Our Values

Citizenship | Leadership | Environment | Empowerment | Responsibility


Our Story

Established in 1988, HSR began by offering paper and cardboard collection for recycling and from there grew its services, offering a host of resource management solutions that encourage the highest and best use of materials.

After witnessing the extent of our societal mismanagement of resources on the frontlines for decades, HSR has now transitioned towards providing knowledge, solutions and monitoring for facilities to reduce the amount of waste they generate, as opposed to simply diverting it away from landfill.

This paradigm shift is today referred to as Zero Waste.

With access to a global network of Zero Waste and resource management professionals, we represent the premier local driver of Zero Waste practices and policies within the business community, offering a wide array of Zero Waste and Resource Management Services that guide facilities towards a lower environmental impact and the circular/sharing economy.


Our People & Culture

We live our values.

They drive our organization and more importantly, they represent the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ we treat both each other, as well as the communities which we serve.

Zero Waste teaches us that we are part of a whole.

We believe that by treating others as we want to be treated, with compassion and respect, we foster positive citizenship. We believe true leadership begins by listening to the needs and wants of the people we work with and the people we live with. We listen, so we can lead. Environmental protection is our core, motivating us to drive change and ensure everyone can enjoy a healthy and happy community. We believe that by offering learning opportunities we promote empowerment and positive change. We all have a shared responsibility and never shy away from our own.

Likewise, we encourage everyone to stand up and be counted.


Our Team

Jamie Kaminski
President & Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWA, TRUE Advisor)

Jamie’s experience is in solid waste management from both a ground level and policymaking perspective. Jamie’s area of expertise lies within international best practices in Zero Waste, and in respect to internationally accepted Zero Waste policies and programs.

Jamie works with fellow policy advisors to create strong, practical and enforceable policies that drive change towards Zero Waste. With 27 years of active engagement in the waste diversion industry working for HSR, Jamie has developed extensive experience in understanding how regional policies and bylaws affect the existing waste management system from the perspective of the service provider, the client, as well as the region as a whole.
Jerome Laroulandie
Sales Manager

Jerome studied Biology and Ecology in the beautiful west coast of France. His study journey took him to Quebec to learn more about toxicology and the environmental impacts created by our activities.

Jerome possesses a combination of environmental science and business development with a passion for making the world a better place and solving customer problems with data driven solutions. He combines a multi-disciplinary science background in toxicology, customer service and sales. His diverse career has evolved from field technician as an environmental scientist in consulting, ecotoxicologist in the environmental testing industry to Sales in the environmental laboratory sector, and in the sustainable sector offering recycling services and zero waste programs.
Kate Smith
Zero Waste Program Manager

Kate was born and raised in Ontario, Canada where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Environment and Sustainability from Western University and a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Ryerson University.

In addition to her academic background Kate also brings with her seven years of property, asset, and development management experience within the commercial real estate industry. Kate has worked at organizations that are global leaders in the real estate industry such as Ivanhoe Cambridge, Hullmark Asset Management, and Centrecorp Property Management.

Highly detail oriented and organized, Kate has strong skills in identifying gaps and documenting procedures. Kate believes in personal engagement when it comes to managing projects and working with clients.

While Kate grew up in the bustling metropolis of Toronto, she has a strong passion for the outdoors that led her to make the move to British Columbia. She now enjoys exploring and hiking as often as possible and playing or watching baseball.

Paolo Muir
Zero Waste Associate (ZWA)

Paolo joined the HSR family in 2017, after having met Jamie through the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) network. Paolo developed his vocation for Zero Waste early on, learning closely from the council of Capannori in Tuscany, Italy, the first European council to adhere to a Zero Waste policy.

Paolo’s postgraduate fieldwork research offered a comparative analysis between top-down and bottom-up approaches to Zero Waste in Europe, focusing on the continent’s two most prominent examples in Scotland and Italy. His work has led him to develop a strategically valuable network within the Zero Waste field via Zero Waste Europe and the Zero Waste International Alliance. With +6 years of international work, he is currently working in Canada to spread the portfolio of good practices developed, towards implementing Zero Waste policies and practices.
Luiza Rocha
Marketing & Sales Coordinator

Luiza was born and raised in Brazil, where she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Marketing and Sales. Luiza has recently graduated with distinction in the Post-Degree Diploma in Marketing Management at Langara College, Vancouver.

Besides her vast academic experience, Luiza has over 10 years of experience in the Marketing & Sales field. Before joining HSR family, she has worked mainly in the Real Estate industry and ran her own business, an awarded Craft Beer Pub in her hometown, Rio de Janeiro. Luiza is passionate about growing brands, creating marketing strategies, coordinating events, building relationships and traveling around the world with her family.
Mary Remenik
Customer Service Coordinator

Mary is HSR Customer Service Coordinator, responding daily to the needs and queries of commercial and industrial clients we work with and the residential communities we serve.

Mary has over twenty years in High Technology Industry and Electrical distribution in roles covering Manufacturers Representative, Inside Sales, and Customer Service responsibilities. Before joining HSR, Mary completed her CMITT training at Douglas College.

Mary is passionate about providing an excellent service to her clients, looking to create long term business relationships and satisfaction. Highly personable and dynamic with the ability to build instant rapport over the telephone and in person. She possesses a positive attitude with outstanding communication skills, ability to understand customers’ implied & specific needs.
Mary loves to share her time with volunteer organizations and enjoys BC outdoor activities like cycling, golfing, skiing, hiking, as well as a nice cooking and reading time.

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Melbourne Williams
Recovery Center Coordinator

Born in the UK, and after having lived in Sierra Leone, Melbourne joined the HSR family back in 2008, when he first moved to Canada. Melbourne’s background was originally in electrical engineering back in the UK.

Melbourne has followed through with his knack for mechanics here in Canada, completing a specialized course focusing on refrigeration at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), complemented by a Level 1 and Level 2 on leadership, also at BCIT. He has developed extensive experience in the resource management sector since joining HSR, where he has gained first hand experience of all roles required to run our warehouse and service our clients to the HSR standard.

Melbourne now runs our warehouse during the day, dedicating his spare time to his family and the love for football (soccer) as team captain for West Coast Milan.

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Carlos LeBlanc
On-site Operations Coordinator

Carlos was born and raised in the Philippines, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce at the University of East Manila. Carlos continued down his path as a Sales Supervisor for 6 years at Asia Brewery Budweiser,

Carlos moved to Canada in the year 2000, where he completed a degree in Hospitality & Management at Vancouver Community College. He continued his professional experience working locally with BC Ferries for 3 years, Columbia Skylight for 7 years, and has now been with the HSR family since 2014. Carlos has accumulated a wealth of experience working on-site with our clients.
Hina Ali
People & Engagement Leader

Hina was born and raised in Pakistan. She has a Master’s in Public Administration with 7 years of experience working in the field of Human Resource Management. Her areas of interest are training and development, corporate governance, and organizational behavior.

Before coming to Canada, she has served as a Lecturer at a University, where she advocated and embraced diversity, empathy and transparency. Hina is a self-committed person, who is striving to add a drop in the bigger pool, in order to bring positivity in the world by putting her mind and soul in the work. She also has a keen interest in arts, loves to travel and explore different cultures.
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Francis Leung
Financial Analyst

Francis is our organization’s financial expert due to his extensive experience in the accounting profession. Francis is a member of the Certified General Accountants (CGA) association of BC. Francis was first articled with Price Waterhouse & Co back in Hong Kong

He had then been working as a Regional Auditor for Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. and as Group Accountant for the Wallem Group as part of the shipping industry before emigrating to Canada in 1996. He has held a variety of accounting positions throughout his career, as well as the role of Chief Financial Officer at Hamilton & Spill for over 6 years, operating in the furniture distribution industry. Francis ensures that everything is order for ourselves internally, as well as for the clients we work with.

Everyone can work
towards Zero Waste.


Our Clients


Begin your Zero Waste journey today!