AGM 2017

Agenda, 2016 Minutes, and Financial Statements

Director Candidates - Biographies

Mason Austen

Mason Austen is an environmentalist and a problem solver. He became the Operations and Communications Manager for Do It Green (DIG) after starting with the company as the Community Engagement Coordinator in 2015.

Mason grew up in High River before attending Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec where he graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Business degree. He sat on the Bishop’s University Men’s Lacrosse Board of Directors for 5 years as well as was apart of the Bishops Environmental club for 3 years during his undergrad.

In addition he was a student athlete for the Bishops Lacrosse team, helping to win a National Championship in 2011 as well as Captaining the team in 2015.

Before rejoining DIG he spent a year travelling and volunteered with the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) throughout Australia and Europe, where he grew his interest in food waste management and recycling.

He now spends his free time coaching Jr lacrosse in Calgary as well as hiking and fishing, and travelling every chance he can.

Jeannie Bertrand

Jeannie is a Waste Planner and Project Manager with Tetra Tech in Calgary. She is currently working with First Nations communities on Solid Waste Management Feasibility Studies, and has previous experience with landfill design and construction projects, landfill sitings, and permitting. Jeannie has been working in the waste management industry for 6 years, and has been exposed to a broad range of projects.

Prior to moving to Calgary, Jeannie graduated from the University of Alberta in 2005, with a BSC in Geology. She spent seven years working in remote locations in western and northern Canada on geology field programs.

Brent Boss, P.Eng.

I am an Associate with GHD and a licensed Professional Engineer in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Ontario, with a Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph. I am located in, and manage GHD’s Edmonton, Alberta office. My passions within the consulting field cover solid waste engineering, public engagement, asset management, and greenhouse gas (GHG) assurance activities.

My focus at GHD has been to implement and position municipal governments and private entities in such a way as to successfully manage the evolving “tonne of waste”.  My works in this field have consisted of feasibility and development/design of windrow and in-vessel composting facilities, development of updated and automated Material Recovery Facilities (MRF), collection strategy development, anaerobic digestion of municipal and agricultural waste streams, and waste-to-energy feasibility.  A common thread to each of these works has been the assessment of carbon impacts and potential revenue generation via Alberta’s climate change programs and national level funding aid.

I have adopted the philosophy of:  “The right service, at the right time, and the right price”.  Linking technology and information to the public and private sector has been key to evolving the modern tonne of waste and will be key to bringing Alberta into the next 20 years as a leader in this regard.

On a more traditional note, I have developed and implemented landfill gas collection and control systems, cell design and closure, hazardous waste management design, and organics management plants.

As the GHG Assurance Services Manager for GHD, I work closely with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and International Standards Organization (ISO) 14065 GHG accreditations and have completed well over 300 GHG validation/verification and assessment projects on a wide range of sectoral scopes ranging from but not limited to renewable power generation (wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric), energy efficiency, oil and gas, agricultural, composting, digestion, energy- form waste, and landfill gas/biogas combustion plants.

Personally, I enjoy spending time with my wife, taking my dogs from long walks up mountains (they pull me up half the time), hockey, skiing, biking, and attempting to golf.

I apologize that I could not be there in person to meet everyone, but my wife is due with our first child on October 14 and of course, I would not miss that moment for anything.

Sean Dann

Bio coming soon.

Pam Haggarty

Like most people in the solid waste industry, Pam did not immediately start here. Her background is in adult education. Prior to her work at the EWMCE, Pamela was a Learning Specialist in Higher Education. She is proficient in consulting, counseling, researching and supporting individuals with diverse learning needs. Her excellent writing and communication skills enhance her expertise and experience in curriculum development, research, design, planning, and workshop delivery.

EWMCE Courses developed:

  • Composting for Rural and Small Municipalities
  • Safety for Solid Waste Sites
  • Safety for Solid Waste First Nation Sites
  • Asbestos Management and Handling Course – City of Regina
  • Job Hazard Analysis
  • Waste Diversion
  • Waste Diversion for First Nation Communities
  • Transfer Station Basics
  • Transfer Station Basics for First Nation Sites

EWMCE Projects:

  • City of Regina Regional Landfill – Safety Assessment
  • Solid Waste Community Engagement and Education – Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation
  • Mentorship for First Nation Solid Waste Managers Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation
  • Mentorship for First Nation Solid Waste Managers Woodland Cree Nation
  • Solid Waste Management Train the Trainer – TSAG Home Maintenance for Occupants

Pam’s current role with First Nations Technical Services Advisory Group is new to the 45+ staff which has served the Alberta region for almost 30 years. FNTSAG provides technical and advisory services for housing, fire, health link, asset reporting, school inspections and environmental services where solid waste is housed. TSAG is a not-for-profit organization that is led by a board comprised of Chiefs and Council members from Treaties 6, 7, and 8. The employees of TSAG work for the Nations as directed by each individual Nation.

With a focus on building community capacity, Pam works for all Alberta region Nations on invitation. Currently projects have included building capacity in the areas of:

  • Transfer Station Operations
  • Waste Diversion
  • Community Education and Engagement
  • Unauthorized dump site remediation
  • Solid Waste Site Safety

While Pam does not represent First Nation communities she has the ability to provide support to facilitate communication and service agreements between municipalities and FN communities. Her connection to FN communities in the Alberta region can facilitate better communication, mutual understanding and working relationships between the Recycling Council of Alberta and FN communities in the Alberta region.

Jennifer Koole

Jennifer Koole is returning to the waste industry after a four year hiatus involving other environmental pursuits. She brings with her years of experience in municipal solid waste management, program development, strategic planning and policy development. She also has operational experience through her years with Rocky View County – where she has now returned to work, building on the strong waste and diversion programs already established.

Jennifer also has international waste consulting experience where she lead the Zero Waste planning for Masdar City, United Arab Emirates, “The most sustainable city in the world”. She has been an RCA Board member in the past is happy to back in the industry.

Mikhael Metauro

Mikhael Metauro has been a proud member of the Cascades Family for over 15 years. With his undergraduate degree in Strategic Selling & Marketing, Mikhael currently works within the Recovery+ division of Cascades focusing on Business Development and Corporate Strategy. Day in and day out Mikhael has the opportunity to deal with a wide range of customers from different market segments and backgrounds with various types of discarded material recovery needs. “Its amazing to see how more and more organizations are focusing on sustainability and have put the people power in place to start thinking about better ways to recover more and waste less. For me this is where my focus has been and always will be, working with organizations to help them achieve their sustainability goals through coaching, planning and execution.” Mikhael is focused on creating a world where all materials have a positive end of life – a truly Circular Economy.

Sean Kawakami

Sean has had the opportunity to work with haulers and municipalities alike in Alberta and BC and brings with him a breadth of experience in providing solutions for residential and commercial collection in Western Canada. Working with Rehrig Pacific as a member of the Environmental Services Group, Sean has worked closely with municipal partners in Edmonton, Strathcona County, Spruce Grove, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, St. Paul, Chilliwack and Nanaimo.

He has experience providing turnkey rollouts as municipalities in Western Canada transition from manual collection to automation, and introduce curbside collection of new streams in the ongoing effort to improve waste diversion.

As an active member of the waste community in Western Canada, Sean brings with him insight into new offerings and technologies that can improve collection programs such as service verification, fleet tracking, inventory and work order management. In turn, these solutions can help improve operational efficiency, and provide greater insight to program participation and setout rates.

Currently, Sean is an active member of several organizations in the waste and recycling community in Western Canada such as SWANA Northern Lights, SWANA BC, WMABC, Recycle BC and CWMA.

Jessie Kwasny

Jessie is the Waste Diversion/Recycling Supervisor at the University of Alberta and has been there for over five years. Her responsibilities include the planning and implementation of the Zero Waste program to ensure the University reaches its diversion goals of 90% by 2020 and 1500 MT of Organics annually.

Jessie analyzes current operations, provides recommendations and feedback on expanding the delivery of services and is responsible for researching best practices for waste diversion and solid waste procedures. Jessie also oversees and administers training to internal and contracted staff members on the correct procedures related to the Zero Waste program at the U of A, and plays an integral part in the coordination and support of the U of A team carrying out the BOMA BESt building certification program.

Jessie has been working in the waste management industry for eight years and for the fifth year now she been an RCA board member with the last year as the RCA’s Secretary.

As a graduate from NAIT with a diploma in Environmental Sciences, Jessie enjoys running, hiking, travelling, camping and has always been passionate about waste reduction and sustainability.

Daniel Rochette

Daniel has worked within the recycling and waste collection and processing industry since 1999 consulting with communities and businesses across Western Canada. Witnessing a diverse cross-section of programs with different clients has challenged him to tailor programs to each customer’s unique circumstance.

Engaging clients to help them connect their environmental and social needs with an economic balance has been his focus.

Anne Ruzicka

Anne’s introduction to waste diversion came when she worked for Edmonton Catholic Schools as their Environmental Coordinator, managing numerous recycling programs throughout their over 100 sites. She also worked on a waste diversion pilot project between the School Board, Alberta Environment and the Recycling Council of Alberta during the demolition and construction of a new inner city school. Anne eventually moved to Canmore to work for the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission as their Regional Education Coordinator, designing and setting up a new website. After a few years she decided she was too far from family and accepted a position as Outreach Coordinator with the Recycling Council of Alberta, moving to the Red Deer area. In this role, one of her duties was the administrator of National Waste Reduction Week, coordinating the program across Canada. She was also involved in the redesign of the NWRW website. When not at trade shows promoting recycling and waste diversion, she was coordinating the RCA’s summer ambassador program. For a short time, Anne enhanced her skills working in the Accounting Department of Alberta Health Services. Feeling the pull back to the waste and recycling industry, Anne accepted a position with Beaver Municipal Solutions in Ryley, which operates the largest landfill in Alberta. After spending a couple years in Operations, she was promoted to Communications Coordinator where her primary role is stakeholder relations.

A. Craig Warden

Bio coming soon.

Guy West

Guy West is currently the President of Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC), the common collection system agent for non-refillable beverage containers in Alberta. In his role, he works closely with industry partners, the provincial government, non-government organizations and other key stakeholders in planning and implementing improvement strategies for beverage container stewardship in the province. Guy has been involved in the recycling industry in Alberta for over twenty-six years. He is an active participant and past president of the Recycling Council of Alberta, and has been an enthusiastic member of numerous other waste management and recycling groups. He has also served on the Board of the Alberta Emerald Foundation, an organization focused on recognizing and celebrating environmental excellence, chairing its Finance Committee and serving on its Governance and Youth Committees.

Guy is committed to working with young people. Through both his volunteer activities and in his professional capacity, his goal is to foster transformational improvement in behaviour and values in Alberta’s youth. Since assuming the role of President, ABCRC in 2003, Guy has dramatically expanded the organization’s youth programming developing unique tools such as a program for Alberta schools that provides recognition and rewards for enhanced recycling behaviour. His vision is to have the upcoming generation of Albertans develop the capacity to improve how the province manages its environment.

Guy is married to Cecelia and they have two teenage kids. In his spare time Guy enjoys the frustration of trying to improve his golf game.

Darryl Wolski

Darryl Wolski is the Purchasing Manager for Merlin Plastics. Merlin Plastics is a processor of post-consumer and post-industrial plastics. We process PE film scrap (printed and non-printed), rigid plastics such as post-consumer blow molding high density polyethylene (eg. milk jug containers, oil containers) and polypropylene, as well as PET (eg. soft drink containers) and industrial scrap from commodity resin to engineering grade across Western Canada.

Darryl’s career history is broad, covering various specialties in solid waste and recycling over the past 18 years. Starting his career with the City of Airdrie as the Solid Waste Coordinator.

Darryl was one of the cofounders in the startup of e-Cycle Solutions, an electronics recycling processor in Airdrie, AB. During his tender at e-Cycle he became the Director of Commodity Sales. He facilitated the partnership of the provincial stewardship programs, OEM customers and ICI clients from coast to coast. Darryl ensured that all final commodity types that were sent for further processing adhered to the provincial and national requirements.

Darryl was on the Recycling Council of Alberta for 10 years and served as president for 2 of those years. He was an elected Board Member for the BCMB for 3 years, and has worked with a wide variety of local, provincial and national boards.