Josh Ingram steps down as ED of SSM Downtown Association

Josh Ingram

The Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association announces the departure of Executive Director Josh Ingram, who has announced his intention to step down from his role, effective December 19, 2019.

The Board of Directors will be beginning a public search to replace Ingram, with intentions to fill the role in the new year.

Ingram joined the SSM DTA in June of 2016, and has played a critical role in solidifying the operation and strategic direction of the organization. Ingram’s leadership has been instrumental in key Business Improvement Initiatives such as ‘creatEmpower’ 2019-2020 strategic plan, the increase of event attendance at a myriad of events such as Street Parties and Moonlight Magic, helmed the inaugural ‘Poutine Feast’, aided in bringing digital competency grants and training in the form of CampTech and Digital Main Street to Algoma,
collaborated on the first annual ‘Community Art Project’ which saw the installation of five large scale murals downtown, and partnered to bring consultants Roger Brooks to our community. Under his time the Association has won three Chamber of Commerce Awards as well as an Ontario Business Improvement Area Assoc. award for Marketing and Communications.

“Josh has been a great asset to our organization and he will be missed.” Board Chair Kristi Cistaro commented while relaying the information of Josh’s departure onto the Board earlier this month.

“I will forever remember my time here”, Said Josh, “I have worked for the small businesses and the community in an effort to make downtown a place where people want to be and want to invest. I want to thank the Downtown Association for the time and experience it has given me. I do plan to continue to be an active part of our community and patron these amazing local businesses, and look forward to seeing big accomplishments from the DTA as a community member.”


  1. Just wondering, and this would be my take, is he frustrated, along with everyone else, on the fact there is no “growth” downtown. Trying to build up our beautiful Queen Street with all it’s unique shops is hard when you have nothing else to offer for the consumers or proprietors.
    As Tamara from Tamara’s Trends recently posted on social media, there is limited parking available for delivery vehicles or accommodations for “situations” that arise for the proprietors, without getting a ticket, let alone find a parking spot for those who want to shop. The parking police are hiding around the corner.
    Sad thing is we are also losing so many stores in the Station Mall that bring tourists and shoppers downtown. What does our “City” staff and council have planned when this whole beautiful, waterfront, City downtown core is a ghost town ? Sad.
    Kudos for you for taking on this role for the past few years Josh Ingram. I wish you well on your future endeavours, and wish more luck on your successor.

  2. Ohhh no! Josh – you have done such awesome incredible work – very sad to see you go! 😞 I don’t know this young man personality but have seen him grow awareness of downtown and increase its profile big time. Will be hard shoes to fill. Best of luck and happiness on your future endeavours 👍

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