Asbestos is a general term used for a group of six, naturally occurring silicate minerals: Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Anthophyllite, Tremolite and Actinolite. Mined since the mid-1800s, asbestos was valued for its tensile strength and its fire and chemical resistive properties. Once called the “Miracle Mineral”, asbestos was used in a wide variety of everyday products, including floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roofing, brakes, siding and insulation of attics, walls and pipes. Asbestos is commonly found in commercial, industrial and residential structures constructed before the 1990s.
Maxxam Analytics laboratories have extensive experience in asbestos analyses using light and electron microscopy and are fully equipped for all analytical requirements. Asbestos analyses are routinely performed using ASTM, EPA, AHERA, ISO, NIOSH and NYELAP methods.
To continually ensure current expertise, Maxxam Analytics maintains membership in the following societies:
Prolonged inhalation to airborne asbestos fibers can lead to health problems including, asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos-related diseases can arise many years after the initial exposure. Exposure can occur when the asbestos containing material is disturbed during product use, demolition, construction, renovation or maintenance and repair activities that release asbestos fibers into the air.
Asbestos is defined as a hazardous material under strict laws. As such, regulations exist for the production, handling and safe disposal of asbestos to protect the health of humans and the environment. To comply with laws and regulations, suspected asbestos containing material (ACM) must be tested at a laboratory, and subsequently handled and disposed of properly.
Visual inspection by the naked eye is insufficient to determine if a material contains asbestos. Instead, samples suspected of containing asbestos should be sent to a laboratory that is accredited for testing asbestos. As the North America leading testing laboratory, Maxxam Analytics accredited asbestos testing laboratories have the instrumentation, expertise and experience to properly investigate for asbestos in air, bulk, soil, dust, and water samples.
In analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries and a member of the Bureau Veritas Group of companies, Maxxam is the leader – a world renowned forerunner in testing, inspection and certification services. We support critical decisions made by our customers through the application of rigorous science and the knowledge and expertise of our over 2200 employees.
The Maxxam microscopy laboratory, located in Kennesaw, GA, offers asbestos and materials characterization services. You will enjoy using our services because we are a laboratory that is consistently:
Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) is used to measure fiber concentrations in air samples. This method does not differentiate between asbestos and other fibers; however, it may be used in conjunction with TEM (NIOSH Method 7402) as an aid for fiber identification. Fiber counts are based on meeting NIOSH 7400 (Asbestos and Other Fibers by PCM) method criteria for fiber determination. Results are reported as fibers per cubic centimeter. Analyses by both A-rules and B-rules for NIOSH 7400 method are available in the Kennesaw, GA laboratory.
Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) is the primary and most economical technique used to identify asbestos in building materials. Samples are analyzed in accordance with U.S. EPA 600/R-93/116 method for the determination of Asbestos in Bulk Building Materials. The results are reported as a visual estimation of asbestos and general non-asbestos fibers by layer.
Point counting is a technique for samples estimated with low concentrations of asbestos by visual estimation using PLM. This technique provides a determination of the area percent asbestos in a sample. Reporting limits are based on the number of points counted; 200 point count provides a 0.5% (DL); 400 point count provides a 0.25% detection limit (DL); 1000 point count provides a 0.1% DL.
Gravimetry is used for the analysis of asbestos in non-friable, organically bound materials, for example floor tile, asphalt shingles, caulking, mastic, etc. Samples are prepared using a combination of ashing and acid treatment. Gravimetric reduction is used in addition to PLM and/or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Results are reported as percent asbestos, which is calculated from sample weights.
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) is used along with the PCM or PLM technique or as a standalone technique, TEM works by transmitting a beam of electrons through a sample and displaying a highly magnified image onto a screen. TEM uses energy dispersive x-ray analysis and selected area electron diffraction, to identify asbestos based on morphology, crystalline structure and elemental analysis. The results are reported as fibers per cubic centimeter.
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Maxxam Analytics – Kennesaw
3380 Chastain Meadows Parkway Suite 300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Lab Main: 770.499.7701
Terry provides strategic oversight of all Maxxam’s Environmental R&D projects and is responsible for ensuring our efforts in this area meet the needs of our customers. Maxxam’s R&D initiatives focus on increasing analytical sensitivity, reducing time and costs for field work and improving overall site characterization.
Terry has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and is a Chartered Chemist under the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario (ACPO). He is currently President of ACPO. Terry is also a member of the Chemical Institute of Canada, a member on the National Advisory Committee on the Profession of Chemistry in Canada (NACPCC), and a member of the SCC working group for Test Method Development, Evaluation and Non-Routine Testing. He represents Maxxam with a number of key industry associations including ONEIA.
Michael Wantland has more than 40 years of experience in the environmental and occupational health laboratory industry in both the public and private sectors. His experience includes bench chemistry, field sampling, program management and laboratory management. Michael manages and markets the Maxxam Analytics GSA contract to federal clients worldwide. The use of this contract by government agencies has grown exponentially from its inception due to Michael’s keen knowledge of client requirements and governmental procurement procedures.
Michael’s program and contract management experience includes oversight and administration of contracts with the United States Air Force (USAF), US Environmental Protection Agency and many other Department of Defense (DOD) and federal government agencies. In these capacities, his responsibilities include sample coordination with internal and external clients as well as communicating with laboratory leaders and various engineering and consulting groups. His government agency experience also includes data validation, report generation and quality assurance requirements. Additionally, he manages a team of subcontract labs that provide specialized analytical services to the General Services Administration (GSA) contract clients.
Management Experience: 25 years
As Chief Executive Officer, Donna is responsible for overall leadership of Maxxam across Canada, with a strong emphasis on growing the business in line with Bureau Veritas’ 2020 Strategic Plan. She brings over 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and a proven track record for delivering excellence in business development, key account management, strategic marketing and operations management to her role.
Donna’s career has included a wide range of positions, covering many geographic markets. In most recent years, she held senior and executive management positions at Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, including President of Schlumberger Canada. Earlier in her career, she held technology positions with several service firms, always with a focus on applied technology.
Donna currently serves as a member of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) and was previously on the Board of Directors of PTAC (Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada), PSAC (Petroleum Services Association of Canada), C.E. Franklin and Absolute Completions. She has been invited to speak at numerous industry & government functions, including the Women of Influence speaker series, the US/Algeria Business Council and the Asia Pacific Energy Research Council. Donna has been recognized as a finalist for the Woman of Achievement Award in Alaska in 2001, the 2003 US Energy Woman of the Year in Washington, DC, and in 2006 the Blackberry Women in Technology award in the UK. In 2013, she was included on Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People list.
Donna holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University.
David Huang obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Analytical Chemistry from Wuhan University in 1982 and his Master of Science Degree from the University of British Columbia in 1991, specializing in atomic spectroscopy. Upon finishing his Master program, David worked for a geochemistry laboratory for 5 years as an analytical chemist. In 1996, he joined Maxxam as a senior analyst, specializing in trace metals analysis and method development. Later, he got involved in other lab areas such as hydrocarbon analysis and data validation, with various roles, changing from team leader, to supervisor and manager. In his current role, David is the department manager for the Scientific Services of Maxxam at the Burnaby facility, playing a key role in trace metals analysis, method development, analytical instrumentation, data validation and interpretation, Maxxam’s Lab Information Management System (MaxxLIMS) improvement, and database development.
Sandrine obtained her Bachelor in Applied Chemistry with Honours in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 1998 from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Her Ph.D. thesis centered on the design and synthesis of antimalarial dimeric analogs of chloroquine. Sandrine began her career in organic chemistry. Her first job was as a Research Fellow with the Thrombosis Research Institute in London, UK where she designed and synthesised boronic ester libraries as putative FIX inhibitors. She then worked for Trigen Ltd as Senior Scientist (organic chemist) for four years in the same medical field. Sandrine decided to focus on analytical chemistry and transferred to a Kings College Fellow position at the Centre for Thrombosis and Haemostasis, St Thomas’s hospital for two years. There, she helped set up the analytical laboratory and developed LC-MS/MS methods for anticoagulants as well as helped other researchers with their analysis of peptides and proteins by micro- and nanospray LC-MS/MS.
Sandrine left the UK for Vancouver, Canada, to work for Cantest in their Bioanalytical Services Group as a Research Scientist. There, she developed and validated numerous LC-MS/MS methods for the quantitation of various drugs in animal and human matrices following FDA and OECD guidelines. When Maxxam bought Cantest, Sandrine joined Forensic Equine Drug Testing (FEDT) where she supervised the Analytical Services group and was certified as an Official Racing Chemist. She held this position for five years before becoming the manager of FEDT.
As the leader of the Acid Rock Drainage division with 23 years of industry experience , Mr. Zeinab brings together the scientific and technical expertise of Maxxam’s ARD group to advice customers on the best analytical options for their projects. Said fosters client relationships both locally and internationally to ensure that service offerings are continuously aligned with customer needs.
Drawing on extensive experience in quality assurance, Said ensures that all pertinent laboratory policies and procedures are followed, including overall compliance with Quality Systems, department SOPs, and health and safety regulations. He ensures that all work done in the ARD laboratory is held to the highest standard. In 2008 he was also awarded the Maxxam Values award for achievements and performance.
Said completed his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Sciences from Lebanon, and went on to complete another diploma in Industrial Chemistry from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. Zeinab also was the Quality Assurance Manager for 11 years before assuming the role of ARD Senior Manager.
Ms. Cliffe has over thirty years of experience in the trace analysis of organic compounds in environmental samples. Betsy’s educational background is in both chemistry and engineering which has aided her in dealing with clients’ issues as well as lab design. Since joining Maxxam in 1983, Betsy has experience of developing both sampling and analytical methods for the detection of contaminants in various gaseous matrices. She has experience in all forms of gas sampling including ambient air, stack gases, industrial hygiene, landfill gases, compressed gas and indoor air quality. Some specialized areas of expertise include, compressed breathing gases where she has been a member of the CSA standards CAN3 Z180.1 Compressed Breathing Air and CSA Z94.4 Selection, Use and Care of Respirators for over 25 years, and US accreditation where she is a member of the NELAC TNI Institute. Most recently, Betsy has a green belt in Six Sigma and been involved in the process analysis and improvement in the laboratory.
Jason graduated from Saint Mary’s College of Winona Minnesota with a B.A. in Chemistry. Jason then attended Northern Illinois University and obtained his Doctorate in Analytical Chemistry. After graduation Jason worked for Eastman chemical company analyzing paint and coating resins to support customer service, R&D efforts, and quality control for manufacturing. Jason then gained GMP experience working with Abbott Laboratories in the Diagnostics and Global Manufacturing Organization providing CAPA support and product remediation’s, ensuring that on market products were re-validated to modern ICH standards. Jason then went to a small pharmaceutical excipient and contract manufacturer that specialized in carbohydrate chemistry and managed the R&D analytical group where he spent 8 years developing methodology to analyze GMP regulated excipients and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. Currently, Jason is managing the Industrial Hygiene laboratory in Lake Zurich that specializes in analyzing samples submitted from the pharmaceutical sector. In summary Jason brings over 20 years of multidisciplinary analysis experience that spans Paint, Coating, Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical Diagnostic, and Industrial Hygiene market segments.
Alan Segrave is the Division Manager for the Maxxam Analytics Microscopy Laboratory. Alan has earned his B.S. in Geology from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and is a Professional Geologist with 29 years of experience in environmental laboratory management, consulting and business development.
Alan’s specialization is in materials characterization, asbestos and nano materials by electron microscopy. His extensive knowledge in mineral identification has allowed him to serve as an expert witness in product liability and personal injury cases in numerous states and federal jurisdictions.
Since 1992, he is an active member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and currently serves as Vice Chairman of D22.07, Sampling and Analytical Committee for Asbestos.
He is the principal author of ASTM D7521-13 “Test Method for Determination of Asbestos in Soils,” and has assisted in developing ASTM 5755/5756 methods. In addition, he is a technical member of ASTM Committee E54 on Nanotechnology and AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group; plus he is also a member of the Expert Panel for Talc for the United States Pharmacopeia, where methods are being developed for quantifying asbestos in talc.
His expertise also pertains to nanomaterials characterization and method development by electron microscopy – examples of materials, include carbon nanotubes, graphene, titanium dioxide and other metal oxides.
Given Alan’s in-depth knowledge of asbestos mineral identification in air, dust, water and bulk matrices, he has been retained as an expert witness by both plaintiff and defense firms for matters involving asbestos-related product liability, personal injury and product identification cases. He has provided his subject matter expertise in various states, including California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and West Virginia.
Owen graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1978. After working 5 years in the steel industry, doing metallurgical and chemical analysis, Owen began working as an Organic Lab Technologist for a government Ultra Trace laboratory, and later, a private environmental laboratory. The next 20 years involved sample preparation and analysis of a variety of matrices including fish tissue, water, sediment, incinerator stack emissions for Pesticides, Herbicides, Dioxins/Furans, PCB’s, PAH’s, Chlorophenols, Chlorobenzenes and Volatile organics. Instrumentation proficiency includes the use of Gas chromatography (GC) ,Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry ( GC/MS Single Quadrupole), GC/MS/MS (Triple Quad ), LC/MS (Thermospray ), and GC/HRMS (High Resolution Magnetic Sector) instruments.
Owen joined Maxxam in 2005 as Supervisor of HRMS Services, after previously working in the roles of GC/MS Chemist and Team Lead. As Supervisor, current responsibilities include HRMS Instrument operation and maintenance (27 years experience), meeting production targets, training of staff, and ensuring all analytical data is defensible.
Owen is the NELAC Technical Director for Organics, has been a Chartered Chemist under the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario (ACPO) since 1990, and has over 30 years experience using USEPA, California Air Resources Board (CARB), and Environment Canada HRMS methodologies,
Petro graduated from the University of Toronto in 1983 (Chemistry and Biochemistry Specialist) and has worked as an analytical chemist in several roles (bench chemist, laboratory supervisor, quality control officer, and customer service manager.) He is currently a Business Development Manager with Maxxam, specializing in air toxics and ultra-trace (HRMS) organic chemistries. He has been involved with hundreds of projects located all across Canada related to ambient and indoor air quality, soil vapour intrusion, industrial hygiene and stack gas emissions. In addition, Petro oversees the sales for Compressed Breathing Air and matrix gas testing. For over 30 years, he has been responsible for business development, facilitating QA/QC audits, preparation of large proposals, reviewing new methods, training of project managers and consultants, and conducting over 300 technical presentations.
Devan Loganathan is the Supervisor/Research Services, for the Forensic Equine Drug Testing Department in British Columbia, at Maxxam Analytics. Devan leads the Research and Development team of the department. His duties include directing staff in the development and validation of analytical methods for trace level measurements of chemicals in various matrices primarily focused on equine biological fluids. In addition, he investigates drug metabolism and elimination in the horse; prepares project plans and reports, presents research results to customers and at scientific conferences.
Devan joined Maxxam as a Senior Scientist in 2005 after having worked at Purdue University School of Pharmacy in the US as a Research Associate. He has authored or co-authored numerous peer reviewed publications on original research in the fields of Equine Doping Control, Mass Spectrometry & Xenobiotics metabolism. He also presented several oral and poster presentations in various International Scientific Conferences around the world.
He holds an M.S. degree from University of Maine, USA and a Ph.D degree from Purdue University, USA specializing in Organic Chemistry. He is an active member of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. He is also an affiliate member of the Association of Official Racing Chemists and a past member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
Jonathan completed his Ph.D. at the University of Bradford (UK) in 2006 where he applied organic and inorganic analytical techniques to the study of archaeological human skeletal remains. Jonathan has been employed with Maxxam since completing his Ph.D. and is currently the Manager of the Product Testing Services department in BC, where he conducts analytical R&D, quality control evaluation and physical and chemical characterization assays.
Jonathan has over 12 years of experience in the development and validation of analytical test methods for a range of complex organic and inorganic compounds. He has extensive experience in analytical instrumentation that include ICPMS, HPLC, LCMS, GCMS, and LC-MS/MS techniques, as well as the coupling of organic (LC or GC) and inorganic instrumentation (ICPMS) for metal speciation analysis. Jonathan has a thorough knowledge and understanding of quality systems to ensure projects meet regulatory requirements such as FDA, Health Canada, and OECD guidelines for Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP). He acts as Test Facility Manager for a wide range of studies that cover the Pharmaceutical, Environmental, Petrochemical, and Food industries, and also supervises and oversees Study Directors and Principle Investigators at Maxxam.
Kristopher has 15 years of experience in analytical laboratories supporting site assessment and remediation activities. Kris joined Maxxam in 2005 after completing his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Victoria and working in operations, QA and customer service with an analytical laboratory on Vancouver Island.
During his time with Maxxam Kris has worked at the bench and managed various Operations and Customer Service Groups. Kris is currently the Assistant General Manager for Maxxam’s Environmental LOB in Alberta and oversees the day-to-day operations at the Edmonton Environmental lab. Kristopher provides technical assistance and scientific support from project planning through to reporting. He holds his P.Chem. (Alberta) and QP (Saskatchewan) designations.
Laura Parker has more than 20 years of experience in the HSE Laboratory, managing client accounts and counseling on appropriate use of industrial hygiene (IH) sampling methods. After two years of bench analysis, she joined the client services group and then managed that department for 18 years. She has experience with a broad cross-section of clients, including independent practitioners, larger consulting and industrial companies, and the public sector. Her skills include account management, proposal writing, training presentations, laboratory accreditation, and data quality. Her BSc is in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan. Laura volunteered for the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Program (AIHA-LAP) for 8 years, chaired the Analytical Accreditation Board (AAB) in 2008, and still serves on their Policy Task Force. Her experience of working with IH laboratory professionals and global clients provides a unique perspective on the profession.
François Aubé has been working for 24 years in environmental analytical services. He joined Maxxam in 2009 as the Quebec Laboratory Manager after having worked as a team leader, quality insurance specialist, client service representative and manager. His technical knowledge in laboratory analysis and environmental regulation for contaminated sites, sediments and water gives him the ability to interpret results and to scientifically support Maxxam’s clients.
Since 2017, François works in business development and act as a scientific adviser for the laboratory staff and for the clients. He holds a B.A. in chemistry from the Université Laval and a Master of Water Science of the INRS-Eau. He is also a member of the Ordre des chimistes du Québec.
Management Experience: 19 years
As Chief Financial Officer, Brenda is responsible for the financial leadership of Maxxam and its lines of business. She provides executives with timely and accurate financial information to enable them to make informed decisions. She has oversight over accounting and finance operations, as well as procurement. In addition she works closely with other departments to implement best practices that enable the company to achieve their strategic objectives.
Prior to joining Maxxam, Brenda held increasingly complex financial management roles in the media industry including the CFO for a public Canadian subsidiary of a global publisher. She has experience in corporate and operational finance, strategic planning, accounting policies and procedures, budgeting, audit, tax, and corporate governance.
She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa, a Masters of Business Administration from York University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).
Mr. Meiners has more than 30 years of experience in Industrial Hygiene laboratory services with BV/Maxxam legacy companies. Matt has a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Olaf College, and is Board Certified in Industrial Hygiene (CIH). Matt is responsible for client relationship management, business development and technical consulting for the pharmaceutical business segment. His areas of expertise include industrial hygiene, occupational toxicology, API sampling/analysis, and process containment. Matt was one of the original principle authors of the Good Practice Guide, “Assessing the Particulate Containment Performance of Pharmaceutical Equipment”, published by the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (2005). Matt has been an active participant and speaker for ISPE, the Occupational Toxicology Roundtable, the British Occupational Hygiene Society and the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and is widely regarded within Pharma as an expert resource in the areas of analytical chemistry, process containment assessment and pharmaceutical industrial hygiene.
Contact Jeffrey about hazardous drug surface sampling for USP 800 compliance. Jeffrey has a BSc. in Business Administration from the University of Bath and a MSc. in Environmental Impact Assessment from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Since 2001, Jeffrey has specialized in industrial hygiene consulting with a focus on contaminated building risk management. Jeffrey has worked on complex projects worldwide for premier clients in the power, chemical, oil & gas and pharmaceutical sectors. Current, Jeffrey is responsible for project management and customer service at the pharmaceutical industrial hygiene laboratory in Lake Zurich.
Management Experience: 12 years
Margaret is responsible for designing and implementing human resources strategies in order to attract, develop and retain outstanding talent for Maxxam. She works with the senior management team on workforce and organizational design, HR policies and procedures and ensuring legislative and regulatory compliance. Her team is focused on aligning HR programs and initiatives with business priorities and ensuring overall employee satisfaction and retention.
Prior to joining Maxxam, Margaret held increasingly complex HR management roles including responsibility for industrial relations at manufacturing companies with employees in both Canada and the United States. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).
Industry Experience: 30 years
Randy is the executive responsible for the direction and performance of Maxxam’s Environmental Services and Speciality Services business. The Environmental Services business is Canada’s largest and leading analytical services company with a national network of laboratories and the broadest scope of services to assist the diverse needs of our customers. The Speciality Services business is a collection of highly technical, specialized businesses including several DNA testing services and Product Testing services.
Randy began his career with Mann Testing Labs as a research scientist. Mann Testing evolved into Maxxam and Randy has grown with the company while managing laboratory operations, leading business development and customer service organizations across all of Maxxam lines of business, and directing a variety of turn-around, emerging and mature business units. Randy has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, is well published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented numerous scientific papers at venues around the world.
Leveraging his technical background and considerable management experience, Randy leads a talented team of experts and associates to deliver quality analytical services to customers. His knowledge of complex regulatory environments coupled with his dedication to scientific excellence and customer service make him uniquely qualified to lead this business.
Bryan Chubb, B.Sc. C.Chem, has been with Maxxam since 1999 and is Vice President of Business Development for Environmental Services. He holds a B.Sc in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and is a Chartered Chemist in the Province of Ontario. Bryan has extensive analytical environmental chemistry experience as it relates to environmental assessment, monitoring and remediation projects. He has worked with upstream and downstream oil and gas organizations and consulting firms to design environmental testing programs and provide interpretation of results. Bryan is a recognized expert in environmental forensics, where he is routinely consulted with for cases where multiple hydrocarbon release events are suspected. He leads Maxxam’s Research and Development steering committee who engages with government, industry and consultants on emerging science and technology projects as it relates to the measurement and detection of contaminants of concern.
Bryan is also a member of the Ontario and Alberta Laboratory Technical Advisory Groups who assists in development of analytical and sampling procedures to support regulation. Prior to joining Maxxam was an environmental consultant in both Ontario and the Northwest Territories. He also is on the Board for the Ontario Environmental Industry Association. Bryan will lecture on Environmental Forensics and Analytical Chemistry Requirements.
Industry Experience: 26 years
Val is focused on ensuring Maxxam achieves or exceeds customer expectations and looks for strategic growth opportunities across key customer accounts. She also works closely with regional business development and customer service staff to extend best practices gleaned from the national accounts to apply them across the business. She brings a unique mix of technical, project management and business development skills to her role.
Prior to starting her career with Maxxam, Val worked as an HR/GC/MS operator with the National Research Council. Her career path with Maxxam has included laboratory analyst, department head in the laboratory, regional sales manager and national business development manager. She has a B.Sc. with distinction (Chemistry and Math) and has been a member of Maxxam’s R&D advisory group since its inception.
Management Experience: 15 years
Tony’s strategic focus is on creating innovative, customized food science and safety solutions to address the complex problems facing the food industry. Maxxam’s market leadership position is strengthened by Tony’s ability to anticipate customer needs and offer the most comprehensive scope of services to ensure quality, safety and regulatory compliance for customers’ food operations. In this role, Tony oversees the national business development and laboratory personnel responsible for Maxxam’s Microbiology, Food Chemistry and Food Residue services.
Tony originally joined Maxxam in the Animal DNA group and made the transition to Maxxam’s Food division via his role as a 6-Sigma Blackbelt supporting the Food division’s continuous improvement objectives. Prior to Maxxam, Tony worked as a Forensic Analyst at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto and as a Research Associate at the University of Guelph. Tony has a Masters’ degree in Science from the Department of Zoology, University of Guelph
Industry Experience: more than 25 years
Phil Heaton is the executive responsible for operational performance and business development for Maxxam’s Petroleum Line of Business. Maxxam is Canada’s leading supplier of petroleum analytical services focused on upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
Phil is a Professional Chemist, P.Chem, registered in the province of Alberta. Phil began his career as a chemist with Chemex Labs, the Western Canadian entity that would eventually evolve into Maxxam. His career path included a series of operational and leadership roles with increasing responsibility including general management of various petroleum and environmental business units. He is a respected Canadian professional within the Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) industry. Phil has passion for leading diverse teams to achieve extraordinary results.
Industry Experience: 31 years
Terry Jacula leads the Petroleum Laboratory Operations team for Maxxam’s Petroleum Line of Business. This diverse team supplies services to the upstream, midstream and downstream energy sectors in Canada and the United States.
In addition to his operations role, Terry also designs petroleum labs for Maxxam and industry partners, with over a dozen completed lab projects in operation today. He is part of the business development team, providing technical expertise and consultation.
Terry is a certified engineering technologist in chemistry and is registered with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta. His career path at Maxxam progressed from a lab supervisor and manager to the general manager of petroleum operations, to his current role. Recently his responsibilities shifted to include Maxxam’s Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) initiative, dealing with the rapid sampling and testing for the energy commodities sectors. Prior to joining Maxxam, he worked at the Alberta Research Council as a research analyst and project manager.
Terry is a voting member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB). He is on the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Chemistry Advisory Board and provides technical reviews for many other petroleum industry associations.
Industry Experience: 20 years
Paul is passionate about continuously improving the business, particularly the areas of quality, safety and sustainability at Maxxam. He ensures Maxxam delivers on its quality promise and further contributes to our customers’ success through a strong safety program, safety culture and performance. Responsible nationally for the overall leadership and management of Maxxam’s Quality, EHS and Sustainability departments, Paul’s focus is to strengthen the culture and ensure the number of incidents continues to decline. Paul reports directly to the CEO.
Prior to Maxxam, Paul was owner of Seatech Ltd, which he sold in 2005 to Maxxam – becoming the first Maxxam location in Atlantic Canada. Paul has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Chemical Technology Diploma from the University College of Cape Breton. He is Past President and a Director of the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA).
Management Experience: 10 Years
Craig is responsible for overall leadership of Maxxam’s continuous improvement program deployment across Canada, collaborating with senior leaders of its lines of businesses in Environmental, Food Safety & Science and Petroleum to establish direction and focus to ensure comprehensive understanding and institutionalization of Lean Six-Sigma methodologies to drive strategic initiatives and improve operations.
Craig is a certified Senior Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt, Operational Excellence Practitioner and Train-the-Trainer professional with extensive performance management, process improvement, and program management office experience in multiple industries such as; food & beverage, supply chain and banking.
He reports directly to the CEO and supports the global deployment of Bureau Veritas’ Excellence @BV program. Craig completed his post-diploma studies in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, ESI industry related courses in Program Management and Organizational Strategy, accredited by the George Washington University, and Ivey executive leadership program, University of Western Ontario.
Craig was previously a member of the Board of Directors for a local non-profit organization and served as an Operating Committee member of The Coca-Cola Company, Asian Business Resource Group (BRG) Canadian chapter.
Marlene Milczarek is responsible for the strategic planning, development and execution of Maxxam’s national marketing strategy. She works closely with the senior management team in executing and supporting key business initiatives that fuel Maxxam’s growth strategy, in addition to cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets, while maintaining Maxxam’s market leadership position in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries.
Marlene has an extensive background in B2B marketing within the telecommunications and professional services industries. Marlene’s most recent role was with Primus Telecommunications, where she drove revenues for strategic voice and data access services, through various customer acquisition and retention programs, in addition to leading business unit and corporate branding initiatives.
Marlene holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University.