Candice has just recently completed a Master in Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research interests lie within urban environmental public policies and programs with a particular focus on zero waste initiatives. The majority of her research has focused on the implementation of zero waste goals in San Francisco and how these compare to the theoretical concept of zero waste as expressed by the grassroots community.
Jon Angin serves as Vice President Sales and Marketing for Agilyx Corporation, a waste plastic to oil technology provider. He is a twenty-five year veteran of the solid waste and recycling industry where he has taken a leadership role in assisting both municipalities and the private sector in taking their solid waste management strategies to the “next level” by strongly advocating the elements of sustainability and environmental stewardship through new technologies.
Michael is a Principal and the Canadian Waste Sector Leader for Golder Associates. He has been working with municipal and private sector clients on waste management projects for over 20 years. Michael recently has been involved in the permitting of the York/Durham Energy Centre, a P3 application for an Anaerobic Digestion facility in British Columbia, a feasibility study and business case for a Mechanical Biological Treatment facility for the City of Toronto and a Residual Waste Management Planning Study for the Region of Waterloo. Michael sits on the Executive Committee of the OWMA and is a member of the Recycling Council of Alberta, Recycling Council of British Columbia and the Canadian Energy from Waste Coalition. He is a contributing editor of Solid Waste and Recycling Magazine.
Dave Douglas has been involved in the Canadian solid waste management industry for over twenty-three years working in both the public and private sector, having first obtained a degree in Environmental Studies from Trent University (1988). As founder of VisionQuest Environmental Strategies with offices in Aurora (Ontario) and Montreal (Quebec), Dave and his team are involved in supporting clients with the development and implementation of waste management diversion strategies for recyclables, organics, electronics, plastics, etc., as well as Zero Waste Strategies and corporate EPR & stewardship obligation fulfilment. When not working, Dave spends family time with his wife and two kids enjoying skiing, boating and travelling to exotic corners of the world – recently an ECO trip to Costa Rica where they spent time rolling around in the volcanic mud baths.
Jim has been with the US National Park Service for the past 32 years. His career has involved working in four other National Parks before coming to Yellowstone in 1988. Starting in Curecanti National Recreation area, Colorado, Jim was instrumental in developing the infrastructure for this newly acquired Park unit. Next he moved to Grand Teton National Park and was responsible for preservation of over 100 historic structures within the park. After working there for 3 years, Jim transferred to Arches National Park in southern Utah. The next move was to Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where his responsibilities included the preservation maintenance of the famous four faces. While in Yellowstone, Jim was the Environmental Protection Specialist for the Park. His work experiences have varied from assisting in wolf reintroduction to spearheading many of the Park’s “greening initiatives”. Jim managed many of Yellowstone’s environmental programs and continues to provide guidance to other national parks for achieving sound environmental stewardship. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Robert Haley has a Management Science degree from UC San Diego. As a manager of a manufacturing firm, he demonstrated that waste prevention and recycling can increase profits. He then served as Operations Manager for Solana Recyclers and Recycling Manager at the County of Hawaii. Robert has now been with the City and County of San Francisco for 18 years and is the Zero Waste Manager for the Department of the Environment.
Joe currently is the principal of Redi Recycling Inc. providing consulting and executive director services to a variety of clients. Joe has been directly involved with extended producer responsibility programs, environmental stewardship, hazardous and solid non-hazardous waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and disposal since 1988. He is attending the RCA Conference representing the Canadian Carpet Recovery Effort. He is the Executive Director of this national industry group and has been working with the CCRE since September 2011 to establish a national diversion network.
Art is a graduate of the Lethbridge College Civil Engineering Technology Program and in 2005 was the bestowed the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Prior to college, he was in highway contracting industry for 9 years. He has been with EBA for over 25 years, where he currently holds the position of Principal in EBA's Transportation Practice.
David is Manager of the BC Ministry of Environment’s Industry Product Stewardship section, the provincial department that develops solid and liquid waste policy and Extended Producer Responsibility programs for BC. BC has recently been recognized as having the best EPR programs and policies in Canada. David represents BC on the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment Packaging Reduction Working Group.
Geoff Love has worked as a consultant in in the field of extended producer responsibility, recycling and waste diversion for over 30 years. He has worked on recycling/diversion projects in every province in Canada and has also worked extensively throughout the US and Europe. Geoff's experience includes design, implementation and evaluation of recycling plans and programs; environmental policy development and strategic planning for a variety of “steward companies”; and business planning, implementation and operations support to Canada’s first industry funded organization for printed paper and packaging. Along with Duncan Bury, Geoff is a co-founder of Extended Producer Responsibility Canada.
Barbara is a communication specialist who has created award-winning promotion and education outreach for solid waste diversion programs since the mid-1980s. Working for the public and private sectors, her P&E expertise spans a broad range of social marketing prompts as well as full-scale radio and television commercials, all designed to motivate waste reduction and increase diversion in recycling, organics, HHW, electronics and more. Along with her work in waste management communications, she is a member of EPR Canada, an organization which recently released a report card on the status of Extended Producer Responsibility legislation across Canada. Barbara will be representing RecyclingCalendars.com, a company with operations in both Canada and the United States that offers educational outreach tools for municipal solid waste programs including recycling calendars and the 'my-waste' mobile app for smartphones and tablets. She will be talking about the exploding world of mobile technology and how we can put it to work for our municipal solid waste outreach programs.
Carey McIver is the Manager of Solid Waste for the Regional District of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, BC. As Manager she is responsible for solid waste planning, diversion programs and disposal facilities. Under her leadership the RDN has implemented an award-winning Zero Waste Program with an impressive 70% diversion rate; retrofitted, re-developed and expanded an existing transfer station to achieve LEED Canada Gold certification; and, been an early adopter in landfill gas management practices, resulting in the creation of the Nanaimo Bioenergy Centre. During her 20-year career with the RDN, Carey has served as President of the Recycling Council of BC, Chair of the Coast Waste Management Association, and has currently returned to the RCBC Board as a Director.
Dave has been the Leader of Community and Customer Initiatives with the City of Calgary Waste & Recycling Services for the past 4 years. In this position he has lead multiple education and social marketing campaigns aimed at increasing waste diversion. Dave has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and is completing his PhD in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta.
CM Consulting is founded on the principle that industry and consumers must assume greater responsibility for ensuring that the manufacture, use, reuse and recycling of products and packaging has a minimum impact on the environment.
Nia is a Senior Technical Consultant within AEA's Waste Management and Resource Efficiency team. Nia leads AEA's work on resource productivity and specialises in waste auditing for the private and public sector, local authority recycling and treatment technologies particularly material recovery facilities and options appraisal. She is an Environmental Engineer and Chartered Waste Manager with over eight years experience in the waste management sector. Nia holds a PhD in MRF design and performance, from Cardiff University and as part of this research visited and reviewed a number of MRFs across the UK, Europe and the USA, with the aim being to assess various types of equipment and process configuration in both clean and dirty MRF operations in order to evaluate the use of MRFs as a means of meeting national waste strategy requirements in Wales.
Jerry Powell is the owner of three magazines (Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News). He edits Resource Recycling. In addition, he aids in the management of three annual conferences, The E-Scrap Conference and Exhibition, The Plastics Recycling Conference and Exhibition, and The Resource Recycling Conference and Exhibition, several of which are the world’s largest in their fields.
Christine Ronning is the Coordinator for Reduction & Recycling for the Lower Mainland Health Authorities. She has led the implementation of a standardized Recycling Renewal program in numerous acute and residential care sites over the past 2 years. Christine has worked in the healthcare field for over 7 years and has experience with staff engagement, program evaluation and strategic planning.
Elizabeth (Liz) Shoch
Liz joined GreenBlue in 2008 as a Project Manager for both the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Closing the Loop project, coming from a natural resource conservation and policy background. Liz’s work primarily focuses on packaging end of life, including recovery system infrastructure, recycling, and composting, as well as Extended Producer Responsibility and other influential packaging legislation. Liz was previously Invasive Species Program Specialist at the US Geological Survey and Program Coordinator for the Global Invasive Species Initiative at the Nature Conservancy. She has also consulted on issues relating to both non-native invasive species and migratory species for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America. Liz has a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, where she focused on the growing environmental issue of non-native invasive species, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. While completing her Master’s research, Liz learned to identify all of the terrestrial plants of Bermuda. Liz was also a White House intern during her undergraduate studies.
Jo-Anne St. Godard
Jo-Anne has been with the Recycling Council of Ontario for 12 years, the past 10 as Executive Director. With the RCO, Jo-Anne has played a key role in furthering the waste reduction and recycling mandate in Ontario and beyond. Working with the RCO's multi-stakeholder membership, Jo-Anne works directly with local and provincial governments to develop informed and effective, outcomes-based waste reduction policies and programs. She also works with businesses and industry to help them understand and leverage opportunity from their environmental obligations and business models.
Paul van der Werf
Paul van der Werf, M.Sc., MCIWM, President and Owner of 2cg Inc., was educated at the University of Guelph, where he received a B.Sc. in 1988 and a M.Sc. in 1992. In 2010, he received extensive training in Sustainability Planning through the Natural Step program.
Terry Van Kampen
Terry is the Vice President of Manufacturing for Bridon Cordage LLC, the world's premier manufacturer of polypropylene agricultural baler twine. Bridon has been in the business for over 36 years and Terry has been working there for 34 of those years.
Kellie Walters will present at the Wide World of Waste conference as one of Australia's leading sustainability practitioners. After spending 15 years in key government sustainability roles, she now heads the Australian NGO, Zero Waste Australia.
Michal Wasuita was born and raised in Jasper, Alberta, and has lived there for 50+ years of his life, 16 years as owner/operator of the family business (established 1978), offering seasonal bungalow accommodation at Pine Bungalows. His interests and goals center around sustainable tourism with a focus on education of green initiatives and practices. Pine Bungalows has one of the most extensive recycling programs in Jasper and is the proud recipient of the 2009 Travel Alberta Alto Award for Sustainable Tourism.
Sarah Webb has experience in the environmental field, working closely with industry, government and non-governmental organizations.
Neil Wiens is the owner and President of Bio-Cycle Nutrient Solutions Ltd near Calgary, Alberta. He has spent the last eight years recovering and marketing nutrients diverted from Alberta landfills and local Agricultural operations. Neil currently markets over 75,000 tonnes of soil amendment manufactured from manures, urban organics, biosolids, drywall and wood waste. Over the past few years, Neil has assisted in the development of the “Full Circle” concept that incorporates a full life cycle approach to nutrient recovery. Neil is a Certified Compost Facility Operator and sat on the Leaf and Yard Waste Diversion committee for the Province of Alberta. His company is directly involved in the current “Green Cart” pilot project with the City of Calgary.