The genesis of Eco Waste Solutions (EWS) wasn’t a garage, a ‘business incubator’, or a barn. It came from the most likely of sources: the fire and molten metal of Canada’s Steeltown, Hamilton, Ontario. With expertise in combustion process and metalurgy, the two founders of Eco Waste Solutions set out to address the global need for better waste solutions in the most environmentally-responsible manner possible.
Until the 1990s, the uncontrolled thermal treatment (or incineration) of waste was environmentally unacceptable. In 1993, Eco Waste Solutions developed an innovative product and process to thermally treat and reduce waste while meeting stringent environmental regulations and waste-reduction targets. A patented process was soon developed, which married waste reduction with elimination of environmental concerns.
Commercial success was almost immediate with a sale to the Canadian Department of National Defence for a remote Arctic base. This was quickly followed by projects for a community in Alaska and medical waste treatment in the Caribbean.
Over a period of 10 years, EWS invested heavily in research and development, including extensive environmental testing and independent verification of performance.
It was quickly discovered that the key to safe and effective waste combustion was contingent on the optimal control of the process’ parameters and in making real-time adjustments as required by the actual conditions in which the systems would be operating. This meant continued advances in the thermal treatment process as well as improvements to the control system and user interface, to ensure a system that could seamlessly dispose of any kind of waste at the push of a button.
Our equipment has evolved into a unique, durable and modular system that could be easily transported and deployed on location. Together with the technological advances in reducing the emissions of harmful dioxins and furans, this made the EWS technology the solution of choice for customers requiring point-of-need solutions in remote areas or when operating in extreme conditions.
EWS soon grew a strong following in mining and oil & gas, military and defense, and remote communities. We became an industry leader, winning multi-million dollar contracts with organizations such as Barrick, DeBeers, Vale, NATO, the Canadian Department of Defense and the US Air Force.
We’ve never lost sight of the research and development and commitment to continuous improvement that got us here.
Every year, EWS invests in R&D and proactive improvements that seek to address our clients’ needs – both today and in the future. That’s why we’re currently the only company which has commercialized a containerized, mobile product which meets EU regulations for environmental performance.
In 2016, we acquired Enercon Systems, Inc., which added several well-known, recognized products to our lineup, including a scalable, modular energy-from-waste technology. We now have a manufacturing location in Ohio which means a 100% American supply chain built on strong, long-term relationships with some of the best contractors in the industry.
The combination of our reliable, environmentally-friendly technology and market-leading expertise has been both the foundation on which we’ve built Eco Waste – and the basis for our continuing growth into the future.
In 2016, we completed our acquisition of Enercon Systems Inc., and specifically the waste-to-energy technology that Enercon developed and installed in some of the United States’ very first operating EFW (energy from waste) facilities.
Three decades later, the Pittsfield Resource Recovery Facility and the Springfield Resource Recovery Facility continue to operate.
By combining EWS’ award-winning technology for waste disposal with Enercon’s modular combustion technology for waste conversion, EWS has created a bankable EFW solution for customers looking to process and convert waste into energy.
JEAN LUCAS, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
A part of Eco Waste for more than 17 years, Jean has been instrumental in transforming the business from its original clean-tech startup to its current position as a global leader in environmental technology.
Her focus on finding better ways to manage waste, and helping clients achieve strong environmental performance, has driven the development of innovative new products and technological improvements for EWS.
In the industry, Jean has a reputation as a thought leader with extensive knowledge and a commitment to client results, demonstrated by her high standards in product quality, processes and business practices.
She has a BSc in Environmental Science & Biology and has completed the Canadian Board Diversity Council Board of Directors Education Program. She’s also a member of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America); ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers); SAME (the Society of American Military Engineers); CADSI (Canadian Defense Industry Association), and is a Founder/Past President of Women in Mining Canada.
DARREN SLEMKO, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Darren joined Eco Waste Solutions in 2014 in the role of CFO. Previously, he worked in the Investment and Merchant banking sector where he performed many financial roles with his clients. Mr. Slemko acted as CFO for several companies prior to joining EWS and has extensive experience in cash flow management, value creation and process re-engineering. Darren has applied a disciplined and rigorous approach to the finance team at EWS and across the organization – streamlining process, developing integrated inter-departmental reporting and finding efficiencies through supply-side financial management. Darren has a Bachelors of Business Administration (Finance) from Brock University.
As Executive Director of EWS, Mr. Slater is involved in corporate development, including: acquisitions, capital raising, strategic projects and alliances. Aaron has over 20 years experience in Corporate Finance and Merchant Banking, having worked for Standard Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, and NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, where he was involved in over $6 billion in transactions. Mr. Slater has also structured and arranged a number of buy-out deals in North and South America and continues to maintain his involvement through representation on the Board or as a shareholder.
For the past 12 years Aaron has owned and operated businesses involved in trade between China and the Americas. Mr. Slater holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Miami.
Dave had overall responsibility for The Enercon WTE Technology license utilized for a number of WTE facilities in the 1980’s. With over 50 years experience in thermal technologies, Dave is well-known for his expertise in process engineering and waste heat boiler specs. Dave is also a past member of the Research Committee on Energy, Environment and Waste (RCEEW) with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and recipient of the International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies (IT3) Incineration and recipient of the Incineration and Thermal Treatment Technologies Floyd Hasselriiss Pioneer Award. Dave graduated from The Cooper Union in 1960 with a BSME degree and has over 50 years experience in Thermal Technologies.
John was responsible for the design of the Enercon Step-Hearth Combustion Equipment including the loader, primary, secondary and tertiary chambers and the air-cooled refractory isolation dampers. John graduated from Lehigh University in 1964 with a BSME degree and has over 50 years experience in Thermal Technologies.