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.
"Home town revitalization and stability is a passion, and this position lets me be a cog in the machine that will aid in business development, social interaction and the prosperity of our downtown core. I appreciate the opportunity to bring value to our community."
You Probably see Matthew on the street everyday!
Matthew has been at the DTA since September, he constantly raking, shovelling, painting, weeding. It's a lot of hard work, and it aids in the beautification and upkeep of our streets.
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Bryan has decades of experience in many facets of industry including: private, non-for-profit, municipal and federal sectors.
"I welcome the opportunity to transfer my skill set into an advisory role to assist the BIA in meetings its targets of creating value, maximizing growth and improving business performance."
Owner/Principal of Ergo Office Plus, has sat on multiple City committees including the BIA. Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Business Development and education committee. Paul is knowledgeable of our city trends with diversity, politics, funding, education, business and industry in relation to other northern and southern communities.
"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."
Frank has been a board member of the BIA for the better part of the last decade, and ads a wealth of institutional memory to the team.
"I have been on the Downtown Association board for the past eight 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."
Grace's ties to the BIA are abundant, she operates her clinic out of a Queen St. E building, owns property within the BIA, site on the Calabrians Multicultural Society which owns property within the BIA and has had a long tenure on the Downtown Board.
"I believe that many of our goals and ides should focus on 'Building community' all while keeping our downtown 'on the map'...I would be happy to continue to volunteer my time to help move this Association in a direction that will benefit all BIA members and all members of the community at large."
Joseph A. Biseglia
Mr. Bisceglia has a wealth of experience. He has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court of Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice and before various Arbitrators, Administrative Tribunals, and Administrative Boards in relation to Labour Law, Accident Benefits and administrative Claims.
Mr. Bisceglia is the former Chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Transit Commission and has been a member of the Sault Ste. Marie District Health Council. A member of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation and the Chairman of the Tourism Committee.
Kristi started working in the downtown core at a car dealership her great-grandfather founded in Heritage Square, the block that her business, Stork and Bundle, now resides nearly a century later. Winer of the 2013 Young Entrepreneur/Business of the Year award, as well as Customer Service Award from the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce.
"I have served on the volunteer Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Waterfront Child Development for over a year and serve on the fundraising committee... I am an entrepreneur at heart. I know how to make things happen..."
In 2016 Mr. Ring (Rory) joined the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ring (Rory) has always been focused on the need for a community to build a sustainable and growing economic base from within, while maintaining a strong open for global business philosophy.
"He is engaged in building community prosperity and a shared vision for Sault Ste Marie and that has made him a committed and (hopeful) long term resident of (Sault Ste. Marie) this community."
Angela is currently a Team Leader for the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation for the Ontario Travel Information Centre becoming familiar with the needs of tourists visiting downtown settings. These insights will be of value to the BIA membership as we move forward in our initiatives with the new board.
"I have a vested interest in the quality of life for residents living downtown and also want to see downtown businesses thrive I shop downtown because of the unique offerings available and of course, because of the fabulous customer service received by downtown retailers."
Romano was elected as City Councillor in Ward 6 October 27th, 2014. Among his many accolades was the appointment of to Chair of the interim board of management for the Downtown Association (Queenstown BIA). Councillor Romano sits on multiple committees including: the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Sault Ste. Marie Conservation Authority, Grid Committee, Immigration Action Committee, Procurement Policies and Procedures Committee, Board and Committee Appointment Policy Committee, Cheif Administrative Officer Selection Committee, CAO Consultant Recruitment Committee.
Along with the other members of the Interim Queenstown BIA Board of 2016, Romano facilitated continued beautification, event services, as well as updating internal policy and procedures that will continue to aid in the return on investment of levies payed by BIA members.
The Downtown Association currently has 3 subcommittees made up of board of directors, staff & community volunteers assisting the association.
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.
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.
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.