Gencity Inc. specializes in all aspects of communications and Indigenous liaison. Over the years, Gencity has developed a positive reputation with its clients built on mutual respect and prosperous results. Most of Gencity's new business comes through referrals from previous or current clients, which is a testament to the strength of Gencity's brand and business.
In June 2021, Gencity Inc. (formerly Gencity Consulting) was recognized as the "Indigenous Business of the Year" by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce at their annual Chamber Awards event.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Steven McCoy is the President and founder of Gencity Consulting. Steven has over 20 years experience. Steven enjoys fishing, hunting, playing sports, playing music and learning new skills.
Steven McCoy, BBA
Steven McCoy is the President and founder of Gencity Inc. which evolved from his own part-time consulting business he started under his own name in 2012. He specializes in speech writing and coaching, marketing, communications, and Indigenous liaison. Steven has worked with numerous politicians, Chief and Councils, entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, non-profit organizations, and private corporations providing a variety of business services such as speech writing, business plan writing, funding applications, website development and management, social media development and management and negotiations.
Mr. McCoy has additional work experience in the private sector in the areas of economic development, marketing and sales, particularly with First Nation entities where he has experience negotiating and dealing with First Nation communities, Chief and Councils, Managers, Presidents and CEO's of multi-million-dollar corporations, and various Federal and Provincial Ministries and First Nation Political Organizations. Steven has developed partnerships with various service suppliers and experienced professionals to accommodate clients needs and has developed a vast network of contacts across Canada and can provide expert referrals and trusted guidance for clients. Steven has over 15 years experience in customer service management and over 7 years of work experience in marketing management and economic development roles.
Steven has an educational background in business, marketing, finance and hospitality with many years of work experience in the same fields. He completed a Honours Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing at Algoma University and he also graduated with a Diploma from Sault College in Hospitality and Tourism Management. In addition, he completed the Canadian Securities Course which is required to work with stocks, bonds, mutual funds and derivatives in Canada along with the Life License Qualification Program which is required to work with life, accident and sickness insurance in the province of Ontario.
Steven is passionate about giving back to his community in various ways and currently does motivational speaking to help inspire others take control of their lives and pursue their dreams, no matter what circumstances they are facing.
Steven is a volunteer with the following organizations:
Board of Directors with Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (2019 - Current)
In 1986, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) was established as an independent not-for-profit agency to be the lead organization in the community with respect to economic development.
Board of Directors with Anishnawbe Business Professional Association (2019 - Current)
The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association (ABPA) primarily serves the First Nation business community and provides a forum for the First Nation business community to develop policies and programming which contribute to the socio-economic well-being and quality of life of First Nations peoples in Northern Ontario.
Vice President of Marketing with Sault/Algoma Toastmasters Club (2020 - Current)
The Sault/Algoma Toastmasters Club #2648 is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills working as part of Toastmasters International. Toastmasters is a worldwide network of clubs founded in 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.
Member with Sault Ste Marie Historical Sites Committee (2020 - Current)
The Historic Sites Board is a volunteer board appointed by City Council to govern the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site. The Board meets approximately 11 times per year.
Mentor with Inspire: Rivers to Success - Mentoring Indigenous Students (2020 - Current)
Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.
Board of Directors with StriveYPG (2019 - 2020)
StriveYPG was developed by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce for individuals between the age of 19 to 40. The vision is to assist young professionals in reaching higher potential and recognizing achievements for the purpose of attraction and retention in the community.
Board of Directors with Big Brothers Big Sisters Sault Ste. Marie (2012 - 2021)
BBBS-SSM has been servicing underprivileged youth in the community since 1970 and currently provides programming to 77 youths in the Sault Ste. Marie area.
Vice Chair with the Garden River Community Trust Fund (2015 - 2019)
Garden River Community Trust Fund oversees programming for the community and manages over $5 million dollars in trust money.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Mr. McCoy has a unique ability to predict future trends and find niche elements that can be monetized using unconventional business practices that others quickly try to replicate. He always represents himself in a professional manner and is prepared to respond to any outcome with an appropriate and professional response."
- Doug Moses, Economic Development Officer, Pays Plat First Nation
"Mr. McCoy is very proud of his heritage and has only ever been a positive voice and role-model for other Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses. Mr. McCoy has that special way of motivating people to challenge themselves, while staying supportive and kind."
- Lisa Vezeau-Allen, Founder and President, Grocer 4 Good Ability Development Program
"Steven is a quiet yet curious person when engaged in conversation, can challenge your way of thinking when speaking to his area of expertise or make it an opportunity to learn from yours. Steven works diligently to present himself in a professional manner, who clearly takes pride in his work and strives to position himself as a leader in his field of consulting."
- Karen Bird, Associate Branch Director, RBC Dominion Securities
"Steven has demonstrated he has the education, skills and experience to contribute to the economic health and well-being in the Indigenous and surrounding Sault Ste. Marie communities. Steven has given much back to the communities and volunteers on various governance boards which demonstrates his commitment and willingness to take on any challenge. He is reliable, punctual and a great communicator."
- Peter Recollect, Vice Chair, Robinson Huron Treaty Litigation Fund
"Steven has utilized his extensive marketing experience to promote our club. His expertise has been invaluable to our growth as a club during this pandemic. While many chapters of Toastmasters have suffered losses during this tumultuous time, ours has remained strong largely in part due to Steven’s hard work and leadership. "
- Maggie Gasparetto, Club President, Algoma Toastmasters Club #2648
"Steven is an impassioned, insightful speaker and dedicated volunteer serving on many local and Indigenous boards where his unique ability to bring people together for a common cause is making a difference."
- Robert Furlonger, Executive Director, Ontario First Nations Economic Developers Association