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. In 2017, Patrick was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the Power & Utilities & Environment sector at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2017 Ontario Awards presented by Ernst & Young.
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
Luke joined GFL as Director, Mergers & Acquisitions in January 2015, became Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development in October 2016 and was named GFL’s Chief Operating Officer on January 1, 2018. In October 2018, he was appointed GFL's Chief Financial Officer. 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.
Executive Vice-President and General Counsel
Prior to joining GFL as Executive Vice-President and General Counsel in October 2018, Mindy served as a lawyer and partner at Davies Ward Philips and Vineberg LLP for over 16 years. Her practice focused on corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets. She brings a wealth of legal and business experience, advising clients in areas such as domestic and international public and private offerings of debt and equity, loan financings, and private equity-related transactions. Named as one of the 2013 Lexpert® Rising Stars Leading Lawyers Under 40, Mindy is a former member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Listings Advisory Committee and the Ontario Securities Commission Securities Advisory Committee. As Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, Mindy is responsible for overseeing all legal matters impacting GFL, including corporate governance, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation. Mindy holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.
Executive Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives
Joy joined GFL as Vice-President, Legal in March of 2011. She became General Counsel in May 2014, and was appointed Executive Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives in October 2018. 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.
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, Solid Waste West
Keith joined GFL in September of 2017 and was named Executive Vice-President of Solid Waste Western Canada in December of the same year. Prior to joining GFL, Keith spent nearly two decades taking on roles of increasing responsibility with other major waste management companies in multiple markets. Keith brings to GFL a demonstrated history in leadership, talent development, strategic planning and development, tactical execution, P&L management and accountability, trend analysis and customer relations. Keith holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Administration from Texas Christian University.
Executive Vice-President, Solid Waste Michigan
Michael is a 20+ year waste industry professional with extensive knowledge and experience in strategic, operational and financial business planning. He began his career as a controller with Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) and held various positions within the organization until its merger with Allied Waste Services. Michael was then recruited to Waste Management as the Vice-President of Operations for Canada. After several positions, in the US, he was named the Area Vice President for a five‐state area in the Midwest assuming full responsibility of all solid waste operations. Michael has recently joined the GFL Environmental Inc. USA team at their newly acquired Michigan operation. As Executive Vice-President, he will be an integral part of the leadership team with a focus on driving operational results and bottom line growth. Michael has a BBA with a major in Accounting from the University of Toledo.
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.
Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure
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, 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, Damian 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, which 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.
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.
Vice-President, Treasury CPA, CGA
Julie joined GFL Environmental Inc. as Treasurer in April 2014. With more than 15 years of experience, Julie has spent her career in finance focusing on areas such as working capital management, financial modelling, analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and systems integration. Prior to joining GFL, Julie was a Policy Advisor for the Province of Ontario in Treasury Management where she concentrated on Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards implementation. Prior to that, Julie was Treasurer at Waste Services Inc., an acquisitive North American waste company. Julie started her career in Investment Banking as an analyst in an M&A advisory group. Julie is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Queen’s University.