Our Board

Our Board of Directors is responsible for the overall strategic direction and governance of the Authority. The Board is accountable for the Authority’s compliance with its mandated objectives and responsibilities under the Acts and the Operating Agreement with the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

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

Board Committees

The Board has established the following committees:

AUDIT & 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.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
Ensures effective oversight on behalf of the Board of the financial resources of the Authority and the preparation of the annual business plan, operating and capital budgets.

HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Ensures that qualified candidates are nominated as Board and Committee members and oversees human resources management of the Authority.

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
Addresses governance issues related to the effective functioning of the Authority, its Board and Board Committees, including Board policies and protocols, Directors’ Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest, and Board and Board Committee evaluations.

Board Members

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change appoints five members to the Board of Directors, including the initial Chair. The Board elects an additional six members to form the full 11-member Board of Directors.

Glenda Gies, Board Chair

Glenda has been involved in designing and delivering waste diversion programs for more than thirty years. During the 1980s, 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.

Since 2011, Glenda has provided consulting services in the field of producer responsibility,
including leading project teams to develop a producer responsibility program for residential
packaging and printed paper for Multi-Material British Columbia and a shared responsibility stewardship program for residential packaging and printed paper for Multi-Material Stewardship Western.

Tom Wright, Vice-Chair

Tom is the elected Chair of the Interim Board of Directors of the Ontario Film Authority, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and the Condominium Authority of Ontario. Tom became CEO at the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) in 2002 until his retirement in September 2014. RECO was one of the first delegated administrative authorities established by what is now the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. 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 prior to joining the Ontario Public Service in 1985.

Joyce Barretto, Secretary

Joyce has experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors with a strong
background in corporate services leadership including procurement, risk management and finance. She had 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 currently a member of the Boards of Directors for the Parkinson Canada, Evergreen and the Ontario Brain Institute. Joyce has broad functional expertise spanning corporate governance, complex project management and environmental stewardship.

Ken Kawall, Treasurer

Ken is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of public and private sector experience in financial management, technology and operations. Ken is retiring in October 2017 from his position as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) where he developed the 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 & Systems for the Ministry of Government Services and the Chief Information Officer, Labour & 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.

David Brezer

David is an experienced director in Ontario's public service. He has held leadership positions in a number of ministries and is currently serving within Cabinet Office. David's responsibilities in Cabinet Office include economic, transportation and infrastructure policy. His previous public service responsibilities included policy and delivery in the areas of corporate law, consumer protection and public safety, and developing and launching new agencies and administrative authorities and their oversight.

Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, David was a manager for the City of Toronto and the 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.

Saqib Cheema

Saqib Cheema is a partner with BCM Partners LLP, an accounting and management consulting firm based in Mississauga. Mr. Cheema is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Director. He also holds a Certified Practicing Accountant designation from Australia. Mr. Cheema 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. Mr. Cheema 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. Mr. Cheema is also member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Andrea Nemtin

Andrea Nemtin is Founding President and CEO of the Inspirit Foundation, a national grant-making organization focused on building a more pluralist and inclusive Canada through Media and Arts, supporting young Change Leaders and an unprecedented 100% Impact Investment Portfolio. Recently, Ms. Nemtin was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for the creation of Inspirit Foundation. Nemtin previously spent 15 years as President and CEO of PTV Productions Inc., an award-winning media company. Ms. Nemtin is currently Chair of Artscape Youngplace, a community cultural hub in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood, and serves as a director for the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Philanthropic Foundations Canada and the Social Innovation Institute. 

Robert Poirier

Robert Poirier is currently a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), 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 and also served as a senior advisor to members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce from 1992 until 1999.

Rajesh Sharma

Rajesh Sharma has over 23 years of experience in financial services, specifically corporate and investment banking products, and client coverage.  He is currently providing strategic advice to Canadian corporate and government sector clients, and financing advice to SMEs. Mr. Sharma was formerly Senior Vice-President at Export Development Canada and previously worked with Ontario Hydro International. 

Mary Shenstone

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. Ms. Shenstone 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. Ms. Shenstone also has extensive experience with board governance and the Administrative Authority model, having served on the boards of Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario, 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.

Nidhi Tandon

With a background in development economics, Nidhi began her career as an economics journalist/reporter with the Zimbabwe International News Agency and the BBC Africa Service and subsequently worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Overseas Development Institute in the UK.

In Canada, she established a consulting practice, Networked Intelligence for Development, which provides a range of technical assistance, advice and analysis to international development and financial institutions on sustainable and equitable development. At home in Toronto, Nidhi teaches at Humber and Seneca, is a board director with Oxfam and is an Ombudsman for Banking and Investment Services council member.