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Seminar: Greenhouse Gas Calculations

Wednesday, April 27, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Prince Albert Room

Moderator: Sheri Praski, Eco-Strategies


Overview: Aaron Worth, Director, Climate Change Branch, Ministry of Environment

Speaker picAaron Wirth is the Executive Director of the Climate Change Branch in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment.
Aaron has held diverse roles in public administration including in both central agency and line departments in the Government of Saskatchewan. He started his 11-year government career as an energy analyst and spent many of his years working on energy and environment issues and in roles of increasing responsibility.
Aaron was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and lives there with his wife Adelle and their two children Theodore and Rosalie. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.


Panelists:

Rolando Valasquez, Call2Recycle

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Rolando is an experienced professional with over 10 years of experience in managing and optimizing Operations, Environmental Sustainability and Regulatory Compliance. At Call2Recycle, Rolando serves as a subject matter expert and helps advise on regulatory changes and their impact in relation to the transportation and recycling of consumer and electric vehicle batteries (EVB).

He leads all activities related to sourcing, fulfilment, transportation, and processing/recycling. During his tenure at Call2Recycle, Rolando led the development of the company’s first Program for Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management Plan for consumer batteries. Fluent in English, French, and Spanish, Rolando is a graduate of Brigham Young University and McGill University and registered as a Professional Engineer in Quebec. He has international experience in environmental engineering and sustainability in North America (US, Canada and Mexico), the South Pacific (Tonga) and Latin America (Honduras, Dominican Republic).


Stevyn Arnt, Tire Stewardship Saskatchewan

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Stevyn joined TSS in fall of 2020 after a career in both the Private and Public sector.  Recently Stevyn was a Partner with True North Renewable Fuels and held roles with the Government of Saskatchewan as Vice President of Business Development with the Global Transportation Hub and Senior Strategic Lead for Value-Added Agriculture with the Ministry of the Economy.  Prior to his time in public service Stevyn had senior roles with both Agrium and Viterra.  Stevyn has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba.  

Stevyn has been with TSS for 17 months.  In that time TSS with the assistance of the Ministry of the Environment successfully completed the clean-up of Assiniboia Rubber Recycling in 2021.  In 2022, TSS is pledging to complete another large scale tire cleanup in Eldon, SK and is in the process of implementing a long-term strategy to deal with legacy tire issues in the Province in 2022. 


 Sean Homenick, SARC/ SARCAN Recycling
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You CAN Do it Too!  Measuring the Effectiveness of SARCAN's Environmental Protection Efforts

Sean Homenick (he/ him) has worked in the non-profit world for fifteen years and currently works with SARC and SARCAN Recycling as the Manager of Communications and Culture. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan with a specialization in Marketing and Management. Sean is proud to live car-free in downtown Saskatoon.

Sean Homenick is 6’9” in height. He did indeed play basketball and volleyball. Sean orders his shoes and pants online.  He truthfully does not get tired of hearing these questions.


Matt Regier, City of Saskatoon

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Matthew is an Environmental Coordinator with the City of Saskatoon’s Sustainability Department. He has undergraduate degrees in Physical Education and Land Use & Environmental Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, and has been employed with the City of Saskatoon since 2008. His current work plan includes tracking and reporting progress towards the City’s Climate Action Plan, as well as other reporting requirements related to the overall environmental performance of the City and community.

 

 


Greg Kuntz, City of Regina
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Greg is the Manager of Energy & Sustainability Solutions for the City of Regina.  Greg has been tasked with overseeing the completion of an Energy & Sustainability Framework for the City and providing support to the organization on our path to becoming a 100% renewable city.  Greg joined the City in 2015 as the Manager of the Environmental Services branch where he oversaw regulatory activities related to air, water, wastewater and solid waste.  Prior to his time with the City, Greg worked in consulting for 14 years, working on contaminated sites, assessing water resources and designing waste management systems. 


Brittney Casavant, Federated Cooperatives

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Brittney Casavant is the Sustainability Manager with Federated Co-operatives Limited. Brittney joined FCL in 2014 and is responsible for providing strategic direction and alignment of Co-op’s sustainability programs and initiatives. Most recently, she has been leading Co-op’s participation on the Canada Plastics Pact, representing Co-op on government and industry sector advisory committees, supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation planning, and supporting waste management improvement work. 

Brittney holds a Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan and obtained certificates in GHG Emissions Inventories and Measuring Carbon Footprints (ISO 16064). She currently lives in Saskatoon, SK with her husband and two fun-loving toddlers.


Closing: Kerra Chomlak, City of Leduc

Speaker picKerra started with City of Leduc in 2010.  She developed the City’s first Environmental Plan to achieve a healthy and green Leduc, and has been working to grow the environment program ever since.  Before joining the City of Leduc, Kerra worked for the Clean Air Strategic Alliance in Edmonton, and for Alberta Environment.  She is passionate about climate change and is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Climate Action Leadership from Royal Roads University.  
Kerra currently lives in Leduc and enjoys spending time at home with her two sons.
 


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