Executive Lead for Lottery & Gaming Pursuit Project Hired

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Leo TiberiThe Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) is pleased to announce Leo Tiberi has joined as the Executive Lead for the newly created Lottery & Gaming (L&G) Pursuit Project.

Leo will lead the L&G team tasked with growing and diversifying the L&G sector in Sault Ste. Marie. He will proactively work with lottery and gaming clients to grow their businesses in Sault Ste. Marie and leverage the strengths of the community. Sault Ste. Marie is home to the head office of Ontario Lottery and Gaming and corporate offices for Canadian Bank Note Corporation, Pollard Banknote and BMR. Once complete, the L&G Pursuit Project will include a dedicated team that will focus on innovative business outreach and attraction efforts and talent management solutions. The team will also lead marketing and communications, partnership efforts with post-secondary institutions, and programs for employee retention and growth to an industry that is undergoing massive change locally and globally.

Leo is an innovative leader, bringing with him a great deal of experience and passion to the position that will help grow the L&G project, attract and retain talent, and raise its profile. With over 30 years of experience in academics and recruitment, most recently as Vice President, Academic and Research with Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, he excels at cultivating strong partnerships and relationships with government officials, industry, community leaders, economic development leaders, Aboriginal leaders, and post-secondary institutions in Ontario and abroad.

“Leo will play an essential leadership role in our lottery and gaming project and help grow this sector in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Tom Vair, Executive Director, SSMIC. “His professional experience, leadership qualities, and ability to collaborate with private industry will help drive this project to succeed.”

As the senior academic officer with Sault College, Leo led the planning, staffing and managing of the College’s academic activities, which included over 70 postsecondary programs, responsibility for over 3000 students, and over 200 staff. Under Leo’s leadership, Sault College saw an unprecedented student application increase of 58 per cent between 2008 and 2014. He also operationalized the Second Career Program at the College, generating hundreds of job opportunities for mature students and millions of dollars in funding. In addition, he led a new brand and image development for Sault College and refocusing on recruitment efforts on signature programs, establishing the College as a destination college for over 1000 students per year from areas outside the Algoma Region.

Prior to Sault College, Leo held a variety of progressive positions with Niagara College including: Dean, School of Media and Design, School of Administrative Studies, and School of Computer Studies; and Academic Director of Communications and Information Technology. He was also Manager of Employment Services, and Training Consultant with the Ontario Skills Development Office.

He is actively involved in the Sault Ste. Marie community, including a member of Destiny Sault Ste. Marie since 2012 and former member of the Government Relations committee with the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce.

“I am thrilled to be working with business, community, and educational institutions in Sault Ste. Marie and abroad as we plan to create an innovative place for current and future lottery and gaming opportunities,” said Leo Tiberi. “The Sault has some competitive advantages including hundreds of highly qualified people with expertise in the lottery and gaming sector. Transformation is well underway in this sector and we will do our part to ensure that Sault Ste. Marie emerges as a strong economic base for lottery and gaming businesses and services.”

Once complete, the L&G Pursuit Project will include a dedicated team that will focus on innovative business outreach and attraction efforts and talent management solutions. The team will also lead marketing and communications, partnership efforts with post-secondary institutions, and programs for employee retention and growth to an industry that is undergoing massive change locally and globally.

Leo will be based out of the SSMIC headquarters located on the campus of Algoma University in the Essar Convergence Centre (Bio-sciences and Technology Convergence Centre).

About the Lottery & Gaming Pursuit Project
As a catalyst for economic development and diversification in the information technology and science knowledge-based sectors, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) initiated the lottery and gaming project as a unique and significant economic driver to enable the community to take a proactive approach to retaining and growing jobs within this globally significant sector.

The Lottery & Gaming (L&G) Pursuit team will be working to both secure current employment with OLG and its future private sector service providers, as well as grow the L&G relevant businesses in Sault Ste. Marie and create new partnerships and jobs. Ultimately the project will result in a refueled and more vibrant knowledge based economy.

Funding to support the Sault Ste. Marie’s L&G project is provided by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC). NOHFC’s $1.2 million funding contribution will be in conjunction with contributions from the City of Sault Ste. Marie and other funding partners to implement a singular coordinated effort towards growing and diversifying the lottery and gaming sector.