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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

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

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.

Friday, November 13, 2020

8:30 am WELCOMING/OPENING REMARKS
  • Sav Dhaliwal, Chair, Metro Vancouver Board
  • Malcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste Council
  • Representative, Government of Canada
  • Representative, Province of British Columbia
8:45 am OPENING KEYNOTE - BEAU LOTTO, PROFESSOR OF NEUROSCIENCE AND AUTHOR AND FOUNDER & CEO, LAB OF MISFITS
 
  •  Beau Lotto, Professor of Neuroscience and Author and Founder & CEO, Lab of Misfits

Adapting and Thriving in an Ever-Changing World

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 systems change at all levels.

In an ever-changing world, we 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.

9:15 am MODERATED Q&A WITH BEAU LOTTO
 

An opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Moderator: TBC

9:30 am SPOTLIGHT ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY INNOVATORS & ENTREPRENEURS
 

Demonstrating the skills, drive and flair to forge ahead during times of uncertainty are two trailblazers in implementing circular economy concepts in business. Learn how they have embraced risk to realize their own vision and have leveraged change in the process.

  • Ciiru Waweru Waithaka, Founder and CEO, FunKidz
  • Felix Böck, Chop Value
10:00 am NETWORKING BREAK
 
10:15 am KEYNOTE – SUZANNE LEE, FOUNDER & CEO, BIOFABRICATE
 

Growing a New Paradigm:
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. Can we create new systems and develop new materials that serve a purpose and at end of life regenerate and restore nature – materials that will enable and are consistent with the circular economy? 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?

Enter material innovator Suzanne Lee and founder of biofabrication – a suite of production methods that weave together science, agriculture, design, 3D printing, brewing and even gardening. Suzanne takes us on a journey of microscopic organisms that can reinvent the way we make everything from clothes to couches to buildings.

10:45 am SPOTLIGHT ON NEXT GENERATION MATERIALS
 

Moderated Discussion and Q&A

Hear how innovation in next generation materials is moving to market. From biodesign using mushroom technology to using food waste for a range of products. These innovators demonstrate the daring and commitment required to reduce waste and toxics without compromising on quality of life.

11:15 am BREAK
  
11:30 am KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: SOLVING THE PLASTICS CHALLENGE IN ONE GENERATION - FROM SCIENCE TO SOLUTIONS
 

Plastics has captured the world’s attention, and a groundbreaking new report Breaking the Plastic Wave, suggests we are at a critical crossroads in reducing plastic waste. We can take ambitious and concerted action now and apply existing upstream and downstream solutions and technologies and solve the plastic problem in one generation. Or we can continue to delay and risk an additional 80 million metric tons of plastics entering the oceans by 2040.

Join us for a keynote conversation with the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change (invited), Dr. Chelsea Rochman, one of Canada’s leading scientists at the University of Toronto, and a senior Canadian business leader, to explore how Canada can rise to the challenge of tackling plastic pollution in one generation.

  • The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (invited)
  • Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor in Ecology, University of Toronto & Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy

Hosted in collaboration with the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition

12:15 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

 

1:15 pm KEYNOTE - MICHAEL GREEN, ARCHITECT & PRINCIPAL, MGA

An award-winning architect known for his research, leadership, and advocacy in promoting new technology and innovation in the built environment, Michael joined us 8 years ago as part of a real time design challenge to re-invent an everyday item – a sofa - with zero waste as a goal. Today Michael lectures internationally on how to create meaningful and sustainable change in building through innovation in construction sciences and design. Michael will highlight how the traditional ways of designing and constructing buildings needs to shift and present some examples of innovative approaches that will reduce waste and change our experience of the built environment.

The Built Environment

The Built Environment is at the forefront of climate change and waste generation: it is expected that 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. This rapid growth will require the construction of millions of new buildings. Meanwhile, estimates indicate that the construction industry makes up half of our global GHG emissions, and in North America, consumes about 40% of raw materials.

The future of the built environment will involve new ways of designing, manufacturing and constructing buildings. In addition to benefits of affordability and livability, new ways of approaching how we put new buildings up will mean less waste and lower carbon emissions. Michael will highlight how the traditional ways of designing and constructing buildings needs to shift and present some examples of innovative approaches that will reduce waste and change our experience of the built environment.

1:45 pm SPOTLIGHT ON OPPORTUNITIES
  • Eric Dunford, Director of Sustainability, Carbon Cure
  • Amy Marks - Head of Industrialized Construction Strategy and Evangelism, Queen of Prefab, Autodesk
  • Terreform One (invited)
2:15 pm BREAK
2:30 pm BUILD BACK BETTER - LET'S NOT SCREW IT UP

 

The COVID pandemic has been revealing – we are, despite the built environments of our own creation, part of a natural world. And when it comes to vulnerabilities, equity and resilience, there are great disparities in what communities and individuals experience within Canada and across the globe. This is a critically important time. Our challenge is not to restore what was but to forge a new, resilient future where prosperity is more inclusive and environmental security is assured for generations. The circular economy holds much promise. By designing out waste, keeping materials and products in use and regenerating natural systems, it creates economic opportunities consistent with environmental and social objectives. How do we make this the new reality in Canada?

Armchair Discussion:

  • Tima Bansal, Bansal Ivey School of Business, Western University & Chair, Canadian Council of Academics Expert Panel on the Circular Economy
  • Richard Florizone, President & CEO, IISD 
3:30 pm CLOSING KEYNOTE

 

  • Katie Treggiden, Writer, & Journalist & Speaker championing a circular approach to design , Author of newly released book “Wasted” (invited)
4:00 pm WRAP UP REMARKS

 

 

 

 


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