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.