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Malcolm Brodie

Malcolm Brodie

Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee

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.


Michael Braungart

Michael Braungart

Founder and Scientific CEO of EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH

Professor Dr. Michael Braungart is founder and scientific CEO of EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH in Hamburg, co-founder and scientific head of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry in Charlottesville, Virginia, and founder and scientific head of the Hamburger Umweltinstitut. These institutes share values embracing intelligent, aesthetic and eco-effective design.

Dr. Braungart’s  research and consultancy focus since the mid-1980’s has been eco-effective products, i.e., products and production processes that are designed for closed loops and do not harm man or nature, but rather contribute to their well-being.  Dr. Braungart is co-author of the “Hanover Principles of Design: Design for Sustainability”, which served as the development guidelines for the World's Fair in Hannover in 2000. He also co-authored two books with William McDonough: “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things” and “The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance”. 

He holds four academic chairs: at the Rotterdam School of Management of Erasmus University, Leuphana University Lüneburg, University Twente in Enschede and at TU Delft (visiting). In 2013, Braungart was awarded an honorary professorship from TU München in the context of the federal Initiative of Excellence and also received an honorary doctorate from Hasselt University (Belgium). This is in addition to his Ph.D. from the University of Hannover’s chemistry department, received in 1985.

Michael Braungart has received several awards. Most recently, the “Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence” for his exceptional commitment to the promotion of sustainable entrepreneurship in 2013 and the “Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award” from the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2003.

Dame Ellen MacArthur

Dame Ellen MacArthur

Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe, and remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum and finished second in the Vendée Globe at just 24 years of age.

Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources our linear economy relies upon, she stepped away from professional sailing in 2009 to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which works with education and business to accelerate the transition to a regenerative circular economy.  The Foundation has also been instrumental in the development of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), a global platform bringing together leading companies, emerging innovators and regions to accelerate the transition to a circular economy over a 1000-day (3 year) period.

Ellen MacArthur sits on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform, and her Foundation has published two seminal macro-economic reports featuring analysis by McKinsey, which have received accolades at the World Economic Forum in Davos. She is also a member of the BT Corporate and Social Responsibility Board, and a member of the Club of Rome. Dame Ellen regularly interacts with various European governments and institutions such as the OECD, and received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy, three years after having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth


Alan Blake

Alan Blake

Executive Director, PACNEXT

Alan Blake joined PACNEXT in September 2012, and over the past year has been sharing their vision of A World without Packaging Waste and engaging industry partners to find better end-of-life solutions for all packaging materials.

Prior to PACNEXT, Alan retired from Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati with 30 years experience in the consumer goods industry including 20 years of global packaging design and development expertise. He led P&G's global packaging sustainability program with a focus on their 2020 goals and long term packaging sustainability vision.

Alan has served on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition Executive Committee and the board of GreenBlue and is currently a member of the board of The Packaging Association (PAC).

Michael Buda

Michael Buda

Director of Policy and Research, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Mike Buda joined FCM seven years ago. At the time, the New Deal for Cities and Communities had just been launched after several years of dialogue and debate over the role municipalities play in meeting national priorities. Since then, Mike has worked at making the cities and communities agenda real and transformative for municipalities, other orders of government, as well as citizens and businesses.

Mike has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, and has worked for municipalities as well international NGOs in Canada and Australia.

Shelley Carroll

Shelley Carroll

Councillor, City of Toronto, Ward 33 Don Valley East

Elected in 2003, Shelley committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable city — one that is economically sustainable and environmentally friendly. In her first term, she worked as a member of the Budget Committee to make City Hall more efficient, finding over $200 million in savings while protecting essential services. She served as Chair of the Works Committee, which deals with Toronto's most pressing issues like garbage, recycling, water, sewers and roads. In 2006, Shelley became Toronto's Budget Chief, managing the City's $9.2 billion budget, and achieved $576 million in ongoing operating efficiencies over 4 years.

Shelley has been a Don Valley East resident since 1967, where she lives with her family. She was involved in her community long before becoming an official public servant, working with parents and teachers of the North York Parent Assembly for a better education system.


Derek Corrigan

Vice-Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, and Mayor, City of Burnaby

Derek has been a Burnaby resident since 1977 and was first elected to Burnaby City Council in 1987. He has served as Mayor since 2002, chairs the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee and is an ex-officio member of all Council Committees. He is a long-time Director at Metro Vancouver and currently sits on several committees.

He was chair of B.C. Transit from 1994-97; during his tenure, B.C. Transit received the American Public Transportation Association Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year Award and the Canadian Urban Transit Association Transit System of the Year award. He currently sits on TransLink’s Mayor’s Council.

He served four years as an elected director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and in 2011 received the FCM Green Champion Award - Individual. He supports the international Mayors for Peace movement and has served as the Canadian secretary. Mayor Corrigan currently acts as a Trustee of the Municipal Finance Authority of BC.

John Coyne

John Coyne

Vice President, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel, Unilever Canada Inc.

Since 1992, John has been actively involved in the evolution of Unilever Canada and today works with multi-disciplinary teams in law, corporate and government relations, regulatory affairs, quality assurance and safety.  He is a member of Unilever Canada’s Board of Directors, the Canadian Leadership Team and is Chair of the Pension Committee.

John is also known for his leadership in corporate sustainability and in 2012 was named by Clean50 as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders.  He supports the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, designed to grow the business while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive contribution to society. 

Externally, John holds many positions. He is Chair of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, Chair of the Board of Stewardship Ontario and of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, a director of Evergreen, co-chair of the TRCA Partners in Project Green steering committee, and is a director and past Chair of Advertising Standards Canada.


Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle

Executive Vice President and GM Rogers Arena, Canucks Sports & Entertainment

Michael joined Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CS & E) at the beginning of the 2011/12 season in the capacity of Executive Vice President & Arena General Manager. His responsibilities include initiating, developing and executing significant new business opportunities, and creating and championing unique service strategies to enhance fan experience at Rogers Arena.  He is also responsible for overseeing the execution of strategic plans for event management, concert marketing, food and beverage, sustainability initiatives, and the expansion of various revenue opportunities inside and outside of Rogers Arena.

He spent 10 years with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment in the role of VP, Food & Beverage and Security Services where he oversaw the Food and Beverage operations at four locations, supporting over 2000 employees.  He designed and opened Real Sports Bar and Grill, named North America's #1 sports bar by ESPN in the first year of operation.   His extensive management experience is well rounded, and includes positions such as General Manager for Blackcomb Mountain and Area Manager at Disneyland Theme Park. 

Bud Fraser

Bud Fraser

Water & Zero Waste Engineer, Campus Sustainability, University of British Columbia

Since joining UBC in 2012, Bud’s main priorities are to develop plans and work with the many units across campus toward achieving waste reduction and water conservation goals. Bud is part of the Campus Sustainability team which coordinates the University’s numerous operational sustainability initiatives and supports the goals of developing UBC as a living laboratory for environmental and social sustainability.

With diverse experience in both engineering and planning, Bud is a Professional Engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Bio-Resource Engineering from UBC.  Prior to joining UBC, he worked as a Green Building and Infrastructure Specialist with HB Lanarc-Golder consultants.

Michael Goeres

Michael Goeres

Executive Director, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

Michael has always had a keen interest in public policy and collaborative approaches. He was founding Executive Director of the Manitoba Intercultural Council, a provincial agency created to provide policy advice from ethnocultural communities to the Manitoba government. As Director of Corporate Services from 1997 to 2010, Michael was responsible for CCME’s contracting, finances, human resources, publications, and internal operations while also guiding development of policy files. Prior to joining CCME, Michael was a director with the Canada Grains Council Inc., an industry association of the Canadian grain trade, when it was lobbying the U.S. government on cross-border trade issues.

Michael is an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan and of the University of Manitoba (M.A. in History, Certificate in Management). Michael is an active volunteer with the Manitoba Orienteering Association, past-president of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, and just completed a stint as co-chair of CSAE’s 2013 Conference Committee.

Arlene Goldbard

Arlene Goldbard

Writer, speaker and cultural activist

Arlene is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Her two newest books on art’s public purpose—The Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future were published in spring 2013. Prior books include New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, Community, Culture and Globalization, an international anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, and Clarity, a novel. Her essays have been published in In Motion Magazine, Art in America, Theatre, Tikkun, and many other journals.

Arlene has addressed academic and community audiences in the U.S. and Europe on topics ranging from the ethics of community arts practice to the development of integral organizations. She has provided advice and counsel to community-based organizations, independent media groups, and public and private funders and policymakers including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Service, and Appalshop.

Arlene serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center. Her blog and other writings can be found at

Renée L. Gratton

Renée L. Gratton

Founding President, Construction Resource Initiatives Council

Renée Gratton, LEED A.P., is president of RG Integration, an Ottawa architectural specialty consultancy focused on integrated systems, acoustics and solar control.

In 2011, Renée founded the Construction Resource Initiatives Council (CRI Council), a non-profit and non-partisan organization; official UNEP (UN Environment Programme) partner and recognized by many other wide-ranging organizations. The council’s objective is to integrate industry sectors to influence how they view and deal with resources/waste.    

A recognized sustainability expert, an active member of the CSA Group, past Director of the Canada Green Building Council and LEED Instructor, Renée has authored papers, courses and articles, as well as collaborated on countless standards, products and projects.

Under the umbrella of the council, she is leading a unique and award winning zero building waste initiative, introduced at the 2012 World Waste Congress and officially launched in 2013, with several innovative projects and research for strategic industry change and management   Renée is also a nominee for the CTV 2013 Amazing People Award and proud to serve as a Director on the new National Zero Waste Council.

Colin Isaacs

Colin Isaacs

Sustainable Development Consultant, CIAL Group

Colin is a scientist who has been advising governments and the private sector in virtually all aspects of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, stewardship, environmental management and social responsibility since 1980.

He also has experience as an elected official in municipal and provincial politics in Ontario, where he was an MLA and environment critic for the NDP, and he was Executive Director of a major environmental group, Pollution Probe, for 8 years.

His company, CIAL Group, designs and implements environmental initiatives for companies in food processing, food service, household products and other industry sectors. As editor of the Gallon Environment Letter and GallonDaily, Colin also contributes a sometimes critical analysis of national and international environmental initiatives.

Alan Kingstone

Alan Kingstone

Department Head, Psychology; Director, Brain and Attention Research Lab, University of British Columbia

Alan is a Professor, Distinguished Scholar, and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the brain mechanisms of human cognition and behaviour. He has served as an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Psychology, Visual Cognition, the Journal of Eye Movement Research, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology.  He is currently the Editor of the Annual Review of Cognitive Neuroscience (NY Academy of Sciences). He has coauthored textbooks on human cognition (Oxford), and functional brain imaging (MIT Press), and published numerous scientific articles on human behaviour, cognition, and neuroscience.  His research has been supported by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Human Frontier Science Program. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

André LaRivière

André LaRivière

Chef and Foodservice Consultant

After a career of over twenty years in public broadcasting, André traded his ‘passionate amateur cook’ status for that of professional chef at New York City’s French Culinary Institute. He later combined his kitchen and media experience to explore Canadian food and restaurant industries for trade and consumer magazines.

In 2007, André founded the Green Table Network, a mission-driven enterprise fostering sustainability in the foodservice industry. The Green Table Network now has more than 100 members in British Columbia. More recently, he helped facilitate and document ‘The Next Course,’ a fully sustainable renovation of O’Doul’s on Robson into the Vancouver Magazine Green Award-winning Forage restaurant.

Currently, via Smarter Restaurants, André offers foodservice consulting with specialized knowledge of sustainability and social responsibility to restaurants and regional companies and organizations, including Metro Vancouver.


David Lawes

David Lawes

Manager, Waste Prevention, BC Ministry of Environment, and Co-Chair CCME Waste Task Group

David manages the BC government department responsible for Extended Producer Responsibility, solid waste policy, organics management and toxics prevention. David is the delegated statutory decision maker with authority to approve EPR program plans. David is Co-chair of the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment Waste Task Group and member of the National Zero Waste Council Advisory Committee. David has been with the BC government for the past 8 years working on EPR and waste policy. Prior to joining the BC government, David worked on treaty-protected natural resource rights issues for a US Indian Tribe as part of a US EPA program to develop environmental management capacity in US Indian Tribes.  David is married to a beautiful wife and has two fantastic kids, ages 10 and 7.

Laurel Miller

Laurel Miller

Creative Director and Joint Owner of a.m. associates

Laurel formed a.m. associates in 1992 with her partner Stephen Aldridge. The ethos of her company is maximum protection with minimal materials. Laurel works in many product sectors including electronics, cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes, automotive, toys, consumer goods and food products. She emphasizes environmental design and packaging that is cost effective, sustainable, innovative and intelligent.

In addition to design, Laurel is also an author. In October 2012, along with her partner, she co-authored “Why Shrink-wrap a Cucumber? A complete guide to Environmental Packaging”.

Laurel trained in Furniture and Related Product Design at Kingston University before working for major design consultancies such as Conran Associates, Addison, Roberts Weaver, Newell and Sorrell and Interbrand. She lectures in Packaging Design and Environmental Packaging at The Royal College of Art, Imperial College, Hertfordshire University, Kingston University, University of the Creative Arts in Farnham and Rochester, Brunel University and Sussex University.

Greg Moore

Greg Moore

Chair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors

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.

Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer

Director, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, and Councillor, City of Vancouver

Andrea was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008. She previously served as a Vancouver School Board Trustee where she played a leadership role in advocacy campaigns to restore provincial funding for public schools and worked to increase community access and expectations for the school system. Prior to being elected to City Council, Andrea was the Executive Director of the Wilderness Committee.

A long-time supporter of sustainability and community economic development, she has volunteered with many organizations including serving as: past President of the CCEC Credit Union and the Canadian Women’s Voters Congress; Vice-Chair of the local Farmer’s Market Society; and a former Co-Chair of the City of Vancouver’s Food Policy Council. Currently, she serves as a Director of Environmental Education Action Project, sits on the Vancouver Foundation’s Health and Social Development Advisory Committee, and is on three Metro Vancouver committees.

Andrea is a fourth generation British Columbian who lives near Trout Lake on Vancouver’s eastside.

Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer

Grant Baldwin & Jen Rustemeyer

Peg Leg Films

Grant and Jen are Vancouver-based filmmakers, community-builders, zero-wasters. Their 2010 film The Clean Bin Project (see, which documented a year-long competition to produce zero waste, toured internationally and won 9 festival awards. The duo has spoken around the world about recycling and waste reduction including a 100 day tour across Canada by bicycle. Just Eat It is their second film.

Richard Swannell

Dr. Richard Swannell

Director, WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), UK

Richard has spent his career working on ways of reducing our impact on the environment. A biochemist by training, he has a Masters in Environmental Fate of Agrochemicals and a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 2011.

He joined WRAP in 2004 where he led the team that created and delivered the innovative ‘Courtauld Commitment’. This was the first agreement of its kind between WRAP and all the main UK retailers to reduce packaging and food waste.  His current remit is to lead WRAP’s Sustainable Food Systems team where he is responsible for driving improved product design, resilience in the food and drink supply chain and encouraging a more resource efficient circular economy.  This includes the Love Food Hate Waste campaign that has helped consumers reduce the amount of food waste they throw away (see and WRAP’s work on encouraging the processing of food waste through anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting.

Marie Zanowick-Boureois

Marie Zanowick-Boureois

Certified Biomimicry Professional

Marie is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and a creative environmental engineer with 25 years of experience working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her work includes assisting federal agencies in developing and implementing sustainability management systems as well as providing technical assistance to the  US EPA, federal, state and local governments and industry as they find innovative ways to reduce pollution and move towards sustainability.  She applies the biomimicry approach to a variety of projects, such as: workshops for all three levels of government, solving storm water challenges by asking nature for sustainable solutions, and using the language of biology to reconnect forest managers to the resources they protect. 

Marie combines her educational background in Biology, Public Health, Civil Engineering, and the Biomimicry Professional Certification Program with her regulatory experience and facilitation skills to produce innovative solutions to a wide range of challenges. Marie also serves as an EPA international expert to provide regulatory and sustainability assistance to developing countries and uses biomimicry in solving environmental challenges.


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