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I’m Zach and I am the president of ZDIT. I have over twenty years of Information Technology experience in the nonprofit and waste management sectors, and absolutely love what I do.
Prior to forming my consulting firm, I served as the Vice-President of Technology and Infrastructure for Ontario Tire Stewardship. OTS has been delivering the Ontario, Canada Used Tires Program since its launch in September of 2009.
During my eight-year tenure at OTS, I not only worked to establish the organization and see it progress to maturity, but also led the development effort behind the creation of a state-of-the-art waste management and Stewardship Resource Planning platform called TreadMarks™. TreadMarks™ is the primary technology tool employed by OTS and has gained recognition by Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change as well as the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority as a proven tool for effective waste management. To that end, the Minister and Authority have mandated the transition of TreadMarks™ to Ontario’s new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme set to take effect on January 1, 2019.
My reputation in the waste management industry and expertise in technology that supports product and environmental stewardship have provided me the opportunity to work with some amazing leaders and companies that exemplify the work of Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) and Extended Producer Responsibility. I am proud to say that my firm is currently working with newly formed Ontario PROs to assist in their implementation of TreadMarks™, their overall technology, and the design of their infrastructure. It’s a privilege to be a trusted partner and resource for Ontario’s EPR stakeholders.
I have held other senior-level positions at organizations such as the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the Challenger Centre for Space Science Education. I also have experience as a classroom instructor, having worked as a community college professor teaching various undergraduate IT courses.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Information Technology from the University of South Carolina and have been recognized by the technology and recycling industries and an expert in my field. I was a panelist on “Innovation” at the 2014 International Rubber Recycling Symposium and was invited by Apple, Inc. to be a featured speaker on a Canada-wide “Mobility in the Workplace” tour, where I presented the TreadMarks™ application to audiences who were interested in how mobility empowers organizations in areas of accuracy, efficiency, and compliance.