I thought I’d share with readers this letter from Ontario Electronic Stewardship Executive Director Carol Hochu in which she says goodbye as she moves on to new opportunities in the plastics world.
It is with an equal measure of sadness and pride that I pen my final blog as Executive Director of Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) – sadness that I will no longer represent this worthwhile and rapidly expanding organization and program, and pride as I look back not only at our past accomplishments, but also towards the many future opportunities that lie ahead.
Since OES began program operations in April 2009 in concert with our extensive network of collectors, transporters and processors, our team has worked tirelessly with Ontario’s businesses and consumers to raise awareness around the importance of properly reusing and recycling end-of-life electronics. The response has been delightfully enthusiastic – with an easy-to-navigate recycleyourelectronics.ca
website and more approved collection locations than ever, our year-over-year collection totals have drastically improved. In the first quarter of 2012, OES is poised to hit the 100,000 tonne collection mark – a truly remarkable accomplishment for such a young organization! This couldn’t have happened without the breadth and depth of an experienced network of collectors, transporters, processors and other service providers.
While the success of the program ultimately stems from the efforts of all Ontarians, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the determined efforts of our capable and effective staff and senior management team. Howard Morrison, our current Director of Finance, has agreed to serve as Executive Director on an interim basis while the Board launches a search for my successor. With more than 20 years of high-level business experience and a keen interest in fulfilling the OES mandate, Howard will ensure that OES continues to be the leading voice in electronic waste recycling and reuse in this great province.
I owe a debt of gratitude to OES Board Chair Nick Aubry and the entire Board of Directors for their unwavering support. It has been a privilege to work with this group of talented professionals and witness the transition from a hands-on, operating board to a strategic thinking board.
I will also no doubt miss those who I have worked closest with. From Pierre Prim’s steady oversight of our day-to-day field operations to Sandra Pakosh’s pivotal role in engaging Ontarians through promotion and education that is truly resonating, and to Elaine Beames who is the glue that binds the team together, I have every confidence that OES is in great hands.
Thank you to everyone who has helped make my tenure at the Ontario Electronic Stewardship so very gratifying. Momentum is clearly on the side of OES and in the days and months ahead I will cheer it on (albeit from the sidelines) as it continues to meet (and surpass!) the high expectations of its stakeholders and all Ontarians.
With best wishes for a happy holiday season and a rewarding New Year…
Effective Jan 3rd, my new work coordinates are:
Executive Director, Ontario Electronic Stewardship
885 Don Mills Road, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M3C 1V9
Tel: 416-380-4545 x201 Fax: 416-380-4154
Learn more about OES: OntarioElectronicStewardship.ca
Safely reuse and recycle your electronics: RecycleYourElectronics.ca