VP, Human Resources, Finance & Corporate Services North East Local Health Integration Network
Cathy is currently the Vice-President, Human Resources, Finance & Corporate Services with the North East LHIN. In this role, she is responsible for the finance, human resources, procurement and facilities functions. Since the amalgamation of 6 predecessor CCAC’s in 2007, the operation has grown substantially. The NE LHIN has an operating budget of just over $156 million and 730 employees. The NE LHIN has 22 offices throughout northeastern Ontario with branch offices situated in Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Kirkland Lake, Timmins and Parry Sound.
Cathy is a life-long learner and actively supports learning and growth opportunities for her team. She earned a post-graduate designation as a Certified Management Accountant in 1992, a Certified Financial Planner designation in 1998 and a Chartered Director designation in 2008. She was awarded a fellowship by the Society of Management Accountants in 2004 in recognition of her outstanding service to the Society, the profession and the community. She is currently undertaking studies to achieve her MBA with a specialization in Human Resources. She was also a Moderator for the two-year CMA Strategic Leadership program from 2009 to 2015 and continues as a Session Leader for the new CPA Certification Program. Cathy is also an active volunteer and enjoys contributing to her community.
Cathy is married and has two children, Matthew and Callista.
President, CEO – Cambrian College
Bill hails from Nova Scotia, but spent more than 20 years living and working in New Brunswick in postsecondary education in a variety of leadership roles, most recently at the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) in Fredericton. He has held the positions of interim president and CEO (2009), vice president finance and administration, vice president academic and student development (2010-14), dean and professor. Best led the amalgamation of the New Brunswick community college system, which included six individual institutions, into a single crown corporation, and was responsible for implementing an $80-million (CAD) infrastructure expansion.
In addition to his leadership skills, Best brings with him entrepreneurial experience, business acumen and a keen interest in research, which are certain to be great assets to the Sudbury community. With a focus on student success, professional collaboration and academic differentiation, he will oversee Cambrian’s new five-year strategic plan, which will concentrate on nurturing sustainability and confirming the College as a northern leader.
Best holds a Master of Education from Acadia University, as well as undergraduate degrees in education and in business administration from the University of Western Ontario and Acadia University, respectively. He, his wife and their three children chose Sudbury as their new home for its northern setting and the opportunities Sudbury offers for quality education, and a wealth of family and lifestyle opportunities. Avid four-season outdoorspeople, the family enjoys ATV-riding, snowmobiling and water-skiing, as well as competitive sports such as basketball, volleyball, track and field, rowing and gymnastics.
Vice-Chair | General Manager, Smelting & Refining (Ontario) – Vale Canada Ltd.
Bruce Bichel is responsible for Vale’s Smelting and Refining operations in Ontario. In his role, he oversees the Nickel/Copper Smelter and Nickel refinery in Sudbury, along with the cobalt refinery and PGM facility in Port Colborne. He began his career in 1989 as a metallurgist in Flin Flon, MB at the HBM&S smelter and over the next 7 years progressed through various production related roles. In 1996, he joined INCO working in various refinery and smelter operations and project roles. Bruce and his family relocated to Indonesia from 2005 – 2009 to work at Vale’s nickel operations. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for the Ontario Smelting and Refining operations.
Bruce has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan (1989).
Chief Financial Officer, HR, and Real Estate - NORCAT
Silvana D’Angelo is the Chief Financial Officer at NORCAT. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of financial and management experience in the public and private sectors. At NORCAT she is responsible for providing direction and financial insight to all business units including identifying key risks and developing mitigation plans.
Silvana spent 8 years in public accounting at KPMG LLP providing accounting, auditing and tax services to clients of varying sizes in both the public and private sectors. Subsequent to that she worked in the mining industry as a Supervising Internal Auditor for Vale where she led various internal audits and provided recommendations to improve processes and maximize efficiencies where possible. Prior to joining NORCAT in August 2012, she worked as the Director of Finance and Human Resources for Sudbury Developmental Services where she was responsible for the daily financial, administrative and human resource activities of the Organization.
Silvana is dedicated to lifelong learning and continuous improvement both professionally and personally. She is a member of the Human Resource Professional Association and is working towards obtaining her Certified Human Resource Professional designation.
As a lifetime resident of the City of Greater Sudbury, Silvana believes in giving back to the community and served as the Regional Treasurer for the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Northeast Region) from 1998 to 2012.
Silvana is passionate about physical fitness. She is a second degree black belt in Goju-ryu karate and is also dedicated to long-distance running (although most of her running these days involves chasing after her two young children). She also enjoys languages and is fluent in Italian.
Chief Executive Officer - NORCAT
Don has spent more than two decades leading, growing and transforming organizations and businesses. A career innovator, he consistently identifies opportunities and addresses challenges to achieve meaningful and tangible results. Among Canada’s foremost thinkers on innovation, work and learning, and entrepreneurship, he works with multinational companies, tech start-ups, academic/research institutions governments and clients the world over.
Currently, Don defines the strategy and directs operations of NORCAT, a global, multi-faceted enterprise dedicated to advancing the dynamic and evolving needs of the new world of work and the innovation economy. In his role, he has transformed NORCAT to become a global leader for training and development, transformed NORCAT’s underground operating mine into the global one-stop shop for all that is the future of mining technology and innovation, pioneered the “Platform Effect” business model to support sustainable innovation in small to mid-sized cities, and continues to define the future of learning with NORCAT’s integrated experiential and simulation learning technologies. These achievements have generated community engagement and business partnerships, accelerated start-up tech firms and improved the operations of major clients across a myriad of industries.
Previously, Don served as VP of Strategy/Operations for the MaRS Discovery District, the world’s pre-eminent urban innovation hub that supports the growth of tech ventures in Canada. Prior to that, he was Senior Manager, Strategy & Operations Consulting, at Deloitte.
A former tech entrepreneur and engineering adjunct professor, Don is an active angel investor, serves on the board of several organizations and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He was a Top 40 under 40 recipient, two-time TEDx speaker, and founding member of a non-profit theatre company in Toronto.
He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Queen’s University and a Master of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Research Chair, Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health - Laurentian University
Dr. Tammy Eger is the Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health and an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University. Her research interests focus around the application of ergonomic and human factors principles in industry with a particular focus on vibration reduction, fatigue management, musculoskeletal injury prevention, and new technologies to enhance driver situational awareness. She has over 15 years of experience leading research project teams working in mining, construction, transportation, and steel making. Prior to joining Laurentian University, Tammy worked as an Ergonomist with the Mines and Aggregates Safety and Health Association (now Workplace Safety North), and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (Sudbury Clinic).
Tammy holds two Bachelors degrees from Queen’s University and she also obtained a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Occupational Biomechanics from Queen’s University. Her research program is currently funded by, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Labour, the Ontario Research Fund, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.
Vice-President of Real Estate - MaRS Discovery District
Randal Froebelius is Vice-President of Real Estate for MaRS Discovery District and leads the development, construction, leasing and operations team for the MaRS Centre in the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District, a large urban innovation hub. He has been involved with MaRS since its initial construction in 2005.
Randal has broad experience in the development, construction, leasing and management of institutional, commercial office, industrial, retail and residential properties. He has held project management positions in large general contracting firms and progressively senior management roles at Bramalea and Beutel Goodman Real Estate Group. Prior to joining the MaRS team he was responsible for all property management and leasehold construction activities associated with the Kolter Property Company’s six million square foot portfolio of assets in Toronto and Dallas.
Randal holds a BESc from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and is a member of the Executive of BOMA International (Building Owners and Managers Association. He is currently enrolled in the Global Professional Master of Laws program at the University of Toronto.
Tom Laughren is currently the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Lake Shore Gold Corp. in Timmins, a position he’s held since leaving the Mayor’s seat in the fall of 2014. Tom was elected by acclamation as the ninetieth Mayor of Timmins in November 2006 after having served as a City Councillor from 1994 to 2003 and was re-elected in 2010 to serve his community.
Previous to Tom’s tenure as Mayor he worked for the Gorf Group of Companies in the equipment division as a Hoisting Engineer for 26 years – performing various roles, such as heavy equipment operation, maintenance, rentals and quality assurance, to name a few.
In addition to his professional life, Tom is a devoted community volunteer. He has been involved with many organizations over the years.
Hans Matthews is from the Anishnawbek Nation, Ontario, Wahnapitae First Nation. He is a professional geologist, earth scientist, and an Aboriginal leader having held several senior positions in the mining, environment and energy fields. Hans is president of the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association, a group he co-founded with other prominent Aboriginal leaders in 1992. His breakthrough skills in bringing together the mining industry and communities helped establish better relations, mutual benefits and community participation and decision making in Canada's resource sector.
Hans has introduced addressing the environmental and social impacts of resource development through his current role as Chair of the Shkagamik Kwe Health Centre and co-founder of the Aboriginal Environmental Leadership Circle (AELC), and former directorship roles in Mining and Aboriginal Community services at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, National Energy Board, University of Sudbury and the Prospectors Developers Association of Canada and as Councillor Wahnapitae First Nation.
Vice President Operations – Fortune Minerals
Mike Romaniuk’s career includes more than two decades of experience within Xstrata Nickel and Falconbridge and senior positions including Vice President in charge of Sudbury Operations and its integrated mining, milling and smelting facilities in Sudbury and the Montcalm mine in Timmins. Mike was also Vice President and Project Director of the multi-billion dollar Koniambo ferronickel project in New Caledonia, which included operating centres in Canada, China, France, New Caledonia, Australia, and Malaysia. As Director of Projects, Mike oversaw a portfolio of development projects that included the Nickel Rim mine in Sudbury, the Perseverance mine and mill in Quebec and Altonorte Smelter expansion in Chile.
Prior to his senior roles with Falconbridge, Mike held various positions in mineral processing, design engineering, project management, utilities and as the Commissioning Manager for the Raglan Mine in the Nunavik far north region of Quebec. Most recently he was President and CEO of Rail-Veyor Technologies – a bulk material haulage solutions company.
Mike has degrees in Geological Engineering – Mineral Processing from the University of Toronto and Mine Geology from Laurentian University.
President - Cementation Canada Inc.
Roy Slack is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in mine construction, design, and development, on projects throughout North America and around the world. He is the Incoming President Elect of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM).
In 1998 he started Cementation’s operations in North America as President. Cementation is a mine contracting and engineering firm that provides design-build and construction management services to the mining sector. Today Cementation is one of the largest mine contractors in North America and part of one of the largest mine contracting organizations in the world, the Cementation Group. In 2017 the company was recognized as a Gold Winner of Safest Employer in Canada in the natural resources sector.
Roy is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada with a degree in Mining Engineering.
In 2008 Roy was awarded the Engineer’s Medal for Entrepreneurship by the Professional Engineers of Ontario and in 2009 he was given the Metal Mining Society Award by the CIM. In 2012 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In 2017 Nipissing University bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctorate.
Roy has been active in numerous safety initiatives and in 2013 was appointed to the Province of Ontario’s first Prevention Council to advise the government on workplace safety. He currently serves on the CIM Safety Council.
Chair | General Manager Mining Projects – Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations
Shayne Wisniewski is the General Manager Mining Projects at Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations. He has 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including five years in Chile and Peru, South America.
Since 1997, Shayne has held senior management roles in the mill and mines of the Company. His expertise lies in aligning teams toward a common vision and goal, and motivating people to produce and be accountable. As Fraser Mine Director, Shayne expanded the mine from 200 to 400 people while executing two capital projects. Prior to that, he successfully directed the completion and conversion of the Nickel Rim South Project to an operating mine, exceeding production and feasibility expectations.
Currently, Shayne is accountable for evaluating and advancing Onaping Depth, Nickel Rim Depth and Norman projects from venture level to feasibility and project execution.
Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Shayne obtained a degree in Civil Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Sudbury Food Bank.
Director, Training & Development - NORCAT
Jason Bubba is the Director of Training and Development at NORCAT. With a vision that every worker goes home safe and sound to their family every day, Jason is dedicated to developing and delivering world-class programs, services, and resources to reduce injuries, save lives, and enhance productivity in the workplace.
With 17 years of experience at NORCAT Jason understands the history and the roots of the organization and draws on that experience to help drive where NORCAT is going into the future. Jason has been involved in training development since 1995 and has been at the forefront of digital media development and new learning techniques.
Jason is also a seasoned entrepreneur who's many ventures ranged from selling and repairing musical instruments to owning a large retail establishment. Keeping his mind busy with work tends to keep Jason out of trouble, making 18 hour work days a good thing for him.
Jason is dedicated to his community, having served on many volunteer boards including the position of Past President of the United Way Centraide Sudbury and / et District. Jason has been honoured with several awards recognizing his volunteerism in the community and has also been the recipient of the 40 Under 40 awards program. Jason currently sits on the Animation Advisory Committee at Cambrian College and the Earthcare Sudbury Marketing Committee.
In his spare time Jason enjoys an active lifestyle with his family, snowboarding down mountains (no snowboard tricks at his age anymore, it hurts too much) roughing it at camp (with indoor plumbing) and competing in karate tournaments provincially with his son (who brings home more medals than his dad).
Director, Technology - NORCAT
Ed Wisniewski is the Director of Technology, at NORCAT. With a small team of programmers and information technologists, Ed ensures the success of NORCAT’s training products, training services, and the high-tech infrastructure. He also provides a wealth of skills that the residents of NORCAT tap into to help further develop their technology requirements and needs.
With 17 years of experience at NORCAT, Ed has been involved in the development of all of the products which define NORCAT as a Training and Innovation centre since 1995 and has kept NORCAT in the forefront of software development and information technology. Over the last year, Ed has also undertaken the NORCAT facility as Building Manager.
Ed was the partner / CEO in a successful software development company for approximately 10 years. He has developed a product line of tools for other developers in the world of automation. He sold his company to further his future with NORCAT.
In his spare time, Ed works to further his music career. With skills on the piano, guitar, bass, and drums, he has written music for local charity campaigns and plays in a band who dedicate their time to benefit concerts that raise money for cancer awareness along with food drives during holiday seasons.
When he’s not pretending to be a rock star or computer geek, Ed spends his time with his family actively involved in keeping up with the 6 am hockey games with his two boys in the winter or spending countless hours at camp water skiing, tubing, fishing, and just downright having fun.