Richard Laughton
President
Pollutech International Ltd.
Oakville, ON

Mr. Laughton has been professionally involved in the environmental management field since 1975.  Mr. Laughton is President of Pollutech Group of Companies Inc. and Pollutech's affiliates, Pollutech International Limited, and Pollutech Geoenvironmental Limited, which together provide analytical services and process engineering in the field of environmental management both nationally and internationally.

Mr. Laughton holds a Bachelor of Science (1973) and a Master of Engineering (1975), both from the University of Western Ontario.  Mr. Laughton's technical education concentrated on the evaluation of contaminants on systems and associated effects, drawing on both the natural science, chemistry and environmental engineering aspects.  Since that time, Mr Laughton has completed the requirements for recognition is a “Chartered Chemist” (C.Chem.)  with the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario; as a “Qualified Environmental Professional” (QEP) with the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice; and has completed all of the required training for membership with the Canadian Arbitration and Mediation Institute.  In 1996 Mr Laughton received accreditation under ISO 14012 as a “Certified Environmental Auditor” (CEA) from the Canadian Environmental Auditing Association.

Prior to associating with the Pollutech group Mr. Laughton was:

Mr. Laughton is a member of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario, Canadian Association on Water Pollution Research & Control, the International and Ontario  Chapters of the Water Environment Federation, the American Water Works Association, the National Groundwater Association, the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists, the Alliance of Manufacturer’s and Exporters of Canada and the Canadian Council for the Americas.  He is a certified member of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario, where he has held the position of Secretary of the Environmental Section since 1994.  Mr. Laughton is a member of the Board of Examiners for both the Institute of Environmental Practice (IPEP-QEP) and the Canadian Environmental Auditing Association (CEAA).  Mr. Laughton  is a member of the Certification Committees for the Canadian Council of Human Resources in the Environment Industry (CCHREI) and CEAA, where he also Chairs the Appeals Committee.  Mr. Laughton is a member of the Board of Directors of both the Canadian Environmental Industry Association (Ontario) and the Canadian Environmental Auditing Association (National).

At the community level, Mr. Laughton has served on the Oakville Chamber of Commerce as a representative on the Environmental Committee as well as the International Trade Committee, where he chaired the Strategic Alliance Sub-Committee.  In 1997 Mr. Laughton accepted a new position on the “Inter-Governmental Liaison Committee” of the Milton Chamber of Commerce, to facilitate resolution of a number of environmental issues in the rapidly expanding community.  Internationally, Mr. Laughton’s community work is active as a member of Industry Canada’s SCI (Sustainable Cities Imitative).

In support of international projects undertaken by POLLUTECH and CENSOL, Mr. Laughton is an active member of the “Export Finance and Insurance Committee” of the Alliance of Manufacturer’s and Exporters of Canada, where he acts as a representative of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and the Canadian environmental industry.  Mr. Laughton recently accepted a position on the Alliance’s “Development Aid Committee”,  responsible for dealings between the Alliance, CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency), DFAIT (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade) and the IFIs (International Financial Institutions).  Mr. Laughton assists the Alliance’s Environmental Committees at both the provincial and national level and is an active member of “Trade Team Canada’s” environmental sector with Industry Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Personally and through Pollutech International Limited, Mr. Laughton holds NATO SECRET security clearance with Public Works and Government Services Canada and is registered with the United States / Canada Joint Certification Office Defence Logistics Services Centre.  Mr. Laughton is recognized to act as a representative of Environment Canada, Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard under the Canada Shipping Act.

In the capacity as an environmental expert, Mr. Laughton has presented expert evidence before the Ontario Municipal Board, The Provincial Facilitator's Office, The Environmental Assessment Board, the Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Consolidated Hearings Board.  In addition he has presented expert evidence for several matters before the Ontario Court (General Division) and the Federal Court of Canada.

During the past decade, he has been a co-author of numerous scientific papers that have been presented in Canada, the United States, Europe and Latin America.  These presentations and papers have included:

As a result of extensive research and development work, Mr. Laughton holds the patent in eight countries for a biological nitrification/denitrification process, which forms an integral part of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation's "Canadian Water/Energy Loop" (CANWEL System).  Mr. Laughton lectures regularly for national and international training seminars on such topics as toxic real estate, Ontario regulatory programs, ISO 14000, advanced treatment concepts and cost effective product recovery as an alternative to conventional treatment systems.

On the international market, Mr. Laughton has worked on assignments in Germany, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Hong Kong, China, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Belize, Venezuela, Uruguay, Chile and Jamaica.  These projects have been completed in conjunction with numerous private agencies as well as the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Export Development Corporation (EDC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the leading International Financial Institutions (WB, ADB, IADB, and EBRD).

Mr. Laughton's previous experience with senior Ministry of the Environment staff, followed by an extensive period of time in applied research and development, has provided a unique background in the "needs, economies and politics" of achieving today's necessary environmental goals, given the existing regulatory system. This expertise is now applied on a routine basis to projects carried out by the Pollutech Group of Companies.

Having several years experience in process design, regulatory control, and contract research and development has provided Mr. Laughton with the skills to co-ordinate the Pollutech team on numerous interdisciplinary projects. Mr. Laughton has the "hands-on" experience conducting the actual field work and the experience of managing several hundred environmental contracts. In his current and previous technical roles, Mr. Laughton has been directly responsible for:

As President of the Pollutech Group of Companies Inc., Mr. Laughton is responsible for the day-to-day management of all operating personnel and projects. Current clientele includes numerous Regional Municipalities, several major Ontario industries, major national and international consulting firms, as well as several departments of the Provincial and Federal Governments.