Chief Executive Officer, Divert NS
Jeff MacCallum is a leading voice for sustainability in Nova Scotia. As CEO of Divert NS, he oversees the strategic programs and services designed to improve the province’s environment, economy and quality of life by creating a strong culture of recycling, reusing and recovering resources – and most importantly, leading with a mindset of overall reduction in consumption.
Jeff began his career with Divert NS as Director of Programs & Business Development and was most recently Senior Director of Business Development & Operations. In these roles he led the implementation of new compaction trailer technology that greatly improved efficiencies and reduced GHG impacts for the beverage program. He also developed a new Enforcement Program to support municipal recycling efforts, and established a series of Research Summits to bring together thought leaders to discuss solutions to critical sustainability issues. Prior joining Divert NS, he worked for the Province of Nova Scotia for a decade in Economic Development in various roles, most notably as Director of Economic Strategies & Initiatives.
As a trusted convener, he is known for his innovative and inclusive approach when looking to advance new initiatives in sustainability. He leads his organization with the strong belief that the environment and business can thrive together in a circular economy. He holds a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University. He is a member of the Round Table on the Environment and Sustainable Prosperity, is past Chair of the Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies (CATRA), and a member of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce.
Ken Meech has an MPA from the University of Western Ontario and an extensive background in public administration, having served in senior positions in the municipal and provincial sectors. Ken has the distinction of being the first Chief Administrative Officer for Halifax Regional Municipality, thereby leading the amalgamation process to achieve the combined HRM. Ken’s connection to municipal government is comprehensive. He served as CAO for rural and urban municipalities, from small to the largest in the province; and served on both the provincial and national municipal associations, including as president of the Association of Municipal Administrators and the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators. He served as Executive Director of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and was CEO for the Strait Regional School Board for three years, assuming responsibility for finances and support service. Ken was also an ADM in the Health department at the provincial level, and a member and chair of the Halifax Water Commission. Ken is proud to have been a co-champion of the solid waste strategy for HRM that commenced in Halifax County and finalized by HRM.
Board Vice Chair
Marc Britney graduated from Dalhousie University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts and earned his Certified Financial Planner designation in 1998. He was a financial planner and branch manager with SISIP Financial Services from 2001 until his retirement in 2017. Marc was first elected to the Council of the Town of Middleton in 1993 and served almost 20 years, during which time he was active on various boards and committees for the town. Marc was appointed to the Municipal Finance Corporation (MFC) Board of Directors on the recommendation of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities in 2010, serving six years on the MFC board and was chair of the MFC audit committee. In 2019, Marc was appointed to the Divert NS Board of Directors as board member and vice chair.
Angus Bonnyman, CPA, CA, ICD.D
President, Bonnymans’ Wild Blueberries & Natural Products Ltd.
Angus Bonnyman hails from Tatamagouche and is a third generation wild blueberry grower and the Executive Director of the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia. Angus is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University. He earned his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors through the Rotman School of Business in 2018. He has been an Employer Representative on the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and chairs its Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; has served as Treasurer of The Marguerite Centre, Nova Scotia’s only recovery house for women recovering from addictions and abuse; and served as Treasurer of the Public Accountants’ Board of Nova Scotia for six years.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance
Calla Farn is a senior business leader with extensive experience managing environmental and sustainability issues. Prior to joining the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Calla worked at McCain Foods (Canada), where she served on both the Canadian Leadership Team and the North American Crisis Management Team. She also worked as Vice President of the Atlantic Region for the soft drink industry. Prior to joining the beverage industry, Calla was a journalist, and a Senior Producer at CBC Newsworld in Toronto and Halifax. She was a writer and producer at Global News in Toronto, and a writer/editor at The Canadian Press. Calla has an MBA from Saint Mary’s University and is a graduate of the Chartered Director program at McMaster University’s Directors College. She has served on several boards, including Stewardship Ontario.
Production Shop Manager, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.
Cari Gray is employed with Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. at the manufacturing facility in Bridgewater. She currently holds the position of Production Shop Manager, and has extensive experience in Industrial Engineering, continuous improvement, project management and manufacturing. Cari is a Professional Engineer and is a graduate of Acadia University and Dalhousie University.
Geotechnical Engineering Professor, Dalhousie University
Craig Lake is a professor and past Department Head in the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University. He has been interested in solid waste management issues for the past 20 years through research and consulting. His research in landfill and geoenvironmental engineering resulted in past awards from Engineers Nova Scotia (2006 Young Engineer Award), Canadian Geotechnical Society (2011 Colloquium Winner) and The Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (Thomas C. Keefer Medal). Prior to joining Dalhousie, he was a geotechnical consultant with Jacques Whitford and Associates. Craig is a member of Engineers Nova Scotia and has a Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Dalhousie (TUNS) and a PhD from the University of Western Ontario.
Deputy Mayor, Town of Yarmouth
Phil Mooney spent most his life working in his family’s small business on Main Street, Yarmouth. Over the years, he has volunteered countless hours in his community, supporting dozens of local charities and non-profit groups. Phil was elected Mayor of Yarmouth in 2008. He has since served as Town Councillor starting in 2012. As Mayor, he helped spearhead a comprehensive downtown revitalization plan released in 2010. Successes of the plan include a historic mural program, Main Street building façade program, and the start of a popular local Farmer’s Market in a refurbished heritage warehouse on Hawthorne Street. While on Yarmouth Town Council, Phil has been active on his local Waste Check board, and has served on the Waste Check board policy committee. He also served as board member of the Yarmouth County Solid Waste Park and on the South West Nova UNESCO Biosphere Committee, among others.
Co-Director of FOUND Forgotten Food and Instructor/Curriculum Development at Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability
Laurel Schut's interdisciplinary background and work experience focuses on sustainable development, food systems and food security, and effective teaching and learning. Since 2007, Laurel has conducted environmental sustainability research and led communication strategies with a variety of non-governmental organizations, co-operatives, and academic institutions. A passionate educator, Laurel has taught and designed undergraduate classes and tutorials at Dalhousie University's Department of Biology, Department of Environmental Science, and College of Sustainability. Laurel is currently employed at Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability and is the Co-Director of FOUND Forgotten Food, a volunteer-driven community initiative aimed at reducing food waste in Nova Scotia. Laurel holds a Bachelor of Social Science in International Development, a Masters of Environmental Studies, and a Certificate in Teaching & Learning.
Councillor, Municipality of Colchester
Tom Taggart is a lifetime resident of Bass River and is employed as a realtor. As an active member of Council, Tom serves as Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee and is a member of the Executive and Audit Committee. He also Chairs the Northern Region’s Waste Management Board, representing his region on the Regional Chairs Committee, and is a member of the Solid Waste-resources Priorities Group. On a national level, Tom sits on the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He is Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Economic Development, a member of the Standing Committee on Community Safety and Crime Prevention, a member of the Rural Forum and Conference Planning Committee, and a member of the joint Community Stakeholder Committee.