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Stewardship Ontario Board Appoints New Executive Director

The Stewardship Ontario Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyle Clarke as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Lyle succeeds Gemma Zecchini, who had indicated her desire to resign following the successful design and approval of the wind-up plans for both the Blue Box Program and the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) program. We are very thankful to Gemma for providing her strong leadership, extensive knowledge and dedication not only to our organization, but also to the modernization of Ontario’s recycling system.

Lyle has been deeply committed to Stewardship Ontario since its formation, and we can’t think of anyone better to assume the Executive Director role. I’m sure Lyle is familiar to many of you. His 20+ years of experience in Ontario’s recycling, stewardship and cleantech industries will be invaluable to us as Stewardship Ontario moves forward with the transition of the Blue Box Program.

For those of you who don’t know Lyle, he was a founding member of the Waste Diversion Ontario Board and Stewardship Ontario Board, where he oversaw market development. He joined Stewardship Ontario’s management team in 2007 and assumed the lead responsibility for the Blue Box Program. He took over the leadership of Stewardship Ontario in 2012, and in 2014 departed to establish his own clean technology practice, focusing on early-stage investment in emerging clean technologies. He returned as part of the independent management team appointed by the Stewardship Ontario Board in 2019 to lead the development of the Blue Box Transition Plan.

The responsibilities of Lyle’s previous Program Operations Officer role will be combined with those of Executive Director.

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to congratulate Lyle over the coming weeks as he takes on his new role.

Robyn Collver
Chair, Stewardship Ontario Board of Directors


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