Message from the Board – Governance Update – April 18, 2022

The Recycle BC Board is pleased to provide an update on the evolution of its governance. Since its November note to stewards (Important Message from the Board – November 3, 2021), the Board has welcomed two new directors, one director has resigned, and a new Chair has been appointed.

At the close of January 2022, Paul Hazra, CFO, Pattison Food Group, advised that he was stepping down as a director of Recycle BC. In his note, Paul wrote “It has been a privilege to serve on the Board and I wish the organization every success for the future.” Paul was one of the founding directors of Recycle BC, sat on the Finance & Audit Committee since 2016, and had previously acted as Chair of the Board. We are grateful for Paul’s long tenure, and his commitments and contributions to the organization.

In March, Debbie Baxter, Partner, Deloitte (Board Chair), advised the Board of her decision to step down as Chair and remain on the Board as a director. In the Board’s March 23 meeting, Bob Chant (Vice Chair) was appointed Chair of the Board until a new Chair, who will be a current member of the steward community, is elected. Bob had been the Board’s Vice Chair since inception, first as a steward member for Loblaw Companies Limited and later as an independent director.

Additionally, the Board was pleased to welcome two new directors at the conclusion of the March meeting: Gabor Szekendi and Ginny Flood. A summary of their qualifications follows:

  • Ginny Flood retired one year ago from the role of Vice President, Government Relations, Suncor Energy Inc., Victoria, British Columbia. While at Suncor, she collaborated with an industry colleague to create the Clean Resource Innovation Network, which works to bridge the gap between innovation and the carbon/ESG (environment, social and governance) mandate for the oil and gas industry. As an independent director, she brings the skills of government relations, governance and ESG to the Board together with senior executive experience and experience in indigenous relations. She is a BC resident.
  • Gabor Szekendi is the Chief Financial Officer for Unilever Canada, a company he has been with for over 20 years. Gabor holds CPA/CGA designations and brings financial and procurement expertise, as well as senior executive experience as a steward producer, to the Board.

The Chair has asked the Governance Committee to nominate a new Chair and recommend new Committee compositions. The Board intends to consider both items at its next meeting in June.

As a Board, we will continue to correspond with you over the coming months on our continued efforts to evolve the corporate governance of Recycle BC.

The Recycle BC Board