Introducing our Ontario NDP Candidates for the up coming Provincial Election:
Sault Ste. Marie – Celia Ross
Celia Ross is a local leader and a skilled administrator with a proven track record of balancing multimillion-dollar budgets.
Celia served as president of Algoma University for 12 years. Under her leadership, Algoma University ran consistent surpluses, eliminated its deficit, became an autonomous institution, doubled its student population and greatly expanded its programs, including many in high-tech sectors. Celia leveraged significant regional partnerships between the university and local companies to drive regional economic growth.
Celia was awarded the City of Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit in 2008 for her significant contributions to a standard of academic excellence in the community.
Celia has served on the boards of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, the Centre Francophone de Sault-Ste-Marie, the Innovation Centre, the United Way, and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, and she is currently the Chair of the Board of the Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas and Knowledge (NORDIK) Institute.
A longtime resident of the Soo, Celia lives in the riding with her husband, Michael, and her teenage son, Alasdair.
Algoma-Manitoulin – Michael Mantha
Michael has been a strong voice for rural healthcare, safe road conditions, Northern jobs, and affordability. He has worked with the private sector to re-open mills in Wawa and White River to generate good jobs in the forestry sector, obtained funding for hospitals and long-term care facilities, and secured funding for infrastructure and road improvements across Algoma-Manitoulin.
Michael has worked tirelessly with local communities in crises to secure disaster relief assistance, from the tragic Elliot Lake mall collapse to the severe flooding in communities along the North Shore, from Bar River to Thessalon and in the Wawa area.
Before becoming an MPP in 2011, Michael worked for the local MP, successfully assisting hundreds of constituents with their issues and concerns. He also worked with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, helping displaced workers access social services and training.
He has secured provincial funds for wharf improvements in Gore Bay and Killarney, and is securing funding to continue the Chi-Cheemaun ferry service to assist tourism and protect jobs on Manitoulin Island.
Michael is a community advocate you can count on to make life more affordable and fair.
Michael lives in Elliot Lake with his wife, Pauline, and their two sons.