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A future Without Waste

Presented by Metro Vancouver and the National Zero Waste Council

 

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 invention and innovation. Bold and creative thinking as well as leadership is required to drive change that will enable business, governments and communities to create a prosperity that is inclusive, consistent with ecological limits and enables business, entrepreneurs, innovators and communities to thrive.

Join us we begin to craft a circular Canada that designs out waste and pollution, keeps products and materials in use, and regenerates natural systems.

Friday, November 13, 2020

8:30 am WELCOMING/OPENING REMARKS

 


8:45 am OPENING KEYNOTE
 

 

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.

  • Keynote Speaker: Beau Lotto
10:15 am NEW MATERIALS
 

 

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?

  • Suzanne Lee, Founder & CEO, Biofabricate
  • Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor in Ecology, University of Toronto & Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy
12:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

 

1:00 pm THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

 

 

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. This session will dive into the increasing opportunities to re-imagine the built environment.

2:30 pm BUILD BACK BETTER

 

 

Hear how the recovery, driven by public sector investment in infrastructure and innovation can set up the conditions to realize Canada’s progress in securing a sustainable future.

4:00 pm CLOSING SESSION