Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce 132nd Annual General Meeting

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Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

As required under the provisions of the Boards of Trade Act, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce will hold its 132nd Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 30th, 2021. The business portion of the meeting will include:

  • the election of the Chamber’s board of directors
  • the presentation of the Chamber’s audited financial statements for the year ended June 30th, 2021
  • appointment of the 2021-2022 Auditor
  • approval of new members for the year ended June 30th, 2021
  • an overview of the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Location: The Marconi Cultural Event Centre
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Full details will be announced shortly and online registration will be available on the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce website at www.ssmcoc.com.

Keynote Address

Michael McQuade
Chief Executive Officer, Algoma Steel Inc.

Michael McQuade was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Algoma Steel Inc. in March 2019. Prior to joining Algoma, Mr. McQuade acquired more than 35 years of progressive experience at Stelco Inc. – a Canadian steel producer.

During his first 25 years at Stelco, he moved through a variety of roles in finance, accounting, operations and sales. In 2007, he was promoted to Vice President, Finance at Stelco and played a critical role in that year’s sale to U.S. Steel. He carried on after the sale as the General Manager, Finance for U.S. Steel Canada, and in 2010 was appointed Chief Financial Officer for U.S. Steel Canada. In his final executive role, as President of Stelco / U.S. Steel Canada, he led a successful financial restructuring and sale while under CCAA protection, which separated Stelco from U.S. Steel. He retired from Stelco in March 2017.

Mr. McQuade holds a bachelor of mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo as well as the CPA, CMA and Chartered Director designations. He currently serves as the Chair of the Canadian Steel Producers Association.

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The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Sault since 1889. Two years after the first Canadian Pacific railway reached Sault Ste. Marie, a group of businessmen formed an organization dedicated to community welfare and development. During the two years leading up to the Chamber's founding railway spurred an economic boom. Business prospered, the population doubled, and on June 25, 1889 forty businessmen organized the Sault Ste. Marie Board of Trade. Today, this non-profit organization continues to serve the interests of business in a rapidly changing economy. The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is funded through annual membership of its's member businesses and agencies, enabling it to advocate on behalf of business. Through the years, the Chamber has worked closely with the business community and various levels of government to find solutions to challenges faced by the community and has spearheaded numerous solutions.