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Conference Moderator:  Greg Moore, Chair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors

9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

The Honourable Terry Lake, Minister of Environment

Malcolm Brodie, Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee

9:10 am

ZERO WASTE DESIGN CHALLENGE - "6 hours to make a difference."
Host - Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director, One Earth

In a real-time, visible zero waste design challenge, three innovative design teams won't just be thinking outside the box - they'll be redesigning it entirely during the conference.

1) Introductions

 - Bridgett Luther - President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute 
 - David Boyd - Lawyer, author and Adjunct Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU 
  - Maureen Cureton - Green Business Manager, Vancity

Design Teams:

Team 1 - The Freshly Baked Cookies Team 2 - Octopus Spectacular Team 3 - The Mobius Strips

Lead, Stephanie Bertels , Assistant Professor at SFU Beedie School of Business, Associate Director of the CMA Innovation Centre
Designer, Ruben Anderson, Industrial Designer
Student Designer, Andreas Eiken, Student, Industrial Design, Emily Carr
Business Rep, Lawrence Silcox, Owner and Lead Designer, Cima Coppi Cycle Wear

Lead, Marten Sims, Designer and consultant
Designer, Sarah Willie, Operations Coordinator at Product Care Association
Student Designer, Jeremy Calhoun, Photographer and Designer
Business Rep, Amielle Lake, CMO and Founder at Tagga Media Inc.
Lead, Michael Green , Architect and Principal, MGA
Designer, Duane Elverum, CityStudio Co-founder, Designer and Sustainability Educator at Emily Carr
Student Designer, Maia Rowan, Student, Industrial Design, Emily Carr
Business RepJulian Radlein, President, SymbiAudit

2) "Reading of the Rules"

Brought to you by Shaw TV, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

9:30 am

Introductions by Lois Jackson, Director, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors

Bridgett Luther, noted environmentalist and President of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute 

Bridgett 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.

10:00 am Performance by DreamRider Productions


10:30 am - Organics, Wood, Products & Packaging

ORGANICS: closing the loop
Location - Ballroom A (Ground Level)

Together solid waste management innovators will explore ideas on food recovery from retail pre-consumer overstock and depackaging, to organics processing into the nutrient rich black
gold for our gardens.

Introductions by Malcolm Brodie, Chair,
Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee


 - Jennifer Erickson, Senior Planner, creator, Fork it Over!, Metro, Portland Metropolitan Area

 - Steve Harpur, CGA, Founder and President Earth Renu

- Jan Allen, General Manager & VP Quality and Engineering, Harvest Power

- Bill Payne, Sr. Manager of Service Contracts and Waste Diversion,  Western Canada, Loblaw

WOOD: rediscovering its worth
Location - Room 11/12 (Meeting Level)

Explore local and international deconstruction, reclamation and remanufacturing initiatives for the
reuse of wood. Best practice industry examples will help you realize the strength and versatility of this valuable resource.

Introductions by Derek Corrigan, Vice-Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee


- Dave Bennink, Owner, Re-Use Consulting

- Tracy Casavant, Executive Director, Light House Sustainable Building Centre

 - Walter Francl, Principal, Walter Francl Architecture Inc. 

PRODUCTS AND PACKAGING: design for up-cycling
Location - Room 1/2/3 (Meeting Level)

Industry leaders will fuel imaginations for rethinking design for life cycle materials management.

Introductions by Andrea Reimer, Director, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee


- David Lawes, Ministry of Environment Section Head, Industry Product Stewardship

- Rachel Morier,  Program Coordinator, PAC NEXT, The Packaging Association (PAC)

- Christian Shelepuk, Waste Reduction Program Manager, Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

12 noon

LUNCH - Twitter Photo Mosaic and Design Fair

  • Check-out the Design Challenge in progress
12:45 pm


  • Presented by Marvin Hunt, Director, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee
1:00 pm

Stimulating Social Change - Beyond Being Right
Moving beyond dialogue about zero waste, so citizens, businesses and governments are taking action and accelerating progress toward a cradle to cradle economy.


  • James Hoggan, President, Hoggan & Associates
    "The Advocacy Trap: Smashing heads doesn't open minds."
  • Marc Stoiber, Creative Director, Brand Strategist at Marc Stoiber Enterprises  
  • Cara Pike, Director, The Resource Innovation Group's Social Capital Project and Climate Access
  • Robert Gifford, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria
  • Q&A
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pm

Design Challenge - Re-inventing Our Future
Host - Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director, One Earth

  • Design Team pitch and Judges' Critiques
  • People's choice
  • Judges' choice
3:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Malcolm Brodie, Chair, Zero Waste Committee

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