Alberta CARE Board of Directors

Tom Moore - Chairman

Tom Moore

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 SmithRobert 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 TreasurerJanet 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 JuskaRay 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

Jennifer BesingerJennifer Besinger is the Technical Services Manager for the County of Grande Prairie in this role she serves as Landfill Manager for both the West Grande Prairie Regional Landfill and Clairmont Centre for Recycling and Waste Management.  There are also three transfer stations and 15 recycle bin locations throughout the County. The County’s commitment to environmental stewardship is ever getting stronger by reducing, reusing, recycling and rethinking. 
Although Jennifer has her Bachelor of Education Degree from the U of A in Edmonton, her career path has been focused around utilities providing her with extensive experience with water/wastewater operations, management and most recently solid waste management.  She currently holds her AEP Certification Level 2 in both water treatment/distribution and Level 1 in wastewater collection/treatment. Jennifer is an active member of SWANA, Alberta Recycling, AWWOA and now Alberta CARE as a Director.
Jennifer's past work experience had her in British Columbia for nine years with Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) in the Kamloops area before returning in 2010 to sunny Alberta where she was with MD of Greenview as Manager of Environmental Services prior to being with the County of Grande Prairie.
She enjoys the out-of-doors and spending as much time as possible with her horses.

Glen Finstad - Director

Glen FinstadGlen Finstad is currently serving his second term as Councillor for the City of Leduc. He is an active member of the Board of Directors with Alberta CARE and is vice-chair of Capital Region Waste Minimization Committee, the council-appointed member of Leduc Environmental Advisory Board, and the alternate board member for Leduc and District Regional Waste Management Authority.
He is also involved with the Capital Region Board as member of Governance, Priorities and Finance Committee and an alternate member of the CRB Transit Committee.
Glen is very active within his community in a variety of capacities, including liaison with the local Citizens on Patrol group, the Leduc Nighthawks, the council representative for Leduc’s FCSS board, and a member of the Leduc Emergency Advisory Committee.
In addition to his council duties, Glen is contracted to provide Customer Relationship Management, training, and oversight to an automotive group.

Art Sawatzy - Director

Art SawatzkyArt Sawatzky is the General Manager of the Peace Regional Waste Management Company (PRWMC) located near beautiful Peace River in Northern Alberta.  PRWMC is a thriving part 9 company that operates an ECO Centre, 15 recycle depots, 7 transfer stations and a very busy landfill that disposes of over 300,000 tonnes of waste annually.
After about 30 years of working in sales and service in the construction, environmental and energy industries, Art joined the Peace Regional Waste Management Company a little over 3 years ago on February 4th, 2013.He is a General Manager with demonstrated leadership skills and is highly qualified in strategic planning, business development, sales, marketing and operations management experience.  Art is experienced in opening new markets and business lines, market analysis and strategy alignment to meet market demands. He has a proven track record in building relationships with customers, industry professionals and functional areas within an organization, thereby delivering results by fostering collaboration and teamwork. Dynamic and confident leader with solid presentation and communication skills focused on superior performance delivered through strategic action, building a customer centric organization, promoting responsible and safe operations, fostering innovation and offering differentiated solutions.
Art is an active member of SWANA, Alberta CARE andAlberta Recycling. He and his wife Julia are empty nesters that live on an acreage just outside of the town of Peace River.   In addition to acreage life, they enjoy time at their cabin along the Little Smokey River, golfing, hunting, fishing and boating.  Art also likes long road trips on his motorcycle with his friends.  He is obviously an avid outdoorsman and believes that these organizations are important to help preserve the future of these activities.

Ben Armstrong - Director

Ben ArmstrongBen 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 RyanFirst elected as a Councillor for the Municipal District of Bighorn in 2002 Paul Ryan has been involved in initiatives that provide him an opportunity to make a positive contribution to his jurisdiction and our beautiful Province.
Paul is currently the Chairman of the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission, a Charter member and Treasurer for the Calgary Region Airshed Zone and the Vice-Chairman of the Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association. Paul is also a member of SWANA and has been a zone Director for Alberta CARE for the past 5 years.
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.
Paul married his very understanding wife Bonnie on March 1, 1980 in St. Johns Newfoundland and left the next day for Alberta on what he thought would be a 3-month honeymoon and never left.
Paul is an active volunteer in his home community of Exshaw and continues to help the Community Association and residents recover from the devastation of the 2013 flood. In his spare time Paul enjoys camping and boating/fishing with his family.

Dick Ellis - Director

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.