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8. Governance

8 Governance


8.1 Governance

Encorp recognizes that its responsibilities as an Industry Product Stewardship (IPS) organization requires a governance model that places great emphasis on high standards of accountability and transparency.

Board of Directors

Encorp’s nine-person board of directors is composed of nominees from five member industry groups plus two unrelated directors. From the members, two directors are appointed by the Canadian Beverage Association, representing the major soft drink bottlers. One each is appointed by the Canadian Bottled Water Association, the Juice Council of BC and the Beverage Alcohol Containers Management Council of BC. Two are appointed by the Retail Council of Canada, representing the major retail grocery stores. The two unrelated directors have no relationship to any part of the beverage industry.

The role of the board is to determine the company’s corporate strategy and policies, set objectives for the CEO, approve budgets and fees, and discharge its fiduciary obligations to the brand owners and other stakeholder groups. The board provides oversight of Encorp’s operations through quarterly board meetings and an annual strategic planning session.

Board members are senior executives with a broad range of experience in business generally and product stewardship specifically. Board members serve on corporate committees, including the audit, governance, human resources and compensation committees. Because of the particular importance of the governance and audit functions, those committees are chaired by the unrelated directors.

Our Advisory Committee is independent of the board, comprised of representatives of our diverse stakeholder groups, including depots, major retailers, regional districts and local governments. The committee reviews our strategic and operating plans and our financial and operating results, and can make recommendations to the Governance Committee and the board.


Our Board Manual for Directors codifies key practices for the board, including terms of reference for the board, the chair, board members and the CEO. It includes a code of conduct for directors, including conflict of interest guidelines. Directors are required to review and sign the code of conduct annually. We also use external reviews to assess our ongoing performance. These include annual financial and materials end-fate audits, regular Enterprise Risk Management reviews and reviews of our internal controls.


We provide a comprehensive public explanation of our operations through this annual report, extensive information on our website, as well as through our Advisory Committee and other methods. Our reporting exceeds regulatory requirements and is intended to provide as much information as possible to the general public and stakeholders.


8.2 Board of Directors


8.3 Advisory Committee

Encorp carries a public duty and with it an obligation to maintain high standards of transparency and accountability. While Encorp was established by member associations and the companies they represent, there are explicit outside interests to be considered. The Advisory Committee has been established to provide an avenue for these outside interests to be represented to the board.


Advisory Committee's Report To The Board

DATE: February 2, 2017

Canadian Bottled Water Association
Retail Council of Canada
Juice Council of British Columbia
Canadian Beverage Association
Beverage Alcohol Containers Management Council of British Columbia

FROM: Brock Macdonald, Committee Chair

RE: Annual Report of the Advisory Committee for Fiscal Year – 2016

The Advisory Committee met on April 21, 2016 and November 9, 2016. April 21st was the last meeting for longstanding members Ken Lyotier and committee Chair Al Lynch. Scott Fraser introduced Louise Schwarz, co-owner of Recycling Alternative, as the committee’s newest member. It was also at this meeting that the committee elected Brock Macdonald as the next committee Chair, and Monica Kosmak as the Vice-Chair.

Agenda items during these two meetings included the following reports and presentations:

Scott Fraser:

Blair Kennedy:

Sandy Sigmund:

Elena Zevakhina:

Mario Anda:

The presentations and reports informed several discussions that followed. The Committee explored the marketing initiatives further with additional information from Sandy Sigmund.

Scott Fraser advised the committee on the status of MOE amendments to the Recycling Regulation, as well as issues in siting depots in urban areas.

Blair Kennedy answered a question that arose on the Express roll out plan, with some additional input from Scott Fraser.

Elena Zevakhina gave clarification on container categories and related markets.

Respectfully submitted,

Brock Macdonald
Chair, Advisory Committee