Responsible Care® Awards

Nominations open for 2023 Responsible Care® Awards 

Launched in 2022, the Responsible Care® awards recognize companies that exemplify leadership and outstanding performance in implementing Responsible Care over the past year. We invite all CIAC Members, CIAC Plastics Division Members, and other stakeholders to nominate or apply for one or more of these awards. Nominations will be accepted through the following submission link until Friday, May 10, 2024. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2024.  For eligibility criteria and other information, please see our Awards Package.

 

There are four code-based awards:
  • Operations Award: For contributions in transportation, occupational health and safety, process safety, and/or resource conservation.
  • Stewardship Award: For contributions in product stewardship, value chain stewardship, and/or research and development.
  • Accountability Award: For contributions in community engagement and/or equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Company of the Year: For organizations that have exemplified each code, as well as the codes as a whole.

 

 

Jean Bélanger, founder of Responsible Care

The program also includes three awards that align with the Responsible Care ethic and principles
  • The Jean Bélanger Award: To honour individuals who reflect Responsible Care in all aspects of their life.
  • The Women in Chemistry Award: To recognize women who are seen as leaders in the field of chemistry.
  • The Excellence in Partnership Award: To honour implementation partners who has provided significant value to Responsible Care.

 

 

Plastics Awards:
  • OCS Company of the Year: In recognition of exemplary dedication, unwavering commitment, and outstanding leadership in the pursuit of a sustainable and environmentally responsible industry. This accolade is a testament to the exceptional efforts and achievements of a member who has gone above and beyond in embracing our shared vision of a world with zero pellet, flake, and powder loss.
  • Plastics Contributor of the Year: In recognition of significant contributions, demonstrated exemplary leadership, and a profound impact in the field of plastics. This award aims to celebrate professionals who have shown exceptional dedication, innovation, and commitment to the advancement of the plastics industry.

Judging panel

Dan Holt
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Rocco Schurink

Global Director EHS, ESG and Operational Excellence at EQUATE Group

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Wagish Yajaman
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Nadine Blaney

Public Verifier

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Jane Lister
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Sanket Das

Policy Manager, Plastics Division

Email: [email protected]

Scott Rook

President and CEO, Chemtrade Logistics

Eva Musso

Head of Sustainability and Government Relations, BASF

Domenic Di Mondo

President, GreenMantra Technologies

Gulnara Gabidullina

Director of Global Product Stewardship, Procter and Gamble Inc.

Rocco Schurink

Global Director EHS, ESG and Operational Excellence at EQUATE Group

Rocco is the Global Director EHS, ESG and Operational Excellence at EQUATE Group. He joined MEGlobal Canada in 2004, became Vice-President of Operations in 2012, Vice-President of North American operations in 2016, and assumed his current role within the EQUATE Group in 2022. Rocco has more than 34 years of experience in the chemical industry including operational, supply chain and technical leadership roles in The Netherlands, U.S., Canada, and Dubai. Rocco has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.

Kai Horsfield

Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations, Western Canada

Email: [email protected]

Diego Ordoñez

President of Dow Chemical Canada ULC, and Senior Business Director Feedstocks

Sleiman Bassila

Chemicals Business Manager, Imperial Oil Chemicals

Wafaa Boukhrissi

Finance Manager

Email: [email protected]

Todd Karran

Chief Executive Officer, Petrochemicals, Inter Pipeline Ltd.

Tina Burton

Manager, Corporate Services

Email: [email protected]

Amir Karim

Vice-Chair, PDLC

President & CEO, Polykar

Peter West

Head, Butyl Manufacturing, ARLANXEO Canada Inc.

Brad Apking

Plant Manager, Methanex Corporation

Amanda VanderBurg

Regional Production Director – Canada, MEGlobal Canada ULC

Peter Mirtchev

Policy Manager, Plastics Division

Email: [email protected]

Vanessa Foran

Responsible Care® Program Officer

Email: [email protected]

Nicholas Addesso

Policy and Data Analyst, Plastics

Email: [email protected]

Dan Holt

Dan is a retired university professor. Dan was appointed as the chair of the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee 15 years ago , was a member of the Citizens Advisory Panel for Chemtura and was involved in Chemtura Responsible Care evaluations. Dan became a member of the Lanxess Citizens Advisory Panel when Lanxess purchased Chemtura. He has also served on the Sulco Chemical Company Citizens Advisory Panel for the past 13 years and served on two of their Responsible Care evaluations. Dan holds a bachelor of fine arts, a teaching certificate in grades K-12, a master’s degree in counselling and psychology, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in psychology and education. He lives in Elmira, Ontario.

Wagish Yajaman

Wagish is the Advisor, Strategic Initiatives for the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services that has been serving Ontario workplaces for over 105 years. He actively participates in occupational illness prevention strategies and initiatives with the manufacturing, agriculture, and hospitality industries. Lending his knowledge in occupational and environmental health through committees with the Ministry of Labour Immigration Training and Skills Development, research institutions and workplaces. He shares his expertise with the Canadian Standards Association through standard development in Management of Work in Confined Spaces, as well as Occupational Health of Nanomaterials, and serves on the ISO TC229 addressing standards internationally on the issue of Nanomaterials. As a member on the board of directors for the Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario, he volunteers his time to keep his profession current on new developments. With over 30 years of experience since obtaining his master’s degree at the University of Toronto, he continually strives to learn, advance and share his knowledge.

Eileen Jack

Director, finance and corporate services (Interim)

Paul Tas

Director, PE Technical Services, Nova Chemicals

Katherine Porter

Chemicals Planning and Basic Chemicals Manager

Imperial Oil

Christa Seaman

Vice-President, Plastics Division

Email: [email protected]

Tyler Edgington

Chair, CIAC Board of Directors

President and Hydrocarbons Director at Dow Chemical Canada ULC

Helder Botelho

CHAIR, CIAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Head of Operations Canada, LANXESS Canada Co./Cie

Bob Masterson

President and CEO, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Greg Moffatt

Vice-President, Policy

Email: [email protected]

Leon Aarts

Group Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, Chemtrade

Mark Allard

Vice President, North America, Methanex Corporation

Rick Babington

President and COO, Wentworth Technologies

Ed Bechberger

President & CEO, ERCO Worldwide

Michel Brassard

Regional Operations Manager, National Silicates Limited

David Chappell

Senior Vice President, Petrochemical Development, Inter Pipeline Ltd.

Magali Depras

Chair, PDLC

Chief Strategy & CSR Officer, TC Transcontinental Inc.

Lee DiMascio

Vice-President of Operations, Jungbunzlauer Canada Inc.

Franck Giraudeau

Business Management GM, Canada

Shell Chemicals Canada Ltd.

Ron Koniuch

President, CCC Sulphur Products

Brian Lucas

Site Director, INEOS Styrolution

Apala Mukherjee

CHAIR, CIAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President, BASF Canada

Peter C. Noble

Immediate Past Chair, CIAC Board of Directors

Chemicals Business Manager, Imperial Oil

John Schmidt

President and Site Manager, ARLANXEO Canada Inc.

Cynthia Shanks

Director, Communications & Sustainability

Keurig Dr Pepper Canada

Meredith West

Chemicals Planning & Controls Manager

Imperial Oil

Jeff Stevens

Director, Responsible Care®

Email: [email protected]

Michael Green

Vice-President CKF Inc.

Isabelle Des Chênes

Executive Vice-President

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.

Email: [email protected]

Christine Nahas

Policy Manager, Climate and Air Quality

Email: [email protected]

Julie Fortier

Director, Communications

Email : [email protected]

Sarah Marshall

Vice-President, Sustainability NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Nancy Marchi

Manager, Executive Services, Office of the President

Email: [email protected]

Tony Moucachen

President, Merlin Plastics

Devon Babin

Manager, Communications

Email: [email protected]

Lyn Gibbard

Manager, Corporate Governance and Public Affairs

Email: [email protected]

Nadine Blaney

Public Verifier

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. Nadine is a member of the CIAC National Advisory Panel and is a public verifier for Responsible Care®.

 

Don Fusco

Regional Director, Ontario and Corporate Secretary

Email: [email protected]

  • Air Quality (Ontario)
  • Regulatory affairs (Ontario)

Shawna Bruce

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. 

Dave Cherniak

Policy Manager, Business and Transportation

Email: [email protected]

Shannon Laszlo

Manager, Plastics Division Governance and Member Relations

Email: [email protected]

Yves Hamelin

Regional Director, Quebec

Email: [email protected]

  • Regulatory affairs (Quebec)

Kara Edwards

Director, Transportation

Email: [email protected]

  • Transportation Safety & Security
  • TRANSCAER®
  • TEAP3

Mike Burt

Chair, PDLC

Vice President & Global Director Climate and Energy DOW Chemical Canada ULC

Rocky Vermani

VICE-CHAIR, CIAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Senior Vice-President, Sustainability and Innovation, NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Nadine Gudz

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.

Christopher Hilkene

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

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

Alex von Knobloch is a dedicated professional with 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, currently contributing expertise to Magna International. As a Certified Energy Manager, he plays a pivotal role in driving energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives within the organization. His passion for the environment and sustainability is at the forefront of his career. He is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of the automotive industry and is actively engaged in implementing sustainable practices. His work goes beyond a job – it’s a mission to create a greener, more sustainable future.

Jane Lister

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.

Joel Rudolph

Former Chair, PDLC

Chief Operating Officer, Strategy and Business Development Farnell Packaging Ltd.

Pat McLean

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.

Kristaps Kuplais

Director, Finance and Corporate Services

Email: [email protected]

Phil Byer

Public Verifier

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

Industry Verifier

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

Industry Verifier

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

Industry Verifier

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.

Marcel Emond

Industry Verifier

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

Public Verifier

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

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.

Jacob Westfall

Kris Lee

Public Verifier

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

Industry Verifier

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

Industry Verifier

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

Public Verifier

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

Industry Verifier

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

Industry 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.

Kristina Adler

Transportation Policy and Program Officer

Email: [email protected]

Mark Rose

Treasurer, PDLC

President, Layfield Group

The 2022 award recipients are:

  • Operations Award: BASF Canada
  • Stewardship Award: Methanex Corporation
  • Accountability Award: Methanex Corporation
  • Company of the Year Award: Methanex Corporation
  • Jean Bélanger Award: Peter Noble
  • Women in Chemistry Award: Ran Xu
  • Excellence in Partnership Award: Minerva Canada Safety Management Education Inc.

For questions please contact Vanessa Foran, Responsible Care Program Officer.