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CWMA Annual General Meeting | May 12, 2023 | 10:00 AM Pacific

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  • CWMA By-Laws
  • Executive Director Report to be presented at the AGM

Board Composition & Terms

9.2 BOARD COMPOSITION  | The Board will consist of: Eight directors with at least one from each of: (i) government; (ii) private sector; (iii) non-profit sector; and (iv) product stewardship agency sector.
9.3 TERMS OF OFFICE | Each director: will be elected to serve a two-year term of office; will serve until his or her successor is elected at the AGM held towards the end of that period; will continue to serve if no successor is elected; and may be elected to serve an unlimited number of consecutive terms.

2023 NOTESEach year, four directors return for a second year in office and there are four positions open for nominations. Directors whose two-year term is expiring are eligible to submit their name for consideration for re-election. Two board members are standing for re-election and two new members have been nominated for election. All open positions are uncontested (CWMA bylaws dictate nominations to a specific date and not from the floor), so all of these members will be elected by acclamation.

Bios & Nominee Question Responses… 

Peter Grant (standing for re-election)

Peter Grant (standing for re-election)

Recycling Depot Program Manager, Salt Spring Island Community Services. Born long long ago in a land far away…( Norway ) Grew up in Montreal – BA from McGill University – Majored in English. Moved to Calgary and spent 15 years there, working in the Oil and Gas industry as well as dabbling in the Hospitality trade. Moved to Salt Spring Island in 1984 and has been managing the Recycling Depot there since the early nineties…..One of each – Wife: Donna, Son: Jeff and Grandson: Kaleb.

  • We all care about the Environment – so doing the best job we can with waste management is close to – if not at the top of the priority list. I believe CWMA is a fantastic conduit to give us all the latest practical tools. This is achieved by networking with so many diverse experts at events, conferences, and working groups.

  • I find that serving on the 1board is the most rewarding part of my job. Board members all deliver a different perspective because of the required Board Composition.  Working for a non- profit has its own peculiarities and I feel I can represent this quadrant well.  The Collaboration amongst the Board Members is truly amazing.

    1. I interact daily with the public about their recycling and garbage and have first-hand knowledge of the “mood” out there brought about by any changes.
    2. I am the unofficial historian of what has been tried before.
    3. I like to think outside the box. Examples: first one to bale Styrofoam and also soaked Que Pasa and Amazon plastic lined paper to find out the materials separate just as with tetrapaks.
Sonam Bajwa (standing for re-election)

Sonam Bajwa (standing for re-election)

Sonam Bajwa is a Solid Waste Planner at the Regional District of Nanaimo with over 10 years of experience in the solid waste industry. She started her career working with Tetra Tech where she focused on waste audits and then moved over to a stewardship agency, working on province and nation-wide extended producer responsibility programs. Her focus now is the ongoing implementation of the Regional District of Nanaimo’s solid waste management plan. Sonam holds a B.A. major in Geography with a Specialty in Environmental Studies, complemented by a certificate in Spatial Information Systems

  • CWMA – the organization and the members – are some of the most cooperative, like-minded, and respectful people I’ve had the opportunity to work with. I think it’s the perfect place to explore zero waste and general waste challenges and advance sustainability in a professional and supportive environment.

    1. My broad experience in solid waste (local government, consulting and extended producer responsibility) allows me to have a varied perspective
    2. Previous experience working with non-profits and budget management
    3. I am exceptional communicator. My experience working with a wide range of stakeholders – residents, elected officials, solid waste non profits and private businesses – have allowed me to hone this skill.
Brendan McShane (standing for election)

Brendan McShane (standing for election)

Brendan is the Director, Collection with Recycle BC, and currently sits as Chair for CWMA. Brendan has worked with Recycle BC for nine years, overseeing partnerships and operations throughout the Province.  During this time he has had the pleasure of working with the broad spectrum of waste management partners and is grateful for the strong relationships developed throughout the province. Brendan’s introduction to the waste management realm was in 2008, developing recycling programs in rural Costa Rica. In 2017, Brendan joined the Board of Directors with CWMA to further involve himself within the industry and provide a greater service to those partnerships he values. Brendan lives in Victoria with his young family, enjoying all things coastal BC has to offer.

  • The mission and values of CWMA produce a community of support and inclusivity which I find incredibly meaningful.  Providing forums and opportunities for those within grassroots initiative or large corporations or to support those with the next great idea, CWMA fosters a sense of excitement and relevance keeping us all connected and engaged in the work we do.

  • I am continually inspired by the members of CWMA.  The culture of support and encouragement across the association is so refreshing and encouraging.   Over the past few years, CWMA has really found a new stride with increased offerings of networking and solution based opportunities which I am excited to be part of, and proud to support.

Michael Zarbl (standing for election)

Michael Zarbl (standing for election)

Michael joined the Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable as the Executive Director in July 2017.  Prior to that he was the Director of Operations at Recycle BC (formerly MMBC) the extended producer responsibility program for packaging and printed paper. Before joining Recycle BC, Michael was the Senior District Manager for Waste Management of Canada for four years, where he was responsible for the entire operation of the Vancouver Hauling District. Michael also has an extensive supply chain management background with direct experience in the key activities along the supply chain, culminating in direct waste management industry experience. Michael has a BA from Concordia University in Montreal and is fluent in both English and French. 

  • The CWMA mission is meaningful to me because the CWMA carries out its mission by hosting amazing conferences and events whereby participants can learn and share ideas on how to solve the challenges we face in an open, honest and forum.  The networking opportunities with peers and stakeholders in the industry are second to none.

  • I am motivated to be part of the Board of Directors of the CWMA because I feel that with my experience and knowledge in business and the industry I can contribute to the advancement of the association, but more importantly it is very rewarding and educational for me to learn from my peers and broaden my scope of work as well.  We never stop learning.

    1. My business and financial management experience, having managed multi-million dollar operations, is helpful is carrying out my fiduciary duties in managing the financial and long-term wellbeing of the organization.
    2. My experience having been a senior manager at the largest waste hauling company in North America as well as at the Producer Responsibility Organizations provides me with a unique perspective of the waste management industry.
    3. I am a people person,  I love working with others to share ideas, find solutions to our problems and I have a passion for this industry and for protecting our environment.