Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp.
Dan Hollingsworth brings a wealth of experience and a new perspective to the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC). Dan was appointed to the role of Director, Strategic Initiatives in the fall of 2013 and subsequently he was appointed as the Executive Director, Business Development in 2014. In 2018, Dan assumed the responsibility for the entire organization, inclusive of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie.
He is responsible for coordinating a number of key initiatives, including the successful business retention and expansion program, management and the delivery of international relations and investment attraction portfolio, as well as the management of the organization’s business support services. Dan has the responsibility for working with stakeholders in the tourism sector and works to promote and market the community’s assets and create new products for the travel and tourism industry.
Through his leadership, the organization has evolved to include the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship and he has created success with many business expansion projects and development initiatives.
Prior to joining the SSMEDC, Dan worked at FedNor Industry Canada for 13 years. During his term with the federal government’s Northern Ontario economic development organization, he was responsible for the development of key portfolios and developing community-based initiatives. Before joining FedNor, Dan was President of RAPIDS Community Investment Inc., a non-profit organization with a mandate to improve the accessibility to financing for growth-oriented firms in Sault Ste. Marie. Prior to that, he was a Regional Manager for Western Canada with NORCAM Currency Exchange Ltd., based in London, Ontario.
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Dan holds an Economics degree from Laurentian University (Algoma), along with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Lake Superior State University. Dan is married to Susan, an elementary school teacher, and he is a very proud father of Sarah and Graeme.
Hundreds of small to medium-sized businesses across Canada and Northern Ontario provide a range of goods and services to resource operations, including construction, catering, environmental services, security and manufactured equipment. Resource industries are major employers of Indigenous people in Canada and provide critical training opportunities for Indigenous youth. Indigenous communities are increasingly operating and investing […]