Our Leadership Team
Our leadership team - and all Pinchin Ltd. staff members - are dedicated to serving clients with expertise, dedication and integrity. Our Leadership Team members have a unique breadth and depth of experience and education in the environmental services industry, founded on a solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities all businesses face in today’s market.
Chief Executive Officer
|Jeff leads Pinchin’s executive team and our staff. He manages the strategic planning process, focusing on enhancing service lines to meet client needs, expanding our national network of expert resources, and driving the company’s growth.
With his two decades of experience in almost every facet of management, Jeff’s background spans a wide variety of industries including consulting, manufacturing, distribution, real estate management and property services.
Jeff is a Chartered Accountant who holds a BA (Economics) from the University of Toronto.
Scott McCarthy, P.Geo., FGC
Chief Operating Officer
Scott is Pinchin’s Chief Operating Officer and leads day-to-day business operations. Scott is focused on securing the functionality of the business and driving continued growth (organic and acquisition) in line with the company’s strategic plan.
Scott has over 25 years of history with Pinchin and was formerly the President of Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Ltd. He has led initiatives and implemented processes and systems for business development, client management, project delivery, quality management and health & safety.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Waterloo, is a Professional Geoscientist, and in 2015 was named a Fellow of Geoscientists Canada.
Robert Thomas, BASc., P. Eng
Chief Technical Officer
|Robert is Pinchin's Chief Technical Officer and is responsible for the overall direction and delivery of Pinchin's technical services. He provides strategic leadership in maintaining Pinchin's standards for high quality and accountable service to our clients across the country. Rob has nearly 30 years of experience with Pinchin, acting previously as the Executive Vice President and practice lead for our Hazardous Materials services. He is the key contact for many of Pinchin’s major clients in the property management, financial, and industrial sectors, also assisting them with the establishment of policies and procedures.
Robert holds a B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering), from the University of Waterloo, and is a licensed engineer in the province of Ontario.
Chief Development Officer
|John is the Chief Development Officer for Pinchin. John’s primary responsibility is the strategic guidance of Pinchin into new practice areas and the development of our existing practices to meet our clients' and communities changing needs. John was formerly President of Pinchin West where he managed the direction and performance of Western Canada for over 30 years. John is a professional engineer and a LEED AP. His areas of practice include turnkey project management, sustainability and hazardous materials management. He has been involved in many of our high profile and large scale projects and is active in his professional and business community including engineering associations, real estate outreach, not for profit and universities.
John Holds and Bachelor of Technology degree from the University of Bradford in the UK. He is a Professional Engineer in three provinces and a Fellow of Engineers Canada.
Terence Gang, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
|Terence leads multiple groups within Pinchin, including Finance & Administration, Planning & Analysis, Information Technology, Procurement, and Facilities. Terence has over 20 years of experience in business planning, process & systems redesign, integration of mergers & acquisitions, and risk management while in progressive management positions with organizations like LifeLabs, Coca-Cola, PricewaterhouseCoopers and CML HealthCare.
Terence graduated with a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Peter Horvatis, MBA
Executive Vice President, Business Development
|Peter is part of the executive team and is responsible for providing leadership to Pinchin's business development activities across the organization. He brings over two decades of leadership in business development strategy from the asset management, infrastructure, real estate, and property and facilities management markets.
Peter holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and an HBA from the Ivey Business School.
Executive Vice President, People & Culture
As a member of the executive team, Laura collaborates with all areas of our business to bring consistency to our People practices, develop our Culture, and support our growth strategy. Over the last 20 years, Laura has held leadership positions in Human Resources and operations management spanning industries including defence, R&D, manufacturing, sales and professional services. Laura joined the Pinchin Group in 2012 with Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental where she held the position of Director, Operations & Human Resources when the companies merged in 2019.
Laura is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations, as well as a Certificate in Human Resource Management, from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS.
Larry Backman, B.Sc.S
Executive Vice President, Northeastern Ontario & National Accounts
|Larry is responsible for the strategic growth and development of our operations in Eastern and Northeastern Ontario, with offices in Kingston, Ottawa, Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins.
Larry is the principal client manager for national clients with regard to their environmental issues. He has acted as the lead consultant on numerous portfolios involving assets located throughout North America. With over 28 years in the engineering consulting industry, combined with experience in government environmental compliance, Larry helps clients in the commercial, industrial and multi-residential real estate industry understand and navigate environmental risk and liability as part of property transactions. He acted as the Project Principal on the largest real estate transaction in Canada to date, involving $2.3 billion and 228 assets from coast to coast.
Larry holds a BSc.S with a specialization in Biology/Geology from Acadia University.
Vico Paloschi, M.Sc., P.Geo., QP
Executive Vice President, Land Development Services
Vico is responsible for the growth and oversight of Pinchin’s various services related to real estate development across Canada. He offers clients expertise in brownfield redevelopment, environmental assessment, remediation and risk management. Vico is a registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) in Ontario and holds both an Honours BSc. in Geology and an MSc.in Hydrogeology/Earth Sciences.
With 30 years of consulting experience, Vico has extensive expertise in advising clients on the intricacies of transactional due diligence, brownfield redevelopment and regulatory liaison, especially as related to the Record of Site Condition (RSC) process in Ontario. He has been involved in finding solutions and managing environmental risk in all asset classes for a wide spectrum of financial, industrial, legal and corporate clients across North America, Europe and the Caribbean.
Executive Vice President, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario
|Greg is responsible for the operational management, strategic growth and business enhancement from Alberta to Northwestern Ontario, encompassing approximately 125 employees. With close to 15 years of industry experience, Greg has been participating in the managerial oversight and technical leadership of Pinchin’s involvement in the real estate, property management, institutional, government, insurance and industrial sectors. With roots starting in the Environmental sector, Greg received a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Calgary and is a registered Professional Agrologist in Alberta and Saskatchewan.|
Executive Vice President, GTA
|Chris is responsible for the strategic growth and development of our GTA region. He also plays a role developing and expanding new practice areas and driving innovation and technical enhancement in our existing practice areas to increase the value Pinchin offers our clients and community. Chris has extensive environmental and engineering consulting experience and works with a wide array of clients in real estate, institutional, and infrastructure sectors. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a Professional Engineer in British Columbia and Ontario.|
Andy Vanin, P.Eng., QPESA
Executive Vice President, Southwestern Ontario
Andy Vanin is Executive Vice President for Pinchin Ltd.’s Southwestern Ontario region. He is responsible for the strategic development and management of offices in Barrie, London, Tilbury, St. Catharines, Waterloo and Hamilton, including over 100 staff. Andy has almost 30 years of experience covering a wide spectrum of projects involving environmental due diligence reviews for financial, insurance, real estate and legal clients across Canada, United States, Mexico and Europe. Andy is registered with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) as a Qualified Person under O.Reg. 153/04 (as amended). Andy has also served as an expert witness on Phase I ESAs and Phase II ESAs. He is a graduate of McMaster University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
Executive Vice President, British Columbia
Vanessa is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the BC region and is responsible for developing the growth strategy for the region, local staff and client base. Vanessa manages a team of environmental and engineering experts who deliver services to a wide range of clients from the public and institutional sectors, to commercial and corporate real estate. Vanessa takes pride in providing solution-focused outcomes for clients and positive impacts for the community. Vanessa holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Calgary, is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Project Management Professional, and a member of the Applied Science Technologists of BC.