Management Team    
TullioBugada Tullio Bugada

Tullio, founder and Director of Waste Reduction Group Inc., has over 20 years experience in the waste management and recycling industry.

He began his career as a University of Toronto student starting and organizing various environmental groups and committees and taking on summer jobs in the same field and working for NGOs, the Ministry of National Resources and the Ministry of Environment and Energy. In 1994 he completed an honours degree in Environmental Sciences.

Tullio has completed both the Sales & Management courses with Dale Carnegie Business Group and has a College Certificate in Environmental Entrepreneurship from Niagara College.

After working a few years in the public sector, specializing in waste management and environmental services, he moved to the private sector where he worked in sales, and later progressed to General Manager of a medium sized private waste management firm in Toronto where he implemented countless recycling and waste reduction programs for various private and public sector clients.

In 2001, Tullio incorporated Waste Reduction Group to better service local businesses and the public sector who wanted to be the best within their industries at recycling and reducing waste.

Tullio has given presentations on waste management and recycling at York University, the University of Toronto and the City of Toronto, to both academic and facilities staff. He has also supervised several 4th year independant research projects for credit on waste and recycling at The University of Waterloo, and University of Toronto, and has worked with countless other student groups on various projects over the years.

In his spare time Tullio enjoys ice hockey, ball hockey, soccer and running, and has organized various company teams and charity running events. Tullio also enjoys traveling listening to music, and the great outdoors.

Stephen Kuchma Stephen Kuchma
Senior Associate and
Waste Audit Manager

Stephen is a professional Engineer with degrees in Environmental Engineering & Biology from the University of Guelph and University of Toronto, respectively. He has over 15 years of consulting experience. Stephen specializes in conducting waste audits an waste reduction work plans, acoustic assessments, audits and noise abatement action plans, Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling (ESDM) Reports and annual environmental reporting requirements (NPRI, O.Reg127).
Stephen has experience conducting projects for a variety of clients including, but not limited to, chemical, foundry, automotive, high tech, food, textile, printing, secondary metal smelting, municipal (wastewater, water), waste transfer stations, retail establishments, office buildings & property managers and educational institutions. He also has experience in noise emissions monitoring as well as air emissions and ambient air monitoring projects for a variety of pollutants including odour, particulate matter, metals, acid gases, THC, VOCs, dioxin/furans and PAHs.

Stephen has been working with WRG for many years and while his primary role is as a consultant, he is also fully trained and qualified to work with customers on their waste management and recycling needs.

In his spare time Stephen enjoys traveling, running, fishing, playing golf, and home renovations.

Renata Ortega Renata Ortega
General Manager

Renata has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Design and a Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Ryerson University. Renata has also completed a sales course at the Dale Carnegie Business Group.

Renata began her career in the fashion industry as an assistant designer for a manufacturer that provided apparel to a major retail chain. Renata went on to become a Brand Manager at Hudson's Bay Company where she was responsible for the design and overseas production of a multi-million dollar national brand. During her time at HBC Renata increased the quality of the brand as well as increasing sales and making end profits.

After 5 years, Renata made the transition to the waste management and recycling industry looking for work that would be more fulfilling by making a positive contribution to the environment while utilizing her management skills. Renata has enjoyed the change immensely and is enthusiastic about working with customers and solving their problems.

In her spare time, Renata enjoys reading, exercising, and shopping, particularly for shoes.

Renata has been involved in the management of the company and more recently, has been focusing on developing new business opportunities.

Sue Ashton Susan Ashton
Office Manager

Susan is the Office Manager for Waste Reduction Group Inc., Susan manages customer service requests, manages accounts receivables and payables and is available to provide support on all projects as needed.

Susan has a has a business commerce major and owned her own small business franchise for 17 years. Sue brings enthusiasm and cheer to her job and enjoys drumming in her spare time.

Taylor Purdy Taylor Purdy
Customer Support

Taylor graduated from the University of Windsor with a Masters of Applied Science degree in Environmental Engineering. Her master's project received significant funding from the Ontario Hospital Association, and led to the development and implementation of a waste reduction program at a local hospital.

Taylor has been working in the waste management field since 2009, and has been a member of Waste Reduction Group since April 2013. Taylor's focus with Waste Reduction Group is on waste audits both completing the field work and the compliance reports, 3R Certification, and source separation and waste reduction program implementation for various industries such as hospitals, schools, and manufacturing facilities as well as bid preparation for Tenders/Requests for Proposals.

Taylor has a deep-rooted passion for the environment and is most happy when she is making a positive difference in the world. She loves all things outdoorsy and animal-related, specifically her horse Gizmo and her cat Squirt.

Taylor Purdy Alvin Jens John
Waste Audit Technician

Alvin graduated from University of Windsor with a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering. He completed his Bachelors in Civil Engineering in India and has two years of experience in the planning and construction of buildings.

Before joining Waste Reduction Group, he was actively involved in various environmental initiatives at the University of Windsor, of which the most notable one is the earth-ship initiative.

Alvin joined Waste Reduction Group in September 2015. He currently leads the fieldwork team that collects the raw data for waste audits. He excels at obtaining accurate field measurements and focuses on obtaining results. He has conducted waste audits for all sectors including municipalities, hospitals, universities, public schools, retail and industry. At Present, Alvin works on onsite audits and data collection. He is also responsible for fulfilling customer needs onsite.

Sue Ashton Philip G. Barnes
Strategic Director

A professional executive manager specializing in strengthening and building businesses.
Philip has a proven track record of successfully growing businesses. He has owned and operated his own businesses and is a long time Director of Franchise Bancorp Inc. chairing the Audit and Compensation committees and is a Director of Global Pet Food Stores Inc.. Most recently he has worked with the AIIM Group as Vice President / Director of Operations , James River (Canada Cup/Dixie Cup) as  General Manager of the Specialty and Promotional Division and Graphic Web (a division of Quebecor) as President and General Manager.

Phil enjoys golfing, curling and anything related to dogs in his spare time

Arjun Krishnan Arjun Krishnan
Waste Audit Technician

Arjun graduated from University of Windsor with a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering and has a passion for Solid Waste Management. He completed his Bachelors in Civil Engineering in India and has three years of experience in the construction of Buildings and Factories.

Prior to joining Waste Reduction Group, he was the Environmental Coordinator for Residences at the University of Windsor and had many initiatives to improve the waste diversion rate for the University.

Arjun joined Waste Reduction Group in mid 2015. He currently leads the fieldwork team that collects the raw data for waste audits. His priorities are accurate data collection and a focus on great customer service. Currently he has conducted waste audits for all sectors including municipalities, hospitals, universities, public schools, retail and industry. Arjun currently generates monthly waste and recycling reports, customized to Waste Reduction Group’s customers specific needs, bids on Request for Proposals, assists with detailed customer service and site visits, assists with office management and is also working on business development.

Anthony Cromie Anthony Cromie
Business Development Manager

Anthony is Waste Reduction Group Inc.'s Business Development Manager. Anthony has combined his background in hospitality management, secure document shredding sales management and his enthusiasm in helping companies to reduce their negative impact on the environment in his role. Anthony excels at determining customers waste management and recycling needs and sets them up with optimal programs to help them reduce waste and save money.

Anthony joined Waste Reduction Groups team in mid 2015, since then his career path has covered a multitude of environmental issues, including waste diversion programs, landfill investigations and waste audit programs. Regardless of the issue, Anthony brings the same passion and practical application to all of WRG’s clients.


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