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Walker Environmental’s Mike Watt recognized as Executive of the Year

Walker Environmental’s Executive Vice-President Mike Watt and Acting OWMA’s CEO Peter Hargreave with Mike’s Executive of the Year Award

Walker Environmental’s Executive Vice-President Mike Watt and Acting OWMA’s CEO Peter Hargreave with Mike’s Executive of the Year Award

The annual 2016 Canadian Waste Sector Executive/Professional of the Year Awards were presented by the OWMA mid-November and Mike Watt, Executive Vice- President of Walker Environmental picked up the Executive/Professional of the Year Award for a Large Private Company.

The award gala brought together nearly 150 waste management professionals and recognized six individuals for their continued efforts to advance innovation, increase sustainability in the waste management sector and demonstrate corporate social responsibility in both their organizations and communities.

Other winners included: Dan Pio, President of Progressive Waste Solutions Canada Inc. for a Large Publicly Traded Private Company; James Ewles, President of RAW Materials Company Inc. for a Medium Private Company; Barry Friesen, General Manager of CleanFARMS Inc. for a Small Private Company, Craig Bartlett, Manager of Waste Operations and Diversion at the Regional Municipality of Durham for a Large Incorporated Municipality and Francis Veilleux, President of Bluewater Recycling Association for a Medium Incorporated Municipality.

“I am honoured to be part of such an august group of distinguished professionals in the waste management business”, said Watt after the event.

John Fisher, President and CEO of Walker Industries and parent company to Walker Environmental is proud of Mike’s success and said “Mike is very deserving of this award. He is well-respected for his experience and leadership and for the significant contribution that he has made to moving the industry forward.”

The gala was part of another successful year at the 7th annual Canadian Waste to Resource Conference (CWRC). The CWRC itself had participants not only enjoying an exceptional line-up of keynote and workshop sessions on priority topics for the waste management sector, but also provided several opportunities for registrants to network with their colleagues and develop new business connections.

About Walker Industries and Walker Environmental

Since 1887, Walker Industries, the parent company of Walker Environmental has proven to be a diversified company with a reputation for integrity, care & creativity. Walker is a 5th generation, family-owned Canadian company that has operated from a base in the Niagara Region for over 125 years. Now with facilities across Canada and the United States and employing more than 600 people, the company takes pride in providing infrastructure that builds communities. Walker Industries group of companies offers aggregates, paving & construction, emulsions and environmental waste & recycling solutions.

Walker Environmental is a leading waste management and resource recovery company. The company operates two landfills, a waste transfer facility, six biosolids stabilization plants, two composting facilities, four food/residual organic processing facilities, several landfill gas renewable energy projects in Ontario and Manitoba, and a waste haulage company.

Commitment to the environment, communities, and tomorrow’s generations is the foundation for growth at Walker Industries. To learn more about Walker Industries and Walker Environmental please visit

Media contact: Tara Adams (905-680-3671) or

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