I am proud to serve our residents as the Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie and I, along with members of City Council, am committed to maintaining a high quality of life for our citizens and providing a safe, clean, and productive community. I encourage people to stay in touch with me via social media and should you wish to speak with me for any reason, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office through the contact information listed on this page. I am your Mayor, and I am here to serve you, the residents of Sault Ste. Marie.
I launched this site because I wanted a venue to share some of my thoughts with our community and I also wanted to have a place to post speeches, correspondence and information about some of the events I participate in.
Developing the future of our community
Sault Ste. Marie’s community development initiative, FutureSSM, was launched under the leadership of the Mayor’s office in spring 2016.
The initiative was undertaken during a challenging time for our community. Algoma had entered Companies Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings, Tenaris Algoma Tubes had laid off the bulk of its local workforce and there was uncertainty about the status of jobs at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s headquarters. City Council wanted to not only help these employers deal with their challenges, but develop a plan focused on addressing the root causes behind the situation we were in.
The initiative consisted of sector-specific roundtable meetings concerning community development in Sault Ste. Marie, and included three months of research and engagement of nearly 5,000 residents. It resulted in a final report and recommendations, both of which address key issues hindering community resilience and opportunities for overcoming these issues. Community feedback consistently landed on some key points: the need for change and a new approach to community development based on a more holistic model than has been used in the past.
City Council passed a resolution in 2017 endorsing the FutureSSM plan and assigning responsibility for its implementation to the Community Development and Enterprise Services department. With support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the City of Sault Ste. Marie, a project team has been formed to focus on FutureSSM and facilitating the implementation of recommendations.
The status quo is not acceptable. This is an easy thing to say, but it can be a difficult task to accomplish. FutureSSM has changed and is changing the way the way the City operates; the way we address opportunities and the way we plan for the future. Meaningful and lasting change takes time to achieve, but we are well on our way and I am confident we are heading in the right direction.
To keep up-to-date on FutureSSM, I encourage people to visit the website. It will be updated regularly with details about what we are working on.