Board of Directors

Dino Chiesa, Lead Independent Director

Mr. Chiesa has served as a member of our board of directors since 2007. Mr. Chiesa is the Principal of Chiesa Group, a commercial real estate developer and investor founded by Mr. Chiesa in 1990, and a past chair of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, one of Canada’s largest financial institutions. Mr. Chiesa is the Chair of the board of directors of Sienna Senior Living Inc., a TSX-listed company and a current member of the Board of Trustees of Morguard North American Residential REIT. From 2004 to 2010, he served as Trustee and Vice-Chair of Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAP REIT), a TSX-listed Canadian residential real estate investment trust. From 1999 to 2004, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Residential Equities Real Estate Investment Trust, prior to its merger with CAP REIT. Mr. Chiesa is also a former Director of Dynacare Laboratories Inc., former Member of the Board of Trustees of Sunrise Senior Living Real Estate Investment Trust, and formerly served on the board of two public hospitals. From 1989 to 1999, Mr. Chiesa held several positions within the Government of Ontario, including Assistant Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs and Housing and Chief Executive Officer of each of Ontario Housing Corporation and Ontario Mortgage Corporation. Mr. Chiesa is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Create TO, an organization established by the City of Toronto to manage the City's real estate portfolio, one of the most expansive, diverse and valuable real estate portfolios in North America. Mr. Chiesa was previously a member of the Expert Advisory Committee on Real Estate Development at Ryerson University. Additionally, he is active in the charitable sector, including in his role as Chair at Villa Charities. Mr. Chiesa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McMaster University.

Patrick Dovigi , Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of our Board of Directors

Patrick is the Founder, President and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GFL. In 2007, Patrick had a vision to create a company that is a "one –stop shop" provider of environmental solutions. Since then, drawing on the discipline he learned in his earlier hockey career, Patrick has driven GFL to become the 4th largest environmental services company in North America. Patrick has instilled an entrepreneurial culture in GFL's leadership team with a focus on operational excellence, sustainability and safety as core values. In 2017, he was recognized by Waste360 with a Top 40 under 40 award, and in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Ontario Awards, as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Power & Utilities Sector. Patrick is also driven by a passion to give back to charities in our host communities. In addition to being a regular supporter of charities supporting local family and health initiatives, in 2019 he contributed $5 million to help create the Dovigi Family Sports Medicine Clinic, a first of its kind sports medicine research and care facility providing support to individuals with sports-related injuries. Patrick currently serves on the board of directors of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation.

Violet Konkle, Director

Ms. Konkle has served as a member of our board of directors since February 23, 2021. Ms. Konkle is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of The Brick Ltd. Prior to joining The Brick Ltd. in 2010 as President, Business Support, she held a number of positions with Walmart Canada, including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Customer Officer. Ms. Konkle also held a number of senior executive positions with Loblaw Companies Ltd., including Executive Vice President, Atlantic Wholesale Division. Ms. Konkle is a Director of The North West Company Inc. (a TSX listed public company), Boyd Group Services Inc. (a TSX listed public company) and serves on the board of directors of three privately held companies, Bailey Metal Products (Concord, ON), Elswood Investment Corporation (Vancouver, BC), and ABARTA (Pittsburgh, PA). She is a past director of Dare Foods, The Brick Ltd., Trans Global Insurance, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the National Board of Habitat for Humanity, as well as the Advisory Board of Longo’s Fruit Markets. Ms. Konkle holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts, both in Geography, from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Jessica McDonald, Director

Ms. McDonald has served as a member of our board of directors since February 10, 2022. Ms. McDonald is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of the BC Hydro and Power Authority, a clean energy utility with over $5.5 billion in annual revenues and more than 5,000 employees. Ms. McDonald is a director of Coeur Mining (a NYSE listed public company) and Sustainable Development Technology Canada. She is a past board Chair as well as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post Corporation, with a group of companies that includes a majority shareholding in Purolator, SCI Logistics and Innovapost. She is a past director of Hydro One (a TSX listed public company), past director and Chair of Trevali Mining Corporation (a TSX listed public company), past Chair of Powertech Labs, one of the largest testing and research laboratories in North America, and director of Powerex, an energy trading company. Ms. McDonald has extensive government experience, including Deputy Minister to the Premier and Head of the BC Public Service. Ms. McDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of British Columbia, is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a certification in cybersecurity oversight from the National Association of Corporate Directors and Carnegie Mellon University.

Arun Nayar, Director

Mr. Nayar has served as a member of our board of directors since 2018. Mr. Nayar retired in December 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tyco International, an over US$10 billion fire protection and security company, where he was responsible for managing the company’s financial risks and overseeing its global finance functions, including tax, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, audit and investor relations teams. Mr. Nayar joined Tyco International as Senior Vice President and Treasurer in 2008 and was also Chief Financial Officer of Tyco International’s ADT Worldwide. From 2010 until 2012, Mr. Nayar was Senior Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, Investor Relations and Treasurer. Prior to joining Tyco International, Mr. Nayar spent six years at PepsiCo, Inc., most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Global Operations and, before that, as Vice President and Assistant Treasurer—Corporate Finance. Mr. Nayar currently serves on the board of directors of Amcor PLC (NYSE: AMCR), a manufacturer of packaging products and also serves on the board of directors of Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD), a leading retail drugstore in the United States. Mr. Nayar previously served on the board of directors and was Chairman of the Audit Committee of TFI International Inc. (NYSE: TFII), a leader in the transportation and logistics industry. Mr. Nayar is also Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Company. Mr. Nayar brings over 40 years of financial experience to the board of directors of GFL. His experience as a chief financial officer provides useful insights into operational and financial metrics relevant to GFL’s business. Mr. Nayar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Delhi University and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Paolo Notarnicola, Director

Mr. Notarnicola has served as a member of our board of directors since 2018. Mr. Notarnicola is a Partner at BC Partners and led the investment team on GFL. Mr. Notarnicola is a Canadian citizen resident in the United States, overseeing the firm’s investment activities in Canada as well as the Business Services sector in North America. Mr. Notarnicola joined BC Partners in New York in November 2014. At BC Partners, Mr. Notarnicola is also a Director of Garda World and was previously a Director of Accudyne Industries. Previously, Mr. Notarnicola spent more than eight years at KKR, where he was first a member of its operations team, KKR Capstone, and was subsequently responsible for developing its investment activities in Canada. He is also intimately familiar with the environmental services sector having acted as the lead operating partner in two waste management deals, AVR and Van Gansewinkel, during his prior career at KKR Capstone. Prior to that, Mr. Notarnicola was an investment banker at Lazard Canada and also spent five years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Canada, the United States and Italy. Mr. Notarnicola holds an M.Sc. degree, summa cum laude from L. Bocconi University and an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP).

Ven Poole, Director

Mr. Poole has served as a member of our board of directors since 2018. Mr. Poole joined Waste Industries in 1990 and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer immediately prior to our acquisition of Waste Industries. From 2002 through 2008, Mr. Poole served as Vice President, Corporate Development of Waste Industries. From 1995 through 2002, Mr. Poole served as Director of Support Services and from 1990 through 1995, he served as Risk Management Director. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. Mr. Poole has more than 30 years of experience in the solid waste industry and was recently inducted into the National Waste & Recycling Hall of Fame. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (Vice Chairman), Detachable Container Association, the NC State University Entrepreneurship Initiative and St. David’s School (Treasurer) and is a member of the board of trustees of North Carolina State University.

Blake Sumler, Director

Mr. Sumler has served as a member of our board of directors since 2018. Mr. Sumler is the Managing Director, Diversified Industrial and Business Services in the Private Capital group at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. He joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2013 and has worked in private equity for more than 15 years. At Ontario Teachers’, Mr. Sumler leads the Diversified Industrials and Business Services team and sits on boards of directors of portfolio companies including PODS (APLPD Holdco, Inc.). Previously, Mr. Sumler was a Senior Vice President at Callisto Capital, a mid-market Toronto based private equity firm focused on buyouts and growth capital investments in Canada. Prior to that Mr. Sumler’s varied work experience included investment management at a hedge fund, equity research and debt syndication. Mr. Sumler is a CPA and a CFA charterholder. He holds a BA (Chartered Accounting) and a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Raymond Svider, Director

Mr. Svider has served as a member of our board of directors since 2018. Mr. Svider is the Chairman and a Partner of BC Partners. He joined BC Partners in 1992 and is currently based in New York. Over the years, Mr. Svider has participated and led investments in a number of sectors, including TMT, healthcare, industrials, business services, consumer and retail. He is currently Executive Chairman of PetSmart, Chairman of the Board of Chewy, Inc. (NYSE: CHWY) and Chairman of the Board of Valtech SE, and also serves on the boards of directors of Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS), Appgate, Inc. (OTCMKTS: APGT), Navex Global, GardaWorld, Presidio, Inc., Cyxtera Technologies and EAB. Mr. Svider previously served as a Director of Accudyne Industries, Teneo Global, Office Depot, Multiplan, Unity Media, Neuf Cegetel, Polyconcept, Neopost, Nutreco, UTL and Chantemur. Mr. Svider is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Aenova Group, and is also on the Boards of the Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation in New York and the Polsky Center Private Equity Council at the University of Chicago. Mr. Svider received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Science in Engineering from both École Polytechnique and École Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications in France.