Carol Hochu, a veteran trade association manager, has been named president and CEO of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, effective Jan. 2.
Hochu was most recently executive director of Ontario Electronic Stewardship, a not-for-profit organization charged with implementing a province-wide diversion program for electronic waste. Earlier in her career, Hochu was president of the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and the Confectionery Manufacturers Association of Canada.
“Carol's skills and experience will help drive one of our highest priorities, which is to recover plastic resources that are currently going to landfills across Canada,” said Paul Cohen, chairman of Toronto-based CPIA, in a news release.
CPIA represents a $27 billion industry with over 90,000 employees and 3,000 businesses across Canada.
Greg Wilkinson, who acted as interim leader of CPIA for most of 2011, will return to his energy, chemicals and plastics consultancy, Third Oak Associates Inc.
Wilkinson became interim leader when former CPIA President and CEO Mark Badger left the trade group in March to become CEO of Switchable Solutions Inc., a firm formed to commercialize solvent-based technology developed at Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario.