Board of Directors
Meryl Whittaker, Board Chair
Meryl Whittaker is a retired Government of Alberta Deputy Minister, having served as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and as Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism. During her tenure with the Government of Alberta, she also served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Municipal Assessment and Grants and as Chair of the Municipal Government Board, a quasi-judicial adjudicative tribunal. Meryl also has extensive experience in the pension industry and was the President and CEO of the Alberta Local Authorities Pension Plan Corporation. Prior to this, Meryl worked in strategic planning and legal positions with the City of Edmonton and in private legal practice. Meryl holds an MBA, LLB and BA from the University of Alberta, and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program, earning the ICD.D designation.
Meryl lives with her husband Walter in Canmore, Alberta, where they spend their time skiing, hiking and kayaking in the beautiful Rockies.
Guy Bridgeman, Vice Chair
Guy has over 30 years of experience in the Alberta energy industry retiring from EPCOR Utilities in 2020 after 25 years of service. Guy served in a number of executive roles at EPCOR including Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President (SVP) of EPCOR Water Canada, SVP of EPCOR Electricity and SVP of EPCOR Energy Services.
Guy played a leading role in the growth of EPCOR since its creation in 1996 including the development and acquisition of Power Purchase Arrangements in Alberta, EPCOR’s entry into energy retailing, the transformation of EPCOR’s corporate service delivery model and the recent transfer of the City of Edmonton’s Drainage Operations to EPCOR.
Guy holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Western University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. Guy is a frequent speaker at conferences and is a Faculty Member for the ICD Director Education Program and the Governance Professionals of Canada Governance Education Program.
Guy currently serves as a Director for several organizations inducing the University of Alberta Board of Governors (Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee), the River Valley Alliance Board of Directors (Board Chair), Edmonton Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Executive Committee (Member and Chair of the Governance, Nominating and Finance Committee) and Rohit Developments Advisory Board (Member).
Guy resides in Edmonton and enjoys canoeing, cycling, golfing and fishing in his spare time.
Cathy Chickak is a Partner at Canadian Strategy Group, an Alberta-based public affairs practice that works with regional, national, and international clients to achieve critical policy, funding and regulatory outcomes.
With more than 30 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Cathy is a veteran strategist and has helped shape and influence more than $500 million in private and public investments in Western Canada throughout her career.
Cathy has a long history in Alberta politics and started her career as a political advisor to several cabinet ministers and premiers. Currently she works with municipalities, post-secondary institutions, agriculture companies, health care industry providers, innovation companies and energy clients and prides herself on being a conduit and connector to new ideas. In 2020, Cathy was nominated by Scotiabank for the Woman Entrepreneur Award sponsored by the Alberta Chamber of Commerce Business Awards of Distinction.
Bernd Manz is a highly accomplished executive with deep expertise in providing strategic and operational planning and execution.
Bernd was the Chief Executive Officer of Aquatera Utilities and led the company since it formed in 2003 until early 2019. Bernd was responsible in this role for leading the business operations of the company in the Greater Grande Prairie Region and beyond. His accomplishments include the creation of Aquatera as the first regional, municipally controlled utility corporation in Alberta. His focus included expanding the business base with municipalities and new industry through Aquatera subsidiaries, while maintaining a focus on the company’s quality of service and delivery of value to shareholders. Bernd also volunteers in various organizations as a way of building community.
Ron Helmhold is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in both public practice and private industry. Ron articled with KPMG Chartered Accountants following which he left public practice to work in an executive capacity within a number of industries including health care, biotechnology and insurance. In Ron’s current role as the Chief Financial Officer of the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board, he guides the organization’s financial strategies including oversight of an $11 billion investment portfolio and $1.3 billion annual operating budget.
In his spare time, Ron and his family (wife Michele and children Jack/Grace) are avid skiers and prefer to hit the slopes of Marmot Basin in Jasper. During the summer months, Ron’s family enjoys cycling and spending time touring beautiful Alberta.
Pierre Breau, P. Eng., ICD.D
Chief Executive Officer
Pierre is a registered professional engineer with over 35 years experience in the municipal and private sector. Pierre has overseen the design, construction and operations management of public works infrastructure including national and provincial award-winning solid waste management and wastewater management facilities. Pierre received his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from McGill University, Montreal, and is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. Pierre is also a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors Director designation. Pierre joined Beaver Municipal Solutions as General Manager in 2011 and became Claystone Waste’s Chief Executive Officer in 2020.
Juvy Ceniza, CPA/CMA – Chief Financial Officer
Juvy joined Beaver Municipal Solutions in 2014 and became the Chief Financial Officer of Claystone Waste when the commission transitioned to a municipally controlled corporation in 2020. Juvy has worked in different areas of finance for over 30 years in diverse industries in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She has extensive experience in managing the overall finance and administration function, supporting the organization’s strategic direction, engaging stakeholders on prudent financial management and promoting continuous improvement. Juvy holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
Beaver Regional Waste Management Services Commission
The commission that preceded Claystone Waste adhered to the best in public authority governance practices and board meetings were open to the public.
Historical public documents associated with the commission can be found on the commission website.