Frank Pullia says he “came up the hard way” from a hard-working middle-class family. He has made it his life’s work being of service to his community and fighting for middle-class families.
During his three terms on Thunder Bay City Council, Frank has been called “The Voice of Reason” and the “Voice of the People.“ Frank strongly believes in representing his constituency, being accountable and transparent, and that it is an honour and privilege being elected to political office.
Frank learned first-hand about the economic pressures facing middle-class families. As the second child in a family of nine, he needed to help support his family. Frank got his first job at age fourteen. Later, he moved to Thunder Bay from Italy at age seventeen soon after completing grade 11.
As a first-generation immigrant, Frank understands the value of the dollar. He worked in the stockroom at Eatons’ of Canada, piled lumber at Great West Timber, and loaded boats as a Grain Handler at Cargill Grain while going to school at night.
At age twenty, Frank and his brother Peter bought a house together, and when their parents and rest of the family moved to Thunder Bay, he was able to continue his business administration studies full-time at Lakehead University.
Frank believes in and self-financed his whole education. In 1990 he completed his professional designation of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and in 2010 went back to school to get a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Frank has lived in Northern Ontario for over 46 years and has witnessed first-hand the impact of downsizing and restructuring in mining, grain handling, woodlands and the pulp and paper industry and its impact on small communities. His experience in the industries that formed the backbone of the regional economy (Great West Timber, Cargill Grain, Kimberly Clark, Ontario Hydro, Northwest-Midwest Alliance) was augmented by his work as a business and economic development consultant and involvement in political office.
Such experience has given him great insight on the dynamics of the forces that are changing Northern Ontario business and social/economic environments, and the knowledge and expertise to take positive action in solving the resulting problems.
A Community Activist
Frank is a community activist, and his community involvement reflects his keen interest in being of service to others, which goes behind a professional interest. He truly cares about this community and its future; from the church to the arts, to business organizations, to training boards, to technology and innovation, to economic development, to reducing poverty, and more.
Below is just some of Frank’s involvement in the community
Councillor at Large from 2006-2010, Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice Chair of the Administrative Services Committee for the City of Thunder Bay. During his term of Council, Frank continued to fight for the middle-class working families and was instrumental in lowering a tax increase from a high of 7% in 2006 to 1.8% in 2010 (about the level of inflation) while maintaining services and investing in needed infrastructure like roads.
City Councillor for McIntyre Ward from 1994-1997. He represented the City at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA). Some of Frank’s accomplishments during his first term of Council were:
- Thunder Bay Telephone’s deployment of high-speed Internet (ADSL) across the city and region
- The creation of a Physician’s Recruitment and Retention position in coordination with health care organization, to address the shortage of doctors and the medical needs of 40,000 people without a doctor
- As the City’s representative on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities had a resolution approved by City Council to have Thunder Bay as one of the first cities in Canada to sign the FCM Environmental Protocol that eventually led to the creation of the current EarthWise Thunder Bay Community Environmental Action Plan.
Roots in Labour and Community
Frank never forgot his roots in labour and since 2000 has worked diligently as a volunteer director and as a Co-Chair of Business on the North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB) in the planning and development of the city and regional workforce to take advantage of emerging opportunities in all sectors of the local economy, especially mining.
His experience in governance, financial management, and strategic planning allowed him to make a significant contribution to the board, the City of Thunder Bay and the surrounding region and enabled the North Superior Training Board (NSTB) to win several awards.
In the picture on the left, Frank and members of the Board receiving the Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence for Not-For-Profit Organizations in 2005. The North Superior Training Board also won the Chamber of Commerce Quality Award in 2006.
In the picture on the right, Frank and the NTSB board members proudly announce a new tool to boost employment in the mining sector.
OTHER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
As a Certified Management Accountant and MBA, Frank also brings a wealth of professional experience in his volunteer work with many worthwhile not-for-profits and community-based organizations, such as:
- Past Member of the Knights of Columbus
- Current Member of the Holy Name Society and Lector at St. Anthony Church
- Da Vinci Care Beyond Compare Fundraising
- Past President of the Da Vinci Centre and Chairman of the Public Relations Committee
- Past committee member of the Fundraising Campaign for St. Joseph’s Hospital
- Past committee member of Magnus Theatre Capital Campaign Advisory Council
- Past Board member of the Community Auditorium, Heart of the Harbour Business Improvement Area and Task Force on Poverty.
- Helping Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Social Enterprises in creating and protecting jobs
- Past Director on the Board of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC)
- Past Board member of the International Business Committee of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
- Past Chairman of the Downtown Cores Revitalization Advisory Committee
- Founding Board member of the Northwestern Ontario Technology Centre
- Past Board member of the Northwest-Midwest Alliance
Frank has been helping local small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations enhance their profile and presence in the community through the use of social media marketing (See picture on the left).
The Province of Ontario has recognized Frank’s work as a community volunteer. In 2011, he received the 10-Year Ontario Volunteer Service Award (See picture to the right).
Frank has also taught Accounting at Lakehead University, International Business at Confederation College, and Business Ethics and Strategic Planning for the Nipissing/Confederation Commerce Program on a part-time basis. He has remained involved with the Lakehead University Alumni and participates in many functions on campus and throughout the community.
As a Director on the Board of The Institute of Italian Studies at Lakehead University, he helped raise $300,000 for the Advanced Technology Centre Building Fund and provide $50,000 in Scholarships to Lakehead University students.
Frank has been a member of Toastmasters International for over 13 years and has achieved first level certification in Public Speaking. From time to time, he acts as Host/Interviewer on community channel programs.
Realizing the need to for many small businesses and not-for-profit organizations to raise their profile through the effective use of social media, in 2014 he started a collaborative effort called “Business Profiles with Frank Pullia,” which has already helped dozens of community organizations and small businesses increase their visibility and achieve their goals.
Frank has written a monthly column on the Northern Ontario Business magazine, and a weekly column on the Thunder Bay Source, called “Window on the City,” covering trends and issues of social, economic, financial and political nature with a global perspective but of particular interest for the city and region. From time to time, he writes a business column for Netnewsledger.com and other media in the Northern Ontario region, and interviews political and community leaders.
Currently, Frank writing a book on traditional Japanese martial arts and modern management techniques. He holds a 1st-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and has used the holistic approach of body-mind-spirit as a way of life to accomplish outstanding results in his personal and professional career.
Frank taught Karate and self-defence to people of all ages but principally to women, children, and youth while working at Kimberly Clark Pulp and Paper Mill in Terrace Bay.
On the right, Frank receiving a silver medal at the National Karate competitions at the CNE in Toronto. On the right, Frank receiving a silver medal at the National Karate competitions at the CNE in Toronto.
For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Frank Pullia directly:
Phone: 807-630-0062 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org