Garry Travers’ first task as the newly elected Chair of Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC), was to welcome the organization’s first Associate Member. EPSC, the Canadian electronics industry’s voice for environmental stewardship, also used the occasion of its September 30th board of director’s meeting in Mississauga to announce it has created two new levels of membership to offer more options to potential new members from Canada’s consumer electronics (CE) and information technology (IT) sectors.
Travers, the Manager of Environmental Affairs for IBM Canada Ltd., welcomed Ottawa-based Northern Micro Inc. at its most recent board meeting.
“Our Board felt that if we wanted to truly represent the widest spectrum of companies in our industries, then we had to create memberships that would attract both large and small businesses. We are pleased that Northern Micro Inc. sees the value in EPSC membership, and wants to work towards developing sustainable solutions for end-of-life electronics in Canada,” he said.
Herman Yeh, the president/owner of Northern Micro Inc., has been monitoring the changes in the IT industry, stewardship responsibilities and the work that has been done by EPSC. These factors influenced the decision to become members of EPSC.
“As one of the leading Canadian-based PC manufacturers, we believe it is important to be active participants in EPSC to reach the common goal of responsible and economically viable stewardship programs,” he said.
EPSC now offers three levels of membership: board, associate and participant, with corresponding fees and input into the organization. Board level members must be manufacturers, brand owners, or first importers of products expected to come under regulation in the product categories of information technology and consumer electronics. Their representatives attend quarterly board meetings, and determine policy and direction. Associate members participate in committee work, and have access to EPSC information and advocacy services. Participant members receive EPSC electronic services, and voting privileges at the corporation’s annual general meeting.
Northern Micro Inc. is a privately held Canadian corporation based in Ottawa. It serves public and private sector clients across the country, delivering products and services in a variety of industry sectors including government, education, defence, transportation, health care, Crown corporations, communications and energy.
This not-for-profit organization was founded in 2003 by Electro-Federation Canada, (EFC) the Information Technology Association of Canada, (ITAC) and leading consumer electronics and information technology manufacturers. Governed by a Board of Directors, its current members include: Apple Canada Inc., Canon Canada Inc., Dell Canada, Epson Canada Ltd., Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co., Hitachi Canada Ltd., IBM Canada Ltd., Lenovo Canada, Lexmark Canada Inc., LG Electronics Canada, Microsoft Canada Co., Northern Micro Inc., Panasonic Canada Inc., Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd., Sony of Canada Ltd., Thomson Multimedia Ltd. and Toshiba of Canada Ltd.
For further information visit www.epsc.ca or contact:
Electronics Product Stewardship Canada
613-238-4822 ext. 225