Our Story

Best friends and former roommates, Katie Forsyth and Claire McLoughlin founded Friendly Composting in March 2020 as an ambitious project to tackle food waste within the Kamloops community. Since then, they have diverted over 800,000lbs of food waste from the local landfills, where it would otherwise release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.  The Friendly team promotes sustainability within our community by providing waste management solutions and education for local businesses and residents.

The Friendly Leadership Team

Katie Forsyth

Co-Founder + Owner

Katie has called Kamloops home since 2014 and is happy to bring a meaningful and valuable service to her chosen community. Katie grew up in the farming community of Ladner, BC. After high school, she competed as part of SFU Volleyball’s inaugural NCAA team while pursuing a Bachelor of Education. She caught a bug for business while running a College Pro painting franchise and worked in the non-profit sector for several years in advocacy and youth programs for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Connecting her passion for business with an important social cause, while also building a team of like-minded individuals with a common goal, has been a life-long dream. Katie is also a very proud dog mama to our team dog, Daisy (aka Daisy-doo).

Claire McLoughlin

Co-Founder + Owner

Growing up on Vancouver Island, Claire was raised with a passion for the outdoors and all things sustainable. Composting was a daily practice of hers growing up and she is passionate about making composting more accessible to all. Claire completed her Bachelor of Commerce in International Business at MacEwan University while competing on the Women’s Varsity Volleyball team. She is now pursuing her Master’s of Science in Environmental Economics and Management at Thompson Rivers University. While taking a break from being a student, Claire walked across Spain and worked in wealth management. She is also a cat mom to Joey and Lily (Jily, if you will)!

Merel Vissers

Manager - Warehouse Operations

Merel was born and raised in Belgium and moved to Canada as a baby. She continued her education at Thompson Rivers University and completed a Bachelor of Tourism Management. Merel was lucky to have the opportunity to study abroad in The Netherlands where she was able to focus on the aspect of sustainability in the tourism industry. When Merel moved back to Kamloops she and her roommate became composters with Friendly Composting! Soon Friendly needed drivers and Merel applied! After about a year of working part-time for Friendly Composting, she quit her second job and joined the Friendly team full time! In her spare time, Merel is part of Lindy in the Loops, a local swing dance society. She loves spending time in nature and does a lot of hiking. Her favourite season is summer, and the way to her heart is chocolate!

Parker Sydor

Manager - Accounts & Composter

Environmentalism has always been important to Parker, so the opportunity to work with the raddest chicks in Kamloops was a no brainer. Growing up in the United States, Parker moved to Kamloops at the end of 2018 with absolutely no knowledge of composting. Thankfully, Katie introduced him to the wonderful world of regenerative agriculture, and he became a Friendly Composter in June of 2020. He quickly fell in love with the business and began volunteering and eventually became Friendly’s first hire in October. Parker is currently enrolled at TRU with hopes of becoming an accountant. When he isn’t slinging bins or studying, he loves crocheting and cuddling with his favourite kitty, Comet.

More Friendly Friends

Just a few of the lovely humans who support with your compost collection every week!

Tatiana (she/her)
Driver + Team Leader
Content Creation/ Social Media.

Tat Fun Facts: 
She is an avid baker
She love ABBA and has seen Mamma Mia way too many times
She is half Salvadoran
Greg (he/him)

Greg Fun Facts:
He also manages the Kamloops Farmers' Market and works as the Community Gardens Coordinator at Mount Paul Community Food Centre.
Krista (she/her)
Warehouse Support

Krista Fun Facts: 
She's in the Vancouver Ultimate Frisbee League Hall of Fame
She loves to read
She's a fur-mom to Luna, Baxter, and Blaze.
Liz (she/her)
Warehouse Support

Liz Fun Facts:
She plays the fiddle
She's a hobbyist photographer
Her favourite ice cream flavour is salted caramel
Emotional support doggo.
Compost spill cleaner-upper.
Professional photo bomber.

Daisy Fun Facts:
She is a certified Good Girl
She enjoys tug-of-war and is not afraid to take on dogs twice her size
She's always up for a snuggle

Our values

Sustainable Solutions.
Inclusive Hiring.
Impact Driven.
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Lead with Kindness.
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Flex Fridays.

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