Board of Directors: Depot Representatives


Kulwant Dhillon
Kulwant Dhillon

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.

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Thomas Marr-Laing
Thomas Marr-Laing

Thomas is principal in a diverse range of businesses including a large metro bottle depot. He provides consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations in the areas of business and project development, regulatory and legal engagement, fundraising, and project management.

Thomas was Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading environmental policy think- tank, and is currently Chair of the Pembina Foundation. He has served as a Director on the Alberta Recycling Management Board as well as Alberta’s Clean Air Strategic Alliance. He has provided leadership to several multi-stakeholder bodies charged with developing policy frameworks to manage environmental issues associated with waste management and air quality/climate change.

Thomas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

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Ivonne Martinez
Ivonne Martinez

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.

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Farid Remtulla
Farid Remtulla

Currently retired from engineering practice in the oil and gas industry, Farid has been a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta for 35 years. He honed his business and technical skills as an executive and specialist in the oil and gas industry, mentoring technical teams in operations, facilities and development of oil and gas fields focused on enhanced oil recovery schemes.

Farid is passionate about people and small businesses, and has investments in commercial real estate, recycling, automotive services and manufacturing industries. He started the Deerfoot Bottle Depot in Calgary in 1999 and has been an active director of the Alberta Bottle Depot Association since then, also serving a four-year term as President.

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Brenda Smith
Brenda Smith

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.

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