New CEO for Anaergia

Brett Hodson has succeeded Andrew Benedek as CEO of Burlington, Ontario-based Anaergia.

Andrew Benedek
Brett Hodson

Benedek will continue to serve as chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Hodson brings experience spanning a range of businesses and sectors, including building, managing, and leading a portfolio of water, wastewater, and energy infrastructure businesses. He also has expertise in wholesale product distribution, retail services, construction, and manufacturing.

Hodson served as president and CEO of Corix Infrastructure Inc., a utility infrastructure company. Under Hodson’s leadership, Corix grew by more than 10 times in an eight-year period, reaching more than $650 million in revenues and growing assets under management to over $1.5 billion. Corix was subsequently purchased by a large Canadian pension fund.

Following his tenure at Corix, Hodson founded Sunshine Pier Capital Inc., a consulting and private equity firm.

Hodson earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

“I am thrilled to join Anaergia and to lead it during its next phase,” Hodson said.

“This company has enormous potential, and I am excited to have the opportunity to help build it into the world’s leading renewable fuel producer and developer, while enhancing value for shareholders. The reason I chose to be a part of this company is because I firmly believe in Anaergia’s technical prowess to drive significant positive change for the environment while also meeting or exceeding the expectations of our shareholders.”

“Brett’s appointment represents a pivotal moment for our company as we chart our path for our next phase of growth,” Benedek said.

Benedek held the role of CEO since founding Anaergia in 2007. He received his engineering degree (chemical) from McGill University in Montreal, Québec in 1966. By 1970, he had obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington with a focus on wastewater treatment. Benedek then accepted a professorship at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he taught and conducted research to find ways of improving water quality.

In 1980, he founded ZENON with the purpose of developing cost effective membrane technologies for recycling wastewater. Under his leadership, ZENON invented, developed and commercialized many of the key membrane technologies used for water and wastewater treatment and became a global leader in this field.

“Andrew Benedek has done extraordinary work developing the world’s best waste-to-renewable energy technology platform, constructing leading facilities, and cultivating a highly capable team,” said Frank McKenna, Anaergia director and chair of the governance, compensation and nomination committee.

“One year ago, Andrew told the Board that on his eightieth birthday he would like to hand over the CEO position. We are proud to have found a truly capable person to take over from Andrew who will bring exceptional financial and strategic leadership skills to our company.”

Anaergia turns organic waste into renewable natural gas (RNG), fertilizer and water, using proprietary technologies. It provides solutions for extracting organics from waste, implements high efficiency anaerobic digestion, upgrades biogas, produces fertilizer and cleans water. Its customers are in the municipal solid waste, municipal wastewater, agriculture, and food processing industries.