On July 23, 2020, the members of 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay welcomed Peter Chirico as their new honorary colonel. Colonel Mark Lachapelle, commander of 22 Wing and Canadian Air Defence Sector, presided over the virtual ceremony, which boasted hundreds of spectators from across Canada and the United States.
“I am incredibly humbled to be welcomed so warmly by the members of 22 Wing,” said new 22 Wing Honorary Colonel Peter Chirico “I have spent my entire life in North Bay and I deeply respect the role the military plays in the city. My role is “honorary and advisory” and over the next few years, I will apply the same kind of loyalty, commitment and service-before-self as displayed by my predecessor, while learning from and listening to the members of 22 Wing.”
Mr. Chirico is president and CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. He assumed the role in April 2017 and was a senior commercial banker for over 32 years. His banking career took him and his family across Ontario, finally returning to his hometown of North Bay in 1994.
In 2000, Mr. Chirico was elected to North Bay City Council as a councillor and served 12 years as an elected official. In 2004, 2008 and 2012, he was elected to the role of Deputy Mayor and Budget Chief for the City of North Bay. After a three-year stint as managing director of Community Services for the City of North Bay, he semi-retired, until the position as president and CEO of the Chamber became available.