By Matt Prokopchuk

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra has named its new executive director and general manager.

In a written release issued on July 24, the orchestra says Ryleigh Dupuis will officially start her new role September 1. Dupuis succeeds Gerald McEachern, who, after three years heading the organization, declined to renew his contract earlier this year.

“I was born and raised in Thunder Bay. Having grown up participating in the arts in the city, I have always held the TBSO in high esteem,” Dupuis says. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to return home to work with an organization that is at the heart of the city’s vibrant and diverse arts community.” 

Dupuis comes back to Thunder Bay after several years away; she brings experience in the corporate and creative sectors from working as a human resources specialist and manager for WestJet, as well as a talent associate for a large talent agency in Vancouver. The TBSO says Dupuis’ skills in human resources, business development, and communications “along with her positive and uplifting energy,” made her the ideal candidate. 

“We’re delighted to have Ryleigh Dupuis join the TBSO, bringing her skill set, energy and excitement at a time where we re-imagine our ’20-’21 season while embracing the challenge for live symphonic music to continue to thrive in Thunder Bay,” says TBSO president Linda Penner.