12.13.2004

New SAMSSA Board 2004-05

The Sudbury Area Mining Supply & Service Association (SAMSSA) has elected a five member Board of Directors that brings both new faces and former directors to the table for the fiscal year 2004-05

The Board was announced at its Annual Meeting held on December 2, 2004 in Sudbury.

Returnees to the Board include Mike Castron, Cast Resources Equipment Ltd. as President for his second term. Tom Palangio, President of Topex/Wipware and Chair of The North Bay Blue Sky Mining Cluster was returned for a second term and appointed to the position of Vice President. Jean-Marc Valade, General Manager Carriere Industrial Supply Ltd., was also returned to office as Treasurer for a second term. The 2003/04 Board, including Todd Herold, Herold Supply and Bart Hurley, The Hurley Group, were applauded for their efforts in promoting SAMSSA’s mandate and establishing a presence in domestic and global markets during the past year.

New members include Daniel Giroux, Director of STICO, as Secretary for his first term in office. Daniel brings an important partner in his leadership of STICO and his professional and mining experiences will be an asset to SAMSSA in the forthcoming year. Jeff Fuller, President of Fuller Industrial Rubber Lining, was also elected as a new member this year and will become a Director. Jeff has a long history in the region as an entrepreneur and is looking forward to expanding SAMSSA’s markets domestically and internationally for the membership.

As special guests, the Annual Meeting was pleased to have Mark Cutifani, President, Ontario Operations, INCO Ltd. and Michael Winship, General Manager Mining, INCO Ltd. Mr. Cutifani provided members with some insights and approaches that he would like to pursue during his tenure and both he and Mr. Winship personally met with members during the meeting.

Members of the Board of Directors for 2004-05 may be contacted at the following phone numbers:

Mike Castron, President, 705.692.1313
Tom Palangio, Vice President, 705.776.2478
Jean-Marc Valade, Treasurer, 705.692.4784
Daniel Giroux, Secretary, 705.560.6673 ext. 2460
Jeff Fuller, Director, 705.524.3777

For further information, contact Dick DeStefano, Executive Director, and SAMSSA at 522.2606 or e-mail at destefan@isys.ca