The Reclay StewardEdge team is considered an international expert in recycling and product stewardship in the environmental consulting industry. With a mix of seasoned professionals, we offer a wealth of fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to our clients in a wide variety of industries. Many of our core team members have more than two decades of direct experience across the product stewardship continuum. Reclay StewardEdge is committed to investing in our people by providing a range of opportunities to support them in reaching both their personal and professional goals. As a result, our team is comprised of highly skilled and experienced individuals with the ability to see beyond the current horizon, assisting clients to reach long-term sustainable solutions for their business goals. With this truly extraordinary talent on board, the Reclay StewardEdge team offer technical and strategic direction and value to our clients across North America and internationally.


President

Ken Friesen 

As President of Reclay StewardEdge Inc., Ken has been directly involved in waste reduction and recycling since 1990 and he has led the initiation, design, and implementation of multi-stakeholder stewardship programs, as well as provided strategic governance and project management services to many organizations.

Ken specializes in recycling and product stewardship strategy development, policy analysis and risk assessment, post-consumer recovery program development and implementation, cost-modeling and financial analysis, stakeholder engagement and producer responsibility compliance services.

  • Founding Director, Municipal Green Funds, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (2000-2002).
  • Director, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (1999-2002), member of Environment Committee and International Programs Committee.
  • Founding Chairman, Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Associations (1999-2001).
  • Founding Board member, Manitoba Association of Regional Recyclers (1992-1998).
  • President, Manitoba Association of Regional Recyclers (1993-1997)

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President

Michael W. Zabaneh

Michael is the Senior Vice President for Reclay StewardEdge and an international strategic business and sustainable development expert, with 17 years’ experience across Canada, Europe, MENA and Asia. His work has most recently been focused on public and private sector cleantech, climate change, sustainable development and circular economy advisory, projects and investments as Director, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at EY and as Vice President of Business Development & Strategy at Bee’ah, a UAE based integrated waste management company.  He has also held advising roles for circular economy and sustainable development projects with the United Nations Social Commission, the European Commission and Canadian provincial and municipal governments.

Michael has worked to strategically develop key high level sustainability impact oriented projects that are pioneering to their respective markets. Working closely with senior management teams, he has supported the development and implementation of climate mitigation & sustainability policy, strategies and cleantech infrastructure; helping governments and organizations maximize sustainable impact, create focused socioeconomic development programs, drive circular economies, reduce GHG emissions, generate new revenues, reduce costs while mitigating reputational, social and environmental risks.

Michael holds an MBA from KU Leuven, Belgium and a BA from York University, Canada. 

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MG_8658_GordGordon Day

Gordon is the Vice President of Consulting for Reclay StewardEdge Inc. and he has been involved in waste reduction and recycling programs since 1984 with direct experience in the conceptualization, design, implementation and operation of complex, multi-faceted projects for private and public sector clients.  Gordon specializes in design, implementation and management of product stewardship and recovery programs, policy analysis and risk assessment, post-consumer recovery program development and implementation, recycling market analysis and development, solid waste management planning and analysis, materials management and trading, recovery system analysis and evaluation of facilities, stakeholder engagement and producer responsibility compliance services.

  • Chair, Board of Directors Recycling Council of Ontario

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_MG_8248 ShirleyShirley Ouellette

Shirley is the Operations Manager and part of our Senior Management Team. She also fulfills all aspects of the human resource needs of the company. Shirley has more than 15 years’ experience working for global companies in management positions with a consistent record of meeting and exceeding operational company goals. Shirley contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices, particularly within the consulting team by ensuring organizational effectiveness and providing leadership. Her specialties include strategic planning, human resource management and client relations.

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Lorraine Baudisch

Lorraine is the Financial Controller and she brings over 15 years of Accounting, HR and People Management experience from various industries including Management Consulting, Engineering and Banking.  Lorraine provides financial support and services for both the Canadian and USA operations. She specializes in Full Cycle Accounting, including cash flow management, forecasting and budgeting, while having a strong ability to quickly identify and implement process improvements and support and lead change initiatives.

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_MG_8465_NeilNeil Menezes

Neil is a Senior Consultant in our Toronto office managing large complex projects. Neil specializes in strategic planning and business case development, policy analysis and risk assessment, carbon management strategies, recycling market analysis and development, recovery system analysis and evaluation of facilities. He is a highly motivated, results-oriented Environmental Science graduate from the University of Toronto with a solid understanding of environmental legislation and the principles and practices of environmental sciences.

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Dave Faris Yousif

Dave Faris Yousif is a Senior Consultant with Reclay StewardEdge. With over 10 years of experience and education in the field of waste management, Dave has worked for several municipalities in Ontario and carried out waste management research in Guatemala and Vietnam. Most recently Dave was the Project Manager for the City of Hamilton’s Material Recycling Facility. He holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, in the field of Geography. His Masters thesis examined Ho Chi Minh City’s, Vietnam waste management system and the institutional arrangements necessary for community based composting and waste management.

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_MG_8535_PaulPaul Flegg

Paul has over 15 years’ experience in the information system management business. As our Information Services Manager he is responsible for all aspects of the stewards, compliance, data review, and financial key performance indicators. Paul has designed and implemented producer data reporting and compliance systems for various waste streams including mixed material, waste electronics and electrical equipment, in four different provinces, household hazardous waste and beverage containers. In conjunction with some of these programs, he has designed waste tracking systems for compliance schemes.

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MG_8100_Gianna-150x150Gianna Asaam

Gianna is a Consultant at Reclay StewardEdge who specializes in providing quantitative analysis and research to a broad range of clients. She possesses over 3 years of experience in research which she began and enhanced while she worked as a Research Analyst for an economic consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, she works closely with municipalities and private companies to help prepare cost assessment reports, evaluate waste management initiatives, identify cost-saving opportunities and provide support for compliance reporting.  Gianna holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Windsor, Ontario and a Masters of Arts degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

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Alexandra Macdonald

Alexandra Macdonald is a Consultant at Reclay StewardEdge. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law. She specializes in comprehensive research and analysis, with an emphasis on policy and program related work. She is responsible for both data analysis related to Stewardship Reporting as well as research and report writing.  Recently, Alexandra assisted in the development of an Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP).

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ChristaRust-thChrista Rust

Christa is the Program Manager for CBCRA Recycle Everywhere Program in Manitoba and she specializes in strategic planning and business case development, policy analysis and risk assessment, post-consumer recovery program development and implementation, stakeholder engagement, product stewardship program management.  Christa has worked on projects to assess the impact on local environments due to habitat and climate change, bringing together stakeholders with different interests and working towards showing the benefits for each group to ensure a mutually satisfactory outcome.

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AGurevich-thArielle Gurevich

Arielle is the Communications Manager within our Manitoba office and she is responsible for developing and leading the communications plan for the province’s CBCRA Recycle Everywhere Program.  With over ten years of experience in marketing and communications, Arielle specializes in public and media relations, social media planning and implementation, website development and management and developing editorial content for corporate publications. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business with a double majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

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Melissa Dorota

Melissa is a Senior Outreach Coordinator for the CBCRA Recycle Everywhere Program in Manitoba.  She specializes in product stewardship and recovery programs, stakeholder engagement, policy analysis and risk assessment, recovery system analysis and evaluation of facilities, waste audit project planning and aboriginal policy and traditional knowledge.  Melissa has a number of years of professional experience, and a vast understanding of the environmental sector and has consulted at both the private and public level. She has completed both a BA in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Winnipeg.

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Jaclyn DiduckJaclyn Diduck

Jaclyn is a Field Operations Representative for the CBCRA Recycle Everywhere Program in Manitoba. Jaclyn specializes in event management, stakeholder engagement, design and implementation of research projects, workshops and qualitative research design and analysis in addition to school programs.  With interests in learning and environmental education, Jaclyn’s background allows her to bring a focus on sustainability issues and natural resources management to the team. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba.

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Michael Hancharyk

Michael is the Promotions & Education Coordinator for the CBCRA Recycle Everywhere Program in Manitoba. He specializes in team management, public engagement, event planning, and sustainable education. He supervises the public facing ‘Street Team’ and arranges educational presentations and workshops for grade schools within Manitoba. He has experience with environmental non-profits and green businesses and holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Winnipeg.

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Jordan Hanna

Jordan is the Outreach Coordinator for the CBCRA Recycle Everywhere Program in Manitoba. Jordan has experience in partner outreach, waste audit analysis and report writing, as well as logistical and operational assistance for the Recycle Everywhere Program. Graduating in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies, Jordan’s background focuses on waste management and brings data analysis and client satisfaction skillsets to the Manitoba team.

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Justine Spearman

Justine is a Field Operations Representative for the CBCRA Recycle Everywhere Program in Manitoba. She specializes in stakeholder engagement, research project implementation, and program development. Justine plays a role in the environmental community by sitting as an active member of the Manitoba Eco-Network Board of Directors and is the co-chair of the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association Executive Student Chapter and has extensive experience organizing and promoting networking and environmental events. Justine graduated from the University of Manitoba with an honour’s degree in Environmental Sciences focusing on Corporate Sustainable Development

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Thamie Tan

Thamie is the RE101 Representative for the CBCRA Recycle Everywhere Program in Manitoba. With knowledge in environmental issues, sustainable development and a passion for environmental education and youth empowerment, she provides support in the continuing growth and implementation of the school’s program, directly working with educators and students around Manitoba. Thamie graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba.

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Brienne SantosBrienne Santos

Brienne is the Administrative Coordinator for team in the Manitoba office.  Her diverse background in design, education, and residential management makes her a valuable resource in many different facets of the organization. Brienne has experience in program coordination, event planning, customer service, communication and print media and social programs development and implementation.

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_MG_8438_KarenKaren Schwarz

Karen is the Shared Services Coordinator and she oversees various administrative and accounting tasks. Her 25 years of experience in the waste management industry includes working for government, non-profit and the consulting sector. She has a broad understanding of waste management principles, regulations and operations. Karen also has extensive experience in supervisory management and business administrative practices.

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Adam King – Accounting Assistant

Adam King is the Accounting Assistant at Reclay StewardEdge. He provides assistance with Full Cycle Accounting for our Canadian and American operations. Most recently Adam worked in an accounting firm offering services including; full-cycle bookkeeping, payroll, financial reporting, setting up business incorporations, and preparing personal and corporate tax returns. Adam successfully completed the CMA designation in Toronto in 2015, and has a Bachelor of Commerce with Finance as his major.

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