Sault Ste Marie Airport Development Corporation

About Us

The Corporation

Under the Federal government’s National Airports Policy (1994), ownership of the Airport was offered to provincial and local governments, airport commissions, private businesses or other interests, in that order. In response to this policy, the SSMADC, an independent, not-for-profit, community based entity incorporated on April 26, 1996, and took over ownership and operation of the Airport on March 28, 1998. Of the 23 regional, local or small airports in Ontario that have been transferred from the Federal government, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport is one of few airports that is not directly affiliated with a municipality. The Airport must raise sufficient revenues from fees, concessions, and leases to meet its operating expenses, provide facilities for tenants, and pay taxes.

Since assuming ownership of the Sault Ste. Marie Airport from the Federal Government the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) has elevated the standards of air transportation available to the community since 1961.

Situated on the original meeting grounds of the Batchewana and Anishinabek people in the heart of the Great Lakes, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport is located on 1,800 acres of land south-west of the City of Sault Ste. Marie. The Sault Ste. Marie Airport is home to two runways, each measuring 6,000 feet (1,829 metres), and serviced by multiple airlines.

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Executive Summary



Our Vision

“To be a vibrant, innovative gateway to and from the centre of the Great Lakes, Canada and North America.”

Our Mission

“To provide trusted, friendly aviation services.”





In 2016, Jerry retired from a career with the City of Sault Ste. Marie as Commissioner of Engineering and Planning. A graduate from the University of Windsor, Jerry is a Registered Professional Planner. Over the course of his career, Jerry played an integral part in the land use planning and economic development for the City of Sault Ste. Marie. Jerry was the lead negotiator in securing the divestiture of the Federal Airport in 1998 to the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation and continues to sit as one of the original Directors.

In addition, Jerry is the Chair of the Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area.

Jerry Dolcetti



Doug retired from Algoma University College (AUC), serving as President from 1987 to 1997. Doug enjoys a lifelong passion for aviation, having a BASc in Aeronautical Engineering (Toronto), a Private Pilot License with 1700+ hrs, 25 years as a Search and Rescue pilot, and is a founding ADC Board member and owner of the leasing company that provides aircraft to Sault Academy of Flight, a private flight school.

Doug had a long association with the University of Waterloo, earning MSc and PhD degrees there. He was a founding member and later Dept. Chair of Waterloo’s world-renowned Computer Science Department, also serving on the Board of Governors and Council of Ontario Universities.

He was part of the group negotiating the divestiture of the Federal Airport in 1998 to the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation and continues to sit as a Director.

Dr. J. Douglas Lawson



Allan retired in 2008 after 30 years with PUC as Vice President of Customer Service and Business Development. A Graduate of Laurentian University, Allan holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Accounting.
Allan is also one of the original members that contributed to securing the divesture of the Federal Airport in 1998 to the Sault Ste Marie Airport Development Corporation and continues to sit as one of the original Directors.
Allan has also been involved with:

-Sault Ste Marie YMCA – President
-Algoma District Community Network – Director

Allan Frederick



Tyler has recently retired after 48 years in aviation including work in safety, sales, service and operation with both air carriers and airlines.

Tyler’s involvement in aviation and volunteer organizations is as follows:

  • 21 years with Air Canada Operations at Pearson International Airport, Toronto
  • 15 years of sales, service and station management with Air Ontario/ Air Canada Jazz, based in Sault Ste. Marie
  • 12 years safety and security with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Aviation Services, based in Sault Ste. Marie
  • Previous member of the Mayor’s Transportation Committee, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Previous member of the board of Rotary Downtown, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Previous member of the board Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerece

Tyler Wilson



Terry Bos joined the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation on February 28, 1999 – less than one year after the transfer of the airport to a private not-for-profit corporation from the federal government.  Terry was brought in on a one year contract to assist the corporation in completing their first business and land use master plan to guide them through their new airport ownership.  Holding a Bachelor of Business Administration from Algoma University the business experience was an essential ingredient in the position.  Following the completion of the Business and Land Use Master Plan the Corporation determined that Terry was an asset and retained him in a marketing position.  On November 1, 2002 Terry was promoted to Finance Manager, on July 1, 2004 Terry was promoted to Airport Manager, on January 22, 2008 Terry was appointed Accountable Executive, and on July 27, 2010 Terry was named CEO, and effective May 26, 2015 Terry was appointed as the President/CEO and Accountable Executive. 

Terry Bos

President & CEO




Joe was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie. He was locally educated and graduated from Algoma University with a degree in Sociology in 1993. He was elected to the executive board of the United Steelworkers Local Union 2251 in 1997 and served in this capacity until October 2009 when he was appointed to his present position as United Steelworkers Union Coordinator. Joe Vice Chaired the Sault Ste. Marie United Way Campaign in 2009 and Chaired the Campaign in 2010. In 2009 he was the recipient of the John Bennett Labour Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the area of voluntary community service. In 2010 he ran for Municipal Office and served as Ward Six Councillor from 2010 till 2018. Joe also chaired the West End Community Centre Steering Committee in 2011 and in 2013 he completed Level 4 of United Steelworkers Union’s Leadership Scholarship Program in Pittsburgh. Joe has been past director in representing the Group Health Association, SSM Social Services Administration Board and SSM Conservation Authority.

Joe Krmpotich




Gino is a native of Sault Ste. Marie. He studied Communications at the University of Windsor and Broadcast Journalism at Fanshawe College before beginning his career in broadcasting. He is currently employed at Sault College as a professor in the Public Relations and Event Management Program. He is also employed part-time at Rogers Radio as a broadcast journalist and works as a free-lance reporter and hockey play by play broadcaster for Soo Greyhound games at Shaw TV. Gino has also worked as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Soo Greyhounds and in sales & marketing with Cliffe Printing. He is currently a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Hockey Hall of Fame committee and has served as vice-chairman of the SSM Parks & Recreation Advisory committee, chairperson of the SSM Sports Hall of Fame committee, and vice-president of the G. Marconi Society.

Gino Cavallo



A professional with extensive experience building community partnerships across Ontario to improve the economic and health well-being of Ontarians. Sandra Hollingsworth has been a city Councillor for the City of Sault Ste. Marie since 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nipissing University and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Windsor, which has served her well as a community leader. Sandra is a registered nurse where she has cared for many patients in Sault Ste. Marie at the Sault Area Hospital and War Memorial Hospital. Currently she is working with Dr. Sibbald to improve the delivery of health care for northern Ontario indigenous communities. She is also actively involved with a number of boards and committees including; board member for her family business Soo Mill and Lumber Co., Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Conservation Authority, Governor on the Sault College board, Director on the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities board, and member of the Sault Ste. Marie Accessibility Committee.

Sandra A. Hollingsworth




Pelham is presently an Associate Professor of Marketing and Small Business Management at Algoma University. He has over 25years of University teaching experience in the fields of management and marketing. Pelham holds Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degrees from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University. His areas of expertise include marketing, small business, and entrepreneurship. He also provides business consulting services on both local and provincial projects.

Pelham has worked with and assisted with many non-profit and First Nation organizations, and has been involved with a number of professional affiliations. He has also been a project developer, a facilitator and instructor for many government sponsored business training programs.

Pelham Matthews





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