Jim Andrais is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Alberta. During his 29 years with the City of Edmonton he has served as Audit Manager of the Office of the Auditor General (12 years), Project Manager for former Mayor Bill Smith (9 years), and more recently as the Program Manager for Corporate Environmental Management Systems. In 2010 and 2011 he led the creation of Edmonton’s environmental strategic plan – The Way We Green, which was approved by Edmonton City Council on July 20, 2011.
Tyler Barkhouse is Director Environment & Geosciences at Focus Corporation.
Tyler has 24 years experience as an environmental consultant in Canada including roles as Director of Environment & Geosciences; National Initiative Leader, Oil and Gas; National Director of Risk Management; Office Manager; Director of Real Estate Services; Technical Director of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments; Environmental Engineer; and Resident Site Engineer. He is a Professional Engineer, Certified Environmental Auditor (CEA), and Certified Environmental Assessor of Sites (CEAS). Tyler has recently been selected as one of the 2011 National Learning Leaders by the Canadian Society of Training & Development (CSTD). Tyler was nominated and chosen for his passion and commitment towards organic leadership, community, sustainability and environment. This is shown in his initiatives and the contributions which he has made within and outside of Focus to promote adult learning. Tyler’s passion and commitment for the topics he speaks on has positively affected change through his support of continued growth and the education of others.
Over his career Tyler has been involved with the environmental assessment and remediation of numerous federal and private sector facilities across the Canadian Arctic, Antarctica, and in southern Canada. He has also been involved with a variety of other environmental services such as Indoor Air Quality Assessments, Ambient Air Quality Monitoring, Greenhouse Gas consulting Services, Soil Remediation, and Groundwater Monitoring and Remedial Systems.
Giselle Beaudry leads Alberta Environment’s greening government team and has been working on the Greening Government project for the past 5 years. Giselle completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation Sciences at the University of Alberta which focused on the social dimensions of environmental health issues. She has held positions with Parks Canada, the Canadian Forest Service and the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance. Giselle has also worked in Central America on a variety of environmental education and community development projects.
Rachel Bocock is currently Senior Policy Analyst at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA). Rachel serves as the Secretariat Coordinator for the AUMA’s Sustainability and Environment Committee. She is also member of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Steering Committees.
Prior to working with the Association, Rachel was an Associate with the public policy consulting firm, Cambridge Strategies Inc. She also worked with the Wild Rose Agricultural Producers during and after completing her BA (Hons) in Political Science at the University of Alberta.
As a senior member of the AIR MILES for Social Change team, Ben leads the national energy conservation incentives practice. AIR MILES for Social Change is a social venture by LoyaltyOne that harnesses the reach and power of the AIR MILES loyalty currency to inspire and reward greener, healthier and more socially responsible lifestyle choices among all Canadians.
Ben is one of the leading advocates for energy conservation in Canada. Prior to joining AMSC, Ben was Vice President, Communications at the Ontario Power Authority, where his chief responsibilities included leading a successful Ontario-wide conservation awareness program, as well as managing corporate relations with governments, industry and communities.
Over the last twenty years, Ben has held high-profile roles in both the public and private sectors, as a broadcast journalist at Canada’s major television networks and as a senior communications advisor in the Office of the Premier of Ontario.
Geneviève Clavet is a Sociology graduate from McGill University and Université Laval. She has been working at Statistics Canada as a research analyst and a survey manager for 7 years, focusing on different topics including households income and national accounts. She’s currently working on a number of environment-focused projects - most particularly the Waste Management Industry Survey that she’s been managing for two years.
Duke du Plessis
Dr. Duke du Plessis is Senior Advisor (Energy Technologies) with Alberta Innovates: Energy and Environment Solutions (previously Alberta Energy Research Institute-AERI) and Alberta Finance and Enterprise. He works with industry and government organizations in the areas of oil sands, upgrading, refining, petrochemicals, environment and clean energy technologies. Responsibilities include evaluation and development of new and improved technologies, strategic planning, stimulating innovation and the growth of Alberta’s energy industry.
Dr. du Plessis has extensive experience in directing and managing research and technology development in the public and private sectors. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of various professional organizations including the Petroleum Society, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE).
He holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, Durban South Africa and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Michael Fleming is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with an honours Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He has over thirty years experience in the information technology industry, with over 18 years in IT management.
In his current position as Director Corporate Purchasing with Service Alberta, he is responsible for the acquisition of supplies and associated services, and the establishment of Standing Offer Contracts and Corporate Agreements on behalf of all GoA departments.
Mike has extensive public speaking experience, including the "Best Speaker" award at the 1993 StorageTek FORUM conference, and a "main tent" presentation at the IBM Directions 96 storage conference in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of several articles in technical journals, and has received numerous awards, including the Premier’s Award of Excellence. For the past four years, Mike has been actively involved in leading the development of the Greening Government Strategy.
Caitlin Gillespie joined the Waste Reduction and Management Division of Environment Canada in 2010, and prior to this worked in the Regulatory and Innovative Management Systems Division at Environment Canada. She holds a B.A in History and Environmental Studies from McGill University and an M.Sc degree in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. At Environment Canada, Caitlin’s role includes the development of an Extended Producer Responsibility regulation for mercury-containing lamps and the oversight and management of two Pollution Prevention Notices for mercury in switches and dental amalgam. Outside of work, Caitlin enjoys reading, jogging, cooking and traveling.
Brad Goddard is in his tenth year with Steam Whistle Brewing, six of which have been spent based in Calgary as Manager of Western Canada. He holds an Honours BA in Theatre from the University of Waterloo where he taught first year acting for three years prior to his career in beer. Active in the arts community within Alberta, Brad has worked as the Documentary Programmer for the Calgary International Film Festival and held a number of Board of Directors positions on Not-For-Profit arts groups, most recently as President of the Calgary Underground Film Festival. He was the inaugural recipient of the EAR Award recognising his commitment to the arts community of Calgary. He and his wife Babs are passionate recyclers, composters, and community gardeners.
Gordon brings 23 years of experience dealing with regulated and non-regulated waste streams that require treatment and or destruction prior to final disposal.
He was employed for 14 years with Chem-Security (Alberta) Ltd. and with Bovar Waste Management. Both companies were past operators of the Swan Hills Treatment Centre.
After starting his consulting business in 2000, Gordon participated in the Waste Management Stakeholder Group which provided feedback on new and existing waste regulations in Alberta.
In 2001, he was contracted by Sensor Environmental Services, the interim operator of the Swan Hills Treatment Centre to provide Marketing and Sales for the SHTC. At that time, he also participated in the Strategic Assessment of the Swan Hills Treatment Centre.
In 2003, he was asked to continue in this position when Earth Tech/AECOM was awarded a long-term contract to manage the Swan Hills Treatment Centre for the Government of Alberta.
Gordon is familiar with the Provincial and Federal regulatory framework for hazardous waste including PCB’s and the various treatment and destruction alternatives that are available.
Currently, Gordon is consulting for SENA Waste Services, the new operator of the Swan Hills Treatment Centre.
Brent is a graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts and Olds College with a Diploma in Composting Technologies. Brent began his career working for an environmental services company that treated hydro-carbon contaminated soil. Working closely with the City of Edmonton, a process was developed using compost to remediate the soil.
Next, Brent struck out on his own to form Inglis Environmental and concentrate on compost sales. This path has led to where he is today, selling and marketing compost for the City of Edmonton, the Town of Banff and some other municipalities and facilities within Alberta.
In 2007, Brent began an Organics Collection Service as part of his business and has been growing it ever since.
Brent is the proud father of three children and has called Edmonton home for 11 years.
Jennifer Hancock is the Director of Sustainable Construction for Chandos Construction. Jen started out her career as a Junior High English Teacher back in 2000, and after a few years of teaching decided to make a radical career shift. By happenstance she ended up in the engineering and construction world and sustainability became an immediate interest after working on her first LEED® project back in 2007. In 2009 she wrote her LEED® exam and became a LEED® accredited professional.
Over the last 4 years at Chandos, Jen has worked on numerous LEED® or other sustainable projects and helped to start a Green Team within her company. And after taking the City of Edmonton Master Composter/Recycler Program last year, she took a special interest in the diversion of construction waste from the landfill. It has been her mission to get all Chandos construction sites diverting as much waste as possible.
Toby Heaps is the president, editor and co-founder of Corporate Knights, an independent Canadian-based social enterprise focused on prompting and reinforcing sustainable development in Canada and abroad. Launched in 2002, Corporate Knights magazine is the world’s largest circulation magazine dedicated to the subject of responsible business. It is distributed quarterly as an insert to 100,000 subscribers of The Globe and Mail.
In 2010, Toby launched E3 Roundtables, series of cross-Canada roundtables to define a Canadian energy strategy.
In 2008, Toby served as Press Secretary to Ralph Nader.
In 2005, Toby spearheaded the first global ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations, which is now an annual staple of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Global 100 has been published by Newsweek, BusinessWeek and Forbes.
Toby has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Economics, with a minor in International Development. From 1997-98, he spent one year in the Belgrade Field Program (LLB in Management Studies) with the London School of Economics and Political Science. Toby has been published in the Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Toronto Star and makes regular appearances on the CBC.
Michelle “Mitch” Hedlund is the Founder and Executive Director of Recycle Across America and Eco-Profiles.org. Mitch developed the Environmental Advancement Foundation (EAF), a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated to developing society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion and expedite environmental and economic progress.
One of the EAF solutions is Recycle Across America™ (www.RecycleAcrossAmerica.org): In 2009, Mitch Hedlund raised the subject of label confusion to industry leaders during her keynote address at a SWANA conference and proposed the idea of introducing effective and consistent labeling. In her presentation, she pointed out that the hundreds of thousands of variations of labels on public area recycling bins not only causes confusion and apathy, but is also costing the recycling and next-life manufacturing industries hundreds of millions of dollars each year as they try to sort out the contamination (e.g., a dirty diaper, a left shoe, a hypodermic needle, a half-eaten hot dog) that has entered the recycling stream as a result of the inconsistent labeling.
Within a year, with the help of more than 40 industry leaders, Mitch’s organization developed a gallery of standardized labels to meet nearly every sorting need imaginable and launched the Recycle Across America™ website and initiative. Since then businesses, schools, universities, government offices, retailers, Fortune 100 and 500 companies, regional/national and international haulers, property management companies, building maintenance companies, faith-based organizations and households are using the standardized labels throughout the US. And through an international initiative called Recycle Across the World™, multiple countries across the globe are also beginning to use the standardized labeling system.
In June 2011, Recycle Across America invited executives from the top US recycling haulers to meet in Chicago to discuss a national roll-out of standardized labels and the response was unanimously in favor of this initiative. The haulers will be announcing their involvement in the standardized label initiative in the upcoming months. The standardized labels and Recycle Across America™ initiative is being showcased at events such as the Green Schools National Conference, and the National Recycling Solutions Summit which Recycle Across America™ has been invited to host.
A second solution launched by EAF, is Eco-Profiles.org – created to eliminate society’s confusion trying to figure out what ‘green’ means. Eco-Profiles® are a simple way for every person, company and organization to communicate what they do environmentally in one consistent format. Eco-Profiles® can be linked to social sites, websites, blogs, resumes, dating profiles, emails, etc. and can also be displayed on entrances and on packaging.
Gordon Howell is an electrical engineer with Howell Mayhew Engineering in Edmonton. He has 27 years experience in working with grid-connected solar-electric systems. He designs and develops solar-electric systems in western and northern Canada. His passion is empowering people to understand how solar electric systems can provide them with their own electricity. He lives in an energy-efficient house that uses 60% less natural gas than an average house. The solar-electric system on his house was the first grid-connected one west of Toronto in 1995 and the 12th in Canada. It provides 100% of his annual electricity use, which means that he has a net-zero-electricity home - likely the first one in Canada.
Since 1995, Gordon has worked with Alberta’s government, electric regulators and utilities to resolve and remove barriers in connecting solar-electric systems to the grid so that Alberta can be ready for wide-scale solar electricity when it reaches cost parity with grid electricity. He was on the team that designed and built Edmonton's first three net-zero-energy houses, and is now consulting with four other house builders on their net-zero-energy homes. His present work is helping to make the net-zero-energy goal the least-cost energy option for houses.
- Inventory/Purchasing Supervisor with the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank 10+ years.
- Responsible for ensuring quality donated food is distributed to those in need
- Responsible minimizing waste going to landfill by maximizing recycling and composting of unusable product
Jennifer Koole is the Senior Business Strategist for The City of Calgary’s Waste & Recycling Services business unit. Here she leads a team of strategists in planning and preparing for programs related to achieving Calgary’s 80 percent diversion goal by 2020.
Jennifer has more than 10 years experience in the solid waste industry and has been involved with projects at local, regional, provincial, and international levels. As a consultant, Jennifer worked with her clients to develop solid waste management and diversion strategies, master plans, and zero waste action plans. For two years she worked in the Middle East on the Masdar Project – planning, designing and building the world’s first sustainable city. The premise of the $21 billion dollar development is to be powered 100% by renewable energy, use no-fossil fuel vehicles, and to be a zero waste community.
Prior to her time overseas, Jennifer worked in Calgary consulting for regional clients including Town of Okotoks, The City of Calgary, Calgary Regional Partnership, Calgary Board of Education as well as clients from British Columbia. Before consulting Jennifer held various municipal waste related positions including solid waste manager for Rocky View County, Alberta, and waste reduction program assistant for the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority in Ontario.
Bud Latta is the Director of Processing and Disposal with the Waste Management Branch of the City of Edmonton in central Alberta, Canada. He has over 25 years of experience in the waste management industry. His role at the City includes responsibility for the continuing development and operation of the Edmonton Waste Management Centre, a 200-plus hectare operation integrating a host of facilities and technologies that make up one of the most advanced systems in North America. Bud has been involved in the development of the Edmonton Biofuels Project since the earliest technology evaluations in 2002 through to the construction phase today.
David Lynch is General Manager, Research and Development at Enerkem since January 2009. He has over 15 years of experience in the development of new products and processes, as well as directing facility operations.
Currently, David manages the operations and activities of Enerkem’s pilot and laboratory facilities in Quebec and Alberta. Research activities include conversion of heterogeneous feedstock to syngas and scalable advanced bio-products.
Prior to joining Enerkem, David Lynch managed the testing and operation of a plasma gasification test and demonstration facility. He also consulted on the design of one of a kind processes and facilities for the safe destruction of chemical munitions. He has built on his experience from the energetics industry, where he implemented, performed and improved numerous chemical processes for the development and scale-up of energetic and specialty chemical products.
David holds a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Fairfield University.
David Moran is Director of Sustainability and Community Investment for Coca-Cola Canada. One of David’s responsibilities is creating long term partnerships to further the Company’s sustainability goals. One example of these partnerships is a multi-year million dollar partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to protect and preserve key watersheds in Canada. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, David worked as a senior political advisor.
Ryan O'Grady joined EBA, A Tetra Tech Company in November 2010 as the Team Leader for Waste Management and Planning in the Prairie Region. Prior to joining EBA, Ryan worked for Waste and Recycling Services at the City of Calgary, and the Environmental Services Branch at the City of Saskatoon. During this time Ryan gained experience in planning and implementation for a wide variety of initiatives including GHG reduction strategy, organics diversion technology evaluation, and alternative energy business case development. Ryan grew up on a grain farm near Saskatoon, and received his Agricultural and Bio-resource Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to shifting his career focus to supporting waste and sustainability initiatives, he spent seven years working internationally in the agricultural industry.
Julius is a Physical Chemist by training and has 20 year’s experience in the areas of Environmental and Industrial Chemistry.
He gained extensive experience in the area of syngas utilization in the Heterogeneous Catalysis Department of Sasol’s Research and Development division in South Africa. At Sasol, he was involved in the development of heterogeneous catalysts for the production of fuels and chemicals from synthesis gas.
Prior to joining AITF, he worked as a Senior Researcher at the Saskatchewan Research Council where he established a Biomass to Liquids program.
He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Chemical Institute of Canada and is registered as a Professional Chemist with the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta.
Shannon Ripley is the coordinator of the Yellowknife Centralized Composting Program and an environmental scientist with Ecology North, an environmental and community organization based in Yellowknife. Over the past four years, Shannon has greatly enjoyed collaborating with City of Yellowknife staff, local businesses, institutions and citizens to design, plan and implement a centralized composting program. She also actively works and volunteers in the field of local food production / urban agriculture. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Science (University of Alberta) and Master of Science in Soil Science (University of British Columbia). Past experience includes facilitating composting education and soil conservation education programs in communities where has resided in Jujuy (Argentina), Québec and British Columbia.
Daniel Rochette is the Public Sector Manager for Waste Management Western Canada. He has been with Waste Management for 12 Years and has worked in the many different roles, from Territory Manager, Sales Manager and Municipal Marketing Manager.
Dan currently works with municipalities throughout Western Canada to help them connect their environmental and social needs with an economic balance. He has witnessed a diverse cross section of community programs in the three prairie provinces and works to satisfy the varied needs of each community.
Dan’s main goal is to help communities find the programs they desire, such as curbside Organics or Single Stream recycling. This has been the key to expanding a community’s sustainability programs and building successful relationships.
For the past five years, Dean has held the position of Facility Planner for the City of Lethbridge and included in his mandate of facility planning and maintenance, he is the single point responsible for all City of Lethbridge building demolition projects.
Subsequent to completing studies in architecture at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Dean was employed as a consultant for several years with various architectural and international structural engineering firms. Dean has utilized the knowledge and understanding of construction practices gained during his career, in applying them to the current deconstruction practices Lethbridge now uses when a City facility or building has reached the end of its useful lifecycle and must be removed.
Due to their deconstruction initiatives, the City of Lethbridge is honored to have received the prestigious Recycling Council of Alberta, Rs of Excellence 2010 Municipal Leadership Award, the International Alliance for Innovation Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award, and local Green List 2010 Organization Award. Dean is proud to have played an integral part in the City of Lethbridge being recognized locally, provincially and internationally due to their deconstruction initiatives, and continues to champion deconstruction projects with the latest being the deconstruction and recycling of an entire City neighborhood.
Gavin Scott is the General Manager of Custom Environmental Services Ltd. in Edmonton. CESL offers complete hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable management services. Gavin is also the Vice-President of the Environmental Services Association of Alberta and President of the Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta. In his 24 years in the industry, Gavin has worked in 10 different countries and, most recently, had the privilege and honour of being a part of Team Canada on an expedition to Antarctica.
Dr. Surindar Singh is the Executive Director of Renewable and Emerging Resources at Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environmental Solutions, a provincial corporation which is the lead agency for energy and environmental research and innovation in Alberta, Canada. It brings together decision makers from government, industry and research organizations to implement strategies and innovations in order to preserve and enhance Alberta's economic, environmental and social well-being. It invests in the development of energy and environmental technologies from around the globe that have the potential for application within the province, for the benefit of all Albertans.
Dr. Singh’s areas of responsibility include wind, solar, bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydrogen and fuel cells, underground coal gasification, nanotechnology, nuclear power and other emerging energy and environmental technologies. Previously he responsible for the Carbon Capture and Storage portfolio at the Alberta Energy Research Institute, corporate planning and research management at the Alberta Research Council, non-conventional energy development at the Alberta Department of Energy and was an assistant professor at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Singh has extensive expertise and experience in numerous energy and environment-related projects, including renewable energy, biomass conversion to fuels, underground coal gasification, oil sands extraction and upgrading, in situ hydrogenation of heavy oil, enhanced oil recovery schemes, coal gasification and liquefaction, steel and magnesium manufacture, natural gas upgrading and petrochemicals manufacturing.
He is a chemical engineer, with a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Nicole Stefenelli is the founder and President and CEO of Urban Impact Recycling Ltd., the first multi-material recycling company in Metro Vancouver. A pioneer in recycling, Nicole’s passion for the environment led her to initiate the business as her university project in 1986. Urban Impact services customers in 5500 locations from Whistler to Chilliwack. The company has achieved recognition as one of the largest, most technologically advanced paper recycling organizations in British Columbia.
Urban Impact’s team of over 100 employees and 32 recycling trucks provide recycling, shredding and Zero Waste strategic advisory services. Nicole is a visionary who combines high energy, dedication and business savvy with her ability to lead and maximize the potential of her growing team at Urban Impact. Nicole’s passion and knowledge about Zero Waste best practices make her a highly sought out advisor to companies that are looking to reduce their waste and carbon footprint, without hurting their bottom line.
To achieve her growth objectives, Nicole created a strategic roadmap, sought out a team of mentors to advise her on how to meet her objectives and developed creative ways to raise the capital required to take Urban Impact to the next level. Driving growth organically as well as by acquisition, Urban Impact recently expanded into the Calgary market.
Nicole currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Science World. She is also the President of the Waste Management Association of British Columbia. She previously served on the Board of the Recycling Council of British Columbia. She was recognized in the business community a winner of Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under Forty Award (1990). Nicole is also an active member of the Building Manager Association of British Columbia’s Environmental Committee. Nicole was recently recognized as the Ernst and Young (Pacific) Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year.
Trent completed a BSc. Environmental Science from the University of Alberta and started in the solid waste industry in 1998 as the Solid Waste Coordinator for Parkland County. In 2007, he joined the City of Edmonton Waste Management Services and is currently the Director of the Collection Services Section. During this time, waste management in Alberta has changed considerably and Trent has had the privilege of opening over 100,000 paint cans by hand and opening facilities such as the Ambleside Eco Station.
Ian brings twenty years of extensive retail and sales experience to his current position as Sales and Marketing Manager of ECCO CHIPS, a division of ECCO Waste Systems Group. He served as the Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for a prominent security firm prior to joining ECCO.
During Ian’s six years with ECCO Waste Systems he has assisted with diverting Construction and Demolition waste from the landfill to recycling initiatives including; developing and expanding the market for recycled landscape material from the local market in Calgary to numerous locations in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan, expanding ECCOs’ wood chipping operation to provide materials for new customers, such as animal bedding and boiler fuel, recycling electronics and diverting waste drywall to recycling facilities.
More recently, as ECCO Waste Systems Group works towards the pending completion of its Material Recycling Facility in Calgary, Ian has been meeting with various stakeholders and gathering information towards the desired 80/20 recycling versus landfill by 2020 objective within the City of Calgary. To this end Ian has been working within the recycling community to develop markets and divert the various materials currently being landfilled in the C&D landfill operations at ECCO Waste to recycling initiatives. The MRF should be in full operation in the early spring of 2012.
Ian has continually sought out opportunities to further educate himself on recycling initiatives, issues and opportunities by attending and participating in conferences and courses. He has been an active and committed member of the RCA for five years, serving on both the Leadership & Advocacy Committee and the ICI Committee. He is currently a member of the RCA, UDI and Green Calgary. Ian is excited about the new developments and emerging opportunities in the recycling sector and committed to advancing the objectives of the RCA.