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Mayor Doug Lawrance

Mayor Doug Lawrance

Doug Lawrance was born in 1950 in Scotland and moved to Montreal, Canada with his family in 1957.  He completed his elementary schooling and his first year of high school in Montreal before his family relocated to Thunder Bay where Doug finished his high school education and went on to attend Lakehead University.  While taking his BA in Psychology and Sociology, Doug met his future wife, Cherry, who was also attending Lakehead for her BSc in Nursing.  The two were married in 1972 and moved to Toronto where Doug earned his diploma in Engineering Technology and Cherry worked at the Women’s College Hospital. 

From 1975 to 1981 Doug worked on water supply and road construction projects while he and Cherry lived in St. Lucia and then Mocambique.  By 1981 daughter Jennifer had been born and the family returned to Canada, specifically Smithers, British Columbia, where Doug was employed with the Municipal Engineering Department for 1 year.  He went on to be employed by the Province of British Columbia working on forestry road projects.  In 1983, Doug and his family returned to Thunder Bay where he attended Lakehead University to complete a degree in Engineering. By 1986 Doug, Cherry, and their 3 children, Jennifer, Keith, and Robbie, relocated to Sioux Lookout where Doug began his career with a new engineering firm, Keewatin-Aski.

For the next 25 years Doug managed this successful small engineering and architectural business whose client base included regional Municipalities, First Nations communities, provincial and federal agencies, as well as private clients.  After his retirement from Keewatin-Aski in 2010, he worked as an independent Project Manager for Meno Ya Win Health Centre and managed the completion stage of the hospital project in addition to completing the preliminary planning phase of a 96-bed long term care facility for Sioux Lookout.

Doug is currently a Director of the Meno Ya Win Health Centre Foundation and sits on a number of boards and committees including the Sioux Lookout Police Services Board, the Kenora District Municipal Association, the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and the Ontario Municipal Water Association.  This will be Doug’s second term as Mayor of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout.

In the past Doug has been involved with coaching hockey and volunteering in various sports and recreational activities.  He enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, cycling, and being outdoors.

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