Long-time waste industry veteran Arthur Potts is the new Member of Provincial Parliament for the Ontario riding of Beaches-East York.
Liberal candidate Potts, 57, defeated longstanding NDP incumbent Michael Prue in the June 12, 2014 election.
Potts was a municipal affairs consultant for some 20 years, during which time he also served as president of BioWaste Treatment Technologies from 2008 – 2013. The company utilized the ArrowBio Waste Treatment Process, a mechanical/biological approach to diverting municipal waste from landfill while recovering recyclables and methane gas for energy.
Potts co-founded Woodwaste Solutions, a waste management firm that specializes in waste wood reuse and recycling. At the height of its operations, the firm employed more than 30 people and is still in business today.
Potts also assisted with creating a deposit-return system for liquor and wine bottles and helped to expand the scope of waste paper fiber accepted in curbside recycling programs.
“He will hopefully be a helpful advocate on this file,” the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) stated in an announcement following the Ontario election.
Potts campaigned before, finishing second to Peter Tabuns in Toronto’s 1994 city council election. He also worked for two years as an executive assistant to Metro councillor Anne Johnston.
Potts graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Political Philosophy and an MA in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University. He has two daughters, Robin and Dara. He plays hockey, tennis, sails and is a fly-fishing enthusiast.