Director Candidates - Biographies
Ursula Acuña Kuchenbecker
Ms. Acuña Kuchenbecker is a civil engineer with the environment business line in AECOM’s Edmonton office as part of the solid waste management group. She has experience in solid waste management, construction management, project management, and solid waste benchmarking.
Currently Ursula’s work involves planning, designing, tendering, contract administration, project management, project coordination, field coordination and supervision and preparing construction reports for various waste management facilities in western Canada. Her experience includes solid waste benchmarking, landfill cell design and construction, solid waste transfer station design and construction, airspace evaluation studies, landfill audits, feasibility studies, project development, contract negotiation, financial analysis, construction supervision, legal permitting and task programming. Ursula is the project manager for the National Solid Waste Benchmarking Initiative (NSWBI).
I am a recent graduate of McGill University with a Master of Science in Integrated Water Resources Management. I am currently working for Fairmont Hotels as their Regional Director of Sustainability where I am responsible for leading all environmental sustainability initiatives across Fairmont’s Canadian Western Mountain Region. This encompasses waste management and measures to maximize waste diversion from landfills for all properties. I have previously worked with organizations such as Parks Canada and the United Nations Environment Programme. My goal as a member of the RCA Board of Directors would be to help improve waste reduction and diversion practices in the province of Alberta.
Lorenzo is the Manager of Material Processing and Municipal Development at GFL Environmental Inc.
He is one of the former owners of Ever Green Ecological Services, which was instrumental in bringing curbside recycling and automated waste and organics collection programs to Central and Northern Alberta; as well as popularizing many LEED programs for major construction projects in the Edmonton Region. Lorenzo has fourteen years of experience designing, implementing, tracking and guiding integrated residential and commercial waste collection programs aimed at Landfill diversion. Typical programs achieve between 55 to 65% diversion from Landfill routinely.
In his current position, Lorenzo is responsible for the basic assumptions and philosophy of most of GFL’s Western Canadian Municipal programs as well as the daily operation of a state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility in Edmonton, built under Ever Green in 2014.
Waste Is Great! – André lives for garbage; he is a professional Engineer with over 10 years of experience in the permitting, design and operation of municipal and industrial solid waste management facilities. André recently joined GHD’s Solid Waste Team coming from the City of London Ontario where he was the Manager of Solid Waste Engineering and Planning. At the City of London, André was responsible for planning, development and maintenance of the City’s Solid Waste Capital infrastructure assets such as the Material Recycling Facility (MRF), W12A Landfill, Enviro Depots, as well as landfill gas utilization infrastructure (RNG, 0.5MW power plant).
When André is not focused on waste diversion and energy projects, he spends his time as an avid soccer player and coach (nearing retirement) and also serves on the board of directors for not-for-profit organizations focused on providing housing, training and skills development for the less fortunate in Ontario and Alberta communities.
As Alberta Beverage Container Management Corporation’s (ABCRC) Manager of Communications & Marketing, Lori is responsible for developing programs that encourage Albertans to engage in recycling their empty beverage containers. Lori continually seeks to find new ways to foster engagement in recycling to help the industry grow beyond its 85% return rate. In 2018, this amounted to Albertans returning nearly 2 billion empty beverage containers to be recycled into new products.
After working for 15 years in industries including telecommunications and oil and gas, Lori had the opportunity to join ABCRC four years ago and apply her communications and marketing skills to a deep personal passion for sustainability and the environment. During her time with ABCRC she has been a champion in identifying sustainability initiatives within the company as well as overseeing the development of an outstanding annual sustainability report.
Lori holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree from McMaster University in English Language and Literature, and is currently reviewing options to further her education by pursuing a Master of Sustainability Leadership (MSL) degree.
In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter in the beautiful Alberta Rockies, participating in a variety of summer and winter sports.
My name is Don Lynn and I am the CEO of three environmental oilfield/industrial companies based in Stettler, Alberta. Re-Glycol 2014 Ltd. has been operating in Stettler for the past half dozen years and focuses on the re-manufacturing of waste ethylene and propylene glycol. Two other companies are nearing the completion of their R&D phase and deal with filtration of hydro-carbon sheens from water and the remediation of drill fluids/mud.
My background includes both accounting and engineering education as well as a long career in accounting and management of both publicly traded and private companies. I have served on a number of local and provincial boards and am seeking this nomination to increase my knowledge of the entire provincial recycling scene as well as providing contributions from my background to the Recycling Council of Alberta. I was awarded the Male Citizen of the Year by the Stettler and District Board of Trade in 2016 for contributions to our community.
My greatest achievements to date are my wife Bonnie of 27 years, 2 children and 3 grand-children.
David Schaaf has recently retired from the position of Waste & Recycling Services Manager for the City of Lethbridge. He held this position from 2003 till 2018. He has been with the City of Lethbridge since 1991, working in a variety of areas including Fleet management, Facility management, and Information technology.
He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. His work experience involved working as a design engineer within the agriculture manufacturing sector, prior to employment with the City of Lethbridge.
Responsibilities as the Waste & Recycling Manager included:
- the delivery of waste prevention programs,
- commercial & residential recycling programs,
- commercial & residential waste collection programs,
- and management of the Waste & Recycling Centre.
Colin Smith is a social entrepreneur who has been exploring the relationship between economics, community, and the environment for the last 10 years. Colin started his first business in 2005 and after graduating from SAIT as a Journeyman Electrician and in 2008 started Powersmith Electric working in the solar and energy efficiency industry after years working in oil and gas. After searching for opportunities with greater innovation and impact, Colin saw a need for better waste management at large events and festivals and in 2013 founded Green Event Services.
Green Event Services now works with some of the largest events in Western Canada and the world’s largest live entertainment companies. They have employed hundreds of community members with living wages, educated millions of event attendees about waste diversion, and diverted hundreds of tones of materials though reuse, recycling, and composting. In 2015, Green Event Services won the Environmental Stewardship Award in the Calgary Chambers Small Business Awards. For his efforts, Colin was recognized in Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2016. Colin is continually searching for new opportunities to learn more about how the world works to influence in it a positive way.
The next stage in the evolution of Colin’s vision is Clean Collective, a technology based social enterprise focused on reducing the impacts of waste, locally and globally. Technology development is primed to disrupt industries like waste management and make theories of the circular economy closer to reality. Colin plans to ride this wave. Green Event Services continues to offer waste reduction solutions to events and festivals across Canada with the help of a team of dedicated team members. Colin lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Jodi Tomchyshyn London
Jodi has more than 15 years’ experience working in the fields of waste minimization and recycling policy and has been a member of the RCA (through her work or via individual membership) since 2003. She is currently an active member on the RCA’s Extended Producer Responsibility Project Team.
Jodi co-owns and has operated JTL Squared Consulting Inc since 2016. Her work mainly focusses on encouraging and advancing best practices and policies related to waste minimization and recycling. JTL Squared currently provides services to several clients, including: the Alberta Used Oil Management Association (AUOMA) where she acts as their Executive Director until September 30 2018, and CleanFARMS, where she acts as their Alberta Outreach Advisor.
Before venturing out on her own, Jodi held senior positions with Waste Diversion Ontario, where she was their Manager of Policy & Planning, and the governments of Ontario and Alberta where she acted as a senior policy advisor. During her time with the Alberta government, Jodi was also seconded to New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment as a senior waste policy advisor.
Jodi holds the degrees of Master of Environmental Design (Environmental Science) from the University of Calgary, and Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology) from the University of Alberta.