Tourism Sault Ste. Marie’s Executive Director – Ian McMillan – Announces Retirement.

Ian McMillan addresses the crowd at the 2017 FEO Conference after being inducted into the FEO Hall of Fame.

Ian McMillan is retiring from the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation on July 31. The Executive Director of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie was hired by the SSMEDC in 2001 to head its newly-formed tourism division. Over the past 17 years, he has led a number of visitor-attraction initiatives.

“Ian has had a significant impact on economic and tourism development in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Robert Reid, President and Board Chair of the SSMEDC. “From the Agawa Canyon Tour Train revitalization project and Group of Seven product development, to securing major events like the 2012 CARHA Hockey World Cup and attracting cruise ships, his legacy is far reaching. We thank him for his many years of service and wish him all the best in retirement.”

Prior to his role with the SSMEDC, Ian was Brand Manager for Northern Tourism Marketing Corporation and Executive Director of Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association. During his 35-year career, he sat on a number of Boards, including the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, Attractions Ontario, Great Lakes Cruising Coalition and Cruise Ontario. In 2017, he was inducted into the Festivals & Events Ontario hall of fame.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to promote the community and region, where my family and I call home,” said McMillan. “I thank the staff, my colleagues and clients that I’ve had the pleasure of working with over all these years. It truly has been a fulfilling career.”

Over the next few weeks, the SSMEDC Board of Directors will be undertaking a plan to fill the Executive Director of Tourism position. “We’re proud to have a great staff team that supports tourism in the area – the recent WTF Comedy Festival is a prime example,” said Reid. “Moving forward, we’re eager to build off our past successes and continue to drive economic and tourism development in Sault Ste. Marie.”

The SSMEDC is comprised of two operating divisions: Business Development and Tourism Sault Ste. Marie. Last month, the corporation released its 2017 Annual Report. The publication includes information on programs, clients and results.

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  1. Congratulations and all the best Ian. It was a pleasure and privilege to have worked with you. You have done so much for tourism in Sault Ste. Marie! You will greatly missed by so many. I hope you enjoy retirement…you deserve it! 😊

  2. Ian, Thank You for your many years of service, hard work, and dedication. I wish you the very best in your retirement. Now let us get some new young blood into Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and use new and innovative ideas to build on the work that Ian has done.

  3. Too bad Bay Street is such a disgrace to drive on. It is not very welcoming to the few visitors who have crossed over the bridge.

  4. Congratulations and best wishes for a long and healthy retirement Ian. You are a true pro in a tough game. Thanks for everything you did for our community.

  5. Dont blame him… Hard to promote the Soo for anything. Tourists are fresh pickings for the car window smashing thieves and anything down town isnt worth going to. We have an awsome waterfront and nothing goes on there.I went to Orrilia last weekend, awsome waterfront, something going on every weekend

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