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 2022 Keynotes



Futurist and Founding Partner, Greyspace OguntalaFuturist and Founding Partner, Greyspace <div class="ExternalClass728100600CEB4A17B33161B3D85D6265"><p>​Angela Oguntala is a founding partner at Greyspace, a foresight and design consultancy that partners with organizations to envision and transition towards desirable futures. She has led work in education, healthcare, finance, fashion, insurance and policy sectors to facilitate deliberation on emerging challenges and opportunities, inform strategy and develop new thinking.</p><p>She has deep expertise and interest in collective imagination, sustainable transitions and experimental processes to catalyze innovation. Selected clients of hers include IKEA, Hermès, Philips, Sky, The World Economic Forum, The World Trade Organization, Microsoft and Swiss Life.</p><p>Angela Oguntala is a Salzburg Global Fellow, was named a Future Innovator by The United Nations OICT & Ars Electronica for her work and speaks widely on future-facing themes, having been featured on TED, NPR and various international platforms.</p><p><br></p></div>, Angela OguntalaGP0|#dce9b467-6a27-4107-a6c6-78d80e810592;L0|#0dce9b467-6a27-4107-a6c6-78d80e810592|Angela Oguntala;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eKeynoteAngelaOguntala#98c940
Founder and Director, Making Design Circular TreggidenFounder and Director, Making Design Circular<div class="ExternalClass1471DE8668114F4884C75CED3C1B2A75"><p>​Katie Treggiden is an author, journalist, podcaster and keynote speaker championing a circular approach to design. She is also the founder and director of Making Design Circular, a membership community in which designer-makers get to feel proud of contributing to a thriving planet with every product they make. With 20 years' experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as <em>The Guardian, Crafts Magazine and Design Milk</em>. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her fifth book,<em> Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure</em> (Ludion, 2020), and a podcast, <em>Circular with Katie Treggiden</em>. She has launched, edited and published an award-winning design blog and an independent print magazine. She recently gained a distinction for her Master’s Degree in the History of Design from the University of Oxford. She was the co-founder of women’s network Bloom and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.<br><br></p></div>, Katie TreggidenGP0|#1f9afcdb-1c0a-4197-b5f6-0f4487371e8f;L0|#01f9afcdb-1c0a-4197-b5f6-0f4487371e8f|Katie Treggiden;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eKeynoteKatieTreggiden#d6ad29
Founder, Regenerators StormFounder, Regenerators <div class="ExternalClassBE24721DEF9248E7A6C70E49B02930A2"><p>Laura is an international keynote speaker, author, advisor, and expert on sustainability and regenerative leadership. She has spent her entire career advising global leaders on sustainability and building impact- and purpose-driven organizations. They have all focused on the global transformation to sustainability and include the Copenhagen Climate Council, the World Business Summit on Climate Change, Project Green Light and Sustainia. In 2018, she founded Regenerators - a collective focused on nature-inspired regenerative design, organizations, leadership and living.</p><p>She is the co-author of the much-praised book Regenerative Leadership and for her work, she has been awarded the title ‘Worldchanger’ by Greenbiz, is selected by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Young Global Leader,’ and named one world’s leading women in the sustainability & regeneration by Sustainable Brands. She serves on multiple Boards and the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network as an expert in sustainable development and climate change. Her academic background is a Master's in Political Communication and Leadership from Copenhagen Business School.</p> </div>, Laura StormGP0|#96e97b9c-6da2-4494-b998-0ca60a343ee7;L0|#096e97b9c-6da2-4494-b998-0ca60a343ee7|Laura Storm;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eKeynoteLauraStorm
Director, Exploration Architecture PawlynDirector, Exploration Architecture <div class="ExternalClass393ECBBD3B4B4273BF47138E1EF52301"><p>​Michael Pawlyn has been described as an expert in regenerative design and biomimicry. He established his firm Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy.</p><p>Prior to setting up Exploration, he worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that designed the Eden Project.</p><p>Michael jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project. In 2019, he co-initiated 'Architects Declare a Climate & Biodiversity Emergency' which has spread internationally with over 7,000 companies signed up to addressing the planetary crisis.</p><p>Since 2018 he has been increasingly providing advice to national governments and large companies on transformative change. He is the author of two books, <em>Biomimicry in Architecture</em> and <em>Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency</em>, co-authored with Sarah Ichioka.<br></p></div>|#aedc5db7-2dc5-41a8-b772-36d17c3bbd29;L0|#0aedc5db7-2dc5-41a8-b772-36d17c3bbd29|Michael Pawlyn;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eKeynoteMichaelPawlyn

 2022 Hosts



Founding Director and Director of Ancestral Services, Future Ancestors Services OdenigboFounding Director and Director of Ancestral Services, Future Ancestors Services<div class="ExternalClassC9E43614224E4C0E9BE87B623F7DAE8B"><p>​Proudly Franco-Albertan, Chúk is passionate about the ways in which the environment impacts human health and the role of justice in our understanding of how our societies function. This passion manifests itself in his work as one of the founding directors of Future Ancestors Services where he focuses on environmental and climate justice in his efforts to not only make green spaces accessible for everyone; but to fight environmental racism in all its forms and to popularize the understanding that you cannot create a society that is environmentally friendly if that same society is not just. Chúk is also a PhD candidate in medical geography where his research seeks to build from several forms of knowledge to better understand the impacts of the environment (biophysical, socio-cultural, socio-economic and socio-political) on the vulnerability/resilience of a community to disease.</p><p>Chúk has worked in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, fashion retail, and academia. He is interested in the multidisciplinary nature of our existence and in exploring new solutions that respond to recurring problems. Chúk was ranked amongst the top 30 Sustainability Leaders under 30 by Corporate Knights, the top 30 Change-Making Albertans under 30 by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, the top 10 young Franco-Albertan leaders by Radio-Canada and the top 25 environmentalists under 25 in Canada by the Starfish for three years. Chúk was MEC's ambassador for the outdoors and is an alumni of the first Ocean Bridge cohort, a group of young Canadians leading ocean health and literacy projects across Canada.<br></p></div>, Chúk OdenigboGP0|#503d3c06-2905-4c48-9399-1aba2ea13e9f;L0|#0503d3c06-2905-4c48-9399-1aba2ea13e9f|Chuk Odenigbo;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eHostsChúkOdenigbo#f6891f
Associate Professor, UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media GretsingerAssociate Professor, UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media <div class="ExternalClass856E05C34916462CAEF1D46D92876639"><p>​In addition to being a professor at the UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media, Kathryn is a long—time public broadcaster at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with a record of creating award-winning work at the local and national level in Canada. She is also a Killam Teaching Prize winner and was named one of North America's top innovative journalism educators in 2018.</p><p>Kathryn is a respected mentor and trainer at CBC, where she continues to work in the public broadcaster's Learning and Development department. She works across platforms, but her first love is audio - leading training workshops for reporters, producers, editors and hosts on performance and audio skills, including podcasting and compelling storytelling. Kathryn's commitment to teaching, reporting, and fostering dialogue about issues of social justice, Indigenous relations, and mental health appears in the courses she teaches and in her key collaborations.<br></p></div>, Kathryn GretsingerGP0|#fc3f194f-038b-4f5a-b458-d60c51cb6862;L0|#0fc3f194f-038b-4f5a-b458-d60c51cb6862|Kathryn Gretsinger;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eHostsKathrynGretsinger#d6ad29

 2022 Performer



Spoken Word Artist KoyczanSpoken Word Artist<div class="ExternalClassA87A55395DB048A9B62D4BBA439BCA6C"><p>​There seems no shortage of adjectives to describe a Shane Koyczan show. Moving, hilarious, challenging, provocative, or inspirational. Take your pick. Here is a writer that takes you on a tour of your own feelings in a way that leaves you grasping for your own heart just to make sure it’s still in your chest. His work has become a staple in schools for both its impact and reach. Shane curates a kind of art gallery that displays sculptures of the human experience each time he speaks. Lauded for his sold out live performances Koyczan has carved out his own artistic path and taken his work beyond the conventional.<br><br></p></div>, Shane KoyczanGP0|#9129b81f-9db6-45c8-9f7e-ee9b8722ccf8;L0|#09129b81f-9db6-45c8-9f7e-ee9b8722ccf8|Shane Koyczan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24ePerformerShaneKoyczan

 2022 Speakers



Manager, Economic Transformation, Vancouver Economic Commission BensonManager, Economic Transformation, Vancouver Economic Commission<div class="ExternalClass455F5D4814494504A065DA466EF659B0"><div><p>An urban planner by training, and an economic developer by trade, George Benson is Manager, Economic Transformation at the Vancouver Economic Commission, working to decarbonize, build resilience, and increase social equity in Vancouver’s massive architecture, engineering, and construction sectors. More broadly, George also supports much of VEC’s green economy and social impact work in different ways.</p><p>George brings unique experience from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, together with deep content knowledge in resilience, urban sustainability, global governance, and new economic systems. He works with individual businesses, industry associations, building code developers, global businesses and networks, and researchers on numerous capacity building, coordination, and market transformation initiatives.<br></p><p>Outside of VEC, George is the Global Climate Lead for North America in the World Economic Forum’s young leaders network, the Global Shapers Community, and has been involved in the leadership of the US and Canadian urban planning associations. In 2017, he was recognised by the City of Vancouver with its Award of Excellence for his work on building sustainability and resilience in the community.</p> </div></div>, George BensonGP0|#fc587f2a-180a-4e5c-976b-d402548a8f29;L0|#0fc587f2a-180a-4e5c-976b-d402548a8f29|George Benson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersGeorgeBenson
CEO and Founder, ChopValue BöckCEO and Founder, ChopValue <div class="ExternalClassD4739EC37DB6431AA5618BC2A0AE5047">A seasoned wood engineer and passionate entrepreneur, Felix is CEO and Founder of ChopValue. He likes to say that he knocks on wood for a living. Under Felix’s leadership, his team has discovered a powerful way to connect the circular economy with an expertise in engineered composite materials. He believes that leading by example with innovation and resilience will inspire others to rethink resource efficiency and reshape the future of urbanization.<br></div>, Felix BöckGP0|#d0c8010b-a2c1-4657-ac85-c55c052b968e;L0|#0d0c8010b-a2c1-4657-ac85-c55c052b968e|Felix Böck;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersFelixBöck
Director, Circular Economy, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada CanningDirector, Circular Economy, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada <div class="ExternalClass537EC55C43004E1BA19FB5C9E95EBE94"><p>Ms. Canning joined Environment and Climate Change Canada in April 2018. She led the planning and delivery of the World Circular Economy Forum 2021 hosted by Canada, and is currently the Director of Circular Economy undertaking strategic policy development and policy planning related to the circular economy. Prior to this, she held multiple positions in the environment and health portfolios within the Government of Canada. Ms. Canning has also worked in the private and charitable sectors. In her free time, Ms. Canning enjoys volunteering in her community and dragon boating.</p><p>Ms. Canning has a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and a Master of Theological Studies from the University of Toronto, Wycliffe College. <br></p></div>, Leah CanningGP0|#64f4e75e-f6e1-4d64-a6f6-6695ca8e406d;L0|#064f4e75e-f6e1-4d64-a6f6-6695ca8e406d|Leah Canning;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersLeahCanning
VP of Capital, Innovation and Engagement, ReFED CoariVP of Capital, Innovation and Engagement, ReFED<div class="ExternalClass25B604C3899B4251A22059C39BBB189C"><p>​Alexandria serves as ReFED’s VP of Capital, Innovation, & Engagement, working to catalyze the more than $14 billion of public, private, and philanthropic capital needed annually to scale innovation and accelerate the adoption of solutions to food waste by 2030. She brings 15 years of investment banking, sustainable food supply chain certification, and innovation acceleration experience with startups, corporates, and nonprofits in the U.S. and Latin America, including time at JP Morgan, Fair Trade USA, OLLY, and Agora Partnerships. She is passionate about helping mission-driven companies grow their impact and believes in the power of market-based approaches to solving today's biggest challenges.<br><br></p></div>, Alexandria CoariGP0|#20eb47dd-a4f4-416a-84bc-87dc3603178d;L0|#020eb47dd-a4f4-416a-84bc-87dc3603178d|Alexandria Coari;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersAlexandriaCoari#ffd83b
Senior Strategist and Practice Manager, BEworks CooperSenior Strategist and Practice Manager, BEworks<div class="ExternalClass6179DCD2A6E246C3A496AFED700DAC4A"><p>​Angela holds a PhD in Linguistics from Northwestern University in Chicago, which was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. At BEworks, she co-leads the sustainability portfolio and has led numerous projects across multiple domains, including a multi-year initiative to develop and validate a behavior change program aimed at reducing household food waste.<br><br></p></div>|#6d2ab663-b14b-4109-a1e1-8d91f258d29e;L0|#06d2ab663-b14b-4109-a1e1-8d91f258d29e|Angela Cooper;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersAngelaCooper
Founder, Unbuilders CorneilFounder, Unbuilders<div class="ExternalClassDA33D870D1F34D15BC464F1A9240F149"><p>​Adam is a serial entrepreneur and a certified Passive House builder and a deconstruction & reclaimed wood expert. He flipped his first house at 16 with his father and after years as a green builder he launched Unbuilders Deconstruction in January 2018 and Heritage Lumber in 2019. Adam, and his companies, have the vision of construction industry where deconstruction and remanufacturing replaces demolition and disposal.</p><p>Passionate about his family, skiing, hiking mountains and spending as much time outdoors, he is committed to providing a sustainable future for generations to enjoy.</p></div><br>,|#2f27c858-e07c-470a-967e-41d59fc97369;L0|#02f27c858-e07c-470a-967e-41d59fc97369|Adam Corneil;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersAdamCorneil
Canada Hellmann’s Market Lead & NA Innovations, Unilever DenegaCanada Hellmann’s Market Lead & NA Innovations, Unilever<div class="ExternalClass27F13B76B86148F490E76244CF5C3DFB"><p>​In her current role, Kristen leads Hellman’s Canada, including purposeful marketing communications. Hellmann’s believes food is too good to waste and is committed to helping consumers “Make Taste, Not Waste”.  </p><p>Over the past three years, Kristen has led Hellmann’s Canada in the war on food waste. During the pandemic when consumers were in lockdown, Kristen’s team led an integration with the popular video game “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” which brought food waste into gaming with the ability for consumers to donate in in real life. In partnership with MLSE, Kristen integrated food waste into the curriculum at MLSE’s Launchpad to educate the next generation on waste saving hacks. Kristen also brought new meaning to food waste by partnering with Peterborough to print messaging on garbage trucks. Along with the global Hellmann’s team, Kristen launched Hellmann’s Fridge Night program, which has been proven to help consumers reduce their household food waste by one third. These programs have rescued approximately 180,000 meals and donated them to Canadians in need via Second Harvest.</p><p>Kristen brings over ten years of experience in marketing at Unilever. She has worked on multiple brands across Beauty & Personal Care and Foods. Kristen has worked in brand building, innovation and marketing communications roles. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. <br></p></div>, KristenGP0|#65ec2fc7-bfc8-421b-a178-daa8b90a3cc6;L0|#065ec2fc7-bfc8-421b-a178-daa8b90a3cc6|Kristen Denega;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersKristenDenega
Chair, Metro Vancouver Board DhaliwalChair, Metro Vancouver Board<div class="ExternalClassCD8EF6F89B1B4E8D806CD2FE0BBF9009"><p>​Sav Dhaliwal was elected Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board in November 2018, following a decade as a Board Director and 16 years as City of Burnaby Councillor. He has also served as president of both the Union of B.C. Municipalities and Lower Mainland Local Government Association and worked with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as the Chair of the Standing Committee for Municipal Finance and as well as Infrastructure and Transportation Policy. </p><p>Prior to local politics, Sav enjoyed a long career in the private sector working in information technology at TELUS. He has also served not-for-profit organizations in Burnaby, including the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame Committee, New Vista Society and the Burnaby Lions Club. Sav has been recognized by the Government of Canada, the University of British Columbia & the Goel Family Charitable Foundation, the Fiji Association of British Columbia and the Chetna Association of Canada for his outstanding services to the Community. He and his wife, Cheryl, have lived in Burnaby for more than 40 years.<br><br></p></div>, Sav DhaliwalGP0|#547e4176-ce87-4e31-aa83-18fe5cee480a;L0|#0547e4176-ce87-4e31-aa83-18fe5cee480a|Sav Dhaliwal;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersSavDhaliwal #dd5f26
Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer. Metro Vancouver DobrovolnyCommissioner and Chief Administrative Officer. Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClassE66A80B7CA874B8E95335192A23B3E6E"><p>​Jerry Dobrovolny heads BC's largest regional district, Metro Vancouver, where he ensures the delivery of water, wastewater, and solid waste services to 23 member jurisdictions and more than 2.7 residents, manages one of the province's largest non-profit housing providers, stewards both air quality and 25% of the region's land base, and oversees an annual budget of $2.5 billion dollars. Previously, Jerry was City Engineer for the City of Vancouver, where he oversaw significant climate action initiatives related to transportation and waste reduction. He was a New Westminster city councilor for three terms and from 1983 to 1987 he played in the Canadian Football League.<br></p></div>,|#040a3f5f-d452-4049-a8aa-b08b49c9e2ab;L0|#0040a3f5f-d452-4049-a8aa-b08b49c9e2ab|Jerry Dobrovolny;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersJerryDobrovolny
Senior Partner, Circular Innovation Fund, Cycle Capital ForcierSenior Partner, Circular Innovation Fund, Cycle Capital<div class="ExternalClass379E083A5FB94AA1BD9033D8D0E01163"><p>​Benoit Forcier recently returned to Cycle Capital, bringing with him 27 years of experience in corporate finance, venture capital and business development, including 15 years of technology and venture capital investing throughout Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and the U.S. Before returning to Cycle Capital, Benoit worked with BDC as part of the Cleantech Practice where he played an instrumental role in supporting high-impact cleantech companies to successfully scale, advising them on fundraising, operations and strategy. Previous to BDC, Benoit was a Partner at Cycle Capital, where he was the investment lead and board member of six portfolio companies across three funds. Before that, he was VP of Investment at Innovacorp, Nova Scotia’s crown corporation in early-stage venture capital. In his role, Benoit managed the VC fund, sourced angel and institutional co-investors, and led the creation of a new early-stage regional venture capital fund. Benoit started his career in the telecom sector with BCE Inc., followed by Telesystem International Wireless. <br></p></div>, Benoit ForcierGP0|#eb61cb37-7a48-4a29-8a48-ff269545ead6;L0|#0eb61cb37-7a48-4a29-8a48-ff269545ead6|Benoit Forcier;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersBenoitForcier
Chair, National Zero Waste Council FroeseChair, National Zero Waste Council<div class="ExternalClass781D8BD9D6BD439BAF701F5B48B8B2BB"><p>​Jack Froese is the Mayor of the Township of Langley, which he has called home for 41 years. Mayor Jack Froese has lived, worked, and raised a family in Langley and was a successful business owner and farmer. Jack also sits on the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Zero Waste Committee. He also is the Chair of the National Zero Waste Council, an initiative of Metro Vancouver that is a collaborative, cross sector approach to make advances in waste prevention and the transition to a circular economy across Canada. In all these capacities, Jack has the same approach of working collaboratively to identify and pursue solutions that contribute to community well-being, long-term prosperity and environmental sustainability, now and in the future. <br><br></p></div>|#2ef66d35-864f-4390-acef-8e6c879ad189;L0|#02ef66d35-864f-4390-acef-8e6c879ad189|Jack Froese;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersJackFroese
Senior Lead, Capacity and Partnerships, Privy Council Office, Canada GreeneSenior Lead, Capacity and Partnerships, Privy Council Office, Canada<div class="ExternalClass31C03774766E43248DC4A7BE1D6F0CC7"><p>​Julie is responsible for developing partnerships and building capacity for the Federal government to use outcomes-based funding approaches, including Challenge Prizes and pay-for-success projects. Her team’s current portfolio of projects spans agriculture, climate, health, housing and space.</p><p>Before joining the Privy Council Office, Julie was a key designer of an innovative chronic disease program, which was an early adopter in using matched funding with the private sector and pay-for-results methods. She co-led a program of research to explore these types of partnerships, and has jointly published several papers in this field.</p> <p><br></p></div>, Julie GreeneGP0|#2f862a2d-4aa9-4f10-854f-66bb2d561f4b;L0|#02f862a2d-4aa9-4f10-854f-66bb2d561f4b|Julie Greene;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersJulieGreene#4b8c00
CEO and Founder, Cheekbone Beauty Inc. HarperCEO and Founder, Cheekbone Beauty Inc.<div class="ExternalClassE96C10ECF904407EA4DF54BEFE87198A"><p>​An award-winning social entrepreneur, Jenn Harper is the founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC.  Cheekbone Beauty is a digitally native direct to consumer brand that is helping Indigenous youth see themselves in a beauty brand while using the concept of Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) in the brands ethos and in developing products.  Creating a new segment in the beauty industry - Sustainable Socially Conscious Beauty. </p><p>Jenn Harper has been making a name for herself in the beauty industry for a number of years but has been gaining popularity quickly after being on the hit CBC show, Dragons Den in 2019. Cheekbone Beauty’s mission is to help every Indigenous youth see and feel their enormous value in the world while creating sustainable cosmetics.</p><p>Cheekbone Beauty is committed to donating 2% of revenues to organizations that support Indigenous youth. During Cheekbone Beauty’s infancy, Jenn endured a heavy personal loss with the suicide of her brother B.J. This loss, though difficult, has remained a driving force behind the desire to see Cheekbone Beauty succeed with its mission, to empower Indigenous youth.</p><p>In addition to Cheekbone’s mission, she strives to educate as many people as possible about the Residential School System and the effects it has had on my family and friends through decades of generational trauma. She speaks regularly to university, college and high school students about social entrepreneurship, empathy and the history of her First Nations family. She has also been invited to speak to various entrepreneur groups, women in business associations, Apple Canada and First Nations organizations.</p><p>In 2019, Jenn was named ‘Women of the Year’ by<a href=""> Chatelaine Magazine</a>.  </p><p><br></p></div>, Jennifer HarperGP0|#0838caf8-34c5-4d4d-96c8-707303847ca6;L0|#00838caf8-34c5-4d4d-96c8-707303847ca6|Jennifer Harper;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersJennHarper #dd5f26
CEO and Co-founder, Reusables.com HawkinsCEO and Co-founder,<div class="ExternalClass93A928E1B76C4AA6B6967671C943D70B"><p>​Jason Hawkins is the CEO and Co-founder at with half a decade of experience in food technology and circular economy. His first venture was a farm-to-table marketplace for students, which Jason started during his Bachelor of Commerce degree at Queen’s University and sold to a grocery retailer in Ontario. Prior to starting, Jason served as Director of Business Development at a large eGrocery technology company in Canada. Jason saw the damaging impact of plastic packaging waste on the coastlines, mountain ranges and cities during a solo trip to Asia when he was 18. From that moment on, he has been focused on using business innovation as a force to counter the global environmental challenge. Residing in North Vancouver, Jason spends his free-time in the trails with family and friends.<br><br></p></div>, Jason HawkinsGP0|#f96c6867-9f90-43b5-bc1f-d3867e4bc040;L0|#0f96c6867-9f90-43b5-bc1f-d3867e4bc040|Jason Hawkins;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersJasonHawkins #ffd83b
Architect, Senior Associate, Head of Innovation, SchmidtHammerLassen (SHL) Architects HooiArchitect, Senior Associate, Head of Innovation, SchmidtHammerLassen (SHL) Architects<div class="ExternalClass01ADAC8E45EA482F930A20FB8147D7E9"><p>​Enlai is an architect and industrial designer specialising in the integration of engineering fields within circular design and architecture. He brings a variety of skills in dealing with complex challenges in the built environment.</p><p>As Head of Innovation, Enlai leads the practice’s sustainability approach in competitions and develops thought leadership together with Perkins+Will on the topics of adaptive transformation in architecture, circular construction methods, material health and strategy. His projects include the integration of circular design and engineering systems into architecture, adaptive recycling, master plans and the development of a range of patented products that contribute to the sustainable performance of buildings. Enlai has won a number of awards in both architecture and design.<br></p></div>, Enlai HooiGP0|#f886d31d-a32e-43b3-b229-4852ca9119ae;L0|#0f886d31d-a32e-43b3-b229-4852ca9119ae|Enlai Hooi;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersEnlaiHooi#dd5f26
Special Advisor - Behaviour Change, WRAP HubbleSpecial Advisor - Behaviour Change, WRAP<div class="ExternalClass3D1815B74937437DB335E23CBD2370A6"><p>​Sam fell into the behavioural sciences by accident. A keen interest in the natural world led to an undergraduate degree spent studying the impacts of climate change on coral reefs and ocean ecosystems, and sparked frustration at how poorly scientific knowledge and advice was communicated to (and by) policymakers and the public. This led to a greater appreciation of the importance of the social sciences in tackling societal challenges. A subsequent MSc in Science Communication and PhD in Environmental Psychology – where he investigated how people's visions of the future influence influenced their actions in the presence - reaffirmed this belief, and after completing his PhD he joined WRAP's citizen behaviour change team. <br></p><p>Having joined WRAP in 2017, Sam has worked on projects that have brought together governments, businesses and individuals to make it easier for people to live more sustainable lives. He has employed behavioural science to develop creative campaigns and interventions that have tackled plastics, recycling and food waste in UK homes.<br></p></div>, Sam HubbleGP0|#65fc3138-e738-4e93-9949-30eb4a2812dc;L0|#065fc3138-e738-4e93-9949-30eb4a2812dc|Sam Hubble;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersSamHubble
Co-founder and Director of Research, Development and Innovation, TriCycle Henault-EthierCo-founder and Director of Research, Development and Innovation, TriCycle<div class="ExternalClass8E07550FF5C44554BC04CF7A78518765"><p>​Louise is Co-founder and director of research, development and innovation at TriCycle.</p><p>Her post-doctoral research at Laval University focused on the use of insects such as mealworms and black soldier flies to valorize organic waste materials. For 15 years, she has been passionate about the management of organic waste. She has raised earthworms capable of handling 10 tonnes of organic matter per year and planned several institutional and industrial composting sites. She has also worked with insects at Espace pour la vie. She is an associate professor at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique du Québec and director of the Eau Terre Environnement Center and was previously head of scientific projects at the David Suzuki Foundation. Author of numerous scientific publications, she is also a popularizer appreciated by the media. </p><p><br></p></div>, Louise Henault-EthierGP0|#7d6f6110-f04a-46cf-9ceb-4e146b3f959b;L0|#07d6f6110-f04a-46cf-9ceb-4e146b3f959b|Louise Henault-Ethier;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersLouiseHénault-Ethier#4b8c00
Founder and CEO, ShareWares IrwinFounder and CEO, ShareWares <div class="ExternalClassB32C8F4C441F400397BFA4AE575CD4EC"><p>​Cody has a strong connection and love for nature, as well as a powerful draw to technology and innovation. He was born on a remote farm in Manitoba and later raised in uptown Toronto. He went on to study Mechanical Engineering at McGill University and moved to beautiful British Columbia after graduation. For the last decade he has called Vancouver home. There he started his first venture, Natural Source, offering corporate food services for technology companies. Over 10 years he grew this business into a local industry leader, until the pandemic closed offices and Natural Source's client base almost completely evaporated overnight. As devastating as this was, it proved to be an amazing opportunity. By repurposing his company's resources, he was able to build ShareWares with goals of eliminating single-use waste locally and worldwide.<br><br></p></div>, Cody IrwinGP0|#c1e362bc-ba75-4c01-b6b7-21f5eca541b1;L0|#0c1e362bc-ba75-4c01-b6b7-21f5eca541b1|Cody Irwin;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersCodyIrwin#f79838
President and CEO, W Dusk Energy Group IsaacPresident and CEO, W Dusk Energy Group<div class="ExternalClassE843D24C397A43BB991BCCD45DF3E1C7"><p>David Isaac is also known by his traditional name Wugadusk (Northern Lights). David is a Mi’kmaq originally from Listuguj, Quebec but was raised in Vancouver within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples. He has been a long-time advocate for Indigenous health, the environment, and has previously served as the Executive Director for the Vancouver Native Health Society as well as the Centre for Native Policy & Research. Most recently, he joined the board of the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), was named a Canadian Climate Change Champion in 2021, and serves on the governance expert panel for the Canada Climate Law Initiative. He also helped found the Indigenous Infrastructure Fund to meet the demands of community projects across the country.</p><p>David is the President and CEO of the W Dusk Energy Group, which works with Indigenous communities to harness the power of their renewable energy resources in tandem with broader community development initiatives, including food systems, to create Indigenous circular economies. W Dusk is actively deploying megawatt and community owned solar farms throughout Canada. In addition, the company is also developing green hydrogen and B.C.'s first fully solar community. Projects completed include two of British Columbia's largest community owned (distributed power) solar projects and North America's first Indigenous owned utility scale solar farm in the Fisher River Cree Nation.</p><p>When David is not working, he can be found in nature and is an avid sailor.<br></p></div>, David IsaacGP0|#a3d90a28-fdf5-4f16-8754-697f644719a7;L0|#0a3d90a28-fdf5-4f16-8754-697f644719a7|David Isaac;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersDavidIsaac
Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, Province of British Columbia KahlonMinister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, Province of British Columbia<div class="ExternalClass305EA9937C104E278A9119EA5335886F"><p>​Ravi Kahlon was first elected as a member of the legislative assembly (MLA) for Delta North in May 2017 and was named British Columbia's Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation in November 2020.</p><p>He previously served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, where he championed the use of mass timber and innovation in B.C.'s forest sector.</p><p>As Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism, he helped restore the BC Human Rights Commission and travelled the province to build an anti-racism strategy.</p><p>In public life, Ravi has drawn on the values he learned growing up in Victoria, where he was raised by parents who immigrated to Canada from India. His mother owned and operated a restaurant where she had worked as a prep cook and his father worked in a sawmill. From them, Ravi gained a lasting appreciation of the contribution made by working people and small business to our economy. As Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, Ravi's first priority has been to support families and communities through the pandemic, and he is working closely with business, workers, First Nations and communities to develop and deliver on a strategy for long-term sustainability, jobs and growth.</p><p>Ravi's love for sports and athletic competition has also shaped his outlook. When he was seven years old, his father introduced him to field hockey. A two-time Olympian, Ravi played field hockey for Team Canada at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics. He has competed in more than 25 international sporting competitions. At the Beijing Olympics, 26 of Ravi's family members attended to watch him compete one of his proudest moments. In 2013, Ravi was inducted into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame.</p><p>Before he was elected as an MLA, Ravi worked in banking. He moved to Delta, B.C. in 2005, and has been active in the North Delta community for many years as a volunteer on the boards of the Delta Parks and Recreation Committee and Men's High-Performance Field Hockey BC.</p><p>Ravi is also a certified coach and mentor to many young people in North Delta. He spends time coaching field hockey and soccer where, just like his father, he is introducing the sport to his young son.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, ​Ravi KahlonGP0|#9cf6ae15-02a5-4e67-ade2-bbd22597d1d2;L0|#09cf6ae15-02a5-4e67-ade2-bbd22597d1d2|Ravi Kahlon;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersRaviKahlon
Founder and Partner, Bio-architecture Formosana Ying-ChaoFounder and Partner, Bio-architecture Formosana <div class="ExternalClassEFF5AC482E1D4182880EB7A636323F5A"><p>​Kuo Ying-Chao is the principal architect of Bio-architecture Formosana (BaF) - a Taipei based architectural design firm. BaF has been one of the leading architecture firms in Taiwan, and its works range from culture, education, transportation, hospitality, workplace and housing for both public and private sectors. The Bei-Tou Library project completed in 2006 is Taiwan’s first certified green architecture project. The timber library is the most published Green building in Taiwan and was selected as one of the 25 most beautiful libraries in the world by US-based cultural news website Flavorwire.</p><p>Focusing on sustainability and circularity design, he incorporates biological-intelligence (BI) design approach, a design philosophy of the company, into the creation of architecture. Ying-Chao has won numerous awards for his design in sustainability and was the recipient of the 12th Awarding of Outstanding Architects in Taiwan in 2011. He has taught in several university as an Associate Professor.</p><p><br></p></div>,|#f2859ffe-c1aa-4b85-8c17-6cd57cc9bed3;L0|#0f2859ffe-c1aa-4b85-8c17-6cd57cc9bed3|Kuo Ying-Chao;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersYing-ChaoKuo
CEO and Co-founder, Intelligent City LangCEO and Co-founder, Intelligent City<div class="ExternalClassAEF007749C38413A8081A35EF20660DA"><p>Oliver Lang is CEO and Co-Founder of Intelligent City. He is an industry leading and award-winning entrepreneur, developer and architect, who has consistently contributed through innovation and built solutions in the areas of design for urban housing and cultural projects, technology development, off-site prefabrication automation, mass timber construction and carbon net zero building technology.</p><p>Oliver is providing new visions and solutions for mixed-use housing, advanced prefabrication and green building strategies. He has chaired the advisory urban design panels of UBC and the City of Vancouver, and frequently provides public key notes and lectures across Canada, North America and abroad.<br></p></div>, Oliver LangGP0|#b55d498d-2899-474f-b340-b271ecd45033;L0|#0b55d498d-2899-474f-b340-b271ecd45033|Oliver Lang;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersOliverLang
Vice-President of Operations Performance, RECYC-QUÉBEC Langlois-BlouinVice-President of Operations Performance, RECYC-QUÉBEC <div class="ExternalClass394EA865077A469BB489DF1B5E5EAA71"><p>​Sophie Langlois-Blouin has been working for the governmental organization RECYC-QUÉBEC since October 2005 and has held the position of Vice President of Operations Performance since May 2018. In this capacity, she has notably led the organization's interventions in the following areas: the fight against food loss and waste, source reduction, and the transition to a circular economy, as well as the modernization of deposit and selective collection systems based on an extended producer responsibility approach.</p><p>Sophie coordinates the development and implementation of strategic directions and leverages her capabilities to mobilize and create collaborative partnerships and opportunities. She also oversees the teams responsible for supporting municipalities and the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors, in addition to the various stakeholders in the construction, renovation, and demolition sector.</p><p>Sophie holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Communication from Laval University and a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Sherbrooke.<br></p></div>, Sophie Langlois-BlouinGP0|#12444cac-12ec-43c7-9074-3873bf9fea19;L0|#012444cac-12ec-43c7-9074-3873bf9fea19|Sophie Langlois-Blouin;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersSophieLanglois-Blouin
Co-founder and CEO, Unless Collective LiedtkeCo-founder and CEO, Unless Collective<div class="ExternalClass9E473C78BE704112B7321D61F6ABA7BB"><p>Eric Liedtke is Co-founder and CEO of the Unless Collective, a zero-plastic, zero-waste streetwear brand with a regenerative creation model aimed at changing the way footwear, apparel and accessories are designed, distributed, collected and safely returned to the earth - serving as a lighthouse for industry to follow. At the end of December 2019, Eric stepped away from his Executive Board position at adidas, to pursue his passion for the fight against plastic waste full time. While in this role, Eric re-energized the adidas brand by unleashing a culture of collaboration and creativity by empowering employees, and inviting athletes, entertainers, consumers and partners to shape the future together with a true “open source” model. His cultural and strategic leadership enabled adidas to break new ground in the areas of material and process innovation, sustainability and streetwear driving consistent growth - out-pacing its competition adding over $8 billion dollars of revenue in 6 years on the job.</p><p>A former competitive swimmer, and Oceans Advocate, Eric has merged his passion for the water with his open-source approach to business, catalyzing a company-wide commitment to sustainability. To fight marine pollution, he initiated a partnership with Parley for the Oceans in 2014, committing to create 11 million pairs of shoes made of Parley Ocean Plastic in 2019, and drove the ambitious goal of eliminating virgin polyester from adidas products by 2024.</p><p>During his 26-year career with adidas, Eric was at the forefront of consumer-led innovation. He is a serial entrepreneur – marrying technology driven innovation with the fast-paced world of fashion, streetwear and youth culture fueling new segments, new businesses, excitement and growth.</p><p>In 2015 he spearheaded the products made from recycled ocean plastic, and in 6 years converted over 50% of business from virgin plastics to recycled plastics, leading the entire industry in this massive shift. And, he championed the introduction of Futurecraft Loop - the world’s first running shoe that was made to be remade. A true circular product concept and business model that allows consumers to return their used shoes or apparel to be completely reground and re-introduced into the supply chain to live again.<br></p><p>Eric is married with two daughters and a son. He lives along the Oregon Coast spending his free time surfing and working out. He also sits on the Parley for the Oceans Steering Committee.</p></div>,|#bffa794a-e842-4f63-ae0f-52e4d3249cd2;L0|#0bffa794a-e842-4f63-ae0f-52e4d3249cd2|Eric Liedtke;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersEricLiedtke
Executive Director, City of Guelph Smart Cities Office MesserExecutive Director, City of Guelph Smart Cities Office<div class="ExternalClass4F55206DB64E4399889ACCFEF46AD7D4"><p>David became Executive Director of the City of Guelph Smart Cities Office in September 2022 where he is leading two projects aimed at growing the circular economy across southern Ontario: Our Food Future – an Infrastructure Canada funded smart city project aimed at creating a circular food economy across Guelph and Wellington County, and; COIL (Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad) a FedDev funded circular accelerator supporting business innovation across southern Ontario. Since 2020, Our Food Future and COIL have launched over 60 projects across Guelph-Wellington involving 1000+ stakeholders aimed at increasing food access, accelerating circular business practices and redefining waste as a resource in our local economy. Since fall 2021, COIL has worked with over 60 companies from Ottawa to Windsor to develop and deploy innovative new circular economy solutions and technologies, several of whom are anticipating millions in new revenue these circular products.</p><p>Prior to joining the City of Guelph, David worked in the technology sector as Vice President – Public Affairs with Edelman and as Vice President - Policy with the Information Technology Association of Canada (now Technation). David began his career in the provincial governments of Ontario and Alberta supporting economic development, regulatory modernization, digital government, and international relations.</p> </div>,|#a0dc9af6-d5c8-4de1-b242-fa509d93384a;L0|#0a0dc9af6-d5c8-4de1-b242-fa509d93384a|David Messer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersDavidMesser
Senior Director, Sustainability and Operational Efficiency, CASCADES RECOVERY+ MetauroSenior Director, Sustainability and Operational Efficiency, CASCADES RECOVERY+<div class="ExternalClassC1785E993BEC427C97BA06EFA21EECA7"><p>Mikhael has been a member of the Cascades Family for over 15 years focusing on the recovery of recycled materials and using those materials to create new products! Currently, Mikhael is the Director of Organizational Effectiveness within the Recovery+ division where he leads a team of business experts and LEAN masters focused on challenging the status quo and driving organizational transformation to deliver a world class customer experience. Cascades is a truly Circular Company and Mikhael is determined to leverage the company's knowledge and experience to continue lead the way to a Circular Economy! <br></p></div>, Mikhael MetauroGP0|#e21dba15-6a2e-4245-9b5c-12d102f5b97b;L0|#0e21dba15-6a2e-4245-9b5c-12d102f5b97b|Mikhael Metauro;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersMikhaelMetauro
Project Manager, Construction Living Lab, Centre d’études et de recherche intersectorielles en économie circulaire (CERIEC) MontouxProject Manager, Construction Living Lab, Centre d’études et de recherche intersectorielles en économie circulaire (CERIEC)<div class="ExternalClassB82FCEC896784259B7680A7D7B18A984"><p>Hortense is in charge of the circular economy living lab for the construction industry at the Center for Intersectoral Studies and Research on the Circular Economy (CERIEC) at École de technologie supérieure (ETS). Since the launch of the lab in early 2021, she has helped shape the lab’s cocreation process that she is in charge of. This includes designing tools, mobilizing key stakeholders and animating cocreation workshops. All of which leads to the experimentation of solutions that can help accelerate the construction’s sector transition to a circular economy. Previously, she gathered over 10 years of experience in the field of sustainable development for public and private organizations, in France and in Quebec. She worked in the consulting field, in the industry and the non-profit sector, specializing in waste prevention and in the circular economy. </p> <br></div>, Hortense MontouxGP0|#9be21666-00e1-4c7b-a87a-bc696556a8c6;L0|#09be21666-00e1-4c7b-a87a-bc696556a8c6|Hortense Montoux;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersHortense Montoux
CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada MyersCEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada<div class="ExternalClass56747743243E437DB591FD5851B0E560"><p>​Jayson Myers is the Chief Executive Officer of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada. NGen is the organization that leads Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada that will leverage more than $600 million in collaborative, industry-led projects aimed at building world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada.</p><p>Jay is an award-winning business economist who specializes in industrial and technological change.  Between 2007 and 2016, he served as President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association.</p><p>Jay has been widely recognized as one of the most influential economic policy advocates in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counselled Canadian prime ministers and premiers, as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world. </p><p>He is a member of the Advisory Board of the World Manufacturing Forum and a leading advocate on the world stage on behalf of advanced manufacturing in Canada.</p><p>Jay has held a research fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford and lectureships in political economy at Oxford and the University of Warwick. He completed his academic studies at Queen’s University, UBC, the London School of Economics, and Oxford University.</p><p><br></p></div>, Jayson MeyersGP0|#18ce80be-8070-467c-88ce-dafae74b4afa;L0|#018ce80be-8070-467c-88ce-dafae74b4afa|Jayson Myers;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersJaysonMyers
Cities Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation OCarrollCities Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation<div class="ExternalClassAE6D6736C3DF4D1382148B3E3ED33837"><p>​Sarah O’Carroll is the Cities Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Cities Programme focuses on supporting cities to accelerate the circular economy transition within their cities, by providing city government officials with the tools and resources that they need to shape ambitious policies and collaborate with the private sector, higher education institutions, NGOs and other stakeholders to support long lasting systemic change. She has a degree in chemical engineering and more than 10 years of experience in the circular economy. <br><br></p></div>, Sarah O’Carroll GP0|#994724ac-6ffd-4f03-9c1d-2a17b1542a05;L0|#0994724ac-6ffd-4f03-9c1d-2a17b1542a05|Sarah OCarroll;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersSarahO’Carroll
Co-founder and COO, Moment Energy RattanCo-founder and COO, Moment Energy<div class="ExternalClassE62B299F0CFC4CF299D82F23D2338B57"><p>​Sumreen is a Co-founder and COO at Moment Energy, a BC cleantech start-up that is creating sustainable energy storage systems by repurposing retired electric vehicle batteries. At Moment Energy, Sumreen leads their supply chain and marketing teams and is responsible for establishing relationships with the world’s largest auto manufacturers. Sumreen graduated from SFU with a degree in Mechatronics Systems Engineering. She gained extensive experience working in robotics and quality assurance at companies such as Apple, Archiact, and PNI Digital Media. Recently, Sumreen was announced as one of Canada’s Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders, a Global & Mail Business Changemaker and Canada’s 2022 Clean-50 Emerging Leader.  <br><br></p></div>, Sumreen RattanGP0|#cea3b39a-a151-4876-8321-82080faff272;L0|#0cea3b39a-a151-4876-8321-82080faff272|Sumreen Rattan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersSumreen Rattan #ffd83b
CEO and Co-founder, FoodMesh ReganCEO and Co-founder, FoodMesh <div class="ExternalClass225E60D4D64E4E96B2161683F49D5571"><p>​Jessica is a 4x entrepreneur, business strategist, and social impact investor.  Over the past 15 years, Jessica has advised Fortune 500 corporations, startups, and all four levels of government, including the United Nations, in areas of community economic development and sustainability.   </p><p>Named a Top 50 Women in Tech in 2019, and a recipient of the Clean50 award, Jessica's work concentrates on developing highly scalable startups using business as a vehicle for social change, including: Social Impact Technology Accelerator (SITA) and currently is the CEO and Co-founder of the Mesh Exchange (dba FoodMesh), technology based company building platforms to power the circular economy.  For 13 years, Jessica volunteers as the Vice Chair of KASOW, a Kenyan based charity focusing on supporting women entrepreneurs, and is a Board of Director for the Gitga'at First Nation Economic Development Council.  She is based in Vancouver with her husband and two young children.  <br></p></div>,|#68328958-91ac-44bc-9295-45c62b672b46;L0|#068328958-91ac-44bc-9295-45c62b672b46|Jessica Regan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersJessicaRegan
Coordinator of CERIEC’s network of Living Labs on the Circular Economy RossignolCoordinator of CERIEC’s network of Living Labs on the Circular Economy<div class="ExternalClass396778249726461CBF3F7CB9F32D49CD"><p>Chantal coordinates a network of Living Labs on the Circular Economy at the Center for Intersectoral Studies and Research on the Circular Economy (CERIEC) at École de technologie supérieure (ETS). Present since the network’s launch in 2021, she helped develop the network’s Living Lab approach to mobilize academic, public, private and nonprofit stakeholders across a given value chain to co-create, test, document and scale applied solutions. With 8 to 9 sectoral labs to be launched by 2025, she now oversees the launch of new labs and the practices to transfer knowledge and create synergies between the labs, their sectors and stakeholders. She is also completing a research-based M.A.Sc. in Innovation Management on a 2-step strategy to reduce garment volumes and improve garment fit for everyone. Previously, she managed complex high-stakes executive level multidisciplinary and multi stakeholder international environmental projects. </p> <br></div>, Chantal RossignolGP0|#72a209ad-a3dc-40ba-907f-4eb9be9685d4;L0|#072a209ad-a3dc-40ba-907f-4eb9be9685d4|Chantal Rossignol;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersChantalRossignol
Senior Vice President, Partner Solutions, MaRS Discovery District RyanSenior Vice President, Partner Solutions, MaRS Discovery District<div class="ExternalClass8A957B79E96E48FEBC88FA35A41BFF5B"><p>Alex Ryan leads partner solutions at MaRS, helping government and corporate partners accelerate the adoption of innovation in their organizations, markets and cities. He oversees teams that are helping decarbonize electricity grids, design inclusive smart cities, improve community health and well-being, employ thousands of not in education, employment, or training (NEET) youth, strengthen the impact investing market, and grow Canada’s innovation economy. His writing on smart cities, data governance, policy innovation, social innovation, systemic design, and complex systems science has been published by the World Economic Forum, Fast Company, Axios, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Complexity. </p><p>Alex is also co-founder of Alberta CoLab, the first provincial government innovation lab in Canada. He is an executive-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. As a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Alex previously helped introduce operational and strategic design into the U.S. Army. He serves on several advisory boards, including Participatory City and Energy Futures Lab. His dissertation in applied mathematics advanced a multidisciplinary approach to complex systems design. <br></p></div>, Alex RyanGP0|#027b8db5-8603-4a3e-9b7a-b651d34d40d8;L0|#0027b8db5-8603-4a3e-9b7a-b651d34d40d8|Alex Ryan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersAlexRyan
Commercial Director, Metabolic ScholtenCommercial Director, Metabolic<div class="ExternalClass7C25415C8990429598A07597723074DF"><p>​Emmy is an international strategist with both public and private sector experience, driven by a passion for natural, ecosystem resilience in the era of climate change. At Metabolic HQ in Amsterdam, Emmy is responsible for business development within and outside Metabolic: capacity building and key account management within the Metabolic ecosystem, as well as strategically forging international alliances with partners and clients who seek advice and who are equally committed to drive systems change.  Personable, a knack for languages, and a cycling enthusiasm-turned-lifestyle are a few of Emmy’s traits.</p><p>Previously, Emmy was business developer at a Dutch architecture firm, building consortia and promoting design excellence in large real estate and infrastructure developments. For more than ten years Emmy was part of the Dutch public service; enhancing economic relations and multilateral trade by positioning Dutch expertise related to global challenges. During her diplomatic posting in Toronto, Canada, Emmy fostered public-private partnerships and knowledge sharing on the intersection of city planning, climate change, resilience, and design excellence. These connections informed major transformation projects and shaped networks of Dutch and North-American experts. She holds a Master’s in International and European Law.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Emmy ScholtenGP0|#12d50042-5d50-4f80-810f-3c337c32ad7c;L0|#012d50042-5d50-4f80-810f-3c337c32ad7c|Emmy Scholten;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersEmmyScholten
Founder, sonnevera international corporation & Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta SeidelFounder, sonnevera international corporation & Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta <div class="ExternalClass4E3C66D88AA04254B73F6E7868C043B8">One of Alberta's leading experts in waste reduction, Christina Seidel holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management, a Masters Degree in Environmental Design (Environmental Science), as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She operates sonnevera international corp., a waste reduction consulting firm, and is the current Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta. In addition to her vast knowledge and experience, Christina delivers an honest, down-to-earth approach and hands-on operational expertise greatly appreciated by managers and operating personnel alike. She has spoken across Canada and internationally on waste issues and is also well-known for her project management and facilitation abilities.<br></div>,|#72f7fb2d-0f08-4a01-a9a6-6b96694f36af;L0|#072f7fb2d-0f08-4a01-a9a6-6b96694f36af|Christina Seidel;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersChristina Seidel
International Director, WRAP SwannellInternational Director, WRAP <div class="ExternalClass70C51F65A12141B9AB02ED4B982AEB74">Richard is an environmental scientist with a strong track record of leading teams which tackle plastic pollution, reduce food waste and help businesses deliver Net Zero. As International Director, he leads WRAP’s work around the world, working with partners in over 43 countries to deliver systemic change, particularly within the food and textiles systems. WRAP is a not for profit organisation, based in the UK, which aims to cut waste around the world, drive systemic change and deliver a Net Zero future. WRAP’s programmes, such as the Courtauld Commitment 2030, inspire and deliver change, for example helping to reduce food waste across the UK supply chain by 27% or 1.7 Mt/y and helping to halve GHG emissions from the UK food system by 2030.<br></div>, Richard SwannellGP0|#42c18a11-84e7-4cae-8a59-bc34fce36dd7;L0|#042c18a11-84e7-4cae-8a59-bc34fce36dd7|Richard Swannell;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersRichardSwannell
Executive Director, OneEarth Living TimmerExecutive Director, OneEarth Living<div class="ExternalClassFE1269F426C5461DB7E8D9C57CE5162C"><p>Dr. Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of OneEarth Living, a nonprofit 'think and do tank' advancing sustainable everyday living around the world.​ OneEarth Living collaborates with partners around the world to transform how people live their lives – what they need, what they consume and produce, and what they aspire to – enabling everyone to live good quality lives within their fair share of our Earth's resources. Vanessa is also a Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University with Pathways to Sustainability, the Urban Futures Studio, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. She has studied at Queen’s University, Oxford, UBC and Harvard. Vanessa sits on the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee for the UN Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme. In Canada, she is a board member of the National Zero Waste Council. OneEarth Living is a global leader on sustainable lifestyles through the Beacon for Sustainable Living co-led with the Hot or Cool Institute. In Canada, OneEarth Living leads a Lighter Living initiative in SW British Columbia in partnership with Vancity. OneEarth Living works with cities to enable sustainable living in partnership with C40 Cities and BCIT Centre for EcoCities. In 2018, Vanessa received the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environmental Sustainability.</p><br></div>,|#ebb67543-acd0-4cc8-87b1-465e0da75958;L0|#0ebb67543-acd0-4cc8-87b1-465e0da75958|Vanessa Timmer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersVanessaTimmer#d6ad29
Professor, Marketing and Behavioural Science Division, Sauder School of Business, UBC WhiteProfessor, Marketing and Behavioural Science Division, Sauder School of Business, UBC<div class="ExternalClassEC3C5ED122EC4B13AC8685E9569FD899"><p>​Dr. Kate White holds a Professorship in Consumer Insights, Prosocial Consumption, and Sustainability at the UBC Sauder School of Business. She is also the Senior Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability and the Academic Director of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics.</p><p>Kate’s research focuses on how to encourage ethical and sustainable consumer behaviours. She is the author of the Elusive Green Consumer in Harvard Business Review and 50 published articles topics related to the psychology of consumption and encouraging more sustainable consumer behaviours.</p><p>Kate was honored as one of the top 5 Marketing Researchers in the world by the American Marketing Association and has been inducted to the College of Arts and Sciences, Royal Society of Canada. She was recently awarded a Canada Clean 50 Award for thought leadership in the domain of sustainability and the American Marketing Association’s Award for Responsible Research in Marketing. Kate currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Marketing Research and is on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing, and the Journal of Consumer Psychology.</p><p>Kate has collaborated on various behaviour-change projects with organizations such as The City of Calgary, Starbucks, Proctor and Gamble, Lululemon, The Share, Reuse, Repair Initiative, My Sustainable Canada, and BC Hydro.</p><p><br></p></div>,|#11551eaa-ccf6-4e53-bad1-c49c01c8afb7;L0|#011551eaa-ccf6-4e53-bad1-c49c01c8afb7|Kate White;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersKateWhite
Executive Director, Smart Prosperity Institute WilsonExecutive Director, Smart Prosperity Institute <div class="ExternalClass2440D84CD34046B687F4C460594CA4AB"><p>​Raised in New Brunswick, Mike began his career as an environmental lawyer in Toronto, left to become senior policy adviser to the federal Environment Minister, and then went on to hold a series of increasingly senior roles in the Government of Canada working at the intersection of the environment, economy, and innovation. During his career in government, he was responsible for creating the government's clean air agenda, led Environment Canada's environmental assessment program, and spearheaded a successful public-private initiative to strengthen the role of sustainability in investment decisions.</p><p>Now, as Executive Director of the Smart Prosperity Institute —Canada's leading green economy research institute and think tank—and Executive Vice President of The Natural Step Canada, Mike leads a dynamic and accomplished team, producing cutting edge research, policy advice, and communications strategies for clean economic growth across the Canadian economy. In that role, he was also one of the founding members of Circular Economy Leadership Canada. Mike has long held a firm belief that 'green' and 'growth' can go hand in hand and a drive for making that happen.</p><p><br></p></div>, MikeGP0|#5c712035-880a-4a13-b647-ce6479273b4f;L0|#05c712035-880a-4a13-b647-ce6479273b4f|Mike Wilson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersMikeWilson
Investment Principal, BASF Venture Capital YangInvestment Principal, BASF Venture Capital <div class="ExternalClass2F419E6B6C55498C8706764C02BDB903"><p>​Irene Yang joined BASF Venture Capital North America in February 2022 and is based in Toronto. Irene was previously BASF Canada’s Director of Business Development & Innovation, working alongside several business units on growth plans across industries and leading strategic partnerships. Joining BASF in 2013, Irene has also worked in BASF Asia Pacific and U.S.</p><p>Earlier, Irene held Director of Product Management and Strategic Partnership roles with AMD and was a consultant with McKinsey. Irene earned her MS Engineering (Electrical and Computer Science) and MBA degrees from MIT (USA), and B. Eng. & Management degree from McMaster University (Canada).</p><p><br></p></div>,|#2aba53ad-2549-400f-b1c3-0a551555af91;L0|#02aba53ad-2549-400f-b1c3-0a551555af91|Irene Yang;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#93a21b23-c8e7-45c9-89aa-1864f4fcd24eSpeakersIreneYang

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