Municipal Affairs and Environment
January 21, 2019

Chair Appointed to the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board of Directors

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has appointed Dermot Flynn as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board.

The appointment was made through the merit-based appointment process established by the Independent Appointments Commission Act and are effective immediately. Biographical information for Mr. Flynn is provided in the backgrounder below.

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board was established in 1996 to support and promote sustainable waste management through the development and implementation of public education and waste diversion programs.

“Mr. Flynn will bring valuable knowledge and experience to the role of chair. I’d like to welcome him to the position and to thank the board for their ongoing work in coordinating waste diversion and educational programs in support of the protection of the environment.”
Honourable Graham Letto
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

- 30 -

Media contact
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466


Biography - Dermot (Derm) Flynn
Dermot (Derm) Flynn has had a very distinguished career on the Island and in Labrador. He spent 32 years in municipal government – eight years as mayor and deputy mayor of Wabush and 24 years as mayor and deputy mayor of Appleton. Mr. Flynn has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board since 2003. He was the president of the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador from 1999 to 2000 and was the Chair of the Waste Management Advisory Committee which informed the development of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy.

Mr. Flynn moved to Appleton in 1991 and has been keen to find new ideas to benefit his town. Under Mr. Flynn's leadership, Appleton has improved the ecosystem of the Gander River with the successful construction and implementation of an Abydoz Wetland Treatment Facility in 2006-07 which has won numerous awards for its treatment levels, innovative design and its green method of treatment. Mr. Flynn has been very involved with the Provincial Tidy Towns program garnering Appleton wins in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016.

He is a life member of the Association of Kinsmen Clubs of Canada, was inducted into Softball Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame, and in 2012, was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Because of his efforts and those of the people of Appleton during 9/11, Mr. Flynn is being portrayed in the Broadway musical "Come From Away". He is married to Dianne Flynn (née Downey) and they have two sons, Craig and Colin.

2019 01 21                              4:20 p.m.