CIAC’s Responsible Care® Verifiers

Phil Byer –

Public Verifier

Phil Byer has been a Responsible Care® public verifier since 1993, and was a member of CIAC’s National Advisory Panel from 1989 to 2004. Byer was a professional engineer and a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto. He holds graduate degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Byer now lives in White Rock, BC.

André Denis –

Industry Verifier

André Denis has been a Responsible Care® industry verifier since 1994. With professional training as a registered occupational hygienist, Denis has more than 30 years of experience in workplace health and safety, specializing in industrial hygiene. Denis worked for 13 years in various positions related to health and safety with Canadian Industries Limited (C-I-L) and Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). André Denis lives in Montreal.

Cam Dillabough –

Industry Verifier

Cam Dillabough has been a Responsible Care® industry verifier since 1995. He has more than 30 years of experience in the chemistry industry, including his time as site manager at Rohm and Haas’ Morrisburg, Ont. location (now Evonik Oil Additives Canada). His previous responsibilities included safety, health and environmental management, employee training, and the implementation of high-performance manufacturing systems. Cam lives in Collingwood, ON.

Marcel Emond –

Industry Verifier

Trained as a chemical engineer at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal, Marcel Emond worked in the petroleum industry from 1966 to 1981, and has held a variety of positions at the Petrofina (later Petro-Canada) refineries, BP and Ultramar. Emond later worked in the petrochemical sector with Petromont, first serving as Vice-President of Production, and later as Chief of Operations (1991-1998). To date, he has participated in more than 50 Responsible Care® verifications.

Archie Kerr –

Industry Verifier

Archie Kerr is the former North American Director of Sustainability for LANXESS Canada, and the former Manager of Health, Environment and Safety at Bayer Canada. Kerr helped to develop Canada's first biohybrid-chemistry cluster in Sarnia, Ont., and was a founding member of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative. He also serves as a member of the Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association’s technical committee, and volunteers with Friends of the St. Clair, and the St. Clair River Bi-national Advisory Council.

Sherry Khan –

Industry Verifier

Sherry Khan has been a Responsible Care® industry verifier since 1993. He is also the founder and lead assessor of QRC & Associates Inc., where he has conducted more than 2,500 management-system evaluations of motor carriers, bulk terminals, warehouses, and third-party logistics providers. Prior to launching QRC, Khan spent 30 years with Imperial Oil and its subsidiary companies. Sherry Khan lives in Brampton, Ont.

Debbie Krukowski –

Public Verifier

Debbie Krukowski is a former member of CIAC’s National Advisory Panel, and has chaired many committees in her hometown of Sarnia, Ont., including the Planning Advisory Committee, the Sarnia 2000 Committee, the Property Standards Committee, and the Inter-Recycling Landfill Liaison Committee. In 2004, Krukowski founded the Sarnia Transportation Community Advisory Panel. She is currently a member of the ARLANXEO Community Advisory Panel, and an appointee to the Court of Revision for the City of Sarnia.

Kris Lee –

Public Verifier

Kris Lee has been a CIAC Responsible Care® public verifier since 1998, and served on CIAC’s National Advisory Panel from 1989 to 1998. She is a retired high school science teacher. Lee has also served as Canadian chair of the St. Clair River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Binational Public Advisory Council (BPAC), and as a member of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association’s Public Advisory Panel (since 1999). Kris Lee lives along the St. Clair River.

Brenda Lorenz –

Public Verifier

Brenda Lorenz began her career by working in the labs of two chemistry companies in Sarnia, Ont. She later devoted herself to promoting environmental awareness through a provincial Green Community Initiative, and by teaching chemistry and environmental science at Lambton College. Lorenz has been a member of the Bluewater Community Advisory Panel for more than 10 years, and holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in chemistry from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters of engineering science from the University of Western Ontario.

Dave Mack –

Industry Verifier

Dave Mack has been a CIAC Responsible Care® industry verifier since 2001. He has 30 years of industrial experience – in industrial gas supply, oil refining, pipelines and petrochemicals – most of which was in large-scale product-manufacturing facilities. He spent 20 years with NOVA Chemicals, and completed his tenure as Director of Responsible Care® for Canadian operations. Dave Mack is based in Red Deer, Alta.

Gerry Moss –

Industry Verifier

Gerry Moss has more than 40 years of experience in the manufacturing and distribution of chemicals, having worked with CIL Paints, Reichhold Chemicals, Neste Resins, and Ashland Canada. Most recently, he acted as Ashland’s Environment, Health and Safety Manager, and was responsible for implementing the company’s Responsible Care® management systems, as well as for risk management, product stewardship, internal auditing, and training. Gerry holds a B.A.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto.

Ron Ormson –

Public Verifier

Ron Ormson is Director of Environmental Engineering for the City of Waterloo. As a licensed professional geoscientist, Ormson has worked on a wide range of projects, including brownfield redevelopments. He is a national advisor and peer reviewer for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on contaminated site and waste-management issues.

David Powell –

Public Verifier

David Powell has worked at the University of Toronto as an instructor, student advisor and administrator since 1967. Powell has served as a Responsible Care® public verifier since 1993, and was also a member of CIAC’s National Advisory Panel. He assisted in developing the first Responsible Care verification protocol, as well as the initiative’s new sustainability-based codes. From 1997 to the present day, Powell has served as President of the Huron-Sussex Residents’ Organization. David lives in Haliburton, ON.

Keith Purves –

Public Verifier

Keith Purves has been a CIAC Responsible Care® public verifier since 2010, and to date, has been involved in Responsible Care verifications. He was also a member of the CIAC National Advisory Panel from 2006 to 2016. Keith is active in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, where he serves as Chair of the Fort Saskatchewan Regional Air Monitoring Society.

Bob Richer –

Industry Verifier

Bob Richer is a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique, Montreal who worked for BASELL Canada Inc. as a Manufacturing Director. He has been very active in associations and initiatives which contributed to the progress of chemical industry, specially in Quebec. He was a CIAC Board member and Chair of the Quebec Leadership Group. Bob began his career at Petrofina Canada, and joined Gulf Oil in 1980. He became Vice president for KEMTEC in 1986 and then Manufacturing Director for Himont/Montell/Basell in 1988 until 2009. Now, he is currently working for GCM, an engineering firm in Montreal and for QRC, a transportation verifier.

Gerry Whitcombe –

Industry Verifier

Gerry Whitcombe has been a CIAC Responsible Care® verifier since 2006. He worked for Dow Chemical for more than 32 years in a variety of capacities, including as Canadian Responsible Care Coordinator (1989-2005). Whitcombe was involved in developing implementation aids for the original Responsible Care® Distribution Code of Practice. Gerry Whitcombe lives in Sarnia, Ont.

Carl Yank –

Industry Verifier

Carl Yank is a chemical engineer who focussed his career in industrial manufacturing.  He has 25 years of experience as a Plant Manager at three operating sites and was the Director of the Sodium Chlorite Business for ERCO Worldwide when he retired in 2015.  Yank was elected President of the Quebec Industrial Electricity Users Association for two terms and as the Chair of the Quebec Leadership Group Committee was a CIAC Board member from 2004 to 2015.  Through his career and retirement, he’s enjoyed being an active participant in various community initiatives.