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 past 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. In recent years, he has become a firm believer in the need for us to shift our focus to reducing waste and not just recycling as waste disposal grows. He hopes that people recognize the reality that the environment and economy can thrive together in a circular economy.
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.
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.
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 has been working for Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. at the Bridgewater facility for the last 14 years. She currently holds the position of Production Shop Manager, and has extensive experience in Industrial Engineering, and continuous improvement and production management. Cari is a Professional Engineer, completing studies at 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.
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.
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.
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 of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia and has a Bachelors of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University.
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 Instructor/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 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 is currently completing 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 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.