BUSINESS TODAY (August-September, 2014) - The SSMCOC Newsletter
Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Board Members
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome several new individuals to its Board of Directors.
Recently joining the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a two-year term are:
Stephanie Pagnuccu, City of Sault Ste. Marie
Jeff Elgie, Village Media Inc / DIG (The Digital Intelligence Group)
Dan Hollingsworth, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
Susan Hunter, Sault College
Justus Veldman, Mill Market Inc.
Mark Barsanti, who assumed the role of President of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce in January of 2014, will continue in his current role until July 30th, 2015. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Barsanti is a graduate of St. Mary’s College. He graduated Osgoode Hall Law School in 1990 and was called to the Bar in 1993, shortly afterward returning to the Sault to practice law. He started a career in business in 1999 as a Canadian Tire franchisee. In 2012, he took over ownership of the Sault Ste. Marie Canadian Tire retail store.
Rounding out the Chamber’s Executive Committee, which is comprised of the current President, the First and Second Vice Presidents, the Immediate Past President and the Treasurer are Monica Dale, Paul Johnson, James Caicco and Ron Spadoni.
Dale is a Commercial Account Executive with Dawson & Keenan Insurance Ltd and continues her role as the Chamber’s First Vice President, a role she assumed in January 2014; Spadoni, who is serving his sixth year as the Chamber’s Treasurer, is a partner at the local KPMG LLP; Caicco, who is the Broker of Record and owner of Century 21 Choice Realty Inc, will continue in an official capacity with the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce as Immediate Past President.
Paul Johnson, who began his tenure as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2010 was officially named as the Chamber of Commerce Second Vice President at the Board’s August 28th meeting. Johnson is a partner at the local law firm of Bisceglia Dumanski & Johnson LLP.
The Chamber also wishes to extend thanks to recently retired Directors Terri-Lynn Chiarello of Northside Toyota, Independent Chamber member Penny Perrier, Paul E. Skeggs of Skeggs Paciocco Lawyers and Brian Watkins of Algoma Office Equipment. The Chamber acknowledges the significant time and expertise that each of these individuals brought to the Board and to the various committees that they chaired on behalf of the Chamber.
The full Executive and Board of Directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce for 2014 / 2015 are as follows:
Mr. James Caicco - Century 21 Choice Realty Inc. - Immediate Past President
Mr. Mark Barsanti - Canadian Tire - President
Ms. Monica Dale - Dawson & Keenan Insurance Ltd. - First Vice-President
Mr. Paul A. Johnson - Bisceglia Dumanski & Johnson LLP Law Firm - Second Vice-President
Mr. Ron Spadoni - KPMG LLP - Treasurer
Mr. Jeff Elgie - Village Media Inc. - DIG (The Digital Intelligence Group)
Mr. Mark Hebert - Savings World
Mr. Dan Hollingsworth - Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
Ms. Susan Hunter - Sault College
Mr. Jason Naccarato - Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Ms. Stephanie Pagnucco - Director At Large / Strive Young Professionals Group Chair
Mr. Christian Tenaglia – Pinchin
Ms. Emily Thibeault - Northern Credit Union Ltd.
Mr. Justus Veldman - Mill Market Inc.
Mr. Kevin Wyer - Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel and Conference Centre
Ms. Shelley Barich, General Manager of the Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce continues as Ex-Officio Recording Secretary
What's Happening - News from our Chamber Members
The new contact person for the Human Resources Professionals Association - Algoma Chapter is Lorri A. Kennis, MBA ,CHRP, Manager, Human Resources, PUC Services Inc.
Please note the new address for Mr. Rooter Plumbing and Mr. Electric is 624 Wellington Street West, P6C 3T9.
The new contact for the Group Health Centre Trust Fund is Megan Wigmore; Megan can be reached at email@example.com
The contact for the Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club is Tyson Enfield; Tyson can be reached at Tyson@soogreyhounds.com
The new contact person for the Sault Amateur Soccer Association (SASA) is Clive Wilkinson.
The new contact for Farm Business Consultants – FBC is Mike Cooper; Mike can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourism Sault Ste. Marie (TSSM) & the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation are now located on Level 1 of the Civic Centre, 99 Foster Drive.
The Beauty Of It-Day Spa has re-located to 139 Pim Street, Sault Ste. Marie, P6A 3G9.
Brent Lamming is the new CEO for Community First Credit Union Limited.
Note the following membership information updates for Kidney Foundation of Canada - Sault Ste. Marie Unit: Tannis McMillan, Fund Development, PO Box 20057 RPO Churchill Place, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6W3
Pinchin Environmental Ltd. is now Pinchin Ltd.
International Innovative Systems has re-located to 132 Industrial Court “A”, P6B 5W6.
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 email@example.com. Please include ‘What’s Happening’ in the subject line of your e-mail.
Recent SSM Chamber of Commerce Events
On June 26th, Take 5 guests enjoyed the fun, food and atmosphere of our host location, the Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel and Conference Centre. Guests sampled some of hotel’s fantastic menu and enjoyed some great networking at the Fluid Boardwalk Patio & Grill. Also on-hand was the team from our Take 5 event sponsor, Business Sault Ste. Marie. Thanks again to both the Delta Sault Ste. Marie Hotel and Conference Centre and Business Sault Ste. Marie for hosting this fantastic Take 5 event!
On July 23rd, Take 5 guests got a look at the brand new Heritage Discovery Centre at the Ermatinger – Clergue National Historic Site. This fantastic new centre has already become a cornerstone of the community’s historic and tourism attractions and offers a wealth of historic information in fun and informative way! Thanks to the entire Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site team for hosting this wonderful event!
Holy Cow’s Ice Cream and Lock City Dairies hosted and sponsored the Chamber’s August 14th Take 5. Guests enjoyed some tasty treats and were able to visit the unique ice cream shop and tour the McNabb Street Lock City distribution centre. It was a fantastic way to beat the recent summer heat we enjoyed in August! Thanks to Holy Cow’s Ice Cream and Loc City Dairies for putting on this fantastic event best wishes for continued business success!
On August 21st, Chamber-member golfers teed off for 18 holes at Crimson Ridge for the Chamber’s annual Golf Tournament. Special thanks to the event sponsors – 104.3 Country and KISS 100.5, and hole-in-one sponsor – Highland Ford. The Chamber also wishes to thank our prize sponsor - Porter, and our luncheon sponsors – Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant and Paesano Foods. We also wish to thank those businesses that contributed to this year’s tournament and made it such a success, including: Hess Jewellers, Canadian Tire, Community First Credit Union, Lock City Dairies, Molson / Coors Canada, Pepsi Beverages Company, OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie, Quattra SCS, Wal-Mart, Shaw, SportChek, Stone’s Office Plus, RBC Royal Bank, the staff and management of Crimson Ridge, the staff and management of The Marconi, the Sault Ste. Marie Ambassador Corps and the members of the SSMCOC Golf Committee.
Upcoming SSM Chamber of Commerce Events
Take 5 – Hosted by The Northern Grand Gardens and Shaw. Join us for a little food, a little fun, some live entertainment and a lot of great networking at the Northern Grand Gardens (1324 Great Northern Road) on Thursday, September 18th 5pm to 7pm, $5 for Chamber members; $10 for non-Chamber members.
Membership Luncheon – featuring Keynote speaker David McHattie, Institutional Relations Director for Tenaris. Join us to hear what role Tenaris is playing in Canada¹s energy development and the important decisions in front of Canada on energy development and how this is related to jobs / economic spinoff in the Sault. This luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd at The Grand Gardens (68 Dennis Street), with networking and registration beginning at 11:45 and lunch served at 12:00 noon. Tickets are $25+HST/Person (Member) or $31.25+HST/Person (Non‐Members). Contact the Chamber office at 705-949-7152 for registration or visit www.ssmcoc.com
Take 5 – Hosted by Gliss Steak & Seafood and sponsored by Sovereign Communications. Join us for a little food, a little fun, a lot of great networking at Gliss Steak & Seafood (180 Bay Street) on Thursday, October 16th 5pm to 7pm, $5 for Chamber members; $10 for non-Chamber members.
SSMCOC 125th Annual General Meeting & 2014 Business Awards Dinner sponsored by Bell – Join us as we celebrate business excellence on Thursday, October 23rd at The Northern Grand Gardens (1324 Great Northern Road). Pre-reception and networking is from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, with dinner and formal agenda beginning at 7:00pm. Tickets are $53+hst / person (Chamber members), $65+hs t/ person (non-Chamber members), $400+hst / table of 8 (Chamber members), $500+hst / table of 10 (Chamber members). Contact the Chamber office at 705-949-7152 for registration or visit www.ssmcoc.com
The Chamber website (www.ssmcoc.com) 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!
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Avery Construction Ltd. - Address: 940 Second Line West, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6C 2L3. Phone: 705-759-4800, Fax: 705-759-6775, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.averyconstruction.ca. Contact(s): Jeff Avery (owner).
Borderline Productions - Address: 521 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 2G8 . Phone: 705-971-4735, E-mail: email@example.com, Website: www.borderlineevents.com. Contact(s): Adrian Vilaca (owner).
The Gateway Grill & Beverage Company - Address: 293 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 1X3. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact(s): Pat Rosso & Mike Perlini (owners).
Beilhartz IT Services - Address: 275 Second Line West, PO Box24035, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6C 6G7. Phone: 705-998-1248, E-mail: email@example.com, Website: www.beilhartzit.ca. Contact(s): Dean A. Beilhartz (owner).
Bucci's Verdi Hall - Address: 455 Queen Street West, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 1A7. Phone: 705-253-0889, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.buccisverdihall.ca. Contact(s): Marco Bernabucci & Tammy Turco (owners).
CRUZ Cab Company - Address: 280 Wilson Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 2K5. Phone: 705-450-2789. Contact(s): Chuck Lewis (owner), Barry Holmes (manager).
Renee J. Boissonneault, Advisor, Sun Life Financial - Address: 405 Queen Street East, 3rd Floor, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 1Z5. Phone: 705-256-5608, ext 247, E-mail: email@example.com, Website: www.sunlife.ca/renee.j.smith. Contact(s): Renee Boissonneault.
Service Grill Pizza & Burger Shack - Address: 319 Korah Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 4H2. Phone: 705-759-2126, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact(s): Greg Vandette (owner).
The Wine Barrel - Address: 674 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 2A4. Phone: 705-256-8788, E-mail: email@example.com, Website: www.wine-barrel.com. Contact(s): Josh & Steve Jansen (owners).
Krush - Address: 1340 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 0B3. Phone: 705-575-7566, Fax: 705-759-0886, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.krush.com. Contact(s): Kristina Koprash (owner).
MET Energy Systems - Address: 477 Queen Street East, Suite 204, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 1Z5. Phone: 705-942-3344, Fax: 705-942-1477, E-mail: email@example.com, Website: www.meteng.on.ca. Contact(s): Tim & Stephanie Janzen (owners).
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Sault Ste. Marie - Address: 724 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 5G5. Phone: 705-450-2423, Fax: 705-450-3043, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact(s): Kyle Schneider (manager).
Phoenix Industrial Service - Address: 2777 Belisle Drive, Val Caron, ON, P3N 1B3. Phone: 705-897-4840, Fax: 705-897-3918, E-mail: email@example.com. Contact(s): Paul Lynds (owner), Andrew Smith (manager).
Strictly Confidential Inc. - Address: 293 Bay Street, PO Box 23012, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 6W6. Phone: 705- 257-7438, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.strictlyconfidential.ca. Contact(s): Denise Marcil (owner).
Voyageurs' Trading Post - Address: 800 Bay Street, c/o Heritage Discovery Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 3G4. Phone: 705-882-2504, E-mail: email@example.com, Website: www.voyageurslodge.ca. Contact(s): Frank & Gail O'Connor (owners), Jasmine O'Connor (manager).