FUTURE: Sault Ste. Marie

Community Development Round Table

Josh Ingram

Downtown Development Lead

Josh Ingram is the Executive Director of the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association and serves as a Board of Director for the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association. Ingram’s intentions are to provide the catalyst for dynamic and vibrant downtown core through strong community collaborations. In addition, he is currently a MaRS Discovery District fellow working on policy recommendations focusing on the implementation of modern re-skilling programs for Ontario's current employment landscape. 
He's the winner of the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Service Award, and the 2018 OBIAA Marketing + Communication Award.

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ingram is an Algoma University alum. He and his wife are currently raising two girls in a community that they are all proud to call home.

Dr. Ron Common

Member at Large

Dr. Ron Common is currently the President of Sault College. A multi-degree graduate, Dr. Common received Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Common earned his PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Ottawa in 1980. He holds a private pilot's licence and flies his own aircraft throughout Canada.

Dr. Common has worked and conducted educational research in Aboriginal communities around the world, including New Zealand, Amazon, China, Africa and throughout Northern Ontario, Manitoba, the Arctic and Labrador.

Asima Vezina

Member at Large

Asima C. Vezina joined Algoma Universut as President and Vice-Chancellor on October 23, 2017, bringing with her more than 25 years of experience in education.  

Asima is well known to the community of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas. She was raised in the communities of Bruce Mines and Desbarats and is one of three siblings of Dr. David and Zahida Croskery.  Asima resides in Sault Ste. Marie with her husband Mitch and two children Eric and Emilie.

Asima believes in the individual and collective strengths within and across an organization, bringing people together collaboratively, in focused action toward a common vision. Her leadership style is characterized by a strong sense of community, teamwork, pride, and accountability, and putting student success and excellence in teaching and learning at the centre of the organization.  

Jody Rebek

Member at Large

As a Leadership and Management consultant for Vive Consulting, Jody leads transformation efforts that bring renewed focus, positive growth and results-oriented action plans to individuals, organizations and communities. Working primarily with nonprofit and government sectors, she organizes leadership and entrepreneurial development opportunities via project or talent management, strategic planning, culture building, and leadership development sessions. Jody has worked for over ten years in community and organizational development building high-level strategies, programs and projects.  She has also served in executive leadership for several years, primarily in nonprofit organizations, and was a provincial representative for business and government boards/committees, such as on Cisco Canada’s True Growth ecosystem development.  She has more than 25 years of facilitation experiences, managerial expertise, and 20 years of entrepreneurial and leadership coaching and instruction experience. 

Jody was awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to complete her Masters of Arts degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hon.) and Computer Science Certificate from Laurentian University. Currently, she is completing her PhD in Educational Studies in Leadership and Policy, at Lakehead University and her research focuses mindful leadership development with undergraduates.

Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in management at the Lukenda School of Business teaching leadership, management, organizational behaviour, employee development and training and research practices at Lake Superior State University.  Jody is the inaugural winner of the Algoma Alumni Achievement award, an Athena award winner through the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, and most recently the Innovative Educator of the Year through the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.  Most importantly, she is a mom of two young boys - Mateo, eight, and Gabriel, five years.

Dr. David Nanang

Energy & Environment Lead

Dr. David Nanang was appointed as the Director General at Natural Resources Canada’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre in January 2014. Prior to this appointment he was the acting Director General since February 2012. Dr. Nanang first joined the Great Lakes Forestry Centre as Director of Forest Ecology in March 2009.

Dr. Nanang’s previous experience also includes working as a Senior Policy Advisor from 2006 to 2009 and as an Environmental Policy and Regulatory Affairs Advisor from 2005 to 2006 at Indian and Northern Affairs. He first started his career with the federal public service as an Economist with the Canadian Forest Service in Ottawa in 2003.

Prior to coming to Canada, Dr. Nanang held forestry positions in Ghana such as Deputy District Forest Officer and Lecturer in Forestry at the University for Development Studies. 

Dr. Nanang has a BSc in Natural Resource Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has an MSc in Forestry from Lakehead University and a PhD in Forest Economics from the University of Alberta. He has authored one book, co-authored another, and co-edited a book on natural resources. He has approximately 35 peer reviewed articles, reports and book chapters.

Lucia Reece

Education Lead

Lucia Reece is the Director of Education for the Algoma District School Board and an executive member of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE).  Previously, Lucia was Superintendent of Program (K-8) which included curriculum implementation and supervision, school and Board improvement planning, the Board’s leadership development strategy, school organization and staffing, capital planning, negotiations and implementing healthy schools/character education initiatives.  Lucia is an Education Partner with the Education Research & Development Corporation and served on the Board of Directors with Curriculum Services Canada.  She is currently the co-chair of the Algoma Leadership Table and a member of the Ontario Public School Board Association’s Labour Council.  She has been an avid supporter of the Community Christmas for Children, Healthy Kids initiatives and Safe Community events.  Passionate about learning and leadership, she is always seeking opportunities to grow herself and to support the learning and leadership of others.

Tim Lukenda

Member at Large

Tim Lukenda has been leading Extendicare as its President and Chief Executive Officer since joining the organization in April 2008. Tim oversees all aspects of the business including having responsibility for the company's network of 118 owned and managed senior care centres and related healthcare divisions as well as Canada's largest provider of home healthcare services. Tim is committed to a vision of delivering high quality care and service throughout the healthcare continuum to meet the needs of a growing seniors' population in Canada. He leads a highly trained and qualified workforce of over 23,000 individuals who are dedicated to helping people live better through a commitment to quality service and a passion for what they do.

For 11 years before joining Extendicare, Tim was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Tendercare, the largest provider of skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in the State of Michigan. Before joining Tendercare, Tim was Vice President, Investment Banking with RBC Dominion Securities in Toronto and Calgary, Canada where he was involved in numerous private and public financings and acquisition and divestiture transactions. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance (with Honors) degree and achieved a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business. Tim also serves as the President/Govenor for the Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club. 

Chancellor Shirley Horn

Member at Large

Shirley Horn is the first-ever Chancellor of Algoma University, effective June 13th, 2015. She was sworn in at the University’s annual Convocation ceremony, thereby commencing her five-year term.

Horn is from Chapleau, Ontario, and at the age of five was sent to St. Johns Indian Residential School. She was then transferred to the Shingwauk Indian Residential School at the age of seven, where she remained for six years. In 1981, she helped found the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA), a constructive organization that has been a leader at the national level on the residential school issue. She remained in a leadership position with the organization for 34 years.
In 2005, Horn returned to the Shingwauk Indian School Residential School site – now the home of Algoma University – to enroll in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.  As a rare graduate of both the Residential School and the University, she received a standing ovation at Convocation in 2009. In 2015, she received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Algoma University Alumni Council.

Horn has been Chief of her own community, the Missanabie Cree First Nation for 10 years, and has also been a member of the Missanabie Cree Elders’ Council. Horn is also Co-Founder of the Echoes of the World Drum Festival, a former member of the Shingwauk Education Trust (SET), and an accomplished artist. Her piece, Project of the Heart, is on permanent display outside of the Doc Brown Lounge at Algoma U.
Chancellor Horn serves as the titular head of the institution. She participates in major ceremonies and events, including the annual September Induction as well as Convocation. Horn confers all degrees. By acting as an ambassador of Algoma U, she also helps to raise the profile of the University as well as assist in both relationship-building and fundraising initiatives. Horn provides support to the University President, as requested, and promotes the University’s special mission in regards to Anishinaabe education.

Susan George

Economic Growth & Diversity Lead

Susan moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 2017 and quickly launched STEaM after recognizing the need to engage our youth in STEM and to expose them to the many career choices it enables. In her short time here, she's fully embraced SSM as her new home and her involvement with FutureSSM is evidence of that. 

Susan't professional experience includes 20+ years in the Telecom industry (Nortel, Tellabs and Cisco) in Ottawa. Her long career in Corporate Quality, Engineering Operations and Special Advisor to Presdienet, Cisco Canada has enabled a wealth of knowledge in various functions including technology, product development, program management, strategy and planning, facilitation and leadership. Throughout her career, she has always had a passion for technology, business, and giving back to her community through volunteerism. 

Sean Meades

Arts & Culture Lead

Sean Meades is Director of the Northern Ontario Research Development Ideas and Knowledge (NORDIK) Institute and Lecturer in the Department of Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University in Baawating (Sault Ste. Marie). Meades is currently the chair of the Future Sault Ste. Marie Arts and Culture Action Team, as well as a member of the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Cultural Advisory Board and Municipal Heritage Committee. He has over ten years of experience working the field of cultural development, and is a PhD candidate in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at York University and his research focuses on language policy, discourse analysis, political economy, cultural development and community economic development in northern, rural and Indigenous communities. 



Brenda Stenta

Member at Large

Brenda is a communications and public relations professional with over twenty five years experience in communications, public relations, and event management in both the private and public sectors. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies and a concentration in finance and economics, she joined Algoma in February 2004. As Manager of Corporate Communications and Branding, Brenda is accountable for internal and external communications and public relations, and serves on committeess with her industry peers at AISI and SMDI. 

As a founding partner of a receptive tour operation, pasat president of the Sault North Rotary Club and former Assistant Manager of the Chamber of Commerce Brenda has spent many years working in the community promoting the virtues of the Algoma region. Today she is a registered member of the International Association of Business Communicators, an active member of the Saut Ste. Marie Community Development Round Table, avid reader, outdoor enthusiast and a proud mother to two teenage children. 

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