George Scott is a Kingston-based entrepreneur and industry leader. A lifelong resident of the city and alumnus of Queen’s University, he has held a major stake in several prominent Kingston businesses, contributed greatly to the city’s economic growth, and been passionately involved in community organizations and initiatives – always with a mind to put Kingston on the map as a business and technology hub. Described by colleagues and peers as a true trailblazer and business visionary, Mr. Scott remains committed to the lifelong goal of expanding his hometown’s prominence – both as head of the city’s International Ambassador Program, and, most recently, through his work to revitalize the Kingston’s airport by envisioning and developing a state-of-the-art aviation and aerospace complex.
Work Experience & Community Activities
As the founder and CEO of Scott Environmental Group, one of Kingston’s most successful and best-known businesses, Scott has received national recognition for his leadership and expertise in environmental waste solutions (including e-waste), organic recycling, emergency response services, industrial environmental cleaning and sustainability services.
At the young age of 28, Mr. Scott registered his business and began servicing clients in Amherstview, Ontario in the west end of Kingston. From one employee in 1996 to 175 employees in 2014, he led Scott Environmental Group to expand its operations and diversify its services and offerings – most notably through the construction of four state- of-the-art environmental waste processing facilities, including branches located in Vaughn, Ontario and Red Deer, Alberta.
He also oversaw the dissemination of key research insights and resources to Queen’s University and the Royal Military College. Further, he guided his company through the rigors of a third party audit to become the first environmental company in Canada to be accredited to the ISO 9001-2004; ISO 14001, and ISO 18001 standards.
Scott has also been recognized with top honours from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (Finalist – Corporate Governance, 2012), the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce (President’s Award recipient, 2009), Ernst & Young (Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist – Clean Technologies, 2009). He is currently the youngest standing inductee into the Greater Kingston Businessmen’s Hall of Fame.
Recognized Excellence in Leadership
In the fall of 2014, Scott oversaw the sale of Scott Environmental Group to Tomlinson Group, a prominent Canadian organization with wide-ranging work in quarrying, construction, trucking, and environmental industries. At the time of the sale, Scott Environmental Group was the largest privately held environmental services company in Ontario. The sale was heralded by Jeff Garrah, CEO of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), who described Mr. Scott as “a true industry leader in Kingston who didn’t just build a business, he built an entire industry for which the broader community benefits from year after year. What an extraordinary legacy to leave behind”, Garrah writes.
This reputation as a local mogul led to Scott’s 2-year appointment as head of KEDCO’s International Ambassador Program, aimed at increasing the city’s profile in international markets by showcasing the success of homegrown businesses and local opportunities. This program was a resounding success and led directly to an international food manufacturer choosing Kingston to build its first Canadian factory.
Pursuits & Passions
George Scott is sought-after for his expertise in raw entrepreneurship; strategic deployment of innovative technologies; the importance of corporate governance in high growth enterprises; and, the use of scalable financial modelling to accelerate commercialization. His brain child, Norterra Organics, is the most successful organic recycling facility in South Eastern Ontario, and stands as a strong testament to Scott’s environmental stewardship and his passion for sustainability.
Passion projects such as these continue to open new opportunities for Scott and for Kingston. In 2013, he turned his attention to another significant waste issue in his community – construction and demolition waste – and developed an ingenious recycling strategy using bio-energy and biomass conversion. He invisioned a facility that could convert construction and demolition wood waste into a renewable biofuel for use in heavy industry. His main challenge was that no equipment on the market but that did not deter this serial entrepreneur.
After 16 months of development, Mr. Scott had designed and built Ontario’s first Biofuels production pilot facility. Today, under its new owner, the biofuel facility continues to offset carbon dioxide emissions produced by the combustion of fossil fuels in the cement industry. An extraordinary achievement that has yet to be replicated.
Eyes on the Horizon
Scott was recently approached about consulting on KEDCO’s project of expanding and revitalizing the Kingston’s airport. An avid flyer and multi-rated pilot, he has met this challenge head-on by personally investing significant resources into the airport lands. He has renovated aircraft hangers, founded a Flight Training College, and has submitted a land development proposal to the City of Kingston to build a multi-million dollar aviation and aerospace complex to help foster a world class technology hub for the industry.
The airport development will also support and enrich the Kingston community more generally by serving as a unique venue for social events in the area. It is furthermore expected to enhance the local economy by attracting the growing number of international aviation students and regional pilots to the city.
As CEO of one of the fastest growing environmental companies in the country, Scott had little spare time to fly. Since retiring from the environmental industry, he now has time to refocus on his personal goals and prioritize the pursuits that he finds most fulfilling: flying, and contributing to his strong and vibrant community in the Kingston area.
Whether in business or in leisure, it’s clear that Scott’s ambitions are to ascend to new heights – and to achieve the same high stature for his city’s international reputation.