2016-2017 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.
Cheryl Shuman, Peace River Regional District (Secretary)
A Proud “Northerner” Cheryl Shuman enjoys making her home in the South Peace region of BC. Cheryl, her husband Clint, and their three children are active members of the City of Dawson Creek. Cheryl is passionate about the environment and sustainability and is the Chair of the South Peace Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, a Director at The Canadian Solar Cities Project and has served two terms on the board of The Recycling Council of B.C.
Cheryl is a third term Councillor for the City of Dawson Creek and also serves as an Alternate Director at the Peace River Regional District. Cheryl is serving her third term as Director at Large on the Union of BC Municipalities board of directors and her first term at the North Central Local Govt Association as a Director at Large.
Ken Ingram, West Coast Reduction
Ken Ingram is the Director of Technical and Environmental Services at West Coast Reduction Ltd, where his roles include capital project management, development of recycling technologies, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and stakeholder engagement. He has 35 years of experience in the organics recycling industry. He has extensive experience in policy development processes around recycling and resource management at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. His career focus is recycling to facilitate a robust circular economic model. He currently serves on the National Zero Waste Council’s Circular Economy Working Group.
Craig Foster, Craig Foster & Associates
Craig Foster has been a member of RCBC since 1983 and served as a board member from 1984 – 2009, including 2 consecutive terms as Vice-Chair and 3 consecutive terms as Chair. He would like to bring to RCBC again, his thirty-three years of experience in environmental management and consultant roles with an emphasis on the planning, development and coordination of large scale recycling and waste management projects. He currently provides consulting services to the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. He is a Certified SWANA trainer and served on the Board Directors of SWANA from 2004-2015, where he spent 4 consecutive terms as President.
Bert Monesmith, TetraTech EBA (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
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 (Treasurer)
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.
Karen Mason-Bennett (non-profit) – Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT)
Karen has worked for NEAT since 2010, where she is responsible for the grass roots, community-based waste reduction program development across the northeast. She completed her Master’s degree in Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo in 2014, writing a major paper on the workings of EPR in BC. Karen has a lot of experience with waste diversion systems in rural and remote communities and is specifically interested in how residents interact with these systems. She currently serves on the board of the Child Development Centre in Fort St. John. She is also the Vice-Chair of the North Peace Cultural Society, a coach for the Special Olympics Swimming and the Co-Chair of Communities in Bloom. Karen brings to the RCBC board, her experience of rural and remote communities in waste reduction strategies, EPR in BC and non-profit interactions with waste reduction effort.
Alda Nicmans (Past-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.
Ruben consults on behaviour change and regenerative systems. Trained as a product designer, he brings the valuable perspectives of someone who has worked in the “belly” of the global mass-manufacturing system. He taught Sustainable Design at Emily Carr University and won an award for Cradle-to-Cradle product design from the Cascadia Green Building Council. He has worked with BC Housing, Industry Canada, and private sector and NGO clients. Ruben has advised on future-proofed, locally resilient systems while working in the City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Group and the Planning Department, and supervised a Zero Waste proposal for the 2010 Olympics. While researching behaviour change for Metro Vancouver, one of his pilot projects saw a 250% increase in garbage diverted to recycling and composting. He is a popular speaker on how Compassionate Systems can increase the effectiveness of pro-environmental behaviours. Ruben is currently the Chair of the Board of City Green Solutions, serves on the Environment Granting Committee of the Vancouver Foundation and serves on the Lighter Footprint advisory group for Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan. He plans to contribute his expertise in behaviour and behaviour change, design and manufacturing to the RCBC Board.
Lynn Bailey (Vice-Chair)
Lynn was a BC public servant for over thirty years (retired in 2010), including four years as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environmental Protection division, responsible preventing pollution and promoting and restoring environmental quality. She holds a Master’s degree in geography and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Lynn has extensive experience in developing and implementing legislation, setting environmental policies and standards, managing environmental programs (including pollution prevention, product stewardship, air, water, and climate change), managing budgets and leading organizations. She has represented the province on the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium Board. Lynn currently volunteers as the Chair of the Capital Regional district Roundtable on the Environment. Now as RCBC’s Vice Board Chair and Policy Chair, Lynn brings a wealth of expertise in policy development, policy implantation, strategic direction and government liaison to the RCBC Board.