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Tristram Stuart - SPARK talk

Join us for Metro Vancouver's 5 thAnnual Zero Waste Conference

Redefining value
Building the circular economy

A global shift is underway ​

As the global marketplace shifts away from a linear take-make-dispose model, businesses, policymakers and others are taking bold steps to mainstream and scale disruptive ideas, new business models, enabling technologies and more. 

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Author, The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook ChavichAuthor, The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook<div class="ExternalClass3CA206A746EC420BB85BC3CBE674911A"><p>​Cinda Chavich is a freelance food writer and the author of six cookbooks includingThe Girl Can't Cook, The Guy Can't Cook and The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook. She is a strong believer in sustainable, local foods and ecotourism, and champions cooking with what you have. Find out more <a href="">@TasteReporter</a>.</p></div>,|#b48b21e0-9b51-4ca6-a24f-f91be80c2e95;L0|#0b48b21e0-9b51-4ca6-a24f-f91be80c2e95|Cinda Chavich;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7bFood Waste & the Consumer
CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities CarltonCEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities<div class="ExternalClass32419B145B574F9BA29938F7B18C9399"><p> FCM’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Brock Carlton, has a commitment to strong municipal government and believes that a national association of municipal government is critical in any nation’s governance and development. </p><p> Since joining FCM 20 years ago, Mr. Carlton has established himself as a leader on municipal issues domestically and internationally. He managed ideas, resources and opportunities to build FCM’s global program that focuses on strengthening municipal government, local governance and enhancing policy frameworks toward local sustainability. </p><p> He represented Canada on the OECD Urban Municipal Development Secretariat’s Sustainable Cities Working Group in the early 1990s. He was a faculty member of the Local Government Leadership Institute at the Banff School of Management, and the Cambridge University Business and Environment Seminar, delivered for national government leaders in Wales. Mr. Carlton currently sits on the Leadership Council for Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for United Way Ottawa and is a founding member of the new Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. He is also leading an initiative for sustainable living in Ottawa West to bring a Bike Share program to his community. </p><p> While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he was captain of the men’s intercollegiate basketball team at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. He has lived and worked in Kenya, China and Namibia, and has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. </p></div>,|#16f85719-0e45-45a2-91c0-04434f3fcb6b;L0|#016f85719-0e45-45a2-91c0-04434f3fcb6b|Brock Carlton;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClassF5951D963808481DBC52A09FF65CEC78"><p>​..<span><span> a leader on municipal issues domestically and internationally...</span></span></p></div>Made in Canada Solutions
Founder, Vancouver Tool Library DiplockFounder, Vancouver Tool Library<div class="ExternalClass4ABCD4EDF8A04CFD829786CC4C792035"><p>​Chris Diplock is a leader in Vancouver's collaborative economy. Founder of the Vancouver Tool Library and Lead Researcher with the Sharing Project, Chris is working with organizations in Vancouver to develop the local collaborative economy. Chris is the Owner and Lead Researcher of <a href="" target="_blank">Ponder</a>, a Vancouver based community research company. </p></div>,|#0f59eb30-d8da-4c26-9ab4-8cf68d4da98d;L0|#00f59eb30-d8da-4c26-9ab4-8cf68d4da98d|Chris Diplock;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClassBE41AAAE251047808C556B999A82561B"><p>​...<span><span> a leader in Vancouver's collaborative economy...</span></span></p></div>The Sharing Economy
Senior Lead, Circular Economy, Sitra, Finland HerleviSenior Lead, Circular Economy, Sitra, Finland<div class="ExternalClassC33D1CF8705548919273797DA3D231CF"><p>Kari is currently leading the circular economy area at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.</p><p>Circular economy area is one of the four focus areas of Sitra under the Carbon neutral and resource wise society.</p><p>Kari was previously responsible for the Resource efficient economy area in Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. Kari managed the Green Growth – Towards a sustainable future - program in Tekes, which aimed to identify potential new growth areas for the sustainable economy business, which are essentially based on lower energy consumption and sustainable use of natural resources. The program's focus areas were energy and material efficient products and services, bioeconomy and biomaterials, recycling, recovery of raw materials, waste treatment, business models, service concepts and comprehensive solutions. Total funding of the program was over 100 million euros. Previously Kari led the Vigo accelerator program in Tekes and supported Tekes management. Kari has also worked in Tekes Silicon Valley office for couple of years and his special interest is circular economy, fast growing cleantech firms and developing countries like BRIC.</p></div>,|#b57a0d6f-8cdb-482e-8b11-ccacb9f6c66d;L0|#0b57a0d6f-8cdb-482e-8b11-ccacb9f6c66d|Kari Herlevi;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClassB5F88E18EA914DEB9F725BB4859FE954"><p>​...aimed to identify potential new growth areas for the sustainable economy business...</p></div>Building a Circular Economy
Market Development Manager - Packaging, BASF MiddletonMarket Development Manager - Packaging, BASF<div class="ExternalClass52A81DE9895C4831AC18FE9A40602418"><p>Keith is an experienced packaging industry professional with a 20-year history in Packaging Sales, Manufacturing, Global Sourcing and Marketing.  In his current Marketing role, Keith leads the Packaging Industry Team for BASF in North America.  In this role, he leads a cross business unit team of professionals that are focused on bringing sustainable packaging solutions to market for Fortune 500 companies throughout the Americas region.  He started at BASF in 2006 in Packaging Procurement, where he worked with BASF business units to source and better package BASF products.  He then moved into Raw Material Procurement where he handled products such as amines, glycols, acids and Isobutylbenzene. </p><p>Over the course of his career, he has worked for a number of different industry leading organizations including Amersham Biosciences and GE Healthcare. </p><p>Keith received his education from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor of Science in Packaging Science/ Design.</p> </div>,|#265ad927-82d0-4620-91e1-baf5d30e297b;L0|#0265ad927-82d0-4620-91e1-baf5d30e297b|Keith Middleton;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClass58A56A8B7991465E99353D4FBCCDA21B"><p>​<span><span>... focused on bringing sustainable packaging solutions to market...</span></span></p></div>Materials Innovation
​Market Development Manager, iFixit.com Doster​Market Development Manager,<div class="ExternalClass6FA485530C2F4921A53A0E7804CC81A1">Eric Craig Doster is the Market Development Manager at (the largest collection of open source repair information). He is a regular speaker at manufacturing and technology conferences on the benefits of incorporating service-friendly designs, the common disconnect between product design and aftermarket serviceability, and how companies can turn their support cost centers into new, sustainable revenue channels. Eric also leads Dozuki, a division focused on using the technology and best practices behind to modernize manufacturing and service operations around the world. </div>,|#508a0753-a2e4-474a-8e10-508d8a095ebf;L0|#0508a0753-a2e4-474a-8e10-508d8a095ebf|Eric Doster;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClass21A45A6117214F69ACFEB5C49F46C558"><p>​...focused on using the technology and best practices to modernize manufacturing and service operations around the world...</p></div>The Sharing Economy
Global Sustainability Marketing Manager, Dell RobertsGlobal Sustainability Marketing Manager, Dell <div class="ExternalClass7551F28F10184D3AAB671597E2464992"><p>​As the Global Sustainability Marketing Manager at Dell, Stephen Roberts drives the promotion of "all things green and good". His focus is on the intersection of technology, business and the environment, with a special emphasis on the circular economy and net positive efforts.  His writings can be seen on Dell's TechPageOne blog. Stephen also helped create Dell's 2020 Legacy of Good Plan – the company's first comprehensive, long-term sustainability plan.</p><p>Before joining Dell in 2011, Stephen spent nearly 15 years in the advertising world, managing public health and environmental education campaigns for public and private-sector clients. As the Vice President for EnviroMedia Social Marketing, he oversaw many aspects of the 60-person agency and led campaigns around renewable energy, corporate sustainability strategy, habitat preservation, disaster preparedness, and tobacco prevention among others.</p><p>Stephen holds degrees in History and Spanish from Northwestern University and a Master's Degree from the University of Texas, where he occasionally guest lectures on sustainability marketing topics.</p></div>,|#c38f2d87-5129-499a-a994-9a0545e3fe8d;L0|#0c38f2d87-5129-499a-a994-9a0545e3fe8d|Stephen Roberts;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClassE2F36BD900E1477B9A567818E0A9FC4C"><p>​<span><span>...focus on the intersection of technology, business and the environment...</span></span></p></div>The Sharing Economy
Co-Founder, Harvest Power DavisCo-Founder, Harvest Power<div class="ExternalClass2D895E867EBE453B88B7C13BF5C2AE92"><p>​Wayne H. Davis is a Co-Founder of Harvest Power Inc. and Vice President for Government and Regulatory Affairs.   Through its Harvest Fraser Richmond Organics and Urban Woodwaste units, Harvest recycles more of the Lower Mainland's organic wastes than any other company, producing a range of nutrient-rich soil and compost products and renewable power.  Mr. Davis is past Chairman of the Board of the American Biogas Council, a 200+ member organization promoting anaerobic digestion and the biogas industry.  He also helped shape public policy around organics recycling and renewable energy production in the Vancouver region, California, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.  Before joining Harvest, Wayne was co-founder and General Counsel of Backyard Farms, LLC of Madison, Maine and Chief Compliance Officer for Fidelity Brokerage Company.  Wayne graduated from both Harvard Law School and Williams College.</p></div>, Wayne H. DavisGP0|#58f4de33-5956-4319-84bb-7bf1679a8d40;L0|#058f4de33-5956-4319-84bb-7bf1679a8d40|Wayne Davis;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7bMaterials Innovation
CEO, BSI Biodegradable Solutions Inc. CarsonCEO, BSI Biodegradable Solutions Inc.<div class="ExternalClass3ED82FA2FC2F422494037BD6E08E73A1"><p>​Susanna Carson is an entrepreneur building her personal and corporate legacy through the business of sustainable/compostable packaging. She is the founder and CEO of BSI Biodegradable Solutions, a compostable packaging distribution company, and more recently Besics Packaging Corporation, a compostable retail products company. Carson has more than 22 years of education and work experience in environmental issues and project/business development.  Susanna serves as Co-chair of the Product and Packaging Working Group of the National Zero Waste Council; is a topic expert for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition;  a founding member of Women for Nature, supporting Canadian environmental conservation and education programs; and a member of the Go for the Greens Executive Steering Committee, where she serves as Sustainability Chair for their annual entrepreneurs' business development conference.</p></div>, Susanna CarsonGP0|#769f9856-4b7f-4972-90d6-dc503cdafc54;L0|#0769f9856-4b7f-4972-90d6-dc503cdafc54|Susanna Carson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClassAA5ED482939A4436A0913783FAFA50AE"><p>​<span> entrepreneur building her personal and corporate legacy through the business of sustainable/compostable packaging...</span></p></div>Materials Innovation
Senior VP, Innovation & Strategic Growth, Club Coffee GemmitiSenior VP, Innovation & Strategic Growth, Club Coffee<div class="ExternalClass28A1C199C1334EC69050A6CB340DBFBF"><p>​Since 2013, Claudio Gemmiti has been an instrumental leader at Club Coffee, bringing his extensive background in brand management to use with the Company's innovative, 100% compostable single-serve coffee pod, the first of its kind in the world. Gemmiti is a strategic thinker with deep CPG research and development acumen. Before he joined Club Coffee, he drove profitable growth and enhanced stakeholder satisfaction with Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Procter and Gamble for more than two decades. Gemmiti has a proven track record for leadership and for building high performing teams resulting in game-changing' innovation and dynamic results in product and brand development. </p></div>, Claudio GemmitiGP0|#86b3899f-f5c2-4b1b-8fa3-ac18bc705848;L0|#086b3899f-f5c2-4b1b-8fa3-ac18bc705848|Claudio Gemmiti;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7bMaterials Innovation
Founder of Feedback & a National Geographic Emerging Explorer StuartFounder of Feedback & a National Geographic Emerging Explorer<div class="ExternalClassB49EFD4F018A4AEE9DA1FEC7C61D3506"><p>​Following the critical success of his first book, The Bloodless Revolution (2006), and his international prize-winning book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009), Tristram Stuart founded the environmental charity Feedback, which works to improve the environmental and social impact of food production.   Tristram has been awarded the international environmental award, The Sophie Prize, and an Observer Food Monthly Award; he is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a WEF Young Global Leader; his TED talk has been watched over a million times. Tristram has been instrumental in creating a global movement against food waste through his public campaigning, writing, speaking, engagement with governments and businesses, and via the extensive grassroots mobilization of Feedback, which governs the Feeding the 5000 campaigns, The Gleaning Network  and The Pig Idea.</p></div>,|#4c49d2a3-e524-4ca2-b041-f6abb56c3516;L0|#04c49d2a3-e524-4ca2-b041-f6abb56c3516|Tristram Stuart;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClass4C56FDAEEE6B4BFCBB4AB80D36E28394"><p>​<span><span>... instrumental in creating a global movement against food waste...</span></span></p></div>SPARK Talk
Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland GullandChief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland <div class="ExternalClass87DF139CC0AD49F8B2FEFF05BF79D62B"><p>Iain Gulland has been Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland since it was formed in 2010 and prior to that headed up its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy. </p><p>Iain has more than 20 years’ experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and third sectors and leading the Community Recycling Network Scotland from 2004-2008. Iain sits on the main board of the 2020 Climate Group and the Public Sector Climate Leaders Forum and he is a member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM). </p></div>,|#26a03b31-a64b-44bd-a90a-51d672a52897;L0|#026a03b31-a64b-44bd-a90a-51d672a52897|Iain Gulland;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClass38C9F051A71B46EC995398A0E73769B4"><p>​ the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy in Scotland...</p></div>Building a Circular Economy
Chair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors MooreChair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors<div class="ExternalClassAE39A2A96D9F4DB09AB67728CFC555CE"><p>Greg Moore was elected as Port Coquitlam’s 15th Mayor in 2008, after serving as City Councillor from 2002 to 2008. Greg Moore believes community engagement results in better Council decisions, and began his term by revising Council’s committee system – with Council’s consent – to include citizen advisors in the decision-making process. </p><p>He has a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Urban Geography/Planning, and as Port Coquitlam’s Mayor he serves as Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee, among other committee appointments. His volunteer work includes co-chairing the Capital Fundraising Task Force with the New View Society and sitting on the HR MacMillan Space Centre Board of Directors.</p></div>,|#bf7da5bb-09ce-4d10-ae30-4240f29b81f5;L0|#0bf7da5bb-09ce-4d10-ae30-4240f29b81f5|Greg Moore;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7bHost
Co-founder/CEO of Stuffstr AtchesonCo-founder/CEO of Stuffstr<div class="ExternalClass02935E2F117F40549F9918309B13DEF1"><p>John Atcheson is co-founder/CEO of Stuffstr, a public benefit corporation (B Corp) dedicated to reducing waste by maximizing the lifetime value of goods. Stuffstr is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 – a global platform of leading corporations, startups, and governments dedicated to accelerating the transition to a circular economy. Prior to Stuffstr, John helped to launch Getaround, a pioneering leader in peer-to-peer car sharing.<br> <br> Prior to Getaround, John served as founder/CEO of several media-related startups, including MusicNet, the first interactive music service. John also served as VP/GM of Media Publishing at RealNetworks (RNWK), where he helped to introduce audio and video to the Web, and on the early executive teams of both Digidesign (now part of Avid) and Macromind (now part of Adobe). In addition, John has served as board chair of Sightline Institute, a leading sustainability think-tank based in Seattle.    <br></p></div>,|#04b6d971-344c-4312-9ae5-19c3a397648c;L0|#004b6d971-344c-4312-9ae5-19c3a397648c|John Atcheson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7b<div class="ExternalClassD603F771BE8A4AB89F6F710EC0E11095"><p>​<span><span>...dedicated to reducing waste by maximizing the lifetime value of goods...</span></span></p></div>The Sharing Economy
Chair, Zero Waste Committee & National Zero Waste Council BrodieChair, Zero Waste Committee & National Zero Waste Council<div class="ExternalClassAF2BE357DF444964A033DB82F955AB8A"><p>Malcolm Brodie has been a Board Director and Chair of the National Zero Waste Council since its inception in October 2013.  He has also been a member of Council for the City of Richmond since 1996, and following a by-election, he was sworn in as Mayor on October 29, 2001.  Mayor Brodie was re-elected on November 16, 2002, November 19, 2005, November 15, 2008, November 19, 2011, and November 15, 2014.</p><p>Malcolm Brodie has been appointed by his Council to the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver and he currently is the Chair of the Zero Waste Committee and also serves on the Intergovernmental & Finance Committee, the Mayors' Committee, the Performance & Procurement Committee, and the Federal Gas Tax Task Force.  He represents Metro Vancouver on the Municipal Finance Authority, and in 2015, was elected as Chair.  </p><p>Before election to Council, Mayor Brodie was a practicing lawyer and had a long record of service to Richmond in the volunteer community.</p></div>, PictureGP0|#a50a5fee-c646-457d-ab0b-cb453474d871;L0|#0a50a5fee-c646-457d-ab0b-cb453474d871|Malcolm Brodie;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#ea902729-61f1-408c-8103-72cacb675a7bHost

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