The People Behind the Squamish LNG Committee

By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: July 17, 2013

Last month, the District of Squamish appointed 13 community members to help staff assess the proposed Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project. The district recently updated its website to reveal a fuller view of who the people behind the LNG committee are. More detailed biographies can be found on the district website.

Ron Anderson moved to Squamish over 25 years ago, and is President and CEO of Squamish Terminals, a deep-sea breakbulk shipping terminal. With over 42 years of waterfront experience, Ron has worked for two terminals, one with its core business of importing goods (automobiles) into Canada, and currently with Squamish Terminals Ltd. with its core business exporting and importing goods around the world.

Sean Carron is a professional engineer with 20+ years of experience in the oil & gas, petrochemical, chemical, refining and offshore petroleum industry. Sean completed his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Victoria and then completed a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary. He is a licensed ‘A’ level gas fitter and a certified functional safety expert. He has conducted numerous high level risk and safety assessments for the process industry as well as the Toronto Subway.

Josh Joseph, Council member for the Squamish Nation.

Linda Kelly-Smith will be representing Squamish Climate Action Network on the committee. She has been on the board of directors of CAN since its creation in 2009 and has been actively involved in many of the organization’s projects.

Karine Le Du is an energy management consultant. She has seven years of experience in conducting energy studies, life cycle cost analyses and performance measurement and verification to evaluate energy conservation and GHG emission reduction strategies in industrial, commercial, residential and institutional buildings.

Rod MacLeod, District of Squamish Director of Enginneering, staff representative.

Chris Pettingill holds a Hon. BSc., in Computer Science from McMaster University and is currently working primarily as a software consultant, who has done it all: Architecture, business and technical requirements analysis, development, QA, and everything in between. Chris has done some consulting work for prior customers of his including Rise Inc./Rise Healthware employer.

Doug Race, District of Squamish Councillor

Jen Reilly has spent the last twenty years working in the fields of environmental management and tourism. Her specialties are in the areas of resource and environmental management, regional and community-based tourism planning, and tourism education and training. Currently, Jen teaches in the Faculty of Global and Community Studies at Capilano University.

Glenn Stainton is a long time resident of Squamish. He is currently Manager of City Facilities at the City of North Vancouver, and previously held the position of Director and Vice-President Operations of the Lonsdale Energy Corporation (LEC),  a wholly-owned district energy firm owned by the City of North Vancouver.

Donna Wall moved to Squamish 42 years ago, and has owned several businesses in Pemberton, Whistler, and Squamish over the years, some tourism based; others not. Donna presently operates Garibaldi Excel Tire on Pemberton Ave.

Sara Van Mulligen is a bilingual renewable energy and transmission industry professional with experience managing and coordinating complex permitting, stakeholder consultation, regulatory and environmental processes.

Rich Wildman is a professor at Quest University Canada and an environmental chemist who focuses on the reaction and movement of chemical contaminants in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers.







  1. larry mclennan says:

    Does this make any sense? This committee has been selected to review the LNG proposal and then Heintzman suggests that a referendum be held. Has the committee been dismissed? What was the committee created for in the first place ? What was its mandate and end purpose if not to provide council & staff with a definitive direction?

  2. dave cooledge says:

    Heitzman is just covering her bases in her bid to win re election . This whole project has been rubber stamped by our elected politicians but they can’t come out in support of it until they know the support . The beaucracy needs the tax revenue to feed the machine otherwise they would have to make major cuts to services . Pretty well everything from developments that no one wants, fracking,casinos’,fish farms , mines,ski resorts,cutting pensions to servicemen and women, cutting pensions(did the beaucrats and politician cut their pensions?)I could go on and on . it might look like 50 unrelated problem but it is only 1, muni,provincial and federal, we are being played .