John Nicholson, M.Sc., P.Eng., President EBC
He worked for three years for the Ministry of the Environment as a senior project advisor with the Green Industry & New Program Development Group, Implementation and Transition Secretariat and Senior Program Support Coordinator at the Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch. He was one of the key members of the Ministry team that developed beyond-compliance cooperative agreements with industry and working with Ontario's green industry in the promotion of new environmental technology. He was lead negotiator for the Ministry in cooperative agreement negotiations with the Ontario's vehicle manufacturers. He was also the project manager on the study on the State of EMS in Ontario and Ministry representative on the Municipal EMS Pilot project. At the EAAB, John was the responsible for streamlining the certificate of approval process and developed new standard templates for air, water, wastewater and waste approvals. He was also Project Coordinator for phase two development of Approvals Exemption Regulations (AERs) and regulations on Environmental Assessment requirements for waste transfer sites.
John worked for seven years as an environmental engineer at the law firm Torys. His responsibilities include training, peer review of consultants' reports, and providing advice to clients on day-to-day environmental operations. He was the environmental law groups key contact person with government regulators. He worked with clients in the design and implementation of EH&S management systems, government relations, litigation support, EH&S compliance reviews, site assessments and assisting with EH&S matters in corporate transactions.
For five years at the Niagara Falls office of Acres International Ltd., a leading engineering consulting firm. He had responsibilities for the design, construction supervision, commissioning, and evaluation of wastewater, air pollution control and remedial treatment systems. He also had technical responsibilities for surface water and groundwater studies, air quality assessments, air dispersion modeling and other related matters.
John is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario and has served as the Chair of the East Toronto Chapter. He is also a member of the Air and Waste Management Association and is the current President of the Ontario Chapter.
John received his B.Sc.(Eng.) in biological engineering from the University of Guelph in 1986 and his M.Sc. in environmental engineering in 1992.