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.

Director

Andre Dumais

President - IONIC MECHATRONICS

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.

Director

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. 

Director

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.

Director

John Febbraro

Senior Manager, Business Development and Advisory - N1 Solutions Inc.

John has extensive expertise in the administrative/business management and technical fields since 1984. He has worked within government, private, and plant type surroundings. This includes all areas of program and quality management practises, investment attraction, marketing, strategic planning, evaluation, policy/procedure development and implementation, budget development, supervision, negotiations, facilitation, sales, and scheduling.

John retired after spending 20 years with the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation and the City of Sault Ste. Marie as the Director Business Development supporting companies in Northern Ontario involved with mining, forestry, manufacturing, energy and aviation. His retirement was short lived as he joined N1 Solutions Inc in Sault Ste. Marie under their Strategy division as the Senior Manager Business Development and Advisory and continues to support Northern Ontario businesses. John was also the President of a small business consulting group in Sault Ste. Marie that was heavily involved in business consulting and developing quality management systems. He has also held positions in Ottawa with the Canadian Space Agency and EH Industries in a program management capacity.

John has served on many Boards and brings with him excellent governance, problem solving, analytical and timely decision making skills coupled with excellent writing skills for project proposals, government applications and communication pieces for reporting purposes. 

John has attained a MBA from the University of Liverpool, BA from Carleton University in Ottawa and an Electro/Mechanical Technology degree from Algonquin College in Ottawa.

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

Tracie Marsh

Chief Operating Officer - Pilot Diamond Tools

Tracie Marsh has over 20 years’ business management experience in both the private and public sector. As Chief Operating Officer Tracie is responsible for the overall operations at Pilot, a company established in 1969, which services the mining supply sector. Prior to her current role, Tracie spent 13 years in the higher education sector. In her position as Dean of Trades, Technology and Part-time Studies at Canadore College in North Bay. Tracie was responsible for apprenticeship, trades, technology, community justice and police services and part-time studies as well as overall management responsibility of the Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping (ICAMP) and the college’s Commerce Court Campus. ICAMP received the Northern Ontario Business Award for Entrepreneurial Community of the Year in 2013.

Tracie has served on the Board of Directors for the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, The Business Centre, Nipissing-Parry Sound and OntarioLearn. Currently Tracie is Treasurer for the Almaguin Choral Society.

Tracie Marsh has a BA in Administrative and Commercial Studies/Finance and Economics from Western University as well as her MBA – Marketing Concentration from Laurier University.

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

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.