RecycleSmart Co-Founder Jaclyn McPhadden

Garbage as opportunity,
not waste.

The founders of RecycleSmart have always done things differently. Jaclyn’s experience in the Polar regions inspired a desire for change upon her return to Canada, where Colin spent years training, travelling and ski racing around the world where he saw firsthand the effects of climate change. Motivated to make a difference, they set their eyes on business waste and recycling in 2008, after working through the challenges (and complications) of implementing a business recycling program. They learned first-hand that it wasn’t easy, that good solutions are complex, and ‘green guilt’ doesn’t solve problems.

We see opportunity in waste — in all its forms — our glass has always been half-full, seeking out practical, simple, and ‘smart’ solutions to business waste.

Monitor waste in real-time and plan optimal collection

The 5 R’s  (Our Mission)

Reduce time, cost and waste.

Refresh waste and recycling practices.

Respect the environment and protect it for future generations.

Revitalize waste and recycling education and engagement.


Our Values


We strive for excellence, because anything less would be a waste. We inspire each other to be SMARTer!


We listen to our customers, we engage with our industry partners. We get SMARTer together.


We consider and protect our shared space. We change behaviours to change the world!


We will optimize your waste management– the SMART way. We think outside the bin.

The time, money and back-end effort saved is a win for me. Combine that with their team’s contagious passion for what they do, we have a solid collaboration.

Kevin McCarty

Senior Specialist, Corporate Social Responsibility
Kal Tire

Awards & Press

Recognized as a 2022 BC Top Employer

Recognized as a Canada New Innovator 

RecycleSmart - Top SME Employer 2022

Recognized as a 2022 Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employer

RecycleSmart is Recognized as a Canada Greenest Employer

Recognized as a 2022 Canada’s Greenest Employer 


Listed as a 2022 Canada’s Sustainability Changemaker 

RecycleSmart Named Canada's Most Investable Cleantech Venture 2021

RecycleSmart, Canada’s Most Investable Cleantech Venture 2021

RecycleSmart 2021 Top Growing Companies Award

3rd Consecutive Year on Canada’s Top
Growing Companies

RecycleSmart listed on the 2020 Canada's Top Growing Companies List

RecycleSmart listed as Canada’s Top Growing Company 2020


Our Team

Rob Duthie

Chief Executive Officer

After leading growth and development at multiple international high-tech service companies in the resources sector, Rob joins RecycleSmart to assist in scaling up the rapidly expanding technology-driven business portfolio. Rob holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Manitoba as well as an Executive MBA from the Australian Institute of Business. He is also an alumnus of the Executive Development Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.

Graeme Dobinson

Chief Operations Officer

Prior to becoming a co-owner in 2013 and now Chief Operations Officer of RecycleSmart, Graeme was an accomplished entrepreneur and had over 14 years in the waste and recycling industry covering a wide variety of positions from sales, operations and senior management. He co-founded and grew one of Western Canada’s fastest growing waste and recycling service providers, which was sold in 2009.  In his spare time, Graeme enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children and working on their Okanagan family vineyard.

Jaclyn McPhadden

Chief Administrative Officer

Jaclyn earned her B.Sc. in Biology at UVic and her MBA at UBC. She spent several years leading teams in the Arctic and Antarctic, a transformational experience that’s inspired new approaches to balancing business and sustainability. Today, Jaclyn leads Canada’s 12th fastest growing company, disrupting the antiquated waste industry. She demonstrates herself as both a leader and business builder, which earned her Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018 and named in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 in 2017.

Colin Bell

Chief Innovation Officer

Colin holds a Broadcasting Diploma from Mount Royal College and a BA in Communications from Royal Roads University. Prior to co-founding RecycleSmart, he spent over a decade as an athlete, coach and event manager in the winter sport of Biathlon, including managing the biathlon venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Today, he leads the business operations team at RecycleSmart with a focus on digital transformation, improving efficiency and value for clients across Canada.

Eric Karp

Chief Commercial Officer

Prior to joining RecycleSmart in 2018, as Director, National Sales and now Chief Commercial Officer, Eric had over 20 years experience in sales and marketing, ascending from sales representative to Vice President of Sales, primarily in the Transportation and Logistics sector. His most recent position prior to accepting the role with RecycleSmart was with Canada’s largest LTL & Truckload carrier, where he was responsible for the National Sales program, as well as directing and guiding their Truckload offering in the North American marketplace. When not at work or on the road, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 boys and 2 dogs, and cheering for his beloved Leafs.

Terry Thompson - RecycleSmart Interim CFO

Terry Thompson

Chief Financial Officer

Terry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. He has over 25 years of senior management experience in a variety of industries and most recently held the position of Executive VP and General Manager of 4Refuel Canada where he helped lead the company from the start up phase to being the leading national provider of on-site and on-line diesel fuel management services in Canada with annual sales of in excess of $200 million. During Terry’s tenure 4Refuel was named one of Canada’s Top Employers and a Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in 2010. When not crunching numbers Terry is a private investor and volunteer business advisor involved with the various organizations that support young entrepreneurs. 

Woof Team

Here to keep the team focused, relaxed, and on task.


Tonnes diverted from landfill


Locations managed across the country

RecycleSmart Team Member - Jenelle

Join Us!

Sure, we’re one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. We’re also one of the smartest and funnest. (Is that a word?) If our mission hits you in the heart, and our values align with how you see the world and where you want to go, then please send us a little note.