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General Partner, District Ventures Capital http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Arlene DickinsonGeneral Partner, District Ventures Capital <div class="ExternalClass108B1C0B8A8D4DD3993E9029069A123D"><p>​Arlene Dickinson is a serial entrepreneur and General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and their companies, in the food and health space. She is a three-time best-selling author, podcaster and accomplished public speaker. Arlene is widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning CBC television series, Dragons Den. </p><p>Arlene’s leadership has been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She is a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. Arlene sits on several public and private boards and is actively involved in supporting her community and country.</p><p><em>Keynote: Innovation and Investment | 1:33 pm PST</em><br></p> <br> </div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/ArleneDickinson.jpg, ArleneGP0|#46c36d82-c2f1-4d8a-becc-694da4799790;L0|#046c36d82-c2f1-4d8a-becc-694da4799790|Arlene Dickinson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4c<div class="ExternalClass5DCB201074BC4A74949C2870D2ED7B43"> <p> <br> </p></div>KeynoteArleneDickinson
Astrobiofuturisthttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Billy AlmonAstrobiofuturist<div class="ExternalClass41C98D626B4D48DE806856DE595D8042"><p>Billy is an Astrobiofuturist who explores biology-inspired solutions to improve the human condition for those of us on earth and those who will travel to the stars. He now focuses on speaking to multiple generations of inventors, designers, scientists, and engineers on designing the future they wish to see. Previously, Billy was a creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, leading efforts to develop immersive experiences and environments around the world. He holds a Master's degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University and Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Howard University. Billy sits on the Board of Directors for the Biomimicry Institute, the world’s leading authority on nature’s solutions to design challenges. He also teaches biomimetic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design./p> </p><p><em>Closing Keynote: Living in the Intertidal Zone | 4:30 pm PST</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/BillyAlmon.jpg, Billy AlmonGP0|#c240c69b-7fb4-4aaf-8595-dac7f7d5342b;L0|#0c240c69b-7fb4-4aaf-8595-dac7f7d5342b|Billy Almon;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cKeynoteBillyAlmon
Futurist and Humanist, Author, Keynote Speaker, CEO The Futures Agency, Zurich / Switzerlandhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Gerd LeonhardFuturist and Humanist, Author, Keynote Speaker, CEO The Futures Agency, Zurich / Switzerland<div class="ExternalClass68A387A6D4004ADF91B7AD4CEC1F2DE8"><p>Gerd is a hunter and gatherer of human values from the future. From culture and society to commerce and technology, he brings back the news from the future so business and society leaders can make better choices right now. In his latest book, Technology vs Humanity, Gerd explores the key ethical and social questions which urgently require an answer before we increasingly abdicate our very humanity. For organizations in the grip of disruption, Gerd supplies visionary insights and concentrated wisdom that informs key decisions makers today. Gerd was listed as one of the top 100 influencers in technology by Wired magazine (2015) and his clients include over 200 companies and organisations in 50+ countries. Watch his new short film ‘<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHC5n7G5SeI" target="_blank">The Good Future</a>’ (13m) to get a glimpse into this leading futurist’s mind and vision.</p><p><em>Opening Keynote: Unlocking the Future | 8:45 am PST</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/GerdLeonhard.jpg, Gerd LeonhardGP0|#42da980b-4f5d-425e-a66d-98037b489b0b;L0|#042da980b-4f5d-425e-a66d-98037b489b0b|Gerd Leonhard;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cKeynoteGerd Leonhard
Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel and Partner at SYSTEMIQhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Janez PotocnikCo-Chair of the International Resource Panel and Partner at SYSTEMIQ<div class="ExternalClass84B69C55DD6F4540A53DD563666C590A"><p>​Janez is co-chair of UNEP International Resource Panel that aims at steering society away from over-consumption, waste and ecological harm to a more prosperous future, and a Partner at SYSTEMIQ, a systems change company that partners with business, finance, policy-makers, and civil society to make economic systems truly sustainable. Janez holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and has held numerous research and leadership positions for the Republic of Slovenia - followed by his appointment as the European Commissioner responsible for Science and Research (2004-2010) and Environment (2010-2014). During his tenure, Janez provided policy-makers with the best available science and information to help decouple economic growth from the unsustainable use of natural resources and continues to serve as a special advisor to the current Commissioner for Environment.</p><p>In 2015, Janez received the Fortune Award for Circular Economic Leadership and the Hans-Carl-Von-Carlowitz-Award for his courageous, open-minded, and international work towards the idea of the circular economy in Europe. </p><p> <em>Keynote: Are We On Track to Create a Circular Future? | 10:00 am PST</em> <br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/JanezPotocnik.jpg, Janez Potocnik GP0|#a0ef7733-e219-4ea2-b6df-791252cba584;L0|#0a0ef7733-e219-4ea2-b6df-791252cba584|Janez Potocnik;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cKeynoteJanezPotočnik
Environmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocatehttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Sheila Watt-CloutierEnvironmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocate<div class="ExternalClassBD65FFE8365C48D69C1A6C8A59274DCA"><p>​Sheila is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision-makers for more than a decade, Sheila offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today - the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability - not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we're headed.</p><p>In 2007, Sheila was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work showing the impact of global climate change on human rights - especially in the Arctic. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was elected the Canadian president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) from 1995 to 2002, before becoming the International Chair of the ICC until 2006. Widely recognized for her influential work, Sheila gave a TEDx Talk in 2016 titled ‘Human Trauma and Climate Trauma as One’ and has authored a critically acclaimed memoir titled ‘The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet’. </p><p> <em>Keynote: Adapt And Thrive - Embracing Humanity For Transformation | 3:30 pm PST</em> <br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/SheilaWatt-Cloutier.jpg, Sheila Watt-CloutierGP0|#ee7c0fe0-401e-46d8-9b9d-b33af2a98fce;L0|#0ee7c0fe0-401e-46d8-9b9d-b33af2a98fce|Sheila Watt-Cloutier;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cKeynoteSheilaWatt-Cloutier
Futurist and Founder, FutureScape 248 http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Shivvy JervisFuturist and Founder, FutureScape 248 <div class="ExternalClass381F7745DAC24C52ACEF89AD1DBD7DCC"><p>Named one of Britain’s leading ‘Women of the Year’ for 2021, futurist Shivvy Jervis advocates for human-led innovation and focuses on the critical intersection of three vital areas – digital advances, scientific developments and psychology or our brain chemistry. She is described by the World Economic Forum as “having the unique ability to address complex topics in such a human-centred manner” and by TED Talks as “having a remarkable capacity to uncover the relevant from all the noise.”</p><p>As Europe’s most recognised female and BAME (Asian) ‘tech-for-good’ expert, Shivvy’s insights and forecasting lab, FutureScape 248, have earned a staggering 24 pieces of recognition. A recent hat trick involved being named a Champion of Change (Management Today), and a nominee for both the Great British Businesswoman of the Year and Positive Impact awards.</p><p>She is known for finding, testing and bringing to life only those innovations with sustainable and ethical value. She demystifies and connects how they will go on to shape how we do business, secure our financial futures and elevate our individual potential.</p><p>Shivvy Jervis champions a move from our current phase of ‘Industry 4.0’ to a more human-centred reality – one she calls Humanity 5.0. She examines in equal measure the future of our business and economy on the one hand and how we’ll live, get around, relate and behave on the other. </p><p> <em>Opening Keynote: Unlocking the Future | 8:45 am PST</em> <br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/ShivvyJervis.jpg, Shivvy JervisGP0|#ffb09660-c1f3-4a31-990e-daa6fbd436f3;L0|#0ffb09660-c1f3-4a31-990e-daa6fbd436f3|Shivvy Jervis;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cKeynoteShivvy Jervis

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Public Health Physician and Project Team Lead, FoodNerve http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Adefolami AgunbiadePublic Health Physician and Project Team Lead, FoodNerve <div class="ExternalClass9074C02E3A0447D9A0842EFFA69B1C7E"><p>Dr. Adefolami Agunbiade is a public health physician, community youth leader and Project team lead of the Food Innovation Nervecenter ( FoodNerve) in Lagos, Nigeria. As a top visionary of Rockefeller Foundation's Food Systems Vision Prize, Adefolami is leading local efforts to feed and power local Nigerian communities sustainably, with a goal to achieve near-zero food waste and carbon emissions through intelligent food systems design.</p><p>Today, Adefolami and the FoodNerve team use every resource possible: videos, music, data, and live festivals to inspire and support a new movement of food heroes who will catalyze change for food by 2050.<br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/AdefolamiAgunbiade-5.jpg, Adolefami AgunbiadeGP0|#6713ded2-9ab1-403a-8100-df49b2ed7b67;L0|#06713ded2-9ab1-403a-8100-df49b2ed7b67|Adefolami Agunbiade;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerAdefolami Agunbiade
Senior Vice President, Partner Solutions, MaRS Discovery Districthttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Alex RyanSenior Vice President, Partner Solutions, MaRS Discovery District<div class="ExternalClass2BD7C2E4717B45AE9E81375C38E02457"><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.</p><p><em>Keynote Responding Panel: Are We On Track to Create a Circular Future? | 10:45 am PST</em></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/AlexRyan.jpg, Alex RyanGP0|#f1a946c0-f97e-4ec1-ab86-9a5f65ff6559;L0|#0f1a946c0-f97e-4ec1-ab86-9a5f65ff6559|Alex Ryan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerAlexRyan
Founder of Planetary Healthcare Lab at UBChttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Andrea MacneillFounder of Planetary Healthcare Lab at UBC<div class="ExternalClassEA880BE0D4FB4DF1B40D640458C3B5B1"><p>Dr. Andrea MacNeill is a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer, and a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia where she specializes in sarcoma and peritoneal malignancies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Change and Management and is the founder and principal investigator of the UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab, a novel interdisciplinary research collaborative dedicated to creating health systems that promote both human and planetary health. As the Regional Medical Director of Planetary Health for Vancouver Coastal Health, she is working on a transformational planetary health strategy for the health authority, to mitigate the healthcare climate footprint while creating health and social value. Andrea is committed to designing health systems for optimal planetary health and educating health professionals to be agents of change.</p><div class="ExternalClassA03140EE43A6431A8048DE09E32FDF44"><p><em>Achieving Planetary Health Through Human Health | 4:00 pm PST</em></p><p><br></p></div></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/Andrea_Macneil.jpg, Andrea MacneillGP0|#8e109a81-30f2-4988-a9cd-3f7dfc75b34d;L0|#08e109a81-30f2-4988-a9cd-3f7dfc75b34d|Andrea Macneill;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerAndrea Macneill
Director of Policy, Planning & Outreach in the Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Annette SynowiecDirector of Policy, Planning & Outreach in the Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto <div class="ExternalClass7F851337B8034582B1CD33E30238606F"> <p>As part of its Long Term Waste Management Strategy, the City of Toronto is working towards an aspirational goal of zero waste and a Circular Economy. There, as Director of Policy, Planning & Outreach in the Solid Waste Management Services Division, Annette Synowiec leads a number of cross-cutting integrated waste system portfolios - including extended producer responsibility transition that will financially and operationally hand over the City’s residential recycling program to producers; stakeholder and community outreach which works to build meaningful relationships, value community engagement and seek partnerships to achieve long-term sustainability; advancement of circular economy & innovation in service delivery; future-planning solid waste programs/policies including intergovernmental advocacy and supporting environmental and health and safety compliance in the City’s Solid Waste Division.</p><p>Annette loves working in the public service and has greatly enjoyed her experiences in all aspects of municipal solid waste management. She is on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America.</p><p><em>Embracing Change and Circularity in Canadian Cities and Regions | 12:15 pm PST</em></p><p> <br> </p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/AnnetteSynowiec.jpg, http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/AnnetteSynowiec.jpgGP0|#0f9104a2-4401-46ae-b816-04b50aae9477;L0|#00f9104a2-4401-46ae-b816-04b50aae9477|Annette Synowiec;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerAnnetteSynowiec
Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, Guelph-Wellingtonhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Barb SwartzentruberExecutive Director, Smart Cities Office, Guelph-Wellington<div class="ExternalClassD34681EFFB204673893E0E303145425F"><p>​Barbara Swartzentruber is currently the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Office at Guelph-Wellington. She is also appointed to the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Circular Economy in Canada. As winners of Canada's Smart City Challenge, the City and County of Wellington are collaborating with public and private sector partners to create Canada's first Circular Food Economy. Building on the principles of a circular economy and leveraging the power of data and technology, they are re-imagining a sustainable regional food system that increases access to healthy nutritious food for all, prevents food loss and waste and creates circular businesses for a regenerative economy.</p><p>Barbara has more than 30 years of experience in public sector innovation at the local, provincial and national levels. She has taught public policy, community development and advocacy at several Canadian universities.</p><p><em>Embracing Change and Circularity in Canadian Cities and Regions | 12:15 pm PST</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/BarbSwartzentruber.jpg, Barbara Swartzentruber GP0|#5e019d42-4377-43e6-91c9-8ad35caef8e3;L0|#05e019d42-4377-43e6-91c9-8ad35caef8e3|Barb Swartzentruber;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerBarbara Swartzentruber
Lead, sonnevera international corporation & Executive Director, Recycling Council of Albertahttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Christina SeidelLead, sonnevera international corporation & Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta<div class="ExternalClass2085F705680841CDA01B7007D3135610"><p>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</p><p><em>Moderator ( Leadership across Canada| 11:30 am PST) and (Achieving Health through Planetary Human Health| 4:00 pm PST)<br></em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/ChristinaSeidel.jpg, http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/ChristinaSeidel.jpgGP0|#9164f1be-074c-4ac2-b457-c579f9c15fa6;L0|#09164f1be-074c-4ac2-b457-c579f9c15fa6|Christina Seidel;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerChristinaSeidel
Executive Director, Winnipeg Metropolitan Regionhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Colleen SklarExecutive Director, Winnipeg Metropolitan Region<div class="ExternalClassCEF9838F5F5A48379FB4E226A2F293D3"><p></p><p>Colleen Sklar is the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region where she works with local leaders from across Manitoba in building opportunities for collaboration on land use planning, infrastructure investment, economic development, and water management and protection. She also leads the Lake Friendly Initiative, aimed at creating action across all sectors to protect and preserve Manitoba’s freshwater resources.</p><p>Colleen graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in Conflict Resolution and International Development. Her area of focus has been on creating new organizational structures that can address the challenges faced today by governments, business, and organizations. Colleen is a strong proponent of local-level engagement to build resilience into the future. Her leadership style focuses on building consensus and partnerships to create dynamic organizational processes that ensure all voices are heard. Colleen’s communication skills have created many opportunities to work with provincial, local, and Indigenous governments as well as NGOs on a variety of projects aimed at building resilient and strong communities.</p><p>Colleen is an IAP2 Certified Community Consultant, a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her volunteer work and acted in the capacity of vice-chair on the Lake Manitoba Flood Appeal Commission for the Province of Manitoba.</p><p><em>Embracing Change and Circularity in Canadian Cities and Regions | 12:15 pm PST</em></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/ColleenSkylar.jpg, http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/ColleenSkylar.jpgGP0|#9ed80e84-d322-4cef-bc1d-2bf401e0387d;L0|#09ed80e84-d322-4cef-bc1d-2bf401e0387d|Colleen Sklar;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerColleenSklar
President & CEO of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Daniel VukelichPresident & CEO of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors <div class="ExternalClassBB2A201AE4FE422F9084EF16D4C5EBD1"><p>​Daniel Vukelich has been with AMDR since 2000 - representing the companies that conduct the majority of commercial "single-use" medical device reprocessing and re-manufacturing being done in North American and Europe today. Daniel joined AMDR in the same year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued requirements putting reprocessors on an equal regulatory footing with medical device manufacturers. With over 20 years of experience working on medical device reprocessing issues and representing the industry before state regulatory agencies and international bodies, Daniel is intimately familiar with the industry's legal, regulatory, public relations, and political landscape.</p><p>He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, a Certified Association Executive through American Society of Association Executives, and a former National Debate champion in 1996. Daniel received a B.A. in Political Science and Public Communication with Pi Sigma Alpha honours from the American University in Washington, DC and his Juris Doctor degree from the American University's Washington College of Law. He is a native of Minneapolis and a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars.</p><p><em>Achieving Planetary Health Through Human Health | 4:00 pm PST</em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/DanielVukelich.jpg, http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/DanielVukelich.jpgGP0|#04bdd1b8-f354-46df-8436-06e0614dc265;L0|#004bdd1b8-f354-46df-8436-06e0614dc265|Daniel Vukelich;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerDanielVukelich
Senior Policy Advisor, National Zero Waste Council and Metro Vancouver, member, Canadian Food Policy Advisory Councilhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Denise PhilippeSenior Policy Advisor, National Zero Waste Council and Metro Vancouver, member, Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council<div class="ExternalClass7E7ACA1033524E569D59AEBF8CA17DF7"><p>Denise is a policy-influencer with over 3 decades of experience in community education and development, city-building and land-use planning. She currently helps lead the National Zero Waste Council's Secretariat, helping to secure waste prevention through design and behaviour change using circular economy principles. Her work with the Council has spanned product design and packaging, through to food loss and waste. Denise sits on Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada (AAFC), Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council, and is a jury member and Chair for Impact Canada's Food Waste Reduction Challenge, supporting innovation in food supply chains.</p><p><em>Moderator: Is the Future of Food and Circular Food Systems Found in Design? | 2:00 pm PST</em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/DenisePhillipe.jpgGP0|#a8cff54a-7cd6-4f6a-8c22-a3e2f9f26c0b;L0|#0a8cff54a-7cd6-4f6a-8c22-a3e2f9f26c0b|Denise Philippe;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerDenisePhilippe
PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Rheaplyhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Garry CooperPhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Rheaply<div class="ExternalClass8A5FB760237849058927F3016ACEC1F5"><p>​Dr. Garry Cooper is the co-founder and CEO of Rheaply, a Chicago-based tech company that enables Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and universities to better visualize, quantify, and utilize their physical resources. He serves on the boards of directors of P33 Chicago and 1871, the faculty of Northwestern University, and the investor team at LongJump Ventures, of which he is a founding partner. Previously, Garry facilitated supply chain and performance improvement for enterprise businesses at Ernst & Young. As a result of his work, Garry has received recognition on the Forbes Next 1000, Chicago Magazine’s The New Power 30, and Crain’s 40 Under 40 lists, and as a scholar at Google for Entrepreneurs. Garry has published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals and holds a US patent. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University.</p><p><em>Innovation Showcase | 2:45 pm PST</em></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/GarryCooper.jpg, Garry CooperGP0|#1ad45a47-b6af-4a46-acd9-8969108ad657;L0|#01ad45a47-b6af-4a46-acd9-8969108ad657|Garry Cooper;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerGarryCooper Jr.
Managing Director, The Canada Plastics Pacthttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/George RoterManaging Director, The Canada Plastics Pact<div class="ExternalClass4CFEB66EFE3D438594BB5DDA4BB98267"><p>​George is the Managing Director of the Canada Plastic Pact which boasts over 70 members and signatories from businesses, governments, associations and non-profit organizations. He brings his leadership, organizational design and social change skills to establishing and growing this newly formed initiative in Canada.</p><p>He began his career co-founding and serving as CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada, a leading innovation, advocacy and skills development NGO. Under his leadership for 14 years, EWB Canada grew into an organization of thousands of young leaders and engineers in Canada and across Africa. He then took on the challenge of advancing open internet technologies globally as Director of Open Innovation Programs at Mozilla. George is an Ashoka Fellow (2011), was awarded the Young Leaders Award by the Public Policy Forum (2007), named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2005), and was awarded an Action Canada Fellowship (2004) on public policy. He is humbled to have received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil) in addition to four honorary Doctorate degrees (University of Waterloo, McMaster University, University of Calgary and Queen’s University) along with a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo.</p><p>George is the Managing Director of the Canada Plastic Pact which boasts over 70 members and signatories from businesses, governments, associations and non-profit organizations. He brings his leadership, organizational design and social change skills to establishing and growing this newly formed initiative in Canada.</p><p><em>Leadership across Canada | 11:20 am PST</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/GeorgeRoter.jpg, George RoterGP0|#0f328c37-219d-4e06-b826-d1271a1319ec;L0|#00f328c37-219d-4e06-b826-d1271a1319ec|George Roter;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerGeorgeRoter
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategyhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/George HeymanMinister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy<div class="ExternalClassACDCCF21CED8472893E1F317B016F562"><p></p><p>George Heyman was first elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in 2013. Born and raised in Vancouver, George has lived and worked throughout northwestern British Columbia. Since 2017, George has served as the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and previously served as the Opposition Spokesperson for Environment, Green Economy, and Technology. He took on a major role in creating the CleanBC plan, aimed at the reduction of air pollution, while creating more jobs and economic opportunities for people, businesses and communities in the renewable energy sector. In 2020, George also became the Minister responsible for TransLink.</p><p>Prior to his election as MLA, George was Executive Director of the Sierra Club BC, one of our province’s oldest environmental advocacy and education organizations. He also served three terms as president of the BC Government and Services Employees’ Union (BCGEU) from 1999 to 2008. He has been a faculty member of Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Negotiation program, teaching courses in multi-party negotiations and collaborative decision making, has guest lectured at a number of universities in BC and abroad, and served on advisory committees for post-graduate and undergraduate degree programs at three BC Universities.</p><p><em>Greetings </em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/GeorgeHeyman.jpg, George HeymanGP0|#2eec7f50-b92b-44cf-a66a-30bfecbabaca;L0|#02eec7f50-b92b-44cf-a66a-30bfecbabaca|George Heyman;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerHonorable GeorgeHeyman
Chair, National Zero Waste Councilhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Jack FroeseChair, National Zero Waste Council<div class="ExternalClass844A821D1A6E4CB781149EFCE1858B35"><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. </p><p> <em>Moderator</em> <br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/JackFroese.jpg, Jack FroeseGP0|#62681147-2e87-4945-9197-15de77a71dd2;L0|#062681147-2e87-4945-9197-15de77a71dd2|Jack Froese;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerJackFroese
Commissioner/CAO, Metro Vancouverhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Jerry DobrovolnyCommissioner/CAO, Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClassC9CDAC4DF5A64755A28816CF66071D19"><p>With more than 30 years of experience in local government, large-scale infrastructure planning and operations management, Jerry Dobrovolny is a passionate advocate for local government leading Metro Vancouver’s 1,800-strong workforce in providing essential utility and other critical services to the region’s 23 member jurisdictions and 2.7 million residents. As stewards of over 25% of the Region’s land base that ranges from high mountain watersheds to fresh and salt water marshes, Metro Vancouver’s 150 scientists and technical staff are entrusted to protect the region’s most sensitive ecological habitats.</p><p>Previously City Engineer and General Manager of Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver, and a New Westminster city councillor, Jerry’s expertise and collaborative executive leadership skills spearhead Metro Vancouver’s ambitious policy and utility capital programmes. With an annual budget of $2.5 billion, priorities include upgrading multi-billion dollar utility systems, making the region more resilient against climate change, increasing the supply of affordable housing and delivering a regional strategy to bring economic prosperity and equity to all for generations to come.</p><p>Jerry has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Professional Engineering designation and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He also played offensive tackle in the Canadian Football League from 1983 to 1987. Jerry and his family live in New Westminster.​<br></p> </div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/JerryDobrovolny.jpg, Jerry DobrovolnyGP0|#7125932c-af26-497b-9b63-a3d936a34b4b;L0|#07125932c-af26-497b-9b63-a3d936a34b4b|Jerry Dobrovolny;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerJerryDobrovolny
Director of the Circular Cities Hubhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Joanna WilliamsDirector of the Circular Cities Hub<div class="ExternalClass3D3E9D515F664F0D89D6CAD83F71A6E1"><p>Jo is the Director of the Circular Cities Hub. She is also a Professor in Sustainable Development at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. She has 24 years of research experience, working closely with industry, government and cities. She also advises International bodies (European Commission, EEA, OECD and UN) on the delivery of circular cities, low carbon cities, circular, sharing and bio economies. Jo is on the steering panel for several large European research projects. She has published widely, including her books Zero Carbon Homes - A Road Map and Circular cities: a revolution in urban sustainability, both published by Earthscan Routledge.<br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/JoannaWilliams.jpg, Joanna WilliamsGP0|#3616d23a-5f28-4bfb-a9b4-d552c964b47d;L0|#03616d23a-5f28-4bfb-a9b4-d552c964b47d|Joanna Williams;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerJoanna Williams
Co-founders, LOOP Missionhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/LOOP MissionCo-founders, LOOP Mission<div class="ExternalClass4B20D6CC30B54FFF96B61B5DEBD5322D"><p>Founded by Julie Poitras-Saulnier and David Côté, LOOP Mission is a circular economy company that aims to reduce food waste by repurposing the outcasts of the food industry. After co-founding RISE Kombucha and an organic vegan restaurant chain, Crudessence, David embarked on a new mission: to save rejected food items of the industry by co-founding LOOP Mission. Julie left everything behind to co-found LOOP Mission with him after leading many companies' green initiatives. Julie and David are the first duo to have emerged from the Dragon's Den and return as guest Dragons themselves.</p><p>At LOOP Mission, they save fruits and veggies that are rejected because they don't have the proper shape, size or a shelf life that is not long enough to survive the distribution cycle. LOOP Mission transforms them into cold pressed juices, sour beers made with day old bread, a gin made with potato cuttings from a potato chips company, and soaps made with rejected cooking oil and probiotic sodas that give a second life to the by-products of the essential oil industry. Since the company was founded in 2016, it has saved more than 5,388 tons of food, avoided the emission of 4,351 tons of GHGs, and saved more than 415 million liters of water.</p><p> LOOP Mission reached the semi-final round of the Government of Canada’s Food Waste Reduction Challenge and won $100,000.</p> <p> <em>Innovation Showcase | 2:45 pm PST</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/Loop.jpg, LoopGP0|#32d8bf12-5819-4475-82e6-3377e6e9bb3c;L0|#032d8bf12-5819-4475-82e6-3377e6e9bb3c|LOOP Mission;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerJulie Poitras-Saulnier & David Côté
Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbiahttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Kai ChanProfessor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia<div class="ExternalClassCB8B8C103F06404490AE49A0831E71D2"><p> Kai Chan is a professor and the Canadian Research Chair at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton and Stanford Universities. His mission for his work and with his students at the CHANS lab (Connecting Human and Natural Systems) at UBC is to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder — today and into the future. Kai was the coordinating lead author for the Pathways and Solutions chapter of the recent ‘UN biodiversity report’ (aka the <a href="https://ipbes.net/global-assessment" target="_blank">Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services</a>). <br></p><div class="ExternalClassBF43F729E9F049D0B025C33D90212066"><p><em>Keynote Responding Panel: Are We On Track to Create a Circular Future? | 10:45 am PST</em></p></div></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/KaiChan.jpg, http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/KaiChan.jpgGP0|#1232677e-9b17-4dd0-b4fd-bbff48186cf5;L0|#01232677e-9b17-4dd0-b4fd-bbff48186cf5|Kai Chan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerKaiChan
Associate Professor at UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Mediahttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Kathryn GretsingerAssociate Professor at UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media<div class="ExternalClass9954F216DDDE4DDF8E9703D4673D0C5F"><p></p><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.</p><p><em>Moderator</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/KathrynGretsinger.jpg, Kathryn Gretsinger GP0|#8bb50d9a-0a30-47c9-974d-a33fa712e9a9;L0|#08bb50d9a-0a30-47c9-974d-a33fa712e9a9|Kathryn Gretsinger;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerKathrynGretsinger
Global Head of Food, Health, & Local Economies, SecondMusehttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Kristin CoatesGlobal Head of Food, Health, & Local Economies, SecondMuse<div class="ExternalClass6951108BF3334AA580A7A99A6F06907B"><p>​Kristin’s understanding and love affair with the food system started as a teen as a farmer with the Peconic Land Trust. Guided by her new passion, she moved to the jungles of Belize to support the development of organic farms, and later as a volunteer on a biodynamic farm in New Zealand. No matter where she was in the world, it was the interconnection of people, the land, and food that gave meaning to each place.</p><p>As Global Head of Food, Health, and Local Economies at SecondMuse, an innovation company that works with visionary corporations, cities, governments, organizations and startups to create 21st century economies, Kristin uses experience design, systems thinking, and the power of connection to drive local, national, and global change. Within her portfolio is the recent completion of the Food System Vision Prize funded by The Rockefeller Foundation; the launch of a new regional food system initiative called Urban Food Hives in partnership with Oxfam; Headstream funded by Pivotal Ventures; Movember focused on black tech creatives, and building a Main Street entrepreneur ecosystem in Battle Creek, MI funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.</p><p>For over 15 years, Coates Consulting, designed and developed, dozens of award-winning sustainable tourism destinations across the globe. Each destination championed local economies, local conservation, and local culture through every touch point of the guest experience including Patagonia National Park, Post Ranch Inn, Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, and dozens more. From inception to launch, Kristin helped design the original vision, create a development and operations team, and raise over $65M to design and develop the award-winning Cavallo Point – The Lodge at Golden Gate, a public/private partnership with the Department of Interior.</p><p>Kristin received degrees in International Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont and Sustainable Tourism at George Washington University. Kristin lives with her husband and son in Telluride, CO.</p><p><em>Is the Future of Food and Circular Food Systems Found in Design? | 2:00 pm PST</em></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/KristinCoates.jpgGP0|#4b19aa04-892e-4bd5-bf44-c92a6e3d4729;L0|#04b19aa04-892e-4bd5-bf44-c92a6e3d4729|Kristin Coates;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerKristinCoates
Founder and CEO of Branchfoodhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Lauren AbdaFounder and CEO of Branchfood<div class="ExternalClassF25DB47D544E41EA84C1BF45CA9E348D"><p>Lauren Abda is the founder and CEO of Branchfood, the largest community of food entrepreneurs and start-ups in New England. She is also the co-founder at Branch Venture Group, an angel network for investment in early-stage food start-ups. Before founding Branchfood, Lauren consulted for food-tech businesses in Boston and San Francisco, worked as an analyst for Salt Venture Partners LLC (a venture capital firm focused on food start-ups), and wrote reports on international food safety development initiatives on behalf of the agriculture and commodities division at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a master's in food policy and applied nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a bachelor of science degree in nutrition and food science from the University of Vermont.</p><p> <em>Is the Future of Food and Circular Food Systems Found in Design? | 2:00 pm PST</em></p> </div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/LaurenAbda.jpg, Lauren AbdaGP0|#a7ce9cf6-89b5-46dc-964d-c23ef80a7061;L0|#0a7ce9cf6-89b5-46dc-964d-c23ef80a7061|Lauren Abda;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4c<div class="ExternalClass994E6BA5D47F40CA8235BD8F34C9EF00"><br></div><p>​</p>SpeakerLaurenAbda
Dessertohttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/DessertoDesserto<div class="ExternalClassE4CAFAB3FA8F4DC59D0AA625D6B98B46"><p>​Desserto is the first vegan leather produced in Mexico. Its creation story lies in the journey of two young Mexicans, Adrián López Arriaga López Velarde and Marte Arturo Cázarez Duarte, who grabbed the opportunities to pursue studies and work halfway around the world in Taiwan but returned home to apply what they had learned. Adrián developed an expertise in how sustainable materials could be used in the furniture and fashion industries, while Marte focused more on understanding the dynamics of business, working in the aloe vera industry before turning his interests to fashion. In 2019, these two creative and mission-driven individuals formed the company Adriano Di Martí, S.A. de C.V.</p><p>Realizing that the demand for leather was growing, their objective was to create a material with a much smaller ecological footprint than leather and current faux leathers. The ideal material needed to be abundant and was relatively easy to cultivate, requiring little water, no additional energy besides sunlight and free of pesticides/pesticides. In brainstorming the options, they realized that Nopal, a cactus abundant in Mexico, checked all the boxes. After two years of intense research and development, Desserto was born - its quality making it an attractive alternative for leather in fashion, footwear, automotive and aeronautics.<br></p><p><em>Innovation Showcase | 9:30 am PST</em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/Desserto.jpg, http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/Desserto.jpgGP0|#a931a33a-5388-45d0-80c5-820122161615;L0|#0a931a33a-5388-45d0-80c5-820122161615|Desserto;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerMarte Arturo Cázarez Duarte and Adrián López Velarde
Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Cascades Recovery +http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Mikhael MetauroDirector of Organizational Effectiveness, Cascades Recovery +<div class="ExternalClass2E5ECDCAFA624B7EA907EEEF1A4EDE3C"><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!</p><p><em>Moderator of the Innovation Showcases | 9:30 am PST & 2:45 pm PST</em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/MikhaelMetauro.jpgGP0|#95dde96e-46c8-4948-85b7-d773550a8c6e;L0|#095dde96e-46c8-4948-85b7-d773550a8c6e|Mikhael Metauro;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerMikhaelMetauro
Co-Founder & CEO, Novoloophttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Miranda WangCo-Founder & CEO, Novoloop<div class="ExternalClassD0D57631C8F54B22A6D49453D85EBD50"><p>​Miranda Wang is a climate tech entrepreneur building one of the most innovative plastic transformation companies in Silicon Valley. She is the co-founder and CEO of Novoloop, a low-carbon advanced recycling and sustainable materials provider that upgrades the most common plastic waste into performance materials worth up to 50x more. Miranda is a Forbes 30 Under 30, UN Young Champion of the Earth, a Rolex Awards Laureate, and a Pritzker Environmental "Genius" Awardee. She studied engineering entrepreneurship and biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Miranda grew up in Vancouver and attributes her inspiration to be part of creating a circular economy in plastics to a field trip to a waste transfer station (as part of Metro Vancouver Youth Sustainability Leadership Boot Camp) where she was shocked by the vast amount of plastic that was destined for landfill.</p><p> <em>Innovation Showcase | 2:45 pm PST</em></p></div><br>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/MirandaWang.jpg, Miranda WangGP0|#5a1f7a44-da1e-429d-84f3-c12f4f20a2b7;L0|#05a1f7a44-da1e-429d-84f3-c12f4f20a2b7|Miranda Wang;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerMirandaWang
Executive Lead, North America, Ellen MacArthur Foundationhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Nik EngineerExecutive Lead, North America, Ellen MacArthur Foundation<div class="ExternalClass282C9DF2218742B59425FCF475D480EA"><p>​​​​Nik is Executive Lead, North America at the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, overseeing strategy and operations in the region as well as the Foundation's international business programs and relationships. Since joining in 2016, he has led the Foundation's efforts to build the world's largest network of organizations transitioning to a circular economy and advised leading multinational companies on matters of circular economy vision and strategy.</p><p><em>Keynote Responding Panel | 10:45 am PST</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/NikEngineer.jpg, Nik EngineerGP0|#201a75ef-5cf4-41b0-9e2c-d3b71ae7ed72;L0|#0201a75ef-5cf4-41b0-9e2c-d3b71ae7ed72|Nik Engineer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerNikEngineer
Founder, Mr Lyan Studio, Bartender and Author http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Ryan ChetiyawardanaFounder, Mr Lyan Studio, Bartender and Author <div class="ExternalClass9904EC8CEE664ADBAAFCE4E9B963FBFB"><p>Award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr Lyan – owner of Lyaness, London Super Lyan, Amsterdam and Silver Lyan, Washington DC and previous recipient of awards such as World’s Best Bar, World’s Best Bartender and Person of the Decade – is a champion of sustainable luxury, and boundary pushing innovations in food and drink. Committed to challenging conventions, Ryan was awarded one of the inaugural ‘Sustainable Spirit Awards’ at Tales of the Cocktail 2016 for work on environmentally conscientious practice – something Ryan has initiated and championed in the bar world, including being credited with coining the term “Closed Loop Cocktails” during his sustainability lectures in 2011. He has been named UK bartender of the Year twice and in 2015 was named ‘International Bartender of the Year’. In 2019, Ryan was named No 5 in the Business Insider most influential figures globally in food & drink, and was named in the inaugural Bar World 100 as the most influential figure in drink around the world by Drinks International. In 2020, Ryan joined the 85+ world leading experts when he launched his first series as a MasterClass instructor.</p><div class="ExternalClassF2BD642E8A324A019A37B4978E37D76A"><p><em>Innovation Showcase | 9:30 am PST</em></p></div></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/RyanChetiyawardana.jpg, Ryan ChetiyawardanaGP0|#93f07ddb-a5b2-4cdd-93fa-91fe6f952407;L0|#093f07ddb-a5b2-4cdd-93fa-91fe6f952407|Ryan Chetiyawardana;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerRyanChetiyawardana
CLUBZERØ Founder & CEOhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Safia QureshiCLUBZERØ Founder & CEO<div class="ExternalClass6720FB8FE4A045B3B1A7F83DD12AD617"><p>Safia Qureshi is an award-winning Architect, innovation designer and educator based in London who founded CLUBZERØ (formerly CupClub) in 2015. CLUBZERØ is the pioneer of reusability in consumer food and beverage packaging, having delivered the service at scale commercially for major NextGen food and beverage brands. Key awards include <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90386294/innovation-by-design-2019-user-experience" target="_blank">Best UX Design 2019 Fast Company</a> and <a href="https://www.ourocean2017.org/sites/default/files/2017-emf.pdf" target="_blank">New Plastics Economy Winner</a> from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Safia has led on product, helping the company define universal drop point design and standardized reusable packaging for scalability, allowing brands to develop their own packaging to operate across the platform. Safia also directed the company to design and publish its work in sustainability with a focus on delivering a life cycle assessment methodology that calculates impact down to every reuse by tracking reusable packaging with a digital ID across the platform.  As a result, CLUBZERØ is market leading with a record return rate of 95% across retail and 99% across closed buildings. Customers include NextGen consortium brands Starbucks, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Yum Brands, Nestle, and Wendy's, as well as Cushman & Wakefield, leading food service company Baxter Storey, and retailer John Lewis & Partners.<br></p><p><em>Innovation Showcase | 9:30 am PST</em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/SafiaQureshi.jpg, Safia QureshiGP0|#487120d2-64a9-447e-a9ab-b0f0f19e2c3b;L0|#0487120d2-64a9-447e-a9ab-b0f0f19e2c3b|Safia Qureshi;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerSafiaQureshi
Chair, Metro Vancouver Boardhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Sav DhaliwalChair, Metro Vancouver Board<div class="ExternalClass5B03EFF40AD84144978B9FF19DEC41E9"><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. 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.</p><p><em>Moderator</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/SavDhaliwal.jpg, Sav DhaliwalGP0|#83a5fd88-58b2-4fbe-8d7a-a928a947d88e;L0|#083a5fd88-58b2-4fbe-8d7a-a928a947d88e|Sav Dhaliwal;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerSav Dhaliwal
Executive Director, Environmental Standards Branch Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategyhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Sonya SundbergExecutive Director, Environmental Standards Branch Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy<div class="ExternalClass87CC913FA2BA41F5A8616E964B83F4CC"><p>​Sonya Sundberg has spent more than twenty years leading environmental sustainability initiatives in both public and non-profit sector organizations.  In her current role as Executive Director, Sonya represents the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy leading the Environmental Standards Branch in key initiatives for advancing the circular economy including the Province's Plastics Action Plan, Extended Producer Responsibility programs under BC's Recycling Regulation, and several provincial funding programs such as the Plastics Action Fund, Clean Coast Clean Waters and Organics Infrastructure Programs.  This is in addition to a wide array of pollution prevention legislation and policies for the protection of human health and the environment including hazardous and industrial waste management, integrated pest management, Provincial air quality and municipal solid and liquid waste management.  Prior to joining the Ministry in 2013, Sonya worked for the Islands Trust where she developed and managed their grants program and also enjoyed two years as the Executive Director of the Victoria Compost Education Centre.  Before firmly planting her feet in Victoria in 2005, Sonya spent more than five years in the field of international development working primarily in Nicaragua partnering with local organizations on community-based food security projects and managing international internship programs.<br></p><p><em>Leadership across Canada | 11:20 am PT</em><br></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/SonyaSundberg.jpg, Sonya SundbergGP0|#eb189da5-c0db-46bc-be1c-cd966aa54015;L0|#0eb189da5-c0db-46bc-be1c-cd966aa54015|Sonya Sundberg;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerSonyaSundberg
Vice-President of Operations, RECYC-QUÉBEChttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Sophie Langlois-BlouinVice-President of Operations, RECYC-QUÉBEC<div class="ExternalClass64DAD9565D54424DAC04A7F67EA78098"><p>Sophie Langlois-Blouin has worked for the government agency RECYC-QUÉBEC since October 2005 and has been Vice-President of Operations since May 2018. Sophie coordinates all financial assistance programs and is in charge of extended producer responsibility (EPR), current recycling systems (curbside collection; organic matter; tires; deposit-refund on beer and soft drinks single-use containers; construction, renovation, and demolition waste), circular economy and waste reduction. She also oversees teams responsible for supporting municipalities and the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors. Sophie holds a bachelor's degree in public communication from Université Laval and a master's degree in environmental studies from Unversité de Sherbrooke.</p><p>Sophie will discuss how the Quebec Circularity Gap Report is helping accelerate action in Quebec.<br></p><p><em>Leadership across Canada | 11:20 am PST</em></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/SophieLangloisBlouin.jpg, Sophie Langlois-BlouinGP0|#8c5e05db-0a43-4f5b-908e-b056041532f8;L0|#08c5e05db-0a43-4f5b-908e-b056041532f8|Sophie Langlois-Blouin;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerSophieLanglois-Blouin
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadahttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Tom RosserAssistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada<div class="ExternalClassF61E373B744D453F94D567203024B5C8"><p>​Since February 2021, Mr. Tom Rosser is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Market and Industry Services Branch at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). His responsibilities include trade negotiations, agriculture and agri-food sectoral competitiveness, and departmental regional offices.</p><p>Tom joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy in January 2017.  During that time, he was responsible for leading on major policy issues on behalf of the Department including Cabinet and intergovernmental affairs, implementing the Food Policy for Canada, as well as economic analysis. <br></p><p>Before joining AAFC, he was the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, responsible for policy development, Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs, communications, economic analysis and trade. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service (CFS), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).<br></p><p>Earlier in his career, Tom held a number of positions in both the public and private sectors related to economic and public policy analysis in natural resource sectors. This included assignments at NRCan, Industry Canada and the Forest Products Association of Canada.<br></p><p>A British Chevening Scholar, Tom holds a Master of Science in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of London as well as Masters and Bachelor's degrees in Public Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa.<br></p><p><em>Leadership across Canada | 11:20 am PT</em></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/TomRosser.jpg, Tom RosserGP0|#8a4cf9d7-fbb4-4298-aa6c-7da4fefc09d1;L0|#08a4cf9d7-fbb4-4298-aa6c-7da4fefc09d1|Tom Rosser;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerTomRosser
Senior Design Lead, IDEOhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Uvini LokugeSenior Design Lead, IDEO<div class="ExternalClass3F9E40BC45D349FEBA2DE4E0342A47D9"><p>​Uvini Lokuge is a Senior Design Lead at IDEO within IDEO’s Strategy & Systems Group. Uvini’s expertise is in designing circular and waste-free solutions that are systemic in nature but enabled by individuals, from customers to executives. She has led industry-wide collaborations between executives and startups to support the innovation process and implementation of these new waste-free systems. Uvini has expertise across designing for behavior change in shoppers to adopt and use new circular models and designing enabling infrastructure for these models to work across retailers. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.</p><p><em>Is the Future of Food and Circular Food Systems Found in Design? | 2:00 pm PST</em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/UviniLokage.jpgGP0|#deb370cb-17ec-46a1-8a53-d2bc79a2926e;L0|#0deb370cb-17ec-46a1-8a53-d2bc79a2926e|Uvini Lokuge;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerUviniLokuge
Co-Founder and Executive Director, OneEarth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Councilhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Vanessa TimmerCo-Founder and Executive Director, OneEarth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council<div class="ExternalClass9696A04E9C004CE2918ECCB167292815"><p>​Dr. Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver, Canada-based environmental 'think and do tank' creating and imagining sustainable ways of living in cities and around the world. One Earth collaborates with partners 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 planet'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 holds a Doctorate and studied at Queen's University, Oxford, UBC and Harvard. Vanessa sits on the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee for the United Nations 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles Programme. In Canada, she is a Board member of the National Zero Waste Council and of the Vancouver Foundation Partnership Committee. In 2018, Vanessa received the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environmental Sustainability.</p><p><em>Conference MC and Moderator</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/VanessaTimmer.jpg, Vanessa TimmerGP0|#a1313004-c850-4184-9860-724c817f4711;L0|#0a1313004-c850-4184-9860-724c817f4711|Vanessa Timmer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerVanessaTimmer