Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) is developing a strategic plan to help support, grow and diversify the Sault and Algoma region’s science and technology sectors over the next five years (2016-2021) and beyond.
With a clear set of priorities for investment and growth, along with a promising strategy that will guide the Innovation Centre’s future direction, the strategic plan will support SSMIC’s goal to function as a catalyst for economic development and diversification in the science, technology and knowledge-based sectors in Sault Ste. Marie and area.
“Sault Ste. Marie and Canada as a whole are undergoing significant changes, and we believe there are many opportunities for new business ventures, innovation and investment to diversify the local economy and establish the Sault as a science and technology leader,” said Tom Vair, Executive Director, SSMIC. “A thorough and well developed strategic plan will help in our efforts to attract, retain and expand local businesses, as well as foster the development of our youth population, skilled professionals and exceptional talent in the community’s science and IT sectors.”
The strategic plan should reflect the input of engaged citizens, community and business partners, and SSMIC staff and clients. SSMIC wants to ensure that the needs and priorities of these individuals are incorporated and considered, which is why participation and feedback is greatly appreciated and encouraged.
“We want our staff and the public engaged, and their feedback will help us better understand how we can support those we work with and work for, so that we can develop our strategic plan and continue down the right path in the future,” said Vair.
To gather the feedback and opinions of key stakeholders, SSMIC asks the public, clients, community organizations and business partners to provide feedback in the following ways:
SSMIC staff will be at the Mill Market (35 Canal Drive, Sault Ste. Marie), on Wednesday, August 10 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. to talk to community members, tell them about SSMIC, answer questions and discuss SSMIC’s strategic planning initiatives.
Results from an environmental scan, preliminary research, community engagement and the surveys will be considered in developing the strategic plan. It is anticipated that the plan will be finalized and approved by SSMIC’s Board of Directors this Fall.
As a catalyst for economic development and diversification in the information technology and science knowledge-based sectors, 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 Pursuit team will be working to both secure current employment with OLG and its future private sector service providers, as well as grow the lottery and gaming 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.