Governance

Claystone Waste is governed by an experienced Board of Directors who are responsible for guiding our strategic direction and for ensuring we achieve our mandate to be a western Canadian leader in waste management. Learn more about our Board and senior leadership below. 

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.

Ron Helmhold

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

Cathy Kiss

Cathy Kiss is the Principal of Crown Strategic Consulting Inc., an Alberta-based public affairs firm that works with local and national organizations to sustain and grow their businesses by navigating government, policy development, the regulatory and legislative processes, and the shifting political, social and economic landscapes. 

Cathy has a long history in Alberta politics and started her career as a political advisor to several cabinet ministers and premiers. Currently she is working with municipalities, postsecondary 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

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.

Chief Executive Officer

Pierre Breau, P. Eng., ICD.D

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.

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.