Meet Our Team

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Board of Directors

Bill Best

President, CEO – Cambrian College

Bill hails from Nova Scotia, but spent more than 20 years living and working in New Brunswick in postsecondary education in a variety of leadership roles, most recently at the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) in Fredericton. He has held the positions of interim president and CEO (2009), vice president finance and administration, vice president academic and student development (2010-14), dean and professor. Best led the amalgamation of the New Brunswick community college system, which included six individual institutions, into a single crown corporation, and was responsible for implementing an $80-million (CAD) infrastructure expansion.

In addition to his leadership skills, Best brings with him entrepreneurial experience, business acumen and a keen interest in research, which are certain to be great assets to the Sudbury community. With a focus on student success, professional collaboration and academic differentiation, he will oversee Cambrian’s new five-year strategic plan, which will concentrate on nurturing sustainability and confirming the College as a northern leader.

Best holds a Master of Education from Acadia University, as well as undergraduate degrees in education and in business administration from the University of Western Ontario and Acadia University, respectively. He, his wife and their three children chose Sudbury as their new home for its northern setting and the opportunities Sudbury offers for quality education, and a wealth of family and lifestyle opportunities. Avid four-season outdoorspeople, the family enjoys ATV-riding, snowmobiling and water-skiing, as well as competitive sports such as basketball, volleyball, track and field, rowing and gymnastics.

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Bill Best

Bill Best

President, CEO – Cambrian College

Bruce Bichel

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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Bruce Bichel

Bruce Bichel

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

Silvana D'Angelo

CFO - NORCAT

Silvana D’Angelo is the Chief Financial Officer 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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Silvana D'Angelo

Silvana D'Angelo

CFO - NORCAT

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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Don Duval

Don Duval

Chief Executive Officer - NORCAT

Tammy Eger

Research Chair, Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health - Laurentian University

Dr. Tammy Eger is the Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health and an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University. Her research interests focus around the application of ergonomic and human factors principles in industry with a particular focus on vibration reduction, fatigue management, musculoskeletal injury prevention, and new technologies to enhance driver situational awareness. She has over 15 years of experience leading research project teams working in mining, construction, transportation, and steel making. Prior to joining Laurentian University, Tammy worked as an Ergonomist with the Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association (now Workplace Safety North), and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (Sudbury Clinic).

Tammy holds two Bachelors degrees from Queen’s University and she also obtained a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Occupational Biomechanics from Queen’s University. Her research program is currently funded by, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the Ontario Research Fund, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

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Tammy Eger

Tammy Eger

Research Chair, Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health - Laurentian University

Bruce Fraser

Corporate Manager of Training & Professional Safety Development – J.S. Redpath Limited

Bruce Fraser is the Corporate Manager of Training & Professional Safety Development for J.S. Redpath Limited. He has also held the professional designation of a Canadian Registered Safety Professional for the past twenty years and has been involved full time in EHS for thirty years. He started mining at a young age of eighteen years old and has seen many changes in the mining industry which he feels makes it one of the safest, dynamic and innovative industries in the world.

Bruce is very passionate about Joint Health & Safety Committees and has been a co-chair representing labor and management throughout his career. He has worked for base metal mines, potash mines, gold mines, engineering firms doing EPCM work and now with a world class mining contractor firm. His present organization has utilized his experience in conducting training plus safety activities in countries such as Mongolia, Indonesia, South Africa, Chile, United States and Canada. Two key initiatives he is very focused on is teaching leadership skills and bringing fun, energy plus engagement back into training.

He is dedicated to promoting health and fitness on many levels. He has several teacher degrees in martial arts, has been a high school wrestling coach and has implemented fitness facilities in several communities across Canada. In 1988 the Governor General of Canada presented him with a medal for his dedication, passion and contribution to amateur sports. On occasion you will hear him say that all he is doing is "developing the youth of today for the future of tomorrow".

As a strong family man his wife and him are busy with their four kids who potentially could all be in university at the same time (ouch $). When there is some down time his clan loves to be by the lake, fish, have camp fires and fine tune their skills in the lost art of storytelling.

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Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

Corporate Manager of Training & Professional Safety Development – J.S. Redpath Limited

Dave Kilgour

Former 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 former councillor in the Region of Sudbury.

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Dave Kilgour

Dave Kilgour

Former Councillor, Ward 7 – Greater City of Sudbury

Tom Laughren

Tom Laughren is currently the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Lake Shore Gold Corp. in Timmins, a position he’s held since leaving the Mayor’s seat in the fall of 2014. Tom was elected by acclamation as the ninetieth Mayor of Timmins in November 2006 after having served as a City Councillor from 1994 to 2003 and was re-elected in 2010 to serve his community.

Previous to Tom’s tenure as Mayor he worked for the Gorf Group of Companies in the equipment division as a Hoisting Engineer for 26 years – performing various roles, such as heavy equipment operation, maintenance, rentals and quality assurance, to name a few.

In addition to his professional life, Tom is a devoted community volunteer. He has been involved with many organizations over the years.

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Tom Laughren

Tom Laughren

Hans Matthews

Hans Matthews, B.Sc, P.Geo, is from the Anishnawbek Nation, Ontario, Wahnapitae First Nation. He is a professional geologist, earth scientist, and an Aboriginal leader having held several senior positions in the mining, environment and energy fields. Hans is president of the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association, a group he co-founded with other prominent Aboriginal leaders in 1992. His breakthrough skills in bringing together the mining industry and communities helped establish better relations, mutual benefits and community participation and decision making in Canada's resource sector. Hans has introduced addressing the environmental and social impacts of resource development through his current role as Chair of the Shkagamik Kwe Health Centre and co-founder of the Aboriginal Environmental Leadership Circle (AELC), and former directorship roles in Mining and Aboriginal Community services at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, National Energy Board, University of Sudbury and the Prospectors Developers Association of Canada and as Councillor Wahnapitae First Nation.

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Hans Matthews

Hans Matthews

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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Tom Palangio

Tom Palangio

President – WipWare

Mike Romaniuk

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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Mike Romaniuk

Mike Romaniuk

Vice President Operations – Fortune Minerals

Shayne Wisniewski

General Manager Mining Projects – Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations

Shayne Wisniewski is the General Manager Mining Projects at Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. He has 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including five years in Chile and Peru, South America.
Since 1997, Shayne has held senior management roles in the mill and mines of the Company. His expertise lies in aligning teams toward a common vision and goal, and motivating people to produce and be accountable. As Fraser Mine Director, Shayne expanded the mine from 200 to 400 people while executing two capital projects. Prior to that, he successfully directed the completion and conversion of the Nickel Rim South Project to an operating mine, exceeding production and feasibility expectations.

Currently, Shayne is accountable for evaluating and advancing Onaping Depth, Nickel Rim Depth and Norman projects from venture level to feasibility and project execution.

Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Shayne obtained 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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Shayne Wisniewski

Shayne Wisniewski

General Manager Mining Projects – Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations

Executive Team

Jason Bubba

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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Jason Bubba

Jason Bubba

Director, Training & Development - NORCAT

Silvana D'Angelo

CFO - NORCAT

Silvana D’Angelo is the Chief Financial Officer 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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Silvana D'Angelo

Silvana D'Angelo

CFO - NORCAT

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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Don Duval

Don Duval

Chief Executive Officer - NORCAT

Ed Wisniewski

Director, Software Development, and IT - NORCAT

Ed Wisniewski is the Director of Software Development, and Information Technology, 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.

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Ed Wisniewski

Ed Wisniewski

Director, Software Development, and IT - NORCAT

Advisory Board

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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Michael Atkins

Michael Atkins

Chair / Owner - I.T. World Canada

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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Marc Boissonneault

Marc Boissonneault

Vice-President, Sudbury Operations - Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations

Ross Lawrence

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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Ross Lawrence

Ross Lawrence

Principal Consultant – Watts, Griffis & McOuat Consulting Geologists and Engineers

Jeff McLaughlin

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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Jeff McLaughlin

Jeff McLaughlin

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