Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area

Board of Directors

The board consists of volunteer members from the area. Their responsibilities include general operation, development of corporate policy, strategic direction, budgeting and the Investment Fund. There are a total of nine seats on the Board. There is also a minimum of two standing committees reporting to the Board of Directors of the Corporation. The first standing committee is the Investment Committee. The second standing committee is the Community Development Committee. Other committees are struck upon the direction of the Board of Directors to carry out any further duties the Board deems necessary for the corporation to execute its mandate.

Board Recruitment

CDC Board members are recruited through an open process that includes the following steps:

Positions are advertised in the local newspaper
Expressions of interest and resumes are reviewed by a selection committee
Applicants are screened for the community they represent and relevant skills
Candidates receive an orientation package at meeting with executive director
Selection to the Board is by resolution

Current Board of Directors

Jerry Dolcetti, Chair

Jerry Dolcetti has recently retired from the position of  Commissioner of Engineering and Planning for the City of Sault Ste. Marie and is a registered professional planner. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors for the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation. The Corporation owns and operates the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, and has a board of directors and a staff of 22.

Jerry has been a member of the Community Development Committee of the CDC and a board director since 1995.

Janice Beatty, Vice-Chair

Janice Beatty is Vice President, Human Resources and Student Services at Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology. Prior to her work with the College, Janice was employed by the Algoma District School Board as Manager of Human Resources. Her education includes studies in mediation, human resources, educational administration and business. Janice has worked in public education for many years, at both local and district levels and has extensive experience in educational management, labour relations and collective bargaining. She also serves on provincial committees in the college sector.

Janice has lived in Sault Ste. Marie for twelve years and has participated in local United Way campaigns, Big Bike rides and the CIBC Run for the cure. She has been a Community Development Committee member and Board member since 2006.

Patty Desjardins, Secretary-Treasurer

Patty Desjardins has been employed at KPMG since 1989, and is currently a senior manager in the independent business enterprise assurance practice. Since 1992, Patty has been a Chartered Accountant in the province of Ontario and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. As well, Patty has served as treasurer of the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie since 1998.

She received a bachelor of science in accounting cum laude from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in 1989. Patty has served as a board director of the CDC since July 2003.

Ann Barkley

Ann Barkley has been involved in the Sault Ste. Marie business community for over fifty years. Her career began as a private secretary and advanced over the years to her current capacity as a small business owner of Trillium Office Furniture. She is actively involved in the business in all aspects, including the financial responsibilities.

Ann has also volunteered with various service clubs and fundraising organizations in Sault Ste. Marie. She is a member of the board of directors with the Harbourview Condominium Corp. and sits on various committees for it. Ann became a member of the CDC Investment Committee in 2002 and a board director in December 2002.

Monica Dale

Monica Dale is a Commercial Account Executive with Dawson & Keenan Insurance and has attained Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker, Canadian Professional Insurance Broker, Chartered Insurance Professional and Associate in Insurance Production Canada designations.

Monica has most recently joined the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario Board of Directors after serving as President on the Young Brokers Council and the local Affiliate, the Sault Insurance Brokers Association as President for two terms where she remains as a Director. Monica has served as President of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, liaison for the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce's Strive Young Professionals Group, committee member and Ambassador for The Insurance Institute, a Director on the Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving Board and owns and manages several rental units.

Hal McGonigal

Mr. McGonigal retired in 1996 from a professional career in the field of regional development in northern Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. A resident of Prince Township, his community involvement includes: Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie, the Ontario Woodlot Owners Association, the Local Citizens' Committee for the Algoma Crown Forest Management Area, the Drinking Water Source Protection Committee for Sault Ste. Marie, as well as a member of the Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area (CDC) since 1999.

Stephanie Hopkin

Stephanie was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. After secondary school, Stephanie moved to London, Ontario where she completed a double major in Comparative Literature and Culture and Technical and Rhetorical Writing. Shortly after graduating, she moved back to Sault Ste. Marie and worked as a Communications Officer for the Ministry of Natural Resources in the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Branch. From November 2011 to November 2014, Stephanie worked in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Sault Ste. Marie as the Community Engagement Coordinator. Currently, Stephanie is a Regional Coordinator at Tourism Northern Ontario. In this role, she combines her passion for public relations with her love of the outdoors and travelling to focus on the organization’s marketing, communications and investment attraction initiatives.

Stephanie has sat on a number of committees including the Age-Friendly Sault Ste. Marie Steering Committee, the Algoma Youth Engagement Network, the Board of Directors for, and sat as chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Strive Young Professionals Group for 2014. Currently she sits on the Board of Directors for the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals Network of Ontario. She is also actively involved in the Economic Development Council of Ontario’s Marketing Committee.

Bill Pasiak

Bill Pasiak is a Certified Management Accountant experienced in investment review, strategic planning, and productivity improvement. He has held budgeting and controllership positions in both the public and private sectors.

Bill has been a life-long volunteer and continues giving his time and expertise for a variety of causes. In May 2010 he received a 20-year Volunteer Service Award from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for his ongoing contribution to the United Way's Community Investment Committee.

Terry Rainone

Terry Rainone received his Master of Business Administration degree from Lake Superior State University in May 1992. He is currently a partner of Palmer Paving & Construction Ltd. Active in the community, he has served as president of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, vice-chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital, chairman of finance of the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital and chairman of the Planning Committee of the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital. He also served as secretary of Sault Ste. Marie Homebuilders’ Association. Mr. Rainone served as executive director of the Community Development Corporation from October 1995 until April 1996.

Darlene Solomon

Innovative financial team leader and senior manager specializing in policy development, contract management, and regulatory compliance in both private and public sectors. Darlene is a high-producing, subject-matter expert with a diversified background successfully writing grant proposals, negotiating contracts, and tendering for proposals coupled with a strong work ethic. Client-focused strategist skilled at leveraging profitable partnerships and fulfilling corporate objectives. Technically-savvy project manager with engaging public speaking and facilitation skills. Extensive experience in capital project analysis, expenditure forecasting, and financial reporting and budget management.  Culturally sensitive to First Nations culture and traditions.  Darlene completed her B.A., in Indigenous Economic Development at Trent University in 2008.  Darlene spent twenty – eight years of her professional career in Toronto working with the urban Indigenous community, provincial and federal governments in Senior Management and Policy Advisory roles prior to moving home to Garden River First Nation in 2010.  Darlene is from the Anishinabek Nation and resides in Garden River First Nation where she holds employment as the Manager of Economic Resource and Community Development with her First Nation. 

Rachel Tyczinski

Ms. Tyczinski is the Deputy City Clerk and Manager of Quality Improvement for the City of Sault Ste. Marie. She was formerly the Corporate Affairs Officer for the City and the Administrator of Prince Township. She received the designation of Certified Municipal Officer in 1998. Her community work has included being a board member of Sault Ste. Marie Naturally Green, Administrative Officer of the Prince Township Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Community Development Committee of the Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area.

Resource members

Tracey Forsyth

Tracey Forsyth joined FedNor, the federal government's economic development initiative for northern and rural Ontario, in 2001. As a Community Economic Development Officer, Tracey works with a variety of community stakeholders in Sault Ste. Marie and area in an effort to promote FedNor's key development priorities which are: community economic development, business growth and competiveness; and innovation. During her career, Mrs. Forsyth has held many roles in program management, business administration and communications, with a variety of organizations in the private sector as well as federal and municipal governments. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Superior State University.