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Conference Host: Malcolm Brodie, Chair, Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council
7:30 am
Registration Opens
8:30 am
Welcoming Remarks
8:40 am
The Year in Review
  • Greg Moore, Chair, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors
8:50 am
Moderator: Michael Goeres, Executive Director, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
  • Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism (Joining us by video.)

In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism. Hear Jeremy speak about the potential for millions of people producing and sharing physical goods and services with each other, and how a focus on shareable value and access over ownership might improve, hinder and/or otherwise impact waste prevention efforts, and more fundamental shifts toward a circular economy.

9:40 - 11:00am
Re-designing Products and Systems
Shifting from a linear to a circular economy. How is design innovation advancing this global shift? From 3-D printing, to reducing global transportation, designing for durability, and the emerging internet of things, speakers will explore what innovation is needed, how to catalyze the right innovation, and also what might be the inadvertent impacts resulting from innovation.

Bridgett Luther, President, Cradle-to-Cradle Products Innovation Institute


Panel Discussion

11:00 am
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Plastics IN Focus

A significant volume of plastic is recovered and recycled every year – but the vast majority still remains in the garbage, or becomes litter in our communities and a toxic health hazard in our waterways. How can we re-design our systems to avoid creating excess materials in the first place? How do we best harness this material from a waste and business perspective, including increasing its recovery and recyclability? What innovations in material design are taking place? What are the benefits, limitations and implications of using bioplastics, and how compostable are they? What options exist to address the management of non-recyclable and non-compostable plastic packaging materials?

Moderator: Christina Seidel, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta


Panel Discussion

12:15 -12:30 pm
Special Presentation – Project Mainstream

Moderator:Derek Corrigan, Vice-Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, and Mayor, City of Burnaby

  • Sandy Rodger, Lead, Project MainStream, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (Joining us by video.)
12:30 - 1:30 pm
1:30 - 2:00 pm
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Redefining the Global Marketplace

Armchair discussion with LEGO and Philips. Learn how global companies are catalyzing a shift toward a circular economy. What is driving these pioneers? What obstacles have they encountered? What trends are shaping the marketplace? Where are the opportunities, and how can businesses – large and small – embrace this shift?

Moderator: Torah Kachur, Host, What a Waste, CBC Radio One
  • Tim Brooks, Senior Director, Sustainability, The LEGO Group
  • Markus Laubscher, Program Manager Circular Economy, Philips Group Sustainability
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Profiling New Business Models and Approaches
Moderator:Coro Strandberg, Sustainability Strategist, Strandberg Consulting
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Textiles IN Focus: Influencing Consumer Behavior and Optimizing Value

Textiles recycling and reuse efforts are scaling up globally but so too are upstream efforts to reduce the environmental impact of textiles in its design, manufacture and sale. Who is working together to advance waste prevention in this industry, and how? What upstream changes will reduce the impact of textiles on the waste stream? From toxins, to durability, longevity, and scaled up re-use and recycling – hear how this industry is evolving with waste prevention and circularity in mind.

Moderator: Lisa Papania, Lecturer, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, SFU Beedie School of Business

  • Lewis Perkins, Senior VP, Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute
  • Mark Trotzuk, President, Boardroom Eco Apparel
  • Alexa Kielty, Zero Waste Specialist, San Francisco Environment, City and County of San Francisco
4:00 pm
Announcements: New and Notable Change-making Initiatives

Moderator:Derek Corrigan, Vice-Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, and Mayor, City of Burnaby

  • Emma Langson, Consultant, Plastic Oceans Foundation
  • Love Food Hate Waste: Steve Creed, Director of Business Development, WRAP UK and Derek Corrigan, Vice-Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee
4:10 - 4:40 pm
Advancing Waste Prevention Nationally - Canada’s National Zero Waste Council

The National Zero Waste Council is a cross-sector leadership initiative bringing together governments, businesses and non-government organizations to advance a waste prevention agenda in Canada.

Members will discuss priority projects and initiatives underway.

  • Malcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste Council
  • David Hocking, National Communications Campaign Working Group Co-lead, and Corporate Communications Division Manager, External Relations Department, Metro Vancouver
  • Shelley Carroll, Food Working Group Co-lead, and City Councillor - Ward 33, City of Toronto
  • Brock Macdonald, Circular Economy Working Group Co-lead, and Chief Executive Officer, Recycling Council of BC
  • Alan Blake, Product Design and Packaging Working Co-lead, and Executive Director, PAC NEXT (Joining us by video.)
4:40 - 4:55 pm
Conference Reflections

Participants will be invited to reflect and vote on the day’s main issues and identify topics and issues that they would like to see further, more in-depth discussion on. These topics will be used to guide webinars and other initiatives that will continue the discussion leading up to our 2015 conference.

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

4:55 pm
Closing Remarks
  • Malcolm Brodie , Chair, Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Networking Reception

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