Alberta CARE Board of Directors
Tom Moore - Chairman
Tom Moore is the Commission Manager for the Westlock Regional Waste Management Commission in Westlock Alberta and owner of Tom Moore Consulting. Tom has over 14 years of experience in Policy and Bylaw Development, and H&S program development and management. Tom has 9 years of experience in the waste management field.
Tom was the landfill manager during the 2011 wildfire that burned up one third of the residences in the Town of Slave Lake and Municipal District of Lesser Slave River. During the cleanup Tom’s initiative was to recycle as much material as possible as well as be as environmentally responsible as possible. Tom received the Alberta Emerald Award for his efforts in this challenge.
Tom is active in Alberta Coordinated Action for Recycling Enterprises (CARE) as chairman and a board member with the Northern Lights Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Tom has been a SWANA Landfill Operator and Transfer Station instructor since 2013 and is currently the chairman for the SWANA-NLC Chapters Crisis Committee team.
Rob Smith - Vice Chairman
Robert Smith is the Manager / CAO of the Athabasca Regional Waste Management Services Commission. Rob is a strong regional leader who has over 16 years of experience as Manager of the Waste Commission. During this time Rob has nurtured growth of the Waste Commission from one class II landfill into a regional system with seven transfer stations, one material recovery facility, a class III landfill and a small fleet of collection vehicles for automated waste cart collection and for ICI waste and recycling collection. Over his long term position with the Waste Commission he has also demonstrated significant system design and development experience with knowledge of logistics and materials flow management.
With a diploma in Business Management these accomplishments were possible because of Rob’s excellent business acumen and ability to successfully manage large projects from planning and budgeting stages to implementation and problem solving.
As Rob has gained experience in the Solid Waste industry he has also developed a considerable understanding of Alberta’s stewardship programs both as a private stakeholder and as a municipal operator and manager.
Prior to his role with the Waste Commission Rob traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America and the United States developing Agricultural Plastic markets and also Rob was involved on the private side of the collection and recycling of post consumer plastics as well as product development of related recycling equipment.
Rob has been an active member of Northern CARE since 1999 and has been Chair of Alberta CARE since the organizational change in 2010. Rob is presently active in Alberta CARE, EWMCE Education and Training, and the Tire Recycling Industry Council. Other industry leadership includes work with the Alberta Transfer Station Advisory Committee, the Alberta Dairy Municipal Partnership Committee and Alberta Environment’s Construction and Renovation Waste Committee.
When Rob is not recycling or managing he enjoys his acreage life with his wife Carolyn and son Kailan and all the fun stuff associated with a young son. In addition, Rob has a passion making old things new again and such enjoys restoration projects and memorabilia.
Janet Altmiks - Treasurer
Janet Altmiks worked for the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association for twenty years before starting her own business.
During her twenty years in the recycling industry, she attended Northern/Alberta CARE meetings as a member representing APRA. Janet's continued interest with recycling and waste management lead her to join Alberta CARE as a member and subsequently a board member representing her own business.
Ray Juska - Secretary
Ray Juska is Manager for the Newell Regional Solid Waste Management Authority which operates a Regional Landfill and five transfer stations serving the residents of the County of Newell. While his background is Chemical Technology and environmental he has been employed in waste management since 1996 starting with sitting and design of the Newell Regional Landfill. Ray is Alberta Landfill Operator Certified as well as an instructor for the SWANA Landfill Operator Course.
While directly employed in waste transfer and disposal Ray is also committed to waste reduction and alternatives and as well is a Director of Alberta Care for the Newell Recycling Association and for the Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association.
Jennifer Besinger - Director
Glen Finstad - Director
Art Sawatzy - Director
Ben Armstrong - Director
Ben Armstrong is a Councillor for Division Seven and Deputy Reeve of Wheatland County.
Ben is in his 26th year as a Councilor and served 8 years as Reeve. Ben is the Chair of the Drumheller and District Regional Solid Waste Association, and he sits on the board as an executive for the Southern Alberta Energy Waste Association and is a southern regional member of Alberta CARE.
Ben spends his spare time chasing grandchildren with 2 boys in hockey and 2 girls in competitive dance. Ben has been self employed, farmed for 32 years and operated a small oil field and fencing business for 15 years and bought a local automotive shop with his second son in 1996, which his son now operates.
Ben enjoys camping throughout the summer with his wife, Terry of 48 years.
Paul Ryan - Director
Paul has been a member of the Bighorn Corridor Environment Committee since 2000 and recently had the pleasure of serving as a Chair on the Sustainability Committee for the 2014 Alberta Winter Games.
Dick Ellis - Director
Dick Ellis is the General Manager of the Vulcan & District Waste Commission. Dick is a Council member of the Village of Champion, Alberta.
Dick has been a long term Director of SWANA Northern Chapter and International SWANA.