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 Conference Moderator

Greg Moore

Greg Moore

Chair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam

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.

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.

 Workshop Moderators

Malcolm Brodie

Malcolm Brodie

Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Mayor, City of Richmond
SESSION: Organics

​Malcolm Brodie has been a member of Council since 1996. Following a by-election, he was sworn in as Mayor on October 29, 2001. He was re-elected as Mayor on November 16, 2002, November 19, 2005, November 15, 2008, November 19, 2011.

Malcolm Brodie has been appointed as Director to the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver and he currently is the Chair of the Zero Waste Committee and also serves on the Finance Committee, the Mayors' Committee, the Utilities Committee, and the Intergovernmental Committee. He represents Metro Vancouver on the Municipal Finance Authority where he is a Trustee and Vice Chair.

Before election to Council, Mayor Brodie was a practicing lawyer and had a long record of service to Richmond in the volunteer community.

Derek Corrigan

Derek Corrigan

Vice Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, Mayor, City of Burnaby
SESSION: Wood

Derek Corrigan was first elected to Burnaby City Council as a councillor in 1987. He was elected Mayor in 2002, then re-elected in 2005, 2008 and 2011. This year marks his twenty-fifth consecutive year as a member of Burnaby Council,

He also served for four years as an elected director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and currently serves as a Trustee of the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia.

As a long-time Director of Metro Vancouver, he is currently serves as Chair of the Regional Planning Committee, among other committee appointments. Derek Corrigan was the recipient of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2011 FCM Green Champion Award - Individual.

Marvin Hunt

Director, Metro Vancouver, Zero Waste Committee, Councillor, City of Surrey
SESSION: Workshop Moderator

As a City of Surrey Councillor for over 25 years, Marvin Hunt knows the big issues and relishes the task of shaping Surrey’s future in ways that ensure it continues to be a community that puts families and neighbourhoods first as Surrey evolves into a world-class city.

Cllr. Hunt prioritizes public safety, transportation imperatives, financially sustainable development and growth, as well as attracting businesses and new jobs to Surrey. He Chairs Surrey’s Intergovernmental Committee and is particularly involved in Transportation and Investment & Innovation issues, along with Waste Management planning and Recycling initiatives in Surrey and throughout the Lower Mainland.

At Metro Vancouver, he is Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and, during his term as Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Waste Management Committee, he helped create and promote the Zero Waste Challenge initiatives which lead to a reduction in the amount of garbage. He also worked on initiatives to raise the recycling rate of the Lower Mainland to 70%. Clr. Hunt also serves on many national and international boards and committees.

Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer

Director, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, Councillor, City of Vancouver
SESSION: Products and Packaging

First elected in 2002 as a School Board member with the Green Party, Andrea was inspired by Gregor Robertson’s leadership to join Vision Vancouver and was elected to City Council in 2008.

Ms. Reimer has a number of civic appointments including serving as Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transportation and Environment and leading the Greenest City initiative, which has undertaken over 90 new green projects since launching in 2009. The cornerstone of this work is engaging over 35,000 residents – including over 100 partners in business, academia and the community – to develop a comprehensive, and award-winning, 10-year action plan in 10 environmental policy areas.

Ms. Reimer also works with the Mayor's office on Open Government, Citizen Engagement, First Nations & Urban Aboriginals, Children & Youth, and Women's Issues and serves as a Director of Metro Vancouver where she sits on the Regional Planning & Agriculture, Aboriginal Relations and Zero Waste committees.

 Keynotes

Lois Jackson

Lois Jackson, Introductions

Director, Metro Vancouver Board, and Mayor Corporation of Delta

A long time North Delta resident, Lois E. Jackson has served as Delta's Mayorsince 1999 and previously as a Councillor - in 1973, she was the first woman elected to that position. In addition, she was Chair of the Metro VancouverBoard of Directors from 2006 to 2011. Mayor Jackson previously served as a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Standing Committee on International Relations.

In 2005, Mayor Jackson was recognized by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) for 25 years of public service. Among her many achievements during that period of time, Lois Jackson is particularly proud of her vital role in bringing four levels of government together to purchase Burns Bog in 2004 and preserve it as an Ecological Conservancy Area.

Bridgett Luther

Bridgett Luther, Judge

President, Cradle to Cradle, Products Innovation Institute

​Bridgett Luther comes to the Institute with a long history of involvement in environmental protection and efforts to protect natural resources for future generations.

Most recently, she spent five years as Director of the California Department of Conservation, overseeing a budget of $1.4 billion and 700 employees in 14 offices around California. As Director, she was responsible for a wide variety of programs, including the California beverage container recycling program. California recycles more than 42 billion beverage containers a year, the world’s largest such program.

Ms. Luther moved to California from Charlotte, North Carolina, where she helped create a recycling education program. She also led a $220 million bond campaign to acquire land to protect the region's water quality, and organized campaigns to create neighborhood parks and ball fields. She helped found the Carolinas office of The Trust for Public Land, one of the nation's largest national land preservation organizations.

 

 Design Challenge

Ruben Anderson

Ruben Anderson, Designer, Team 1 - The Freshly Baked Cookies

Industrial Designer

​Ruben Anderson's training in Industrial Design turned him off products and into a behaviour change specialist and sustainable systems consultant. He has taught Sustainable Design at the Emily Carr University and consulted on future-proofed, locally resilient systems for the City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Group and the Planning Department, as well as for BC Housing, Industry Canada and private sector clients. His Top Ten Myths of Behaviour Change (watch at http://vimeo.com/26943709) opened the Recycling Council of BC’s 2011 conference. He has also blogged for TreeHugger.com and theTyee.ca He has won awards for Cradle-to-Cradle product design from the Cascadia Green Building Council, but is most proud of the 250% increase in recycling at an apartment building pilot project achieved while working at Metro Vancouver. This year Ruben has focused on learning new skills, and has made sauerkraut, picked 1000 pounds of apples from trees in his neighbourhood, made hard apple cider and started learning to prune fruit trees. His Brie suffered a tragic end, but his bacon was fantastic!

Stephanie Bertels, Lead, Team 1 - The Freshly Baked Cookies

Assistant Professor, SFU Business, and Associate Director, CMA Innovation Centre

Stephanie is an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business. She teaches and conducts research in the area of sustainable innovation and business sustainability. She has been involved with sustainability for over 20 years, beginning with serving as the national coordinator for a student-run environmental and social justice organization, including involvement leading up to the first UN Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. With both a bachelor and masters degree in environmental engineering, and time spent working as an environmental engineering consultant, she brings a systems perspective to thinking about how to advance sustainability. But Stephanie also realized that science and technology are not the only tools needed for change. She also has a PhD in business sustainability and organizational change and spent 2 years as a post doctoral fellow at the Erb Institute for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the University of Michigan before joining SFU.

David R. Boyd

David R. Boyd, Judge

Adjunct Professor, Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

​Dr. David R. Boyd is one of Canada’s leading experts in environmental law and policy and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. He has advised the governments of Canada, Sweden, and Iceland on environmental and constitutional issues and co-chaired Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Team with Mayor Gregor Robertson. He is a member of the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law, the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment, the Forum for Leadership on Water, and ELAW—the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide. Boyd is the author of several bestselling and award winning books as well as more than 100 publications related to environmental law and policy. His books include The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment, Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards, David Suzuki’s Green Guide (co-authored with David Suzuki), and Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy.

Jeremy Calhoun

Jeremy Calhoun, Student Designer, Team 2 - Octopus Spectacular

Photographer and Designer

Jeremy is a 4th year Industrial Design student at Emily Carr University. During his studies there he has been involved with many industry partner projects including the Lululemon Lab Olympic display wall, life cycle assessment of Energy Aware's PowerTab, and designed an accessory for a solar charged power utility device with Solio. He was also a member of a student team that designed and manufactured a booth for Frame Magazine for the IDSWest show in 2011. From those projects he has developed a desire to persue designing for longevity and sustainability with a focus on systems design.

Previous to studying design, Jeremy studied photography and worked as a professional photographer and digital imaging specialist for Couvrette Studio in Ottawa. The studio produced official portraits for several federal government departments and the Mayor of Ottawa as well as editorial images for Preston Catalogue, Homes and Land Ottawa, Ottawa Life Magazine, and Time Magazine Canada. He has also photographed former Prime Ministers and Rick Mercer for Magna International and CBC to promote the Next Great Canadian Prime Minister television show.

Maureen Cureton

Maureen Cureton, Judge

Green Business Manager, Vancity

​Maureen’s first experience in the environmental sector was managing R&D for an organic recycling technology. Since then she’s worked with a variety of start up and emerging businesses. Maureen was also a project manager at Rocky Mountain Institute, a world-renowned 'think tank' providing research and consulting services on natural capitalism and market based solutions for sustainable development. Today she brings her commitment to sustainability to her work as Green Business Manager with Vancity’s Community Investment division and to her work supporting Vancity’s business members and the emerging local “green” economy. She serves on various committees and advisory groups for this sector, and holds an Associate Faculty position with Royal Roads University, teaching Sustainability in the MBA program. Maureen also designs and teaches courses and workshops for UBC, Thompson Rivers University, and other institutions. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Management, a Master of Business Administration, and diplomas in Adult Education, and Renewable Energies. She co-authored three books including Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate Development and Toward Sustainable Communities.

Andreas Eiken

Andreas Eiken, Student Designer, Team 1 - The Freshly Baked Cookies

Student, Industrial Design, Emily Carr

​Andreas Eiken is an Industrial Design student at Emily Carr University currently doing his final undergrad project for 2013. He often finds himself in a conundrum as a design student creating more things, when he firmly believes that our society has way too much stuff as is. The intersection of design and sustainability is what intrigues him the most in his practice. How can design be used to affect positive change? How can design challenge the status quo of over-consumption in an economy based on 'built in obsolescence'?

Duane Elverum

Duane Elverum, Designer, Team 3 - The Mobius Strips

CityStudio Co-founder, Designer and Sustainability Educator at Emily Carr

​As a designer, sustainability educator and co-founder of CityStudio Vancouver, Duane’s teaching and research aims to connect university students directly to urban sustainability and public issues through studio-based, collaborative and dialogic learning. He is currently a visiting professor and associate with SFU’s Center for Dialogue and a reviewer for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). He is a past board director for the eatART Foundation and Modo the Car Coop. Recently he juried Prefab 2020, an international architectural competition, as well as B.C. Hydro’s Invent the Future competition. An offshore sailor, he has crossed the South Pacific Ocean twice, and the North Pacific 4 times, most recently in 2010 sailing from Hawaii to Vancouver with OceanGybe’s Plastics Research Expedition. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in architecture from the University of British Columbia.

Michael Green

Michael Green, Lead, Team 3 - The Mobius Strips

Architect and Principal, Michael Green Architects Inc

​As a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, recognized for his award winning buildings, public art, interiors, landscapes and urban environments, Michael’s reputation has led him to develop a wide range of projects from international airports and skyscrapers to Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House, Whistler Blackcomb’s Rendezvous Lodge and modest but unique retail spaces and homes. His work extends around the globe including a current project for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture designing a sustainable community in the mountains of Central Asia. Michael teaches at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Amelia Lake

Amielle Lake, Business Rep, Team 2 - Octopus Spectacular

CMO and Founder at Tagga Media Inc.

Amielle Lake is the former CEO, now CMO of Tagga, a cross-channel marketing company. Tagga’s web-based campaign management platform leverages mobile and social media technologies to enable marketers to connect with consumers across the entire media mix.

Prior to founding Tagga, Amielle held a range of executive marketing and corporate development roles across the software, financial services and mining market sectors. She currently sits on the boards for the Mobile Marketing Assn Canada, DigiBC, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Next Media. Amielle was recently recognized as a top 40 under 40 by Business In Vancouver in 2012, a person to watch in 2009 and 2011 by Techvibes, nominated as a Young Women of Distinction by the YMCA Vancouver in 2012, and nominated as a Canadian Female Entrepreneur of the Year by RBC 2012 Women of Influence Awards.

Amielle holds an MBA, a B.A., and is a published author. Her book, The Elephant Hunters, is about how social interactions determine outcomes in the financial world. Outside of the office, she is an aspiring cyclist, swimmer, and devotee of the culinary arts.

Julian Radlein

Julian Radlein, Business Rep, Team 3 -The Mobius Strips

President, SymbiAudit

Julian has a wealth of experience in strategy development and implementation for industrial impact mitigation programs. Recently, he refined an environmental management system (EMS) for public venues that meets the stringent requirements of ISO 14000.

In the majority of projects, he works with a group of professional and organizations, not all with the same interests. His ability to work with multiple stakeholders is an asset that allows complex undertakings to get off the ground, and the strong leadership skills stem from his 5 years as a professional football player for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL, where he was a team captain and CFLPA All-Star.

Prior to SymbiAudit and Evergreen, he worked in research chemistry where my efforts in the field of industrial impact mitigation of fast-pyrolysis by-products resulted in the identification and upgrade of a novel acid catalyst for continuous-flow biodiesel production made from bio-char. Julian loves to find economic value where others fail to see it!

Maia Rowan

Maia Rowan, Student Designer, Team 3 - The Mobius Strips

Student, Industrial Design, Emily Carr

​Maia Rowan is a fourth year Industrial Design student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is currently working on her grad project and City Studio, a course in collaboration with the Greenest CIty Action Plan. Maia was born in Nelson BC and raised with sustainability and social equity as essential parts of daily life. After returning from an exchange to Germany she has become determined to find ways to encourage and invest in a more lively and durable local economy.

Lawrence Silcox

Lawrence Silcox, Business Rep, Team 1 - The Freshly Baked Cookies

Owner and Lead Designer, Cima Coppi Cycle Wear

​Lawrence is the owner and lead designer at Cima Coppi Cycle Wear, a Vancouver-based cycling garment design and manufacturing partnership. Cima Coppi Cycle Wear is a company moving toward a sustainable application to garment design and manufacturing focusing on natural materials, small-scale efficiencies and active lifestyle promotion. Lawrence has a Master's degree in Sustainable Leadership from the Blekinge Institute in Sweden where he studied the Five level framework utilized by numerous organizations such as the Natural Step. He uses this holistic framework to inform daily design decisions and product development directions, bringing an ecological buttress to his Industrial Design degree from the Emily Carr Institute of Design.

Marten Sims

Marten Sims, Lead, Team 2 - Octopus Spectacular

Designer and Consultant

With ten years of brand identity, graphic design and art direction experience and an MAA, Marten brings a unique blend of creative thinking, design knowledge and technical skills to the table. He is known for his ability to synthesis complex subject matter by employing his knowledge of transformation service principles, systems thinking and design practice.

Marten’s multidisciplinary design practice involves everything from research, brand convictions, product prototyping and development, to branding, graphics, type, illustration and photography. Originally from the UK, he has worked in the fast-paced world of design in London as well as more recently in Ecuador and British Columbia. Throughout his career Marten has worked with a broad range of organisations, often for social, environmental or cultural ends. His portfolio includes clients and projects such as: Vancouver City Hall; Vancouver Design Nerds; The Civic Renewal Lab; The Wake Project; BC Place Stadium; Sport BC; The Stanley Park Ecology Society, The Pembina Institute; The Pleasure Project, The World Wildlife Fund; The Charles Darwin Foundation; and (the delicious) Earnest Ice Cream!

Marten is inspired by what he experiences while running, swimming, hiking, cycling and diving.

Vanessa Timmer

Vanessa Timmer, Host

Executive Director, One Earth

Vanessa is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of One Earth Initiative Society, a Vancouver-based nonprofit ‘think and do’ tank with the mission to transform production and consumption patterns locally, nationally and internationally to move towards sustainability. One Earth works with change makers and networks across sectors and scales in developing policy, bridging research and practice, and achieving consumption and production patterns that foster social justice and quality of life for all within the ecological carrying capacity of the planet.

In Timmer’s additional work with teaching and writing she weaves together sustainability with systems thinking, and believes that envisioning sustainable futures is a powerful draw for social change. She co-hosts the regional television show, The Sustainable Region, produced by Metro Vancouver.

Sarah Willie, Designer, Team 2 - Octopus Spectacular

Operations Coordinator at Product Care Association

Sarah is currently learning everything necessary for the development and implementation of operational initiatives related to the management of the diverse array of product stewardship programs in BC. In the short month since starting with Product Care she has been introduced to the administrative burdens of responsible recycling of products at end of life when managed in a cradle-to-grave mindset. Balancing meeting the needs of the regulations, maintaining relationships with stewards and stakeholders, all while keeping costs at a minimum is the challenge ahead of her.

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering in 2004 and has since seen firsthand where your wastewater goes, where your spilled hazardous materials go, and where your garbage ends up. Having worked in both rural and urban settings, for government, consulting and non-profit sectors, Sarah understands there is no one-size-fits-all solution to waste.

Sarah wants to save the world so she can continue to enjoy it while buying gear for hiking and skiing guilt free.

 Panellists

Jan Allen

Jan Allen

General Manager Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre and Vice President for Quality and Engineering, Harvest Power, Inc.
SESSION: Organics

​Jan W Allen is the General Manager of Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre, which operates in Richmond, Vancouver North Shore, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, and Chilliwack. He also leads Harvest in the application of technology, and operational process control on an enterprise-wide basis. He was a Principal Technologist at CH2M Hill’s Environmental Services Business Group for over 10 years and is recognized as an industry leader in organic conversion technology and research. He specializes in environmental engineering, construction management, and industrial operations of solid waste management, composting, bulk material handling, microbiological systems, and odor control facilities. He is a professional civil engineer and certified Compost Facility Operator. He is registered inventor on a series of patents for recycling systems and biofiltration. He graduated from Purdue University, School of Civil Engineering.

Dave Bennink

Dave Bennink

Owner of RE-USE Consulting
SESSION: Wood

​David Bennink, owner of RE-USE Consulting, has been in the reusable building materials industry for 19+ years.  He has helped develop dozens of reuse businesses in 42 States and 4 Provinces.  He was voted National Building Deconstructor of the Year – 2009/2010 and has created over 300 green-collar jobs in the last 3.5 years.  He has worked on over 3000 buildings, and an important aspect of his daily work is developing markets for reusable materials, helping with L.E.E.D projects, creation of green-collar jobs, and striving for the goal of zero waste. Bennink is addicted to the concept of the win-win scenario, and continues to strive to 'build up an industry that takes down buildings' while trying to maximize the social and environment benefits of what he does.

Tracy Casavant

MES, P.Eng. Executive Director
SESSION: Wood

Tracy heads up Light House’s eco-industrial planning and development services. With more than 15 years experience, including establishing and running her own consulting firm for ten years, Tracy brings a unique soft and hard skill set of training and experience, blending backgrounds in chemical engineering and environmental studies. Tracy is one of North America’s leading experts on sustainable industrial / employment lands and infrastructure development, and has been responsible for dozens of eco-industrial projects nationally and internationally. Tracy sits on the Advisory Board for Cogen Canada. She teaches the Industrial Ecology course in BCIT’s Environmental Engineering program; has previously been a sessional lecturer at SFU; and has supervised graduate students at UBC, Dalhousie, and Royal Roads. She has been invited to speak on various business, community, and sustainability topics across Canada and internationally in countries such as Korea, China, Taiwan, Mexico, and Turkey.

Jennifer Erickson

Jennifer Erickson

Senior Planner, Resource Conservation & Recycling Division, Metro, Portland, Oregon Metropolitan Area
SESSION: Organics

Since 1993 Jennifer Erickson has served as Metro’s (Portland Metropolitan Area) liaison to the 28 metro area local governments and as project manager/lead for Metro’s Sustainable Food Systems team. She provides planning, coordination and technical assistance for regional waste reduction and recycling program implementation, is responsible for reporting the region’s waste reduction and recycling accomplishments to the State, and manages over $1 million in grants and contracts annually.

Working with internal Metro teams, local governments, industry organizations, waste haulers, non-profits and social service agencies, Erickson  helps facilitate the growth of a sustainable food system including food waste prevention, recovering good food for reuse and helping develop infrastructure to compost the residuals.  She has managed a wide range of projects from food waste composting pilots to creating the Fork it Over! program which collaborates with businesses and food rescue agencies to help recover edible food for the hungry.

walter francl

Walter Francl

Principal, Walter Francl Architecture Inc.

Walter Francl is both an Architect and a structural engineer, and is a LEED accredited Professional. He has been in private practice since 1988 with his firm providing architectural services to a wide variety of clients. Completed projects include: Skytrain Stations on the Millennium and Canada Lines, the Creekside Community Centre (a LEED Platinum project in the Athletes Village), the Trout Lake Ice Arena Olympic training venue and Community centre, residential portions of the CBC renovation, and the recently completed mixed-use Jameson House tower. The firms’ work has been recognized with numerous awards, most recently for: the Wing Sang renovation in Chinatown, Trout Lake Arena, Creekside Community Centre and the South East False Creek Energy Centre

Francl is a Past President of the AIBC, and has served as the chair of the Vancouver Urban Design Panel and as an advisory member to the Vancouver Development Permit Board. He was a juror for the 2011 Canadian Architect Awards program, and is currently a Board Member of the BC Building Envelope Council.

Robert Gifford

Robert Gifford

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria
SESSION: Simulating Social Change

Robert Gifford's research interests are at the interface of environmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology. He tries to conduct studies on societal problems that meet high scientific standards.

His main current activities are editing the Journal of Environmental Psychology, conducting studies on resource management (commons dilemmas and social dilemmas), personality and nonverbal behaviour, ecological issues such as environmental activism and pro-environmental behaviour, and the meaning and liveability of neighbourhoods. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental psychology and consumer psychology.

Among other activities, Gifford is the President of the Environmental Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, the listserv moderator for Division 34 of the American Psychological Association, the section head for sociocultural factors of the Canadian Obesity Network, a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Committee of the Canadian Space Agency, and a member of the American Psychological Association’s Climate Change Panel.

Steve Harpur

Founder and President, Earth Renu
SESSION: Organics

Having founded Earth Renu Energy Corp. in 2009, Steve spent several years prior to this extensively researching and experimenting with the processing of various commercial and agricultural organic waste streams. He built several in-vessel composter prototypes and trained to become a compost facility operator.

Prior to his work with Earth Renu, Steve worked extensively as both a financial professional and in construction. His career has placed him in three different countries where in he endured both Arctic winters and tropical summers. Steve’s passion is to produce sustainable solutions so that future generations can relish the fruits of our planet as it was meant to be enjoyed.

Jim Hoggan

Jim Hoggan

President, Hoggan & Associates Inc.
SESSION: Simulating Social Change

Jim Hoggan is the cofounder of Stonehouse Standing Circle, an innovative public-engagement and communications think-tank, and the former chair of The Climate Project Canada—Al Gore’s global education and advocacy organization. He also led the Province of British Columbia’s Green Energy Advisory Task Force on Community Relations and First Nations Partnerships.

He is the co-founder of the influential website DeSmogBlog, chosen as one of Time Magazine's Best Blogs for 2011. He is the author of two books, "Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for Skeptical Public", and "Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming". He speaks, writes, and presents widely on public attitudes toward sustainability, climate change, and the environment.

David Lawes

David Lawes

Ministry of Environment Section Head, Industry Product Stewardship
SESSION: Products and Packaging

​David is Manager of the provincial department that develops  solid and liquid waste policy and Extended Producer Responsibility programs for BC. BC has recently been recognized as having the best EPR programs and policies in Canada. David represents BC on the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment Packaging Reduction Working Group.

David holds a degree in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University (RRU) and is currently completing the MBA program at RRU.

Bill Payne

Bill Payne

Sr. Manager of Service Contracts and Waste Diversion, Western Canada, Loblaw
SESSION: Organics

Bill Payne is Loblaw’s Senior Manager, West Store Cleaning & Recycling working out of their Calgary office. In this role Bill is responsible for service contracts for Loblaw’s corporate stores in Western Canada, including waste removal services. One of Bill’s challenges is to find ways for Loblaw to divert at least 70% of its corporate store waste from landfill in Western Canada.

Bill’s position was created in January 2008 but he has been with Loblaw’s Construction Department for the past 20 years as a Project Manager building/renovating stores, and as Engineering Services Manager purchasing store fixtures and obtaining/reviewing Environmental and Geotechnical Investigations. He has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of BC and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario.

DreamRider Productions

DreamRider Productions


SESSION: Performance

​Led by creative visionaries Vanessa LeBourdais and Ian Gschwind, DreamRider Theatre's Team are youth engagement experts, who use theatre, music and multi-media to excite children to learn, grow and change. We speak kids language, we know what kids find fun, and we know how to embed any lesson into storyline. Over three quarters of a million chidren have laughed, yelled and sung along to our popular plays on environmental themes in the past fourteen years.

Christian Shelepuk

Christian Shelepuk

Waste Reduction Program Manager, Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
SESSION: Products and Packaging

Christian Shelepuk currently serves as the Waste Reduction Program Manager for Wal-Mart Canada. In this position, he is responsible for research, develop, in addition to program and procedures creation to manage Wal-Mart Canada’s current and future waste objectives. His mandate is to progress Wal-Mart towards achieving their corporate goal of zero waste in a manner that is both fiscally and environmentally responsible. Christian supports and guides Wal-Mart’s waste diversion efforts globally as the lead international subject matter expert for waste and recycling.

Prior to joining Wal-Mart Canada, Christian was a consultant with Wasteless Environmental Services Inc. a subsidiary of Oakleaf Inc. (recently acquired by Waste Management). His career in waste and recycling began over 10 years ago with his employment at Waste Management Inc. While at Waste Management, Christian completed his Bachelor of Administrative Studies degree at York University.

Marc Stoiber

Marc Stoiber

Creative Director, Brand Strategist at Marc Stoiber Enterprises
SESSION: Simulating Social Change

​Marc Stoiber built a 17 year career as an advertising copywriter and creative director at agencies around the world. In 2005, he started Change - an agency committed to creating innovative green brands. In 2010, he sold Change to Maddock Douglas, an innovation agency. After a year with MD, Marc struck out on his own again, and is today working on projects with brands that want to redefine themselves for the future. In addition to working as a creative director, he is a prolific communicator, blogging for journals like Fast Company, and speaking coast to coast.