Born in Baurette, Quebec, Andre worked in Montreal as a mechanic and welder before heading to Timmins in 1967 where Texas Gulf had commenced
operations on one of Canada’s richest ore bodies. The community was booming but his stay was to be short-lived.
At the urging of his older brother Raymond and enticed by a company vehicle, he headed to Sudbury to work with Jarvis Clark. The mining industry was undergoing
massive transformation and he found himself at the forefront of rapidly evolving technologies. Innovations that began in the 60’s were being expanded and
operations were being modernized for increased efficiency. Andre’s pioneering role in the introduction and maintenance of new, trackless equipment earned
him a reputation and those familiar with his input and influence say ‘Andre Marcotte was found in the wheel of a scoop tram when he was born.’
His youngest son Al, who left INCO to take the reins of AMI Personnel in 2004, recalls pulling together as a family when his father’s expertise was in demand worldwide.
“My dad did a lot of travelling with Jarvis Clark. He was on the road for 20 years travelling from Peru to India and all around the world.
When he was gone, mom was running the show. When he came back, she was still running the show.”
In 1987, Andre reunited with his brother at Marcotte Mining to assume the role of General Manager. When the Timberland Group took over, he made the decision to venture out on his own,
harnessing 30 years of specialized knowledge to begin a consulting business.
With a sound understanding of the complex, multidimensional aspects of industry and the benefit of strong relationships he’d forged, he was well positioned to provide valuable
counsel. But it quickly became apparent that the greatest challenge for industry involved the recruitment of skilled employees and AMI Personnel was born.
“Through-out the years developing, manufacturing, he understood customer needs, He had all that knowledge and expertise. It all just snowballed from there and we’ve been trying to
keep up with the demand ever since.”
Andre built his business on insight and a simple philosophy. Everyone has a story, one size does not fit all and a resume is only one part of the big picture.
He understands that success comes from cultivating talent, providing training opportunities and recognizing ambition.
“We are an important stepping stone but it’s the motivated individual that does all of the hard work. We’ve seen it first-hand. Someone starts out as a laborer, works up to an
apprenticeship, becomes a mechanic and then advances to plant manager. If you want to succeed, the sky’s the limit.”
That approach has been key to AMI’s success. Their ability to identify talent and take careers to the next level leads to tailored recruitment solutions, resulting in happy,
satisfied customers all round.
“We’ve been supporting local industry since 1998 and we’ve become specialists at placing employees in temporary assignments leading to permanent career opportunities. But we wouldn’t
be here today without the support of industry. Earning their trust and respect has been the hallmark of our success.”
With the shortage of skilled trades people expected to grow, AMI is on top of the next wave, presenting opportunities for apprentices looking for work in the mining industry and other sectors.
From general labour to specialized technicians, they supply qualified employees in all departments and all levels of operations, while keeping their finger on the pulse of changing technologies.
Also, their affiliation with AMI Agency, a leading recruitment firm who specializes in executive roles as engineering, ISO, SHEQ management and more has helped to fill the demand.
There is much to celebrate as AMI Personnel recognizes its – looking forward to the next chapter of
Opening doors and shaping the future.