Jeff Westeinde, BESc., P.Eng.
President, Zibi Canada
Following graduation in engineering studies at Western University in 1989, Jeff Westeinde, immediately started building his career as a serial engineering entrepreneur, co-founding the Quantum Environmental Group, a national environmental remediation and hazardous waste materials management company. The firm merged with Murray Demolition in 2007 to form Quantum Murray LP. Quantum Murray employed over 800 professionals from offices throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario under Westeinde’s leadership.
In his career Westeinde has been instrumental and remains involved in several businesses including Clearly Solar Energy Inc., Envirogreen Technologies Ltd., Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc., Nucor Environmental Solutions Ltd. and Windmill Development Group to name a few. Several of these businesses have been included in Canada’s fastest growing companies and Top 50 Employers in Canada.
Westeinde is also a founding partner of THEIA Partners Inc. - the development company involved with Zibi, an ambitious $1.7 billion real estate development project between Ottawa and Gatineau on the Ottawa River. Westeinde is president of Zibi Canada and worked with all levels of government, engaged the Algonquin Anishinabe people and found ways to break down the barriers to advance what was deemed by many to be undevelopable lands due to contamination and land claim issues. He worked closely with Decontie Construction (an Algonquin Anishinabe general contractor) on this project: leveraging his networks; spreading their message; acting as their champion with federal and provincial governments; and assisting them to employ dozens of Algonquin Anishinabe women and men in meaningful work on this project.