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BOARD of Directors


St Mary's River Marine Heritage Centre Board of Directors 2018 

Louis Muio - President
Louis has been entrenched in Sault Ste. Marie from childhood as his parents were co-owners of Muio’s Restaurant and the Adanac Restaurant. He attended St. Mary's College, Sir James Dunn, Lake State University and Western Michigan University and returned to Sault Ste. Marie to start a family and begin his career at Abitibi Pulp and Paper Corp. He had held several positions there as Project Engineer, Project Manager Major Capital Projects and Engineering and Maintenance Superintendent. Louis has worked in Sault Ste. Marie working in the Paper Industry for thirty nine (39) years. He has since continued his career at N-Sci Technologies Inc. here in sault Ste. Marie as Senior Project Manager for the past seven (7) years designing multiple Energy Projects in Sault Ste. Marie and in the Province of Ontario.
Louis has been a volunteer member of Sault College of Applied Arts & Technology, Electrical Advisory Committee since 1992 (26 years) assisting and consulting re: curriculum structure that provides skills for the graduates that enhance their value to potential local employers. Louis has been a volunteer on the Board of Directors of the St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre for over twenty (20) years as a member, Treasurer and currently President.
Gordon Smedley - Chairman
Gordon Smedley completed his primary & secondary education in Port Arthur & Sault Ste. Marie, working in research at Abitibi Pulp & paper. Gordon also has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Manitoba in 1960. As a summer student he worked on a model of the plan for the Sault Ste. Marie waterfront as designed by Dr. Eugene Faludi, the first stage in the redevelopment of the waterfront from industrial to its present character.
After graduation Gord worked for Ronald Fielding, A.R.I.B.A. in London England from 1960 to 1962.He returned to Canada to work for Rounthwaite & Associates in the Sault, which eventually became Gugula, Smedley & Mezzomo (GSM).
Projects over the years include the Centennial Library, Civic Centre, Roberta Bondar Place, Roberta Bondar Park ( originally Norgoma Marine Park), Blind River Hospital, Little Current Hospital, Lions Senior Citizens Housing, Gros Cap pumping station, Blind River Marina, numerous education projects & subsidized housing.
During his working years, Gord was a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Ontario Association of Architects (O.A.A.) & as such was on the Discipline Committee & participated in five CAUSE programs.
Gord was a member of the Sault Planning Board, and a member & past President of the Art Gallery of Algoma.
Gordon Smedley retired in 2000.
Gordon was a founding member & past Commodore, Algoma Sailing Club, and has sailed the Turkey Trail route of the Norgoma several times.
Molly Frenette - Treasurer
Molly has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Algoma University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lake Superior State University. She has spent the last eight years working in the fields of post-secondary education and employment. Currently, Molly is an Employment Advisor with The Employment Network, a division of Community Living Algoma. The bulk of her professional experience has involved supporting individuals with disabilities in preparing, obtaining and maintaining employment in Sault Ste. Marie. This professional role involves reaching out to local employers to pair qualified candidates with their current hiring needs and providing support for those candidates while they settle into their new jobs.
Molly is passionate about creating and nourishing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to engage fully in our community. Through her professional role Molly has worked with the Board of Directors for the St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre to provide summer employment opportunities for youth in our community and will continue to coordinate these opportunities as a member of the board.
Molly has also taken on the responsibility for the role of Treasurer of the board and is looking forward to the challenges and many rewards of this role.
Will Hollingshead - Communications and Liaison Officer
William has a Bachelor in Fine Arts – Sculpture/Installation Art from the Ontario College of Art and Design University and he has completed a Certificate in Museum Studies with the Ontario Museum Association as well as an online Certificate in Library Management. He has been working in museums and galleries for 7 years taking on a variety of roles and responsibilities. Having recently relocated to Sault Ste. Marie, his hometown, from the Greater Toronto Area, Will is now a full-time Heritage Programmer.
Will sits on a variety of boards including: Steering Committee for Regional Museum Networks with the Ontario Museum Association, Acting Co-Chair of the North Shore Cultural Attractions Network, Vice Chair for the Group of Emerging Museum Professional, Director on the St Mary's River Marine Heritage Centre Board of Directors, and various other cultural and heritage committees.
His areas of interest are public education programming, strategic planning, exhibit planning and design, and special events and volunteer management. He sees museums, galleries, and historic sites as a place where not only the past, but also the present can and should assist us in informing the future; a place where we can use artifacts and histories to foster a discourse, inspire, and engage not only the visitors we serve but also the staff that work in these facilities; a place where communities can come together to share in and experience culture.
Julia Victoria Piskiewicz - Acting Secretary
Julia Victoria Piskiewicz is the Director/Curator of the Sault Ste. Marie & 49 th Field Regiment RCA Historical Society, that operates the Sault Ste. Marie Museum in the Old Post Office building. Julia has an Honours Bachelor Degree in Art History and Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate from Fleming College in Museum Management and Curatorship.
Julia has dedicated her life to arts and culture having volunteered and worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Algoma, and Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre, to name a few.
In 2018, Julia was awarded the Top Industry Leader in Arts and Culture in Algoma District for her excellence in all aspects of her job at the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, and dedication to leadership, initiative, innovation, growth, mentoring, dedication, and volunteerism.
James W. Fitzpatrick
James W. Fitzpatrick has been a lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie. He opened a Firestone Store in Sault Ste Marie and eventually moved to Magnus Chemical Ltd as a sales representative, and was promoted to Western Division Manager. In 1969 James established his own company as a distributor of Magnus Chemical Products in Northern Ontario and Manitoba. He has also developed an industrial services component serving industry in Northern Ontario, until 1985 when it was sold to C.H Hiest Co. A new manufacturing business was established to produce a unique design of restroom buildings for outdoor spaces. This company worked with Ontario Ministry of Transportation, US Forest Service, and the State of Michigan, with installation in 24 states.
James was a member of Sault North Rotary Club and served as a director and Club President and was the prime mover of the Dragon Boat Festival project which operated successfully for years raising significant funds for local youth oriented projects. James was honoured and recognized with the Rotary Paul Harris Award and the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal.