September 3-10, 2007

Eco/People (September 10, 2007)

Chuck Wilcox has left his position as president and chief operating officer of Waste Services. His responsibilities will be carried out by David Sutherland-Yoest, the company's chairman and CEO, who has also assumed the position of president. In addition, William Hulligan has been appointed executive vice-president for U.S. operations, with overall responsibility for the Florida operations. David

Sutherland-Yoest said the concentration of Waste Services' operations in Florida, together with the divestiture of its Arizona and Texas operations had made Wilcox's position redundant.

Peter Boag has been appointed president of the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (CPPI), succeeding Alain Perez, who has retired after more than ten years in the role. Boag, a former military pilot and aviation safety executive with the Transportation Safety Board, comes to the CPPI following a four-year term as president of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Queen's University.

Four new independent members have been named to the board of the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA). The provincial crown agency was established in November 1993 to operate, maintain and manage water and wastewater treatment facilities and their associated distribution and collection systems. The newest government-appointed board members are:

*Juli Abouchar, a partner with Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers, LLP and a specialist in environmental law;

*John Bergsma, commissioner of corporate services for the regional municipality of Niagara;

*Charles Fox, former First Nations regional chief of Ontario; and

*Art Leitch, former corporate director and CEO of the Hamilton Utilities Corporation, who has also been appointed as the OCWA Board's vice-chair.

In appointing the independent board members, the provincial government has moved to fulfill a recommendation from part II of the Walkerton Inquiry report, which directed the government to clarify OCWA's status and mandate, ensuring it becomes an arm's length agency from the Ministry with an independent board. The government has also renewed its Memorandum of Understanding between OCWA and the Ministry of Environment.

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