ECO/PEOPLE (September 12, 2005)
* Elizabeth May, executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada. A lawyer by training, May has received two honourary doctorates and has also received the United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 Award.
May first came to national attention in the mid-1970s when she led a successful campaign by Cape Breton residents against a planned aerial insecticide forest spray programme. In the early 1980s, she was involved in opposing the spraying of Agent Orange, the spread of nuclear power and potential uranium mining in Nova Scotia.
A graduate of Dalhousie University's law school, May accepted the post of senior policy advisor to then-federal Environment Minister Tom McMillan in 1986. Her resignation in 1988 over a matter of principle in the illegal granting of permits for the Rafferty and Alameda dams in Saskatchewan once again received national attention.
May joined the Sierra Club of Canada in 1989 as its first national staff member and, subsequently, its first executive director. Her work with the Sierra Club of Canada has included successful campaigns to protect vast areas of Canadian wilderness, to promote by-laws against the use of dangerous pesticides, for action on the threat of climate change, and for the cleanup of the Sydney Tar Ponds.
* Walter Jager has been chosen as chairman of the newly-formed Canadian sub-committee within the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)'s Technical Committee 111 on environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems. Jager, vice-president of engineering at Ottawa-based Ageus Solutions, has over 20 years of experience in the electronics industry in areas such as system architecture, product design, quality systems and environmental compliance. The sub-committee was created last month to provide representation at the international level and as a guidance body for the creation of national standards to accompany national and provincial legislation within Canada.
"The conversion of products to RoHS compliance has been a major undertaking for electronic equipment producers," says Jager. "The IEC/TC111 efforts to create internationally accepted standards in areas of materials declaration, environmental information, and hazardous substance testing will help give producers certainty and confidence in the environmental compliance of their products."
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. Ageus Solutions specializes in comprehensive RoHS, WEEE and JGPSSI services, including comprehensive take-back and WEEE registration in Europe and detailed BOM compliance assessment and component engineering services.