The Canada Plastics Pact is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Global Plastics Pact network.  It operates as an independent initiative of The Natural Step Canada, a national charity with over 25 years of experience in advancing science, innovation and strategic leadership aimed at fostering a strong and inclusive economy that thrives within nature’s limits. 

Incorporated as an independent national not-for-profit organization, the Canada Plastics Pact is governed by a Board of Directors made up of three CPP Signatory Partners (1 retailer; 1 manufacturer; and 1 from a separate part of the plastics value chain), and 2-3 CPP Implementation Partners.  

The CPP Board is responsible for ensuring the CPP stays true to its vision, mission, and targets as agreed upon with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF).  Among other responsibilities, the board leads the nomination and selection process for populating the CPP Advisory Group and its Working Groups, which engages leading members from across the plastics value chain to tackle specific issues and develop related solutions.      

Vacancies on the Board and the Advisory Group will be filled on the recommendation of a Governance and Nominating Committee, in accordance with guidelines and criteria to be set out in organization’s Bylaws, policies and procedures.

The inaugural board was selected by the CPP Planning Task Force and consists of:



Board Chair and President | Nestlé Canada Inc.|Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Catherine O’Brien is Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Nutrition, Health and Wellness for Nestlé Canada. In this capacity, Catherine is responsible for corporate reputation management including internal communications, stakeholder relations, media relations, issues management, government relations, Creating Shared Value programs and community partnerships. She also oversees the Nutrition, Health and Wellness group which includes the corporate dietitians and oversees the company’s Environmental Sustainability strategy. Catherine joined Nestlé Canada in 2003 and prior to that, she was an Associate Director of Corporate Affairs at Bell Canada, focused on issues management and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Catherine has also worked in the financial services industry leading Corporate Communications for Maritime Life (formerly Aetna Canada) and began her career working in public relations at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from Carleton University and a diploma in Advertising and Public Relations from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. She is actively involved in numerous committees for Food Health and Consumer Products Canada, the Association of Canadian Advertisers and other industry committees and initiatives. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coffee Association of Canada and also a Board member of the recently launched Canada Plastic Pact. Catherine served as past Chair of Companies Committed to Kids and was a long time Board member. In 2020 she was recognized as a leader in the Canadian food industry as a Star Woman of Grocery.



Board Secretary and Treasurer | The Natural Step Canada |President & CEO

David Hughes is the President & CEO of The Natural Step Canada, the Executive Co-Chair of the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition, and a Steering Committee member of the organization’s Energy Futures Lab. He is highly regarded as a strategic leader with a strong track record of scaling the impact of some of Canada's leading charities. David served as President & CEO of both Habitat for Humanity Canada and Pathways to Education Canada during periods of unprecedented growth and transformation. Prior to that he spent 10 years working with the international headquarters of the SOS Children's Villages (SOS Kinderdorf International) which included postings to Africa, Asia, Europe, USA and the United Nations. Other management roles have included serving as President of AIESEC Canada and Sr. VP of YMCA Canada. He holds an economics degree from the University of Western Ontario and a postgraduate degree in social policy and non-profit management from the London School of Economics (LSE). He also serves as an active member of the Smart Prosperity Leaders’ Initiative and on the board of directors of The Climate Reality Project Canada.



Loblaw Companies Ltd. |Senior Vice President

Ian Gordon, Senior Vice President, Loblaw Companies Limited, has led the development and innovation behind some of Canada’s largest consumer brands: President’s Choice, no name, Life Brand and others. He now leads Loblaw’s plastic reduction strategy, overseeing the company’s cross-divisional steering committee. He brings a broad perspective to the plastics challenge, following senior sales and marketing roles at CPG companies, Unilever and International Multifoods, and as president of ACLC Advertising. He is a board member of The Canadian Sport Institute and graduate of Queen’s University.



Canadian Produce Marketing Association|President

Mr. Lemaire brings 27 years of extensive experience from a not-for-profit association perspective, with a focus on vertically integrated supply chains, sustainability, government relations, advocacy, marketing, public/private partnerships, capacity building and food systems thinking.

In 2019, Mr. Lemaire launched the CPMA Plastic Packaging Working Group to begin the process of identifying a path forward to address the use of plastics within the produce sector, identify efforts already undertaken by industry and determine best practices and develop an industry-supported roadmap to maintaining food quality and safety while reducing the environmental impact of plastics.

Working within the fresh produce world for over 19 years, Mr. Lemaire has become acquainted with the challenges and opportunities within the sector. The community throughout our fresh fruit and vegetable food system works to ensure they are stewards of our land for future generations, while meeting the need to supply safe, quality and affordable produce year-round. With this in scope, Mr. Lemaire works in a world of fast-paced change that manoeuvres through global regulatory swings, variable climate, food safety outbreaks, disruptive technology advancements and ever-changing consumer demands and expectations.

In his role as CPMA President, Mr. Lemaire has worked to represent the needs and interests of over 800 Canadian and international member companies who are responsible for over 90% of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada.



Merlin Plastics Group of Companies |President

Tony Moucachen is the President and one of the founders of Merlin Plastics. He is passionate about the environment, and feels blessed to have a career that is consistent with his personal environmental values. For the past 30 years, Merlin Plastics has planned, developed, and refined the re-processing of PE, PP, LDPE, and PET. The company began its recycling business in 1987 out of a two thousand square foot warehouse in Delta, British Columbia. Today, Merlin owns and operates recycling facilities totalling over one million square feet in space with sister plants located in Alberta, Ontario, California and Oregon. Tony is a current Director of the Association of Plastics Recyclers and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. In 2001, Merlin Plastics received the “Outstanding Contribution to Recycling” award from the Recycling Council of Alberta. In 2005, the Recycling Council of BC recognized Merlin Plastics with an award “in recognition of ongoing commitment to the ideals of responsible environmental stewardship in the province of British Columbia”. Merlin Plastics is dedicated and committed to providing environmental services in an economically efficient, environmentally sound, and socially responsible fashion.

2021 CPP Advisory Council

The CPP Advisory Council and the Working Groups it establishes are the primary mechanisms for engaging members and carrying out the substantive work of the CPP. 

The Advisory Council is representative of Canada’s plastics value chain, and works closely with the CPP Board of Directors. 

Its responsibilities include establishing Working Groups, expert panels, and projects as required to carry out CPP priorities and plans, ensuring the Working Groups are populated with the appropriate mix of representatives from across the plastics value chain and have the right subject matter expertise to carry out the Group’s mandate. 

The Council also reviews and approves the outputs from the Working Groups for external distribution, and works closely with the Managing Director and the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the overall Vision, Mission, targets and workplan of the CPP. 

The 2021 CPP Advisory Council members are, in alphabetical order:

  • Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation, Guy West
  • Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Ron Lemaire
  • Canadian Tire Corporation, Kimi Walker
  • David Suzuki Foundation, Yannick Beaudoin
  • General Mills, Jill Carman
  • Kraft Heinz Canada, Nicole Fischer 
  • Loblaw Companies Ltd., Ian Gordon
  • Maple Leaf Foods, Priya Roberts
  • Merlin Plastics Group of Companies, Tony Moucachen
  • National Zero Waste Council, Andrew Marr
  • The Natural Step Canada, David Hughes
  • Nestlé Canada Inc., Catherine O’Brien
  • PAC Packaging Consortium, Jim Downham
  • Return-It, Allen Langdon
  • Save-On-Foods, Julie Dickson
  • Tempo Plastics, Len Giglio
  • Unilever, John Coyne 
  • Walmart Canada, Jennifer Barbazza

These individuals were nominated by their peers and appointed by the CPP Board of Directors. Appointments are for 2-year terms and will be reviewed and updated annually. 

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