The Ontario Environment Industry Association (ONEIA) has appointed Michelle Noble as its new executive director. Noble’s hiring came after a thorough search process and was confirmed at the association’s 30thAnnual General Meeting on February 24th.

“We are very pleased to welcome Michelle as our first ever full-time Executive Director,” said Terry Obal, chair of the board. “ONEIA is about to embark on an exciting growth path and we look forward to her ideas and leadership as we drive that forward.”

Noble succeeds Alex Gill, who had served as ONEIA’s part-time executive director since 2005. Alex will support the transition as executive director emeritus until the end of the Association’s fiscal year in August 2022.

Michelle Noble, new executive director of ONEIA.

“I know ONEIA is in great hands with Michelle,” said Gill. “With the environmental and economic challenges facing Ontario, sharing the perspective of environment and cleantech companies is now more important than ever.”

A seasoned association executive, Noble has proven expertise in building the profile and influence of industry groups. She comes to ONEIA with a unique blend of public and private sector experience. In addition to senior public affairs roles with a number of notable corporations and trade associations, she worked for the Province’s Growth Secretariat and led communications for Waterfront Toronto.

Our Team - Mendicant Group Nonprofit ConsultingAlex Gill, executive director emeritus at ONEIA.

“I am thrilled to be joining ONEIA at such an exciting and formative time,” said Noble. “I look forward to working with members, government and other stakeholders, and building on ONEIA’s impressive track record of representing Ontario’s environment and cleantech industry.”

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At the AGM, ONEIA members learned that the association had posted its best-ever financial performance in the previous fiscal year and that member engagement continues to grow.  In addition to continuing its work in key environmental areas such as resource recovery, organics, water, brownfields and excess soils, members launched new initiatives to address climate change resiliency, environmental infrastructure, and energy.

Established in 1991, ONEIA is the business association representing the interests of the environment industry in Ontario. Our network of thousands of contacts includes key people at environmental technology, product and service companies, law, investment and insurance firms, institutes, universities and governments. Through their innovation and experience in Ontario and around the world, Ontario’s environment industry provides market-driven solutions for society’s most pressing environmental problems.


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