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A future Without Waste

Resiliency, Prosperity, Carbon Neutrality - the Circular Economy Solution

Presented by Metro Vancouver and the National Zero Waste Council

Preliminary Program – subject to change

Disruptive times can be the kindling that fuels both creativity and innovation. The circular economy offers a solution. By designing out waste, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems, it creates vital opportunities for economic growth that also restore the environment, create jobs, and benefit society.

Leading businesses and governments have already taken important steps towards building a circular, zero waste economy and now is the time to build on this momentum and do more, not less.

As the world faces unprecedented challenges, we are more committed than ever to accelerating the transition to a circular economy, creating solutions that combine economic opportunity with benefits to wider society and the environment.

Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Chair, Metro Vancouver Board
  • Chair, National Zero Waste Council
  • Canada
  • Province of British Columbia
  •  Beau Lotto, Professor of Neuroscience and Author and Founder & CEO, Lab of Misfits

Both the world and our lives are rapidly changing - challenging all of us to be deeply creative and innovative. Can we embrace the uncertainty and risk the changes required to nurture our communities? This work requires new thinking along with the courage to take action. To do this we also need to learn how to manage our fear of uncertainty and foster innovation that generates system change at all levels.

In an ever-changing world, companies must innovate to remain relevant. Using the principles of neuroscience, Beau Lotto explores what innovation really is and how to create the framework that allows for innovation within organizations.


Many of the products we use today are causing stress to the planet. We need new materials and new systems of production to regenerate and restore nature’s balance. Besides the potential toxic risks of any new material or process innovation, what other impacts should be on our radar? How do we avoid solving one problem while creating another?

Keynote Presentation and Discussion

  • Suzanne Lee, Founder & CEO, Biofabricate
  • Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor in Ecology, University of Toronto & Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy




New technologies and materials are emerging that offer promising new opportunities to decrease and even neutralize the built environment’s waste generation and carbon footprint. From alternative building materials and design, to material re-use, smart buildings, and integrated policy networks. Circular economy principles are being recognized by governments and businesses as tools that will lessen the environmental impacts of the built environment while increasing livability. How do we dive into the increasing opportunities to re-imagine the built environment?

Keynote Presentation and Discussion



The COVID 19 pandemic has radically changed our world, our perspective and our relationships – to each other and to nature. We have come to understand how nested our lives are in a network of personal, institutional and natural relationships. We have the opportunity as we create a recovery to focus on those things that matter. How to create a low carbon future? How to create sources of income and revenues for all families and communities? Enabling a transition to the circular economy is crucial. New opportunities for restoring nature, creating new jobs and incomes that will benefit society. This better world can be created by designing out waste and pollution in the first place, keeping products and materials in continual cycles of use and reuse, and regenerating natural systems through the applications of organic waste. Instead of returning to the past, we turn our head, minds and hands to building a new future.