2015-2016 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 (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.
Clint Mahlman, London Drugs Ltd.
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 (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.
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.