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Co-founder and CEO, Evrnu FlynnCo-founder and CEO, Evrnu <div class="ExternalClass155C16A182844858A8345C6F53D2F91B"><p>​Stacy is a textile and apparel specialist with an MBA in Sustainable Systems and a BS in Textile Development and Marketing. Over the past 20 years she developed a diverse background working with both start-ups and large multi-national corporations. She is a global systems specialist with an intimate understanding of global textile and apparel supply chains. Throughout her career, Stacy has developed several large scale programs from concept to in-store implementation and deployed micro programs for start-ups. She specializes in materials reuse to reduce waste and the negative environmental impact of fabrics and garments. She is a future-state visionary who is not confined by current reality limitations when a global imperative must be met. Stacy believes and lives by the notion that the ideas and intentional actions of a single individual have the power to change the world for the better.</p></div>, Stacy FlynnGP0|#f81c6b49-424e-45a0-94b8-dab6c986cb14;L0|#0f81c6b49-424e-45a0-94b8-dab6c986cb14|Stacy Flynn;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdb
Founder and President, Eco Fashion Week LarocheFounder and President, Eco Fashion Week<div class="ExternalClass9A9566E863904CDB816CDA889F59C159"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">Myriam Laroche is the founder and president of Eco Fashion Week (EFW), international sustainable fashion event. After 15 years in the Fashion industry at various capacities, she changed her path to find ways in which to develop a less wasteful, and more responsible Apparel & Textile industry in all aspects including design, manufacturing, distribution and consumption. Since 2010, she has brought to life, 12 seasons of Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver and Seattle and Toronto. Laroche has also provided mentorship for the Forum For Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) and for Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business in Circular Economy. Myriam continues to find ways in which we can improve the industry, and currently works with La Maison Simons in building their transparency plan and eco-library. In addition, she continues to work on solutions to create a healthier Apparel & Textile Industry with brands like Value Village/Savers and Leverage Lab.</span></p></div>, Myriam LarocheGP0|#10e8e780-e575-48c1-87da-d6d068a3eab8;L0|#010e8e780-e575-48c1-87da-d6d068a3eab8|Myriam Laroche;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdb
President & CEO, PAC, Packaging Association and Vice Chair, National Zero Waste Council DownhamPresident & CEO, PAC, Packaging Association and Vice Chair, National Zero Waste Council <div class="ExternalClass13953978521D41499132427C16479664">Since 2006 Jim Downham has been advancing the packaging industry agenda as the President & CEO for the not-for-profit, PAC, Packaging Consortium. Prior to PAC Jim spent his career in the manufacturing of package materials/containers rising to the level of CEO of a $175 million multi-plant North American packaging leader. In 2000 Jim founded LeaderLinx, a packaging industry consultant. In November 2014 Jim reached the pinnacle of his career when he was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois.</div>, Jim DownhamGP0|#dc107bf9-8cc3-4ab6-a2ce-0c5bc03186db;L0|#0dc107bf9-8cc3-4ab6-a2ce-0c5bc03186db|Jim Downham;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdb
Professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University ThompsonProfessor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University<div class="ExternalClass6636C26CBF1B44239EB04CAD36736864"><p>Richard Thompson is Professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean, Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University. Much of Professor Thompson’s work over the last decade has focused on marine debris, with numerous publications and significant research funding on this topic. Professor Thompson co-authored the European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive text on marine litter, prepared reports for the United Nations Global Environment Facility and United Nations Environment Programme, and was lead editor for two substantial journal volumes on plastic litter. In 2014 he presented his research to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, at his Our Ocean meeting in Washington. He has also presented to OECD nations and G7 nations. Recent work by his team directly informed the UK Government decision to introduce legislation on the use of microplastics in cosmetics. He is currently working with G7 nations on the monitoring of marine litter. Professor Thompson obtained his first degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and his PhD from Liverpool University. </p></div>, Richard ThompsonGP0|#7dbafb13-6663-4187-8c50-f332ac7a7d02;L0|#07dbafb13-6663-4187-8c50-f332ac7a7d02|Richard Thompson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdb
Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council BrodieChair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council <div class="ExternalClassAF2BE357DF444964A033DB82F955AB8A"><p>Malcolm Brodie has been a Board Director and Chair of the National Zero Waste Council since its inception in October 2013.  He has also been a member of Council for the City of Richmond since 1996, and following a by-election, he was sworn in as Mayor on October 29, 2001.  Mayor Brodie was re-elected on November 16, 2002, November 19, 2005, November 15, 2008, November 19, 2011, and November 15, 2014.</p><p>Malcolm Brodie has been appointed by his Council to the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver and he currently is the Chair of the Zero Waste Committee and also serves on the Intergovernmental & Finance Committee, the Mayors' Committee, the Performance & Procurement Committee, and the Federal Gas Tax Task Force.  He represents Metro Vancouver on the Municipal Finance Authority, and in 2015, was elected as Chair.  </p><p>Before election to Council, Mayor Brodie was a practicing lawyer and had a long record of service to Richmond in the volunteer community.</p></div>, Malcolm BrodieGP0|#066b26b3-8f15-4442-b450-96df31eb007e;L0|#0066b26b3-8f15-4442-b450-96df31eb007e|Malcolm Brodie;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdb