Centre of Excellence Working Group


The Centre of Excellence Working Group is comprised of the following nine (9) members:

CHAIR: Matthew Clayton, Public Member
Greg Burns, Deputy Mayor
Kevin Narraway, Manager of Marketing
Warren Nicholishen, Transportation Operations Manager
Secretary: Gail Martin
Dr. Stan Blecher, Public Member
Robert Sculthorpe, Public Member
Sylvia Bachelder, Public Member
Ross Stevenson, Durham College

Mandate of the Centre of Excellence

The mandate of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) is to engage in research and education; reduce the environmental footprint; reduce waste to the landfill; eliminate incineration and burning; engage all levels of government in the dialogue; and engage local recycling businesses and develop new ones.

Purpose of Working Group

The purpose/role of the Centre of Excellence - Working Group (CoE-WG) is to plan and initiate the development of the Centre of Excellence to engage in a number of goals and outcomes, and propose the administration structure to Council.


The CoE-WG will establish a standardized meeting frequency, location and duration schedule. The CoE-WG Chair will liaise with the Deputy Mayor on the CoE-WG’s progress and keep notes of CoE-WG activities.

Goals and Outcomes

The CoE-WG will achieve its purpose through the following steps:

  • Initiate potential partnerships with Durham and Fleming Colleges Trent University and others
  • Identify public willingness/desire to reduce organic waste – through a survey.
  • Investigate possible educational opportunities with the two local school boards
  • Explore potential use of Environmental Tips broadcast on local radio stations, social media, radio, and newspapers
  • Promote the waste management hierarchy of reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, energy recovery and lastly, landfill
  • Research methods to reduce waste to landfill (benefits of back yard composting); promote organic wet waste collection
  • Promote, to the public, the difference between “Zero Waste to Landfill” (which tends to promote burning and incineration) and “Zero Waste” (which promotes Recycling plus minimal waste to Landfill).
  • Identify possible new revenue streams to replace potential reduction of revenue from waste bag tags.
  • Promote and advocate working towards the elimination of incineration and burning through continual education, and public updates, and lobbying MOECC.
  • Engage all levels of government (local, county, provincial, federal and First Nations) in advancing the approach to “Zero Waste”
  • Identify best practices from other communities on how to increase recycling and how to reduce organic waste
  • Establish objectives for the Municipality (corporation) to achieve – i.e. Zero Waste (No incineration, recycling all that can be recycled, and only unrecyclable waste to fully secured landfill) and challenge other corporate entities to participate
  • Calculate the number of jobs new economic activities could bring to Port Hope associated with Zero Waste industries and encourage these industries to locate here.
  • Maintain a list of local businesses involved in any aspect of recycling and hold a public event to a) showcase these businesses and b) brainstorm innovative industry practices to help advance these businesses.
  • Encourage the County, or failing that, Cobourg and other neighbouring municipalities to adopt corporate, and public objectives from the committee.
  • Brainstorm economic opportunities associated with Zero Waste and identify and attract new businesses to Port Hope
  • Encourage companies to use packaging that is recyclable, compostable or reusable


Support for the CoE-WG is part of the Port Hope Strategic Plan which covers the time span from 2016 to 2018. The term of the CoE-WG shall be completed when the purpose of the CoE-WG has been achieved and approved by Council.

A full report will be submitted to Committee of the Whole on December 5, 2017 with an anticipated approval by Council on December 19, 2017. This will allow municipal staff adequate time to develop their 2018 budget submissions