Innovation in Policy
Innovation in Practice

Opening Keynote: Neri Oxman, Architect and Designer


Neri Oxman, globally recognized designer and pioneer, on redesigning the natural world.

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.

Join us on November 3 to network with leaders from across the country and the globe, contribute your ideas, and join a national conversation on how we can scale impact through innovation.


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?

Innovation Nation

If we want a world without waste, we need to innovate. What new solutions and ideas are scalable? What programs and approaches can help entrepreneurs develop and grow new circular solutions? What is the role for technology and investment?

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?