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AIM’s promise – Organics Meets Innovation – is evident in every facet of our business… from seamless integration of leading-edge proven technologies from Europe and beyond, to sophisticated business solutions that deliver risk management and cost assurance with every project.

Innovation Integrators

Our ability to deliver exceptional solutions is rooted in the best-in-class technologies (often through exclusive North American licenses) that we’re able to integrate into local requirements to create tailored operations for our customers. The breadth of our international alliances keeps us at the forefront of low environmental impact strategies that deliver superior performance.

AIM’s innovative business models complement our tech-savvy processing, with options for outsourcing operations to end-to-end solutions including design, finance, build, operate, and transfer.

We treat all of our customers as partners in pursuit of a common goal. Whether we’re working with a city to assist in waste processing or an equipment supplier/technology provider for a project, we know strong, transparent relationships with clients, partners, and suppliers are the foundation of future success.

Leadership Team
Executives
Theo Van Wely
Founder, AIM Group Holdings
Theo Van Wely

Theo founded Aim Waste Management in 1989 as his first foray into the waste management sector with a planned focus on the recycling of demolition and construction wastes. This focus led to the on-site recycling initiatives for large scale demolition projects throughout Canada, whereby, 90% of generated materials could be diverted and repurposed. In 2003, Theo began a concerted effort to undertake the challenge created by the municipal waste sector to divert organic materials from landfill. This effort incorporated numerous investigations of the various proven technologies available in Europe and determined as to how they could be best applied in Canada. These investigations led to the development of Aim Group Holdings Inc. in 2007 as the facilitator for several special purpose companies to lead the development of beneficial organic processing projects.

Theo grew AIM from a small waste logistics and management company to a multi-million dollar, multi disciplined environmental organization it is today with individual operational management contracts ranging from 2 to upwards of $12 million annually. In this time, he facilitated the procurement and management of projects for both civil, demolition, remedial works, and OMR services that resulted in the growth of annual group revenues to over $40 million annually.

One of Theo’s strengths has been the formation of strategic partnerships and sourcing international alliances. Theo developed and brought together European based partnerships such as; VanKaathoven Group B.V., Christiaens Group B. V., WTT B.V., Thoeni Gmbh and Komptech Gmbh) that have assisted in the design/build of IVC (In-Vessel Composting Systems for: the City of Hamilton, the City of Guelph, the City of Calgary, Halifax (HRM) and for the recently awarded expansion of plug flow digestion technology for the City of Calgary Facility. Theo was instrumental in securing the long-term operational contracts for the aforementioned facilities in the provision of design, process flow engineering and long term operational cost modelling. Theo continues his pursuit in developing European based partnerships in both engineering and operational support partners that allow for the transfer of know-how and operational experience into the North American waste management space for the processing of waste streams for the creation of renewable energy, development of process derived sustainable products and recovery of resources.

Prior to Theo’s 34 years in leading AIM, he was part owner, Plant Manager and a Director of Niagara Grain & Feed (1984) Company for 5 years. Theo also has over his career other holdings in logistics, and equipment and technology representation corporations that assist in bringing a broad knowledge base to AIM.

Through Theo’s vision and solid presence in various environmental sectors, AIM has grown into Canada’s leading Canadian privately owned OMR (Operate, Maintain, Repair) provider to the municipal sector for the processing of organic waste materials. This vision has resulted in Aim becoming solely focused on servicing the municipal sector in the processing of source separated organic waste streams and mixed solid waste streams. Through the utilization and representation of leading industry sector technologies and developing operational support agreements with industry leading processors in Europe, Theo has allowed for Aim to be a competitive force in this sector of waste processing by minimizing process risk in design and bringing cost assurance to its municipal clients. The ability by Theo and Aim to source partners with over 25 years of European operational experience and accessing the latest in proven technological advances for the processing of organic wastes will allow Aim to provide its clients the maximum beneficial value to its stated goals whether the project consist of aerobic, anaerobic or a combination the two process technologies.

  • Attended McMaster University in an Honours Business Program
  • Member of Compost Council of Canada
  • Member of W2RO and awarded Canadian Waste Sector Executive of the Year in 2013 for Small Private Business Category
  • Member TEC Group since 2005 (The Executive Committee) Vistage
Ken Kielly
President & CEO, AIM Environmental Group
Ken Kielly

Ken is a transformative leader and contract executive as President & CEO of AIM Environmental Group, bringing a dynamic blend of strategic insight and leadership excellence. Ken’s distinguished career features pivotal roles that span across high-profile organizations and is a testament to his exceptional capability in navigating complex industry landscapes across Environmental; Government; Energy; Industrial; Biotech; and Technology. His strategic leadership has been pivotal in spearheading successful mergers and acquisitions, change management initiatives, and driving significant improvements in sales, marketing, operations, Six Sigma, OH&S, and financial metrics. These initiatives have not only bolstered corporate performance but also elevated customer satisfaction, delivering remarkable returns to shareholders and stakeholders.

With an impressive educational background that includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics; Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management; an MBA in Information Technology Management; and graduate studies in Network Engineering and Communication Management, Ken has further honed his leadership skills through prestigious post-graduate studies at the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Wharton School, further enriched by a plethora of certifications across Sales, Operations, IT, and Financial disciplines. This comprehensive educational and professional background cements Ken’s reputation as an astute leader, whose strategic acumen and operational insights propel organizations towards sustainable profitable growth, regulatory compliance, operational excellence and meaningful client satisfaction.

Will Van Wely
Chief Technology Officer
Will Van Wely

As the Chief Technology Officer for AIM Environmental, William leads the identification, assessment, and analysis of technology solutions for new business development initiatives, driving value for AIM customers and stakeholders alike. His responsibilities extend beyond analysis; he spearheads the comprehensive development and execution of various projects, particularly focused on organic and municipal waste stream processing.

Whether it’s identifying new business opportunities or fine-tuning existing business models, Wiliam’s work involves day-to-day collaboration with AIM facility leaders, consumer groups, and vendors and suppliers across European and North American markets. He leads bid teams for various projects, including DBO, DBOM, DBOFM, PPP, IDP, and PDB initiatives, aligning process design development, internal and external process guarantees, and technical documentation. Additionally, he ensures access to specifications, literature, and technical documentation necessary for project development and execution through close collaboration with technological partners and vendors.

His expertise encompasses managing and forecasting delivery requirements for new projects, aligning technology supply, operational costs, and capital lifecycle replacement budgets. Furthermore, he effectively communicates and collaborates with internal teams, external stakeholders, and industry partners, emphasizing the strategic role of technology in achieving organizational objectives while maximizing value for money.

Scott Carney
Director of Finance, IT Manager
Scott Carney

Mr Carney has been a member of the AIM team since 2011 and is responsible for all of the company’s financial and IT functions. In his role, he leads and provides strategic direction to the accounting team covering accounting and controls, financial planning, audit and partnerships with banking, insurance, and business leaders to execute our profitable growth strategy. Scott has spearheaded the integration of leading-edge, cloud-based systems focused on automating and streamlining reporting processes.

Scott’s career spans more than 25 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy.

Prior to joining AIM, Scott served as the Western Division Controller for Universal Forest Products.

Mr Carney earned his BS in Accountancy degree from Calvin University and is currently completing his CMA certification. Scott is also an active member of the WNY chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Mark K Jared
Director, Corporate H&S and Regulatory Compliance
Mark K Jared

General Manager of Wellington Organix Inc.

Based out of Guelph, Ontario, Mark serves as the General Manager for Wellington Organix and as the Director of Corporate H&S and Regulatory compliance for AIM Environmental Group. With over 45 years of multifaceted managerial experience in the manufacturing and ICI sectors, Mark focuses on bringing positive change through next-generation mentoring and fostering an environment of continuous collaborative improvements.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mark manages the operating contract between Wellington Organix and the City of Guelph, overseeing environmental compliance, H&S, and community relations.

Operations General Managers
Ken Kielly
President & CEO, AIM Environmental Group
Ken Kielly

Ken is a transformative leader and contract executive as President & CEO of AIM Environmental Group, bringing a dynamic blend of strategic insight and leadership excellence. Ken’s distinguished career features pivotal roles that span across high-profile organizations and is a testament to his exceptional capability in navigating complex industry landscapes across Environmental; Government; Energy; Industrial; Biotech; and Technology. His strategic leadership has been pivotal in spearheading successful mergers and acquisitions, change management initiatives, and driving significant improvements in sales, marketing, operations, Six Sigma, OH&S, and financial metrics. These initiatives have not only bolstered corporate performance but also elevated customer satisfaction, delivering remarkable returns to shareholders and stakeholders.

With an impressive educational background that includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics; Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management; an MBA in Information Technology Management; and graduate studies in Network Engineering and Communication Management, Ken has further honed his leadership skills through prestigious post-graduate studies at the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Wharton School, further enriched by a plethora of certifications across Sales, Operations, IT, and Financial disciplines. This comprehensive educational and professional background cements Ken’s reputation as an astute leader, whose strategic acumen and operational insights propel organizations towards sustainable profitable growth, regulatory compliance, operational excellence and meaningful client satisfaction.

Mark K Jared
Director, Corporate H&S and Regulatory Compliance
Mark K Jared

General Manager of Wellington Organix Inc.

Based out of Guelph, Ontario, Mark serves as the General Manager for Wellington Organix and as the Director of Corporate H&S and Regulatory compliance for AIM Environmental Group. With over 45 years of multifaceted managerial experience in the manufacturing and ICI sectors, Mark focuses on bringing positive change through next-generation mentoring and fostering an environment of continuous collaborative improvements.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mark manages the operating contract between Wellington Organix and the City of Guelph, overseeing environmental compliance, H&S, and community relations.

Sean Van Wely
Facility Manager, Hamilton Innovation Centre
Sean Van Wely

Sean has been with AIM for over 17 years, beginning his career as the Maintenance Manager of the Hamilton Facility starting in early 2006 and assisted in its successful startup. Subsequently Sean transferred to the Guelph Facility in 2012 during its inauguration as Sean brought a wealth of experience in maintenance and operations, becoming the leader of all areas of operations in the facility.

Sean assumed the role of collaborating with the Chinook Resource Management Group in Calgary in 2016 for the integration of operational requirements as the facility was nearing commissioning.

Sean took on the challenge of reviewing and assisting in as build issues in its construction phase and took the lead for the commissioning of operations and lead for maintaining North America’s largest in-vessel organics processing facility. His leadership proved to be instrumental in delivering the key organics processing technology and operating model necessary to achieve all project objectives on time and on budget. Sean championed the development of integration of operating procedures that have laid the foundation for the successful performance execution in the Calgary Facilities operation and maintenance programs.

Due to family considerations and to enhance the operations in Hamilton, Sean transferred back to his original starting point as the Facility Manager at the City of Hamilton Composting Facility in 2018. His tenure in Hamilton has demonstrated his skill set in being able to take on any task and deliver it without compromise to the operating requirements.

Sean Hagan
General Manager, Halifax Innovation Centre
Sean Hagan

Sean is General Manager of AIM’s newest Composting Facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia scheduled to open in August,2024. Sean has a solid understanding and experience in the waste management sector, particularly within Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Sean’s expertise in managing composting and recycling facility operations, coupled with his dedication to process improvement through SMART objectives, positions him as an ideal leader and facility manager. Sean’s experience includes providing support for waste processing and collection contracts, generating analytical reports for senior management, leading systems implementations, and evaluating business opportunities in related markets, which demonstrates his comprehensive approach to customer engagement, operations management and efficiency optimization.

Prior to AIM, Sean was a member of the Miller Waste Systems team since June 2013 in key roles including Operations Analyst, Facility Manager and Compost Technician, where he consistently demonstrated leadership and innovation. He was instrumental in instituting best management practices, ensuring regulatory and contractual compliance, developing annual budgets, and overseeing significant improvements to product quality and operational efficiency. Sean was also instrumental in assessing new technologies to achieve compliance with 2005 CCME maturity standards, and assisting in the development of a business case for adding anaerobic digestion capabilities, showcases his forward-thinking approach and commitment to innovation. His academic background with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dalhousie University, and professional development as a Certified Compost Facility Operator through the Compost Council of Canada, further solidify his credentials and readiness to contribute significantly to AIM’s future growth plans and the broader waste management industry.

Finance
Flora Narciso MFAcc, CPA, CGA
Controller
Flora Narciso MFAcc, CPA, CGA

Ms. Narciso joined the AIM team in 2017 as an Accounting Manager, overseeing all related accounting and office administration matters, and in 2020 became the Controller.

Deeply experienced with both public and private sector reporting in multiple roles and positions, Ms. Narciso oversees all of AIM’s accounting and financial reporting, she has over 2 decades in financial reporting, analysis, budget, and forecasting. She is also skilled in contract negotiations and pricing.

Ms. Narciso has proven herself to be a key member in the streamlining of operations and procedures, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of AIM’s accounting/financial functions, plant operations and HR/Payroll Management.

Technology
Joseph Doummar, P.Eng, PMP
Project Development & Execution Leader
Joseph Doummar, P.Eng, PMP

Joseph brings over 30 years of extensive experience in Engineering and Project Management to the AIM group, having commenced his journey in 2020. His expertise spans various sectors including water/wastewater treatment, industrial gas cleaning, and decarbonization technologies. With a proven track record, Joseph has demonstrated proficiency in the design, sizing, procurement, and commissioning of water & wastewater treatment facilities. Additionally, he has amassed valuable insights from the Oil & Gas industry, where he has led FEED studies and managed multi-million-dollar design build projects involving modularization, fabrication of equipment assemblies, site works, and construction contract management.

Detail-oriented and technically savvy, Joseph has adeptly tackled numerous technical challenges throughout his career. He has provided leadership for multi-disciplinary engineering teams and implemented effective strategies for monitoring project KPIs, ensuring compliance with scope, budget, quality, and timelines. Joseph’s current focus lies in business development, particularly in proposals for turnkey Design, Build, Finance, and Operate (DBFOM) projects within the organics recycling and biosolids industries. This includes expertise in composting & anaerobic digestion technologies, as well as biogas/syngas upgrade systems for producing low carbon Intensity (CI) renewable fuels. He also lends support to operations as required.

Fully trilingual, Joseph is a chartered member of both the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a post-graduate Diploma in Environmental Engineering, and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Dennis Perlotto, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Senior Director, Engineering and Technical Development
Dennis Perlotto, M.Eng., P.Eng.

Dennis Perlotto is the Senior Director, Engineering and Technical Development, for AIM Environmental Group, where he provides a wide variety of engineering, project management and environmental services within AIM, both in supporting existing facilities and in procuring and developing new facilities. Dennis brings over 35 years of progressively more responsible experience to AIM Environmental Group.

Dennis has extensive experience directing and managing a wide range of projects including organics processing, odour management, wastewater, water, and storm water management projects, air and noise issues, facility expansions, process upgrades, equipment replacement, site remediation projects, waste and residuals management, site assessment programs, environmental emergency response, storage tank rationalization and upgrading projects, chemical and waste handling procedures; and supporting compliance audits and their associated corrective action programs.

Dennis has a proven track record of forming and leading teams that work together proactively to safely deliver projects on-time and within budget. He has the unique perspective of having been employed in the role of both owner and contractor, so he readily understands the requirements and challenges faced by all stakeholders in a project team. His on-site construction experience gives him a practical approach to problem-solving. Dennis has impeccable communication skills, both written and verbal, and routinely represents his employers to regulators, governmental agencies, elected officials, affected landowners, neighbours, and customers.

Dennis holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Civil Engineering) from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Engineering degree (Civil Engineering – Collaborative Program in Environmental Engineering) from the University of Toronto. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada.

Ryan Lauzon
EPC & Technology Integration
Ryan Lauzon

Skilled in project management, procurement, business development, operations, and sustainability. Using this skill set Ryan has developed and built municipal infrastructure projects including Dry Anaerobic Digestion, In-vessel Composting and Wet Anaerobic Digestion Sites In Canada and the United Kingdom.

Ryan is currently focused on leading the integration of process technologies into overall project design, construction and commissioning to ensure the best transfer of process and operation knowledge flow from the construction project into the operations phase of the overall project.

Currently Ryan is focused on the successful commissioning and completion of the Halifax IVC facility. Once completed his focus will shift to AIM’s plug-flow anaerobic project in Calgary, AB.

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