Tom Kaszas, P.Eng.,
- Director, Red Tape Policy and Businesss Relief Branch, Office of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Growth
In his role as Director, Tom oversees the process whereby the Government untangles and resolves policy and program conflicts that adversely impact business and economic growth. Red Tape Policy and Business Relief Branch is responsible for identifying and resolving “on the ground” policy issues, working across Government to develop pan Governmental solutions to large scale emerging policy problems and for the development and carriage of Legislative and Regulatory vehicles to resolve the identified issues.
Formerly director of Partnerships Branch, Environmental Programs Division, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
As Director, Partnerships Branch Tom led a wide variety of initiatives that bridge the gap between regulatory policy development and field implementation. Projects include the development of implementation of programs, new Regulations, and pilot projects designed to test regulatory concepts and approaches as well as projects supporting the implementation and deployment of innovative Environmental technologies in Ontario.
Prior to joining the Government of Ontario, Tom worked in Environmental consulting, and in Agri-Food Manufacturing, most notably serving 17 years at McCain Foods Limited in various environmental engineering capacities and finally as Director, Global Environmental Sustainability: responsible for developing and implementing McCain’s environmental sustainability strategy as well as the day to day environmental management of the company’s 50 facilities located in 18 countries. He has broad experience and significant technical expertise in the areas of environmental permitting, energy and water management, green energy, wastewater treatment and recycling across a wide variety of industries.
Tom is also a member of Ryerson Urban Water’s Board of Advisors, where he provides feedback on RUW research projects and provides support to student and university events.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Ottawa and is a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Tom is known for his ability to work across organizations and with internal and external stakeholders on a wide variety of environmental projects to develop and achieve mutually beneficial goals and objectives.