2017-2018 Board of Directors

Government | Business | Non-Profit | Individual 

Government Sector

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.  

Cheryl Shuman, Peace River Regional District (Secretary)

A Proud “Northerner” Cheryl Shuman enjoys making her home in the South Peace region of BC. Cheryl is the Chair of the South Peace Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, a Director at The Canadian Solar Cities Project and is a third term Councillor for the City of Dawson Creek.  She  also serves as an Alternate Director at the Peace River Regional District, Director at Large on the Union of BC Municipalities board of directors, and Director at Large at the North Central Local Govt Association.

Mairi Welman, District of North Vancouver

Mairi Welman is a career strategic communications professional with 30 years' experience across a variety of industries. She is currently focused on building the District of North Vancouver’s capacity in strategic communications and public engagement. She also led a centralized, strategic Communications and Engagement group at the City of Vancouver that was responsible for all of the City’s internal and external communications, media relations and issues management, and which provided best practice planning and advisory services to the organization on community engagement and consultation. 

Business Sector

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.  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 (Chair)

Bert Monesmith has 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. 

Ed Walsh, Emterra

Ed Walsh has over 25 years of experience in the waste diversion industry and has held several important positions in several waste management companies in BC. Since joining IPI in 2003, Ed has been an integral part of the senior management team, having designed, implemented and managed multiple large scale municipal contracts throughout BC.   Ed is one of Emterra’s key managers, representing Emterra in matters and opportunities related to these contracts.  

Non-Profit Sector

Naomi Low, Kidney Foundation 

Naomi Low has been involved with the recycling industry for the past 11 years.  She is currently serving as a Senior Development Officer for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch.  Successfully managed the Kidney Car program; increased revenue from 700k gross to 1.5 million within two years through innovative marketing, cutting expenses and developing new partnerships.  She previously worked with ABC Recycling and Cascades Recovery.

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. 

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 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.  

Individual Sector

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 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 Anderson 

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. 

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. 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.  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.