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Samantha Espley Joins the BESTECH Team to Spearhead The Whole Mine

Samantha Espley, currently President of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), has recently joined engineering firm BESTECH as their VP, Mining Transformation.  In her new role, Samantha will be afforded the opportunity to continue to advocate for the industry and promote diversity in mining careers while working with BESTECH’s team of industry-respected, highly talented, innovative personnel. 

Samantha Espley
Samantha Espley

One of the key ways in which Ms. Espley will apply her extensive background in mining and leverage the BESTECH team’s unique approach to solving challenges and providing value to their clients will be in spearheading a new initiative called The Whole Mine™.  In short, The Whole Mine™ concept is a culmination of Ms. Espley’s experience and training, and an aspirational vision of potential for the mining industry.

“There has never been a better time to take step back, survey the big picture, apply new, unique approaches, and truly look at The Whole Mine™ as a completely interconnected system with dependencies from start to finish,” says Ms. Espley.

To fully understand how and why this concept is at once hopeful and practical, it is helpful to have some history on the person leading the charge.

Samantha Espley’s first job in the industry was with Denison in New Brunswick, where as a young engineer in training she learned a great deal about the milling process for potash, but was also given the opportunity to participate in their great mine rescue team, where she learned how much attention is  paid to safety in mining.  From there, she worked at Dome and Falconbridge gold mines in Northern Quebec, giving her a love of small, mining communities, as well as exposure to new mine designs and the burgeoning use of computers and new mining software suites. 

It was there that geotechnical and geo-mechanical engineering became a passion, and Samantha began to truly understand the geology and the role it plays in stability, and was exposed to the idea that technology could provide safer solutions – better drilling and blasting, better backfill, lighting, communication systems, automation and remote control, equipment, etc. 

“I was fortunate as a young mining professional to be exposed to such a high degree of technological innovation early in my career.  It shaped my future and work within the industry from there,” states Ms. Espley. 

Also during that time, Samantha was the recipient of mentorship and friendships with women in the industry, but recognized that being a woman in mining still was not common.  With a father and uncle who were in mining and encouraged her from the beginning – Espley affirms that she was an advocate for mining by the time she was 12 – she also became an advocate for women in mining early in her career, and has worked tirelessly to improve the representation of women and other minority groups in and industry that she is proud to see taking bigger steps forward, with more role models for young girls who may be interested in careers in mining. 

This too is part of the Whole Mine concept – to ensure mining is reflective of society at large, and provides opportunity to people of every stripe, allowing mining to leverage the intelligence, wisdom, and strength of people of any background, gender, ethnicity, or orientation.  The people, and the communities in which they live, will play a more important role than ever in mining’s future. 

From an innovation in engineering and mining standpoint, Samantha’s experience of having been on the ground floor of innovation in technology provides her the experience and understanding of the path forward, integrating and pivoting as new technologies become available.  Samantha has also worked extensively in research, partnering and learning from technology providers, governments, academics, front line workers, and management. 

“Beyond the implementation of new technology is the understanding of the change management and culture that supports change, and also the need for sustained sponsorship of innovation and change at senior levels.  It is knowing and anticipating the cyclical ups and downs and external pressures,” says Ms. Espley.  “From there, we can create technology roadmaps, working with mining companies to create a vision of the possibilities from top to bottom, with all stakeholders.”

The Whole Mine™ is about developing solutions that fit the future vision for any mining operation.  It is questioning and anticipating what innovations can be included in an operation today, and for tomorrow, so it is sustainable, safe, and has engineered the hazards out.  The Whole Mine™ ensures the vision that is inclusive of the mine, the processing, the market, the supply chain, communities and governments, and more equitable and inspiring solutions. This requires both industry and community support.

Part of Samantha Espley’s passion for mining is what it brings to communities in the north, and coast to coast across Canada.  But as she asserts, steady, incremental improvements are no longer enough.  Mining companies must move toward much more inspiring visions of the future, as responsible, safe and sustainable operations.  This means adopting, transforming and leveraging new solutions and rapidly moving toward the new goals as a community and industry.

According to Ms. Espley, community involvement is a huge opportunity – and risk.  Having the communities in which mining activities are planned to take on board with any new project is critical.  Working together on impact benefit agreements, have solutions that will benefit the community as much as the mining company, sharing the wealth, and understanding what they have to offer each other is part and parcel of the future.  The requirements of the community and the company can be included in the design of a new mine from the beginning – ensuring mining is part of the solution, addressing what can be done differently, how reclaiming can happen as mining goes, reducing the footprint, etc. This is part of the license to operate, and the sharing of risk. 

Samantha stresses the importance of bringing all the stakeholders to the table to arrive at sustainable solutions that are a benefit to all.  In her vision of The Whole Mine™, it is possible to demonstrate to the community that a mine is going to be engineered to be more efficient and sustainable. 

“Companies are putting this forward as an imperative strategic objective, and license to operate is truly one of the greatest risks.  Can the mining companies have the communities behind them, and what is required?  Public consultation, communications, awareness, transparency, how and when are things happening, what the effects will be, what people can expect, and ensuring they understand the benefits.  This is just as important as the mining cycle.  The same holistic vision we take to make step changes that improve operations and productivity must be applied to what happens outside the mine as well,” says Ms. Espley. 

She does assert a firmly held belief, the results of hundreds of conversations with mining executives, influencers, and industry leaders, that there is a genuine desire to connect with the community, to have safe, environmentally friendly solutions, to bring new technologies to the table, and to have employees who will embrace and adopt new technologies and solutions. 

“Inspired leadership and vision for the future, examining what is possible to achieve results that are greater than incremental gains.  Under The Whole Mine™ concept, the solutions we are seeking fit a longer-term vision and leverages and engages a wide spectrum of stakeholders, to benefit all.  From mines to communities, there is a wider set of goals and higher-level thinking needed, and I know there is an appetite at the senior levels in this industry, and the up and coming thought leaders, to ensure it happens,” concludes Ms. Espley

As BESTECH’s VP, Mining Transformation, Samantha Espley is perfectly positioned to share The Whole Mine™ concept, and use her influence to make it a movement to carry mining into a bright future for all.

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Made-in-the-North technologies are reducing the mining industry’s carbon footprint

Kati McCartney is out to “change the conversation” that the mining industry is contributing to the Earth’s climate change crisis.

The president of FROSKR, a Sudbury-based environmental consulting firm, said the negative reputation and media attention that often casts the mineral sector in a bad light has largely been earned over the years.

“Mining does have this perception that persists globally that it’s harmful for the environment,” said McCartney, “and can you blame them?”

Climate change is serious threat, she said, but a more responsible movement in mining provides a solution.

McCartney took part in a virtual Prospector and Developers Association of Canada presentation this week, offering some climate change solutions by Northern Ontario’s mining industry.

“Mining plays a critical role in our new energy economy.”

Though it sounds contradictory that mining helps the environment, McCartney said the path to de-carbonization for the planet requires minerals to manufacture technologies like batteries, wind turbines and solar photovoltaics.

Her company provides smart mining solutions that help mining operations reduce their carbon footprint.

FROSKR is a spinoff company from Bestech Engineering, now under the umbrella of the Inovinta Group of Companies. The company provides air quality monitoring systems to mining companies in the Sudbury basin, enabling them to observe their sulphur dioxide emissions in real time through a network of remote sensing devices. 

Her firm also works with miners on compliance issues, such as environmental baseline studies, permitting, mine closure plans and community engagement in supporting the international industry movement toward more responsible mining.

One of the best examples of how mining has cleaned up its act is the introduction – and increasing adoption – of underground battery electric vehicles (BEV).
MacLean Engineering, a Sudbury and Collingwood manufacturer of BEVs, is leading the way.

“Northern Ontario is a leader in creating battery electric vehicles and getting them into market,” said Tara MacLean, product manager at MacLean.

Many in the mining industry have pledged to create more environmentally friendly products, she said. And the federal government is now providing tax subsidies to those industrial sectors that adopt battery-powered vehicles for their fleets.

Since their first BEV went out the shop door in 2016, MacLean has more than 30 vehicles working underground at 10 mine sites across Canada, racking up 70,000 operating hours over that period.

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Fifteen are deployed at Newmont Gold’s Borden Mine near Chapleau. Nine are on the job in the Sudbury basin.

The Borden Mine, anointed as the “mine of the future,” runs an entirely underground battery fleet using MacLean vehicles, creating a quieter mine and a more environmentally friendly one with a lower carbon footprint.

Deploying a battery-powered fleet instead of diesel reduces the risk of hydrocarbon spills at Borden, she said.

Without having to vent diesel particulate from below ground, Newmont could install a modern ventilation-on-demand system that reduces the size of ducting and the number of fans to circulate fresh air in the mine, as well as save costs on energy consumption.

Borden’s environmental footprint measures only 410 tonnes of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere every year, compared to other mine sites, using diesel fleets, that emit in excess of 30,000 tonnes annually.

As battery technology evolves, the company continues to keep tabs by measuring the performance of their machines at work.

Last summer, MacLean ran an equipment trial at an underground mine in British Columbia where the MacLean team logged more than 360 hours in monitoring the data telemetry coming off one of its machines.

Of the total energy used by the vehicle, 25 per cent of the electricity – about 2.1 megawatts – was being generated by the machine itself.

“As the machine is going down-ramp, they’re actually regenerating power coming back into the machine that’s able to be used,” said MacLean.

A diesel-powered machine would’ve burned 5,000 litres of fuel during the same trial period, amounting to 13 tonnes of carbon dioxide released, compared to 0.2 per cent from an electric vehicle.

“As we move from completely diesel fleets to completely electric fleets, we’ve completely changed the makeup of mine sites and how much energy is going into a mine site and how much carbon dioxide is coming out of a mine site,” she said.

Since cars and batteries are made of minerals, MacLean said her technology can create an environmentally friendly cycle and start the mining industry down a carbon-neutral path.

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Transforming the Mining Industry with Technology

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Marc Boudreau

Q: How do INOVINTA’s companies add value to clients more easily than a unified operation under the same company?

TS: INOVINTA is a group of companies that originally started as BESTECH, an engineering firm, when it was founded 25 years ago. The company evolved into a multidisciplinary engineering firm that offered cutting-edge solutions around deep mining, power generation, civil engineering, structural consulting and the typical engineering disciplines. What we found early on was that there was never really a clear message to our industry about what type of company we were. Depending on who you were talking to, they thought either we did products, or we offered environmental services, or they thought we were an environmental firm, or an engineering firm, and so on. So, a couple of years ago, in order to clarify that message, as well as set us up for success and growth on a long-term basis, we decided to start spinning out some of these different companies.


One of our companies is called BESTECH, which is a multidisciplinary engineering firm that works locally and internationally. BESTECH’s specialization in mining, infrastructure and power has allowed us to work in Chile, Peru, South Africa, USA, Canada and Mexico.

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Tyler Samson


Another company is SHYFTinc, which is a provider of technology solutions. Its main focus relates to transformative solutions for the mining industry. We are looking at different solutions to implement a big change in productivity, and to provide the ability to access remote locations and deeper mining.


Another company we created up is FROSKR, which is primarily an environmental services company. It offers traditional sustainability work. The company also has cutting-edge solutions for remote monitoring.


FORTAI provides inventory management solutions to the mining industry, including solutions like logistics studies and manufacturing technology under development.


And lastly, we have INOVINTA, which is the one that ties all the companies together. INOVINTA also provides services such as legal, accounting and HR. Recently, we branded it as a think tank or idea factory.

Q: How does the ADMMIT solution function and what benefits does it offer the mining market?

TS: The ADMMIT system allows for proper inventory management and monitoring. It secures inventory and allows for location tracking. The goal of the electronic kit is not to make the big steel boxes; instead, it is about putting technology on those boxes that already preexist. Once the hardware has been installed, you can track who has access, as well as the location of the container. The security is provided through the electronics that we designed, where you have user authentication, meaning, you know who has access to it and when and what has been removed or taken from the SmartCube. It is also designed to be tracked anywhere with cellphone coverage. We are also looking at options to be able to track via GPS globally. In addition, you can also track it underground. We are seeing that mining companies are ordering three times the inventory they need to account for those potential losses. Our technologies are designed to prevent this.

Q: How does FROSKR help its clients reach their ESG Goals?

MB: ESG is a big undertaking. It has always been top of mind for our clients. FROSKR is an environmental company that helps clients operate their systems, design their programs and apply for environmental permits. We also have an entire mining program through our BESTECH company. We have entire documents on the website, such as The Whole Mine that describes 12 aspects of mining including ESG practices that you need to keep in mind when creating a new mine. We engage with our clients from the very beginning of a mine design and we consider how that project and the related governance fits within the framework of the community that belongs it to. Our team is there to help lay down the foundation of the project.

Take, for instance, our experts who have developed guidelines on battery electric vehicle design. Now, we are helping many of our clients that have existing diesel-based fleets. We are helping them to understand how to transition out of that world into a battery electric fleet. What does it look like? What are the systems that you must have on site to be able to support the new fleet? These are among the questions we are helping them answer. We are definitely helping many of our clients with the transition to cleaner solutions.

Q: What opportunities has INOVINTA seen in the Mexican mining industry?

MB: Our RenixUIX solution is about helping our clients manage water very differently. That technology allows our customers to consider recycling the water they use. The Mexican marketplace, and especially the mining industry, would be extremely interested in this technology from the perspective that water is hard to obtain. In addition to that, our technologies are there to help the productivity of our clients. We are looking for clients who are not 100 percent happy with their productivity and their existing performance. We are looking for those that want to make changes to their workflow.

Q: What is an example of a success story for INOVINTA?

TS: One of our most recent success stories is with one of our products called NRG1-ECO, which is a mine-wide energy management solution. The benefits provided by NRG1-ECO are related to the control mechanism, such Manual, Scheduled and Environmental Events as well as Tagging Integration.  Each provides savings and productivity gains. One of our clients ended up adopting it in all of their North Atlantic sites. We have seen huge savings for this client in their ability to lower gas clearing time. We saw savings ranging from US$2 million to US$5 million, depending on specific applications, and that is just straight up electricity costs. There are quite a few potential productivity gains from just one or two components of our system. Truth be told, sometimes there is no monetary value that can be placed on an hour’s worth of productivity gains. When you have over 300 miners on standby because of bad air quality, our solutions allow for faster blast clearing time and that provides a huge benefit in terms of productivity.

Q: How is INOVINTA helping its client prepare for the future of mining?

MB: The philosophy behind our innovative solutions is transformation. Mining is essentially an underground city with thousands of moving parts. So, we are looking at changing the logistics of how these parts move and looking to transform the process into a seamlessly continuous and sustainable operation.

What we bring to the table is a very intimate knowledge of underground mines and how they work and how they are built because it is not the same as having technology on the surface. We provide our clients with deep knowledge and an understanding of the environment that our technologies operate in.

INOVINTA is a company that focuses on developing new technological, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and distribution ideas and products to improve industrial processes.

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Happy Holidays from BESTECH!

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year

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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!

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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


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). 



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.


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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
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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.”

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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.”



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.


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Director, Business Development

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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.

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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.”

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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 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



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.

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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 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



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.

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Canadian Blood Services ׀ 1-877-709-7773

Lynn Bulloch, Communications Manager
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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


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.