Meet the candidates running for the RCA Board of Directors!

A reminder that the RCA’s Annual General Meeting will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, September 29) at 5:00 p.m. at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. All members are welcome to attend and, among other items of business, vote for your new RCA board members!  

Meet the candidates looking for your vote.

George Bealy
George Bealy serves as E360S’s Senior Manager of Alberta currently overseeing 6 site locations including 2 MRF’s. Four of the sites are responsible for waste and recycling collection for commercial, industrial and municipal contracts throughout Alberta. He ensures the two material recovery facilities he is responsible for are run safely and efficiently while achieving optimal recovery of material.  Since taking over the operations he has managed to add commodities including mixed plastics for end use recycling.

Nikhil Bedi
Nikhil Bedi is an innovation strategy and business development professional with experience working in the venture capital, plastic recycling, social impact, health and life sciences industry. In his current role at Innovate Calgary, he works with innovation backed for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. A major part of his role involves facilitating debt-investments and providing follow-on support to not-for-profit organizations that are making a positive impact in the community.

Paresh Dhariya
Paresh is a chemical/environmental engineer with a passion for traveling and an understanding of many different cultures of the world. He is responsible for Town of Devon’s Municipal Solid Waste Management and operations sub regional recycling depot. In this role, he investigates innovative ways to do the projects which will reduce GHG, operating cost, creates jobs and possibly creates additional revenue.

André Joseph – incumbent
André is a Senior Project Manager and Civil Engineer with over 13 years of experience in waste management and resource recovery. Prior to joining GHD, he was the Manager of Solid Waste Engineering and Planning at the City of London Ontario. At the City he was responsible for the planning and delivery of capital projects such as multiple landfill cell expansions, Material Recovery Facility (MRF) upgrades, landfill gas collection and utilization projects.

Corey Popick
Corey has been working with solid waste, utilities, private industry, and municipal governments for over 10 years.  He has operated both municipally and privately owned landfills in Alberta that have included static aerated compost systems, material hauling, collections, and waste diversion systems.  In addition to solid waste, he has extensive experience in water and wastewater treatment and distribution systems, environmental management, remediation, and environmental assessments for both municipal and industrial clients. 

Corey Saban
Corey Saban is an industry connector for both people and business opportunities. He intuitively sees the opportunity to bring people and organizations together to create a connection that leads to strong working relationships. Corey is a humbled leader who listens first and provides personal experience that inspires action. He understands business and loves developing strategy to deliver results to partners and shareholders.

Mark Sawchyn
Mark is a highly motivated and committed business leader with proven success leading procurement and asset management in high growth organisations in Canada, and internationally. He’s known for quickly building credibility and trust within organisations which leads to strong relationships allowing for collaboration across multiple business units in highly dynamic organisations.

William (Bill) Stitt
A seasoned executive with 41+ years of experience in the Recycling Industry. This experience includes regional P & L responsibility, strategic business planning, human resources management and development, knowledge of plant startups and construction and operating as a member of the senior executive. Through this extensive career, have had a continuity of employment through several changes because of the change in the ownership and/or the name of the Company.

Dave Schaaf – incumbent
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.

Jodi Tomchyshyn London – incumbent
Currently in the final stretches of her three-year tenure as RCA president, Jodi has more than 15 years’ experience working in the fields of waste minimization and recycling policy. She has been a member of the RCA (through her work or via individual membership) since 2003 and 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 focuses on encouraging and advancing best practices and policies related to waste minimization and recycling.

Sarah Wilmot
Sarah has over twenty years of experience in solid waste management. For the first two decades of her career, Sarah worked as a consultant, evaluating waste management systems and developing waste management plans that reflect best practices in waste reduction and diversion. As a consultant, she worked with local and regional governments across western Canada, Ontario, and internationally. Sarah joined the City of Edmonton two years ago, motivated by a desire to implement the kinds of changes she had experience designing and recommending.

For more information on the candidates and to read the 2020-2021 Annual Report, click here.

What is the RCA looking for?

The RCA is interested in strengthening and building our board to ensure a broad and diverse skill set.  In particular, the RCA is seeking candidates who are skilled in the following areas:

  • Finance and accounting
  • Risk management
  • Strategic planning
  • Board governance
  • Succession planning
  • Knowledge of environmental policy
  • Government relations

Download a description of what’s involved in being a RCA director.