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A Future without Waste

A circular economy within reach


2017 Conference Program (subject to change)

November 1, 2017

Conference Host: Malcolm Brodie, Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council


8:30 am Welcoming/Opening Remarks
  • Malcolm Brodie, Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council
  • Federal Representative
  • Provincial Representative


Inspired by her experience on the Space Shuttle, Cady is now turning her attention to global challenges. Drawing on her work with LAUNCH.ORG and LAUNCH NORDIC, Cady will share her insights and vision for a future where people from all over the world work together to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

9:30 am Plastics: Reimagining a Global Material

Lightweight and durable, plastics are a valuable and ever-growing component of our economy that provide broad social and environmental benefits. But limited recovery and reuse has also led to one of the greatest environmental issues of our time: plastics in our oceans and in our sea life. Current trends suggest that by mid-century the weight of plastic in the ocean could surpass the biomass of all fish. This panel will discuss what’s at stake, and spotlight the latest global developments to stem this leakage and keep plastics out of our ocean and in our economy.


  • Richard Thompson, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Plymouth University (UK)
  • Mats Linder, Lead, Innovation Programme, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation (UK)
  • Andrew Falcon, CEO, Full Cycle Bioplastics (US)
  • John Coyne, Vice President, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel, Unilever (invited)

Moderator: Jim Downham, President & CEO, PAC Packaging Association and Vice Chair, National Zero Waste Council

            Video Spotlight – Ocean Pollution Research Collaborative (Vancouver Aquarium, MEC and Metro Vancouver work on microfibers)
10:45 am BREAK
11:00 am Textiles: Fashion Forward Thinkers

The textiles and clothing industry is ripe for disruption. New research illustrates the high throughput of textiles in our economy: people keeping their clothes half as long as they used to, with production doubling over the last 15 years. Textiles recycling and reuse is scaling up and so are efforts to reduce the environmental impact of textiles in design, manufacture and sale. What innovations and new solutions are industry embracing to eliminate waste across the value chain? What is the role of governments and the consumer in shifting the dial on textiles?


  • Stacy Flynn, Co-Founder and CEO, Evrnu (US)
  • Nicole Bassett, Co-Founder, The Renewal Workshop
  • Jessica Stasskewitsch, Sustainability Manager, H&M Canada (invited)
  • Bob Kenney, Recycling Development Officer, Nova Scotia Government

Moderator: Myriam Laroche, President & Founder, Eco Fashion Week

12:15 pm LUNCH
1:15pm FOOD WASTE: How Do We in Canada Rise to the Challenge?

Hosted by the National Zero Waste Council Canada

Special Presentation of Canada’s National Food Waste Reduction Strategy

Globally, almost one third of the food we produce is wasted. Local food waste solutions are on the rise. But are they enough? New national and international approaches are suggesting greater levels of collaboration are needed – across sectors, interest and even political boundaries. A transformational shift in everything from technology to governance, using levers in policy and capital investment, is the only way to successfully reduce food waste. What’s the right balance between policy change and investment?


  • Shay Eliaz, Principal, Monitor Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP 
  • Claire Kneller, Senior Business Development Manager, WRAP UK
  • Malcolm Brodie, Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council
  • Emily Broad-Leib, Director, Harvard Food Policy and Law (Invited)
  • Chris Cochran, Executive Director, ReFED
2:15pm Business Innovation

According to Accenture, transitioning to a circular economy is the biggest economic opportunity of our time – worth upwards of $4.5 trillion by 2030. How do we accelerate circular business innovation in Canada and what are the potential benefits? How do we transform the delivery of goods and services in a way that eliminates waste but supports business growth and development? How do established businesses transition, and what new opportunities exist in the marketplace for start-ups and entrepreneurs?

Spark Talk: Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts (UK)


  • Frances Edmonds, Head of Sustainability, HP (Canada)
  • Angela Hamilton, Founder, Quupe
  • The Natural Step Canada (Circular Economy Lab) (invited) Representative TBC,

Moderator: Christina Seidel, Board Member, National Zero Waste Council and Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta.

3:30 pm Circular Cities: At the Forefront of Growth, Innovation and Now Circularity

Some say metropolitan areas are taking the place of nations as the epicenters of economic growth and innovation. As major concentrators of people, materials, data and capital, metropolitan areas offer an ideal testing ground for circular solutions - amplifying the social and economic impact of new approaches and providing the economies of scale for circular business models. Featuring pioneers from the Ellen MacArthur Circular Cities Network.

  • London: Wayne Hubbard, Chief Operating Officer, London Waste and Recycling Board (UK)
  • New York: Kate Daly, Senior Vice President, Center for Urban Innovation, New York City Economic Development Corporation (US) (invited) 
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Speaker TBC
  • Speaker TBC
5:15 pm Closing Remarks
  • Malcolm Brodie, Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council
5:30 pm Networking Reception

Unwind and connect with the speakers, panelists and delegates.