Northern Ontario native becomes city’s economic development manager


The city of Sault Ste. Marie has a new director of economic development, she said in a statement this morning.
Rick Van Staveren, who was born and raised in Northern Ontario, took over the job yesterday.

He brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role, including tourism and retail management.

Here is the full text of the city:

The city of Sault Ste. Marie is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Van Staveren as Director of Economic Development effective January 11, 2021.

Van Staveren has over 25 years of executive management and change management experience in the courier industry, leading the sales and operations divisions in Canada, the United States and South America. . He brings seven years of experience with a major Canadian supplier of consumer goods where he was responsible for the retail network, customer service, commercial furniture and small business sales. Van Staveren’s previous experiences include experience as an entrepreneur, managing director in the tourism industry, and retail management. He has provided consulting solutions for a number of companies including DHL Canada, City of Toronto, Toronto Animal Services, Thorfam / Atlantis Group of Companies, and Toronto Municipal Licensing and Services.

“We are delighted to have someone of Rick’s caliber join our team. Rick will be a great addition as we work to stimulate and support job growth and entrepreneurial success in Sault Ste. Marie, ”said Tom Vair, Assistant Director General, Community Development and Business Services. “Rick is an exceptional leader with a proven ability to develop strategies and plans that help move organizations forward. It will play a key role in developing and achieving economic growth and prosperity in our community.

Van Staveren is a graduate of Confederation College, Kennedy-Western University and has completed leadership development programs at the University of Notre Dame, Emory University and the Schulich School of Business. Rick is also certified in the use of Extended DISC analysis tools and provides management coaching and development. He is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), Change Management Professional (Acuity) and Change Management Specialist (CMS).

“I want to thank the city of Sault Ste. Marie for this opportunity. I look forward to working with the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation as we strive to maximize economic development and investment in all facets of the community we serve, ”said Van Staveren.

Van Staveren was born, raised and attended school in Northern Ontario. His family business experience includes owning the Beaver Tourist Center in White River, as well as the Bonanza in Batchawana Bay.


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