Yes, Northern Ontario Exports!

by Hugh Kruzel

On Behalf of www.samssa.ca

Series Part 2

Billed as “… An Intensive One-Day Export Forum” guests at the June 22nd conference shared that the topics comprehensively addressed top needs of Northern Ontario mining and supply and services companies. It was, to participants, part of a much larger dialogue on mining expertise, mining clusters, and preparing for building stronger ties globally.

In his summary, mining industry specialist for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Sheldon Mudd reiterated that “there is much similarity and lots we can share and learn from each other.”

At the registration table Dick DeStefano of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Services Association (SAMSSA), Tom Palangio (forum chair, president of WipWare, and president of SAMSSA), greet Ricky Lemieux of Rock Tech

Held at the Sudbury Regent Street Holiday Inn the Export Forum further underscored the value for Sudbury mining, and mining service supply companies to meet and gain knowledge on export marketing, strategic planning, and the sales landscape beyond their own backyard. Many, like Clara Steele of TesMan, expressed the value of awareness being central to building a roster of potential clients. “It is what we do next with this information that confirms the importance of a day like today,” asserted Steele, as she shook hands with guests like Alfredo Phillips, Chair, Guerrero Mining Cluster & Corporate Affairs Director Torex Gold Resources Inc.

Allegiances, alliances and associations in the “Network Era” (a term used by Rick Howes – President and CEO Dundee Precious Metals in his lunchtime talk entitled “Digital Transformation and the New Age of Mining”) are all essential requirements of the modern mining world.

Naturally, through breakout sessions and social moments there was opportunity to re-establish friendships and do some local B2B networking. Perhaps because of the presence of players from India, Mexico, and Peru, there was an unspoken acknowledgement of their importance to Sudbury and Sudbury’s importance to them. Full Spanish translation service was available to the audience as well as from the podium.

A busy hallway follows signing in at the registration table at the Regent Street Holiday Inn.


Tom Palangio, President Wipware set the framework for the day’s program and introduced the first speaker. Don Duval, CEO NORCAT opened his talk by confirming the position that Sudbury is “… the most important mining cluster in the world.” He promptly explained that having strong academic and research institutions, a talented and skilled workforce, and strong and stable government support at all levels combine “…to drive sustainable economic development.” With respect to pan-global relationships he added: “the current government understands potential impact on regional and national economic prosperity.”

Together, Scott Rennie of Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation (ONEDC) as host, Liam McGill, Cheryl Hart and Paul Reid, all share a common interest in the mining industry and Sudbury’s prosperity.

With Mexico poised to potentially to be largest gold producer – not just in latin America but world, an interesting Ontario project reminded the crowd about the rigours of exploration and startup. Roger Emdin provided an update on the status of the Harte Gold located near Hemlo.

Ghana, Greece, Spain, Chile, Indonesia… Roy Slack, President Cementation (part of Murray & Roberts) demonstrated with their 20,000 plus employees and global reach is not just a reality but a necessity. That we are international is no surprise to Narno Martinez Ramirez, Operational Purchasing and Maintenance at Industrias Peñoles. He shared the certainty that “…procurement – including information – is now a global market.”

The world seeks Sudbury’s mining expertise at the June 22nd Export Forum. Attendees from South America, Mexico and the United States (including Sheldon Mudd, mining industry specialist for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development) confirm that companies and countries are turning to the Sudbury region to help them develop their local and national mining industry.