Meet our Directors

Our Board ensures a diversity of perspectives are brought to bear on RCBC’s work by having designated seats for representatives from governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individual members of the public. Directors are elected for a two-year term, with the government and business sectors alternating election periods with non-profit and individual sectors.

Ken Ingram

RCBC Past-Chair


Ken Ingram is the Director of Technical and Environmental Services at West Coast Reduction Ltd, where his roles include capital project management, development of recycling technologies, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and stakeholder engagement. He has 35 years of experience in the organics recycling industry. He has extensive experience in policy development processes around recycling and resource management at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. He currently serves on the National Zero Waste Council’s Circular Economy Working Group.

Laura Midan

RCBC Chair


Laura has been with the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Program (Archway Community Services) for over 10 years, first as Education Coordinator and currently as Director. As Education Coordinator, she was responsible for developing and implementing environmental education programs, public relations, and other marketing. As Director, she oversees the operation of a single-stream Materials Recovery Facility. Laura has served on the board of the Mission Adopt-a-Block Society, Mission Communities-in-Bloom, and local Toastmasters groups.

Mairi Welman

RCBC Secretary


Mairi Welman is a career strategic planning and communications professional with over 30 years’ experience across a variety of industries within the private and public sectors. She has brought her insightful and practical approach to working with organizations and clients in the private sector in heavy transportation, emergent technology, and TV/film, and has also spent many years working with all four levels of government. Mairi brings a rare breadth of experience, capacity and knowledge to the table, and through Welman Communications currently provides strategic advisory services on contract for clients seeking assistance with intergovernmental relations, communications, public engagement, stakeholder strategy, and staff and executive training in issues management and media relations.

Marcia Dick

RCBC Director


Marcia has worked as a Solid Waste Analyst with the City of Kamloops since 2016. Prior to beginning her work with the City, Marcia operated Waste Naught BC, performing waste audits and providing waste management planning services for institutions, businesses, and non-profits. She has led many successful projects in her tenure at the city, and has been crucial in the development of an upcoming curbside organic waste collection program. Marcia is active in promoting waste reduction in her community – speaking on the topic at community events, volunteering at Repair Café events, and administering a Zero Waste Kamloops Facebook page.

Karen Mason-Bennett

RCBC Treasurer


Karen was previously the Executive Director for NEAT since 2010, working on grass roots, community-based waste reduction program development across the northeast. She currently serves on the board of the Child Development Centre in Fort St. John. She is also the Vice-Chair of the North Peace Cultural Society, a coach for the Special Olympics Swimming and the Co-Chair of Communities in Bloom.

Louise Schwarz

RCBC Vice Chair


Co-founder and co-owner of Recycling Alternative, a Vancouver-based recycling and waste management business serving the ICI (Institutional, Commercial, and Industrial) sector, since 1989, Louise has pioneered innovative solutions by delivering best practices sustainable waste management systems, stakeholder education and engagement related to waste reduction and recovery, and forging community impact around waste through community-based models and collaborations including Vancouver Biodiesel Co-op, Food Scraps Drop Spots, Recycle in Strathcona, Zero Waste Events and the greenHUB co-location facility with community partner United We Can. Louise sits on the National Zero Waste Council’s Management Board, Share Reuse Repair Initiative Steering Committee, the Encorp Pacific Community Advisory Committee and Metro’s Solid Waste Management Plan Public/Technical Advisory. Louise is currently working with local green innovators to create Vancouver’s first Green Industrial Innovation District (the GrIID) focusing on the local circular economy and inclusive, green jobs.

Sarah Willie

RCBC Director


Sarah Willie is a professional with over 15 years of experience in multiple sectors of environmental management. Currently a Solid Waste Analyst with the Comox-Strathcona Waste Management service on Vancouver Island, Sarah works to ensure efficient and fiscally responsible service for residents with a focus on diversion and extended producer responsibility programs. Her experience includes developing online tools for local government reporting and completing financial analyses to determine environmental handling fees for EPR programs across Canada.

Tera Grady

RCBC Director

Tera Grady has been managing waste in the Cariboo Regional District since 2009. In addition to managing the region’s 32 refuse sites, she has been working to improve recycling access for the rural and remote communities in the Cariboo. She is a co-chair for the BC Product Stewardship Council, which is comprised of staff from BC regional districts that advocate for improvements to BC’s recycling programs.

Arman Hosseinpour

RCBC Director

Arman began his sustainability journey at the age of 17 with his first venture, The Fish Counter, dedicated to offering locally sourced, 100% Ocean Wise sustainable fish. With continued success, including expanding to three locations, he also transitioned into the waste management sector. Today, Arman proudly owns 604-Trash-It, a prominent third-party provider in Vancouver’s waste management industry. His company collaborates closely with major waste management firms, emphasizing sustainability and environmental stewardship in every aspect of their operations. Arman remains dedicated to advancing Vancouver’s green future through both innovative waste management solutions and sustainable seafood practices at The Fish Counter

Cassidy van der Ros

RCBC Director

A marketing, communications, and branding strategist, Cassidy v. Ros combines hands-on understanding with broad experience to tilt perspectives and bridge the gap between accessibility and circularity. Focused intently on developing expertise in the place where circularity in building and accessible community development meet, Cassidy has already made impactful contributions to climate-friendly and accessible policy at the provincial and federal level. One recent success was a campaign to clarify the BC building code that garnered endorsements from 27 industry organizations, and from the Deputy Minister and Minister of Housing, which will make a lasting, positive environmental impact in the province. As a person with a disability, Cassidy is committed to using her unique skill set to help everyone participate equally in the communities they live in, and to create a safe space for decision makers to discuss uncertainties, challenges and goals, and to seek further education.

Chris Campbell

RCBC Director

Chris Campbell is the Director of Operations at MARR, the not-for-profit organization that oversees the end-of-life management of large appliances in British Columbia. He spearheads the ongoing implementation of the Stewardship Plan, ensuring the organization meets provincial environmental standards while achieving its strategic goals. Chris focuses on developing efficient systems, analyzing processes, and collaborating with service providers to drive continuous improvement. He also manages MARR’s marketing and communication strategies. Previously, Chris worked at Return-It, managing the stewardship program for beverage containers. Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, golf, and travel.