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Sault innovation centre seeks new leader

A new executive director is needed after the resignation of former executive director Tom Vair last year.
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre is located on the campus of Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie. (File)

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) is seeking a new executive director.

The non-profit organization, which fosters economic development in the science and technology sectors, publicized the job vacancy in late August.

Tom Vair, the centre’s former executive director, left the position last September after he was appointed the city’s deputy CAO of Community Development and Enterprise Services.

That position came open last year after the city adopted a new 2016-2020 strategic plan and two city managers retired as a result.

Sault Ste. Marie’s economic development strategy is undergoing a major restructuring. In July, city council cut $444,656 from the Sault Economic Development Corp.’s (EDC) budget, and a day later, that organization’s CEO, Tom Dodds, tendered his resignation.

According to the innovation centre job posting, a new CEO will be an “experienced professional who leads by example, is politically astute, understands the various levels of government and government funding models, and knows how to leverage funds for the best outcomes.”

The successful candidate will be required to conduct an operational review of the organization and lead the development of a strategic plan, bringing “clarity to the organization’s mandate, ensuring that the strategic direction defines how the SSMIC fits into the broader ecosystem in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District.”

The full job posting is available here. Applications will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 18.