Ridge Meadows Recycling Society Board of Directors
No non-profit society would be successful without a strong, effective Board of Directors to guide it. Board terms are for 3 years, ending & beginning at our Annual General Meeting at the beginning of April.
Glen Shipp – President worked as the CFO of a large not-for-profit organization. As a professional accountant, Glen has been on various boards for over 35 years, ranging from small United Way agencies and the United Way Board to a Child Protection Agency Board and a school-based daycare Board. Through work, Glen also supported both the Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee. He has always found volunteering in his community rewarding.
Russ Carmichael – Vice President is a retired Civil Technologist who has lived in Maple Ridge since 1988. During his career as the Director of Public Works with the City of Maple Ridge, Russ enjoyed working with RMRS on Fleet, metal recycling and specialty services. Part of the green team that implemented fleet changeover to hybrid and electric vehicles and a past member of the Bicycle Advisory Committee, he now volunteers on humanitarian projects around the world and is always looking for innovative applications of recycling technologies and practices.
Kathi Halpin – Treasurer has been a partner of EPR Maple Ridge Langley, Chartered Professional Accountants since 2009. Prior to joining EPR in 2000, Kathi was employed as a Manager, Corporate Accounting in industry. She received her CGA designation in 1992 and is experienced in corporate accounting as well as corporate and personal tax matters. Kathi has lifelong roots in Maple Ridge and is active within the community.
Eric Mollema – Secretary is a business lawyer with international experience in law and business. Eric founded and lead Wizard Financial Services South Africa, was the owner and Managing Director of Mortgage Works, and owned Property Tools, a property training company. He has served as President of the Rotary Club of Meadow Ridge and is a director of the Chamber of Commerce serving Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows where he serves on the Governance and Government Affairs & Policy Committee. Eric is a commissioned officer and holds the rank of captain. Maple Ridge is now home to Eric, his wife and two children. He is an avid scuba diver, as well as a part-time dive instructor (PADI), and golfer. He is fluent in Afrikaans.
Sandy Sigmund – Past President has lived in in Maple Ridge for the past 25 years. She is the Vice President, Development & Chief Marketing Officer of Encorp Pacific Canada, better known as Return-It, where she has led the EPR stewardship agencies marketing, communications and program development since 1995. Prior to Return-It, her career included managing major retail chain stores, national merchandising and sales management among other key positions. Sandy is a BCIT graduate in marketing and business administration, and holds a certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors, UBC in Governance for not-for-profit organizations. She has served as a board member for the Recycling Council of BC (RCBC), serving on the governance and policy committees, The Burnaby Board of Trade serving as chair of the membership committee and the environmental sustainability committee and currently sits on the board of BC Technology for Learning, Computers for Schools.
Ernie Daykin – Director has deep roots in Maple Ridge. He and his wife Judy raised their kids here and owned Windsor Plywood for 24 years. Ernie then went to work for the Baptist Housing Society, serving as an Administrator for Maple Towers. He has served on a number of not-for-profit community groups as well as serving for 12 years on Council, 6 of those years as Mayor. Ernie currently volunteers with the MR Community Foundation and the MR-PM-Katzie Seniors’ Network.
Candace Gordon – Director is a founding member of RMRS. She has maintained a passionate interest in and commitment to the environment. In 1981, she wrote the Society’s constitution, and has served as President, Past President and Treasurer. She has also served 12 years on Maple Ridge Municipal Council. During that time she continued as a member and volunteer for the Recycling Society. In April, 2012, she was honored as Maple Ridge Community Foundation‘s 2012 Citizen of the Year.
Kelly Swift – Director is a consultant supporting strategic level planning primarily with First Nations, agencies that serve Indigenous people, and in areas that involve co-development of strategic initiatives between parties such as the BC Government and First Nations peoples. Prior to that, Kelly had a thirty-year career in local government within the City of Maple Ridge. Throughout her career, Kelly initiated a range of partnerships, championed community led initiatives, and facilitated community engagement and strategic planning processes with City Councils and non-profit organizations. Kelly has an MBA from Royal Roads, a Degree in Business and Liberal Studies from SFU, and other certifications including a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation. She is also an active community volunteer including being a founding Board Member of the Golden Ears Metis Society.
Kirk Grayson – Director is an accredited business communications professional who has lived in Maple Ridge since 1991. Kirk spent 15 years at ICBC, helping to establish and manage their digital presence before opening her own consulting practice. As a passionate advocate for climate action, Kirk was instrumental in setting up and now coordinates the Maple Ridge Climate Hub; co-organized a local School Strike for Climate; started and ran Maple Meadows Green Drinks; and collaborates with other local stewardship groups to offer climate-friendly education and events throughout the year.
Lilian Kan – Director is a local resident and a real estate professional since 2010. Her experience includes residential and commercial land acquisition and development, government relations, leadership development, financing, and construction. She currently serves as a board director with the entre nous femmes Housing Society and the Crossroad Hospice Society. In 2020, Lilian was appointed to serve on the Pitt Meadows Advisory Design Panel, Maple Ridge Board of Variance, Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable Committee, Coquitlam Economic and Development Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and an Urban Design Certificate from Simon Fraser University.
Jim Rule – Director and his wife Diana have lived in Maple Ridge since 2002. Jim holds an Honours Degree in Environmental Studies and a Master of Arts. He was the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Maple Ridge and has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development and building consensus, working with Municipal Councils, Provincial and Federal Governments, non profit boards and citizen groups. He believes in the philosophy of achieving a triple bottom line and enjoys kayaking, skiing, sailing, biking, hiking and gardening.