Team Spirit


On July 14 and 15, 2018 a group of Zeton personnel visited the renowned sailing waters in Friesland, in the northern part of the Netherlands, for a weekend of wind-blown water sports. A number of so-called poly-valk sailing boats were rented and each boat was equipped with a mix of first-timers and experienced sailors.

Even though the warm, sunny weather made for a pleasurable atmosphere, it is the wind that is the determining factor in a sailing weekend. It turned out to be a relatively calm weekend with a 2 to 3 on the Beaufort scale.

With rather inconsistent wind, it was great to see that all sailboats made it to the agreed-upon meeting points, although different paths were navigated. In that sense it’s easy to see the parallels with our day-to-day activities. Whatever the circumstances, our team is always able to use the available resources to achieve their goals. And although sailing was the main purpose, the team spirit and overall fun was the highlight of the weekend!

Max's Big Climb Charity

Congratulations to CEO David Beckman on winning the Men 60+ category in the Max's Big Climb charity time trial on Sydenham Hill in Dundas, Ontario on Saturday, July 21. The annual event raises funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy research.

Burlington Employees Making a Difference on Earth Day Weekend

Congratulations to the intrepid Earth Day volunteers from Zeton Inc. who collected 12 garbage bags from the Creek area between the Appleby GO and Zeton Inc. on Fairview St. and Oval Ct on Saturday April 21, 2018! More information on this BurlingtonGreen event can be found at:

Zeton’s Martin Rickard Supports Pehucci Orphanage in Kenya

As previously reported in Horizons (Fall 2017), Martin and his wife Jan headed to Kenya armed with enough nail polish, flip flops, candy canes and soccer balls to bring joy at Christmas to the orphans at Pehucci School and Home for Children.

On December 22 they took 45 kids to an animal orphanage in Nairobi, where many of them saw African animals for the very first time. For Christmas dinner the children were served fresh meat, fruit, juice and cookies, and each child received a draw string back pack filled with surprises and a new pair of flip flops. The look on their faces was priceless.

During their stay they also installed a volleyball net that had been generously donated, and arranged to have steel soccer posts made which were then cemented into the ground so they would last, unlike their wooden predecessors.

Much time was spent doing crafts and playing games with the children. They also erected fences and gates to separate the cows from the children, and installed two sets of clothes lines for the children to hang their washing on.

The trip was a huge success, thanks to the generosity of friends, family and co-workers!

Flying High over Southern Ontario!

Kevin Kruders is the latest staff member to benefit from an exchange between Zeton’s Burlington and Enschede offices. As part of his two-week visit, Kevin delivered a lunchtime seminar to staff engineers in Burlington on Zeton B.V.’s recent Biopharma work. In addition to learning from his Canadian colleagues, Kevin enjoyed an aerial view of Niagara Falls courtesy of staff engineer, and pilot, Mike Trainor. Mike’s mom came along to make sure the excursion stayed on course. We enjoyed meeting you Kevin, and hope you had a fun time in Burlington!

Out in the Community!

Zeton Inc.’s staff were out and about in the community in April and May, helping to preserve our environment. A dedicated team of 10 people helped clean over 15 bags of garbage and recycling from a nearby creek on Saturday April 22, 2017 (Earth Day). And, on Thursday May 11, 2017, an army of 14 volunteers helped plant wildflower seeds on an area of land at the Company’s new facility on Michigan Drive in Oakville.

Zeton Bonspiel

Zeton Inc. employees swept away the last remnants of winter by enjoying an afternoon of curling at the Dundas Granite Curling Club. All told, 30 staff members and family attended, and everyone had a great time. Thanks to Vaughn Saraphanian and Mike Trainor for organizing the event. Zeton Rocks!


Zoomers run into heavy traffic at the Al Reid Hockey Tournament

In their opening game of the perennial Al Reid Hockey Tournament the Zeton Zoomers crashed into stiff competition from the automotive industry as Collee Automotive accelerated past the Zoomers scoring 8 unanswered goals. Ouch! With Friday’s loss in the rear view mirror and feeling slightly deflated, the Zoomers battled its demons with Lennie Bristow, Shawn Michaud, and Gerry Serratore (a.k.a. “Janine’s Dad) freezing out the Burlington Dirty Devils in a 3-0, game-2 victory, assisted in no small part by the Dirty Devils’ goal tender being a little “the worse for wear”.

Zeton’s spirits were high entering the third match on Saturday afternoon against another competitor from the auto industry. Unfortunately Millers Auto Recycling used nifty stick work to disassemble the Zoomers, scrapping any hope of Zeton advancing to the final championship game on Sunday morning. Coach Adam Whalley dismissed the loss, focusing on the team’s comradery, "A year older, and a year wiser! The team is really starting to gel now and with some small adjustments to our strategy I think we have a real shot at making the finals again next year."


"Toys for Tots" Fundraiser Brings the Joy of the Season to Children in Need

Zeton is proud once again to support the “Toys for Tots” fundraiser through the Halton Regional Police Service. In 2016, Zeton Inc. staff raised more than $1,300 in toys, cash, gift cards and Canadian Tire money for 4,200 families in need and their children in the Halton Region. Constable Steve Elms of the Halton Regional Police presented Zeton Inc.’s President, David Beckman, with a plaque commemorating 8 years of continued support. Congratulations to organizer Shari Carruthers and all the staff in Burlington who contributed to this worthy cause!


Zeton Competes in Sick Kids 2016 Heat Wave Beach Volleyball Tournament

Zeton is proud to continue its support for Sick Kids Foundation by participating in this year's Heat Wave Volleyball Tournament. Once again Zeton raised over $2000 for Sick Kids.

This year's annual Halton Heatwave tournament, held earlier in May 2016, saw Zeton teams compete for the seventh year in a row. It was a great event and everyone who participated had a fun time!


Celebrating Zeton's 30th Anniversary

2016 marks a special occasion for Zeton’s staff as we celebrate our 30th year in business. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all our staff, customers and suppliers who have contributed to this success, and who have helped Zeton grow into the company it is today.

To commemorate this important milestone, we have commissioned a special anniversary video featuring interviews with David Beckman, Johan ter Harmsel and our customer John Kayser, along with footage of our staff at work. Please join us in celebrating our achievements over the past four decades.



On September 6th, 2015 the 18th edition of the Ride for the Roses was held in the Netherlands. A popular 25, 50 or 100 km event in the Dutch cycling calendar, Ride for the Roses is a bike ride in support of the fight against cancer.

It is a well-known event for Zeton B.V. employees and their families as well. Many staff ride recreationally, and have completed the Ride for the Roses before. This time a group of experienced and inexperienced Ride for the Roses cyclists joined the Zeton team.

To make it even more challenging, they started their ride a day early. Together with people living in the eastern part of Holland, they cycled the “Pre-Ride”. This involved cycling to the start of the Ride for the Roses event at the Flora Holland Flower Auction in Aalsmeer, a distance of 200 kilometers from Enschede.

On the day of the ride itself, they all cycled the longer 100 kilometers route through the beautiful landscape of the Netherlands. The finish was a special moment, with each participant receiving a rose, symbolizing “a tomorrow for everyone”. In a sporty, healthy and enjoyable way, 9,000 cyclists took a stand against cancer and raised EUR 854,000 for the KWF cancer foundation. Congratulations to all Zeton-staff participants!


Zeton Inc.'s First Annual Bike Ride

Sunday September 20th turned out to be a perfect day for Zeton Inc.’s first annual bike ride, with blue skies, a gentle breeze, and temperatures in the mid-to-high teens. The advanced riders hit the pavement at 9 am, riding northwest from Oval Court to Lowville Park on a 2-hour loop. The recreation riders headed southwest at 10 am along the Centennial Bikeway towards Spencer Smith Park in downtown Burlington, continuing on the Waterfront Trail to the Burlington Bay canal. All riders met back at Zeton for a delicious sub and smoothie lunch courtesy of Zeton’s Social Committee. A big thank-you to Shari Carruthers and Danielle De Sousa for organizing the event; a fun time was had by all!



In the latest in a series of staff exchanges, engineers Tom Verheijen (Piping) and Hubert Velten (Mechanical) travelled from Enschede to Burlington to learn about the design and fabrication practices of their Canadian colleagues. While visiting, Tom and Hubert worked on novel bioenergy demonstration plant projects, bringing their special capabilities to bear together with colleagues Nigel Semegen and Hassan Mahmoudi, and Ed De Rubeis and Farzad Heydari. In the past, cross-exchange of staff between the two operations has led to each adopting the best ideas from the other, and Tom and Hubert’s visits were no exception.

In addition to improving the technical and operating skills of both organisations, these reciprocal visits also improve the cooperation between staff, while enhancing team spirit. The result is accelerated implementation of new developments and innovations, and continuous improvement!


Zeton Receives "SickKids Believe Award" for Charitable Fundraising Efforts

On September 5, 2014, Zeton was presented with "The SickKids Believe Award" by SickKids Foundation/ Heatwave Events, in recognition of being the top fundraising team in the 2014 Heatwave Halton charity beach volleyball tournament. The ceremony included a very inspiring speech from a previous patient of the Hospital for Sick Children, and a SickKids Ambassador, Alexandra, who told her story of being diagnosed with a rare form of childhood bone cancer at the age of 13 and her extensive treatments over the next 7 years. The care that she received would not have been possible without the fundraising support from events such as Heatwave and the generosity of all those who have donated.

This year's annual Heatwave tournament, held earlier in June 2014, saw Zeton teams compete for the fifth year in a row, and resulted in Zeton being crowned tournament champions for the third time in five years. Zeton is proud to be a part of this event and congratulates all participants and fundraising contributors for their outstanding success both on and off the volleyball court!

Photo (l-r): Heatwave Director Rosanne O'Neill with Zeton team captain, Mark Moss accepting the award on Zeton's behalf, with SickKids Ambassador Alexandra, and 2014 Canadian national beach volleyball player Daniel Dearing.


He Shootzzzz, He Scorezzzz!

The Al Reid Memorial Hockey Tournament in Niagara Falls, Ontario is an annual pilgrimage for the Zeton Zoomers hockey team. For the past seven years, the age-defying "Over 35" veterans have been showcasing their skills in the weekend-long competition, while raising money for local charities.

This year, the Zoomers began by facing off against the Niagara South Oldtimers; the Oldtimers stormed back from a two-goals deficit to win the game 6-2. The second game against the G&S Old Macks was much closer, with the Macks holding a slender 1-0 lead heading into the final minutes of the game. The final game saw the Zoomers battle the Galvcast Oldtimers. The Zeton team played with heart, but Galvcast proved too strong offensively as they handed the Zoomers their second 6-2 loss.

Although the Zoomers failed to advance to the championship game, they represented the company with distinction and took home some valuable lessons for next year: practice more and recruit a bunch of young ringers!


Zeton B.V. team medals in speed skating event

In early 2013, the Twente regional companies' speed skating team pursuit took place on the indoor ice skating rink in Enschede, The Netherlands. Employees of a number of companies in the region tied their laces to compete against each other. Zeton B.V. participated with two teams, one recreational and one professional, and both took part in exciting races. With encouragement from their families and colleagues, both teams can be proud on their results, with the recreational team achieving a bronze medal finish! It was a very enjoyable event, and both teams plan to compete again next year.


Zeton repeats as champions! — 1st place in Heatwave Halton 2012 Charity Beach Volleyball Tournament

On May 26th, 2012, employees, friends and family from Zeton's Burlington office competed in the "Heatwave" Halton region charity beach volleyball tournament. This annual fundraising event provides valuable support to The Hospital for Sick Kids Foundation to assist in childhood cancer research. It was Zeton's third appearance at the event and was a resounding success for the Zeton team both on and off the court.

In the recreational division, Zeton's team battled hard as new teammates moved rapidly up the learning curve. They enjoyed themselves immensely and vowed to come back stronger next year. Meanwhile, in the competitive division, Zeton's team was as dominant as it was in 2011, rolling through the competition and culminating in a convincing win in the final match, making them the repeat champions and favourites for a three-peat in 2013!

Zeton once again had an impressive fundraising effort, with over $2,500 in pledges and tournament entry fees, including a generous corporate donation from Zeton Inc. The total raised in 2012 exceeded the previous year's total by $500. Congratulations to both Zeton teams for another outstanding tournament, and many thanks to all who donated their time and money to this worthy cause.


Cross-Exchange Delivers the Best of Both Worlds

Zeton designs and builds pilot plants from two locations in Enschede, The Netherlands and Burlington, Canada with identical project execution methodologies and equivalent quality standards. A closer look, however, reveals that each has developed its own innovative techniques and know-how in such areas as the design approach for large modular skid structures, and safe and efficient working practices in the fabrication shop.

In the latest in a series of staff exchanges, Senior Lead Technicians Eugene Ruel and Michel Koebrugge of Zeton B.V. visited our Canadian division to experience and discuss the safe working practices and innovative fabrication techniques employed in Burlington and Enschede. The free exchange of information and ideas ensured that staff from both organizations benefited from this cross-training event.

In addition to accelerating the implementation of new developments, intercompany visits also improve team spirit and cooperation between colleagues.