Industry mourns loss of Torxx' Nicolas Belanger
Vaughn, Ontario-based TORXX Kinetic Pulverizer Ltd.,along with the entire waste and recycling industry, is mourning the sudden loss of Nicolas Belanger. Torxx' Executive Vice President of Sales, as well as a father, husband and friend to many in the industry, Belanger passed away on September 13th at the age of 49.
"Our hearts are heavy, and we're stunned by the untimely and devastating passing of our colleague, friend and industry icon," said Peter Everson, TORXX Chairman.
"Nicolas has been instrumental in moving our company—and the industry—forward over the last 25 years. He is a talented engineer and strong business leader; whose industry knowledge and experience are second to none.
"He is greatly missed, and we share the grief of his family, friends and colleagues—including his wife Nadine who continues to be a valued member of the TORXX family. We're determined to carry on Nicolas' legacy by executing his vision to provide superior products that deliver tangible customer value."
Belanger is the former co-owner of Machinex Group, where he worked passionately for more than 20 years in MRF and recycling systems design. According to colleagues, he made major contributions to the industry, developing cutting edge waste and recycling technologies and creative solutions throughout his career.
Belanger is also the co-founder/owner and President of Waste Robotics. Partner and CEO Eric Camirand related, "I have always appreciated Nicolas' intelligence, expertise, frankness, quick-wittedness and passion. His departure will leave an immeasurable void."
Another colleague who worked with Nicolas over many years, Joe Sloan of Sloan Vazquez McAfee, remembers him as many do, "He became known as the ‘MRF Whisperer...The Jedi-Master/Obi-Wan Kenobi' of recycling plant design and operation... a true pioneer."
In addition to his wife Nadine, Belanger is survived by his daughter Brittany and son Joshua. The family invites those wishing to remember Nicolas to make donations to the THON organization using the following link: https://donate.thon.org/partic....
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