DTA Team 2019


Josh Ingram

Executive Director

Born and Raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Josh is a graduate of Algoma University, a local entrepreneur, owning and operating a family owned business since 2003.

Josh Ingram is the Executive Director of the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association (BIA), Board of Director for the Ontario BIA Association, winner of the Customer First and Community First Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce awards for 2018. Ingram chairs the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie's Downtown Community Development Committee, and is a Board of Director with the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association. In addition, Ingram recently completed a fellowship with the MaRS Discovery District (the worlds largest innovation hub) developing policy recommendations regarding the future of Ontario’s work and educational landscape.

Ashlyn McMillan

Events. & Comms. Coordinator

Ashlyn McMillan has been the Coordinator for over two years

She is a graduate of Sault College of Arts & Technology. Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ashlyn is very passionate about Sault Ste. Marie and the Downtown community.

Dave Haryettn

Beautification Associate

You Probably see Dave on the street everyday!

Working at the DTA since December, David is the “man” on the street for the Downtown Associa- tion. Though still very much getting his feet wet, his time so far with the DTA has been far more rewarding than he imagined it could be. “I get paid to meet people and stay active... I love it.”


Emma Neish

Digital Tourism & Special Projects

Emma Neish is the Digital, Tourism and Special Projects Intern for this year.

She is a graduate of the Digital Media - Graphic Design program. She is very excited to be joining the Downtown Association to promote what the downtown has to offer. She is excited for event season and to see what the upcoming year holds.


Kristi Cistaroi


In 2010, Kristi started the baby and children's store, Stork and Bundle in Heritage Square. Since then it has grown to also include a seasonal toy shop called The Toy Box and several pop up events annually both locally and in the surrounding communities.

Kristi also works part-time for the Ministry of the Attorney General and volunteers her time with the DTA to help encourage revitalization and economic development in our historic downtown. Kristi brings experience in retail management, business, marketing, event planning, project management and finance to the board and has served the board since 2016. Born and raised in SSM, Kristi comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her great grandfather started Boston Motors in 1932. She completed her BSc in Biology from The University of Western Ontario in 2000 and moved home with her husband Sam in 2007 to be closer to family and raise their 2 children."

Paul Scornaienchi

Vice Chair

The goal this year is to triplicate the positive momentum that has been built with the membership and our partners over the last year. My life and career as principal and interior designer with Ergo Office Plus has been here in our community of Sault Ste. Marie for 57 years.

The year 2019 is my 4th year with the SSM Queenstown BIA as a member of the board. My commitment is to open my ears and eyes to ensure there is a clear understanding of the task at hand before recommending solutions that best represent the entire membership, our partners and our community. My passion is for a healthy downtown (commerce and community enjoyment) and my commitment is to build a foundation of trust and respect amongst all BIA members with communication, education and membership involvement. Our measuring stick is a busy and populated downtown at all hours of the day and evening who are enjoying the business and environment for a healthy and clean urban lifestyle. I am a believer in governance (the legal processes of a focused board and its membership) ... streetscape beautification (our unique sault branding and the accessibility of our downtown) ... events (that promote ALL sectors of the downtown membership businesses, agencies and residential living).

Frank Gaccione


Frank has been a board member of the BIA for over a decade, and ads a wealth of institutional memory to the team. "I have been on the Downtown Association board for the past 12 years...I see there has been a lot of progress and wish to see it continue. I am very proud of how the downtown core has changed over the years.”

Owner of the old ‘Virene’s building’ Frank lends his expertise in accounting as Treasurer of the Downtown Association’s executive committee and oversee’s staffs processes in requests for quotation, budget, levy’s assessment.

Liz Filice


Elizabeth is an active team member in our community and sits on many city committees. She is also an elected executive member for the OSSTF union, Sault Ste. Marie Property Standards Committee, and part of the Health and Safety Committee for HSCDSB. In addition, she holds designated historical properties in the BIA.

“I believe in a flourishing downtown. A downtown where people can have positive experiences and want to invest in. I am committed to keeping up with entrepreneurial opportunities in a rapidly changing global marketplace and adapting these concepts in a strategic plan to aid in a self-sustaining yet vibrant downtown.”

Neeta Marwah


Neeta is the owner of the East Indian restaurant Rasoi’s. She has been fully involved with the East Indian community in Sault Ste. Marie since 2009 and is strongly trying to bring in the culture through music, Indian food and artifacts from India and trying to make Sault Ste. Marie a more diverse city.

She loves to meet people and learn about other cultures.

Paul Mason


I am an original Saultite, moved back 2 years ago from downtown Toronto. I live and work downtown, running my own business, the Disability Assistance Group, helping people with disabilities get money from the government. I also utilize my Bachelors in Commerce degree as a financial advisor. I can be seen daily walking downtown with my dog, Chewie (The staffs proclaimed mascot of the Downtown Assoc. office), as well as my toddler and wife

Frequent stops are Outspoken Brewery, Ernie's diner, and the Downtown Association, letting Josh know my thoughts on everything downtown, whether he wants to hear it or not. I am very excited to be part of the Downtown Association, as I feel the SOO is at a major turning point. Economically, politically, socially, and professionally. To be a part of that, helping the other members and the community in getting people involved, is important to me, as I am invested in seeing the Soo grow and develop. Oh, fun facts... I am an avid axe-thrower, just started a dodgeball league in the SOO.

Angela Romano


Angela is happy to be returning to the Board of Directors for a second term and looks forward to continuing to implement the Strategic Plan that the previous Board worked hard to develop. It has been rewarding to see some of the priorities we identified be addressed and I am confident that we can continue to make our downtown a destination that people want to visit, live, work in and promote.

I am a life-long resident of Sault Ste. Marie who is passionate about seeing our city prosper and having a vibrant, safe, aesthetically pleasing downtown is very important to me. In fact, I have the pleasure of promoting our beautiful city and province on a daily basis with my employment with Destination Ontario, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport as the Team Leader of the Ontario Travel Information Centre. I feel my tourism background and connections in tourism will be a benefit to the Downtown Association and hopefully can help to bridge the gap and cross-promote between the DTA and the various tourism organizations, attractions, accommodations in the region. Anyone who follows me on my personal social media channels can attest to the fact that I am a passionate supporter of all things downtown and of our City in general, with many people looking to my social media feed to know what’s happening! Along with being a Director, I also chair the Communications sub-committee and am a member (and frequent volunteer) for the Events subcommittee which although time-consuming has been very rewarding. I invite any interested DTA members and interested residents to join a subcommittee if you have an interest in volunteering and helping to grow our downtown! I look forward to seeing what the next few years will bring downtown and it is time to continue proving the point that downtown is not dead, far from it!

Michael Szczepaniak


General Manager of Station Mall, Michael is a life-long Sault resident who is passionate about his hometown and eager to apply effort to transforming the downtown core.

“Looking forward to contributing to the Sault Downtown BIA and helping effect some meaningful change.”

Lisa Vezeau-Allen

City of Sault Ste. Marie Council Representative (Councilor Ward 2)

Lisa Vezeau-Allen grew up and raised her young family in Sault Ste. Marie, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Algoma University in 1991, and attained a Not-for-Profit Management post graduate degree in 2006 from St. Clair College in Windsor.

Her work experience is varied: she has taught English courses at both St. Clair College and Sault College, supported the Big Brothers Association of Sault Ste. Marie in a finance and fundraising role and has led organizations as an Executive Director for both the Sault Youth Association and The Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District. As a "break" she and a partner-led their passion of fashion, events and bridal and operated Bubble Pop Beauty and Bridal in our own downtown Sault Ste. Marie. She returned to her non-profit roots and has most recently led the granting and fund development revenues as the Director of Fund Development for the YMCA of Boulder Valley via distance from her home in Sault Ste. Marie. Lisa has over 25 years experience in the Not-for-Profit sector, joined her first Board of Directors at the age of 18, and believes in giving back to the community.

The Downtown Association currently has 7 subcommittees made up of board of directors, staff & community volunteers assisting the association.

Events Subcommittee

To provide leadership in uniting Downtown Members with Downtown Events. To inform, engage and facilitate Downtown Events for the promotion of all Downtown Members for community and tourist enjoyment.

Beautification Subcommittee

Provide communication, planning and outreach to ensure pedestrian safety, introduce new amenities for the beautification of Queen Street and strengthen the economy of the Association Membership.

Communications Subcommittee

To Facilitate effective information sharing between Downtown Members, City of SSM, and the Public with the goal to increase awareness and interest of all Downtown Business Sectors and updates of events and new initiative.

Governance Subcommittee

Conducts regularly-scheduled re-examination of the BIA's Mission and Vision Statement, By-Laws and Policy, reviews of operation policy (conflict-of-interest, ethics, whistle-blower, procurement, contract review, grievance, etc) Oversees Board orientation and development.

Service Sector Subcommittee

To facilitate an increased return of investment and awareness of out service sector membership within The Downtown Association

Grant Writing Subcommittee

To identify available funding opportunities,relevant to the Association's strategic plan for the committee to pursue.

Finance Subcommittee

Responsible for recommending financial policies, goals and budgets that support the mission, values and strategic goals of the Association. As well as monitoring significant financial planning and reporting matters to the board.