Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

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.

VICE PRESIDENT/ TREASURER

Michael Gribbons

Vice President - Sales and Marketing - Maestro Digital Mine

Michael Gribbons is a Sudbury born entrepreneur. After completing his education at the University of Waterloo for Mechanical Engineering, Michael went on to lead a successful expansion effort for a mid sized distribution company.

After seven years of continuous expansion, Mike yearned for a new challenge that would only be cured by owning his business.

Michael and his wife, Jodi went on to found Synergy Controls Corporation in 1992. Michael and the Synergy team have won many sales awards including 13 “Most Valuable Representative” awards based on total sales in Canada. The achievements are even grander when one understands the small market size that Synergy Controls competes in.

Michael co-founded Maestro Digital Mine in 2012 and has gained entry into over 135+ underground mines globally with transformative products that improve productivity and worker health & safety while reducing CAPEX and OPEX using IIoT digital technology and “last mile” networks. Michael and his team have received three awards from:

  • Innovation – Bell Business Awards
  • Judge’s Choice Award – Northern Ontario Business Awards
  • Outstanding Achievement in Commercialization award – Ultra Deep Mining Network

Michael spends equal time in Sudbury and Puerto Vallarta with his wife – Jodi and daughter – Jade.

DIRECTOR

Dave Rector

Manager of Business Development & Co-operations - Rector Machines

Dave Rector, President and Co-Owner of Rector Machine Works Ltd. a family owned and operated Machine and Fabrication business serving North America for 85 Years.  Dave attended the Marketing/Business Administration Program at George Brown College in Toronto. Upon his return to Sault Ste Marie, he attended Sault College and graduated from the Aviation Machining Program and APR Welding Academy. Dave’s core responsibilities are Operations, Business Development and Community Care.

DIRECTOR

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.

Director

Marla Tremblay

President - Markey Consulting

Marla is the owner and President of Markey Consulting. A bilingual certified Economic Developer, she has over 20 years of experience in community, economic and business development and has worked closely with public and private sector stakeholders throughout the North on numerous initiatives. Well versed on the issues facing rural and northern Ontario, Marla has been directly involved in developing and implementing strategies and solutions to help grow and strengthen businesses and communities in the north.

A number of projects that she has led have received regional and provincial acclaim resulting in the receipt of various awards including the 2006 EDAC award for Best Tourism Marketing Campaign, the Newcomer Champion Award in 2010, the 2011 OTMP Best Tourism Marketing Partnership award, the  Economic Developers Association of Canada Marketing Canada Award in 2015 and again in 2018, the Northern Ontario Business’ Innovative Community Award in both 2011 and 2016 and, most recently, the 2019 Tourism Innovator’s Award for Marketing.

Director

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.

Director

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.

Director

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.

Director

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.