Doug Hietkamp’s manufacturing background in mechanical engineering along with his personal interests in environmental issues fit together nicely into his work life at Teknion Ltd., a company that values sustainability and environmental initiatives.
First, as part of Teknion’s ISO 14001 implementation team, Hietkamp’s efforts were instrumental in achieving a more efficient and effective manufacturing process which spearheaded the company’s annual reduction objectives for energy, waste and water.
Hietkamp now serves as Teknion’s Director of Sustainable Development Programs and is responsible for the development of business strategies, as well as the outreach and support of Teknion’s environmental initiatives. In this role, he acts as the conduit of environmental measures and information that extend from the supplier of materials, through manufacturing, marketing, the architect & design community, and ends up with the customer.
Hietkamp continually investigates environmental best practices through ongoing collaboration with environmental groups, industry partners and all levels of government to ensure Teknion’s direction is on the forefront of sustainability. He has carefully selected, implemented and manages a series of “Foundation Programs” that are used as tools which include ISO 14001, FSC, GREENGUARD, e3, HPD and Design for the Environment.
Hietkamp is a LEED Accredited Professional which helps him serve as a regular mentor, both internally and externally throughout the manufacturing industry. Heavily involved with student organizations across Canada, his assistance with coop sponsorship opportunities is extensive. Hietkamp is also presently an active member of the EXCEL board, a peer-to-peer forum where top executives collaborate with each other to find ways to maximize sustainable performance across industries.