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Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre Published: February 9, 2017
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The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) serves as a catalyst for growth in the technology and knowledge-based sectors in Sault Ste. Marie and area. Its objective is to drive business growth, facilitate research and commercialize innovation in globally significant areas of science and technology through partnerships, expert advice, community development, business incubation, youth outreach and sector development activities.

Job Description

SSMIC is currently looking for a dynamic individual with knowledge of IT and science industries to develop relationships, manage strategic projects, and serve client needs. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Business Development Manager will provide an opportunity to lead Business Development activity for SSMIC’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Services. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead advisory and research services to entrepreneurs of science and technology-focused ventures, including:
  • Responsible for leading the business development team, supervision and mentorship of direct reports
  • Research, report on, and lead a team that will support the implementation of Business Development best practices in the following areas:
  • Business Incubation/Acceleration
  • Youth Business Incubation
  • Integration of Social Innovation/Entrepreneurship with Business Development activities
  • Penetrate new business through in-person meetings/presentations with key client managers and senior executives
  • Assist in development of funding proposals
  • Plan entrepreneur education and networking events
  • Generate new business through telephone calls and participation in networking organizations/events, and successfully expand and maintain existing client base
  • Maintain records of client interactions and a consistent pipeline of existing and prospective business
  • Engage in multiple projects concurrently
  • Prepare and maintain client specific metrics and analytics
  • Manage strategic market development projects
  • Execute other SSMIC projects as required
  • Marketing, advertising and promotion planning for business development activities.


  • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Commerce or related field
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in business development, sales, and/or business analysis, ideally with small to medium sized businesses and startups
  • Passion for science and/or technology and in particular, entrepreneurship within these fields
  • Experience leading a team in a manager or supervisor role
  • Demonstrated track record of high achievement, leadership and self-motivation
  • Strong research abilities
  • An aptitude for accurate, highly detailed analytical skills
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to utilize the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Please submit a cover letter and resume before February 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to: or 1520 Queen Street East, Suite CC200 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A 2G4