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A future Without Waste: The Journey to A Circular Economy

A collaboration with the National Zero Waste Council

 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM – subject to change

Conference MC: Vanessa Timmer, Co-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council

DAY ONE - November 8

8:30 am WELCOMING/OPENING REMARKS

 

  • Malcolm Brodie, Conference Host, Chair, National Zero Waste Council and Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee
  • The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada - video welcome
  • BC Provincial Government representative
8:45 am KEYNOTE - Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and Humanist
 

 

“Humans will change more in the next 20 years than they have in the last 300”

Making connections and advancing our thinking is one of the keys to progress. Futurist Gerd Leonhard is connecting the dots to our data-driven future – championing the benefits and highlighting the risks. Gerd’s vision of our future is that of great potential to make the world a better place for all. But he’s quick to point out the potholes on the road to a circular economy as well highlighting the technologies that will impact our lives the most, and outlining the human-scaled answers needed to ensure the 21st century landscape is a place we all want to live.

Moderator: TBC

9:30 AM TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
 


The circular economy demands technological innovations on a scale not yet seen in our modern world. This pace of change is still quickening, continuing to yield unforeseen benefits and unintended consequences – from seeds of innovation planted using zero waste principles. We’ll be examining both the potential opportunities and potential pitfalls technology is creating as the circular economy grows.

Speakers

  • Vanessa Grondin, Vice-President, Food and Beverage Industry, OPTEL
  • Accenture (invited)
  • Apple (invited)
  • Cisco (invited)

Moderator: TBC

10:30 am BREAK
10:45 am MATERIALS & DESIGN INNOVATION
 


New materials and zero waste designs. Innovations in deconstruction, recycling, repair, and reuse close the loop. What does it take to move beyond our “take-make-dispose” linear mode of thinking and into a circular model? It all starts with materials and product design - redefining our relationship with stuff and designing goods without the waste embedded in current production and consumption models. Learn how inventors and pioneers in disruptive design are leading the way to the circular economy transition.

SPARK Talk

A circular economy pioneer featured in the new three-part documentary series Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes, expect Arthur to challenge your preconceptions around trash, showing how upcycling can have a massive impact on waste, and fire up your imagination with new and creative ways to succeed in the circular economy.

Panel

  • Rhys Thom, Senior Design Lead, Design for Change, IDEO
  • Kate Daly, Executive Director, Center for the Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners

Moderator: Mikhael Metauro, National Business Development & Sales Strategist, Cascades Recovery

11:45 am DESIGN PORTFOLIO SHOWCASE
 

 

  • Presented by the National Zero Waste Council
12:00 pm KEYNOTE - Transformational leadership on the journey to the circular economy
 


A Conversation with Sitra and Zero Waste Scotland
Now is the time for innovative solutions and positive action. Around the world, comprehensive circular economy strategies are driving innovation and change - and much of that innovation is being led by governments. There is an important role for governments to play – not only as innovators and policy makers but as leaders encouraging change and risk. Learn from two national and international organizations at the forefront – Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, and Zero Waste Scotland.

Moderator: TBC

12:45 pm LUNCH
1:45 pm KEYNOTE - Wayne Visser - Sustainability Innovation & Change Management/Closing the Loop
 

 

  • Wayne Visser,  Professor of Integrated Value & Chair of Sustainable Transformation, Antwerp Management School

“Unless we go to circular, it's game over for the planet."

After years spent working on sustainability, Wayne Visser believes we are on the cusp of a major revolution - nothing short of the next industrial revolution. The time for fear-mongering and demonising companies has past. Now is the time for innovative solutions and positive action. This is nowhere more true than in the do-or-die challenge of creating a circular economy. A sobering thought. But Visser brings solutions - solutions to the challenges of pollution, resource depletion, and waste –a blueprint for the greener future.

Moderator: TBC

2:30 pm BUSINESS MODEL TRANSFORMATION
 


Sweeping changes are coming to the marketplace. Circular principles bring challenges to traditional business practices, rewards for successful innovators, and a fundamental shift in the way we use the goods and services that drive our global economy. Exploring the factors bringing the biggest impacts, examining the trends still gaining momentum, and understanding the most effective ways to prosper in these exciting times – our speakers and panelists bring their creativity, experience, and vision to share with attendees.

Panelists

  • Guillaume Lavoie, Lecturer, National School of Public Administration, University of Quebec
  • Megan Arnaud, Retail Leader, Eileen Fisher Renew
  • Brendan Seale, Head of Sustainability for IKEA Canada

“POP-UP” Pitches

Moderator: Denise Taschereau, CEO & Co-Founder, Fairware

3:45 pm SHOWCASE - LEADERSHIP TO PREVENT FOOD LOSS AND WASTE
 

Food waste remains one of the biggest areas of waste in our society - more than a third of the food produced and distributed in Canada never gets eaten.  To address this challenge will require innovation and collaboration on the part of retailers, restaurants, food processors, packaging companies, and the entire food industry.  The National Zero Waste Council has been active in this space. In conjunction with key stakeholders the Council developed A Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada – a systems based framework for preventing and reducing food waste.  The Council has also launched a campaign to inspire Canadian households to reduce their own food waste through Love Food Hate Waste Canada.

In this session we’ll see how private/public collaborations, industry initiatives, and consumer-driven trends are all playing a part in the fight against food waste.  We can achieve far greater success through collaboration and a unified vision for change. 

Speakers

  • Tom Rosser, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Walmart Canada (representative to be confirmed)
  • Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest
  • Cher Mereweather, M.Sc., PMP, Executive Director, Provision Coalition

Moderator: Denise Philippe, Senior Policy Advisor, National Zero Waste Council

4:45 pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Dr. Leyla Acaroglu - Disrupting the Status Quo
 

 

Sustainability Provocateur, Designer, Sociologist, Experimental Educator and Social Change Maker. Acaroglu's work illuminates the ways design impacts our perspectives and behaviours. Then she goes a step further. Looking at the stories we tell ourselves in our daily lives, in the myriad consumer choices we make, she sees the urge to make sustainable choices sabotaged by mistaken beliefs about materials and their properties. It's a big challenge, but adopting circular economy values and systems can leverage design and consumer culture as a potent catalyst for a massive change.

Moderator:Vanessa Timmer, Co-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council

5:35 pm Closing Remarks
 

 

  • Malcolm Brodie, Conference Host, Chair, National Zero Waste Council and Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee
5:40 pm NETWORKING RECEPTION

 


DAY TWO - November 9

8:30 am WELCOMING/OPENING REMARKS
 

 

  • Malcolm Brodie, Conference Host, Chair, National Zero Waste Council and Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee
8:35 am KEYNOTE - Catherine McKenna, Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada
 

 

  • Catherine McKenna, Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Keynote followed by a fireside conversation with John Coyne, Unilever Canada Inc.

PLASTICS INNOVATION FORUM


In collaboration with Canada’s Circular Economy Leadership Coalition (Canada) and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Plastics are remarkably convenient, inexpensive and useful. But their durability means plastic debris is everywhere. It is choking our oceans and its animals, and potentially moving toxins up the food chain. It represents a growing loss of economic value and source of avoidable greenhouse gases. Canada and the EU’s Oceans Plastic Charter, NGO efforts and innovative businesses are aiming at circular solutions to keep plastics in the economy and out of nature.

9:15 am A GLOBAL CHALLENGE
 

 

  • Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

Global Panel

  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation – New Plastics Economy and Plastics Pact (representative to be confirmed)
  • The Netherlands Circle Economy (invited)
  • Daniella Russo, CEO & Founder of Think Beyond Plastic™

Moderator: Mike Gerbis, CEO, GLOBE Series & The Delphi Group

10:30 am BREAK
  
10:45 am ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHANGE - CANADIAN INNOVATION SHOWCASE
 

 

Global plastic pollution poses a multi-dimensional challenge to humanity, often compared to climate change in terms of impact, breadth, and complexity. A challenge of this magnitude will often inspire a surge in searches for solutions. In order to accelerate the search for solutions, Canada's National Zero Waste Council and Think Beyond Plastic™ are collaborating to produce this showcase featuring Canadian Innovations that are consistent with resource-efficient, lifecycle management approach to plastics in the economy outlined in the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter.

  • Daniella Russo, CEO & Founder of Think Beyond Plastic™
  • National Zero Waste Council (Member TBC)
11:30 am THE CANADIAN APPROACH: CIRCULAR ECONOMY LEADERSHIP COALITION
 

 
Details to be confirmed        

12:00 pm CLOSING LUNCH & CONFERENCE REFLECTIONS
 

 

Moderator: Vanessa Timmer, Co-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council

1:15 pm CLOSING REMARKS
 

 

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