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​Repair and reuse is a radical act in our modern world, with vast innovation potential tied to rethinking how we use and consume goods to keep goods in useful life for longer. Designing products for repair and reuse and, encouraging a culture of repair and reuse can drive waste prevention and a people-centred circular economy at scale. From redesigning products and traditional business models, supporting behaviour change campaigns aimed at how consumers use goods, to addressing challenges related to resale value and skills development - how do we scale a repair and reuse revolution where reuse is more common than replace?


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Co-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council TimmerCo-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council<div class="ExternalClass48139185FAB048988BD00140203588AF"><p>​Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver‐based “think and do tank” focused on sustainable consumption and production. One Earth is curating the New Economies theme of Cities for People, initiated by The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation – a Canada‐wide experiment in advancing a movement to create more resilient and livable cities through innovation networks. Vanessa is also an Associate with the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University focused on innovation and holds a Doctorate in environmental studies with<br>degrees from Queen’s University, Oxford University and UBC. She teaches sustainability and systems thinking, and co‐hosts the television show, The Sustainable Region. <br>In 2013, Vanessa was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40. One Earth is one of the founders of the National Industrial Symbiosis Program – Canada and is also co‐leading a global campaign to create positive and compelling visions of life in sustainable futures.</p></div>,|#6cd5c79b-afb2-4a78-8191-9e3028dadacc;L0|#06cd5c79b-afb2-4a78-8191-9e3028dadacc|Vanessa Timmer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Repair and ReuseVanessaTimmer
President and CEO, Electronics Product Stewardship Canada KerrPresident and CEO, Electronics Product Stewardship Canada <div class="ExternalClass2E5A63C2D19A4FBF9F6897F4C49C9283"><p>As President and CEO of Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC), Shelagh Kerr has extensive experience in government relations, public affairs and environmental stewardship.  EPSC is a not-for-profit organization and the leading product stewardship voice for information technology and consumer electronics companies in Canada. Shelagh helps electronics manufacturers develop consensus policy positions on provincial legislation and regulations. She is also active with Environment Canada on their Chemical Management Plan Stakeholder Advisory Group.</p><p>As Vice President of Corporate and Environmental Affairs for Coca-Cola Ltd Canada in the 1990's Shelagh helped to establish, and was a Director on the Boards of, provincial beverage recycling organizations in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick.  She was also appointed to the Board of the federal Environmental Choice Program.  In the 1990's Shelagh sat on committees for EUROPEN, the industry group for packaging and the environment, while working for Coca-Cola in Europe. As Vice President, Technical of Grocery Products Manufacturers of Canada, she helped to establish the original industry financing formula for the Ontario Blue Box packaging recovery system. Shelagh also worked for nearly a decade with the R&D pharmaceutical industry in Brussels, representing their intellectual property interests with EU institutions. </p></div>, Shelagh KerrGP0|#3f69ed2a-d9da-4f79-b29a-3959e5536754;L0|#03f69ed2a-d9da-4f79-b29a-3959e5536754|Shelagh Kerr;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Repair and ReuseShelaghKerr
Vice President, Recycling & Reuse, Value Village ShumpertVice President, Recycling & Reuse, Value Village<div class="ExternalClassFA40AA4074FC4A5D9F2627C7C1CFF9AF"><p>​Tony Shumpert oversees the recycling and reuse business operations for Savers (also known as Value Village and Village des Valeurs), a purpose-driven thrift retailer with 330 stores across the US, Canada and Australia. In his 14 years with Savers, Tony has been instrumental in establishing Savers as a global leader in clothing and textile reuse and recycling, including having expanded the scope of items diverted from landfills from three categories to almost 20, including plastics, metals, sporting goods and kitchenware. This enabled Savers to divert 650 million pounds of goods from reaching North American landfills in 2015 alone.</p><p>Tony is passionate about reuse, representing Savers through his membership on the National Zero Waste Council’s Circular Economy Working Group, as a board member of Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), an international trade association promoting high standards and best practices for reducing solid waste by recycling textiles, and through his Huffington Post contributions. Through his work with these organizations, and by sharing his experience as a leader in the textile reuse space with industry groups, public officials and communities, Tony is supporting the bringing together of the reuse and recycling industries, a reduction in the amount of reusable clothing that ends up in landfills, and progress towards a circular economy.</p></div>,|#005281a5-084a-4a75-bb81-ee9a3cfa4e5a;L0|#0005281a5-084a-4a75-bb81-ee9a3cfa4e5a|Tony Shumpert;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Repair and ReuseTonyShumpert
Director, RREUSE (EU) LenDirector, RREUSE (EU)<div class="ExternalClass301557FF81CC4A15B4092B28974E162E"><p>​Michal Len is Director of RREUSE, a representative body for social enterprises active in the field of re-use, repair and recycling. He has been with the organisation since 2011 and specialises in EU waste and product policies as well as policy mechanisms supporting social enterprise. Michal holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation.</p></div>, Michal LenGP0|#22222ca5-841a-4825-bb36-4c5a4597b9dc;L0|#022222ca5-841a-4825-bb36-4c5a4597b9dc|Michal Len;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Repair and ReuseMichalLen
Executive Director, Institute for a Resource-Based Economy DymentExecutive Director, Institute for a Resource-Based Economy<div class="ExternalClass4B4AA37D067144A5B144EF0CB2DF84F3"><p>Ryan is a Chartered Accountant who worked in the fields of accounting and finance for eight years before becoming the Executive Director of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE). Since 2013, IRBE has expanded its programming and now manages 4 Tool Libraries, a Makerspace and its newest venture, the Sharing Depot, Canada's first Library of Things. The programs accept donations of lightly used items (6,000 inventory items and counting) and loan them to over 3,000 members who pay small annual membership fees. With over 60 volunteers supporting the programs, the Tool Library, Sharing Depot and Makerspace are truly community hubs that encourage access over ownership to reduce waste and share the abundance that already exists in Toronto.</p></div>, Ryan DymentGP0|#f40a5200-611f-46b0-9cb7-200fb7ce7079;L0|#0f40a5200-611f-46b0-9cb7-200fb7ce7079|Ryan Dyment;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#a957a61d-489a-4511-b008-3b138e771d18Repair and ReuseRyanDyment

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