Board of Directors


Alicia Woods

General Manager - Marcotte Mining Machinery Services Inc.

In her role as General Manager, Alicia oversees the operation of Marcotte Mining including engineering, production, sales and support while providing leadership and vision.

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 the creator of Covergalls Inc., the Sudbury-designed and Canadian-manufactured coverall tailored specifically for women. The Covergall along with a growing line of women’s workwear designed by Alicia is available by visiting Alicia lives in Sudbury with her husband and two children.


Rick Lemieux

President - Rock-Tech

Rick is the President & CEO of Rock-Tech since 1999 after years of working for years with his father to start and operate RDH. He worked as a heavy duty technician and finally General Manager. Rick studied Mechanical Engineering at Mohawk College and has 30 plus years involved primarily with underground mining equipment. He has travelled across Canada and countries such as the United States, Finland, Australia, Chile, Peru and Mexico to develop international markets. Today his primary role and passion with Rock-Tech is marketing and business & product development. Rock-Tech won the Bell Business Excellence Innovation Award in 2014. Rick recently was the lead in building Rock-Tech’s new modern manufacturing plant.


Dave Rector

Manager of Business Development & Co-operations - Rector Machines

Dave Rector, President and Co-Owner of Rector Machine Works Ltd. a family owned and operated Machine and Fabrication business serving North America for 85 Years.  Dave attended the Marketing/Business Administration Program at George Brown College in Toronto. Upon his return to Sault Ste Marie, he attended Sault College and graduated from the Aviation Machining Program and APR Welding Academy. Dave’s core responsibilities are Operations, Business Development and Community Care.


Jeff Smith

Owner & Executive Vice-President - Manitoulin Group of Companies

Jeff is the owner and Executive Vice-President of the Manitoulin Group of Companies. He is responsible for quality and environmental management systems for the group of companies as well as senior management client contact for many larger customers across Canada. He is also responsible for continuous improvement within Manitoulin Transport across 70 terminals in Canada as well as customs brokerage, global air and ocean freight forwarding, and other related transportation companies within the Group,. He attended the University of Western Ontario with a B.A., Economics and has worked in all aspects of the family business for over 30 years. He is very community-minded, serving as Board Chair or Director on several Not-for-profit Boards. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sudbury.


Michael Gribbons

Vice President - Sales and Marketing - Maestro Digital Mine

Michael Gribbons is a Sudbury born entrepreneur. After completing his education at the University of Waterloo for Mechanical Engineering, Michael went on to lead a successful expansion effort for a mid sized distribution company.

After seven years of continuous expansion, Mike yearned for a new challenge that would only be cured by owning his business.

Michael and his wife, Jodi went on to found Synergy Controls Corporation in 1992. Michael and the Synergy team have won many sales awards including 13 “Most Valuable Representative” awards based on total sales in Canada. The achievements are even grander when one understands the small market size that Synergy Controls competes in.

Michael co-founded Maestro Digital Mine in 2012 and has gained entry into over 85 underground mines globally with transformative products that improve productivity, safety while reducing CAPEX and OPEX using IIoT digital technology. Michael and his team have received three awards from:

  • Innovation – Bell Business Awards
  • Judge’s Choice Award – Northern Ontario Business Awards
  • Outstanding Achievement in Commercialization award – Ultra Deep Mining Network

Michael spends equal time in Sudbury and Puerto Vallarta with his wife – Jodi and daughter – Jade.