: Updated: Invest North Bay wants additional $10 million over four years from council

BayToday reached out to both Kilgour, Burton and Mayor Al McDonald for comment on the meeting, but our calls were not returned.

See: See: North Bay gets 'honourable mention' in Code of Silence awards for government secrecy

The Invest North Bay website lists the following as board members:

George Flumerfelt

Larry Fuld

Jody Joyal

Al McDonald, Mayor

George Burton, President

Luc Stang, Secretary

Steve Deacon

David Euler, CAO

Dave Mendicino, Councillor

Jonathan Muterera

Caleb O’Connor

Rob Suppa

Vicky Paine-Mantha

Tiz Silveri

Marcus Tignanelli, Councillor

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