Garbage as opportunity,
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.
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.
Senior Specialist, Corporate Social Responsibility
Awards & Press
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.
Chief Operations Officer
Prior to becoming a co-owner in 2013 and now Chief Revenue 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jackie (Jacqueline) Hesketh
Chief Financial Officer
Jackie is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in accounting, corporate finance, business valuation, strategic analysis and leadership. She graduated from UBC with a B.A (International Relations), earned her Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CA) in 1997 and her Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation in 2003. She began her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, specializing audit and tax services, corporate finance and transaction services before moving into the corporate world. Jackie spent over 10 years working in the Finance and Strategy division of TK Corp (TK: NYSE) as well as the TK/ Kattegat Trust family office. Most recently, she was CFO of high-growth, small-scale LNG company (a portfolio company of BP Energy Partners). When not at the office, Jackie can be found chasing her three kids down the ski slopes at Whistler or at the family cottage on the Sunshine Coast.
Here to keep the team focused, relaxed, and on task.