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Writer, Journalist and Speaker Treggiden Writer, Journalist and Speaker<div class="ExternalClass0A72682D38B84251826CECE9DD2115BB"><p>​​Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven writer and keynote speaker championing a circular approach to design – because Planet Earth needs better stories. With 20 years' experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The <em>Guardian, Crafts Magazine, Design Milk and Monocle24</em>. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her fifth book, <em>Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure</em> (Ludion, 2020), and a podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden. She has launched, edited and published an award-winning design blog and an independent print magazine. She recently gained a distinction for her Master’s Degree in the History of Design from the University of Oxford. She was the founder and first president of Bloom and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee of the Leach Pottery.</p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/KatieTreggiden.jpgGP0|#cc5a437d-7f04-4768-ab2a-8c43fede3102;L0|#0cc5a437d-7f04-4768-ab2a-8c43fede3102|Katie Treggiden;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynoteKatieTreggiden
Assistant Professor in Ecology, University of Toronto & Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy RochmanAssistant Professor in Ecology, University of Toronto & Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy<div class="ExternalClass54CAAE5B211641C2A427C251E8DF4433"><p>​Chelsea received her PhD in Ecology from a joint program between University of California, Davis and San Diego State University in 2013. She then was a Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology. She is currently a Sloan Fellow. She was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2016. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for more than a decade.</p><p>She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In addition to her research, Chelsea works to translate her science beyond academia. For example, Chelsea presented her work to the United Nations General Assembly and at the US State Department. Moreover, she co-founded an outreach group call the U of T Trash Team.</p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/Chelsea-Rochman.jpgGP0|#a66eeac0-5a42-4791-8976-64767cae6840;L0|#0a66eeac0-5a42-4791-8976-64767cae6840|Chelsea Rochman;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynoteChelseaRochman
President and CEO of Walmart Canada BarbeitoPresident and CEO of Walmart Canada<div class="ExternalClass7DC929134A9148ABB2A998BFFD853440"><p>Horacio “Haio” Barbeito is President and CEO of Walmart Canada. He has been with Walmart since 1995 and has worked in Argentina, the U.S., Puerto Rico and Chile. He started as a Trainee Buyer and has worked in a variety of roles throughout the company. He led Imports and Replenishment at Walmart Argentina and then became a Division Merchandising Manager for Home and Seasonal.</p><p>Horacio later transferred to Walmart International where he became Senior Director for International Replenishment, based in Bentonville, Arkansas. Following this, Horacio became Supply Chain Lead in Puerto Rico and later the Head of Puerto Rico’s Store Operations. In 2008 he returned to Walmart Argentina as Food General Merchandising Manager before becoming Chief Merchandising Officer. He was President and CEO of Walmart Argentina and Chile from 2012 to 2019.</p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/HoracioBarbeito.jpgGP0|#12cbb892-7502-411d-a395-50aa71582793;L0|#012cbb892-7502-411d-a395-50aa71582793|Horacio Barbeito;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynoteHoracioBarbeito
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change SchiefkeParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change<div class="ExternalClass043EAA80C2DE40D4A7B396D7D2C0F229"><p>​​​Peter has served as the MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges since 2015. He is a recognized specialist in sustainable development, with over 15 years of experience in the field. Before being elected to parliament, he served as National Director of The Climate Reality Project Canada, an organization founded by Nobel Laureate Al Gore. He also co-founded the Concordia Empowerment Education Development Program based in Uganda, East Africa. For his work, he has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the YMCA Peace Medal and the Forces Avenir Award for Peace Justice and Humanitarian Aid. Peter brings a wealth of experience and perspective to the Solving the Plastics Challenge in One Generation session.</p></div>, Peter SchiefkeGP0|#7160ca0d-89b8-4644-a782-1ecce7df150b;L0|#07160ca0d-89b8-4644-a782-1ecce7df150b|Peter Schiefke;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynotePeter Schiefke
Professor of Neuroscience, University of London and Founder & Director, Lab of Misfits LottoProfessor of Neuroscience, University of London and Founder & Director, Lab of Misfits<div class="ExternalClass12010A48E63C408899A5EAB1D2F068E9"><p>Beau Lotto is the director of The Lab of Misfits, a neuroscience studio that seeks to "break down the walls of the traditional laboratory" and study humans in their natural habitats. By inviting audiences to take part in his interactive research, Lotto is able to achieve more authentic results. The goal of his work is not objectivity, but adaptability. "The most successful systems are the ones that are adaptable," Lotto explains. "Being able to have flexibility in our perception means we can adapt to a changing world." His methods, while unconventional, are deeply interactive and immersive. The measurable insights gleaned from these experiments have led to organizational breakthroughs for clients as diverse as Cirque du Soleil, L'Oréal, and The London Science Museum.</p><p>Lotto is a professor of neuroscience at the University of London, and a visiting scholar at New York University. He is the author of <em>Why We See What We Do</em>, and <em>Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently</em>. In addition to his role at The Lab of Misfits, Lotto is the Founder and CEO of the sound-based AR company Acoustigram. He has spoken at large-scale events such as the G8 Innovation Conference, as well as for companies like <em>WIRED </em>and Google. Lotto has contributed to television and radio documentaries produced by influential media such as the <em>BBC</em>, <em>National Geographic</em>, <em>Netflix </em>and<em> PBS</em>.</p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/BeauLotto.jpgGP0|#5cab1cfd-4bb4-405c-9c1d-165729fba43c;L0|#05cab1cfd-4bb4-405c-9c1d-165729fba43c|Beau Lotto;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynoteBeauLotto
Architect & Principal, MGA GreenArchitect & Principal, MGA <div class="ExternalClass723D43C6B3EF4F84A12409661A15B5EC"><p>Michael Green is an award-winning architect known for his research, leadership, and advocacy in promoting the use of wood, new technology and innovation in the built environment. He lectures internationally on the subject, including his TED talk, “Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers.” Based in Vancouver, Canada, Michael founded MGA to create meaningful and sustainable change in building through innovation in construction sciences and design. Michael and his team are ambitiously extending the boundaries of mass timber construction, having completed some of the largest modern timber buildings in the world, including The Wood Innovation Design Centre and T3 Minneapolis. He is also the founder of DBR | Design Build Research and TOE | Timber Online Education, a non-profit school and research platform dedicated to teaching the design and construction of socially, culturally and environmentally relevant student-led installations, with a focus in systemic change in building for climate, environment, disaster and global shelter needs. </p><p>Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and has been honoured with North America’s most prestigious awards, including two RAIC Innovation Awards and three Governor General’s Medals. In 2014, Michael received an honourary doctorate degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. He is the co-author of ‘The Case for Tall Wood Buildings,’ now in its second edition, and ‘Tall Wood Buildings: Design, Construction and Performance.’ An avid traveler and adventurer, Michael has explored remote regions on every continent and loves ice climbing, mountaineering, ocean kayaking and biking.</p></div>,|#ab539b8e-00a0-4e9b-acf9-36f5ff6d861f;L0|#0ab539b8e-00a0-4e9b-acf9-36f5ff6d861f|Michael Green;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynoteMichaelGreen
Founder & CEO, BIOFABRICATE LeeFounder & CEO, BIOFABRICATE<div class="ExternalClassE4ED00EA39274EB6B2021B4908975225"><p>​Suzanne is a designer turned pioneer of biotechnology for consumer products. She started growing materials from microbes for the fashion industry in 2003 coining the term 'Biocouture<sup>TM</sup>'. Today Suzanne is the founder of Biofabricate, a global network serving the needs of biomaterial innovators, investors and consumer brands. Biofabricate’s vision is 'A sustainable material world. Built with biology, not oil'. </p><p>Suzanne is the author of 'Fashioning the Future: tomorrow’s wardrobe'. She is a special advisor to Parley For The Oceans on biomaterials, a TED Senior Fellow, and a Launch Material Innovator - an initiative of NASA, Nike, USAID and the US State Department. For the previous 5 years Suzanne was the Chief Creative Officer of Modern Meadow, a materials startup in New York. </p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/Suzanne-Lee.jpgGP0|#f0c14cce-d859-4d54-bf19-d7c395871749;L0|#0f0c14cce-d859-4d54-bf19-d7c395871749|Suzanne Lee;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynoteSuzanneLee




Chair, Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee FroeseChair, Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee <div class="ExternalClass695510BF0E2D45EEB4A8CEEBA2CF0935"><p>​​Re-elected to office in 2018, Mayor Jack Froese is currently serving his third term as Township of Langley Mayor. For 40 years, Mayor Jack Froese has lived, worked, and raised a family in Langley and was a successful business owner and farmer. He is also a retired police officer from the Vancouver Police Department. Mayor Froese is the Vice Chair of the TransLink Mayor's Council, Chair of Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, and a Director on the Metro Board. </p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/JackFroese.jpgGP0|#0fe85c30-32d8-47ab-9c86-509ff0badff5;L0|#00fe85c30-32d8-47ab-9c86-509ff0badff5|Jack Froese;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434JackFroese
Executive Director, Terreform ONE KuanExecutive Director, Terreform ONE<div class="ExternalClass4E2C2B3BCD954AFC8CCA183ECC85B5E0"><p>​Vivian Kuan is Executive Director of Terreform ONE, a non-profit architecture and urban design think tank focused on ecological design solutions for cities. Vivian has also served as adjunct faculty at Parsons in the Strategic Design and Management graduate program. Before Terreform, Vivian designed and managed large scale architecture projects in the U.S. and Asia for Kohn, Pederson, Fox Associates, and for Sun Hung Kai Properties. Vivian currently serves on the Advisory Council of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, on the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture, and as a board member of the Cue Art Foundation. Vivian earned an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Arch. from Cornell University.​</p></div>,|#daf2df6b-7cc1-43ee-9953-21c8c269c567;L0|#0daf2df6b-7cc1-43ee-9953-21c8c269c567|Vivian Kuan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434VivianKuan
Founder and Managing Director, The Spent Goods Company ChandraFounder and Managing Director, The Spent Goods Company<div class="ExternalClassA395C5EF2D054BEDB7B2AF9F3E7618CC"><p>​Dihan started his first social enterprise, <a href="" target="_blank">Organic Lifestyle</a>, to focus on promoting non-toxic alternatives for the home such as organic pillows, linens and mattresses. </p><p>While researching whether his dog’s poo could be used to generate energy to power his house instead of having to pick it up, he was inspired by solutions that made revenue from plastic pollution, cementing his belief that practical solutions to reducing waste while generating profits are within our reach.</p><p>One night at his local pub Dihan asked the question we’ve all been too shy to ask: What happens to all the grain used to make beer?<br>After learning that most spent grain, especially from smaller breweries, ends up in landfills, The Spent Goods Company was born.</p><p>2 years later, Spent Goods has fed over 39K families, offset 1.6 Tons of equivalent CO2, partnered with 17 different local businesses, and directly contributed to 10 new jobs.<br> </p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/DihanChandra.jpgGP0|#265af700-ee34-4822-bbe9-3f264259dfed;L0|#0265af700-ee34-4822-bbe9-3f264259dfed|Dihan Chandra;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434DihanChandra
CEO and Founder, Funkidz and FunHomes Waweru WaithakaCEO and Founder, Funkidz and FunHomes<div class="ExternalClass050C3B38FAEE4154AEE64B3003E49295"><p>​Wanjiru Waweru Waithaka is a creative entrepreneur, innovator and manufacturer from Kenya, and a graduate of Interior Architecture from the University of Glasgow’s School of Art. She founded and successfully ran the interior architecture consultancy Amber Africa, where clients ranged from individuals to hotels and multinationals within East Africa.</p><p>After running Amber Africa for 10 years, Wanjiru’s passion for design and manufacturing led her to create the first global children's brand from Africa - Funkidz Limited. Funkidz is an innovative children's brand that designs and manufactures products for children age 0-16 years. But it is a brand with a big story, multiple goals and exemplifies Wanjiru’s commitment to creating change for entrepreneurs, especially women and youth, through experiential education and mentoring. Within the company exists several brands, including Kidz Go Tech which focuses on transforming and leap-frogging education on the African continent by using storytelling, tech sensory learning and animation. The lack of homegrown technical skills in manufacturing in Kenya led Wanjiru to launch in 2016 an in-house Funkidz training program, designed to build the capacity of Kenyan carpenters and joiners to deliver on global manufacturing and design standards. </p><p>Wanjiru is a sought-after speaker, and award-winning entrepreneur. She has been asked to present her work by UNESCO, Facebook, and the World Economic Forum, has received awards from Goldmansachs, GSMA, and special mention and commendation by Former US First Lady Michelle Obama. In a recent COVID-19 pivot, Wanjiru has also now founded, and acts as the CEO, of a new company called FunHomes. <br></p><p> <br> </p></div>,|#6e5c434a-7559-43c8-92c2-40a99712b55b;L0|#06e5c434a-7559-43c8-92c2-40a99712b55b|Wanjiru Waweru Waithaka;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434WanjiruWaweru Waithaka
Sustainability Officer, Keilhauer AbateSustainability Officer, Keilhauer<div class="ExternalClass37256CD73A2B4BD8BCECFD5BA0843996"><p>Josephine manages all of Keilhauer’s sustainability initiatives, successfully ensuring the company achieves zero waste to landfill, reduces their carbon footprint, and works with watchdogs and NGOs to advance the commercial manufacturing industries standards towards a more sustainable future. Abate is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario, where she acquired her Masters Degree in Environment and Sustainability with a focus on EcoBusiness Zones and Corporate Sustainability. Since then, Abate’s professional focus has been reducing lifecycle impacts of manufactured items. Career highlights include introducing one of the sector’s first carbon neutral chairs, and deep supply chain management and investigation to remove prominent red-listed chemicals. Josephine has also been involved in expanding the end-of-life planning to ensure more recycled and recyclable products by 37%. Josephine has built community partnerships to support regional economics through material upcycling, targeting groups with resource and financial insecurities. She has helped Keilhauer achieve recognition as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 4 consecutive years. </p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/JosephineAbate.jpgGP0|#00724fd0-881b-4a4f-87ca-08e60dea0d46;L0|#000724fd0-881b-4a4f-87ca-08e60dea0d46|Josephine Abate;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434JosephineAbate
Head of Sustainability, IKEA Canada BarbosaHead of Sustainability, IKEA Canada<div class="ExternalClass2448D83A0AC54275A3E5E4D96CBD61AB"><p>For over 13 years Melissa has had the pleasure of leading change towards sustainability with diverse roles in private, non-profit, and public sectors; a range of experience that includes corporate social responsibility, academia, natural resource management, renewable energy development, and social finance.  As Head of Sustainability for IKEA Canada, Melissa provides strategic and dynamic leadership working through and across the organization to facilitate the delivery of the IKEA Group People & Planet Positive Strategy; enabling the ongoing transformation and growth of the business.<br></p> <br><p><br></p></div>,|#c1b38676-56d8-42f2-8940-0f85fa189ec9;L0|#0c1b38676-56d8-42f2-8940-0f85fa189ec9|Melissa Barbosa;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434MelissaBarbosa
CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics Anne HiltonCEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics<div class="ExternalClassF0903AC2EC1945AF86426F43C00864B8"><p>​Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics. Carol Anne is a dynamic  national Indigenous business leader  and  senior adviser with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.  </p><p>Carol Anne has led the establishment of a line of thought called #indigenomics- growing from a single word to an entire movement which focuses on the re-building and strengthening of Indigenous economies. Carol Anne is the author of ‘Indigenomics- Taking A Seat at the Economic Table’ and is an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University School of Business. </p><p>Carol Anne served on the BC Emerging Economy the BC Indigenous Business and Investment Council and was the only Indigenous person appointed to the Canadian Economic Growth Council.  Carol Anne’s work has been recognized with the national Excellence in Aboriginal Relations Award from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. </p><p>Carol Anne currently serves as  a Director on the McGill University Institute for the Study of Canada, the BC Digital Supercluster and recently as a juror on the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge. <br></p><p><br></p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/CarolAnneHilton.jpgGP0|#3eb79620-8280-4094-b2ae-3fe504fa55d3;L0|#03eb79620-8280-4094-b2ae-3fe504fa55d3|Carol Anne Hilton;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434Carol AnneHilton
Associate Professor at UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media GretsingerAssociate Professor at UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media<div class="ExternalClassD5389388AC4A435AB1BC25BD12809556"><p>In addition to being a professor at the UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media, Kathryn is a long time public broadcaster at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with a record of creating award-winning work at the local and national level in Canada. Kathryn is also a Killam Teaching Prize winner and she was named as one of North America’s top innovative journalism educators in 2018.</p><p>Kathryn is a respected mentor and trainer at CBC, where she continues to work consultant in the public broadcasters’ Learning and Development department. She works across platforms, but her first love is audio. She leads training workshops for reporters, producers, editors and hosts on performance and audio skills including podcasting and compelling storytelling. There is a strong social justice undercurrent to Kathryn’s work. Her commitment to teaching, reporting and fostering dialogue about issues of social justice, Indigenous relations and mental health appear in the courses she teaches and key collaborations.</p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/KathrynGretsinger.jpgGP0|#67aced08-918d-45fb-a09d-28a74bcab40c;L0|#067aced08-918d-45fb-a09d-28a74bcab40c|Kathryn Gretsinger;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KathrynGretsinger
Head of Industrialized Construction Strategy and Evangelism, Queen of Prefab, Autodesk MarksHead of Industrialized Construction Strategy and Evangelism, Queen of Prefab, Autodesk <div class="ExternalClassC94D25E6E2BC40F1862C7AA7C70C4156"><p>​​Amy Marks is the Head of Industrialized Construction Strategy and Evangelism at Autodesk; she is known throughout the construction industry as the "Queen of Prefab." A graduate of the University of Florida and an alumna of Harvard Business School, Marks is the former CEO of XSite Modular, a leading prefabrication consultancy and design-builder of critical infrastructure buildings. As a prefabrication consultant, she defined the language and process that is adopted by companies, countries, and builders around the world. Amy was also appointed by the Singapore government's Building & Construction Authority as an international expert to advise its construction productivity roadmap.</p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/AmyMarks.jpgGP0|#62f37976-2f91-4079-a2cf-8153916c4efd;L0|#062f37976-2f91-4079-a2cf-8153916c4efd|Amy Marks;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434AmyMarks
Co-Founder and CEO, Ecovative BayerCo-Founder and CEO, Ecovative<div class="ExternalClass7572709688E54C5CB01D4916528B6ABF"><p>Eben Bayer, Co-Founder of Ecovative Design, leads the biomaterials company to grow high performance, premium, award-winning products that are safe, healthy, and certified sustainable. Bayer, who grew up working on his family’s Vermont farm, is a pioneer in leveraging mycelium—"nature's glue”—in Mushroom® Materials to drive sustainable innovation in the industrial sector. Eben uses biology to solve important environmental challenges by leading Ecovative to grow safe and healthy new materials as well as envisioning creative ways to use natural technology at industrial scales and in consumer applications. Eben shares his vision for a future powered by biology around the world, including presentations at TED Global, PopTech, and Davos. Eben has led Ecovative to be widely recognized including as a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, a U.S.EPA Environmental Quality Award winner, and Buckminster Fuller Institute socially responsible design designee. Bayer is the primary inventor on more than 10 patents published in over 30 countries. In addition to overseeing the emergence of a new materials science at Ecovative, and promoting a more circular economy, Bayer is realizing his vision of building and operating an off- grid home and farm, while also exploring other creative uses of biology.</p></div>, Eben BayerGP0|#61614abe-17f4-4e47-ac56-442b1939d535;L0|#061614abe-17f4-4e47-ac56-442b1939d535|Eben Bayer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434EbenBayer
Director of Sustainability, Carbon Cure DunfordDirector of Sustainability, Carbon Cure<div class="ExternalClassF8D6E95F3160405E86F7860F2ACC4A15"><p>​​Eric Dunford is the Director of Sustainability at CarbonCure Technologies. In this role, he oversees CarbonCure’s internal sustainability initiatives, manages government relations efforts, and works with partners in the design and construction community to build awareness of low-carbon materials options and solutions. Based in Toronto, Eric is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and Dalhousie University. </p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/EricDunford.jpgGP0|#c2129545-3f91-472d-9b3e-6d590965f395;L0|#0c2129545-3f91-472d-9b3e-6d590965f395|Eric Dunford;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434EricDunford
Fiber Solutions Strategist, Canopy Planet LangerFiber Solutions Strategist, Canopy Planet<div class="ExternalClass72C31E200744430DBF616BDEBEE6D79B"><p>​​Valerie Langer has been engaged in forest conservation campaigns for over 30 years. She works with non-profit, Canopy (<a href=""></a>) to accelerate globally availability of Next Generation alternatives to tree fibre pulp for manufacturing paper, packaging and viscose fabrics,. She pioneered the international market campaign strategy of influencing logging companies’ practices by engaging their commercial customer base. She and her team of colleagues at Rainforest Solutions Project won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award for their role in the collaboration that designed the globally unique model of conservation in the Great Bear Rainforest (British Columbia, Canada). Her work has directly contributed to the conservation of millions of hectares of biologically rich forest Valerie’s focus is on large scale forest conservation by leveraging markets, investments and innovation.</p></div>, /speakers/SpeakersPhotos/ValerieLanger.jpgGP0|#2a4afd38-7bab-4dbd-8e3a-411679971143;L0|#02a4afd38-7bab-4dbd-8e3a-411679971143|Valerie Langer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434ValerieLanger
Chair, GLOBE Series & Executive Director, Indigenous Clean Energy HendersonChair, GLOBE Series & Executive Director, Indigenous Clean Energy<div class="ExternalClassDFD0665108AD4DF699C8163DCE60DE5B"><p>Chris Henderson is a Canadian eco-entrepreneur, community leader and environmental innovator.  For the past 35 years, he has led and been at the forefront of ground-breaking Canadian enterprises and local/national business, social and ecological initiatives which have global impact and resonance.  Chris is a trusted and insightful commentator on economic, environment and energy issues that respect the Planet, and generate enduring outcomes for corporations, communities and Canada.  Chris prime current role in advising and equipping Indigenous peoples and communities to develop and own clean energy projects to catalyze social development, economic opportunity and to combat Climate Change. His first book Aboriginal Power was published in 2013.</p><p>Chris is the President of Lumos Energy, Executive Director of the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, Founder of The Delphi Group and Board Chair of the Globe Series.<br></p></div>,|#31a37b80-0547-46d2-9118-11a768820556;L0|#031a37b80-0547-46d2-9118-11a768820556|Chris Henderson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434Chris Henderson
Former CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities CarltonFormer CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities<div class="ExternalClass19CF63AF93D14CCDB7017696FCDD8050"><p>Brock Carlton recently retired after 13 yeas as CEO of Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).  Brock was a leading voice in supporting the need to build strong cities and communities as a means of solving local and national challenges. As CEO, Brock led a strong staff and a united membership in advancing municipal interests by influencing both federal government decisions and national debates on issues critical to communities. Under Brock’s tenure, FCM became one of the most influential organizations in Canada, influencing federal policy decisions and spending on such issues as infrastructure, affordable housing and homelessness, environment and climate change, broadband access and public transit.</p><p>Brock also played a leadership role in the global municipal movement as Secretary General of the North American Section of the United Cities and Local Governments. He has been a speaker and panelist representing Canadian municipal perspectives and experiences at numerous international events, domestic conferences and in the media. </p><p>Prior to being CEO, Brock was involved in international cooperation, managing projects engaging Canadian and overseas partners focused on municipal management, environmental management, social service delivery and good governance in such diverse places as Gaza, the Czech Republic, East and Southern Africa and Guyana.  He lived in Kenya (1981-2), China (1983) and Namibia (1991).  </p><p>He has recently completed a course on empathic leadership and is committed to using his years of experience to help build strong effective leaders for social change and good environmental stewardship. He is an avid paddler, skier and cyclist, and enjoys time with his wife and 3 adult children.<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass19CF63AF93D14CCDB7017696FCDD8050"><p><br></p></div>, Chris HendersonGP0|#4b3a3ed5-bef9-4841-a821-ca8f4f53bf41;L0|#04b3a3ed5-bef9-4841-a821-ca8f4f53bf41|Brock Carlton;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434BrockCarlton
President & CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development FlorizonePresident & CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development<div class="ExternalClass259CC1039E554209B949CCFB72858E52"><p>​​Dr. Richard Florizone is President and CEO of IISD, and President Emeritus of Dalhousie University. Originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Richard has also held senior roles with the Boston Consulting Group, Cambridge University, Bombardier Aerospace, and the International Finance Corporation. Part scientist, part strategist, Richard has a strong track record of forging collaborative partnerships to build institutions and communities that are intelligent, inclusive and inspiring. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.​​​ </p></div>,|#1659f9d8-e21a-44de-85da-b931c3e2be42;L0|#01659f9d8-e21a-44de-85da-b931c3e2be42|Richard Florizone;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434<div class="ExternalClass833BA345A3564C1EBA39FC0C58ABD20F"><p> </p> </div>Dr. RichardFlorizone
Ivey School of Business, Western University & Chair, Canadian Council of Academics Expert Panel on the Circular Economy BansalIvey School of Business, Western University & Chair, Canadian Council of Academics Expert Panel on the Circular Economy<div class="ExternalClass4D498BF8CA4B4A4D920C8372CEDAA78D"><p>​​Tima Bansal is a Professor and Canada Research Chair, Ivey Business School, Western University (London, Canada). She is committed to researching business issues that will facilitate sustainable development and mobilizing those ideas to business practice. She founded and continues to direct the Network for Business Sustainability (<a href=""></a>) and Chairs the CCA Expert Panel on the Circular Economy. </p></div>,|#ffa16c0b-5c4c-4cf6-a58c-78c3e5dd89f5;L0|#0ffa16c0b-5c4c-4cf6-a58c-78c3e5dd89f5|Tima Bansal;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434TimaBansal
Founder and CEO, ChopValue Manufacturing BockFounder and CEO, ChopValue Manufacturing<div class="ExternalClass5EFF1D3CB7E0471D9050EE6EF8D902A5"><p>​​Felix Böck knocks on wood for a living. He is the founder of the ChopValue Microfactory concept where he developed and engineered an innovative material using under-utilized resources. ChopValue has allowed him to discover a way to connect his expertise and research focus on bamboo composite materials within the circular economy while doing his PhD in a collaboration with UBC/MIT/Cambridge. Motivated to create a global impact in the bamboo industry, he has gained experience by working on projects supporting companies through all stages in over 20 countries with his firm CrossLink Technologies. He believes that leading by example with innovation and resilience will inspire others to rethink resource efficiency and reshape the future of urbanization.</p></div>, Felix BockGP0|#066c4875-d1df-4a04-847c-3d4a6f9558c2;L0|#0066c4875-d1df-4a04-847c-3d4a6f9558c2|Felix Bock;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434FelixBöck
Chair, National Zero Waste Council BrodieChair, National Zero Waste Council <div class="ExternalClass2588018392D3469F9B57FE7886C85921"><p>Malcolm Brodie has been a Board Director and Chair of the National Zero Waste Council since its inception in October 2013. He has also been a member of Council for the City of Richmond since 1996, and Mayor since 2001.</p><p>Malcolm Brodie has been appointed by his Council to the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver and he currently is the Chair of the Water Committee, Vice-Chair of the Performance and Audit Committee and also serves on the Finance and Intergovernment Committee, the Mayors' Committee, the George Massey Crossing Task Force, and the Industrial Lands Task Force. He represents Metro Vancouver on the Municipal Finance Authority, and in 2015, was elected as Chair.</p> <p>Before election to Council, Mayor Brodie was a practicing lawyer and had a long record of service to Richmond in the volunteer community.</p></div>,|#aa7871f5-a5cc-46d2-b03c-3f2f4b4744fd;L0|#0aa7871f5-a5cc-46d2-b03c-3f2f4b4744fd|Malcolm Brodie;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434MalcolmBrodie
Co-Founder & Executive Director, One Earth TimmerCo-Founder & Executive Director, One Earth <div class="ExternalClass7DF531B0082741DF9C395B2AEF2E8D02"><p>​​​Dr. Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver, Canada-based environmental ‘think and do tank’ creating and imagining sustainable ways of living in cities and around the world. One Earth collaborates with partners to transform how people live their lives – what they need, what they consume and produce, and what they aspire to – enabling everyone to live good quality of lives within their fair share of our planet’s resources.</p><p>Vanessa is also a Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University with Pathways to Sustainability, the Urban Futures Studio, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. She holds a Doctorate and studied at Queen’s University, Oxford, UBC and Harvard. Vanessa sits on the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee for the United Nations 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles Programme. In Canada, she is a Board member of the National Zero Waste Council and of the Vancouver Foundation Partnership Committee.</p><p>In 2018, Vanessa received the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environmental Sustainability. </p></div>,|#235bbf9d-9f50-4d42-a706-82264d2addfe;L0|#0235bbf9d-9f50-4d42-a706-82264d2addfe|Vanessa Timmer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434VanessaTimmer
Chair, Metro Vancouver Board DhaliwalChair, Metro Vancouver Board<div class="ExternalClass2B1EFD0336624E3A9FDED1828B3F7687"><p>Sav Dhaliwal was elected Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board in November 2018, following a decade as a Board Director and 16 years as City of Burnaby Councillor. He has also served as president of both the Union of B.C. Municipalities and Lower Mainland Local Government Association and worked with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as the Chair of the Standing Committee for Municipal Finance and as well as Infrastructure and Transportation Policy.</p><p>Prior to local politics, Sav enjoyed a long career in the private sector working in information technology at TELUS. He has also served not-for-profit organizations in Burnaby, including the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame Committee, New Vista Society and the Burnaby Lions Club.</p><p>Sav has been recognized by the Government of Canada, the University of British Columbia & the Goel Family Charitable Foundation, the Fiji Association of British Columbia and the Chetna Association of Canada for his outstanding services to the Community. He and his wife, Cheryl, have lived in Burnaby for more than 40 years.</p></div>,|#af0bfa75-6f2d-4ec7-94e5-cb48cc2a9bcd;L0|#0af0bfa75-6f2d-4ec7-94e5-cb48cc2a9bcd|Sav Dhaliwal;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434SavDhaliwal

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