Ben Armstrong is the newly elected Chair for SAEWA (2016 - 2018). We welcome Ben and are grateful for his continued support towards leadership of the organization as he endeavors towards his new capacity as Chair. Other areas to be recognized which you may not be aware of are that he also serves as the Deputy Reeve for Wheatland County (and is in his 24th year as Councillor). Ben also represents Drumheller & District Solid Waste Management Authority as Board Chair. He is both an active and tireless community member who continues to provide the SAEWA association with ongoing value in his commitment towards reputable knowledge transfer especially in areas of municipal project development, agriculture, and waste to energy.
Paul Ryan, SAEWA Vice Chair (2015 - 2017)
Paul Ryan, Vice Chair to SAEWA Executive Board provides stakeholder and projects lead expertise as the key official public outreach representative to the association, Paul has been diligent in delivering engaging, on point presentations and reliable communications to the membership regional footprint and government stakeholders. Additional committments include:
Paul represents SAEWA as the Project lead including PPP Canada
Councillor, MD of Bighorn
Board Member, Calgary Regional Airshed Zone (CRAZ)
Paul serves as a tireless steward of maintaining positive government outreach, this has been extremely significant given the rise in challenge due to continued changes to government representation in Alberta.
SAEWA continues to make significant progress in development of an Energy-from-Waste facility in benefit of Paul's tireless efforts and ongoing drive for results!
Kim Craig - SAEWA Treasurer (2016 - 2018)
Kim Craig has served as the prior Chair of SAEWA since 2011, and at the election of 2016 has been elected as Treasurer. Some of Kim's other duties include:
Mayor, Town of Coaldale
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Board of Directors (Director, Towns South)
Mayors & Reeves of South West Alberta Municipal Partner
Kim is focused on creating a better future for southern AB through an unfettered commitment to public service and the SAEWA initiative. His career background is in the financial services sector. Kim brings to the Board a leadership style that is understated, with a thoughtful and effective approach.
Valerie Warnock, Secretary to the SAEWA Executive Board, has been a resident of Alberta for over forty years, eight in Trochu, Alberta.
Valerie provides a very knowledgeable and friendly approach to the SAEWA Board, and is recognized for her interests and ongoing contributions to the following:
• 2nd term on Town of Trochu Council, 2 years as Deputy Mayor
• Strong interest in environmental issues, particularly around management of municipal waste including reduction of dependence on landfills via the win-win philosophy of creating energy from waste
• Representative for Trochu with Drumheller and District Solid Waste Materials Association - DDSWMA (past four years)
• DDSWMA representative on the SAEWA Board and Executive (2012 to present)
Sherry Poole, SAEWA Project Executive
Energy-from-Waste (EfW or waste-to-energy) facilities offer a safe, technologically advanced means of waste disposal while also generating clean, renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting recycling through the recovery of metals. According to a 2012 whitepaper released by Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), energy-from-waste facilities "are economically sound investments that provide multiple financial and environmental benefits to the communities that utilize them."