Bruce Hyer is an ecologist, biologist, forester, and businessperson. Bruce received his Master of Science in Forestry from Lakehead University in 1997. His company, WildWaters Nature Tours & Expeditions Ltd. retails and wholesales canoes and kayaks, and has run a variety of wilderness adventures and ecotours from bases in Thunder Bay and Armstrong since 1976.
An international consultant on forestry and ecotourism, Bruce has been a long-time advocate for small business development and economic diversification in northern Ontario.
Mr. Hyer is a board member and past president of the North of Superior Tourism Association (NOSTA). He has also served as a member of the boards of directors of NOTO (Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters), the Armstrong Wilderness Outfitters Association, and the Wildlands League.
An active naturalist and environmental advocate, Bruce is a past president and current Board member of Environment North. He has worked for many years on various projects dedicated to the sustainability of forests and the jobs dependent upon our boreal forests.
Mr. Hyer spent many years helping to plan and develop a network of protected areas in northern Ontario, and served on the Boreal West Round Table representing tourism and ecological interests.
He served as an adjudicator on the Province of Ontario Environmental Appeal Board from 1988 to 1997. As member of the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP), Mr. Hyer was a co-founder and first co-chair of the Lake Superior Binational Forum, which advised the International Joint Commission (IJC) on ways to reduce pollution and foster sustainability around Lake Superior.
Bruce served on the Local Citizens Committee for the Domtar-Armstrong Forest. He also served as co- chair of Lake Superior Place, which seeks to build a waterfront tourism, arts, and activity centre on the waterfront.
In 2004 and 2006 he was a federal candidate for Parliament in Thunder Bay-Superior North. He was first elected as Member of Parliament for the riding in 2008, and re-elected in 2011.
Read What Others have to say about Bruce:
Iain Angus, Councillor at Large, City of Thunder Bay
"Bruce Hyer is a committed Northerner. He believes so much in sustainabilility that he kept North of Superior Tourism Association afloat during a turbulent period where there was no government funding so that other tourist operators would have a voice. His commitment to the rest of the economy will be no different."
Jim Foulds, MPP 1971-1987
“Bruce Hyer will represent Thunder Bay Superior North with dedication and integrity. He will give the House of Commons a truly representative Northern Ontario voice, one that combines an intelligent understanding of the serious state of our forestry sector with an understanding of the importance of our environment. These two issues have been at the forefront of the NDP policy since the 1940’s. Bruce Hyer carries on in that tradition.”