Trojan Technologies was the recipient of the inaugural Mitacs Award for Outstanding Leadership this past November. The award was presented by London West Minister of Parliament and Minister of State (Science and Technology), Ed Holder, in Ottawa, Ontario.
Photo (from left to right): Ted Mao (Trojan Technologies), Rafael Falcon (University of Ottawa), Linda Gowman (Trojan Technologies), Daniela Tuchel (Royal Roads University), Minister Chris Alexander (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration), Minister Ed Holder (Minister of State, Science and Technology), Stephen Dugdale (Universite INRS), Minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay (Minister of National Revenue), Dr. Rob Annan (interim Chief Executive Officer, Mitacs), Professor Alan Fung (Ryerson University) and Ricardo Jota (University of Toronto).
Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers research and training programs in Canada. Since 2010, Trojan has been investing a significant portion of its research budget to hire interns from the Mitacs program and has worked with researchers at Western University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Guelph, McMaster University, the University of Waterloo and the University of Windsor.
“We are in the water treatment business, you need to get that right,” said Trojan’s Chief Technology Officer, Linda Gowman.
“The only way that you know that that’s right is if you do the research and invest in the engineering, and so we look for partnerships with people that are experts in areas that we have a need to learn about … when the Mitacs program became known to us, it just seemed like a very natural fit.”
Trojan Technologies President, Marvin DeVries, was recently inducted as a Clean50 2015 Honouree for Trojan’s design, creation and manufacturing of products that improve sustainability.
“Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually to recognize 50 individuals or small teams who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years,” said Gavin Pitchford, Chief Talent Officer, Delta Management Group.
“Delta’s criteria in determining Honourees is to consider carefully actual measurable accomplishments, demonstrated innovation, collaboration with other organizations, and the power of the Honouree’s contribution to inspire other Canadians to take similar action,” Pitchford added.
Trojan’s Commitment to Sustainability
Trojan enables customers to meet their water quality objectives by providing water treatment solutions that reduce energy and space requirements.
Trojan’s solutions deliver environmental stewardship for people, industries and municipalities, improving the lives of over one billion people globally.
The company’s own environmental performance is very strong, reducing waste by 33% over the past 2 years, and then diverting 68% of the remainder from landfill.
All Trojan associates are committed to environmental leadership internally and externally.
Gold, silver and bronze awards are awarded to teams achieving minimum scores in each awards level. Companies are judged by a panel of ASQ (American Society for Quality) assessors on quality and improvement. Companies also need to have demonstrated real-life applications and success of quality processes.
This judging process allows the participating companies to share experience, progress and setbacks and learn from each other with the intention of raising the quality standards for the entire region.
The goal of the ASQ London Quality Awards for Excellence is:
To recognize the quality of excellent achievements of local organization.
To provide these organization with feedback on how to continue their excellent journey.
To encourage organizations in the London area to demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement, and implement a long-term strategic focus on excellence.
It is hoped that this community of excellent organizations will become the focal point for driving the economic and social engine in the London area.