Jean Lucas named one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women



Jean Lucas named one of Women’s Executive Network 2019 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO (November 21, 2019) – Eco Waste Solutions is excited to announce that Jean Lucas, President & CEO, has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner, presented by KPMG.

The list of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women was released today, celebrating the outstanding women across Canada who advocate for diversity in the workforce and inspire the next generation of leaders across the country.

“We’ve long appreciated the WXN’s work in highlighting the role of female leaders in Canadian business,” says Lucas,. “It’s a great honour to be recognized as someone who’s helping to drive that mission forward.”

Lucas has been a champion of women in historically male-dominated fields for more than two decades. “As a technology company working with engineers and trades across multiple industries including military and mining, I am acutely aware that I am often the only woman in the room, particularly at the most senior levels,” she says. “When you’re trying to effect big change, you need all the brainpower you can gather, and leaving women out of the conversation just seems like a missed opportunity to me.”

Co-founder of Women in Mining Canada, a national non-profit organization designed to attract, retain and advance women to senior levels in the mining industry, Lucas now heads an all-female executive leadership team at Eco Waste. “What’s most gratifying to me is that all of these women have been with Eco Waste for 10 years or more. We didn’t set out a mandate to hire women only or establish a quota,” she says. “We simply created an environment where everyone was given an equal opportunity to excel, and these women rose to the challenge.”

Past award winners includes Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author, Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut, Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications, Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada, Michaëlle Jean, former governor general of Canada, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music, and Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

What’s next for Lucas?  “I’m thrilled  to be included in this list. Some of the past winners are women I’ve admired and whose careers I’ve followed since I was a teenager, and the other women named this year are doing some really groundbreaking work,” she says. “But it’s also a reminder that there is still work to be done when it comes to  realizing the potential of female leadership, in Canada and around the world. I’m looking forward to using my influence to mentor and support the next generation.”

For a full list of winners, please visit



About Eco Waste Solutions

Eco Waste Solutions is a women-led, award-winning, Canadian clean-tech company focused on developing and deploying innovation on proven platforms.  Our sustainable localized waste treatment solutions reduce waste by over 90% and support climate change initiatives by avoiding the methane cycle and reducing the carbon footprint of waste transport.  Our technology includes containerized systems that can go anywhere in the world and be up and running within hours, to community-sized energy from waste plants that deliver steam and power in a decentralized, low-impact, modular format.

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About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

Women’s Executive Network (WXN), a member-based organization, exists for the advancement, development and recognition of professional women in Canada. WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking, and award and recognition programs for members and partners. At WXN, equity, inclusion and the advancement of professional women make industry stronger and society better. Their passion is 100% centered on empowering women and creating positive social change. WXN currently operates in Canada and Ireland.

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Lee Deline

Director, Marketing & Communications, WXN

519-421-9556 ext. 216