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Chief Executive Officer – Alberta Recycling Management Authority


Alberta Recycling Management Authority (known simply as Alberta Recycling) is a registered not-for-profit organization responsible for managing the province’s Tire, Electronics, Paint and Used Oil Recycling Programs. This organization reports to the Minister of Environment and Parks and is run by a Board of Directors representing urban and rural municipalities, industry, environmental organizations, Alberta Environment and Parks and the public-at-large.


A sustainable Alberta Recycling solution for designated materials that is a model of excellence, environmentally responsible, and economically viable.


Alberta Recycling will carry out its delegated mandate of managing revenues to achieve high environmental outcomes in respect of each designated material:

  • By being fully accountable to the Minister of Environment and Parks, the Government of Alberta, Alberta Recycling members, industry and Albertans;
  • By ensuring that, under its programs, all requirements for environmental, health and safety standards are met, and that all companies and activities so funded strive to exceed these requirements and operate as models of excellence in environmental, health and safety standards;
  • By openly communicating Alberta Recycling policies, strategies and results;
  • By educating the public about and encouraging them to utilize Alberta Recycling’s Programs;
  • By funding research and development activities related to recycling or management of the designated materials;
  • By ensuring that the organization operates as a model of environmental excellence.


For each of its recycling programs, Alberta Recycling has identified key goals including:

  • All products of each program at end-of-life are collected and processed in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner;
  • Ensuring the Surcharge and funding rates are appropriate and effectively managed;
  • Increasing awareness of the programs and their respective impact; and
  • Maximizing participation in the programs.

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Job Title: Chief Executive Officer

Reports to: The Board of Directors

Direct Reports: 3 – Director of Operations; Director of Finance; and Senior Manager, Development and Administration

Indirect Reports: Approximately 30

Location: Edmonton, Alberta



In the midst of a changing national recycling landscape, the CEO will raise the profile of Alberta Recycling’s unique and effective approach to program delivery and work closely with stakeholders to continue the effective and efficient operation of the organization. As the leader of an established high performing team, the CEO will champion the vision for Alberta Recycling to grow value responsibly, in a profitable and sustainable manner. The CEO sets the tone for management to foster ethical and responsible decision-making, appropriate management and best-in-class governance practices.

Key Accountabilities

The CEO has the following key accountabilities:


  • Provide leadership and vision to manage Alberta Recycling in the best interests of its members; and
  • Provide leadership in setting the vision, principles, strategic plan and annual business plan and budget of Alberta Recycling, in conjunction with the Alberta Recycling Board of Directors (the Board).


  • Serve as the external spokesperson and principle liaison for Alberta Recycling, including effectively managing relations with Alberta Recycling stakeholders, such as its members, communities in which Alberta Recycling’s programs operate, its creditors, suppliers, the media, government, non-government organizations and the public generally; and
  • Be responsible for communicating Alberta Recycling’s business plan and annual report to the Minister


  • Communicate, in a timely fashion, with the Board on matters affecting Alberta Recycling;
  • Work with the Chair of the Board to ensure that directors are being provided with information necessary to fulfill their responsibilities and statutory obligations;
  • Ensure that the Committees of the Board and Industry Council have adequate administrative support; and
  • Ensure that an orientation package and program for new directors is maintained.

Business Planning:

  • Ensure the development of a three-year business plan for Alberta Recycling is done in a timely manner and recommend it to Industry Councils for input and then the Board for review and approval; and
  • Ensure the implementation of the business plan in a timely manner and report to the Board on an ongoing basis on the implementation of the business plan.

Business Management:

  • Provide general supervision of management of the day to day affairs of Alberta Recycling within the guidelines established by the Board, consistent with decisions that require prior approval of the Board and the Board’s expectation of management;
  • Ensure the implementation of Board decisions, commitment, and recommendations;
  • Assist the Board in carrying out its governance requirements and good governance practices;
  • Ensure the development of an annual operating plan including operational requirements, staffing and budget that support the business plan and recommend the annual operating plan to the Board for review and approval;
  • Ensure the implementation of the annual operating plan; and
  • Approve commitments within limits of delegated approval authorities.

Risk Management:

  • Provide the Board assurance that the proper systems are in place to identify and manage business risks and that such risks are acceptable to Alberta Recycling and are within the guidelines established by the Board;
  • Ensure the accuracy, completeness, integrity and appropriate disclosure of Alberta Recycling’s financial statements and other financial information through appropriate policies and procedures;
  • Establish and maintain Alberta Recycling’s internal controls over financial reporting through appropriate policies and procedures; and
  • Ensure that Alberta Recycling has complied with all regulatory requirements for Alberta Recycling’s financial information and reporting requirements.

People Leadership:

  • Develop a strong organization with the right people in the right position; and
  • Develop and maintain an effective management team.



Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to: 

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the complexities of the organization including opportunities, challenges, and strategic vision;
  • Build strong and trusted relationships with staff, the Board of Directors and key external stakeholders including processors, stewards, the provincial government and municipalities;
  • Fully integrate the Used Oil Management program into Alberta Recycling;
  • Elevate brand, community awareness and a general understanding amongst Albertans about the value of Alberta Recycling; and
  • Establish a strong leadership brand that is anchored in a compelling vision and which inspires engagement and followership.



The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline required;
  • Graduate-level degree preferred; and
  • Environmental education is welcomed.


  • Minimum of 10 years of executive leadership experience in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment;
  • Balanced work experience within both the public and private sectors is desirable;
  • Understanding of governance and experience working with or reporting to a Board of Directors;
  • Good understanding of the political process;
  • Skills and abilities to respond to contentious, controversial issues within highly political environments;
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, decision-making, and verbal and written communications skills;
  • Sound conceptual and strategic thinking skills along with the ability to take complex information and diverse points of view into consideration in making sound decisions;
  • Strong leadership and management skills to manage a diverse group of professionals and administrative support staff within a team environment; and
  • Proven success in an environment that demands transparency, relationship-building, and a collaborative approach.

Competencies and Attributes

  • Leadership Skills – demonstrates a visionary leadership style while providing guidance and support to staff. A mentor and positive role model combined with a practical; collaborative and common-sense approach and expertise in issues management.
  • Strategic and Business Planning – provides executive leadership to all planning initiatives and ensures accountability for achievement of results.
  • Politically Astute – knows and understands governance, legislative and regulatory processes and has the ability to read the political implications of recommendations and actions. Knows and understands the importance of working closely with municipalities and the provincial government. Possesses keen judgement and a heightened ability to perceive the formal and informal influences on a situation.
  • Relationship Building – demonstrates an ability to develop and maintain win/win relationships and partnerships. Builds trusting relationships with the Board, stakeholders by being open in the sharing and receiving of information and sees these groups as partners in furthering organizational goals. Proactively seeks partnership and collaboration with external organizations to ensure long-term strategic success.
  • Management of Ambiguity – adapts effortlessly to changes in priorities, circumstances and environment; is energized by the opportunity to put their mark on an evolving organization.
  • Communication – communicates effectively with stakeholders on goals, plans and issues and seeks feedback and advice before acting. An open and straightforward style with all audiences and an ability to effectively communicate with municipal and provincial officials and industry partners; is candid and respectful with everyone.
  • Financial Management – a proven ability to work within the constraints of a budget. Timely reporting in all budget, financial and information matters.
  • Human Resource Management – requires excellent human resource knowledge and interpersonal skills to work positively with staff and stakeholders. Sensitive and caring with the ability to bring diverse individuals and program initiatives together using strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.



An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

How to Apply:

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