About Us


Don Mitchell, Past President

Don came to Sault Ste. Marie as Xerox of Canada's first marketing representative for the Sault Ste. Marie area, which DonMitchell.jpgincluded Elliot Lake to the east and Marathon to the west. In 1972, he decided that the Sault was the place to put down permanent roots. Don, along with his partners, bought Superior 7 Advertising, where he held the position of President and Managing Partner. In 1981, Don moved on to his present career as an insurance broker with Downtown Insurance and Realty Ltd. He was the Sale Manager from 1984 until January 1993. In early 1993, Don joined the Algoma Insurance Group, where he presently holds the position of Vice-President of Commercial Lines/Partner.

Don has been involved in the community as a volunteer and member of numerous boards and committees during his 47 years in Sault Ste. Marie. In the past few years, he received the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce's Presidents Award for Volunteer Services, the Paul Dalseg Community Achievement Award and most recently the "The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal - 2012" for his community and business contributions.  Don has acted, and continues to act, as a facilitator in a number of projects and initiatives, whether business to finance, business to government or business to business. He is presently, a Member of the Algoma University Board of Governors as well as Chair of the University's Campus Development Committee. He also serves as the President and Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and the Chair of the City of Sault Ste. Marie's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Don is known as passionate and forthright, but it is his contagious optimism, exuberance and vision for the success of Sault Ste. Marie that fuels the fire of his tireless efforts on behalf of the community he loves.