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Key Personnel



Keith Becker, B.A.Sc., Engineering
President

Keith is continually shaping Econotech to meet the changing needs of pulp & paper mills as they seek to increase efficiencies and open new markets. Prior to taking the helm at Econotech, his experiences included delivering digester control systems for Modo-Chemetics and paper mill wrap lines for Valmet Automation. Keith has a B.A.Sc., Engineering from the University of British Columbia

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Allen Upton
Business Development Manager

Allen has spent all his working life in the chemical industry. As a development chemist he worked with synthetic polymers designed for the paper, coatings and building industries. His career path has contributed management experience in operations, finance and sales. He holds a CTD in Analytical Chemistry, Coatings Chemistry, B.Com in Operations Research/Business Economics and Production Management. Econotech Laboratory Services envisages accelerated growth under his leadership and direction in this area of our business. His philosophy is...
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.Theodore Roosevelt

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Rob Robinson, B.Sc. (Plant Biochemistry), PhD (Wood Science)
Manager, Chemistry Services

Rob oversees the resourcing of technical teams to ensure responsiveness, quality and value for Econotech’s customers. His past experience includes roles in commercial service delivery management and workflow optimisation, as well as research related to wood properties and kraft pulping. He has a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biochemistry from Massey University, New Zealand as well as a PhD in wood science from the University of British Columbia.

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Aamirah Allykhan, B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering
Supervisor, Pulping & Bleaching

Aamirah and her team work closely with customers to develop solutions that meet their needs in chipping, screening, pulping, bleaching, and dissolving grade pulp. Prior to joining Econotech in 2017, she worked as a process engineer at Howe Sound Pulp & Paper. Her past experience includes roles in pulping, bleaching, recausticizing, liquor recovery, and effluent treatment. She has a B.A.Sc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Sandra Fodor, Dipl.T.
Manager, Pulp & Paper Testing

Customers know Sandra as a problem-solver and a great resource. She has 30 years of paper-testing experience with Econotech. She has a Diploma of Technology in Biological Sciences from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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Eric Chao, Ph.D.
Senior Technical Specialist, Contaminant ID

Eric has been analyzing forest product and related materials for more than 30 years and is an expert in FTIR techniques. Prior to joining Econotech, he was the Technical Manager at Applied Chemistry Laboratories Ltd. and Section Head of the Applied Chemistry Section at MacMillan Bloedel Research.

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Patricia Oikawa, B.Sc.
Technical Service Coordinator, Chemistry Services

With a passion for client engagement, Patricia is a primary contact for testing advice, order coordination and work in progress communications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Alberta.

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Thomas Yuen
Supervisor, Process Chemical Analysis

Tom has dedicated nearly 40 years to supporting econotech customers. Prior to joining us he worked for Rayonier Canada and for Radipulp, a consulting firm . Tom majored in chemistry at the Baptist University in Hong Kong before graduating in chemical science from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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