Our Story

Our name “ECOH” was inspired by a canoe trip in the Fall of 2003.  A thick mist had blanketed the entire lake where we had camped in Algonquin Park.  Standing on the shore in the early morning, feeling a little unnerved by the thickness of the mist, I called out to my canoeing buddies to come and look.  A repeating echo bounced back so clearly that we couldn’t help but take turns calling out to the loons across the lake and laughing.  It was one of those quintessential Canadian experiences –awed by the wilderness and humbled by the beauty – that left an indelible mark.

It was clearly in mind a few days later when John, Om, and I were toying around with various acronyms to better reflect our combined services – Environmental Consulting & Occupational Health. We agreed that “E C O H” as an acronym had potential, but it wasn’t until my wife Shelley designed a logo to capture the look of sound waves that ECOH became our brand. Since then, ECOH’s impact has reverberated across Canada as we help businesses and organizations of all sizes to protect their people, property, and planet.

Mark Lai, President

ECOH is dedicated to protecting people, property, and the planet. We offer personalised service and tailored solutions to help organizations manage environmental compliance, navigate health and safety regulations, and deal with hazardous materials safely.

Founders

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Mark Lai, President

Mark’s leadership has positioned ECOH as an innovative company pioneering new approaches to work. His results-driven approach has earned him a reputation as a respected authority in the consulting industry.

Known for pragmatism and innovative thinking, Mark consistently delivers original and effective solutions to complex problems and environmental challenges. Notably, in the aftermath of a major propane explosion in North Toronto, Mark conceived site-specific clean-up strategies, leading a diverse team of professionals over a grueling six-week period, garnering widespread community support and appreciation.

Mark’s focus on delivering personalized services and nurturing long-term business relationships has been instrumental in ECOH’s growth. His dedication to the professional development of emerging talents in the industry is underscored by his passion for presenting, training, and supporting the next generation of environmental leaders.

Mark Lai

President

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Dr. Om Malik, Ph.D, P.Eng., CIH, ROH, FAIHA, QP, CEO & Principal

Dr. Om Malik’s 40 years of experience plays a pivotal role in ECOH’s approach to occupational and hazardous materials management in indoor and outdoor environments.

Prior to co-founding ECOH, Om held senior positions with the Ontario Ministry of Labour (now known as MLITSD), where he directed the control of hazardous materials in industries across the province.

Om is an expert in occupational health risk assessments, air quality sampling, and control of asbestos, mould, and infectious materials. He is a sought-after speaker known for his informative and engaging talks.  He is also a highly-regarded expert witness.

Om’s illustrious career includes spearheading several international health and safety organizations (WHWB, ILO).  He has served as an adjunct Professor of Industrial Hygiene at the University of Toronto, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, and a Distinguished Lecturer and Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and is a designated Qualified Person (QP) by the Ontario Ministry of Environment (now known as MECP).

As an internationally recognized industry leader, Om brings sage wisdom and guidance to ECOH, helping the team provide top-tier service.

Dr. Om Malik

Founding Partner

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John Lewis, Principal

As one of ECOH’s founders with over 25 years of experience, John oversees the organization’s business operations and offers senior consulting for environmental projects.

John is a highly-regarded expert in all phases of Environmental Site Assessments, contaminant hydrogeology, site decommissioning, and large-scale environmental remediation. He is extensively familiar with managing various environmental projects for federal, provincial, and municipal organizations.

Whether working directly with clients or collaborating with ECOH’s highly skilled team, John’s strategic thinking and results-oriented approach ensure that clients get the best possible solution to protect people, property, and the planet.

John Lewis

Principal

Leadership Team

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John P. Kocjan, BES, CRSP, ROH, General Manager

John, a 22-year veteran in environmental consulting and engineering, plays a pivotal role at ECOH.

As a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH), John excels in all areas of Industrial and Occupational Hygiene, Hazardous Materials, Hazard Investigations, and Risk Assessments. John has extensive experience managing intricate, multi-year, multi-facility designated substance assessments and multi-million-dollar projects, spanning hazardous materials investigations and abatement, indoor air quality, confined spaces, and safety hazards.

He is highly regarded for peer review and as a subject matter expert in legal proceedings. John lends his vast knowledge and experience to the ECOH team, ensuring that the team provides the highest professional standards for any project.

John P. Kocjan

General Manager

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Chris Nielsen, B.Sc., P.Geo (Limited), Vice President

Chris Nielsen brings over thirty-five years of experience to the ECOH team, offering progressive senior leadership and technical input for a wide range of environmental projects. This includes providing expert guidance and oversight for environmental site assessments, remediation, and hazardous materials management.

His long track record of success includes managing projects across various sectors with multi-million dollar budgets, including multiple large environmental assessment and remediation projects and several of the largest asbestos assessment projects in Canada.

Chris embraces ECOH’s personalized approach to environmental consultation and clear communication. His unwavering commitment to client success and technical excellence has made him a respected leader at ECOH and within the industry.

Chris Nielsen

Vice President

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Praveen Gurukar, M.A.Sc., P.Eng. QP(ESA), Vice President of Environmental Services

Praveen Gurukar manages ECOH’s environmental division, overseeing technical leadership, project control, quality assurance, and compliance with environmental standards.

With 17+ years of consulting and engineering experience, Praveen excels in executing multi-disciplinary projects, including environmental site assessments, soil and groundwater remediation, hazardous materials surveys, and designing and implementing water/wastewater systems for manufacturing clients. His expertise extends to property and building condition assessments, risk management, Record of Site Condition submissions, and the development of Remedial Action Plans, making him a valuable leader in the environmental field.

Praveen is dedicated to offering clients premium, personalized service and expert advice. He also adds his experience and expertise to overseeing ECOH’s quality control and assurance for deliverables and internal systems.

Praveen Gurukar

Vice President of Environmental Services

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Catherine Barker-Mills, Vice President of Business Development & Strategy

Catherine, a seasoned leader in the Environmental Industry, currently serves as ECOH’s Vice President of Business Development & Strategy. She has contributed over 10 years of invaluable expertise to ECOH with proficiencies in contract management, strategic development, operational procedures and crafting critical strategies for efficient environmental project management.

Her experience includes collaboration with stakeholders across corporate levels, uniquely positioning her for success in complex initiatives. Catherine’s exceptional multitasking abilities shine through in orchestrating large-scale projects. She has played pivotal roles in identifying, analyzing, and negotiating substantial environmental projects in Canada and the USA.

Beyond ECOH, Catherine is actively involved in industry initiatives, serving on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Abatement Council of Canada (EACC) and the Environmental Information Association (EIA). Her commitment to advancing the sector is evident in these roles, contributing to hazardous materials, mould, and indoor air quality standards.

Catherine Barker-Mills

Vice President of Business Development & Strategy

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Patricia Cavallari, Director, Human Resources & Administration

Patricia Cavallari, CHRP, CHRL, is the Director of Human Resources and Administration at ECOH.

Patricia’s training includes Human Resources Management and Business Administration. She holds the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation, recognizing her HR excellence in Canada.

For over 23 years, Patricia has applied her expertise in human resources to the specific needs of environmental organizations and consultants.  This experience gives her valuable insight and understanding when working with technical professionals and directly attributes to her success as a leader of people and culture.

Throughout her 10-year tenure at ECOH, Patricia has worked closely with the executive team to establish and implement the company’s strategic vision and oversee the components of HR, Administration and Support Services.  Her dedicated leadership has been instrumental in ECOH’s continued growth.

Patricia Cavallari

Director, Human Resources & Administration

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Marianne Levitsky, MES, CIH, ROH, FAIHA, Senior Industrial Hygienist

An industrial hygienist and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) expert with over 30 years of experience, Marianne provides leadership, oversight, and guidance for numerous projects, including OHS Management Systems, policy development, program oversight, audits, and risk assessments. Before joining ECOH, she held senior OHS positions in the Ontario government and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), where she directed prevention policy and program development.

Recognized as an AIHA Fellow and recipient of multiple prestigious awards, Marianne is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toronto and the founding president of the international non-profit organization Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB). Additionally, Marianne’s expertise has been sought after in the following areas:

  • Membership on WSIB’s Science Advisory Table,
  • Canadian Standards Association’s bioaerosol respiratory protection working group, and
  • Prominent Canadian News networks called on her expert advice for interviews throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marianne Levitsky

Senior Industrial Hygienist

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Tracey-Ann Bullock, B.Sc., EP, Operations Manager – Environmental

With over 15 years of experience and 7 years at ECOH, Tracey-Ann is known for her technical prowess, efficiency, and client-centered approach.

Tracey-Ann excels in environmental management: handling Phase One and Phase Two Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), groundwater remediation, and portfolio projects like commercial and industrial site decommissioning including removal of underground storage tanks (USTs).  She also provides expert guidance through complex environmental regulatory requirements for property refinancing and divestiture.

As an Operations Manager who supervises 15 Project Managers, Environmental Scientists, and Technologists, Tracey-Ann offers specialized technical support and guidance to her team. She also acts as a client liaison, supporting ECOH’s commitment to quality control of all technical field work and reporting: ensuring premier service throughout every project’s lifecycle.

Tracey-Ann Bullock

Operations Manager - Environmental

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Brian Edwardson, M.S., B. Sc. (Env.), Operations Manager – Hazardous Materials

Brian is a seasoned environmental consultant with 14+ years of expertise, specializing in hazardous materials and occupational hygiene assessments. . He excels in managing long-term contracts for national clients in both public and private sectors. Brian has delivered asbestos, lead, and other designated substances surveys, remediation plansand abatement inspections for radon, mould, indoor air quality, noise, a variety of safety hazards and more. Brian is also experienced in asset retirement obligation (ARO) pricing model developments for the new public accounting standard (PS3280).

Holding a C-NRPP license as a Radon Measurement Professional, Brian serves as an Operations Manager in the Hazardous Materials team.  He supervises 30+ Project Managers, Environmental Scientists, Technologists, and Hygienists to ensure that the ECOH team provides the highest quality of service to our clients.

Brian Edwardson

Operations Manager - Hazardous Materials

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Zafar Iqbal, B. Eng. (Civil), Operations Manager – Hazardous Materials

Zafar Iqbal has over 34 years of experience as an assessor, abatement inspector, project manager, and project lead in numerous projects involving asbestos and other designated substances and hazardous Materials.

Offering technical and managerial skills that enable him to handle projects of all scales, Zafar is a key resource for public sector clients seeking regulatory compliance in accordance with Ontario Regulation (O.Reg) 278/05 and O. Reg. 490/09.

As Operations Manager at ECOH, Zafar has been instrumental in developing streamlined project scheduling and tracking systems to provide the standout service ECOH is known for.

Zafar Iqbal

Operations Manager - Hazardous Materials

Want to join the ECOH team?

ECOH is a growing organization always looking for innovative self-starters who are passionate about protecting people, property, and the planet through effective environmental consultation.

Learn more about ECOH, our 4-Day workweek initiative, and explore our current job openings.