2018-2019 Board of Directors

Government | Business | Non-Profit | Individual 

Government Sector

Jamie Benton, Fraser Valley Regional District 

Jamie is an environmental professional with over 10 years’ experience in solid waste in both the UK and Canada. His expertise includes environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and behaviour change relating to solid waste. As the Environmental Services Co-ordinator for the Fraser Valley Regional District, Jamie has been active in the development of solid waste policy and strategies for the region. Jamie is active with a number of professional associations, including working with the Waste Management Association of BC and routinely sitting on the Metro Vancouver REAC Solid Waste Sub-Committee. 

Cameron Baughen, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 

Cameron has been working with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen in solid waste and environmental positions for 15 years. There he has coordinated the development of regional Solid Waste Management Plans and amendments, and acted as project manager in major solid waste management projects. He is the RDOS representative for the BC Product Stewardship Council. 

Sarah Willie, Comox Valley Regional District 

Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in environmental management, and is currently a Solid Waste Analyst with the Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service.  She has experience working within local and regional governments in environmental management, diversion program development, depot management, and EPR program review. Sarah has also worked with product stewardship agencies to develop member policy, financial modelling tools, and online tools. 

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 (Past-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.  

Tamara Shulman, Consultant

Tamara Shulman is an environmental planner and engagement specialist with over 20 years of experience in zero waste program development, implementation, and assessment, with a focus on food waste prevention and organics management. She works closely with public and private sector clients foster both system and behaviour change by offering technical assistance, system audits, behaviour change program development, technical trainings, and stakeholder engagement services.

Non-Profit Sector

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

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 (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.