Biography & Resume - Frank Pullia, CPA, CMA, MBA
WORK EXPERIENCE AND BACKGROUND
Frank has worked and lived in Northern Ontario for the last 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. This direct experience in the industries that formed the backbone of the regional economy (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 experience to take positive action in solving the resulting problems.
This understanding was further reinforced while working as a Budget Co-ordinator for Ontario Hydro's Northwestern Region for eight years. During this time he also worked closely with the field offices in Dryden, Kenora, Fort Frances, and Remote Communities,
provided training to front line supervisors and staff and acquired very useful front line field experience. Mr. Pullia also worked in the Toronto Head Office, and as a result of his exposure to the various facets of the Hydro business, has an excellent understanding of the changing Hydro market in both Northwestern Ontario and the province.
He is currently a Director on the Board of Thunder Bay Hydro.
He has served on Thunder Bay City Council for 3 years in 1994-1997, and
represented the city at both the regional (Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association) and federal levels (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) where he served on the Standing Committee on Transportation, International Programs, and Municipal-Aboriginal Relations.
He has also served a second term as a
Councilor in the City of Thunder Bay (2006-2010), as well as a
Director of the Community Economic Development Commission. During this time he was also the
Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice Chair of Finance and the driving force in reducing tax increases from a high of 7% in 2006 to 1.8% in 2010 while maintaining services and increasing investment in municipal infrastructure.
More recently he has served a third term as
Councillor at Large from 2014-2018, filling the role of
Budget and Finance Chair as well as the
Children and Youth Advocate.
Frank has been a member of Toastmasters International for over 13 years and has achieved first level certification in Public Speaking.
He sits on the Board of numerous community organizations and has extensive experience with non-profit organizational governance and contacts with all levels of government. From time to time he acted as Host/Interviewer on community channel programs, and a speaker at the International Dinner Series and Profit Edge seminars at Confederation College.
He 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 written a monthly column on the Northern Ontario Business magazine and a weekly column on the Thunder Bay Source called a
"Window on the City" covering trends and issues of social, economic, financial and political nature for the city and region.
He has also written a business column for Netnewsledger and other media in Northern Ontario region.