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 metallurgy, the two founders of Eco Waste Solutions set out to address the global need for better, more environmentally-responsible waste solutions.
In the past crude systems for burning waste were prevalent and accepted. In response, Eco Waste Solutions developed an innovative new process to thermally treat waste while meeting stringent environmental regulations and waste-reduction targets. The company was awarded a patent for the unique Eco Waste process that thermally treated waste while avoiding the production of dioxins and furans.
Commercial success was almost immediate with a sale to the Canadian Department of National Defense for a remote Arctic base. This was quickly followed by projects for a community in Alaska and medical waste treatment in the Caribbean. Since then, EWS has won multi-million dollar contracts with organizations such as Barrick, DeBeers, Vale, NATO, the Canadian Department of Defense and the US Air Force.
We were among the first to include Programmable Logic Control to small incinerators – providing real-time process optimization, yielding cleaner emissions. Over a period of 10 years, EWS invested heavily in research and development, including extensive third-party emissions testing and independent verification of performance.
We continued to innovate our unique, modular systems into mobile, containerized incinerators that could be easily deployed to the point-of-need. These systems were developed for military use and later gained a strong following with the mining industry who needed a clean solution that was easy to transport to remote locations. We led the world with the first containerized mobile air pollution control system that met EU emission standards.
Recognizing the need to reduce reliance on fossil-fuels and develop new sources of renewable energy, EWS has since focused on ways to convert waste into energy. Large energy from waste systems have been around for decades but few small scale technologies exist. EWS has emerged as a leader in this space by creating innovative, practical, proven solutions to recover energy.
We’ve never lost sight of the R&D 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.
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., adding a range of new products to our line-up. Most importantly, we immediately gained a bankable waste-to-energy (WTE) technology – Enercon modular WTE systems were among the first operating facilities in the United States.
The Engineering Team at Eco Waste has taken the tried and true Enercon design and modernised it to make it more efficient and clean-burning than ever before. We have also created a new smaller version allowing us to access more of the global WTE market.
JEAN LUCAS, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Part of Eco Waste for more than 20 years, Jean was critical in transforming the business from 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 and has a Financial Management Certificate from Cornell University.
Jean is the Vice-Director of the Waste-to-Energy Technical Division of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America), and Chair of its Conversion Technologies Committee; and is a member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) – (RCEEW) (Research Committee on Energy, Environment and Waste); SAME (the Society of American Military Engineers); and is a Founder/Past President of Women in Mining Canada and a guest lecturer at Fleming College’ Sustainable Waste Management Post-Graduate Program.
ANDREA MONTAGUE, ACTING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Andrea Montague is the Chief Financial Officer of Eco Waste Solutions and reports directly to the CEO. She in charge of the overall financial management, including the company’s financial reporting, long-range business planning, and program management. As head of the Accounting and HR Department she is also responsible for payroll and benefits, accounting policies as well as budgeting and tax compliance.
Andrea joined Eco Waste in 2005, bringing with her significant operational accounting experience from manufacturing and retail sectors. She has 6 years’ experience in investment banking internationally. Before this, she worked as an Auditor at Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Andrea is active in the local community and enjoys volunteering her time with various charities and serves on a board for a local non-profit.
She has a B.Sc. in Management & Economics and is a Certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner.
KIM DOCKSTEADER, VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING
Kim Docksteader has been with Eco Waste Solutions since 2002. As the Director of Engineering, Kim oversees multiple engineering disciplines supporting production, customer service, and R&D.
Kim came to Eco Waste after graduation from McMaster University with a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering. Her thirst for knowledge, tenacity, and problem-solving skills have proven to be a huge asset to Eco Waste’s complex engineering projects. Her leadership in developing and implementing the ISO certified quality management program and numerous critical processes and systems has made a major impact on the business.
After 16 years, Kim has impressive depth on process, design, and engineering of thermal waste conversion systems, air pollution control and heat recovery.
Kim is a P. Eng. (Professional Engineer) in the Province of Ontario, British Columbia, as well as Nunavut and Northwest Territories.
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.