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A future Without Waste:
Mobilizing for Success in the Circular Economy

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

The circular economy demands new ways of doing almost everything. Those accepting this challenge are succeeding through bold change and innovative approaches. The 2019 Zero Waste Conference is proud to present a program that convenes change-makers and innovators from different sectors and across the globe to share their wisdom and insights. In 2020, Canada will host the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) and we will celebrate the 10th Annual Zero Waste Conference. Are we ready?

DAY ONE - Wednesday, October 30

8:30 am WELCOMING/OPENING REMARKS

 

  • Sav Dhaliwal, Chair, Metro Vancouver
  • Malcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste Council
  • Province of British Columbia (representative tbc)
  • Federal Government of Canada (representative tbc)
9:00 am OPENING KEYNOTE
 

 

Circular economy has recently made international headlines with the 2019 Circularity Gap Report, released at the World Economic Forum in Davos. It sounds the alarm that the three most threatening environmental challenges – the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and diminishing resources – are not being addressed fast enough. But a more rapid uptake of the circular economy provides a way out of this situation.

Armchair Conversation With:

  • Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Circular Economy, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Moderator: TBC


10:00 am NETWORKING BREAK
 

 

10:30 am MARKETPLACE TRANSFORMATION
 

 

Businesses are critical players in a transition to a circular economy. Increasingly, companies around the world are stepping up and demonstrating leadership with innovative approaches aimed at zero waste and circular economies. This session will showcase business leaders who have compelling stories to share about how they’ve managed to create change within their companies and within the market, overcoming perceived and real barriers to realize economic opportunities while reducing environmental impacts by going "circular".

Case Studies on Marketplace Transformation:

  • Denise Coogan, Environmental Partnerships Manager, Subaru
  • Arran Stephens, Pioneer, Entrepreneur, Artist and Visionary, Nature's Path (invited)
 
11:45 am KEYNOTE
 

 

  • Skylar Tibbits, Co-Director and Founder, Self-Assembly, MIT’s International Design Center (invited)

Moderator: TBC

12:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH  
 
1:30 pm CANADIAN INNOVATION SHOWCASE


Jumpstarting innovation is essential to moving to circular models of production, designing out waste and creating regenerative systems. The National Zero Waste Council working in collaboration with Think Beyond Plastic has identified Canadian innovators who are developing marketable products and processes that will change food packaging and textiles and reduce ocean plastics. Join us in celebrating the 2019 recipients.

Announcement of Finalists

Hosts:

  • Daniella Russo, CEO & Founder, Think Beyond Plastic (invited)
  • Malcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste Council


2:15 pm ANNOUNCEMENT: National Zero Waste Council
 
2:30 pm CIRCULAR CITIES
 

 

Cities and metropolitan regions are the epicenters of economic growth and innovation. And they are an ideal testing ground for the application of circular economy principles and approaches. Across the globe, the circular economy is being embraced at the city level for its potential to encourage a systems approach to waste prevention and material savings as well as job creation and innovation – catalyzing new business opportunities across a variety of sectors as we rethink about how to deliver goods and services in a new way. We will be examining the changing roles of cities as zero waste leaders, as our society and its systems evolve towards the circular economy.

Armchair Conversation:

  • Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor, Helsinki (invited)
  • Malcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste Council

Panel:

  • Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto (invited)
  • Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Strategy, Innovation & Intergovernmental Relations, City of Guelph

Moderator: Brock Carlton, CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities


3:45 pm KEYNOTE (tbc)

 

Moderator: TBC


4:45 pm CLOSING REMARKS
 

 


5:00 pm NETWORKING RECEPTION

 


DAY TWO - Thursday, October 31

8:30 am WELCOMING/OPENING REMARKS
 

 

  • Metro Vancouver


8:45 am KEYNOTE/ARMCHAIR CONVERSATION

 

 Be prepared to have your concept of waste wither away. As Founder and CEO of Miniwiz, Arthur is accelerating the shift to a circular economy where everything from consumer goods to architectural structures are made from recycled materials and then continue to be recycled as they reach the end of their lives. Meanwhile, Tom, Founder and CEO of Terracycle, began with the challenge of recycling the “non-recyclable” but has now moved beyond recycling to a new zero-waste platform involving a coalition of major consumer product companies. This new company, called Loop, is piloting the delivery of a wide range of consumer products in reusable, refillable containers – no more single use ice cream containers!

Moderator: TBC

 

10:00 am PLASTICS: Responding to a Global Challenge – Taking Action on Plastics
 

Canada is taking action on plastics. Moving beyond the single-use item, we will hear about how scientists and industry leaders are identifying new ways to utilize a valuable, durable resource that embraces zero waste and circularity.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Max Liboiron, Assisant Professor, Memorial University
  • Maja Vadanovic, Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, Co-Chair, National Zero Waste Council Plastics Advisory Panel (invited)
  • Walmart Canada (invited)

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


11:30 am ANNOUNCEMENT
  
11:45 am SPECIAL SESSION: Planning for 2020
 

 

 The circular economy provides a bold vision and framework for action, and if we can harness our collective ingenuity, innovation and creativity, the possibilities for positive change are very real and tangible. 2020 will be a seminal year for Canada as we host the World Circular Economy Forum and celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Zero Waste Conference. Be part of the journey and help shape the future. 

Panel:

  • Robyn Collver, Senior Vice-President, Risk & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Canadian Tire
  • Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Circular Economy, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra 

Moderator: TBC


1:00 pm CLOSING REMARKS
 

 

  • Metro Vancouver

 

1:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH