On June 11, 2021, the Stewardship Ontario Board of Directors announced the transition of the organization’s governance to an Administrator appointed by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA).
The Board’s decision followed the approval of the Blue Box Program Transition Plan in December 2020 and the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Wind Up Plan in December 2019, as well as the release of the final Blue Box and Hazardous and Special Products regulations in June 2021. The transition of Stewardship Ontario’s governance was a key component of the Board’s plan for an orderly wind-up of both the Blue Box and MHSW programs operating under the current funding models.
ROLE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR
The Administrator will oversee the work of Stewardship Ontario’s management team as it winds up the programs, with the MHSW Program winding up on September 30, 2021, and the Blue Box Program concluding on December 31, 2025, consistent with the plans for both programs previously approved by RPRA.
The Administrator appointment was made pursuant to the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016, following notification from the Stewardship Ontario Board. Under the Act, the Administrator has the exclusive right to exercise all the powers and perform all the duties of the members of the Board of Stewardship Ontario. The Administrator will report to the RPRA Board.
As part of the governance change, Stewardship Ontario has created a Steward Advisory Group that will bring together industry representatives to advise the organization’s management team and the Administrator. The Steward Advisory Group will meet quarterly and provide feedback on the implementation of the Blue Box Program transition plan.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Prior to the June 2021 governance announcement, the Stewardship Ontario Board was the highest decision-making authority within the organization under the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016.
Further details about the Board, its structure, the role of directors and past attendance is available here .
Immediately prior to the governance transition, the Stewardship Ontario Board of Directors included:
Robyn Collver (Chair)
Senior Vice-President, Risk and Regulatory Affairs, Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
Appointed Chair of the Board on September 26, 2019
Vice President of Finance, The Clorox Company of Canada Limited
Appointed December 17, 2019
Executive Vice President, Operations, A. Lassonde Industries Inc.
Elected March 23, 2017
Vice President, Sustainability and Shared Value, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
Elected March 28, 2019
Director, Global Product Stewardship, Procter & Gamble Inc.
Elected March 23, 2017
Appointed by the Board December 11, 2020
Appointed by the Board March 19, 2021