Chief Executive Officer, Divert NS
Jeff MacCallum began his career with Divert NS as Director of Programs & Business Development in 2007 and was promoted to Senior Director of Business Development & Operations in 2011. He has been CEO since 2012. Prior to Divert NS, he worked for the province in Economic Development in various roles for almost 10 years, most recently as Director of Economic Strategies & Initiatives. He holds a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University. He is currently the Chair of the Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies (CATRA) and a member of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce. His career has always focused on innovation and working with people to move initiatives forward. Since coming to Divert NS he has become a firm believer in the need for responsible environmental stewardship and the reality that the environment and economy can thrive together.
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.
Warden, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth
Leland Anthony was born in Yarmouth, NS and has lived his entire life in the small rural community of Chebogue. He and his wife have three sons. They are fortunate to have all three boys and their families still working in their area. Before running for municipal council, Leland served on several committees and boards, including Director and Past President of the Western Nova Scotia Exhibition, and Director on the boards of the YRBC, YCEA, Community Futures, and the Yarmouth branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Leland was elected councillor for the Municipality of Yarmouth in 1995, and served four years as Warden. He is the Chair of Region 7 Waste Check, and has sat on Regional Chairs for the last nine years, serving as Vice Chair for three years, and Chair for the last two years.
President, Enviroculture Consulting Ltd.
Marcus Goodick is Founder, President, and Solutions Finder at EnviroCulture Consulting, a company that helps businesses improve their management of end-of-life materials and implement comprehensive environmental programs. Prior to this current role he was the Senior Manager, Environment and Sustainability at Bell Aliant for eight years where he worked collaboratively to integrate more sustainable business practices. He also worked for five years with Halifax Regional Municipality’s Solid Waste Resources Department helping businesses implement recycling and organics programs. Marcus holds a Masters in Resource and Environmental Studies (2002) from Dalhousie University and was named a member of Canada’s 2013 Clean 50, honouring outstanding contributors to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.
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.
Councillor, Municipality of East Hants
Pam MacInnis was first elected to council in 2008. Pam is the UNSM representative on the Divert NS board. Pam has lived in Shubenacadie for more than 30 years, and recently retired from the post office where she was employed for 27 years. She has been a community volunteer on boards, running youth activities and coaching, amongst others. When working for National Sea Products in the 1980s, she began the first paper recycling program. Fostering the sustainable use of resources and caring for the environment have always been passions for her. She and her husband enjoy living in rural Nova Scotia.
Quality Assurance Manager, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.
Scott MacLean is the Quality Assurance Manager for the Michelin Tire Manufacturing Facility in Waterville, Nova Scotia. Joining Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. in 1987, Scott has held a broad range of roles across production, maintenance, personnel and quality in four different manufacturing facilities during his career.
Deputy Mayor, Town of Yarmouth
Bill Morash, CPA, CA
Chief Executive Officer, Farnell Packaging Limited
Bill Morash is the Chief Executive Officer at Farnell Packaging Limited, an environmentally responsible manufacturer of flexible packaging materials in Dartmouth, NS. His input and commitment to the strategic management team has contributed to Farnell Packaging being recognized as a leader in the flexible packaging industry, as well as having award winning environmental and sustainable manufacturing best practices and systems. Prior to joining Farnell Packaging in 1997, he was a Senior Manager at Grant Thornton LLP. Bill is a member or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia (1992) and has a Bachelors of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University (1990).
Over the past 30 years, Nick Moryto has held senior marketing and sales roles with the world’s largest beverage companies, including Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola, and ABInbev, the world’s largest brewer. His involvement with beverage container recycling dates back to the first beverage container recycling company in Atlantic Canada, EnCorp New Brunswick, where he was a board member. Nick has also served as Chairman of the Canadian Soft Drink Association of Atlantic Canada. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and a management development diploma from Penn State University. Nick was appointed to the Divert NS Board of Directors in June 2014.
Co-Director of FOUND Forgotten Food and Tutorial and Curriculum Development Coordinator at Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability
Laurel Schut's interdisciplinary background and work experience focuses on sustainable community development, food systems and food security, and holistic education. 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 assisted in the delivery of 16 undergraduate classes 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 is currently completing a Dalhousie's Faculty 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, a member of the Executive and Audit Committee, and a member of the Dangerous and Unsightly Premises 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.