A Circular Economy Within Reach

OPENING KEYNOTE by Dr. Cady Coleman, Scientist & Retired NASA astronaut

Dr. Cady Coleman

Having flown twice on the Space Shuttle and almost six months on the International Space Station, Dr. Cady Coleman has seen planet Earth from a unique perspective. Inspired by her experience, Cady is now turning her attention to global challenges. Drawing on her work with LAUNCH.ORG and LAUNCH NORDIC, Cady will share her insights and vision for a future where people from all over the world work together to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE by Tristram Stuart, National Geographic Emerging Explorer & Founder of Toast Ale

Dr. Cady Coleman

Tristram Stuart is an international expert on the environmental and social impacts of food waste. From understanding global supply chains to the ways in which societies can change attitudes and practices around wasting food, Tristram offers solutions that are at once both practical and revolutionary.

On November 1, 2017 we will welcome the perspectives of innovative thinkers at the edges of possibility, the hard headed realists turning ideas into solutions, and the policy makers who provide the framework for action. Is the circular economy truly within reach? At Metro Vancouver's 2017 Zero Waste Conference you'll find out why the answer is a resounding Yes.

Eliminating waste and creating value are essential pillars in a new way of doing business and developing policy - a new norm of addressing waste in every facet of our lives. And no approach offers greater promise for realizing those goals than the principles of the Circular Economy. Forward-looking businesses, governments, and consumers are changing their behaviours – viewing every decision through the lens of zero waste and circular economy ambitions. Throughout the economy, examples abound – and we are privileged to witness a massive shift in thought and action.

For the past seven years, Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Conference has been at the forefront of this journey in Canada – pushing boundaries, advancing dialogue and inspiring action.

The 2017 edition will showcase on a global and local scale how we can:

  • reimagine linear systems of production and consumption with waste prevention and the circular economy in mind
  • advance organizational change and collaborate across sectors to develop new solutions and approaches
  • embrace new ways of thinking, innovation, and disruption to address barriers and intractable problems
  • benefit from this emerging opportunity – whether you are a business, government, or community leader