Waste & Recycling


John Lackie made SWANA Ontario executive director

Murray Gale, president of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Ontario Chapter, has announced the a...

Murray Gale, president of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Ontario Chapter, has announced the appointment of John Lackie, P. Eng. as executive director of the Ontario Chapter.

John brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors of the solid waste industry in Ontario, including 14 years with the City of Barrie, and six years consulting for Tetra Pak Canada Inc. Active in the SWANA Ontario Chapter since 1987, John has held the position of Secretary Treasurer of the Chapter for 11 years and has been the international director for the Chapter since 2000. He has organized and conducted numerous SWANA training courses throughout Ontario, and currently represents all four Canadian Chapters as the Canadian Representative to the International Board and Executive Committee of SWANA.

“SWANA Ontario Chapter’s focus over the next several years is going to be on enhancing the delivery of solid waste management training programs in Ontario,” said Mr Gale. “SWANA is the leading professional association in North America in developing solid waste training and certification programs, starting with their Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) course in the mid 1980s.” (More information below about SWANA.)

John can be reached at 705-835-3560 or j.lackie@sympatico.ca

Contact Murray Gale, supervisor of solid waste for the Town of Whitby at 905-668-3437 x 3544 or galem@town.whitby.on.ca


SWANA is a non-profit, educational organization serving individuals and communities responsible for the management and operation of municipal solid waste management systems. Dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in the field, SWANA offers its members training programs, technical assistance and educational opportunities to help meet their ever-growing needs.

Founded in 1961, SWANA has become the largest member-based solid waste management association in the world. The majority of SWANA members are public sector officials, while the remainder of the membership includes organizations that provide consulting services, equipment, technologies and systems in the municipal solid waste field.

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