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We’re wishing all of our clients, team members, and community partners best wishes over the holiday season.

Please note that our offices will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019.

We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 8 a.m.

We hope everyone takes some time for a safe, fun, and rejuvenating holiday break. We thank all of our clients for their business and we’re looking forward to collaborating with you in the new year!

News Release

BESTECH appoints Patrick Fantin President to lead expansion plans

November 1, 2019

SUDBURY, ON—BESTECH announced that Patrick Fantin, P.Eng., will lead the engineering company as President and support expansion plans into new service areas and markets, effective November 1, 2019.

Patrick Fantin, P.Eng

BESTECH President, effective November 1, 2019


Fantin has been serving BESTECH as General Manager, Engineering Services, since January 1, 2018. In this role, he provided leadership to more than 80 engineers, supervisors, project managers, designers, and technicians at multiple locations and mine sites.

BESTECH CEO Marc Boudreau, P.Eng., made the announcement on October 30, stating that Fantin’s demonstrated leadership as General Manager, Engineering Services, paved the way for the company to start a new mining engineering service division.

Marc Boudreau, P.Eng

BESTECH CEO


Fantin was also instrumental in guiding BESTECH to build its business in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) through the successful acquisition of the Ajax-based Primary Power Group, announced in September. Most importantly, Boudreau said, Fantin has been successful in leading diverse teams across BESTECH’s multidisciplinary engineering service divisions to ensure client projects meet or exceed expectations.

“Pat (Patrick) is an effective team leader in our engineering service business, which is a people business, at its core,” Boudreau said. “He brings broad industry experience, and he understands our culture and our vision, which is to continue to be the partner of choice for clients, community, and employees. BESTECH has a sustainable growth plan to support that vision. We are confident that Pat will continue to develop relationships and make strategic decisions that support our vision, our clients, and our employees.”

Fantin said he aims to foster a “next-generation engineering firm.” He sees opportunities for growth by supporting clients and employees, ensuring they know “that they’re part of something bigger, something different.”

BESTECH is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. To that point, Fantin said the company has matured and is poised for growth.

“Our culture and innovative spirit make this a place where emerging leaders benefit from experienced professionals, and vice versa. Ultimately, we’re in the people business. Maintaining strong relationships with clients and employees means our business thrives,” he said.

Fantin joined BESTECH in October 2016 as Principal Engineer after working as an independent consultant. He also served as Vice President, Technical Services at Rail-Veyor Global Technologies, following a long tenure in management and engineering with Glencore (formerly Xstrata Nickel, and Falconbridge). 

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ABOUT BESTECH

BESTECH is an innovative multi-disciplinary engineering services firm that partners with clients to deliver results that exceed expectations. Founded in 1995, the company specializes in mining system integration and industrial automation. BESTECH has earned many awards for innovation, economic development, and community contributions. In 2019 it was named Employer of Distinction by the largest college in northern Ontario. BESTECH is focused on growth and continuous improvement. www.bestech.com

CONTACT

Patricia Mills

Business Development Director

patricia_mills@bestech.com

705-675-7720, extension 330

Twitter @BESTECH_Eng

News Release

BESTECH Acquires Primary Power Group, Expands into GTA

SUDBURY, ON — BESTECH today announced the acquisition of Primary Power Group, based in Ajax, Ontario. Through this strategic alliance, BESTECH, an award-winning multi-disciplinary engineering firm, will build its power services business and mining engineering capacity while expanding into the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

BESTECH is aligning with Primary Power Group to achieve:

  • Strategic growth objectives in key markets. BESTECH’s multi-disciplinary engineering team serves clients in the GTA and has global clients who will be well-served by this expansion
  • Continued business from Primary Power Group’s extensive client portfolio, which includes many of BESTECH’s clients
  • Greater opportunities to provide power and mining engineering services, and to recruit talent in southern Ontario
Dino Titon Headshot
Dino Titon, P.Eng., will lead BESTECH’s expanded power services group.

Primary Power was founded in 1993 and has been a leader in medium and high-voltage power distribution services and panel manufacturing for more than 25 years.

Primary Power Group will integrate as part of BESTECH’s Power Systems division, led by Dino Titon, P.Eng., Power Systems Engineering Manager.

“It is with great confidence that we take this opportunity for our team members to work with a larger group and to provide even greater service to our valued clients,” said Alex Kesik, retiring president and GM of Primary Power. “We anticipate many unique opportunities for continued innovation and advancement. We are very impressed with BESTECH’s vision and commitment to partnership at every level.”

Pat Fantin Headshot
Patrick Fantin, P.Eng., BESTECH Engineering Services General Manager

“Primary Power Group has developed an outstanding business and has a reputation for service and quality. They are well-regarded by our major clients for local substation designs. As a team, we see this expansion as a partnership among professionals who care about the work we do, and the clients and communities we serve,” said Patrick Fantin, BESTECH’s Engineering Services General Manager. “We are excited about what our combined talents and capabilities will mean for our global clients. It enhances our capacity, our presence, and provides a direct and seamless expansion into the GTA.”

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About BESTECH

BESTECH is an innovative multi-disciplinary engineering services firm that partners with clients to deliver results that exceed expectations. Founded in 1995, the company specializes in mining system integration and industrial automation. BESTECH earned many awards for innovation, economic development, and community contributions. In 2019 it was named Employer of Distinction by the largest college in northern Ontario. BESTECH is focused on growth and continuous improvement. https://bestech.com

Contact:

Patricia Mills

Director, Business Development

patricia_mills@bestech.com

705-675-7720, extension 330

Twitter: @BESTECH_Eng

News Release

BESTECH and SHYFTinc boosting blood donations in Sudbury and North Bay to meet demand

June 17, 2019

BESTECH and SHYFTinc are partnering with Canadian Blood Services to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available to hospital patients when the need is expected to increase.

As part of a shared commitment to serving the community, the two companies have partnered with the Sudbury blood donor centre, recruiting new donors and filling appointments. The goal is to add 148 donations during the week of June 24-28, before the Canada Day long weekend.

Canadian Blood Services Logo

Canadian Blood Services needs blood and blood products to sustain Canada’s lifeline.

“There are so many reasons to donate blood, and there’s a need in the north,” said Patrick Fantin, BESTECH Engineering Services General Manager.

Patrick Fantin, P.Eng.

BESTECH Engineering Services General Manger


“That’s why we’re rolling up our sleeves and encouraging staff, clients, friends, and family members to book appointments to donate blood before the long weekend. It doesn’t take long, and it’s the right thing to do,” continued Fantin.

Trang Tran-Valade, P.Eng, PMP

SHYFTinc President


SHYFTinc President Trang Tran-Valade added that “Sudbury needs new donors every month to help meet hospital demand. That’s why we’re challenging ourselves and our colleagues to recruit donors from across our personal and professional networks. It’s a small step that makes a big difference.”

Between the two companies, there are more than 100 employees, Tran-Valade said. “It can take eight donors a week to help someone with leukemia, and the need for blood is always highest in the summer, especially before a long weekend. That’s why we have chosen this time to ask everyone to take time and donate.”

SHYFT inc logo

BESTECH and SHYFTinc employees, clients, friends, and family members can take part by making an appointment at the Sudbury donor centre on Barrydowne Road. Centre hours are Monday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Donors in North Bay may also contribute to the BESTECH and SHYFTinc blood drive by making an appointment at the mobile donor centre. Call 1-888-2DONATE or visit blood.ca for more information about donating or to make an appointment.

BESTECH and SHYFTinc team members with colleagues and friends from other local companies have made it a tradition to donate blood when the need is high. (2018 photo)

“By partnering with a donor centre, BESTECH and SHYFTinc will make a difference in the lives of hospital patients,” said Jenny Fortin, Canadian Blood Services Territory Manager. Fortin said teaming up is a simple process. “Choose a date and recruit donors from your organization, your networks, customers, and community, and you can help give life to those in need. Canadian Blood Services will work with interested organizations to plan and support their involvement.” For more information, visit blood.ca/partnersforlife.

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About BESTECH

BESTECH is an innovative multi-disciplinary engineering services firm that partners with clients to deliver results that exceed expectations. Founded in 1995, the company specializes in mining system integration and industrial automation. BESTECH earned many awards for innovation, economic development, and community contributions. In 2019 it was named Employer of Distinction by the largest college in northern Ontario. BESTECH is focused on growth and continuous improvement.

About SHYFTinc

SHYFTinc is an influential and innovative mining technology company. Its mission is to develop and integrate leading-edge solutions that transform the mining process. SHYFTinc delivers established and emerging automation and software products and services that make the mining process safer, more productive, and more profitable.

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization. Regulated by Health Canada as a biologics manufacturer and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health, Canadian Blood Services operates with a national scope, infrastructure and governance that make it unique within Canadian healthcare. In the domain of blood, plasma and stem cells, we provide services for patients on behalf of all provincial and territorial governments except Quebec. The national transplant registry for interprovincial organ sharing and related programs reaches into all provinces and territories, as a biological lifeline for Canadians.

Media contacts

Canadian Blood Services ׀ www.blood.ca
media@blood.ca 1-877-709-7773

BESTECH and SHYFTinc ׀ www.bestech.com and www.shyftinc.com
Lynn Bulloch, Communications Manager
705-675-7720, ext. 333
Lynn_Bulloch@bestech.com
Lynn_Bulloch@shyftinc.com

News Release

BESTECH to boost blood donations through clinic adoption

June 19, 2018

BESTECH is partnering with Canadian Blood Services to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available to hospital patients in need. As part of its commitment to serving the community, BESTECH has generously adopted the Sudbury blood donor clinic and committed to recruit new donors and fill appointments. The goal is to add 176 donations to the blood bank during the week of June 25-29.

“We’re encouraging BESTECH staff, clients, friends, and family members to be heroes and donate blood before the Canada Day long weekend,” said Patrick Fantin, BESTECH Engineering Services General Manager.

New Donors Needed Every Month

“Sudbury needs 150 new donors every month to help meet hospital demand and we’d like to do our part to make that happen. It can take eight donors a week to help someone with leukemia, and the need for blood is always highest in the summer, especially before a long weekend.”

Fantin added that each BESTECH blood drive donor will help save lives and be eligible to win a valuable gift basket if they enter a draw when they donate during the clinic adoption week.

BESTECH staff, clients, friends, and family members can take part by making an appointment at the Sudbury clinic on Barrydowne Road. Clinic hours are Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Donors in North Bay may also contribute to the BESTECH blood drive by making an appointment at the mobile clinic. Phone 1-888-2DONATE or visit blood.ca for more information about donating or to make an appointment.

“By adopting a clinic, BESTECH will be making a difference in the lives of hospital patients,” said Joanne Drake, Canadian Blood Services Territory Manager. Drake described the adoption process as simple and effective. “Choose a clinic date and recruit donors from your organization, your networks, customers, and community, and you can help give life to those in need. Canadian Blood Services will work with interested organizations to plan and support their involvement.” For more information about clinic adoption, visit blood.ca/partnersforlife.

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About BESTECH

Based in Sudbury, Ontario, BESTECH is an established multi-disciplinary engineering, automation, energy management, and environmental monitoring firm that specializes in developing innovative solutions for industry partners and clients. The company was founded in 1995 to meet the evolving needs for system integration and industrial automation in the mining sector. Since then, BESTECH has earned a reputation as a partner of choice to the mining, pulp and paper, forestry, oil and gas, and manufacturing sectors, as well as to municipalities. BESTECH is focused on continuous improvement to enhance productivity, profitability, and safety for its partners, clients, and employees.

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure, and governance make us unique in the Canadian health-care landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.

Media contacts:

Canadian Blood Services ׀ www.blood.ca
media@blood.ca 1-877-709-7773

BESTECH ׀ www.bestech.com
Lynn Bulloch, Communications Manager
705-675-7720, ext. 333
Lynn_Bulloch@bestech.com

News Release

Doubling their giving power BESTECH donates $100,000 to the NEO Kids Care Centre at Health Sciences North with a special match donation

April 12, 2018

Thanks to a combined $200,000 donation from BESTECH and Marc Boudreau and Sam Espley, we are one step closer to keeping our children closer to home. BESTECH announced a generous $100,000 donation to the NEO Kids Care Centre. In the spirit of donating, Marc Boudreau, President and Co-CEO of BESTECH and his wife, Sam Espley announced that their family will be matching BESTECH’s donation of $100,000 to bring the total to $200,000.

This heartfelt donation will go towards the future NEO Kids Care Centre at Health Sciences North (HSN); a centre that will accommodate new clinics, services and more pediatricians to care for children in northeastern Ontario. Every year, approximately 3,900 children from across the Northeast make 10,000 trips to Toronto, Ottawa and London just to receive the specialized care they need. That is an increase of 30% in the past five years. This donation will ensure as many children as possible stay in northeastern Ontario to get the care they need, in a child- and youth-centred environment that promotes health and well-being.

“BESTECH has always been a strong community and influential business leader,” said Patricia Mills, President, NEO Kids Foundation. “Their innovations have made them extremely successful and their generosity has made us extremely grateful. It was a double pleasure to have Marc Boudreau and Sam Espley match the BESTECH donation to reaffirm the incredible importance of our mission to have our children cared for closer to home,” said Mills.

“Their personal and professional philanthropy is inspiring and tremendously appreciated. We are truly overwhelmed with the combined leadership gift we received today. Unbelievable generosity from a local company and a local family.”

Patricia Mills, NEO Kids Foundation President

NEO Kids is continuing to rapidly grow. The demand for pediatric care in northeastern Ontario is also growing. NEO Kids has outgrown its temporary location and HSN is planning a new, permanent centre to house NEO Kids growing demands. Last year, there were 35,000 patient visits to NEO Kids. Demand for services is expected to grow by up to 40 per cent over the next ten years.

“The importance of community stewardship is rooted in BESTECH’s culture. This donation is on not only on behalf of myself and Marc, but also the 100 employees that make up the BESTECH family.”

Denis Pitre, Vice-President and co-CEO of BESTECH

“We are proud to contribute to such an important cause that does so much good for the children of Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario. Personally speaking, having lost my nephew to cancer at a young age, my family knows how important it is to ensure that Sudbury kids get the care they need close to home,” Pitre continued.

“My family and I are pleased to match BESTECH’s donation today,” says Marc Boudreau, President and Co-CEO of BESTECH.

“A project like NEO Kids needs both business and community leadership to succeed. 10% of the project capital funds must be raised locally in Northern Ontario before other levels of government kick in the balance. Together we can make this happen, let’s do this!”

-Marc Boudreau, BESTECH Co-CEO

About BESTECH

BESTECH is a trusted team of professionals specializing in the areas of engineering, automation, software development and environmental monitoring to assist companies in the international mining industry enhance their productivity, profitability and safety. BESTECH’s mission is to help secure a future for their employees and their families, clients, communities and partners. Their quality and innovative products and services will enable their clients to improve safety, productivity and profitability.

About NEO Kids Foundation

NEO Kids Foundation raises important funds to support the health of our children in northeastern Ontario. NEO Kids Foundation is dedicated to building awareness for children’s care needs and raising funds for services, equipment, and research to help our youngest and most vulnerable patients. Children need their own voice in health care, champions to herald their health care rights, and resources to help treat their unique medical needs.