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Innovation Accelerator Program Specialist

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

Job Type: Permanent Full

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. It’s 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.  

SSMIC is currently looking for an Innovation Accelerator Program Specialist for its Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Services.

Job Description

The position would report to the Business Development Manager and work closely with the Business Development Coordinator. The Innovation Accelerator Program Specialist would be responsible for delivering and managing all aspects of the Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) with the objective of enhancing innovation, commercialization, management and trade capacity of SMEs in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma region (see full program description here).  Duties and Responsibilities

The Innovation Accelerator Program Specialist would undertake the following activities:

  • Lead/participate in client meetings
  • Lead/participate in the client intake process (initial client contact, information gathering/vetting)
  • Lead the application process (assisting clients with forms and service provider quoting, providing input for reviews/recommendations, preparation of emails/agreements)
  • Lead Service Provider research and interactions
  • Client relationship management and tracking throughout individual applicant project lifecycles
  • Prepare various reports for stakeholders and funders
  • Tracking, maintenance and data gathering for client surveys (via Survey Monkey)
  • Prepare presentations and deliver workshops across SSM and Algoma to further market and promote the IAP;
  • Work with regional partners delivering similar initiatives to gather information and report on GAPs in the Innovation ecosystem. Travel would be required throughout the Algoma district


  • College diploma or University degree, preferably in a Business, Information Technology or Computer Science field, and/or 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Passion for science and/or technology.  Good to excellent understanding of several areas of IT would be considered an asset
  • 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)

This is a contract position for the duration of the IAP program with a target end date of October, 2019.

Please submit a cover letter and resume before Friday October 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to:


Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
99 Foster Drive, Level Six
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
P6A 5X6

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