Tom Palangio

Tom C. Palangio is an explosive application specialist and former explosives consultant (Topex Inc.). He is also president and owner of WipWare Incorporated Photoanalysis Systems.
Tom’s career spans more than 40 years in the explosives industry starting with DuPont Canada Explosives Products Division in 1974, joining Explosives Technologies International in 1988, and forming Topex and WipWare in 1995. He has worked with various organizations and research groups throughout the world and has extensive experience in explosives manufacturing, application and performance testing.
Tom pioneered the use of new technology as a means of improving blasting efficiency. He has published over 86 papers and presented lectures and workshops at various conferences and universities covering such diverse topics as high-speed photography, mechanical loading techniques, seismic vibration analysis, wall control methods and fragmentation assessment.
He chaired the Blue Sky mining cluster in North Bay, served on the Ontario Mining Industry Cluster Council and is a past chair of the Northern Gateway branch of the CIM. He is currently president and a director for SAMSSA and chair of the NORCAT board of directors in Sudbury. He is a past chair of the Canadore College board of governors and presently serves on the Nipissing University board of governors and is chair of the audit and finance committee. Tom lives in northern Ontario and has won various awards and recognition for innovation and business including: the Northern Ontario Business, Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003; export development awards in 2001 and 2002; the Ontario leadership award in the Provincial Global Traders Award category in 2003; the OACETT Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2009; was recognized by PROFIT 500 as being in the top third of growth companies in Canada in 2013; and received the Northern Ontario Business Award for Innovation in 2015.