To deliver industry-best service and value to our customers and suppliers in a socially responsible manner.


To be our customers’ supplier of choice, creating ease of business through superior service, quality, knowledge, and competitiveness.

Our Values

At Venture Steel, our values form the cornerstone of everything we do. We are committed to unwavering integrity, conducting our business with honesty and transparency, which builds lasting relationships of trust with our clients and partners.

We are dedicated to sustainability, mindful of the environmental impact of our operations, and actively seek ways to reduce our footprint. Our people are our strength, and we prioritize their safety, growth, and well-being, fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment where every individual’s contributions are valued.

These values drive us forward, shaping Venture Steel into not just a market leader, but a responsible corporate citizen dedicated to excellence in all aspects of our journey.


At Venture Steel, we do our work safely, or not at all.


We treat others with the same. courtesy and respect as we would like to be treated with ourselves.


We act with honesty, integrity, accountability, and fairness in everything we do.

Service Leaders

We are proactive, caring, and dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our customers, suppliers, and colleagues.


We work to build our company in a manner that makes each of us proud to be a part of it.


We act with passion, commitment, and urgency. We are innovators who embrace change.


We “do it better” than our competition.


Our people make the difference and teamwork makes us stronger.

Company History


Venture Steel is established with an initial focus on providing JIT service of slit coil for automotive parts manufacturers.


Venture Steel is acquired by The Giampaolo Group, a leading North American metal recycler and service provider for producing mills and metal consumers.


Venture Steel acquires Gatsteel, a leading Canadian supplier of sheet and coil with a focus on construction, appliance, HVAC, energy and a variety of other non automotive end users of metal.


Venture Steel de Mexico is opened, our Greenfield location in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.


Venture Steel USA opens for business with a sales office in Buffalo, New York.


Yellen Metals acquired in Buffalo, NY


Automatic Steel acquired in Barrie, ON


Venture Steel expands acquiring Olympic Steel Detroit.

Our Leadership


Tony Kafato

With over 30 years of experience in metals distribution, Tony has garnered an abundant knowledge in all functional areas, including sales, purchasing, finance, operations, and logistics. Tony has been serving as Venture Steel’s President since shortly after the Giampaolo Group acquired it in 2010. His focus has been building a customer centric, service-oriented culture that exceeds all stakeholder expectations.

Vice President, Sales & Technical Services

Scott Woodland

Scott Woodland joined Venture Steel in 2012 and has over 23 years of experience in the steel industry, spanning all aspects of the manufacturing and distribution process. With a technical background, Scott can identify and provide solutions for our customer’s product-related pain points. He is responsible for building long-term sales growth.

Vice President, Operations

Claudio Cortina

Claudio Cortina joined Venture Steel in 2010 with over 20 years of metals distribution experience. His career began at Samuel, Son & Co., where he spent 16 years in roles with increasing levels of responsibility in quality, sales, and ultimately in an operations management position. Focusing on lean manufacturing and maintaining world-class standards, Claudio manages all Venture Steel production facilities.

Vice President, Finance

Scott Spence

Scott Spence joined Venture Steel in 2014 and has over 20 years of experience in the service center industry, first starting in 2001 with Samuel, Son, and Co. where he accumulated extensive knowledge of the metals industry. As the Vice President of Finance for Venture Steel, Scott is responsible for the finance, IT, and treasury departments. Scott’s objective is to use his ability to build and develop key functioning areas, enabling future growth for Venture Steel.

Director, Human Resources

Kevin Small

Kevin Small has over 25 years of experience as a leader in Human Resources, having held previous roles at Chrysler, Toyota, Canadian Tire, and Maple Leaf Foods. Tasked with building a team that will deliver on the opportunities of tomorrow, Kevin is leading a cultural transformation that will leverage Venture Steel’s solid foundation as one of the ‘Best Managed Companies in Canada.

Director, Purchasing

Stefano Giacoboni

Stefano Giacoboni has over 25 years of steel industry experience spanning both recycling and distribution sectors. Stefano has been leading the purchasing group at Venture Steel for over ten years, having a deep knowledge of all North American Mills and their capabilities. He ensures Venture Steel builds and maintains strong vendor relationships while guiding our purchasing team to minimize our total inventory ownership cost.

Giampaolo Group

The Giampaolo Group was founded over 50 years ago in Toronto, Ontario. Since established, the organization has evolved into a multinational integrated metal corporation. Keen on environmental, social, and corporate governance, the Giampaolo Group focuses on harvesting waste within the metal ecosystem by operating within the recycling, manufacturing, and IT asset disposition space. Giampaolo Group Inc. is continuously expanding and looking for new ways to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to the recycling industry.

The service leader for Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, and Aluminum supply throughout North America.

One of North America’s largest fully integrated recyclers of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals.

A leading producer of high-quality aluminum slab and billet for the rolling, extrusion, and forging industries.

An IT asset disposition company that covers every step of the ITAD process from data destruction to recycling.

An industry-leading real estate and land development company focused on delivering high quality residential, industrial, and design-build solutions.

Supporting local charities in all the communities in which we do business.