Long-time tourism advocate retires

Long-time tourism advocate retires

Long-time tourism advocate Ian McMillan is retiring from the Economic Development Corp.

His retirement is effective July 31.

The executive director of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie was hired in 2001 to head the newly-formed tourism division.

“Ian has had a significant impact on economic and tourism development in Sault Ste. Marie,” said EDC board chair Robert Reid. “From the Agawa Canyon Tour Train revitalization project and Group of Seven product development, to securing major events like the 2012 CARHA Hockey World Cup and attracting cruise ships, his legacy is far reaching.”

Prior to joining the EDC, McMillan was a brand manager for the Northern Tourism Marketing Corporation and Executive Director fo the Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association.

He’s also participated in a number of boards including the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, Attractions Ontario, Great Lakes Cruising Coalition and Cruise Ontario. He was also inducted into the Festivals and Events Ontario hall of fame in 2017.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to promote the community and region, where my family and I call home,” McMillan said.

Reid said the organization will look at replacing the position in the coming weeks.

“Moving forward we’re eager to build off our past successes and continue to drive economic and tourism development in Sault Ste. Marie,” he said.

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