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Southwestern Landfill Environmental Assessment

Project Team

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We have a core group of employees who work on the Southwestern Landfill proposal. We also engage the expertise of our colleagues, including operations, environmental performance, and health and safety, as well as independent experts.


Photo of Darren FryDarren Fry - Project Director 

Darren is responsible for the overall management of the Southwestern Landfill Environmental Assessment (EA).

Darren has been with Walker Environmental since 2003 and is tasked with identifying and implementing strategic growth initiatives. In his former role at Walker, he played a key role in developing five landfill gas-to-energy projects along with three carbon emission reduction projects. Darren also has over a decade of technical experience in both Canada and the United States managing landfill permitting, construction, remediation, and closure projects. He is a recognized expert in the field of waste management and resource recovery. 

Darren pursued a career in the environmental field with diplomas in Geology and Geotechnical Engineering from Fleming College - School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. He has also completed course-specific studies at Harvard Law School, Queens University, and NYU Stern. 

Darren is an avid adventurer and spent several years traveling around the globe before settling back in his home town.


Image of Becky Oehler, Consultation ManagerBecky Oehler - Community Engagement Manager

(On Parental Leave)

Becky is responsible for developing and implementing the public participation and consultation activities of the Southwestern Landfill EA. This includes working to provide opportunities for all stakeholders to access, understand, and comment on information. 

Becky started working with Walker Industries in 2013 with the Environmental Performance Department, where she supported Walker businesses in maintaining or exceeding compliance with environmental laws and standards, as well as implementing internal policies and programs. Becky was also responsible for reviewing studies, documents, and chemical analyses in order to approve wastes entering Walker Environmental landfills as solid and non-hazardous.

Becky holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Earth Sciences from Carleton University and a Masters of Science from the University of Alberta, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment from Niagara College. 

Becky has a passion for communicating technical information in a way that's accessible for everyone. In her spare time, Becky volunteers by talking to students about future careers in the environmental sector.


Photo of Emily SykesEmily Sykes - Community Engagement Coordinator

Emily supports the public participation and consultation activities of the Southwestern Landfill EA, with a focus on the local community. Emily is dedicated to developing relationships to support open, transparent, and respectful conversations.

Emily started working with Walker Environmental in 2016 as a Quality Control Assurance Technician at the compost site in Arthur, Ontario. Her role involved process monitoring, product sampling, and leading environmental initiatives and research. 

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree from the University of Toronto in Environmental Studies and a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment from Niagara College. 

In her spare time, Emily is an avid outdoorsperson who enjoys birding, fishing, backcountry camping, and adventuring to areas without cell service. 



Image of Joe Tomaino, EA Process ManagerJoe Tomaino - EA Process Manager

Joe is responsible for overseeing the coordination of the Environmental Assessment Consulting Team. Joe joined Walker Environmental in 2008 and is responsible for managing land use planning and permit approvals. Before Joe's tenure at Walker, he worked closely with land use planning approvals and developments in both the public and private sector. 

Joe holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University.



Photo of Leslie GallowayLeslie Galloway - Administrative Assistant

Leslie is responsible for providing administrative support for the Southwestern Landfill team. She is a recent graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Geography and Environmental Science program at McMaster University. Leslie has an academic background focused in surface climate processes, hydrogeology, and socio-economic geography. 

Leslie's administrative role serves as her introduction into the world of Environmental Assessments. As a long-time resident of Oxford County, she is passionate about the local environment and community.


Image of Steve Hollingshead, Environmental Approvals SpecialistSteve Hollingshead - Environmental Approvals Specialist

Steve is responsible for designing and guiding the Environmental Assessment process for the Southwestern Landfill Proposal, in addition to other related approvals. 

Steve has more than 25 years of experience working on a wide variety of environmental approvals in Ontario. He has carried out or contributed to dozens of Environmental Assessments for private and public sector waste management undertakings across the province in addition to projects elsewhere in Canada and internationally.

Steve is a Professional Engineer holding a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Science Engineering degree from Queen's University.


Image of Leticia Koole, Environmental Assessment AssistantLeticia Koole - Environmental Assessment Assistant

As an administrator for the project, Leticia will be providing support for the Southwestern Landfill Proposal Team.

Leticia began working with Walker Industries in 2004 as a co-op student from Niagara College. Upon graduating from the Office Administration - Executive program in 2005, Leticia was hired on full-time as an Administrative Clerk with Walker Environmental. With Leticia's dedication to continuous learning and enthusiasm for graphic design she has completed the Multimedia Techniques program at Collège LaSalle. This has broadened her skill set and she now designs helpful graphics, information pages and videos. With Leticia's background in administration and additional capabilities she provides added support to the entire Environmental Assessment Team.