2014-2015 Board of Directors
Robyn Cooper, Sunshine Coast Regional District
Robyn Cooper is the Zero Waste Coordinator for the Sunshine Coast Regional District and is responsible for a range of programming from garbage and recycling services to illegal dumping. She brings with her experience working in the environmental field with a focus on waste reduction and diversion, conservation, and sustainable action through outreach and education. She believes her holistic, collaborative approach and skills gained from non-government organizations as well as local and regional governments provide a solid basis to make a valuable contribution and she looks forward to her new role as part of the RCBC Board of Directors team.
Rob Costanzo, City of Surrey
Rob Costanzo is the Deputy Manager of Operations for the City of Surrey. He directs all aspects of Surrey’s municipal solid waste management services, including leading its sustainability goals relating to waste diversion. Most recently, Rob was responsible for the conceptualization, development and implementation of Surrey’s “Rethink Waste” program. Since its debut in late 2012, Rethink Waste has resulted in a reduction of over 40% of Surrey’s annual residential garbage. Rob is presently leading the developments of Surrey’s Organic Waste-to-Biogas Facility that will process its curbside organic waste into a renewable natural gas that will be used to fuel the City’s entire compressed natural gas (CNG) waste collection fleet, resulting in a closed-loop, net-zero carbon impact system.
Cheryl Shuman, Peace River Regional District
As the great-grandchild of the first homesteaders in the South Peace, Cheryl Shuman feels a deep connection to the region and a love for the Province of BC. Cheryl, her husband Clint, and their three children are active members of the City of Dawson Creek. Cheryl is the member of the Kiwanis Club, Chair of the Dawson Creek Chapter of KidSport and the President of the Kiwanis Community Band. Cheryl is very passionate about the environment and sustainability and is the Chair of the South Peace Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association
As a second term Councillor for the City of Dawson Creek some of Cheryl’s committee and liaison appointments have been Peace River Regional District Alternate Director, Site C Regional and Local Government Liaison Committee Alternate and she is the Peace Region Regional Representative to the North Central Local Government Association.
Clint Mahlman, London Drugs Ltd. (Past-Chair)
Clint has served on the RCBC board of Directors for the past four years and looks forward to contributing for a third term. As a Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of London Drugs Limited, Clint oversees the sustainable initiatives and waste management programs at London Drugs (www.greendeal.ca). Clint’s vision and dedication to waste reduction has positioned London Drugs as a retail industry leader in environmental stewardship. Clint is also a board member for the national Electronic Product Recycling Association and participates on the Retail Council of Canada’s Environment Committee. He has a proven track record in working collaboratively with non-profits, industry and government on sustainable initiatives.
David Goosen, Teck Metals Ltd.
Davis Goosen has been the Business Development Manager at the Teck Trail Smelter for 8 years. During that time he has implemented E-Waste Recycling, Zinc Alkaline Battery Recycling, and Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling, processing the majority of B.C.’s implemented program wastes. He wishes to continue to increase the recycling ability at the smelter in the years to come and help B.C. implement new waste programs such as small appliances, as well as work on Green Energy Programs for the Smelter and the Province.
Bert Monesmith, TetraTech EBA (Vice-Chair)
Bert Monesmith is the Senior Business Development Director for Tetra Tech EBA. He brings over 35 years’ experience in the recycling/waste industry throughout North America. He is a former President of Genesis Recycling (Sims Recycling Solutions) and has owned and operated several waste and recycling companies in western Canada as well as his own Kelowna-based environmental waste management company, providing consulting, marketing and management expertise to a variety of clients. He has been a staunch supporter of recycling throughout his career. Bert has served as director of several community based non-profit organizations supporting work initiatives with the recycling industry for employment disadvantaged people. He also served on the RCBC board from 2006-12.
Mary-Em Waddington, BC Technology for Learning Society (Treasurer)
Mary-Em is the Executive Director of BC Technology for Learning society, the agency which administers the Computers for Schools program in BC for Industry Canada, and is proud of the organization’s contribution toward the promotion of education, youth and environment through a proven and sustainable reuse model. She has been with the program since 1998. Through her work in BC’s oldest computer reuse organization, she has first-hand experience in delivering a quality reuse program and a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues surrounding e-waste. Mary-Em holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University (1998) and a Certificate of Human Resources Management from BCIT (2004), and she recently completed course work in Not-For-Profit Management at BCIT. For the past year, she has served as the Treasurer of the RCBC Board of Directors.
Richard Aikema, Abbotsford Community Services - Recycling
Richard is the operations and facilities manager for the Abbotsford Community Services – Recycling, where he is responsible for the management of the recycling plant operations. He also serves as a volunteer member of the Solid Waste Management Plan and Monitoring Committee with the Fraser Valley Regional District. Richard is a member of the Chilliwack Outdoor club interested in environmental preservation. He believes that he can make a valuable contribution to the RCBC board, by bringing to the table his ability to take a goal and break it down into action items, his knowledge of board governance models, and his prior experience as the treasurer of a private school board.
Terri McClymont, Recycling and Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS) (Secretary)
Terri is the Executive Director for the Recycling and Environmental Action Planning Society in Prince George, BC, since 1995. She has over 20 years experience working with NGOs in the environmental field and is passionate about working towards Zero Waste and sustainability. She currently serves on five local community boards and assists with various events in her community. She looks forward to participating and promoting the movement toward zero waste and the expanding stewardship programs in the province of BC. Terri enjoys working with others through teamwork and consensus building and is able to bring a perspective on issues affecting northern BC. She has been an RCBC board member since 2009 and currently serves as the Secretary.
Alda Nicmans (Chair)
Since 1985, Alda has developed extensive experience designing and implementing progressive zero waste management systems in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Alda has been part of consulting teams that have completed solid waste plans in urban and rural communities throughout BC and as a result has developed a firm familiarity with most regions of the province. Alda has served on the Board of the Recycling Council of Ontario and the Hunter Jumper Association of BC. Through these positions she has accumulated a wealth of knowledge on issues such as board governance, fund raising and event planning. In addition, Alda has filled staff roles as the Executive Administrator with the Environmental Managers Association (EMA) of BC, a membership-based organization that provides education on environmental management issues in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors, and has also served as Executive Director of EPRA-BC. For the past year she has served as Chair of the RCBC Board of Directors.
In June 2013, Al retired from his position as the Manager of the North Shore Recycling Program and would like to bring his life-time experiences to RCBC as a member of the Board of Directors. He has been with the NSRP since 1990, with responsibility for planning and administering all waste reduction and recycling programs for the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver. He has written an Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, implemented curbside recycling programs for all single and multi-family programs, established a staffed recycling drop-off depot and set up a comprehensive community outreach program. Al is also the Canadian representative of the International Board of SWANA, is an international past president of SWANA and is its current Vice-President of the Pacific chapter.
Raymond Gaudart is a former President of RCBC (back in the 1990s) and has been a current board member since 2009. He is the founder of the Southern Interior Waste Managers’ Association and co-founder of the BC Product Stewardship Council. He was the Director of Environmental Services for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary from 1990-2007, when he retired. Raymond has an extensive background in the development of EPR as a waste management policy and a thorough knowledge of the Zero Waste movement in BC.