The purpose of the airzone association is to collect and share air quality data and information for the geographically defined airshed zone, and to provide a regional forum for the discussion and management of air quality issues.
The Great Plains Air Zone (GPAZ) and its Board of Directors were established in the fall of 2013 as the third air management zone in Saskatchewan. GPAZ covers an area of approximately 40,000 square kilometers. The boundaries of the six Saskatchewan airsheds were established based on common history, meteorology, and funding considerations. Key economic activities in the region include agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas refining, mining, and transportation.
Canadian air zones, and their regional airshed associations, were created as a directive of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) under the Canada-wide Air Quality Management System (AQMS). The directive called for the creation of regional airshed associations, that would exist under the umbrella of provincial/territorial air management zones. It is the responsibility of provinces and territories to define and manage air zones within their boundaries. Air zone associations operate as independent, non-profit organizations. GPAZ is comprised of members from: utilities; the mining industry; the oil and gas industry; general industry; the federal and provincial governments; municipalities; associations and special interest groups; and the public.
Operations are funded through voluntary annual membership fees paid by GPAZ members. The board of GPAZ sets a budget each year in March to fund its operation. The budget is then funded by the members according to a formula which is based on the amount of certain pollutant emissions released by the member company as reported through the National Pollution Release Inventory (NPRI). The fees that municipalities pay are determined using populations size. Finally, companies that are registered on the NPRI but do not emit pollutants in the GPAZ funding formula have an option to become members by paying a base fee.
The Great Plains Air Zone (GPAZ) and its Board of Directors were established in the fall of 2013. The GPAZ is the third official air management zone in Saskatchewan, serving as an air monitoring partnership to benefit the citizens of the province. GPAZ was derived from the directive from the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) under the Canada-wide Air Quality Management System (AQMS). The directive stated that Canada will have regional airsheds comprised of local (Provincial/Territorial) Air Management Zones.
Air management zones use a regional approach to managing air quality. As per the Canada-wide AQMS, provinces and territories are responsible to define and manage air zones within their boundaries. The goal in all air zones will be to drive continuous improvements in air quality. Through the support of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, the GPAZ was formed in order to establish a continuous air monitoring network and create a fair and equitable fee structure for its members. Funding for the ongoing support of the air zone is achieved through its members.
An air zone association is intended to operate as an independent, collaborative non-profit organization of industry, government and other representatives for the purpose of collecting credible, continuous air quality data, and to communicate data and information to member organizations, the government, and the public. There are numerous benefits of participating in the air zone. Along with the positive impacts for the environment, the benefits of participation include:
Our membership supports air quality monitoring
GPAZ members support air quality monitoring in the airshed and the provision of air quality information that is of interest to a diverse group of stakeholders in the region.
Our members come from a variety of disciplines and include representatives from various industries, multiple levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and the public. When you become a member of GPAZ, you will connect with other professionals and volunteers who want to ensure that the ambient air quality in the region is not harmful to human health and the environment.
Becoming a member enables you to engage and be active while you share your perspective.
You will receive a wide range of benefits, including:
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If you have any questions regarding membership or if you would like to become a member please email GPAZair@sasktel.net
2017 – 18 Member list
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Murray Hilderman – Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment Board Chair
Murray Hilderman Senior Project Manager has 25 years of experience in environmental work related to air and water, working with industry, municipalities and other stakeholders on projects ranging from local to international. He is involved in the air management zone because he believes this is an excellent approach to engage all parties to better understand air issues in a region.
Jeffrey Price – Mosaic Potash Corporation Secretary Treasurer
Jeff is currently the EHS Manager for Mosaic Belle Plaine. He has worked in the fertilizer industry for 15 years in various Project Management and Environmental Management roles. His work brought him from the phosphate industry in Florida, where he focused on groundwater and construction management to his current role at Mosaic, where he oversees the environmental and safetycompliance for Mosaic’s Belle Plaine facility. He is active in GPAZ because he can see the benefits to taking a collaborative, regional approach to improving the air quality in our province.
Vaughn Wlodarczyk – City of Regina
Vaughn obtained his Bachelors of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Regina. He has been with Water Works at the City of Regina for five years and is currently focusing on project management for municipal drainage upgrades. Vaughn is excited for the continued growth of GPAZ and he knows that GPAZ plays an important role in providing reliable air quality data.
Bob Schutzman – Director, Environmental Affairs – Canada, Evraz North America
Bob Schutzman is the Director of Environmental Affairs for Canada for Evraz Inc. NA Canada, a Canada-wide, multi-plant management role he has filled since 1998. Bob has been involved in a number of community and professional boards focused on environmental issues. He was a Founding Director and past Chair of the Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association. Mr. Schutzman is a Professional Engineer who has held environmental management positions as a consultant, regulator and in industry.
Calvin Eyben – General Manager, Terra Grain Fuels
Calvin Eyben is the President of Terra Grain Fuels in Belle Plaine. As a fuel ethanol producer, Terra Grain Fuels is committed to improving the environment by reducing carbon emissions from the tailpipes of automobiles. Calvin is a professional engineer with over 29 years experience in heavy industry in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Calvin has volunteered on several regional organizations and was a founding member of the Fort Air Partnership in Fort Saskatchewan Alberta. He believes that it is important that the public, industry, and government have a reliable understanding of the quality of the air in the region.
Jim Elliott – Saskatchewan Eco Network
Jim, with his University of Regina Bachelor of Science and Laboratory Technology, has worked with various environmental organizations in Saskatchewan as citizen scientist, board member or representative for the Saskatchewan Eco-Network, a network for environmental groups in Saskatchewan. He is also chair of the Health Caucus of the Canadian Environmental Network, its national counterpoint.
The Saskatchewan Eco Network (SEN) is a non-profit, non-government organization that connects environmentalists – within the province and across Canada – promoting active networking among member groups. SEN members can share information, skills, publicity vehicles, and other resources through the network. The SEN helps members, media, government personnel, and the general public connect with those who have skills and information they need.
Todd Johnston – Yara Belle Plaine Upstream
Jennifer May – Vice President Health Promotion, The Lung Association, Saskatchewan
Kendi Young – Environmental Affairs Supervisor, Co—Op Refinery Complex
Steve Weiss Executive Director