Our company protects communities across Canada.
At Aevitas, we protect communities across Canada by responsibly managing hazardous waste and other industrial, commercial and institutional waste by-products. We are very proud of the fact that thousands of kilograms of hazardous waste material are diverted from landfills every year due to our hazardous waste recycling services. We also offer other specialized environmental services such as transformer oil recycling, (industrial) wastewater treatment, PCB destruction and electrical equipment disposal. Because we care about the world we, our employees and our clients live in, we also care about the many causes that our organization supports and contributes to within our communities.
United Way and other charitable donations
Every year our employees raise money and donate to the United Way in order to address existing and emerging social needs, improve lives and build community. Our company also matches our total employee's contributions dollar for dollar to increase the contribution we make to the United Way. Over the last 8 years, our organization has donated over $50,000 to this amazing not-for-profit organization!
"We feel that making donations to the United Way is a great way to give back to the community. So many people rely on the United Way for all kinds of support and social services, and we are proud to help."
- Tom Maxwell, co-founder of Aevitas
Other charitable organizations that we have contributed to are:
Fort McMurray, Alberta Wildfires
In May 2016, our Edmonton, Alberta office held fundraising BBQ to benefit the evacuees of the devastating Fort McMurray wildfires. Our staff donated food, and their time for the event, and received overwhelming support in the form of food sales, and private donations, from their neighbours. Congratulations team Edmonton for giving back to your community!
Shaving to cure childhood cancers
It takes a great deal of courage to shave your head, but not as much courage as it takes for a child to fight against cancer! Our Kirkland Lake, Ontario employee Julie Weisflock chooses to make a difference in her community by raising awareness, and funds, in support of children who are cancer patients. Julie participates in a program called "shaving to cure childhood cancers", in which she shaves her head, donates her hair for wig-making, and raises funds for childhood cancer research. We are very proud of Julie for being a terrific employee, and for contributing positively to her community!
"The event is coming up in a couple weeks, but got involved early to soak it all in and raise some awareness. I will be shaving my head and donating 15 inches of hair! I've never been involved first-hand, seeing someone go through this, only hearing stories of other people and seeing pictures. Even when my little nephew was diagnosed, he was only 2 months old, they moved to Ottawa for treatments. He just turned 9 and has been in remission for 5 years! Words can't describe how great it is to see him now and think about the battle he won. I've wanted to do this for a long time, but now the right time has come to do it in honor of him, and many other kids. I want to thank Aevitas and everyone who has helped me with my fundraising goals, I really appreciate it!"
- Julie Weisflock, Kirkland Lake employee
Providing business experience to local students
At Aevitas we provide the opportunity for second year diploma program Public Relations students attending Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario to develop business skills through practical copywriting experience. Their challenge was to learn about all aspects of our business and develop copyrighting material for a new marketing campaign that our customers could relate to in one short month. They did a terrific job and our company is proud to have contributed to their education and skillset!
"Working with Aevitas was an amazing learning experience for us! When we started this project we knew very little about their services but they were kind enough to set up an in-depth tour of their factory, and answer any questions we had. We received meaningful feedback and plenty of encouragement along the way. Thank you to everyone at Aevitas for this wonderful opportunity!"
Contributing Conestoga College students are (from left to right) Filip Arezina, Saska Nicholson, Aidan Kirby and Gage Knox. Their work has been prominently featured throughout our website.
Supporting Special Olympics
Our organization was a proud sponsor of the NHL Alumni Game held in Timmins, Ontario February 15, 2016 (family day). The NHL alumni faced off against the Timmins Law Enforcement All-Stars in support of Special Olympics Ontario. The NHL Alumni Benefit Tour supports the Special Olympics Ontario and Law Enforcement Torch Run's mission to "provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities." Close to 18,000 athletes are given an opportunity to participate and compete in a variety of sports that would not otherwise be available to them.
Dudley Hewitt Cup
Our company was a proud sponsor of the 2016 Dudley Hewitt Cup in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. This event showcased the best young developing hockey talent in central Canada. Teams from the Ontario Junior Hockey League, Northern Ontario Hockey League and Superior International Hockey League battled it out to determine the central seed to the Royal Bank Cup. Kirkland Lake's Gold Miners participated in this event!
Jemma's Journey for Cystic Fibrosis
Since 2013, we have been a proud supporter of Jemma's Journey Annual Golf Tournament to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis, the most common, uncurable and often fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. Jemma's Journey was founded in support of Jemma Anderson, a Cambridge, Ontario resident who, since her diagnosis at the age of 2, lives with the debilitating disease which causes a build-up of thick mucus in the lungs leading to severe respiratory and digestive problems.
Aevitas comes to the aid of a Woolwich Township family
John-Wesley Weber alerted his mother Michelle of some barrels he had stumbled upon on their property near Conestoga, Ontario. Michelle suspected that the illegally abandoned barrels, all 24 of them, contained hazardous waste, so she called the Region of Waterloo, Waterloo Regional Police Services, and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. "Aside from offering sympathies and concern, none of them offered any real guidance or support", said Michelle.
Upon contacting one environmental services company, testing of the barrels determined that they contained PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl), a toxic chemical that was once commonly used in manufacturing but was banned in Canada in 1977, and the release of PCB into the environment was made illegal in 1985. The company was not equipped to handle the PCB, so our Ayr, Ontario hazardous waste service facility, which is licensed to handle and remove PCB hazardous waste, was called in to help.
"PCB removal is expensive, around $1200 per barrel, so in this family's case the total cost of removing all 24 barrels would have been $21,000", said our company's president, Byron Day. "We could have chemically destroyed it, but this toxic waste was old, it had been sitting around for a while, so for safety purposes it had to be sent to Alberta to be incinerated". Due to the exorbitant cost of disposing of the hazardous waste material, we offered to remove the drums free of charge from Michelle and Johns property. Two full weeks of constant phone calls and worry-filled sleepless nights finally came to an end when the barrels of hazardous waste were removed. "It's a huge relief", says Michelle. Even though there was little spillage, she and her husband John plan to have the soil on which the barrels sat, excavated and tested for hazardous waste content.
News of our involvement in helping this Woolwich Township family quickly spread, and soon after we received correspondence from the United Way of Cambridge, Ontario, and Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris, commending us for our community involvement, which can be viewed here.