The HazMat Management awards are back for 2012, following the success of last year’s event at the inaugural Sites and Spills Expo, which returns to Toronto in just over a month’s time.
In 2011, four industry leaders were recognized for their excellence in the main areas covered by the HazMat publication and the trade show.
The categories are Leadership in Sustainable Development, HazMat Management Professional of the Year, Brownfield Restoration, and finally, Clean Tech.
You’ll have to wait until November 7-8, 2012 at the International Centre in Toronto to find out who will win this year’s awards, but in the meantime, let’s revisit last year’s winners.
(And if you haven’t registered for the upcoming Expo, check out this page to find out all you need to know about the one of the hottest new HazMat shows on the circuit!)
AWARD: Leadership in Sustainable Development
The award was created to honor an individual who has exemplified lifetime leadership in the realm of sustainable development.
WINNER: Mike Harcourt, Former Premier of British Columbia, Mayor of Vancouver
Mike was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, where he served on the Executive Committee and Chair of the Urban Sustainability Program. He was appointed B.C. Treaty Commissioner by the Federal Government and was Chair of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities. Harcourt's exemplary career as a Lawyer, Community Activist, and Politician has been honored with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, and now this award for Leadership in Sustainable Development from HazMat Management magazine.
AWARD: HazMat Management Professional of the Year
This award recognizes an individual for their outstanding contribution to the profession of site cleanup and/or spill response and related environmental issues.
WINNER: Dec Doran, Oil Spill Control Services
Dec is President of Oil Spill Control Services Inc. (1992 to present). Dec is the former Emergency Response Coordinator for Imperial Oil Limited (ESSO) and was a charter member of Imperial's National Emergency Response Team (Toronto, ON) and the Exxon International Emergency Response Team (Houston, TX). Over the past 30 years, Dec has responded to and remediated over 2,000 petroleum products and hazardous materials spills and fires involving ship groundings, train derailments, pipeline ruptures, oil well fires and blowouts, residential and commercial petroleum products storage tank failures, tank truck rollovers, aviation incidents and a wide range of facility and in-plant emergencies.
NOTE: Dec has written or been featured in a number of high profile stories in HazMat Management magazine over the years. These include his write-up in 2008 of a highway tanker trailer spill cleanup, the response later that year to a major industrial accident at a fossil fuel plant managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority that threatened a major river, and – more recently – stories about the major oil rig disaster and spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, both of which Dec consulted upon.
AWARD: Brownfield Restoration
The award recognizes a significant achievement in restoring a contaminated site or old industrial property (brownfield) for a new residential or commercial use, utilizing commercially-proven, commercially available remediation technology and strategies.
WINNER: David Harper, Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund
David is a managing partner in the Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund which is the Canada's first private equity fund to specialize in brownfield redevelopment in the Canadian marketplace. The pairing of brownfield redevelopment and private equity capital is intended to specifically address the financial barriers that have historically impeded activity on brownfield sites during the site restoration and redevelopment stages. David’s primary role is to quantify and manage the environmental risks associated with the Fund's brownfield opportunities and to integrate site remedial strategies with site redevelopment and finance. Through his active involvement in many brownfield initiatives and leadership in the Canadian Brownfield Network (CBN) David has provided strategic advice on various topics that have encouraged policy and regulatory reforms for brownfield redevelopment in Canada.
NOTE: Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund was featured in HazMat Management magazine’s brownfields marketplace section last spring in an article entitled “Cleantech Greens Brownfield” about the company’s project at 3600 Lakeshore Blvd. in Toronto that used Zero Valent technology to clean chlorinated solvents from the site, which is now a large mixed-use residential neighborhood.
AWARD: Clean technology
This award recognizes the development and commercial application of a technology for responding to current or historical industrial spills and accidents and other forms of pollution.
WINNER: BioteQ Environmental Technologies
BioteQ Environmental Technologies is a B.C.-based water treatment company that works with the leading resource companies, utility operators and regulators to apply its clean technologies to treat wastewater contaminated with dissolved heavy metals and sulphate. BioteQ’s process technologies produce clean water for re-use or safe discharge to the environment while recovering a high-grade metal concentrate product that can be sold to offset water treatment costs. In 2010, BioteQ treated 7.9 billion litres of wastewater and removed 2.2 million pounds of dissolved metals from the environment.
NOTE: BioteQ’s Wellington Oro Mine project appeared in the Spring 2010 edition of HazMat Management magazine. This article showed how the company’s sulphide precipitation technology cleaned acid mine drainage — a significant worldwide problem — to a level suitable for release a tributary of the Blue River near the town of Breckenridge, Colorado.