Sault Ste Marie Chamber Of Commerce

Your Recognized Voice of Business in Sault Ste Marie

BUSINESS TODAY (June-July, 2014) - The SSMCOC Newsletter

A Message from the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce: Thank you to our Members for 125 Years of Support
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we have crossed yet another milestone in the history of our organization. On June 25th, 2014 The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce will embark upon its 125th year serving the business community of Sault Ste. Marie.
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce was originally known as the “Sault Ste. Marie Board of Trade” and although it has grown, in many respects it has not changed significantly since its formation. In 1889, forty business-men came together to support one another in their endeavors. Beyond this aspect, the group then focused and encouraged the growth in the young town of Sault Ste. Marie.
Membership demands, challenges and feedback have allowed us to push ahead and improve vigorously while serving our members and community. Our Chamber has, and will continue to be your voice of business in the community. Our plan is to continue to develop and advocate on behalf of our membership.
Over the past 125 years, our Chamber has had countless successes in achievement and advocacy for the community and its supporting partners, and we would like to take this occasion to thank those parties, along with our entire membership for their ongoing support. It is the enthusiasm, support and dedication that the community has displayed over the past 125 years that has brought the Chamber to where it is are today, and we thank you for the opportunity to continue to do so.
The 2014 SSMCOC Business Directory
The 2014 SSM Chamber of Commerce Business Directory is here! The 146-page publication features extensive information about the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, a Sault Ste. Marie community profile on forestry, education and training, health care, transportation, tourism, and arts & culture and a report from the Economic Development Corporation. The 2014 Directory also includes an extensive list of upcoming local festivals and events. The Directory contains two up-to-date sections offering detailed contact information for local businesses including company name, address, phone, fax, contact persons, e-mail (Chamber members only) and web addresses (Chamber members only). The first section is alphabetical, referencing Chamber members and member businesses. The second section is cross-referenced by business category and includes all local business, both Chamber-member and non-member.
The Directory, produced in partnership with Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, is the Chamber’s 17th edition since its initial publication in 1998.
All Chamber of Commerce members will have received their complimentary copy of the 2014 Directory starting in May. The publication is also available for purchase at the Chamber office for $35+hst.

Sault Welcomes Chamber Delegates from Around the Province

Prepared by Trisha Mitchell, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Special Events Coordinator

From May 1st to 4th, delegates from across Ontario joined the Chamber of Commerce in Sault Ste. Marie for the 2014 Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Annual General Meeting & Convention.

Previously, Sault Ste. Marie was selected as the host city for this convention back in 1989, when The Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 100th Anniversary. This year, celebrating the Sault Chamber’s 125th Anniversary, The Sault Chamber was happy to attract OCC delegates back to the Sault and be able to show off our fine city’s developments over the past 25 years. 

The Indian Friendship Centre’s Jingle Dress Dancers and Drummers kicked off the convention at Friday’s opening ceremonies. Delegates were welcomed by MP Bryan Hayes, Mayor Debbie Amaroso and Sault Ste. Marie Chamber President, Mark Barsanti. During opening remarks from Mayor Amaroso, Chamber President Mark Barsanti was presented with a plaque recognizing the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce’s 125 Years as the Recognized Voice of Business committed to economic prosperity in our community.

On Friday evening, the Ontario Chamber Delegates made the trek down to the waterfront to explore one of our local attractions, The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Guests took advantage of our one-of-a-kind venue and ventured off throughout. The event was catered by The Grand Gardens and entertainment was provided by Frank Deresti’s Jazz Trio. Several Chamber of Commerce members were on site to inform our guests of different services and opportunities including; WINMAR Sault Ste. Marie, Wardlaw Heating & Cooling Inc., Accessibility North, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.

During the Friday Night Social, Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Past President Paul Dalseg was recognized by current President, Mark Barsanti for his on-going support and dedication to Sault Ste. Marie, as well as to Chamber of Commerce. This was particularly significant because Mr. Dalseg was President of the Sault Chamber of Commerce back in 1989 when the last Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Convention was held in Sault Ste. Marie.

The convention continued on Saturday with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce policy development and advocacy presentation on behalf of the Ontario business community. This portion of the convention is an important aspect of the convention as it allows for Chamber Members and delegates to learn from subject experts, debate policy resolutions and formulate the OCC’s annual advocacy strategies.

Topics brought forth for discussion included items such as Increasing Value and Spurring Innovation through Public Sector Procurement in Transportation, Transparency for Crown Corporation Divestment, Fair Municipal Tendering and Standardization of Electronic Financial Reporting for Municipalities. To view all discussed policies and topics you can visit and view the full document.

To top off the weekend, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce hosted a gala dinner at the Comfort Suites and Quattro Conference Centre. Ian McCormack, was introduced as the 2014/2015 President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Following the dinner, the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, which will be hosting the 2015 Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Convention gathered the delegates together to close off the convention.

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our sponsors and government funding partners: Silver Sponsors: OLG Casino, WINMAR Sault Ste. Marie and Comfort Suites & Quattro Conference Centre; Bronze Sponsors: DOI/Compass Imaging Group, KPMG Ltd., Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre, TD Canada Trust, N-SCI Technologies and the Holiday Inn Express; Government Funding Partners:  Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, The Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.


What's Happening - News from our Chamber Members

Congratulations to H.R. Lash Ltd. which is celebrating their 100th business anniversary in Sault Ste. Marie. This is a great accomplishment and we offer our best wishes for continued success!

The Board of the Group Health Centre Trust Fund is pleased to announce that they have elected Aaron Gavey as their new chairman.

KBX Hockey is celebrating its 10-year business anniversary. Congratulations to the team at KBX Hockey!

Past Chamber of Commerce President Cale Krezek is the new Agency Manager at Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. Congratulations to Cale in his new role.

Northshore Sports & Auto has moved to 30 Calabogie Road, R.R. #4, Echo Bay ON P0S 1C0. The phone number to reach them is 705-248-2208.

As of May 1st, Scootz has moved to a new location at 237 Bruce Street.

Please note that the mailing address for Antoinette Blunt and for Ironside Consulting Services is now P.O. Box 24013, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6C 6G7.

Please note that the new contact person for Solar Logix is Frank Mills.

Effective May 26, MicroAge will be moving to 178 Drive In Road, Unit 3, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 6A9.

As of May 5th the new store hours for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore are: Mondays 11am to 5pm, Tuesdays 9am to 5pm, Wednesdays 9am to 5pm, Thursdays 9am to 8pm, Fridays 9am to 5pm, Saturdays 9am to 3pm, closed on Sunday.

Notice is hereby given that Habitat for Humanity Sault Ste. Marie & Area is holding their 2014 Annual General Meeting on June 16th, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Delta Sault Ste Marie Waterfront Hotel at 208 St. Mary’s River Drive, Sault Ste Marie, ON. A Global Village presentation will precede the business portion of the meeting. The following is on the agenda for discussion: Financial reporting, Ratification of the 2013 proceedings, Annual report, Election to the Board of Directors.

Topline Electric has re-located to 488 Gran Street, Batchewana First Nation, ON, P6A 0C4.

The new contact person for Bluearth Renewables Inc. is Maurice Hickey.

Please note that Chamber member, Royal Tire is now known as Fountain Tire. They are located at 55 Black Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 0A3. Fountain Tire can be reached at 705-254-6664 and by fax 705-254-6682.

The new contact person at Shaw Communications is Thomas Brandstetter, Shaw in Home Solutions Supervisor Sault Ste. Marie.

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce member, Lucidia, has merged with Toronto-based digital boutique Salt & Pepper. With a combined staff of 35 people in offices in Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto, the new Lucidia offers a full range of digital and traditional advertising and marketing solutions and services to global, national, regional and local clients. Congratulations to all!

If your Chamber-member business has news, we want to know about it! If you have undergone renovations or significant upgrades, launched a significant new product, hired new team members, received awards or are celebrating an anniversary, contact the Chamber office at 705-949-7152 or e-mail  Please include ‘What’s Happening’ in the subject line of your e-mail.


Great Events

Recent SSM Chamber of Commerce Events

On April 5th, the Chamber hosted its fist SSMCOC Curling Bonspiel, which was presented by Highland Ford. A dozen teams enjoyed an afternoon of fun and relaxed competition followed by dinner and entertainment. Thanks to Highland Ford for presenting this event as well as to our bronze sponsors, EAZY Express and the Soo Curlers Association!

On April 23rd, The Chamber hosted its Dialogue with the Honourable Minister of Natural Resources and MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, David Orazietti. Chamber president, Mark Barsanti led a discussion with the MPP on a number of issues pertaining to local business and the economy.  Thanks to the Honourable David Orazietti for taking part!

On April 29th, Take 5 guests gathered at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 32 White Oak Drive (corner of Second line and North Street) for a little food, a little fun and a lot of great networking. The team at the ReStore was on-hand to talk about the services offered by the local ReStore as well as the Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program. Businesses are reminded that when renovations are undertaken, furnishings and other re-usable supplies and furnishings can be donated to our local ReStore, where the revenues from their resale can then help with future Habitat for Humanity builds in our community.  The event was sponsored by The Grand Gardens, which offered some great food and awesome prizes. The Grand Gardens second location is now open at 1324 Great Northern Road (The Northern Grand Gardens) where guests will receive the same great service and great food that they have come to expect from The Grand Gardens, but with room for larger events! Keep them in mind for your next social or corporate event!

The Holiday Inn Express Sault Ste. Marie hosted and sponsored the Chamber’s May 22nd Take 5 as part of their official grand opening. Guests were able to tour the recently-renovated rooms, suites and amenities. A great deal of work went into updating every aspect of the location and it was evident to all those in attendance! Thanks to the Holiday Inn Express for allowing the Chamber to be a part of its special day and best wishes for continued business success!

Upcoming SSM Chamber of Commerce Events

Take 5 – Hosted the Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel & Conference Centre and sponsored by Business Sault Ste. Marie. Thursday, June 26th, 5pm to 7pm, $5 for Chamber members; $10 for non-Chamber members.

2014 International Bridge Walk & Bicycle Parade – Saturday, June 28th starting at the Norris Centre in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan at 9:30am sharp and finishing at OLG Casino in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario (Bicycle Parade at 8:30am sharp).  Go to for bussing, identification and other important information.

The Chamber website ( always has up-to-date information on upcoming Chamber of Commerce events. The site also features an extensive calendar of other events happening in-and-around our community.  Bookmark us today!

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is also on facebook. ‘LIKE' us today at and keep up to date on all Chamber news and events as soon as details become available! Follow us on twitter at


New Members

Eco Spraytech - Address: 25 Centre Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 4P5. Phone: 705-255-0251, E-mail: Contact(s): Erney Thiessen. Membership Category / Services: Insullation – Spray in Foam

Hilton Beach Inn - Address: 3117 Marks Street, PO Box 55, Hilton Beach, ON, P0R 1G0. Phone: 705-246-0063, E-mail:, Website: Contact(s): Natalie Allard. Membership Category / Services: Hotel / Motels / Resorts

Iron Club Restaurant - Address: 1804 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 2H1. Phone: 705-759-2695, Website: Contact(s): Rosetta Sicoli. Membership Category / Services: Restaurants

Jade Wellness - Address: 677 Queen Street East. Mailing Address: 84 Hugill Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 4E5. Phone: 705-257-7707, E-mail:, Website: Contact(s): Shirling Kao. Membership Category / Services: Yoga & Pilates

Mill Market Inc. - Address: 35 Canal Drive. Mailing Address: C/O 75 Huron Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 5P4. Phone: 519-872-4880, Fax: 705-251-4916, E-mail:, Website: Contact(s): Alison Lynes. Membership Category / Services: Farmers Market

Northern Jewellery Luray Gems - Address: 357 Northern Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 4J2. Phone: 705-235-2645 or 1-877-786-6471, E-mail:, Website: Contact(s): David Poluck. Membership Category / Services: Jewellers - Retail & Repair

Ontario Works Social Services Dept. - 540 Albert  Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 5N1. Phone: 705-759-5266, Fax: 705-759-1796, E-mail:, Website: Contact(s): Patricia Lebel. Membership Category / Services: Employment Services

O’Sullivan Funeral Home - Address: 215 St. James Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 1P7. Phone: 705- 759-8456, Fax: 705-759-8822, E-mail:, Website: Contact(s): Lisa Damignani & Mark Trudel. Membership Category / Services: Funeral Homes

Pharmasave West End Pharmacy - Address: 3 - 658 Second Line West, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6C 2K9. Phone: 705-450-2622, Fax: 705-450-2623, E-mail: Contact(s): Jordan Jack. Membership Category / Services: Pharmacies

Ruffled Grouse B&B Photography - Address: 56 Partridge Drive, Desbarats, ON, P0R 1E0. Phone: 705-782-0111, E-mail:, Website: www.bbcanada/ Contact(s): Jean Paul. Membership Category / Services: Hotels / Motels / Resorts - Photography

The Gnarly Bistro - Address: 122 Panoramic Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 5V6. Phone: 705-946-8966, E-mail:, Website: www.thegnarlybistro .com. Contact(s): Emily & Todd Tremblay. Membership Category / Services: Restaurants

The Ideal Landscaper - Address: 1076 Great Northern Road. Mailing Address: C/O 799 Old Garden River Road, Sault Ste Marie, ON, P6A 0C9. Phone: 705-971-0855, E-mail:, Website: Contact(s): Gino Coccimiglio. Membership Category / Services: Landscaping & Snow Removal - Address: 116 Industrial Park Cres., Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 5P2. Phone: 705-256-8777, E-mail:, Website: Contact(s): Bruce Clement & Joel Kell. Membership Category / Services: Broadcasters

Silver Lining Engineering & Energy Consulting - 1346 Peoples Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6C 3W8. Phone: 705-450-2117, E-mail:, Website: Contact(s): Trevor & Lorrie Sawchyn. Membership Category / Services: Engineers

Store Your Stuff - 2196 Queen Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 7B5. Phone: 705-253-8700, E-mail: Contact(s): Brian Gallagher. Membership Category / Services: Self Storage Units

Health & Safety
Contributed by Louise Caicco Tett, RN, BScN, CRSP, MPH (in progress)
Ministry of Labour Releases New Standards for Basic Certification Training
If your workplace requires a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC), then this article is for you. A JHSC is required in Ontario workplaces if you employ 20 or more workers, have a designated substance in your workplace, or are ordered to set up a committee by the Ministry of Labour (MOL). Two members of your committee, one worker and one manager are required by law, to have Basic Certification Training, Parts I and II. The training can only be provided by organizations that have submitted their programs, and receive approval from the Ministry of Labour to deliver the training.
In May of this year, the MOL released two much-anticipated standards; the 2014 JHSC Certification Training Program Standard and 2014 JHSC Certification Training Provider Standard. The first standard updates the current standard that was first released in 1996 (updated in 2007). The second standard is new and is focused on the companies and individuals that teach the courses. For the first time, trainers will need to have minimum qualifications in the subject area, and understand adult learning principles.
What is changing?
- Basic Certification Training Part I will be taught over three days (from its current two or three days, depending on the provider)
- Basic Certification Training Part II will go to two days, include a minimum of six hazards, and must be taken within six months of Part I
- Certified members will need to take refresher training every three years
Current training providers will all need to resubmit their programs to the Ministry of Labour. The MOL anticipates that they will be ready to receive programs in the fall of 2014 with implementation in the early part of 2015.
If you are currently certified, or get certified prior to the new standards being implemented, your certification training will be recognized. For those members of JHSCs that are certified under the 1996 standards, the refresher program will not apply.
What should my company do now?
- Ensure that you are in compliance with current Basic Certification Training standards. If you have people that currently require BCT training, complete it based on the current standards.
- Understand how these changes will affect your organization. For some, it will mean going from three days of required training to five.
- If you have people in your organization who have had Part I training only, consider finishing the process before the changes come into effect.
- Ensure that all of your record keeping is up to date.
Louise Caicco Tett, RN, BScN, CRSP, MPH (in progress) is the President of Health & Safety Professionals Inc. (HSPI). HSPI is a health and safety consulting and training firm established in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in 1998. Tel: 705-945-0117 Fax: 705-254-7365 Web: