On Sept 27, 2017, the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) appointed E. Patrick Shea, LSM as the Administrator of Ontario Tire Stewardship. This follows the resignation of the OTS Board of Directors on September 18, 2017.
“We welcome Mr. Shea to the role of Administrator to help us facilitate the wind up and transition of OTS operations in the coming year,” commented Andrew Horsman, Executive Director of Ontario Tire Stewardship. “Our organization is committed to the smooth operation of the Used Tires Program until wind up and we know that Mr. Shea will provide guidance and expertise to help us achieve this.”
Mr. Shea took on the responsibilities of this role immediately and will exercise the powers and perform the duties of the members of the board of OTS. He will work closely with OTS staff and ensure effective governance of the ongoing operations of the Used Tires Program and the orderly wind up of the Program by December 31, 2018 and of OTS thereafter, consistent with the Waste Diversion Transition Act and directions provided by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.
“I welcome the opportunity to work closely with the team at OTS who have run a very successful program and have a deep understanding of the tire recycling market in Ontario,” said Mr Shea. “My role will be to ensure we are meeting the mandate of the Circular Economy Act over the next 15 months as OTS is wound-down. I look forward to meeting many stakeholders in the coming weeks as we work towards the submission of a wind up plan.”
Mr. Shea is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office, practicing in the area of commercial law with a particular focus on restructuring. He sits on a number of not-for-profit boards and is a lecturer at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law. In 2015, Mr. Shea was awarded the Law Society Medal.