Innovation in Policy
Innovation in Practice

Our thanks to everyone who made the 6th Annual Zero Waste Conference an outstanding success. The panelists and moderators challenged us all to think more deeply about the opportunities for preventing waste and moving towards a circular economy. And the participants responded with insightful questions and in hallway discussions that confirmed that individuals from industry, business associations, all levels of governments, academia and community organizations are engaged in the advancing waste prevention in Canada.

The presentations and graphic illustrations from the Conference are now available under "Sessions".

OPENING KEYNOTE: Neri Oxman, Architect and Designer

Neri Oxman

Rapidly shifting from the periphery to the mainstream, the circular economy signals a new era of innovation – offering a systems approach to eliminating waste and creating value, while reshaping our world to one that is regenerative by design. Businesses, communities and the environment stand to benefit, but rethinking all aspects of production and consumption – from the way we make our products to the way we build our cities – requires new thinking, disruption and scale. It requires innovation.

From revolutionary innovation on the frontier of change to innovations in policy and practice, Metro Vancouver's 2016 Zero Waste Conference will ignite conversations and inspire action to accelerate waste prevention and circularity in Canada. Featuring leaders at the intersect of science, politics and economics, thought leadership and best practice from across the globe as well as our own backyard will be showcased. From cross-cutting discussions on culture, policy and the marketplace to in-depth sessions on food waste, repair and reuse, and the built environment, participants will leave inspired and equipped to forge new solutions and collaborations in support of a world without waste.

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Innovation in the Marketplace

From rethinking materials to scaling transformative business models, what innovations in the marketplace are delivering goods and services in new and innovative ways - eliminating waste while boosting competitiveness?

Repair and Reuse

Repair and reuse is a radical act in our modern world. Let's explore the innovation potential tied to keeping goods in useful life for longer. How do we scale a revolution where repair and reuse are more commonplace than replace?

The Built Environment

Buildings are material intensive, demanding over half the world’s extracted materials and generating roughly one third of waste globally as well as here in Metro Vancouver. What can be gained by applying circular economy principles to this sector - preventing waste and shifting practice?

Food Waste

It has been a watershed year for food waste globally. Here in Canada food waste accounts for more than $31 billion dollars in lost revenue, almost 200,000 tons of food in landfills, and about 2% of the national greenhouse gas inventory. How do we change this picture?