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Dec 06, 2019

   

SAMSSA News

SAMSSA Honors Its Founder – Dick DeStefano

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As a long-standing tradition, SAMSSA takes pride in highlighting those members that have made a difference in driving this industry forward. The SAMSSA Hall of Fame was put in place by our Founder Dick Destefano in 2007 with our first inductees Fred Castron and Connie Houle.

In a touching ceremony, founder and past executive director of SAMSSA, Dick DeStefano, who announced that he would be retiring this year, was inducted into the SAMSSA Hall of Fame. 

DeStefano’s son Devin presented his father with the award, congratulating him on a lifetime of outstanding achievement. 

Paul Bradette, Executive Director at SAMSSA, along with other industry professionals, had kind words to say about DeStefano. 

“(DeStefano) is a king businessman, a community leader, and a champion for all mining service and support companies throughout Northern Ontario as well as one of my greatest mentors.”

“He welcomed me as a member back in 2008, making our business – Rector Machine Works in Sault Ste. Marie – the first non-Sudbury member of SAMSSA. His vision of our association back then was one that encapsulated all of Northern Ontario. We are truly made in Northern Ontario for the world.” 

” This gentleman I know on a personal level, he is a keen businessman, a community leader, and a champion for all mining service and support companies in Northern Ontario as well as one of my greatest mentors.”, said Dave Rector