Emterra Group - Environmental Waste Management Team
We make opportunities for, and take pride in, the broad diversification of our workforce and in our employees' commitment to doing their jobs well. Our company is undertaking a new phase of dynamic growth and playing a greater role in the communities and sectors we serve. Our employees share our ultimate goal which is to ensure that at the end of the day, our residential, municipal and commercial customers know they can trust Emterra’s people to deliver.
Emmie Leung, Founder and CEO
At the helm of the Emterra Group is Emmie Leung who oversees the overall operations, performance against key indicators and growth of the group of companies. Emmie has a knack for finding opportunities and building on them. She founded the original company, International Paper Industries (IPI) in 1976 to collect used cardboard and other printed papers when she recognized that businesses were discarding these “valuable resources.” Emmie continues to be a pioneer in the recycling and waste diversion industry in North America.
Angelo Caramagno, General Manager of Michigan Operations
Angelo is responsible for the management and growth of the company’s residential, municipal, industrial and commercial material collection, waste disposal, and recovery operations throughout Michigan. He oversees all facets of our operations management and growth in Michigan. Angelo is focused on acquisitions and large contracts with Emterra Environmental USA. Angelo is also committed to providing a high level of service so that more customers select Emterra as their preferred service provider.
Brian Gogo, VP of Operations, Ontario
Brian is responsible for the overall management and development of the company’s municipal and commercial material collection and recovery operations throughout Ontario, assisting also in providing oversight for US operations. He oversees the development of new business and implementation of major contracts throughout the province and with his strong belief in service excellence, Brian provides customers with confidence in working with Emterra.
John Cassell, General Manager, Emterra Tire Recycling
John leads the operations and management of Emterra Tire Recycling. This includes the development of business strategies in response to important changes in waste tire recycling regulations and stewardship in the province.
Paulina Leung, VP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development
Paulina is responsible for driving Emterra’s growth. She knows the intricacies of municipal and commercial contracts because she oversees the development of contract bids and major contract implementations across the country. She also manages all external communications and marketing, government relations, corporate services, and corporate strategy. She is also an elected member of the Recycling Council of Ontario’s Board of Directors.
Erica Seibert, VP of Corporate Development
Erica identifies opportunities and leads the development of new market initiatives and acquisitions. This ranges from due diligence activities to integration management. Her work ensures that Emterra’s continued growth is sound and effective. In addition, Erica continues to be responsible for the overall operations and management of Canadian Liquids Processors Ltd.
Doris Wong, VP of Materials Marketing, Canada
Doris develops and maintains long-term, reliable markets throughout North America and the Pacific Rim. She ensures all recycling commodities that are marketed through the Emterr Group are sold at the highest value and end use, and best price. Her experience as the operations manager of our North Vancouver material recovery facility has given her a strong understanding of both municipal and commercial customers’ -as well as buyers’ - requirements when it comes to resource recovery.
Ed Walsh, VP of Operations, British Columbia
Ed takes care of business development, implementing new contracts and setting priorities and procedures for the efficient operations of Emterra’s plants and the fleet in BC. With more than 25 years in the waste management industry, he applies his considerable experience to the job of ensuring that all municipal contracts are serviced to contract specifications and regulations. Ed is a Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Certified Manager and Teacher of Collection Systems and the Director of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of SWANA.
Meet Emmie Leung
“I have a strong personal belief that there is value in everything and in everyone. That belief, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit compels me to view challenges not as barriers, but as opportunities, and enabled me to build Emterra from a small, local curbside collector of cardboard into what it is today – one of the largest integrated resource management companies serving North America.” - Emmie Leung
At the helm of the Emterra Group is Emmie Leung who oversees the overall operations, performance against key indicators and growth of the group of companies. Emmie has a knack for finding opportunities and building on them.
She founded the original company, International Paper Industries (IPI) in 1976 to collect used cardboard and other printed papers when she recognized that businesses were discarding these “valuable resources.” She moved to the west coast of Canada to be closer to core transportation hubs and from that point on she has been a pioneer in the recycling and waste diversion industry in North America.
In its infancy, IPI was a one-person business – Emmie. She did everything - from driving the collection truck,sorting and baling materials, operating the forklift to marketing and bookkeeping. As IPI expanded into the municipal recycling services business, Emmie initiated the first ever ‘blue bag’ program to collect recyclables, a system that continues to be used in some North American communities today.