The “Recycling Idol” competition held on December 6, 2012 was a hybrid modeled on American Idol and Dragon’s Den. After a great round of pitches from our recycling technology finalists to a panel of cleantech experts, the audience got a chance to choose the winner. The winner of the 2012 Recycling Idol competition was Tyromer Inc. Congratulations to Sam Visaisouk and his team!
Our 4 Finalists were:
B&R clean 20% of contaminated “tire wire” into 2 recycled products: steel and rubber. The company has completed it’s 12th year in business. They receive used oil filters, and process them into recyclable steel and oil through “crushing.” Situated over 25 000 square feet, their broad and diverse capabilities are purposed to make parts quickly, while focusing on good quality.
Blue Mountain Plastics is a “closed loop” PET plastic recycling operation located in Shelburne, Ontario. Curbside collected PET bottles and clamshells are processed from bales into food-grade FDA/CFIA approved rPET pellets which are then used at levels of up to 100% in water bottles produced by parent company, Ice River Springs Water Co. Ice River Springs Water Co. was the first beverage company in North America to “self manufacture” rPET for its own use.
CRP help clients to furnishing their outdoor spaces by fulfilling their customers needs for quality, comfortable patio furniture. They do this by supplying them with exceptional quality patio furniture crafted from recycled plastic at value price points. Backed by solid warranty; accurate order entry and customer service; shipped on time every time. Made in Canada. CRP manufactures the entire product (vertically integrated – grind/extrude/machine/assemble/warehouse/ship).
Tyromer Inc. uses its patented tire rubber devulcanization technology to revert scrap tire rubber into a compoundable rubber that can be used in tire manufacturing. This is the highest value use of a vast renewable resource that is being mismanaged today. To rapidly exploit this large global opportunity, Tyromer will license its technology and manufacturing system. Tyromer is building a team to launch its global licensing strategy.
Our Panelists for Recycling Idol were:
Gord Miller, Enviromental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO)
-Appointed by the Legislative Assembly
-Monitors and reports on compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights
-Reports government success on greenhouse gas reductions and energy conservation
Franco Hasou, Partner, Ernst & Young
-Advises innovative companies in tax structuring, financing and M&A
-Expert in building global tax effective supply chains and business models
-Sector focus includes cleantech and renewable energy
Michael Castellarin, Managing Director, Clairvest Group Inc.
-Manager of Clairvest’s investment origination, structuring & execution
-Experienced in management consulting and private equity
-Serves on the board of directors of Light Tower Rentals Inc. and Sonco Gaming
After each of these emerging clean technology companies present their business pitch to the panel above, the audience gets to vote for the winner based on whom they would most likely invest in. For more information about the event, take a look at our press release and article in Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine.
Recycling Idol was Sponsored By:
Bereskin & Parr LLP is leading the charge on Canadian intellectual property. They serve a wide range of clients from across many sectors. Since 1965, they have become the largest Canadian IP firm, serving in over 100 countries worldwide. With over 70 lawyers, patent and trademark agents, Bereskin & Parr can tackle all aspects of intellectual property in the Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical, Software/High Technology, Mechanical/Industrial, Chemical, Automotive and Clean Tech sectors.
A Toronto based branding and advertising agency, Blade Branding has a cut through attitude. Integrating all forms of media, Blade focuses on keeping the client’s campaigns relevant, resilient and growing. With experience in many industries, they can offer an unbiased perspective to any challenge.
The Canadian Restaurant and Food-services Association (CRFA) serves Canada’s vibrant and innovative foodservice industry. Through advocacy, research, member savings and industry events, The CRFA helps Canadian restaurants, bars, cafeterias, coffee shops, and contract and social caterers grow and flourish.
Emterra Group has been leading waste transformation for more than 30 years with innovative solutions to challenging waste dilemmas. We infuse end of life materials with a renewed future while producing renewable green energy and preserving the environment.
The Environmental Business Consultants(EBC) has been a bridge between the Cleantech and the investment industries since 1999. EBC is a business advisor to institutional investors, government, industry funded organizations, technology start ups in cleantech.
Ernst & Young is a global organization that deals with assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Supporting entrepreneurs and local businesses for nearly 20 years, they have honoured Canada’s most inspiring entrepreneurs with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. With a truly global approach, Ernst & Young connects companies on a global scale, making ideas spread faster than ever before.
ePath Consulting is a consulting firm offering dramatic improvements to new e-business companies. Using a results-driven e-business approach, ePath puts business objectives front-and-centre helping them achieve financial, operational and market goals.
The Ontario Tire Stewardship operates the Used Tires Program, a province wide tire recycling program that diverts tires away from burning and landfilling to 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). While their primary mandate is to ensure Ontario’s scrap tires are responsibly managed, they are also driving innovation and fostering the right economic conditions to expand the markets for Ontario tire-derived products.
SRED Unlimited specializes in securing SR&ED refunds, OIDMTC and other tax credits by using technical engineering consultants familiar with a host of industries, and have an intimate understanding of technology and production processes.
Stewardship Ontario is a private, not-for-profit organization that develops, funds and operates Ontario’s highly successful recycling programs for printed paper and packaging (Blue Box) and household hazardous and special waste (Orange Drop). As a stewardship organization, they audit Ontario businesses that sell designated materials into the marketplace to ensure proper reporting and ensure that responsibility is shared among all companies who produce these materials.
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