Mythbusters: Lightning Talks

Tuesday, July 14, 11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Myth: Glass is inert and not worth recycling — Chantelle Diakuw, SARCAN Recycling

CDChantelle Diakuw has been with SARCAN for 18 years.  She is happy to make recycling both a career and a lifestyle.  It is also her pleasure to work with SWRC.  It has been a great learning experience and a chance to meet interesting and accomplished people.  She believes that glass IS inert, but it is a resource that should be conserved and re-purposed.  Here is why…





Myth: Compostable plastics solve the single-use crisis — Meg Dorwart, SWRC


Meg Dorwart is the Communications and Events Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and the founder and coordinator of the Library of Things YXE. She is also a local zero waste educator with waste reduction events and speaking engagements in Saskatoon, while also reaching a wider audience through her social media presence.














Myth: Pay-as-you-throw programs cause more illegal dumping — Daniel Mireault


Daniel Mireault is a waste diversion specialist within Saskatoon. He works on a variety of waste diversion initiatives, including the residential recycling programs. He served on Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s Board from 2014 to 2019.
Daniel holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, recycling, running, and riding his bike.  The views expressed in this lightning talk are his own and do not represent the City of Saskatoon or City of Saskatoon Council.  Special thanks to Skumatz Economic Research Associates for their research into PAYT programs.




Myth: Environmental handling fees are just another tax grab — Ethan Richardson, SARRC

EHEthan is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery (SARRC) which provides a recycling program for used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and oil, antifreeze and as diesel exhaust fluid containers in Saskatchewan.  Prior to becoming involved in product stewardship, Ethan experienced the environmental field from many different angles, including those of a consultant in a large firm, the Environment Manager for a developmental mining project and as a business owner independently offering environmental assessment and management. Ethan is a Professional Engineer, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Masters of Science, both from the University of Saskatchewan. He was born and raised in Saskatoon, which remains his current home, along with his wife and their three children.

Myth: Uranium waste needs to be transported for disposal — Tim Moulding, Ministry of Environment

TMTim Moulding has been an environmental professional since 1994 and holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Regina, a Water Resources Engineering diploma from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and a Master’s Degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University.  Work history includes: four years of environmental consulting specializing in site assessment, contaminated sites management, and decommissioning and reclamation; three years as Environmental Supervisor at the Cluff Lake uranium mine; and nineteen years with the Ministry of Environment, currently as Manager of Uranium and Northern Operations overseeing regulation of mining and industrial developments.

 Myth: Reusable containers cannot be used by public food vendors— Kelsie Dale, Ministry of Health

KDKelsie Dale is the Food Safety Consultant for the Ministry of Health.  She is responsible for consulting and developing policy on food safety issues in the Province. Kelsie has a B.Sc., a B. Environmental Health, and a Masters of Public Health (MPH). She is also a Canadian certified Public Health Inspector. She has worked in the field as a public health inspector, an environmental scientist, and as the communicable disease control coordinator for environmental health in Southern Alberta. In 2019, she happily returned to her home town of Regina to pursue a position with the Ministry of Health. 




Myth: Curbside waste collection cannot be simplified — Jan d’Ailly, Eagle Vision Systems

JDJan d’Ailly is VP of Business Development. He brings over 25 years of B2B Sales and Marketing experience introducing new technology and products into the energy, waste and water industries.
The operator initiates the CartSeeker as the cart is being approached and stops in front of the cart. The CartSeeker then automatically picks-up, dumps and replaces the cart back on the ground without joystick manipulation. As well as being quicker and reducing costs, the CartSeeker enables a greater focus on safety and is less stressful for the operator.


Myth: Landfills are irredeemable graveyards for junk — Dominique Turcotte, Ministry of Environment

DTDominique Turcotte works as an Environment Protection Officer for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in the Landfills Section. Parts of her job entails travelling throughout the province aiding communities in correct disposal of solid waste. In her spare time, she enjoys doing crafts and playing music with her young children.






Myth: Landfill Scavenging has to be a dangerous liability — Michel Lefebvre, Tetra Tech

MLMichel is a manager with Tetra Tech’s solid waste management practice in Edmonton. He has over 20 years of experience in civil engineering, including engineering design and project management experience in both solid waste and environmental engineering. He has extensive experience in projects across western Canada, specializing in landfill gas collection, landfill and transfer station design.
By night, Mr. Lefebvre is actively involved with the SWANA Northern Lights Chapter as both the vice-president and member of the teaching faculty.



Myth:  Leasing societies create excess waste— Henry Mutafya, SaskTel


Henry Mutafya is an Environmental Management Specialist with SASKTEL in Regina. He has been with SASKTEL for over 13 years. Before joining SASKTEL he worked in Zambia, Africa as the national Director of Environmental Management Planning and Assessments for that country’s federal environmental protection agency. Before that he had worked as a Senior Quality Assurance professional for a national copper Mining conglomerate in one of its Divisions.
Henry has been on the SWRC Board of Directors since 2010 and is a strong advocate for waste minimization. His environmental practice has largely been on management systems, auditing and waste management. He developed a national solid waste management strategy back in Zambia and runs the SASKTEL environmental management system (EMS). He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry, Diplomas in Environmental Management Science and an MBA in Project Management. He is an Environmental Professional (EP) under ECO Canada. He has been in industry for over 30 years.

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