FUTURE: Sault Ste. Marie


FutureSSM is a division of the Community Development and Enterprise Services (CDES) Department at the City of Sault Ste. Marie. Under the leadership of Deputy CAO Tom Vair, CDES comprises of Building, Community Services and Planning & Enterprise Services. 

Like you, the team at FuturesSSM is passionate about Sault Ste. Marie and motivated to get results for our community. Most importantly, our team is optimistic about our collective future. Please feel free to reach out to Travis, Katie, Jennifer, Lauren, Todd or Paul any time with questions or ideas. We look forward to working with you!

Travis Anderson


Travis Anderson   Project Manager

Travis Anderson has over 14 years of project management and community development experience in the natural resource sector including leading the development of large-scale renewable and conventional energy projects. His experience includes community consultation and engagement, management of engineering design, commercial feasibility studies, environmental impact assessments, First Nations consultation, stakeholder relations, regulatory approvals, construction and operations in Canada and internationally.

Travis received his Honours Degree in Environmental Studies from Carleton University and obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the Simon Fraser University. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Lauren Doxtater  Social Equity Coordinator

Lauren has long been a champion of social equity issues in our community, in particular for Indigenous peoples. She is Mohawk/Ojibwe from Six Nations of the Grand River and Wikwemikong First Nations who has called Sault Ste. Marie home for over 20 years. 

Lauren is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and possesses a Masters of Social Work from Grand Valley State University where she was awarded a Faculty Recognition Award for Human Rights & Diversity. 

Lauren also possesses a B.A. History and Political Science from Algoma University and Diploma in Social Service Worker (Native Specialization) from Sault College. Lauren has experience working as a Family Crisis Counsellor, and Project Coordinator at NORDIK Institute, where she led several initiatives, including Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC), the Indigenous Youth Leading Youth Anti-Racism Project, and Sault Ste. Marie's Neighbourhood Resource Centre program evaluation, among others. 

Lauren also has experience as an Instructor at Algoma University, where she taught courses in Social Work and CESD Research Methods and led Anishinaabe Writing Workshops. Lauren is a member of the Indigenous Women's Anti-Violence Task Force. 

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Jennifer Mathewson


Jennifer Mathewson Film, Television & Digital Media Coordinator

Jennifer Mathewson has had extensive experience in various areas of filmmaking. She has served as Production Coordinator, Assistant Production Coordinator, Casting Assistant, and Grip for various projects. Her passion for filmmaking and love for Sault Ste. Marie maker her an ideal fit for this position.

She is a graduate of Recording Arts Canada – Audio Engineering, and Sault College – Digital Film Production. Her background includes experience in talent promotion, feature films, television and commercial work.

Jennifer is responsible for coordinating Sault Ste. Marie's dedicated film office, with a specific mandate to facilitate, promote, and develop the film, television and digital media industry in the community.

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Todd Fleet


Todd Fleet Arts & Culture Coordinator

A connector and innovator in the local arts and culture community, Todd Fleet has over 13 years’ experience with the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (CBHC) as an Exhibit Coordinator and Curator. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, program evaluation, business planning and grant writing, which has resulted in over $2 million of funding raised for capital and programming projects of the CBHC. Todd has also been a fine arts practitioner and muralist since 1999.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts Studies from Algoma University and a Certificate in Museum Studies from the Ontario Museum Association.

Todd's role is to coordinate, implement and monitor initiatives designed to improve the Arts & Culture sector of our community. 

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Paul Sayers


Paul Sayers  Labour Force Development Coordinator

Paul Sayers is Anishnaabe from the Garden River First Nation and a graduate of the University of Toronto. With 20+ years’ experience in Human Resources and Community Development, he has dedicated his career to assisting Indigenous people obtain employment in a variety of organizations including the University of Saskatchewan, CIBC, Hydro One, Garden River First Nation and Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training.

His specialization focuses on partnering with external Indigenous organizations and building award-winning programs such as the 2008 CIBC (Calgary) Job Readiness Training program for Aboriginal Women and the Aboriginal Career Start program with the University of Saskatchewan.

He also holds a Registered Professional Recruiter designation through the Institute of Professional Management. As part of his role in Indigenous-focused recruitment, he also specializes in diversity recruitment focusing on Persons with Disabilities, Newcomers, Military Veterans and Women.

Paul is responsible for coordinating, creating and implementing and monitoring initiatives designed to improve the labour force of our community. 

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Emily Cormier


Emily Cormier  Climate Change Coordinator

Emily Cormier has experience in the Canadian private, public and non-profit sector with a focus on natural resources and energy planning. She has worked on energy conservation projects for commercial and industrial organizations in Northwestern Ontario for Synergy North, and the Economic Development Corporation of Wawa where she lead the development of the Wawa Municipal Energy Plan, which won the 2017 Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) Community Project of the Year. Her experience also includes planning and operations on Forest Resource Inventory (FRI) projects across Ontario, and working in a policy analyst capacity for the Federal Government including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Public Safety in Ottawa.

Emily holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa and Master’s in International Business with a Specialization in Project Management from Hult International Business School.

Emily is responsible for leading climate change adaptation and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction initiatives including, conducting a community level GHG emission inventory for our community.

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