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  • Tom Palangio

  • Mike Romaniuk

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Michael Atkins

Chair / Owner
I.T. World Canada

Michael Atkins is the president and principal shareholder in the Laurentian Media Group, a diversified media company which includes a print and digital trade group (IT World Canada Inc.), a consumer publishing group (CCMC Sports Group), a weekly newspaper company (Laurentian Publishing Ltd.), a business publishing company (Northern Ontario Business Limited), a web-based design collaboration business (ConceptShare Inc.) and a multi-purpose semantic publishing platform company (Eqentia Inc).

Michael is past-Chair of NORCAT and Vice-Chair of the Board of Laurentian University, as well as past-Chair of the Canadian Business Press, past-President of the Association of Area Business Publications (US), former director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Community Newspaper Association.

He is a 2004 recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of Sudbury (contribution to community), a 2007 recipient of the Dr. Fred Sheridan Award from Cambrian College (public service), and received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Laurentian University in June 2005.

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Marc Boissonneault

Vice-President - Sudbury Operations
Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations

Marc Boissonneault is responsible for Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations’s exploration, mining, milling and smelter operations in Sudbury. He began his career in 1988 as a supervisor in the metals recycling industry. In 1989, he joined Kidd Creek Mines in Timmins as a production engineer and over the subsequent nine years, he has progressed through various production and project related roles. In 1998, he relocated to Sudbury to lead the development of process technologies for strategic projects. In 2002, he joined the Sudbury Smelter team as the Manager of Engineering and Technology and was appointed Director of the Sudbury Smelter in 2006. In September 2008, he assumed responsibility for Glencore's Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations.

Marc has an engineering degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is the Chairman of the Ontario Mining Association and serves on the Boards of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, Laurentian University and NORCAT.

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Jason Bubba, ABC

Director, Training & Development
NORCAT

Jason Bubba is the Director of Training and Development at NORCAT. With a vision that every worker goes home safe and sound to their family every day, Jason is dedicated to developing and delivering world-class programs, services, and resources to reduce injuries, save lives, and enhance productivity in the workplace.

With 17 years of experience at NORCAT Jason understands the history and the roots of the organization and draws on that experience to help drive where NORCAT is going into the future. Jason has been involved in training development since 1995 and has been at the forefront of digital media development and new learning techniques.

Jason is also a seasoned entrepreneur who's many ventures ranged from selling and repairing musical instruments to owning a large retail establishment. Keeping his mind busy with work tends to keep Jason out of trouble, making 18 hour work days a good thing for him.

Jason is dedicated to his community, having served on many volunteer boards including the position of Past President of the United Way Centraide Sudbury and / et District. Jason has been honoured with several awards recognizing his volunteerism in the community and has also been the recipient of the 40 Under 40 awards program. Jason currently sits on the Animation Advisory Committee at Cambrian College and the Earthcare Sudbury Marketing Committee.

In his spare time Jason enjoys an active lifestyle with his family, snowboarding down mountains (no snowboard tricks at his age anymore, it hurts too much) roughing it at camp (with indoor plumbing) and competing in karate tournaments provincially with his son (who brings home more medals than his dad).

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Don Duval

Chief Executive Officer
NORCAT

Don Duval is the Chief Executive Officer at NORCAT, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to empowering our clients, our staff, and our community partners to drive a culture of productivity, innovation, and life-long learning. What does that mean? Well, plain and simple – our success is purely based on our client’s success. The more we can empower and support our customers and community with world-leading services and products to help them achieve their goals, the more we can say we are doing our job.

As an angel investor, recovering tech entrepreneur, university engineering professor, and former executive at the MaRS Discovery District, Don is passionate to be part of a team that embodies the true spirit of collaboration, excellence, and innovation. Together, with our partners, NORCAT will continue to stay at the forefront of creating more ways to drive and contribute to Canada’s economic and social prosperity.

Outside of his day to day activities, Don serves as the Northern Ontario Chair of the Manning Innovation Awards and sits on the Board of JUMP Math, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canadian Innovation Exchange, and serves as the Chair of the Sudbury Queen’s Alumni Association. Academically, Don has a BScH in Chemistry from Queen's University and a MASc in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Klaus Jakelski, MD

Dr. Klaus Jakelski is a physician since 1979, active in all areas of hospital care from ER to Operating Room. He holds a BSc from the University of Western Ontario (1973), an MD from the University of Toronto (1978) and has trained in organizational behaviour with the Physician Manager Institute.

He worked in the Emergency Medical Department of the Sudbury General Hospital from 1979 to 1983. He was part of the Medical Advisory Committee and head of Family practice at the Sudbury Regional Hospital, and Head of Department of Family Practice at Sudbury Memorial Hospital. Klaus also started, organized and ran for a number of years the Hospitalist Service for Sudbury Regional Hospital (Inpatient Services).

Klaus remains involved in family practice in multiple capacities including group organization in Greater Sudbury.

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Dave Kilgour

Councillor - Ward 7
Greater City of Sudbury

Dave Kilgour is a retired elementary school teacher who has spent much of his life involved in community development through innovation and engagement.

He is a former Councillor and Mayor of the Town of Capreol and councillor in the Region of Sudbury and currently with the City of Greater Sudbury.

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Dan Kochanowski

Director and Head of Private Banking Toronto
Scotia Private Client Group

Dan Kochanowski has had several assignments while working with the Scotiabank Group of Companies. These roles have included Senior Manager and Team Leader, Commercial Banking Mid Market Group, Director – Managing Director Metro-Toronto and Director Merchant Banking while with Roynat Capital, Director Business Development while at Scotiabank Advisor Deposit Services and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer while assigned to Dundee Bank of Canada.

Earlier in Dan's career, he worked with the Government of Ontario as the General Manager of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund where he worked closely with the Chairman and Board of Directors on economic development initiatives for Northern Ontario. He has also worked at Lloyds Bank Canada where he was responsible for Commercial Banking in Northern Ontario.

Dan is currently Vice-Chair of the United Way and is on several committees at the Briars Golf Club. Dan holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and has completed Leadership and other programs at the Schulich School of Business.

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Ross D. Lawrence, B.A.Sc., M.Comm., P.Eng.

Principal Consultant
Watts, Griffis & McOuat Consulting Geologists and Engineers

Ross Lawrence has established international credentials in the valuation of mineral properties and mining companies, mineral policy development for foreign and domestic governments, economic analysis of mining projects and project management. He has managed WGM's contracts with foreign governments pertaining to mineral development policy and institutional strengthening.

Ross has served as Project Director on a wide range of mineral exploration and development projects in Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Within Canada, he is past-President of the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE).

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Jeff McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Smelting & Refining
Vale, North Atlantic Operations

Jeff McLaughlin is currently Vice-President Smelting & Refining for Vale Base Metals, North Atlantic. In this role, he oversees all Canadian and U.K. smelting and refining operations to ensure that production processes are integrated and in alignment with business goals, and that the operating personnel achieve focus on safety, production, cost and quality.

Before accepting this role in 2010, he was General Manager of Process Technology for North Atlantic Smelting & Refining Operations.

Jeff was born in Sarnia, Ontario and naturally took to the mineral and chemical industry, eventually earning a BASc in Chemical Engineering (1985) and PhD in Extractive Metallurgy (1992) from the University of Toronto.

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Silvana D'Angelo

Director , Finance and HR
NORCAT

Silvana D’Angelo is the Director of Finance and Human Resources at NORCAT. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of financial and management experience in the public and private sectors. At NORCAT she is responsible for providing direction and financial insight to all business units including identifying key risks and developing mitigation plans.

Silvana spent 8 years in public accounting at KPMG LLP providing accounting, auditing and tax services to clients of varying sizes in both the public and private sectors. Subsequent to that she worked in the mining industry as a Supervising Internal Auditor for Vale where she led various internal audits and provided recommendations to improve processes and maximize efficiencies where possible. Prior to joining NORCAT in August 2012, she worked as the Director of Finance and Human Resources for Sudbury Developmental Services where she was responsible for the daily financial, administrative and human resource activities of the Organization.

Silvana is dedicated to lifelong learning and continuous improvement both professionally and personally. She is a member of the Human Resource Professional Association and is working towards obtaining her Certified Human Resource Professional designation.

As a lifetime resident of the City of Greater Sudbury, Silvana believes in giving back to the community and served as the Regional Treasurer for the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Northeast Region) from 1998 to 2012.

Silvana is passionate about physical fitness. She is a second degree black belt in Goju-ryu karate and is also dedicated to long-distance running (although most of her running these days involves chasing after her two young children). She also enjoys languages and is fluent in Italian.

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Shayne Wisniewski, P. Eng.

Director, Fraser Mine - Sudbury Operations
Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations

Shayne Wisniewski is the Director of Fraser Mine for Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. He has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry, 5 years of which were in Chile and Peru, S.A. Shayne joined Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations again in 1997, and has held management roles in the mill and mines. He directed the completion and conversion of the Nickel Rim South Project to an operating mine in 2010 exceeding safety, production and feasibility expectations. In his current role as Director of Fraser Mine, Shayne is accountable for the mine operations as well as overseeing two capital projects (Morgan and Bowtie).

Shayne has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Sudbury Food Bank.

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Tom Palangio

President
WipWare

Tom Palangio has enjoyed multiple international work experiences and export successes. He began his career with Dupont Canada, Explosives Division which later became Explosives Technology International (ETI). He formed the first of his own businesses in 1995, and was chosen Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 by Northern Ontario Business in addition to receiving various awards for leadership and innovation.

Tom is Chair of Blue Sky Mining Cluster in North Bay, Vice-President of SAMSSA and was recently appointed Chair of the Board of Governors at Canadore College in North Bay. He has been Chairman at North Bay Chapter CIM Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) and a Director at North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

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Mike Romaniuk, P.Eng.

Vice President Operations
Fortune Minerals

Mike Romaniuk's career includes more than two decades of experience within Xstrata Nickel and Falconbridge and senior positions including Vice President in charge of Sudbury Operations and its integrated mining, milling and smelting facilities in Sudbury and the Montcalm mine in Timmins. Mike was also Vice President and Project Director of the multi-billion dollar Koniambo ferronickel project in New Caledonia, which included operating centres in Canada, China, France, New Caledonia, Australia, and Malaysia. As Director of Projects, Mike oversaw a portfolio of development projects that included the Nickel Rim mine in Sudbury, the Perseverance mine and mill in Quebec and Altonorte Smelter expansion in Chile.

Prior to his senior roles with Falconbridge, Mike held various positions in mineral processing, design engineering, project management, utilities and as the Commissioning Manager for the Raglan Mine in the Nunavik far north region of Quebec. Most recently he was President and CEO of Rail-Veyor Technologies - a bulk material haulage solutions company.

Mike has degrees in Geological Engineering - Mineral Processing from the University of Toronto and Mine Geology from Laurentian University.

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Bruce Bichel, P. Eng.

General Manager, Smelting & Refining (Ontario)
Vale Canada Ltd.

Bruce Bichel is responsible for Vale’s Smelting and Refining operations in Ontario. In his role, he oversees the Nickel/Copper Smelter and Nickel refinery in Sudbury, along with the cobalt refinery and PGM facility in Port Colborne. He began his career in 1989 as a metallurgist in Flin Flon, MB at the HBM&S smelter and over the next 7 years progressed through various production related roles. In 1996, he joined INCO working in various refinery and smelter operations and project roles. Bruce and his family relocated to Indonesia from 2005 – 2009 to work at Vale’s nickel operations. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for the Ontario Smelting and Refining operations.

Bruce has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1989).

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Glenn Toikka, HBcomm, CA

(Former) Vice-President, Finance and Administration
Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology

Glenn Toikka assisted with the original business plan for NORCAT and made the initial presentation to the Sector Partnership Fund for seed funding to get NORCAT started. He has been involved with the finances and the Board from the beginning and remains a very strong supporter of NORCAT. Glenn was VP Finance and Administration at Cambrian College. Currently, he is also the Chair of the Finance Comm. of The College Foundation and on The Board Executive.

Over the years, Glenn has been very involved in Provincial negotiations for both the Support Staff and Academic Staff contracts. He continues to be a financial resource to the bargaining team on the current round of Academic Bargaining.

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Ed Wisniewski

Director, Software Development, IT and Facilities
NORCAT

Ed Wisniewski is the Director of Software Development, Information Technology, and Building Management / Services at NORCAT. With a small team of programmers and information technologists, Ed ensures the success of NORCAT’s training products, training services, and the high-tech infrastructure. He also provides a wealth of skills that the residents of NORCAT tap into to help further develop their technology requirements and needs.

With 17 years of experience at NORCAT, Ed has been involved in the development of all of the products which define NORCAT as a Training and Innovation centre since 1995 and has kept NORCAT in the forefront of software development and information technology. Over the last year, Ed has also undertaken the NORCAT facility as Building Manager.

Ed was the partner / CEO in a successful software development company for approximately 10 years. He has developed a product line of tools for other developers in the world of automation. He sold his company to further his future with NORCAT.

In his spare time, Ed works to further his music career. With skills on the piano, guitar, bass, and drums, he has written music for local charity campaigns and plays in a band who dedicate their time to benefit concerts that raise money for cancer awareness along with food drives during holiday seasons.

When he’s not pretending to be a rock star or computer geek, Ed spends his time with his family actively involved in keeping up with the 6 am hockey games with his two boys in the winter or spending countless hours at camp water skiing, tubing, fishing, and just downright having fun.