CIAC Welcomes Elena Mantagaris to Lead New Plastics Division

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Elena Mantagaris as the new vice president who will lead the association’s Plastics Division.

“I’m delighted to be joining the CIAC. This is an exciting, important time for Canada’s plastics sector,” said Mantagaris. “I’m looking forward to joining an experienced team and building on the association’s strong reputation for responsible management and a balanced approach to advocacy that ensures a thriving plastics sector and, above all, a healthy environment.”

This move follows the recently announced transaction that sees the former Canadian Plastic Industry Association (CPIA) join forces with the CIAC to form the association’s new Plastics Division. CIAC now represents the entire plastics industry value chain from resin producers and raw material suppliers to processors and converters, as well as recyclers and brand owners.

Beginning on Aug. 4th, Mantagaris will lead a team that will advocate on behalf of CIAC members to help Canada advance sustainable solutions for the development of a circular economy for plastics. Additionally, she and her team will focus on promoting responsible plastic production in Canada while working toward reducing and eliminating plastic pollution from the environment, all in support of a robust Canadian economy.

“We are delighted to welcome Elena to the team,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “Elena’s extensive experience in building bridges across stakeholder communities will be of tremendous support to CIAC as she will work collaboratively with other plastics value chain interests in Canada, as well as like-minded interests in North America and globally to ensure a coordinated and effective approach to plastics public policy issues.

Mantagaris has an extensive background and more than 20 years’ experience working with federal and provincial governments, along with municipalities and Indigenous communities to advance large-scale national initiatives in the iron, energy, transportation, technology, and cultural sectors. She recently advanced a $1.5 billion iron processing facility and prior to that a $20 billion nuclear project with willing host communities.