Founder and CEO
Patrick is the founder, President, and CEO of GFL. In 2002, Patrick worked for Lower East Capital Partners in the special loans group before taking over his first waste business called Waste Excellence at the age of 24, and then subsequently going on to found GFL in 2007. Patrick’s goal was to create one of the largest and most diversified environmental services companies in Canada, which GFL is today. Prior to that, he was a professional hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers. Patrick has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star and Toronto Life magazines.
Interim CFO and Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development
Luke joined GFL as Director, Mergers & Acquisitions in January 2015 and became Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development in October 2016 and was appointed Interim CFO in January 2017. Luke has 15 years of financial management experience with a focus on financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance. Prior to joining GFL, Luke was a Director in the Deal Advisory group of KPMG LLP where he provided due diligence services to Canadian private equity market investors. Prior to that, Luke worked in KPMG’s Complex Accounting group. Luke is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Concordia University.
Joy joined GFL as Vice President, Legal in March of 2011 and became General Counsel in May of 2014. Joy has an LLB from the University of Toronto and has practiced law since her call to the bar in 1983, initially in private practice with a small boutique firm in Hamilton, Ontario and since 1997 primarily as in house counsel for publicly traded and private companies in the waste management sector. Joy was General Counsel of Capital Environmental Resource Inc. from 1997 to 1998 at the time of its initial public offering and listing on NASDAQ and was Associate General Counsel at Waste Services Inc. (the successor to Capital Environmental) from 2003 to 2010, where she was responsible for all commercial and legal compliance matters affecting the company’s waste management operations including acquisitions and divestitures, contract and employment matters and worked with WSI’s General Counsel on financings and securities matters. In November 2016, Joy was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2016.
Vice-President, Soil Operations
Damian oversees the corporate direction and development strategy for GFL’s soil remediation operations. He focuses on process improvement, technology innovation and application, leadership and operational compliance. Damian holds a Degree in Biochemistry. Before joining GFL, Mr. Rodriguez served as General Manager for both Lafleche Leblanc Soil Recycling Inc. and Ontario Soil Recycling Inc., where his focus was on improved operational efficiencies, research in bioremediation processes and execution of standardization within treatment programs led to significant cost reductions and continued steady growth in market share within Eastern Ontario. Prior to that, Damian spent 25 years in the Ontario and Quebec hazardous waste industry, permitting, building and operating a number of treatment facilities servicing clients across Atlantic and Central Canada, as well as the U.S.
Executive Vice-President, Solid Waste West
Warren has 28 years of solid waste industry experience, including founding and operating his own solid waste business and serving as Regional Vice President for Western and Eastern Canada with WM. Since he first started in the industry in 1987, Warren held various positions of increasing responsibility with BFI and Waste Management in all jurisdictions across Canada and has been actively involved with industry and municipal waste and recycling issues throughout Canada. Warren has taken a leadership role with a number of trade associations including serving as a Board Member for the Ontario Waste Management Association and Recycling Council of Alberta.
Executive Vice-President, Solid Waste East
Dave entered the solid waste industry in 1989 as co-owner of a recycling operation (collection, processing and marketing) located in Oakville, Ontario. The company serviced institutional, commercial and industrial customers between Hamilton and Toronto and is still in business today. For twenty years, starting in 1994, Dave held senior sales and operations management roles with Waste Management Inc. in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, conducting business in five of eastern Canada’s six provinces. In 2014, Dave became President of Matrec Inc., a solid waste management company with operations in eastern Ontario and Quebec. GFL acquired Matrec in 2016. Dave is a founding member of the Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Quebec, Quebec’s industry association for waste, compost and recycling operators. He is also a Board Member of the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA). Dave holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School.
Executive Vice-President, Strategic Planning
Ed joined GFL in April 2016 as the Executive Vice President — Liquid Waste. In this role, Ed oversees the Canadian Liquid Waste business as well as several corporate initiatives. He has worked in the Hazardous Waste Industry for over ten years working for Safety-Kleen (Clean Harbors) and Metaflo Technologies. His roles involved the oversight of National businesses in all functions; Operations, Sales, EH&S, HR and Finance. Prior to the waste industry, Ed worked for Cintas, a uniform company, which further enhanced his experience in route-based service businesses. Ed holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
President, Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd.
Dawn joined Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd. as a partner in 1986, becoming president in 1997. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and is a Professional Engineer. Dawn has 30 years of experience in construction, risk management and process improvements. Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd., which GFL acquired in January of 2016, is a leading design build construction contracting firm specializing in soil retention and foundation solutions. In their 48 year history, Anchor has completed over 4,500 projects such as the Air Canada Centre, BCE Place, Royal Ontario Museum, and various phases of the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension. Dawn has twice been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women as well as receiving the University of Toronto 2T5 achievement award. She serves on various industry boards and in 2013 was appointed by the Minister of Labour to serve as an employer member on the Prevention Council for Ontario.
Christian joined GFL as Vice President, Infrastructure in May 2016 to launch a new civil division at GFL focusing on the infrastructure construction industry in Canada. In his role, Christian oversees the sales, operations, and finance of the civil division, continuously driving operational efficiencies. Christian has 12 years of infrastructure construction experience with a focus on water, rail, municipal and civil engineering related projects. Prior to joining GFL, Christian held numerous senior management, project management and site supervisory roles within the construction industry. Christian is Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Ontario, a Project Management Professional and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Kellogg-Schulich School of Business.
Vice President, Human Resources
Richard joined GFL in September 2015 as the Vice President, Human Resources. In his role, Richard is responsible for leading the overall human resources strategy and delivering programs that support the development of leadership, culture and employee engagement across the company. Richard has more than 20 years of Human Resources and Operational experience and has managed international teams across North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining GFL, Richard was Vice President of Human Resources and Labour Relations for Sears Home Services and prior to that, Richard was Vice President of Human Resources for Just Energy Group. Richard is a Certified Human Resources Professional and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.