Michael Ruscigno

Michael Ruscigno

Technology Award
Humber College, 1999

Michael Ruscigno is President and Founder of InTELaTECH Inc., which provides electronic components and services in everything from engineering design to product marketing to Ontario's original equipment manufacturing (OEM) industry. A graduate of Humber's Electrical Control Technician program, Michael launched his oneperson operation in 1988 and within two years welcomed partner, Gerry Gentile. Today, InTELaTECH employs 80 people in offices in Mississauga, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal, and their astonishing 3400 percent growth in the last five years has captured the business community's attention. Listed #85 in Profit Magazine's list of Canada's 100 Fastest Growing Companies (1997) and 38th in Ontario Business Report's Top 100 Entrepreneurs (1996), the company was cited as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Private Companies (1996) and won the Mississauga Board of Trade Award for Small Business of the Year (1996) and Business Person of the Year -- to both partners (1997). In 1997 InTELaTECH received ISO 9002 Certification.

Business achievement is not InTELaTECH's only story. Under Michael's open-door leadership style, employees are company shareholders participating in corporate goal setting and management. The company gives to the community with the same zeal, contributing to a score of charities; its goal to adopt 100 children in the Developing World is at 80. InTELaTECH is the proud recipient of this year's Canadian Centre for Philanthropy's "New Spirit of Community Partnership" Award.

Following his years at Humber College, Michael attended the University of Toronto, Ryerson Polytechnical University, and the University of Western Ontario. In recognition of his success in the field of technology and his philanthropic goal "to leave the world a bit better", it is an honour to present the 1999 Premier's Award for Technology to Michael Ruscigno