The Thunder Bay Art Gallery reflects this though its engagement with the community. It has amassed an extraordinary collection of aboriginal art and as a meaningful part of society it fulfills multiple roles: displaying, collecting and conserving; educating through both formal school programming and general adult education; and takes its place as a centre of social interaction with programmed special events. The Gallery fulfills a vital service to the people (including artists) of Northwestern Ontario as the only public gallery in the 1,000 kilometres between Winnipeg and Sault Ste. Marie. ArtExpert, in collaboration with its partners from Toronto, Ginder Consulting, Janis A. Barlow & Associates and Phil Goldsmith Architect, undertook a strategic look at the Gallery’s current role and future potential and recommend the most effective and achievable facility expansion option, along with a blueprint as to how will be achieved a plan that provides guidance for planning and re-planning cycles that are inevitable as projects evolve and environmental influences change.