Jesus Atias is the North America Sustainability manager for Packaging & Specialty Plastics. Jesus is responsible for expanding the Hefty® EnergyBag® program, which represents a collaboration with strategic customer Reynolds Consumer Products and participating communities, diverting more plastics from landfill by converting them to valuable energy resources. He focuses on program growth and identifying partners across the value chain, including new end markets and applications. He is managing Dow’s responsibilities as the first Hefty® EnergyBag® program launches in Canada.
Jesus joined Dow Core R&D Texas Operations in 2007 as part of the reaction engineering team and three years later became first to join the Canadian new business development team responsible for a number of innovation, commercial, and sustainability projects. Following that, he took on roles of increasing responsibility in sales, new business development, and marketing, collaborating with partners in energy, water, infrastructure, transportation, food, manufacturing, textile, and packaging. In 2017, Jesus was appointed marketing development manager and leader of the Eastern Canada Regional Sales Centre in Toronto, with responsibility for driving the long-term growth and profitability of Dow in Canada, while also building and strengthening awareness and preference for the Dow brand along the value chain. He began his career in 2004 by joining the R&D arm of Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources where he applied his specialization in hydrocarbon conversion technologies.
Jesus graduated from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and completed his Executive MBA program (Finance Specialization) with honors at the University of Calgary. Jesus has one patent, has authored over fifteen scientific publications, and has Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
Jesus and his wife Naomi Pavan enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures as well as advancing education initiatives in the community. They also remain active in community clean-up events and collect litter, including plastic waste, as they walk their two Labradors Celsius and Titus daily.