Responsible Care® is guided by input from CIAC’s National Advisory Panel —a group of academics, environmental leaders, and community members who provide an external, critical perspective on all matters related to the Canadian chemistry industry. The panel meets twice a year, allowing for continuous dialogue between CIAC, its members, and these key thought leaders and opinion shapers.
Through the panel’s advice and input, CIAC can better understand Canadians’ expectations of the chemistry industry. The panel also performs an important, challenging function: alerting CIAC to emerging issues, encouraging it to focus its efforts in particular areas, or to rethink its policy and advocacy positions.
Chair, CIAC Board of Directors
President and Hydrocarbons Director, Dow Chemical Canada ULC
VICE CHAIR, CIAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Head of Operations Canada, LANXESS Canada Co./Cie
President and CEO, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
Group Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, Chemtrade
Vice President, North America, Methanex Corporation
President and COO, Wentworth Technologies
President, ERCO Worldwide
Regional Operations Manager, National Silicates Limited
Senior Vice President, Petrochemical Development, Inter Pipeline Ltd.
Chief Strategy & CSR Officer, Transcontinental Inc.
Vice President of Operations, Jungbunzlauer Canada Inc.
Canadian Regional Operations Manager, Olin Canada ULC
Business Management GM, Canada
Shell Chemicals Canada Ltd.
President, CCC Sulphur Products
Site Director, INEOS Styrolution
President, BASF Canada
Immediate Past Chair, CIAC Board of Directors
Chemicals Business Manager, Imperial Oil
President and Site Manager, ARLANXEO Canada Inc.
Director, Communications & Sustainability
Keurig Dr Pepper Canada
Chemicals Planning & Controls Manager
Vice-President CKF Inc.
Isabelle Des Chênes joined CIAC in November 2017 and leads the Association’s strategic communications and government and stakeholder relations initiatives. Prior to joining CIAC, Isabelle was Director of Communications for the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). She spent eleven years in the natural resources sector in a number of progressive positions including as VP, Market Relations and International Trade with the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and VP, Market Relations for British Columbia’s Forestry Innovation Investment, Inc. Isabelle holds a BA, Communications from the University of Ottawa.
Tel: (613) 237-6215 ext. 242
Vice President, Sustainability NOVA Chemicals Corporation
Shannon Watt is CIAC’s Vice President of Sustainability and leads the Association’s globally recognized corporate sustainability initiative, Responsible Care®. Shannon oversees the chemistry sector’s Responsible Care commitments as well as the association’s environment and health policy advocacy, and internal corporate sustainability initiatives.
Shannon has over 15 years of experience working with national, provincial, and municipal governments and associations on environmental issues and developing public policies to advance environmental sustainability. She has worked for the Federation of Agriculture and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Shannon holds a Master of Science in Meteorology from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Environmental Life Sciences from Queen’s University
Tel: (613) 237-6215 ext. 247
Vice-President, Plastics Division
Elena has an extensive background and more than 20 years’ experience working with federal and provincial governments, along with municipalities and Indigenous communities to advance large-scale national initiatives in the iron, energy, transportation, technology, and cultural sectors. She recently advanced a $1.5 billion iron processing facility and prior to that a $20 billion nuclear project with willing host communities.
President, Merlin Plastics
Vice-President, Sales Cascades Specialty
Nadine Blaney is the executive director of the Fort Air Partnership, an organization responsible for monitoring ambient air quality in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and surrounding region. Nadine has experience working in diverse multi-stakeholder environments, including industry, government and the public. Nadine is co-Chair of the Alberta Airsheds Council, which represents all Airsheds in Alberta and provides leadership in support of healthy air quality for Albertans and the environment. Nadine worked at Alberta Environment and Parks. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta and a Business Management Diploma from MacEwan University.
Shawna Bruce has more than 35 years of progressive leadership and public affairs experience, serving as a Public Affairs Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces before taking on the role of Dow Canada’s National Public Affairs Manager (2009-2018). While at Dow, Shawna supported Community Advisory Panels in four site communities and engaged with neighbour residents about emergency response and public safety information and received the CIAC Merit Award in 2016 for her role in championing Responsible Care®. Shawna operates M.D. Bruce & Associates Ltd, leading risk and crisis communications workshops for organizations. She is a part-time instructor at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in the Disaster and Emergency Management program and teaches ICS and Public Information Officer training for the Centre of Applied Disaster and Emergency Management. Shawna holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, a Public Relations diploma from Algonquin College, and a Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University.
Vice-Chair, PDLC Vice President & Global Director Climate and Energy
DOW Chemical Canada ULC
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Innovation, NOVA Chemicals Corporation
President, Evonik Canada Inc.
Nadine Gudz has led global sustainability strategy with Interface Inc. for 11 years and is currently completing her PhD in education for sustainability transitions at York University in Toronto. She also serves as Vice President of Executive Leadership and Professional Development with the Academy for Sustainable Innovation. Nadine has served on the National Zero Waste Council, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and the United States Green Building Council. She also serves on the faculty of the graduate certificate program in CSR and sustainability at St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto as well as the Certificate in Circular Economy at McMaster University.
Chris Hilkene is the Chief Executive of Pollution Probe, Canada’s oldest environmental organization. He has been an environment and sustainable development professional for over 25 years and joined has worked in government, consulting, academic and not-for-profit settings. Chris served as a Canadian appointee to Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission from 2014 to 2020 and was the Canadian lead on emerging issues for the last four years. In 2007, Chris was appointed to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, where he served as Chair of the Water Programme until 2013. He is an active volunteer and has served on boards and advisory bodies for numerous organizations including Carleton University’s Global Water Institute, Green Living Enterprises, Pollution Probe and WaterAid Canada.
Richard Janda teaches business associations, administrative law, competition law, economic regulation, and air transport regulation. He was Law Clerk to Justices Le Dain and Cory of the Supreme Court of Canada and is a past Director of the Centre for the Study of Regulated Industries at McGill. Richard has been involved in work for the WTO, ICAO, OECD, the World Bank, a number of Canadian public agencies and developing countries. He has served as an Associate Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Law since 1997. He is a resident member of the Institutes of Comparative Law and Air and Space Law at McGill University, a member of the editorial board for the Annals of Air and Space Law, since 1993. Richard is also a member of the advisory board for the International Journal of Telecommunications Law and Policy.
Alex von Knobloch is a Program Manager at Linamar Corporation which supplies products to automotive and industrial markets. Alex has a background in environmental ecology and renewable energy systems. He was a member of the Bluewater Community Advisory Panel in Sarnia, Ont. and participated in a Responsible Care® verification processes.
Jane Lister is Associate Director of the Centre for Transportation Studies at the Sauder School of Business and Research Associate with the Global Reporting Centre at the University of British Columbia. Jane holds an MBA and PhD and has more than 25 years of experience in the sustainability field, including with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she helped companies across North America to design, implement, and audit corporate social responsibility strategies and programs.
Former Chair, PDLC
Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development Farnell Packaging Ltd.
Pat McLean is a retired former executive in the non-profit sector and served 18 years as a member of Council for Woolwich Township. She has been a volunteer with community committees in Elmira, Ontario. She has worked with local companies, the Ministry of the Environment and the community to educate, inform and negotiate on many important issues related to chemical facility cleanup. Pat has also been a long-time volunteer both in her community and at the provincial level.
Phil Byer has been a Responsible Care public verifier since 1993 and was a member of CIAC’s National Advisory Panel from 1989 to 2004. Phil was a professional engineer and a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto. He holds graduate degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
André Denis has been a Responsible Care industry verifier since 1994. With professional training as a registered occupational hygienist, André has more than 30 years of experience in workplace health and safety, specializing in industrial hygiene. He worked for 13 years in various positions related to health and safety with Canadian Industries Limited and Imperial Chemical Industries.
Cam Dillabough has been a Responsible Care industry verifier since 1995. He has more than 30years of experience in the chemistry industry, including as site manager at Rohm and Haas’Morrisburg, Ont. location (now Evonik Oil AdditivesCanada). Cam’s previous responsibilities included safety, health and environmental management, employee training, and the implementation of high-performance manufacturing systems.
David Guss worked as a professional engineer for over 34 years in the chemicals and oil/gas industries. He has experience in technical and managerial roles supporting industrial facilities operations, capital projects, and company global Responsible Care, health and safety, environmental, process safety management systems development, implementation, and audit. David was past president of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, past Board Member of the Chemical Institute of Canada, past Chair of CIAC Process Safety Management Committee, and is a committee member for the Canadian Standards Association Z-767 Process Safety Technical Standard.
Trained as a chemical engineer at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal, Marcel Emond worked in the petroleum industry from 1966 to 1981 and has held a variety of positions at the Petrofina(later Petro-Canada) refineries, BP, and Ultramar. Marcel later worked in the petrochemical sector with Petromont, first serving as Vice-President of Production, and later as Chief of Operations (1991-1998). He has participated in more than 50 Responsible Care verifications.
Ron Ormson is Director of Environmental Engineering for the City of Waterloo. As a licensed professional geoscientist, Ormson has worked on a wide range of projects, including brownfield redevelopments transportation, storm water, wastewater and asset management. He is a member of CIAC’s National Advisory Panel and a national advisor and peer reviewer for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on contaminated site and waste-management issues.
Beverly Osazuwa is a supporter of community-led policy development and industry initiatives that are sustainable, anti-oppressive, and anti-colonial. Beverly holds a Master of Arts in Political and Legal Thought from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University with a minor in Political Science and African Studies. She has committed her academic pursuits to study the effects of modernization and development on African and Indigenous people and in the intersections of class, race, and gender that inform environmental impacts for marginalized communities. Beverly also worked as the Environmental Policy Coordinator for CIAC and assisted in developing innovative programs for Responsible Care. As she concludes her studies, Beverly hopes to centralize the experience of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) to spur change in the Canadian political and legal systems, as well as within industry practice.
Debbie Krukowski is a former member of CIAC’s National Advisory Panel and has chaired many committees in her hometown of Sarnia, Ont., including the Planning Advisory Committee, the Sarnia 2000 Committee, the Property Standards Committee, and the Inter-Recycling Landfill Liaison Committee. In 2004, Debbie founded the Sarnia Transportation Community Advisory Panel. She is currently a member of the ARLANXEO Community Advisory Panel and an appointee to the Court of Revision for the City of Sarnia.
Kris Lee has been a CIAC Responsible Care public verifier since 1998. She has served on CIAC’s National Advisory and Canadian Plastics Industry Association’s Public Advisory Panels. As a retired science teacher, Kris assists educators on lab safety in science education through Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario Safety Committee and instructs through the Workers Health and Safety Centre for the Joint Health and Safety Committee.
Dave Mack has been a CIAC Responsible Care industry verifier since 2001. He has 30 years of industrial experience in industrial gas supply, oil refining, pipelines and petrochemicals; most of which was in large-scale product-manufacturing facilities. He spent 20 years with NOVAChemicals and completed his tenure as Director of Responsible Care for Canadian operations.
Larry Masaro has been a Responsible Care industry verifier since 2020. He has more than 30years of experience in the chemistry industry, including as Global Operations Director for the PQ Corporation. His previous responsibilities included plant operations, engineering, purchasing and logistics, safety, health and environmental management. He directed these global activities from PQ’s Canadian head office in Toronto and retired in August of 2019.
David Powell has worked at the University of Toronto as an instructor, student advisor and administrator since 1967. David has served as a Responsible Care public verifier since 1993 and was an original member of CIAC’s National Advisory Panel. He assisted in harmonizing the initial Codes of Practice and developing the first Responsible Care verification protocol, as well as the initiative’s new sustainability-based codes. For over 20 years, he has served on the advisory committee to the Standards Council of Canada for the ISO14000 environmental management system standards and guidelines.
Bob Richer holds a BSc in chemical engineering from l’École Polytechnique in Montreal. He has been very active in associations and initiatives which contributed to the progress of the chemical industry, especially in Quebec. He has served as a CIAC Board member and Chair of the Quebec Leadership Group. Bob began his career at Petrofina Canada and joined Gulf Oil in 1980. He became Vice President for KEMTEC in 1986 and then Manufacturing Director for Himont/Montell/Basell in 1988 until 2009. He is currently working for GCM, an engineering firm in Montreal, and for QRC, as a transportation verifier.
Gerry Whitcombe has been a CIAC Responsible Care verifier since 2006. He worked for Dow Chemical for more than 32 years in a variety of capacities, including as Canadian Responsible Care Coordinator (1989-2005). Whitcombe was involved in developing implementation aids for the original Responsible Care Distribution Code of Practice.
President, Layfield Group
President and CEO, Wentworth Plastics NA