The Board of Directors is responsible for the Authority’s governance and overall strategic direction. The Board is accountable for the Authority’s compliance with its mandated objectives and responsibilities under legislation, and the operating agreement with the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
The Board’s roles and responsibilities include:
- Strategic planning
- Corporate governance and statutory compliance
- Oversight of management and administration
- Oversight of risk management
- Oversight of internal financial and operational controls
- Ensuring the appropriate accounting of financial matters
- Appointing and evaluating the performance of the chief executive officer
- Appointing and evaluating the performance of the registrar
- Oversight of communications with stakeholders
The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks appoints five members to the Board of Directors. The Board elects an additional six members to form the full 11-member Board.
Glenda was appointed as the initial chair of the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority on November 30, 2016 and was subsequently elected Chair by the full Board in November 2017.
Glenda has been designing and delivering waste diversion programs since 1978. Glenda launched curbside and depot collection of packaging and printed papers in the Region of Durham. As the first executive director of Waste Diversion Ontario, Glenda guided industry funding organizations in the development and implementation of diversion programs under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002.
Glenda also led teams to develop a producer responsibility program for residential packaging and paper products for RecycleBC and a shared responsibility stewardship program for residential packaging and printed paper for Multi-Material Stewardship Western.
Glenda was re-appointed to the Board effective February 2018 and her term ends in February 2021.
Tom is currently Chair of the Board of the Condominium Authority of Ontario and was chair of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario from 2014-2018. Previously, Tom served as CEO of the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) from 2002 until his retirement in 2014. From 1991 to 1997 Tom was the Information and Privacy Commissioner for the province of Ontario. A graduate of Queen’s Law School, Tom was called to the Ontario Bar in 1975 and practised law for 10 years before joining the Ontario Public Service in 1985.
Tom was re-appointed to the Board effective November 2017 and his term ends in November 2020.
Joyce has experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. She has a strong background in corporate services leadership, including procurement, risk management and finance. Joyce has broad functional expertise spanning corporate governance, complex project management and environmental stewardship. She has held the position of assistant deputy minister for various agencies and other executive roles in the Ontario Public Service.
Joyce has also been involved in a number of start-ups for not-for-profit corporations, with a particular focus on board governance and providing effective support to the operation of board committees. She is a member of the board of directors of the Ontario Brain Institute, and past member of the boards of directors for Parkinson Canada and Evergreen.
Joyce was re-appointed to the Board effective November 2017 and her term ends in November 2019.
Ken is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of public and private sector experience in financial management, technology and operations. Ken retired in October 2017 from his position as chief technology and innovation officer at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) where he developed WSIB’s first information technology strategy and IT policy framework.
Prior to joining WSIB, Ken was assistant deputy minister and chief information officer, Enterprise Financial Services and Systems for the Ministry of Government Services, and the chief information officer, Labour and Transportation I&IT Cluster for the Ministry of Transportation. He has also worked for various private corporations including The Cumis Group Limited, Scotiabank and UPS Canada. Ken has served on a variety of boards including Niagara Health, Oakville Arts Council and the Trafalgar Township Historical Society.
Ken was elected to the Board effective July 2017 and his term ends in July 2020.
David is an experienced leader in Ontario’s Public Service and has held senior leadership positions in a number of ministries. He is currently Vice-President, Investment Growth in the Ontario Investment Office where he leads new business development, including attracting high value foreign direct investment to Ontario. His previous public service experience includes executive coordinator within Cabinet Office where he was responsible for economic, transportation and infrastructure policy. David has also held various director responsibilities in the areas of corporate law, consumer protection, public safety and developing, launching, and overseeing new agencies and administrative authorities.
Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, David was a manager at the City of Toronto and a consulting civil engineer in private sector. He has served on a variety of boards, including Waste Diversion Ontario, the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, the Governing Council of Professional Engineers Ontario and Mississauga’s Interfaith Food Bank.
David was re-appointed to the Board effective November 2017 and his term ends in November 2020.
Saqib Cheema is a partner with BCM Partners LLP, an accounting and management consulting firm based in Mississauga. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Director. He also holds a Certified Practicing Accountant designation from Australia. Saqib has extensive experience in finance, strategic planning and business management, including as chief financial officer with Specialty Data Systems Inc., a Toronto-based broadcasting management software firm. Saqib also has extensive board experience, including as a director with the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network and as Board Chair of Compassion Society of Halton, a food bank and referral agency. He has volunteered with Futurpreneur Canada as a mentor for young entrepreneurs. Saqib is also member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Saqib was re-elected to the Board effective November 2018 and his term ends in October 2021.
Andrea Nemtin is an accomplished leader working in strategic philanthropy, social finance and social innovation. She recently became a partner at Purpose Capital, an impact investment advisory firm that works to mobilize capital towards social and environmental progress. Andrea was the founding president and CEO of Inspirit Foundation. She built Inspirit into a true force in Canadian philanthropy and a leader on impact investing, innovation and inclusion, including reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. In 2017 Andrea received a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Award for her contribution to inclusion in Canada. She also spent 15 years as the president and CEO at PTV Productions creating socially impactful, award-winning broadcast and interactive media. She serves on the boards of the Centre for Social Innovation, the Story Money Impact Foundation and Challenge for Change.
Andrea was elected to the Board effective November 2017 and her term ends in November 2019.
Robert Poirier, ICD.D is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors; a Canadian FinTech executive; Chair of PortsToronto, including Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with a board composed of federal, provincial and municipal appointees; and a director of Northern Trust Company Canada. Robert was previously the managing director of the Alternative Investments Division at State Street. From 1992 to 1999 he served as a senior advisor to members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.
Robert was re-elected to the Board effective November 2018 and his term ends in October 2021.
Rajesh Sharma has over 23 years of experience in financial services, specifically in corporate and investment banking products, trade and export finance, and client coverage. He is currently providing financing and business strategy advice to Canadian corporates and SMEs, and strategic advice to government sector clients. Rajesh was formerly senior vice-president at Export Development Canada and previously worked with Ontario Hydro International.
Rajesh was elected to the Board effective November 2017 and his term ends in November 2019.
Mary Shenstone has over three decades of public policy, management and government relations experience gained through a distinguished public sector career. She was formerly an assistant deputy minister and (Interim) Fairness Commissioner in the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Mary also served as an assistant deputy minister with the Ontario Ministry of Intergovernnmental Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal. She has extensive experience with board governance and the administrative authority model, having served on the boards of Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario, the Real Estate Council of Ontario, and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority. She also served as vice-chair of the board of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Mary holds an ICD.D designation.
Mary was elected to the Board effective November 2017 and her term ends in November 2020.
Nidhi Tandon has over three decades of experience working on a range of sustainable economic development and climate change concerns with national governments, policy makers and civil society organizations in developing countries. The sustainable development goals and the circular economy underpin much of her technical and strategic work. She was formerly project manager at the Commonwealth Secretariat and at the Overseas Development Institute in the UK before coming to Canada where she founded an independent consulting practice, Networked Intelligence for Development. Nidhi was a founding director of Planet in Focus, Toronto’s environmental film festival, and has served on the boards of Ontario Nature, West End Farmer’s Market and Oxfam Canada. She also served as a council member of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments.
Nidhi was re-appointed to the Board effective November 2017 and her term ends in November 2019.
The Board has established the following committees:
Audit and Risk Committee
Assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight of the Authority’s standards of integrity and behaviour, reporting of financial information, risk management oversight and management control practices.
Assists the Board in providing effective oversight of the Authority’s financial resources and the preparation of the annual business plan and operating and capital budgets.
Human Resources Committee
Ensures that qualified candidates are nominated as Board and committee members and oversees the Authority’s human resources management.
Addresses governance issues related to the effective functioning of the Authority, its Board and committees, including Board policies and protocols, Directors’ Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest, and Board and committee evaluations.