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​From rethinking material inputs to scaling transformative business models, learn how the circular economy is transforming the marketplace – offering opportunities to eliminate waste while enhancing competitiveness. What innovations are redefining our relationship with stuff – delivering goods and services in new and innovative ways without the waste embedded in current production and consumption patterns? What is driving businesses to innovate? How do we support innovation in the marketplace? Five business pioneers share their stories in this TEDx-style session and panel.


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CEO, International Material Recovery GrillCEO, International Material Recovery<div class="ExternalClassDD5A8B22B3754AAB9CCF65E811B24C1D"><div><p> ​Sam Grill is CEO of International Material Recovery, a drywall recycling company based in Surrey BC. Sam grew up in northern BC and has called BC home all his life - save for a brief 3-year stint in Toronto. While in Toronto he completed an MBA at the University of Toronto and working in finance before coming to his senses and returning to BC. He now resides in North Vancouver with his young family and when not covered in drywall dust he can be found on any number of mountain trails throughout the sea-to-sky corridor.</p></div></div>, /speakers/SpeakerPhotos/SamGrill.jpgGP0|#38768a41-de07-4741-9282-9ece2afeffdd;L0|#038768a41-de07-4741-9282-9ece2afeffdd|Sam Grill;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Innovation in the MarketplaceSamGrill
Director, Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability, Beedie School of Business BertelsDirector, Centre for Corporate Governance & Sustainability, Beedie School of Business<div class="ExternalClassC0E9C75A977D4BE683F41446AE1199FF"><p>​Stephanie Bertels is the Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability and an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. Bertels studies how organizations make the transition towards sustainability by undertaking practitioner informed research on sustainable operations, embedding sustainable innovation. </p><p>She founded and leads the Embedding Project, a collaborative initiative between researchers and practitioners that brings together companies from across industries to help them learn from one another and embed sustainability. To date, Bertels has worked with over two dozen global firms. Bertels also teaches courses in managing innovation and change, sustainable operations, and managing for sustainability in both the undergraduate and MBA programs. </p></div>,|#ed078f91-f609-4cbe-aec4-088569eecee8;L0|#0ed078f91-f609-4cbe-aec4-088569eecee8|Stephanie Bertels;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Innovation in the MarketplaceStephanieBertels
CEO & Co-Founder, Ecovative BayerCEO & Co-Founder, Ecovative<div class="ExternalClassD8105A197CA342CCA120B0F9228F86DE"><p>​Eben Bayer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ecovative. Ecovative is a world-leading biomaterials company that is specialized in adapting natural processes to create sustainable materials. Ecovative has commercialized two high performing products: an engineered wood alternative called MycoBoard™ and a plastic foam alternative for protective packaging called Mushroom® Packaging. Ecovative has been recognized as a Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, for its potential impact on climate change by the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, the EPA Environmental Quality Award, and the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for socially responsible design.</p></div>, Eben BayerGP0|#4b3fd7c2-d7c3-436d-ae16-a49031349d90;L0|#04b3fd7c2-d7c3-436d-ae16-a49031349d90|Eben Bayer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Innovation in the MarketplaceEbenBayer
Director, Product Stewardship, HP OrtizDirector, Product Stewardship, HP<div class="ExternalClassB14A611893A947E289B1923B73881332"><p>John Ortiz leads the global product stewardship organization for HP Inc., a $50B annual business. Ortiz's organization drives environmental design of computer and printer hardware products, ink and toner supplies, and paper products to minimize the impact of HP products throughout the product lifecycle. </p><p>Ortiz is currently championing circular economy thinking and action across HP's Print, PC, and 3D printing businesses. Recently his team has completed two closed-loop recycled polypropylene projects in over 40% of HP's inkjet cartridges, equal to approximately 5,000 tons of recycled resin annually. With the completion of this latest project, HP now uses recycled plastic in more than 80% of its ink cartridge products. Several other active projects are underway to incorporate recycled plastic into hardware printer products. Ortiz's team also focuses on product energy reduction and recently marked a milestone of driving an 88% energy reduction across HP's consumer printer products over the previous 5 years. Ortiz led the development of HP's Product Portfolio Use Phase GHG intensity reduction goal, an industry first, announced in 2014.</p><p>Ortiz lives in Corvallis, Oregon and enjoys hiking and biking in the Pacific Northwest.</p></div>, John OrtizGP0|#9776d7bd-f62c-4845-9c95-2d5e21c60f6e;L0|#09776d7bd-f62c-4845-9c95-2d5e21c60f6e|John Ortiz;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Innovation in the MarketplaceJohnOrtiz
Co-Founder, Looptworks HamlinCo-Founder, Looptworks<div class="ExternalClassCB4D4AC5A1FF49258B159AD4A9E17065"><p>Scott Hamlin is the co-founder of Looptworks, a certified B corporation design brand that creates meaningful products from excess materials. Looptworks repurposes abandoned materials into beautiful, long-lasting and limited-edition products such as bags, clothing and accessories; it has been featured on Oprah’s O list, the Today Show, The Guardian, The BBC, NBC National News, The Washington Post, and Fox Business News. By re-using the world's pre and post-consumer excess, the Portland, Oregon based brand aims to rid the world of waste, while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet.</p><p>With industry experience at adidas AG, Jockey International and Royal Robbins, Hamlin is a thought leader on the circular economy from a practitioner’s perspective. His passion is focused on re-imagining product creation with a focus on zero waste and closed loop manufacturing methods. Hamlin has served on a panel with former Vice President and Nobel Peace Laureate Al Gore, has served as the key note speaker at Temple University’s Social Entrepreneurship Conference, and spoken to audiences internationally including at Harvard University and The Green Biz Forum. Hamlin was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and on their website where his video was the most watched video on the site and garnered coverage from The Wall Street Journal. Hamlin’s podcast with the Fresh Water Trust landed on the front page of iTunes and has been the most downloaded podcast in their successful series.</p><p>In addition to leading Looptworks, Scott is involved in his Portland, Oregon community, serving on the advisory board for the University of Oregon’s Sports Product Program and as a member of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. He is a year-round bicycle commuter and spends his free time surfing, biking, running, hiking and playing outdoors with his family.</p></div>,|#d0a0a0c0-1303-4e88-80dd-ff7a27481402;L0|#0d0a0a0c0-1303-4e88-80dd-ff7a27481402|Scott Hamlin;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Innovation in the MarketplaceScottHamlin
VP Corporate Responsibility, LEGO Group BrooksVP Corporate Responsibility, LEGO Group<div class="ExternalClass88CEA5D93FDE44BF91E9E4A3E2BC419A">​<span lang="EN-US">Tim is the Vice President for Environmental Responsibility at LEGO. Based in Billund, Denmark, he leads a global team responsible for the company's global sustainability strategy, performance, and the impact of its products.</span><br><br><span lang="EN-US">Tim established and co-leads the new LEGO Sustainable Materials Centre which is a $150M project to find and implement sustainable raw materials by 2030. He is also responsible for driving a number of other key projects addressing sustainability impact in the value chain. The most recent is the investment of over $800M in offshore wind farms in the UK and Germany in order to meet the LEGO Group target of 100% renewable energy by 2020. </span><br><br><span lang="EN-US">Prior to joining LEGO Tim worked for Tesco, and led environmental R&D within its property division developing new environmental technologies, processes and systems. He has more than 15 years’ experience in sustainability, focusing on corporate sustainability strategy with particular knowledge of renewable energy technologies, sustainable buildings, and product manufacturing. He started his career with the Building Research Establishment and has worked for international engineering consultancies, FTSE 100 companies, the Carbon Trust, and as an environmental policy advisor to the Mayor of London.</span><br><br></div>, Tim BrooksGP0|#2bae87fe-c961-4605-83b6-8c39332f4313;L0|#02bae87fe-c961-4605-83b6-8c39332f4313|Tim Brooks;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Innovation in the MarketplaceTimBrooks

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