The largest concentration of mining expertise worldwide

Current Board of Directors

President – Mike Mayhew
Sector Leader/Director, Global Mining, – Stantec .

Mike MayhewMike is a Mining Engineer with a proven track record of producing results in a highly competitive market. A high energy individual, Mike has a passion for building teams and a history of consistently growing business. He possesses strong communication, motivational, sales management and strategic account management skills combined with financial management. He is part of many local committees/boards in his career. He won the 40 UNDER 40 award in 2006 for his entrepreneurial spirit. He has worked for many successful domestic and global suppliers and traveled extensively around the country during his 20 years in the mining sector. Mike brings 20 years of experience to the SAMSSA Board with his knowledge in Corporate Marketing, Sales & Service, Engineering, and Industry Contacts at different levels within the mining industry.


Vice President – Tom Palangio
President, WipWare Inc., Topex Inc. & The Bonfield Mining Group Inc.

tomTom has had multiple international work experiences and export successes. His career began with Dupont Canada, Explosives Division which later became ETI. He formed the first of his own businesses in 1995. He was chosen Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 by Northern Ontario Business and has won numerous awards for leadership and innovation in the past years. In 2013, WipWare was ranked among the top third of the PROFIT 500 list and received the Small Business Innovation Award from the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce. He has served as Chair of Blue Sky Mining Cluster in North Bay, Vice Chair on the board of directors of NORCAT, Vice President of SAMSSA, Chair of CIM Northern Gateway Branch, and Chair Board of Governors at Canadore College in North Bay. Tom resides in Bonfield with his wife. He has three children and three grandchildren.


Secretary – Andre Ruest
General Manager, B&D Manufacturing

andreAndre has been with B&D since the company was formed in September 1980 and worked as a licensed machinist until 1988 when he was then promoted to production and field service manager. Since 1997 after the sudden death of B&D President and co-founder Andre has taken the role of General Manager. As General Manager he has been responsible for developing key strategic alliances with a number of firms across Canada, the United States, UK and South America as well as expanding B&D’s capabilities and services by creating innovative departments within B&D’s organization with the objective of becoming a complete service provider for all resource industries. Andre has also been on the College Boreal Board of Directors.


Director – Dave Rector
Manager of Business Development & Co-operations, Rector Machines

daveDave works in Sault Ste. Marie. Dave is a graduate from the Marketing/Business Administration at George Brown College in Toronto. Upon his return to Sault Ste Marie he attended Sault College and studied Aviation Machining and Welding. Dave has worked through the ranks at his 78 year old family business. For the past 5 years, Dave has been Manager of Business Development and Co-Operations at Rector Machine Works. In the past few years, Rector Machine Works has expanded their customer base and increased sales and staff by 25%. Further expansion is in progress and Dave is excited about the challenge and potential growth.


Alicia Woods – Director
Director of Sales – North America, MacLean Engineering

daveAlicia in her role at MacLean Engineering overseas a team of capital account managers and distributers spread across the continent. Since Sept. 2008, she’s played an integral role in enhancing the company’s presence in the mining industry while building corporate relationships and managing a sales team.
Alicia started working in the mining and supply service sector in 2000 as part of the then family owned business, Marcotte Mining. There she held a number of positions from administrative to sales and marketing to management while studying business at Cambrian College.
Alicia is also creator of Covergalls Inc., the Sudbury-designed and Canadian-manufactured coverall tailored specifically for women. The Covergall along with a line of women’s Flame Retardant undergarments designed by Alicia is available by visiting www.covergallsworkwear.com Alicia lives in Sudbury with her husband and two children