Session H -- Provincial Ministry Updates

Friday, May 19, 10:30 a.m. - noon -- Michelangelo A

AKManitoba Conservation, Green Manitoba -- Ashley Keep

Ashley is a graduate from Brandon University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography, Geology and Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies. She currently maintains her MOLO certification and is a Canadian Certified Environmental Professional (EP) in Policy, Legislation and Waste Management.

Ashley has been working for the Province of Manitoba in various roles for over ten years, including working as an Environment Officer in the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Branch of Manitoba Conservation and in her current position as the Solid Waste Management Coordinator for Manitoba Sustainable Development. Ashley is responsible for the Solid Waste Program and delivery of the Waste Management Facilities Regulation. Ashley also works on landfill gas systems, landfill and commercial composting, and assisting in new solid waste projects for Manitoba.

CSWhat's New in Alberta -- Christina Seidel, Recycling Council of Alberta
Christina holds a PhD in Engineering Management, a Masters degree in Environmental Design (Environmental Science), as well as a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.  She operates sonnevera international corp., a waste reduction consulting firm, and is the current Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta. She is also currently co-chair of the National Zero Waste Council’s Circular Economy Working Group.

Christina loves rural life, choosing to live on a farm near Bluffton, Alberta, where she and her family raise Warmblood horses and enjoy many other outdoor activities.


Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment -- Che-Wei Chung & Michael Rathwell

CWChe-Wei is the Manager of Waste Stewardship and Recycling Section with the Ministry of Environment.  The team manages regulatory oversight for all provincial stewardship and product management programs such as SARCAN, used oil, waste paint, waste electronics, Multi-Material Recycling Program, scrap tires, and grain bags and researches future opportunities for program expansion, such household hazardous waste and the solid waste management strategy. 

Che-Wei joined the ministry in 2014 after four years with the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association as the senior policy advisor focusing on economic development, environment and transportation.



MRMichael has been with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment since 2002 and is currently a Senior Environmental Project Officer in the Landfills Section of the Environmental Protection Branch. He is involved in all aspects of solid waste regulation and air quality around solid waste.

Mike enjoys the challenge of working on provincial solid waste issues and meeting and working with new people. He has a particular interest in working with rural Saskatchewan on environmentally responsible waste disposal. 

Michael grew up on a farm in southwestern Saskatchewan. He has a  Diploma in Water Resources Engineering Technology from Moose Jaw Polytechnic (formerly SIAST). Michael is married with three teenage children that keep him very busy outside of work. In his free time, he coaches youth sports.