Grants Review Committee

Steven B. Young

Associate Professor, University of Waterloo

SBYoung Nov 2011

Dr. Young researches sustainable materials management, life-cycle assessment (LCA) and enterprise carbon management. His interests relate to corporate social responsibility (CSR), standards and certification, industrial supply-chains, and approaches to assess sustainability of products and material systems.


Caroline Sturk

Account Manager, Scout Environmental


Caroline Sturk is a Program Director at Scout Environmental with over five years experience working on product stewardship and consumer engagement programs across Canada. She has delivered a number of environmental initiatives including Switch Out, Canada’s automotive mercury switch recovery program; Efficiency Nova Scotia’s multi-stream Mercury Collection program; and Tundra Take-Back, a multi-stakeholder project that de-pollutes end-of-life vehicles in northern and remote dumpsites. Caroline managed Grants in Gear in its 2013 pilot year and she is excited to be part of this year’s Review Committee.

Ian Hope

Executive Director, Alberta Automotive Recyclers and Dismantlers Association (AARDA);
Leadership Trainer and Motivational Speaker

Ian Hope

Trained as a professional accountant, Ian worked in the public and private sectors for over 25 years. After witnessing a crying need in workplaces for improved skills he became a certified facilitator of leadership and customer service training programs. He writes regularly in a number of newspapers and magazines promoting the development of people skills by which others can enhance the outcomes they experience at work and at home.  This has included regular contributions to Collision Repair Magazine and Canadian Auto Recycler Magazine.

Ian became the Executive Director of AARDA in 2009 as well as a member of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) Board, and has enjoyed his challenges working with auto recyclers who are progressive and committed to positive environmental practices.

Ed MacDonald

Past President, Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA); Co-Owner, Maritime Auto Parts

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Following graduation from the University of Ottawa, Ed had a successful career in the Federal Public Service in Human Resource Management. His assignments included Parks Canada, Environment Canada, Labour and the National Transportation Agency. Following a dream and taking a leap of faith, he left the Public Service and purchased Maritime Auto Parts, a thriving recycling business he has operated for the last 25 years.

Ed is the founding member of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and has served as chair for over 16 years. He is also Past President of the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) and has served on various boards and committees within the industry. He has made presentations throughout North America, Europe and Australia and has sat on a number of assessment committees and boards.

Aleksandra Pogoda


Director – Environment, Canadian Steel Producers Association 

It is no news to the Automotive Recyclers of Canada that steel is the most widely used metal and most recycled material on Earth. In its own way, the steel that is recycled from Canadian autos can even be considered a renewable resource.

As Director, Environment for the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA), Aleksandra is excited to help award organizations whose ideas strive to achieve tangible environmental results. Having many years of experience working within the realm of environmental consulting – primarily soil and groundwater contamination, characterization and remediation – Aleksandra has a technical appreciation for the benefit of positive and proactive environmental practices. Promoting environmental sustainability and participating in environmental initiatives have always been a passion of Aleksandra’s, both in a volunteer and professional capacity. Aleksandra is looking forward to being part of a committee that will award organizations whose ideas best substantiate environmental stewardship, and have the potential to extend their environmental impact.