Leonard Civiera, owner of recycled plastics broker Civiera International Inc., died March 6 of a heart attack in Owen Sound. He was 64.
Civiera formed CII in Collingwood, Ontario, in 1985, and five years later partnered with Steven Silver to form Civiera & Silver International Inc. The two parted ways in early 2003, with Civiera's firm assuming the previous CII name. CII specializes in importing and exporting recycled fluoropolymers and engineering resins.
Civiera took an unconventional route to a career in plastics, entering the field at age 45. Civiera had emigrated from his native Scotland, where he had worked on the family farm, at age 22 in 1961. He continued to work in agriculture after arriving in Canada, but eventually moved on to advertising, where his clients included Coca-Cola Co. and the Hockey Night in Canada television broadcast.
He first learned of the plastics market when speaking with a fellow airline passenger on a flight to Europe in 1984. Shortly afterward, Civiera began exporting recycled ethyl-vinyl acetate from Canada to the Asian footwear market.
CII now is run by Leonard's son, Paul, who joined the firm in 2002. Leonard Civiera also is survived by Jo-Anne, his wife of 30 years, and his son, Owen. At his request, Civiera was buried in Elgin, Scotland.