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Our editor retires

Perhaps the most meaningful dimension of my magazine career has been helping people, telling their stories, and searching for justice when they’ve been wronged


The way I look today, though the soul patch is now closer to a goatee.

The way I look today, though the soul patch is now closer to a goatee.

Guy Crittenden, Editor of this publication, is leaving the company after 25 years working on both Solid Waste & Recycling magazine and HazMat Management magazine and their related websites, newsletters and conferences.

“It’s been a long and satisfying career, yet it’s time to move on,” says Crittenden. “I use the word ‘retirement’ only in the sense of retiring from the company that has published the magazines since they bought us in 2000. I plan to keep writing and pursue freelance opportunities, so don’t imagine me out golfing every day or anything like that!”

Crittenden joined with a small group of friends to launch HazMat Management magazine in 1989 in Toronto, Ontario. A few years later the partners published Solid Waste & Recycling magazine. In 2000 the partners were acquired by Business Information Group — the trade magazine division of conglomerate Hollinger that was later purchased by the current owner, Vancouver-based Glacier Media Group

During the course of his career, Crittenden won 14 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for excellence in business journalism — more than any other person. These included the Gold and Silver prizes for Best Feature Article and also for Best Editorial. One year he won both the Gold and the Silver prize for Best Editorial.

Bruce Creighton (left), President of Business Information Group, presenting me with a KRW award for Best Editorial shortly before the company bought the magazines in 2000.

Bruce Creighton (left), President of Business Information Group, presenting me with a KRW award for Best Editorial shortly before the company bought the magazines in 2000.

“I’m pleased to depart at a time when both products are financially healthy and on a growth trajectory as best-in-class information products in rapidly evolving markets,” Crittenden says, adding that what had been collection and disposal or end-of-pipe treatment industries when his career began have evolved into high-tech professionalized businesses.

“I’m also leaving the magazines in very competent hands,” Crittenden adds, referring to new Editor David Nesseth and long-time Publisher Brad O’Brien.

“And I plan to write for the magazines and websites from time to time, so I won’t be gone completely,” Crittenden says.

See Crittenden’s blog about his leaving here. New Editor David Nesseth can be contacted at 1-800-268-7742 x3569 or dnesseth@bizinfogroup.ca


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5 Comments » for Our editor retires
  1. Mitchell Gibbs says:

    It has been a pleasure working with Guy and his team for the past 25 years. I look forward to his involvement in the future .

    Mitchell Gibbs CES, CEC, CAQS
    Director First Response Environmental

  2. George Duncan says:

    Happy “retirement” Guy and thanks for all the years of trying to bring some common sense into the environmental debate. Helping people has been my own motivation in this business for the last 25 years and if you’re looking for another worthwhile campaign to help people, try bringing some common sense into Ontario’s Brownfields Reg 153/04, especially for the “mom-and-pop” operations. Many are financially ruined because their retirement nest-egg—the property they own—needs an expensive cleanup which they can’t afford and worse still, was caused by some known or unknown neighbour who also has no money. It’s heart-breaking having to tell so many elderly couples their life’s investment in their business is now worthless because some bureaucrat in Toronto decided that anything over 0.21 ppm of benzene etc., in soil would cause so much harm to the environment that they must clean it up before they can sell the property and retire.

  3. You will be missed Guy! It was a pleasure working with you the past 10 years.

  4. Patryk Piechota says:

    Good luck on your new endeavours for the future. I wish you all the best. I have always enjoyed reading your posts over the last few years as they are intriguing and well-informed. You will be missed.

  5. Arthur Kirkby says:

    I only just saw the news because I’m behind in my reading. But, now that I know, I wanted to say that I have very much enjoyed your editorials and articles. I look forward to your freelance items and I hope your new ventures are successful and fulfilling. Sincere best wishes. You will be missed.

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