The RCA Welcomes Three New Board Members

Connector October 2019

At this year’s AGM three new directors were elected. Please join us in welcoming Ursula, Jeannie and Christy as the board continues its valuable work in setting the direction of the organization. For the full RCA Board listing visit:

Ms. Ursula Acuña Kuchenbecker is a civil engineer with the Environment business line in AECOM’s Edmonton office as part of the Waste Services team. She has experience in solid waste management, solid waste benchmarking, project management, and construction management.

Currently Ursula’s work involves project management, planning, designing, tendering, contract administration, project coordination, field coordination and supervision, and preparing various engineering reports for waste management facilities across Canada. Her experience includes solid waste benchmarking, landfill cell design and construction, solid waste transfer station design and construction, feasibility studies, airspace evaluation studies, landfill audits, project development, financial analysis, construction supervision, legal permitting and task programming. Ursula is the project manager for the National Solid Waste Benchmarking Initiative (NSWBI).

Jeannie Bertrand has been working in solid waste management for over 10 years. She is currently leading a team of solid waste professionals with Dillon Consulting, and is working and living in Edmonton. She has consulted in the areas of waste diversion, solid waste systems design, market assessments, and has project managed facility designs. She has worked with municipalities, private companies, and waste processors across Canada, as well as with numerous First Nations and Inuit communities. She enjoys engaging with people to understand their needs, and providing support to help improve solid waste management practices.

Jeannie is a registered professional Geologist in Alberta, and holds a degree in Earth Sciences and Business from the University of Alberta. Prior to working in waste management, she spent seven years working as a geologist on mineral exploration projects across Canada.

Christy Lyon is a professional engineer with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with 15 years of managerial and leadership experience in the waste and recycling industry. Christy has recently joined ECCO Recycling and Energy Corporation as the General Manger. She is an industry leader with diverse experience in managing waste and wastewater in both the public and private sectors.

Christy Lyon spent 16 years working for the City of Calgary including 11 years in Waste & Recycling managing one of the 3 landfills and the hauling operations. In 2015 Christy made the choice to join the private sector and has since been involved in both hauling, processing and landfills.

Christy has been a member of industry boards and committees, as well as, sport organisation, contributing to several key roles. Her experience and collaboration in setting and achieving goals on various boards will lend itself well to the RCA with their current focus on positively impacting recycling nationwide.  The diversity of Christy’s roles will add to the overall strengths of the RCA Board in both supporting RCA operations and the efforts to affect change locally and across Canada.