Public-at-Large (appointed by Minister of Environment and Parks)
Caroline McAuley (Chair)
Caroline McAuley has been a councillor with the Town of Vermilion since May of 2009 and is currently in her first term as Mayor. As an active community member she brings her passion, vision and action to lead a stronger community. Her accomplishments include championing economic development, improving recycling in the community and regional water.
Mayor McAuley continues to serve on a number of boards to promote collaboration with other municipalities and community partners including the Vermilion River Regional Alliance and the Vermilion and District Housing Foundation, to name a few. Her commitment in Economic Development and regional collaboration focusing on broadband access, increased senior housing and improved community engagement were the driving forces in her being elected.
Caroline has over 30 years of experience as a dietitian and manager within Alberta Health Services including supporting the development of the Health Advisory Councils and working in the strategic planning area of primary care. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on Nutrition and an MBA in Community Economic Development.
Mayor McAuley embraces the philosophy that when communities work together anything can be accomplished to make a better life for all. Together with her husband Cliff, Caroline resides in Vermilion and is a proud parent of three adult children, three grandchildren and one loving canine.
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Industry-at-Large (appointed by Minister of Environment and Parks)
John Graham - Retail Council of Canada
John brings to the board of Alberta Recycling over 20 years of senior level retailing experience, representing Safeway’s $5 billion business interests across Western Canada, as Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations.
As part of his duties, John has had exposure to a wide range of sustainability issues, including being part of Safeway’s onboarding team for many EPR programs across the West. In 2017, John joined the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), the voice of retail that represents more than 45,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada. As Alberta’s largest private sector employer, more than 250,000 Albertans are currently working in the retail industry.
RCC and its members understand the vital link between a healthy environment and a healthy economy, and currently participate in over a hundred environmental stewardship programs across the country, and invest hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental and sustainable activities every year.
John is married with two children, and is a director on the boards of Multi-Materials Stewardship Manitoba, Winnipeg Harvest and St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.
Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA)
Al Kemmere was elected to his first term on the RMA Board as Director in the fall of 2010 and has served as President since November of 2014. In his role as RMA President, Al represents rural Alberta on a number of committees such as board member for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), board member for the Alberta Water Council, and a member of the Strategic Transportation Advisory Committee.
Al was elected Councillor and Reeve of Mountain View County in 2004. In his years on council, he has been involved in numerous committees, including serving as Chair of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership, founding member of the Municipal Area Partnership, and Chair of the Mountain View Waste Commission.
Al has a strong background in agriculture, formerly running a purebred dairy farm and farming with a combination of mixed and custom farming and trucking. He and wife Kathy have raised their three children on their farm north of Olds.
President Kemmere values a collaborative approach to leadership to support municipal partnerships and building effective relationships.
Alberta Environment and Parks
Patrick Kane is a senior manager with Alberta Environment and Parks, responsible for the development of waste policy for Alberta. In his role with Alberta Environment and Parks, Patrick has played a key role in the establishment of recycling programs for beverage containers, used oil materials, tires, unused paint and paint containers and Canada’s first program for electronics recycling.
His team was awarded the Recycling Council of Alberta “R’s of Excellence Award” for government leadership (2005) and for the development of Alberta’s Greening Government Strategy (2011), and was the recipient of an Alberta Emerald Award (2007) for the development of provincial waste stewardship programs. The Alberta Emerald Foundation showcases environmental leadership in Alberta, setting an example of environmental excellence for all to follow.
Patrick is a Certified Management Accountant, has a Business Administration Degree from the University of New Brunswick, is a certified Environmental Practitioner (EP) and has obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada).
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)
As the first female Mayor in 20 years, and only the second in the history of St. Albert, Cathy Heron represents the values of our modern community. She is proof that St. Albert has grown beyond the debate of women in politics and is ready to tackle the rights of our LGBTQ+, environmental stewardship, responsible growth, and first nations through respectful engagement within our community.
A graduate of both the University of Alberta and NAIT, Mayor Heron values diverse knowledge, education, and experience in herself and those around her. In addition to her education, Mayor Heron has extensive experience in regional governance, including 2 terms as a city councillor and several years of volunteer work on committees, such as the Community Services Advisory Board.
Mayor Heron understands the value of leading by example. She serves as Vice President (Cities under 500,000) at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Director of Alberta Recycling Management Association, 4 years as Director of the Alberta Capital Region Waste Water Commission, Capital Region Growth Plan Task Force and many more. The result is extensive and diverse relationships throughout the region with elected, civil, and business stake holders that she can rely upon to help her further her goal of a stronger and more respected City of St. Albert.
Her personal life focuses on her relationship with her 3 teenaged children. Will, Heather, and Holly have continuously been a source of both strength and pride for Cathy. Sunday family dinners are dear to her, a value she hopes will carry forward into the next generation.
Raised in St. Albert, she is a graduate of Paul Kane high school though she won’t allow us to publish what year she graduated. When it was time to start her own family and instill core values in her children, living in St. Albert was an obvious and non-negotiable choice. It takes a village to raise a child, and she strongly believes St. Albert offers the best values she wants in her own children.
It is her goal, as Mayor of St. Albert, to contribute to a community where her children will choose to raise their children. The strong values of community and diverse respect that drew her parents to raise her here remain the values she hopes St. Albert will continue to instill in future generations.
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
Joe Kostler, P.Eng
As APEGA’s representative, Joe brings 40 years of wide ranging environmental experience from both government and industry to the Board.
His work experiences include:
- some 14 years with Alberta Environment that included work in the Water Quality Control Branch, head of the Air Quality Approvals Branch and head of the Waste Management Branch (which at the time covered programs such as various recycling programs, waste education programs, litter programs, hazardous waste legislation, beverage containers and regional landfill development).
- some 26 years in both the petrochemical industry and electrical industry with the majority of those years with ATCO Power and ATCO Electric.
- Participation in APEGA’s Environmental Committee (both as a member and chair) and currently as member of the Discipline Committee.
- As an industry representative on the CASA Board and various committees; and with the Canadian Electrical Association (CEA) where one of the key works was on the utilities climate change committee.
Joe’s educational background includes a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta. He has also completed certificate programs from the U of A in Management Development for Professional Engineers and in Occupational Health and Safety. He has been recognized for his work with APEGA with a designation of FEC and FGC (Hon).
Both Joe and his wife – Leola - were born-in, raised-in, educated-in and are long-time residents of Edmonton.
Some outside interests include volunteering at one of Edmonton’s Food Bank Depots, their church music ministry, international travel, travel trailering, golf, photography and many other indoor/outdoor physical activities.
Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA)
Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA)
Leah is a Board Member with the Recycling Council of Alberta. She actively participates in the IC&I and Rural committees. She is enthusiastic about waste reduction, and continues working with the RCA to raise awareness and facilitate the organization’s goals.
As her day job, Leah is the Manager of Waste Management and Community Energy Services with Strathcona County and has worked within the organization for over 15 years. During her time, she has launched the community’s Green Routine residential diversion program, which has been successful in diverting over 60% of residential waste from landfill. She also participates in the Capital Region Waste Minimization Advisory Committee as a municipal representative.
Leah started her post secondary education at the University of Alberta, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Sciences. She then moved on to Royal Roads University where she completed her Master of Arts degree in Environment and Management.
Electronics Recycling Alberta Industry Council
Jeff Faber began his career as a rental technician in 1985. After earning a broadcasting diploma from Mount Royal College, Jeff was excited to be part of a growing business and even more importantly, a changing and thriving industry. Numerous promotions, advancements and industry accreditation enabled Jeff to lead a management buyout of Apex Audio Visual and the launch of Apex AVSI.
Jeff assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer and further growth allowed the company to form a merger with Sharp’s Audio Visual. In 2017 Jeff lead a sale of Sharp's to AVI SPL the world's largest Audio Visual Integrator where he now leads the Canadian Operation for this global company as the Managing Director.
Jeff is reminded frequently of his career path and his beginning as a rental technician. In 1985, Jeff’s focus was attending to the needs of both coworkers and customers. And throughout his career that has remained his focus. Add a heavy dose of diligence, enthusiasm and perseverance, and the seeds for success – in the individual and the organization – are sown.
“I see communications on a global scale where sustainable, repeatable practices are the standard rather than the often ad hoc approach we are challenged to deliver.”
Paint Recycling Alberta Industry Council
Lis Anderson, SCMP, BCom, MBA
Lis is currently the Global Director, Category Management for Finning International in Edmonton, Alberta. She has thirty years of experience in supply chain management and has carried out substantive work in procurement, category and contract management and materials management in multiple industries, including more than two decades at a major paint and coatings manufacturer. Her focus has been on global buying initiatives with the main objective of reducing costs and stream lining processes across multiple facilities. Additionally, Lis has successfully implemented lean manufacturing techniques, inventory management systems to improve cash flow, procurement policies and procedures and ERP systems.
Lis has demonstrated strong Board Based Competencies through Strategic Vision and Thinking and Interactive Communication. Most recently she held a Director position on the Board of the Supply Chain Management Association Alberta (SCMA-AB). Throughout her career, Lis has been successful at influencing all organizational levels and leading transformational change.
Tire Recycling Alberta Industry Council
Brent Kennedy, Motor Dealers Association
Brent is the dealer principle of Edwards Garage a GM dealership in Rocky Mountain House. He is a graduate of Northwood University with a Business and Marketing degree. He is the past Chairman of Motor Dealers Association of Alberta and is the current Chairman of the Tire Recycling Council.