Executive Council
Municipal Affairs and Environment
January 9, 2019

Comprehensive Review of Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy and Senior Appointments Announced

The Provincial Government is undertaking a complete review of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy. This review will assess the progress of the strategy since it was announced 16 years ago in 2002, the associated policy and legislative framework, and the role and mandate of the organizations involved in its implementation. On average, provincial waste management costs tens of millions of dollars annually. The strategy has not been reviewed since it was announced, which makes this work vital to ensuring waste management within the province is providing desired outcomes in a strategic, efficient and equitable manner.

This review will be led by Ann Marie Hann, who will leave her role as Clerk of the Executive Council to focus exclusively on this project. Ms. Hann was set to retire in June, but has agreed to take on this work, which will help address a number of issues raised by residents and organizations, including: fees for waste management services; the cost of interregional transportation of waste and recycling; waste management implementation in Labrador; environmental standards; and associated legislation. The implementation of the strategy is led by a partnership of government departments, the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board, regional service boards and committees, and municipalities, each with a specific role. Each entity’s mandate and its role in the strategy will be considered during the review.

As Ms. Hann enters this new role, Elizabeth Day, who has served as Deputy Clerk over the last three years, will begin her appointment as Clerk of the Executive Council.

Ms. Day enters this new role having been employed in senior roles within the Newfoundland and Labrador public service for more than 30 years. Krista Quinlan has been appointed to the role of Deputy Clerk of the Executive Council, which was vacated by Ms. Day. Ms. Quinlan has significant experience in diverse senior roles in the public service, most recently as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Economic Policy).

The appointments involving Ms. Day, Ms. Hann and Ms. Quinlan are effective immediately. Biographical information for each appointee can be found in the backgrounder that follows.

This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

"Ms. Hann’s wealth of experience in both the public sector and private sector will be a great asset as we pursue a much needed review of the solid waste management strategy – one that will address issues affecting all residents throughout the province. I thank Ms. Hann for her commitment and professionalism as Clerk, and look forward to her continued contributions in her new role. Ms. Day is a dedicated, veteran public official whose broad experience and insightful counsel will be highly valued as we deliver on all commitments made through The Way Forward, and I am very pleased to welcome her to the role of Clerk of the Executive Council. In addition, I welcome Ms. Quinlan to the role of Deputy Clerk. Ms. Quinlan is a top performer within the public service, and I look forward to seeing her apply her knowledge and professionalism in her new role."
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“We have heard the concerns expressed regarding the Provincial Waste Management Strategy and have committed to reviewing all aspects of the strategy and its implementation. Our goals remain to ensure the protection of the environment and to support the delivery of high quality waste management services at a reasonable cost. Through a review of the system, we will ensure the strategy successfully addresses a broad scope of waste management issues and is both modern and efficient.”
Honourable Graham Letto
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

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Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy

The Way Forward

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Municipal Affairs and Environment
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Biographical Information

Elizabeth Day
Elizabeth Day has been employed with the Newfoundland and Labrador public service for 34 years. She is currently the Deputy Clerk of the Executive Council and Associate Secretary to Cabinet and was Acting Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet from May to September of 2017. Ms. Day has held the position of Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Social Policy) and Assistant Deputy Minister positions in the former Departments of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development and Advanced Education and Skills. She also held the position of Executive Director in the Office of Public Engagement. Ms. Day has worked in senior management positions in multiple government departments throughout her public service career and has had progressive leadership responsibilities in the areas of legislative planning and policy development, program development, frontline supervision, project management, staff development and training and horizontal government initiatives.

Ms. Day was awarded the title, Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland (2000). She holds the degrees of Master of Social Work (2000) and Bachelor of Social Work (1984) from Memorial University and is a registered social worker with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers.

Ann Marie Hann
After earning Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Ann Marie Hann began a highly successful career in the Provincial Government, which included appointments as senior analyst in Cabinet Secretariat of Executive Council, Deputy Minister of Environment and Labour, and CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board (now WorkplaceNL).

She then moved to Calgary in September 2006 to take the helm of the Propane Gas Association of Canada. Five years later, she moved on to serve as President of the Coal Association of Canada. In December 2015, Ms. Hann accepted the position of Vice-President External Relations with Atrum Coal, an Australian-based mining company seeking to develop mining properties in Canada. In May 2017, she was named Interim Country Manager. She returned to the province upon being appointed Clerk of the Executive Council in September of 2017.

Ann Marie Hann became a certified Board Director by the Institute of Corporate Directors in May 2013. She was twice named one of the top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada (in 2003 and 2005), and was also awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for public service. Ms. Hann is also a trailblazer, being the first woman to hold the position of president in each of the two national industry associations she led.

Krista Quinlan
Krista Quinlan has served as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet (Economic Policy) with the Office of the Executive Council since February 2016. She also held the position of Deputy Clerk and Associate Secretary to Cabinet on an acting basis from May to September of 2017. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. She began her public service career with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2000 as a policy analyst with the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and has also held positions with the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat, and the Research and Development Corporation.

Ms. Quinlan holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University.

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