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Kulwant Dhillon is an innovative thinker with broad based expertise in operations, finance, business development and government relations. He has been involved in the beverage container recycling industry since 1990 as a depot owner and liquor store operator.
Kulwant established Moneyback Containers in 1990, the Alberta OK Liquor Store chain in 1993, a marketing company involved in importing food/beverages and gift/promotional items, and a Texaco Xpress Lube and Carwash complex. He has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and previously worked with SNC-Lavalin Inc. as a Team Leader on a Syrian pipeline project. Kulwant is also the Founding Chairperson and President of a community credit union.
Karim has been involved with the beverage container recycling industry in Alberta since 1986 when he purchased the Beddington Heights Bottle Depot in Calgary, Alberta. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the BCMB and the Alberta Bottle Depot Association.
Karim has volunteered with various organizations, including the City of Calgary’s Parks and Recreation department organizing and implementing youth soccer and volleyball programs. He has also been involved with the Ismaili Volunteer Corps both as a member and in a leadership capacity and served on the Council of Elders with the Ismaili Muslim Community, planning and executing a number of projects within the community.
Ivonne Martinez is a seasoned government relations and communications professional with over 23 years of experience working with the federal government, the Alberta and British Columbia governments, and the oil and gas industry. She has worked for Cabinet Ministers at both levels of government and spent six years with Nova Corporation and TransCanada Pipelines.
Ivonne is currently the President of the Alberta Liquor Stores Association, a position she has held for the last three years, after returning from working abroad in Dubai, UAE for seven years.
Brenda Smith has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry with experience ranging from personnel management, training and marketing to actively managing loan and investment portfolios. Her last 10 years in the financial services industry was spent working with a wealth management team at BMO Nesbitt Burns.
Brenda also worked in the oil and gas servicing sector with a U.S. based company before moving to Signature Support Services where she has served for the past eight years as the Business Services Director for Recycle Plus. She oversees the real estate assets of the organization along with providing direction for the two bottle depots in Grande Prairie, Alberta (Plus I and Plus II).
Brenda serves on the Alberta Bottle Depot Association Board of Directors and presently holds the position of President. She also serves on a condominium board and was previously a Board member with the Grande Prairie and District Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.