Principal – Dr. Tony van der Vooren, P.Eng, QEP
VAQMS is owned and operated by Dr. Tony van der Vooren. Tony is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and a QEP (Qualified Environmental Professional). He is a Fellow Member of the international Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) and awarded this distinction in recognition of his work in the environmental profession. Tony was President of the AWMA in their centennial year (2007) and continues to work with the Association on strategic issues.
Dr. van der Vooren has been involved in air quality and environmental issues for more than 30 years across all industrial sectors. He has worked with all levels of government on policy and implementation issues related to air quality and the environment. Tony brings his expertise to air quality issues, industrial air pollution control permitting and regulatory review, environmental assessment and impact modeling. His clients have included Canadian and International companies on a variety of major projects: Redpath Sugar, Domtar, Weyerhauser, Suncor, Barrick Gold, Detour Mining, Apotex, Irving, Proctor and Gamble Covanta and RDK / Isla Refinery (Curacao), Town of Ajax, Town of Warwick.
Before VAQMS, Tony was with AMEC Foster Wheeler (formerly H.A. Simons) for 20 years and prior to that SNC- Lavalin (formerly MacLaren Plansearch). At AMEC Foster Wheeler, Tony was co-manager of the Air Quality and Acoustics Professional Practice, linking nearly 200 global air quality and acoustics professionals within the company.
Tony is actively involved with various Environmental Committees with Industry including Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and the Ontario Mining Association. He is a participant in the ‘419 External Working Group’ (EWG) – a multi-stakeholder advisory committee working with MOECC First Nations, NGOs and Industry to provide advice on changes to O.Reg.419 that will impact air quality and emissions standards.
Tony is also co-chair of the ‘ Practioners Group’, providing advice and guidance to the Ontario Government on practical compliance and submission aspects of environmental air quality programs in the province. This exposure and experience provides him with a unique insight into the approvals process, future changes under discussion and contacts within the Ministry to assist in obtaining timely reviews and approvals.