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.
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, he was appointed to the Divert NS Board of Directors as board member and vice chair. Most recently, Marc was appointed to the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation in 2020.
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 Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc., 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.
Mayor, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Amanda McDougall was elected Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in October, 2021, making history by becoming the first female Mayor of CBRM. Amanda is a Cape Breton University graduate in Political Science and hails from Main-a-Dieu, a small fishing village of just about 200 people, on the beautiful island of Cape Breton, NS. It is here that she developed a deep passion for community development and advocacy pursuing a career in the non-profit sector.
She served as the former Coordinator of the Main-a-Dieu Community Development Association and became the lead on the campaign to have the derelict MV Miner removed from the shores of Scaterie Island. This involvement in trying to engage various levels of government to respond to community needs is what inspired her to run for municipal Council in 2012.
Amanda’s first electoral campaign was not successful, but she spent the following four years learning more about her community by volunteering and taking on roles such as the Manager of the Rural-Urban Immigration Pilot at Cape Breton University. Her hard work and commitment paid off, and in 2016, she was elected CBRM Councillor for District 8.
Prior to her election as Mayor, Amanda served as the Executive Director of ACAP Cape Breton, an environmental non-profit organization that works directly on practical solutions to help protect and restore our natural environment. Shortly after taking office as Mayor, Amanda, her partner Kevin, and son Ronan welcomed a new addition to their family – a beautiful little boy named Emmett. Emmett now joins his mother in the office on a regular basis and serves as a constant reminder of how decisions at the Council table can impact the future.
Warden, Municipality of Pictou County
Robert Parker is a resident of the Durham/Central West River area of Pictou County and represents the Regional Chairs on the Divert NS Board. Richard graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc. in Agriculture and has operated his own business for 49 years, along with his family. West River Greenhouses is a well-known supplier of quality landscaping and food plants in northern NS. Robert is currently in his second term as Warden for the Municipality of the County of Pictou and is serving in his 13th year on Council. Previous to being elected to Council, Robert served for 13 years, the final four as Chair, of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Robert is new to the Waste Management Regional Chairs and Divert NS, but is keenly interested, along with his Council, in cleaning up our countryside and improving our environment generally by continuing the great improvements that have been made to reduce, reuse, and recycle over the past 20 years.
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 sustainability, 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 and Mount Saint Vincent University. Laurel is currently employed at Dalhousie University's College of Sustainability, where she teaches four upper-level undergraduate courses. Laurel is also 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, a Certificate in Teaching & Learning, and a Certificate in Conflict Management & Mediation.
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.