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WoW: Women of Waste Subcommittee

Activating strong female participation and engagement in the waste management and recycling industry

W2RO Women of Waste (WoW) subcommittee launched in 2021 to provide enhanced support, engagement and value to women across the sector. The WoW subcommittee’s mission is to develop and support initiatives empowering strong female participation and engagement in the waste management and recycling industry.


One of the first initiatives completed was research to help understand the needs and views of the sector. The results of the survey is assisting the subcommittee in enhancing the support for women across the waste management section. Beyond the research, initiatives in the works will include outreach to like-minded groups, hosting targeted events based on some of the intel received from the survey and developing material for younger females still pursuing their education.


The purpose of this web page is to provide you access to the latest information from the subcommittee; meet subcommittee members; find out about upcoming events, and so much more!






Read the latest news from the Women of Waste subcommittee: 

November Webinar Series:

October 19, 2023 - Showcasing and Celebrating the Women of Waste Spotlight - Lori Andrews

June 9, 2023 - Wow Subcommittee Looking for Participants

May 5, 2023  - Wow Subcommittee Partners with the Caledon Embers & Girl Guides

April 18, 2023  - Using AI to reduce costs while increasing operational efficiency

March 22, 2023  -  Sharing the Latest Results from W2RO Members

February 22, 2023 - Declutter for a Cause 

November 30, 2022 - Showcasing and Celebrating the Women of Waste - Erin Agro

November 16, 2022 - Showcasing and Celebrating the Women of Waste - Cynthia Lucar Diaz

November 2, 2022 - Showcasing and Celebrating the Women of Waste - Frances Pritchard

October 19, 2022 - Showcasing Impact in Waste Reduction and Diversion and the Circular Economy: Julie Hordowick

September  7, 2022 -  Showcase the Achievements of Women in Waste

August 19, 2022 - WoW: Terms of Reference 2022

August 10, 2022 - Meet the New WoW Subcommittee Members 

June 1, 2022 - OWMA Women of Waste (WoW) Call for Members

March 8, 2022 - The WoW Subcommittee is proud to join the conversation on International Women's Day

January 26, 2022 - WoW update: A look behind...a look ahead

January 21, 2022 - WoW research summary now available 

January 21, 2022 - Meet the Women of Waste subcommittee members

November 2, 2021 - WoW update  

March 8, 2021 - Celebrating the Women of Waste - Blog 








The workshop series consists of two parts. Please sign up for one session from each of Part 1 and Part 2.  

Did you know that while the majority of people at work see themselves as allies to their colleagues, research shows relatively few are taking basic allyship actions?

We want to do our part to change that because we know when we empower you with the right tools and strategies there is nothing the people in this industry can’t accomplish.

That’s why we’re adding Lean In’s Allyship at Work  program to W2RO’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts. Allyship at Work helps you learn specific actions you can take to show up as an ally. This program is for everyone, regardless of your role, level, or identity. You’ll learn how to show up in both private and public ways for your coworkers with traditionally marginalized identities. 

We look forward to going through this program with you. Free to W2RO Members! Register Now!

If you have any questions, please contact the W2RO office at (416) 674-1542 or by email at



WoW Subcommittee

Beverley Newman
, Manager of Innovation & Optimization, WM

Annie Ironmonger, Director of Business Development,  Convertus Group

Subcommittee Members:
Paulina Leung
, Chief Sustainability Officer, Emterra Group

Andrea Ivanovs, Advisor, Waste Collections, Regional Municipality of Peel

Rachael Graziotto, Business Development and Operations Strategist, Covanta Environmental Solutions Inc.

Trish Edmond, Principal, Senior Environmental Engineer, WSP

Kayla Kleber, Sales & Marketing Manager, Nova Products

Jennifer Hincks, Operations Manager - Canada, Big Truck Rental

Meet the Women of Waste Subcommittee members - Click here to read their bios.

To read the Women of Waste (WoW) Subcommittee Terms of Reference