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The national Zero Waste Conference (ZWC) attracts thought leaders from around the world highlighting circular economy success stories, waste prevention innovations, local and global perspectives as the shift to waste prevention and a circular economy continues to gain momentum.

Now in its ninth year, the 2019 Zero Waste Conference continues to build on our well-earned reputation as a place of innovation, compelling speakers, unique perspectives, and valuable insights.

Along the way, we have been entertained and inspired by a who’s who of the thinkers and doers defining the circular economy ­ including visionaries and disrupters such as last year’s Gerd Leonhard and Leyla Acaroglu, and Michael Braungart and William McDonough, Dame Ellen MacArthur, and designer Neri Oxman. We’ve seen how innovators like Arthur Huang are taking post consumer trash recycling to another level accelerating the shift to a close-loop economy and activists like Tristram Stuart are creating new economic opportunities with ground-level, and grounded, ideas about food waste, while astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman's view from orbit gave us a big picture perspective on waste and its impact on our planet.

The Zero Waste Conference finds the balance between theory and action, demonstrating the event’s core message – the journey to a circular economy is already underway.



In 2020, Canada will host the World Circular Economy Forum. What steps does Canada need to take to integrate into the global circular economy? What will success look like in terms of the Canadian economy? Our lives? Our communities?

These questions and more will be explored at Metro Vancouver’s 2019 Zero Waste Conference where thought leaders, change makers and innovators from Canada and around the globe will share their dreams, their passions, their ideas, their experiences and their commitment to drive change towards a circular economy.

The circular economy is a transformative idea with great promise. But understanding the complexities of this shift and mobilizing for success demands a solid grasp of the key concepts that underpin zero waste thinking. You need to know which strategies and tactics are having the biggest impact.


It's a revolution. It's our choice - how far and how fast ... Come to ZWC 2019 to find those answers.



October 30, 2019: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
October 31, 2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Conference Venue

Vancouver Convention Centre East
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1
(Please note the 2019 conference is in the Vancouver Convention Centre East. Last year’s conference was in VCC West.)



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