Board of Directors


Rick Lemieux

President - Rock-Tech

Rick is the President & CEO of Rock-Tech since 1999 after years of working for years with his father to start and operate RDH. He worked as a heavy duty technician and finally General Manager. Rick studied Mechanical Engineering at Mohawk College and has 30 plus years involved primarily with underground mining equipment. He has travelled across Canada and countries such as the United States, Finland, Australia, Chile, Peru and Mexico to develop international markets. Today his primary role and passion with Rock-Tech is marketing and business & product development. Rock-Tech won the Bell Business Excellence Innovation Award in 2014. Rick recently was the lead in building Rock-Tech’s new modern manufacturing plant.


Andre Dumais


Andre Dumais is an active member of the Greater Sudbury community. He has participated in a number of volunteer positions including sitting on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, Child and Community Resources, Theater Cambria, Early Years North and others. He has been involved with SMEs in the mining sector for nearly twenty years and has been a member of MineConnect since its inception. With a particular passion for succession planning and maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit that has launched our industry, Andre is honoured to be a member of this board.

Andre currently acts as the President of the Ionic Technology group, representing half a dozen companies committed to improving safety, productivity and quality for their customers.  The company provides automation services to heavy industry with a heavy bias toward mining, particularly refineries.  When not at work, Andre can be found enjoying the great outdoors and the wonderful opportunities in Greater Sudbury. He has been married for 24 years and is the father of 3 boys.


Kevin Kozar

Principle Engineer - Kozar Engineering

As a graduate of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Lakehead University, Kevin began his engineering career 23 years ago.  Kevin established Kozar Engineering Inc. in 2012 to provide cost effective engineering solutions to clients operating in Northwestern Ontario.  As the Principal Engineer at Kozar Engineering, Kevin is responsible for the overall operations of Kozar Engineering Inc. with respect to staff assignments, business development, corporate governance and office administration.  In addition to the day to day operations, Mr. Kozar is accountable for the staff safety and wellness while working for Kozar Engineering.  This includes providing all necessary safety equipment required to complete a task, providing staff safety training as required.  Ensuring site specific safety training has been completed prior to staff arriving on specific sites.   

Through his 20+ years in the engineering field, Mr. Kozar has gained unique experience in the design of mechanical systems as well as detailed specification writing.  Kevin also has extensive experience with brownfield equipment installations and conversions at various client sites throughout Canada.  Mr. Kozar has practical design experience and expertise in water management, piping & pumping design, heating, ventilation and air conditioning design, tank inspections and design, material handling design, heat recovery system design.  To compliment the design experience, Kevin has valuable experience in all aspects of project management and contract administration from document control, budget control, scheduling (both staff and project milestones) to project close-out services. 


Jean Guy Coulombe

President - Velco Machining

Jean Guy is the owner and President of Velco Machining. He and a group of Sudbury based investors purchased the business in March 2021. Jean-Guy has 35 years worth of mining industry experience . His career started with Vale. He has held progressively senior management/executive roles with multinational such as Sandvik and Metso-Outotec. His career has involved multiple international postings in both the heavy equipment manufacturing sector and distribution sector. He has also worked inside the private equity sector having managed and successfully exited a Sudbury based manufacturer.He holds a degree in Mining Engineering from Queens University and an MBA from Laurentian University. Jean Guy is pleased to extend his experience to the Northern Ontario mining industry supply sector through the association with MineConnect.

Jean Guy is a lifelong resident of Sudbury. He is married with 3 adult children. He is involved in various industry related groups and post secondary institutions. He has previously served on a number of industry related boards in both Canada and the United States.


Jeff Smith

Owner & Executive Vice-President - Manitoulin Group of Companies

Jeff is the owner and Executive Vice-President of the Manitoulin Group of Companies. He is responsible for quality and environmental management systems for the group of companies as well as senior management client contact for many larger customers across Canada. He is also responsible for continuous improvement within Manitoulin Transport across 70 terminals in Canada as well as customs brokerage, global air and ocean freight forwarding, and other related transportation companies within the Group,. He attended the University of Western Ontario with a B.A., Economics and has worked in all aspects of the family business for over 30 years. He is very community-minded, serving as Board Chair or Director on several Not-for-profit Boards. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sudbury.


Brad R. Gregorini

President - Norpro

Brad Gregorini is a community-minded entrepreneur born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie. Known for his ability to think strategically and see trends and capitalize on them, Gregorini bought Norpro Security in 2013 and has grown it significantly in terms of client base and new product lines since then. He currently sits as Co-Chair on the Algoma Family Services Foundation Board, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board, is a founding member of the Sault Chapter of the Canadian Italian Business Professionals Association, he is a member of the Northern Ontario MineConnect  Board and is also a Rotarian. Gregorini actively participates on a number of community advisory councils, including for Sault College’s Police Foundations Program.

As an entrepreneur, Gregorini is interested in improving the business climate in the Sault, and as the father of three girls, he pursues bettering children’s lives s as well as working to improve community safety. He is the recipient of the 2014 Chamber Business Development Award, Judge’s choice 2019 NOBA Award Winner and the 2019 Growth 500 Award.


Eddy Lamontagne

Director of Sales and Business Development - Timmins Mechanical Solutions

Eddy Lamontagne has spent 39 years in the Mining industry in a number of positions including corporate sales, maintenance supervisor, site planner, to name a few.

He currently is the Director of Sales and Business Development with Timmins Mechanical Solutions and is responsible for growing the day to day operations of the company including overseeing their new 11,000 sq. ft maintenance facility.

As a Maintenance Superintendent at First Nickel Inc. and St. Andrews his main goals were to build and maintain a safe working environment. Some of his responsibilities included long and short-term planning, develop KPI’s, cost managing, implement systems/process, supervising, preparing and implementing maintenance budgets. Eddy also spent twenty-eight years with Kidd Creek Mine in a multiple of departments and was an integral part of the negotiating team for the CAW collective agreement at FNI.


Tom C. Palangio

President - WipWare Inc

Tom C. Palangio studied architecture at EOIT in Ottawa and worked for Dominion Bridge, Ontario Hydro and Dupont Explosives before he founded and operated three businesses in northern Ontario. Topex Inc. Explosives Consulting (1995), WipWare Inc. Photoanalysis Systems (1995) and the Bonfield Mining Group (1998) distributing technology solutions for industry throughout the world.

He has always been active in the local and business community and served as Chairman of the Bonfield Planning Board 1991, President of MineConnect 2016-18, Chairman on the NORCAT Board of Directors, Chairman on the Canadore College Board of Governors, Chair of the North Bay Blue Sky Mining Cluster, Chairman of the Northern Gateway branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and Chairman of the Board at Nipissing University 2018-2020.

He has served on the Mine’s Ministers OMIC Council and has mentored many individuals and companies in starting and expanding business in the area.

Tom has won various awards for business, leadership and innovation from Northern Ontario Business (Entrepreneur of the year 2003. Innovation award 2015), Ontario Global Traders and the Economic Development Corporation of Ontario 2001,2002, the Ontario Association of Technologists (OACETT) award for “Outstanding Technical Achievement” in 2009 and was inducted into the MineConnect hall of fame in 2017.

He is a member of the North Bay Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technologists, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the International Society of Explosives Engineers.

Tom lives in Bonfield with his wife Phyllis. He has three children and three grandchildren.


Todd P. Domney

Co-Founder, Treasurer and Managing Partner - Sumac Geomatics Incorporated

With 25 years’ experience in the natural resources sector, Todd Domney leads the team at Thunder Bay-based Sumac Geomatics. Skilled at developing and executing business initiatives that build capacity, drive growth and achieve objectives, Todd is an effective communicator and team leader with a proven ability to build long term client relationships and strategic business partnerships. Todd has most recently led the company’s successful expansion of its remote sensing capabilities. Today, Sumac provides tailored remote sensing solutions to forestry, mining, and civil engineering clients for a wide range of high-value applications. Todd continues to push Sumac’s growth and innovation agenda, expanding the use of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (drones) in conjunction with airborne remote sensing, photogrammetry and geographic information systems.

Key Accomplishments

  • Sales Division – Over the past 12 months Todd has been leading the development of a Sales Division within Sumac. Building on the companies remote sensing knowledge base, Sumac is providing sales and support for three products: Teledyne Optech Cavity Monitoring System CMS V500 (Canada Wide), GeoCue Group True View 410 UAV LiDAR/Imagery Sensor (Ontario and Manitoba) and Photodocufy Construction Documentation Service (Ontario and Manitoba). Over the coming year, additional selected products will be added to the portfolio.
  • Strategic Export Marketing Program – Sumac participated in the Strategic Export Marketing Program (SEMP) between 2014-2015. Working with Global Growth Results, Todd undertook a comprehensive review of its operations including senior management, key personnel, service lines, sales and marketing. Following the review, an action plan was developed and implemented over a 1-year period which saw Sumac transition from a forestry-based field services provider to a full stack remote sensing company, developing new business in the forestry, mining and engineering sectors.
  • TECO Natural Resource Group – Between 2001 and 2011 Sumac was a major sub-contractor for the Vancouver based TECO Natural Resource Group (Formerly Timberline). TECO closed its doors in 2011, leaving number of projects incomplete. Todd successfully negotiated the purchase of Teco’s Ontario assets and transfer of outstanding enhanced Forest Resource Inventory (eFRI) projects with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Through this process Sumac re-employed former TECO workers and successfully completed the outstanding eFRI projects. From this base, Sumac has grown to become one of the largest forest inventory service providers in Canada.