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Founder & CEO, BIOFABRICATE LeeFounder & CEO, BIOFABRICATE<div class="ExternalClassE4ED00EA39274EB6B2021B4908975225"><p>​Suzanne is a designer turned pioneer of biotechnology for consumer products. She started growing materials from microbes for the fashion industry in 2003 coining the term 'Biocouture<sup>TM</sup>'. Today Suzanne is the founder of Biofabricate, a global network serving the needs of biomaterial innovators, investors and consumer brands. Biofabricate’s vision is 'A sustainable material world. Built with biology, not oil'. </p><p>Suzanne is the author of 'Fashioning the Future: tomorrow’s wardrobe'. She is a special advisor to Parley For The Oceans on biomaterials, a TED Senior Fellow, and a Launch Material Innovator - an initiative of NASA, Nike, USAID and the US State Department. For the previous 5 years Suzanne was the Chief Creative Officer of Modern Meadow, a materials startup in New York. </p></div>|#f0c14cce-d859-4d54-bf19-d7c395871749;L0|#0f0c14cce-d859-4d54-bf19-d7c395871749|Suzanne Lee;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynoteSuzanneLee
Assistant Professor in Ecology, University of Toronto & Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy RochmanAssistant Professor in Ecology, University of Toronto & Scientific Advisor to Ocean Conservancy<div class="ExternalClass54CAAE5B211641C2A427C251E8DF4433"><p>​Chelsea received her PhD in Ecology from a joint program between University of California, Davis and San Diego State University in 2013. She then was a Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology. She is currently a Sloan Fellow. She was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2016. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for more than a decade.</p><p>She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In addition to her research, Chelsea works to translate her science beyond academia. For example, Chelsea presented her work to the United Nations General Assembly and at the US State Department. Moreover, she co-founded an outreach group call the U of T Trash Team.</p></div>|#a66eeac0-5a42-4791-8976-64767cae6840;L0|#0a66eeac0-5a42-4791-8976-64767cae6840|Chelsea Rochman;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynoteChelseaRochman
Professor of Neuroscience, University of London and Founder & Director, Lab of Misfits LottoProfessor of Neuroscience, University of London and Founder & Director, Lab of Misfits<div class="ExternalClass12010A48E63C408899A5EAB1D2F068E9"><p>Beau Lotto is the director of The Lab of Misfits, a neuroscience studio that seeks to "break down the walls of the traditional laboratory" and study humans in their natural habitats. By inviting audiences to take part in his interactive research, Lotto is able to achieve more authentic results. The goal of his work is not objectivity, but adaptability. "The most successful systems are the ones that are adaptable," Lotto explains. "Being able to have flexibility in our perception means we can adapt to a changing world." His methods, while unconventional, are deeply interactive and immersive. The measurable insights gleaned from these experiments have led to organizational breakthroughs for clients as diverse as Cirque du Soleil, L'Oréal, and The London Science Museum.</p><p>Lotto is a professor of neuroscience at the University of London, and a visiting scholar at New York University. He is the author of <em>Why We See What We Do</em>, and <em>Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently</em>. In addition to his role at The Lab of Misfits, Lotto is the Founder and CEO of the sound-based AR company Acoustigram. He has spoken at large-scale events such as the G8 Innovation Conference, as well as for companies like <em>WIRED </em>and Google. Lotto has contributed to television and radio documentaries produced by influential media such as the <em>BBC</em>, <em>National Geographic</em>, <em>Netflix </em>and<em> PBS</em>.</p></div>|#5cab1cfd-4bb4-405c-9c1d-165729fba43c;L0|#05cab1cfd-4bb4-405c-9c1d-165729fba43c|Beau Lotto;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434KeynoteBeauLotto
Architect & Principal, MGA GreenArchitect & Principal, MGA <div class="ExternalClass723D43C6B3EF4F84A12409661A15B5EC"><p>Michael Green is an award-winning architect known for his research, leadership, and advocacy in promoting the use of wood, new technology and innovation in the built environment. He lectures internationally on the subject, including his TED talk, “Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers.” Based in Vancouver, Canada, Michael founded MGA to create meaningful and sustainable change in building through innovation in construction sciences and design. Michael and his team are ambitiously extending the boundaries of mass timber construction, having completed some of the largest modern timber buildings in the world, including The Wood Innovation Design Centre and T3 Minneapolis. He is also the founder of DBR | Design Build Research and TOE | Timber Online Education, a non-profit school and research platform dedicated to teaching the design and construction of socially, culturally and environmentally relevant student-led installations, with a focus in systemic change in building for climate, environment, disaster and global shelter needs. </p><p>Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and has been honoured with North America’s most prestigious awards, including two RAIC Innovation Awards and three Governor General’s Medals. In 2014, Michael received an honourary doctorate degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. He is the co-author of ‘The Case for Tall Wood Buildings,’ now in its second edition, and ‘Tall Wood Buildings: Design, Construction and Performance.’ An avid traveler and adventurer, Michael has explored remote regions on every continent and loves ice climbing, mountaineering, ocean kayaking and biking.</p></div>,|#ab539b8e-00a0-4e9b-acf9-36f5ff6d861f;L0|#0ab539b8e-00a0-4e9b-acf9-36f5ff6d861f|Michael Green;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#d4606ea2-a17f-44c9-8c88-c038bb814434MichaelGreen

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Vice President, Development, Ocean Wise President, Development, Ocean Wise<div class="ExternalClass3E684A1855D74F5E9E8C9A9A0F64F50F"><p>​​Jeremy has focused his career on building strategic, creative and sustainable partnerships that increase the capacity and impact of non-profit organizations worldwide. </p><p>  He is currently Vice President of Development at Ocean Wise, a global conservation NGO and parent organization of the Vancouver Aquarium. He oversees external funding and government relations – working closely with policy-makers, business leaders and major philanthropists. He developed the successful Plastic Wise initiative and has been involved in various plastics roundtables, workshops and speaking engagements. </p><p> Before joining Ocean Wise, Jeremy held similar roles at the David Suzuki Foundation, BBC Media Action, and Action for Children – and spent a year living on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands. He is also currently a board director at Vancouver Farmers Markets and Leading Change. </p><p> Jeremy has an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario. </p></div>, Jeremy DouglasGP0|#87ad2aa0-6bd1-4901-a84c-ffabb2f45c8f;L0|#087ad2aa0-6bd1-4901-a84c-ffabb2f45c8f|Jeremy Douglas;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10JeremyDouglas
Director of Cities and Communities & Policy Director of Circular Economy, Smart Prosperity Institute of Cities and Communities & Policy Director of Circular Economy, Smart Prosperity Institute<div class="ExternalClassB5BABD29289740C5AF1016D5C81F2C8D"><p>​​Stephanie Cairns has worked on Canadian environment, economy, and fiscal policy research initiatives for 25 years, helping senior policy makers distill expert advice, synthesize emerging best practices, and plan new initiatives. She has been a consultant or board member with many of Canada’s leading environmental think tanks, and a policy advisor in the PMO and to federal and provincial cabinet ministers. Based in Victoria, BC, she currently works with the Smart Prosperity Institute, Canada’s leading source of research and policy insights for a stronger, cleaner economy. She is trained in cleaner production from Lund University, Sweden.</p></div>, Stephanie CairnsGP0|#3d6d9b25-3f1b-4067-9cf7-4f1d8c657fc7;L0|#03d6d9b25-3f1b-4067-9cf7-4f1d8c657fc7|Stephanie Cairns;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10StephanieCairns
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal of Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal<div class="ExternalClassD149715454864E8896B79D1A5FCA6B92">Dr Lafleur is a professor of Chemical Engineering with 37 years of experience in the field of polymer processing and properties of plastics. He is the author of more than 100 publications on several relevant subjects including recycling of plastics and biopolymers. He is a member of the Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems and the Québec Acceleration Lab on Plastics and Circular Economy of the Institute for Environment, sustainable development and circular economy (EDDEC). Prior to his current position at Polytechnique Montreal, Dr Lafleur held the positions of Chair of the Chemical Engineering department and VP Academic and international. He is a Fellow of Engineer Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. </div>, Pierre G. LafleurGP0|#33bcb9ac-6546-4919-93a0-ca0f9ea744d7;L0|#033bcb9ac-6546-4919-93a0-ca0f9ea744d7|Pierre Lafleur;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Pierre G.Lafleur
New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation<div class="ExternalClass1D6890606E4F4C4A934D2A28B507B543"><p>​​Nolwenn is a Consultant for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative, an ambitious initiative to rethink and redesign the plastics system based on circular economy principles. The initiative brings together key businesses from across the plastics value chain, Governments and NGOs to change the way we produce, use and reuse plastics, starting with plastics packaging. </p><p> In her work, Nolwenn focuses on supporting the Plastics Pact, a network of initiatives that bring together all key stakeholders at the national or regional level to implement solutions towards a circular economy for plastics. Each initiative is led by a local organisation and unites governments, businesses, and citizens behind the common vision of a New Plastics Economy. </p><p> Previously, Nolwenn worked as a Project Officer for the French Environmental and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) in France and in New Caledonia, focusing on circular economy and waste management, including in tropical coastal areas. She also worked in an environmental consultancy in Paris, and on biodiversity and water resources in the public sector in Chile. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Project Management, Public Policy and Economics from the Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble, France, in partnership with the National Polytechnic Institute. </p></div>, Nolwenn ForayGP0|#17de4de1-e541-42e9-9c2c-be83b75b02e9;L0|#017de4de1-e541-42e9-9c2c-be83b75b02e9|Nolwenn Foray;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10NolwennForay
Innovation Programs Coordinator, Think Beyond Plastic Programs Coordinator, Think Beyond Plastic<div class="ExternalClass671FA3D36EF24128ABBA7B9706873FB3"><p>Rebecca Beckham, as the Innovation Programs coordinator, is responsible for developing the innovator support tools and programs at Think Beyond Plastic. She is a monitoring and evaluation specialist with expertise in African nation development and security. She has worked in Rwanda with Catholic Relief Services agriculture program that involved monitoring and evaluation, facilitation, and supervising training workshops for agriculture extension agents. Prior to that Rebecca spent two years with the Peace Corps in Cameroon, where she worked on community needs assessment, resource strategies, strengthening various women cooperatives, and designing/implementing a comprehensive food security project. </p> <p>She is completing two master’s degrees from The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey in public administration and international environmental policy. </p></div>, Rebecca BeckhamGP0|#d75b3a1d-41ab-4278-adbd-6bfa7e73cf9a;L0|#0d75b3a1d-41ab-4278-adbd-6bfa7e73cf9a|Rebecca Beckham;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Rebecca Beckham
VP, External Affairs & Sustainability, Unilever Canada & Executive Chair of the Board, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, External Affairs & Sustainability, Unilever Canada & Executive Chair of the Board, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance<div class="ExternalClass685D8FB461C24255A9668F5842FE57BA">​John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability.  He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever's strategy to grow the business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive contribution to society.  John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc., a director of Evergreen and Co-Chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.  John has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named a Clean 50 honouree in 2013 and a Clean 16 honouree in 2018.   In 2015, John was appointed as a member of the Ontario Government's Climate Action Group advising the Ontario Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions.  <br><br>In 2018, John was honoured to receive the Canadian General Counsel Award for Environmental, Social and Governance Leadership. John is Co-Chair of the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition (CELC) that was launched in 2018 designed to accelerate Canada's transition to a circular economy.  In addition in 2018, John was appointed to the federal Plastics Advisory group advising Canada's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on issues relating to plastics and the implementation of the Ocean Plastics Charter.  <br><br>John also works closely with industry groups and other organizations.  He is Chair of the board of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation and is Chair of the board of Cosmetics Alliance Canada.  He is also Chair of Unilever Canada's Pension Committee. <br><br><br><br><br><br></div>,|#55234604-a935-493d-bde1-0fe808e1bcb0;L0|#055234604-a935-493d-bde1-0fe808e1bcb0|John Coyne;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10John D.Coyne
Vice-President of Operations, RECYC-QUÉBEC of Operations, RECYC-QUÉBEC<div class="ExternalClass04E134A906774D29BB24494C152888F9">​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; 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.<br><br><br></div>|#697f20e6-381d-4d87-a90c-bf3f3e2667a7;L0|#0697f20e6-381d-4d87-a90c-bf3f3e2667a7|Sophie Langlois-Blouin;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10SophieLanglois-Blouin
Senior Policy Analyst, Cardwell Grove Inc. Policy Analyst, Cardwell Grove Inc. <div class="ExternalClassED7DCE46BDCD4F3BB8C45261DE512CE3"><p>​​​​​​​​Usman is a senior policy analyst and commercial strategist with 27 years of experience in the fields of environmental science and economics, corporate and commercial strategy, public policy development, regulatory and institutional design, advocacy, negotiation, consultation and communications. He has provided public policy advice with specific focus on environmental regulatory design to the federal government, provincial governments, the Canadian Council of Minister of Environment and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Usman also provides commercial strategy and regulatory compliance advice to a number of North America’s leading manufacturing, consumer products and environmental services companies. He is currently a Director of the Alberta Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB), is an advisor to the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition and was a convener of Ontario’s Circular Economy Innovation Lab (CEIL). </p> </div>,|#2346f594-1773-42be-9351-a0c5900bef70;L0|#02346f594-1773-42be-9351-a0c5900bef70|Usman Valiante;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Usman Valiante
Executive Director, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Director, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment<div class="ExternalClass56F5BEABBC2346B8884FA9DA00024AB7"><p>As Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment since 2010, Michael Goeres is responsible for guiding collaborative intergovernmental work as directed by federal, provincial and territorial ministers of environment. This work addresses some of Canada’s most pressing environmental issues including climate change, waste reduction and recovery, and air, soil and water quality. Most recently Michael facilitated the development by governments of the CCME Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste, approved in principle by ministers of environment in November 2018 and the first phase of the Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste to achieve the Strategy, approved by ministers in June 2019.</p><p>In 2015 Michael was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean 50. Michael joined CCME in 1997 as Director of Corporate Services. Prior to joining CCME, Mr. Goeres was Director of Finance and Administration of the Canada Grains Council Inc., an industry association of the Canadian grain trade. Earlier, Michael served as founding Executive Director of the Manitoba Intercultural Council, a provincial agency created to provide policy advice from ethnocultural communities to the Manitoba government. </p><p>Michael is an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan and University of Manitoba.</p></div>, Michael GoeresGP0|#b120f5aa-668d-42e7-9dd2-58a73b1ce8f6;L0|#0b120f5aa-668d-42e7-9dd2-58a73b1ce8f6|Michael Goeres;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Michael Goeres
Co-Chair, Circular Economy Leadership Coalition and President & CEO, The Natural Step Canada, Circular Economy Leadership Coalition and President & CEO, The Natural Step Canada<div class="ExternalClass2D1250FE949E43388D4028FA80643779"><p>​David Hughes is the President & CEO of The Natural Step Canada and also the Executive Co-Chair of the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition. He is highly regarded as a strategic leader with a strong track record of scaling the impact of some of Canada's leading charities. David served as President & CEO of both Habitat for Humanity Canada and Pathways to Education Canada during periods of unprecedented growth and transformation. Prior to that he spent 10 years working with the international headquarters of the SOS Children's Villages (SOS Kinderdorf International) which included postings to Africa, Asia, Europe the USA and the United Nations.   He holds an economics degree from the University of Western Ontario and a postgraduate degree in social policy and non-profit management from the London School of Economics (LSE).   He also serves on the board of directors of The Climate Reality Project Canada. <br></p></div>|#3ebe41a8-5c90-4ff4-abae-df6efb3a00e9;L0|#03ebe41a8-5c90-4ff4-abae-df6efb3a00e9|David Hughes;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10DavidHughes
CEO, GLOBE Series & The Delphi Group, GLOBE Series & The Delphi Group<div class="ExternalClass1193476FDAF14060B9BE790E1E9EA6DD">​Mike oversees two leading Canadian organizations with a combined mission to "identify, connect and support the global community of change makers to accelerate society's transformation to a sustainable, prosperous and socially just future for our children."  As CEO of The Delphi Group and GLOBE Series, Mike spends a significant amount of his time developing partnerships and working closely with domestic and international leaders from all levels of government, private sectors across the economy, not-for-profit groups, youth organizations and clean tech solution providers and investors to advance the transition to a sustainable future, while enhancing Canada's prosperity. He also provides strategic insight to Boards of Directors, federal and provincial ministers and senior executives on issues related to climate change risk management, corporate sustainability and clean tech/clean energy innovation, commercialization and deployment. <br><br>In addition to over 25 years of experience in strategic consultancy and event management, Mike also devotes personal time to advancing sustainability and clean technology.  He is past Chair of Clean Air Champions and has co-founded two other not-for-profit organizations – Leading Change Canada (current Chair; <a href=""></a>) and The Climate Reality Project Canada (Founding Chair; <a href=""></a>).  He also regularly engages and educates youth and business leaders across Canada through initiatives such as SHAD Valley International, TEC Canada and requested presentations and workshops for boards and senior executives on topics such as sustainability, clean tech/clean energy innovation and climate change risk mitigation.  <br><br><br></div>|#b223096f-ac42-45c7-a43e-4fd54d32d167;L0|#0b223096f-ac42-45c7-a43e-4fd54d32d167|Mike Gerbis;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10MikeGerbis
Chief Executive Officer, Value Chain Management International (VCMI) Executive Officer, Value Chain Management International (VCMI)<div class="ExternalClassF04E7D63E0994C59B0DAF1556411F2EF"><p>Dr. Martin Gooch is co-founder and CEO of VCMI, a global consulting company headquartered in Oakville, Ontario. VCMI assists businesses to enhance their long-term profitability and environmental sustainability by implementing systems for driving continual improvements in performance. Martin has two decades’ experience in analyzing businesses and value chains to identify where food and related waste occurs and why, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications on this topic, including the January 2019 report, “<a href="" target="_blank">The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste.</a>” </p><p>Martin holds a PhD and Master’s degree in agri-food management, and a Bachelor of International Business. In 2013 Martin received Bayer Inc.’s “Outstanding Canadian” award for his contribution to “Food Chain Partnerships.” In 2017 the Ontario Produce Marketing Association awarded Martin the Cory Clack-Streef “Produce Industry Person of the Year” award for assisting Ontario’s produce industry to benefit from reducing food loss and waste. </p></div>, Dr. Martin GoochGP0|#e24e850d-f039-43a7-b6a6-1e45e8029527;L0|#0e24e850d-f039-43a7-b6a6-1e45e8029527|Martin Gooch;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Martin Gooch, PhD
Chair, Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee, Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee <div class="ExternalClass7201A9E0BE3D4BE9AAEFC484B4E96F95">​Re-elected to office in 2018, Mayor Jack Froese is currently serving his third term as Township of Langley Mayor. For 40 years, Mayor Jack Froese has lived, worked, and raised a family in Langley and was a successful business owner and farmer. He is also a retired police officer from the Vancouver Police Department. Mayor Froese is the Vice Chair of the TransLink Mayor's Council, Chair of Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee, and a Director on the Metro Board. <br><br><br></div>|#176a1df6-d1b7-4a8d-8cd8-82604b3ed31f;L0|#0176a1df6-d1b7-4a8d-8cd8-82604b3ed31f|Jack Froese;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10JackFroese
Co-Chair, National Zero Waste Council Plastics Advisory Panel and Mayor, City of Lachine, National Zero Waste Council Plastics Advisory Panel and Mayor, City of Lachine<div class="ExternalClassDDCF3BEB958047D5AC1B21DDE9A3FD0C">​Maja Vodanovic is an executive member of the Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM) and Lachine Borough Mayor since November 2017. Maja Vodanovic is a member of the CMM's Environment Commission that was mandated to revise Quebec waste management program following the crisis caused by the Chinese national sword policy.  <div> <br>As of member of the National Zero Waste Council (NZWC) she Co-Chairs the Plastic Advisory Panel which produced Regulatory Approaches for Priority Plastic Wastes, a document that sets out concrete solutions to suggest specific regulatory measures to prevent, and better manage, those plastic wastes.<br><br>Passionate about environmental issues, she has been actively involved in cleaning up our waterways and protecting our green spaces. One of Mrs. Vodanovic's greatest challenges as a Mayor, is to make Lachine-Est—a 60-acre area under redevelopment—a Canada-wide model for a human-scaled ecological and ​​sustainable development.  <br><br><br></div></div>,|#d1c3b9e0-8197-4484-b6b6-b23d3ef0e4bc;L0|#0d1c3b9e0-8197-4484-b6b6-b23d3ef0e4bc|Maja Vodanovic;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10MajaVodanovic
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada<div class="ExternalClass34C9E01F425E483CBA79F08E9DA8CCEB">​Tom Rosser joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy in January 2017.  He is 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><br>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><br><br></div>|#317e4e28-b2db-46d5-9fa5-d84ccc5907d5;L0|#0317e4e28-b2db-46d5-9fa5-d84ccc5907d5|Tom Rosser;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10TomRosser
Senior Consultant, Energy & Sustainability, Arup Canada Consultant, Energy & Sustainability, Arup Canada<div class="ExternalClass2836ED1D30B944C6A628BEA95EF58EDB">​Meaghan Kahnert is a Senior Consultant with Arup Canada's Energy & Sustainability team. Meaghan is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C). She is also a RESET Accredited Professional (an international tech-driven building standard focused on real-time data for human health and wellbeing). Meaghan brings deep expertise in scalable solutions for cities, urban planning and buildings projects in pursuit of impactful high-performance design, climate action planning, resilience and health and wellness strategies.<br><br><br></div>|#b8a7e784-1fc4-4442-ade1-4b56490e64ed;L0|#0b8a7e784-1fc4-4442-ade1-4b56490e64ed|Meaghan Kahnert;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Meaghan Kahnert
Acting Manager, Circular Economy and Innovation Unit, City of Toronto Manager, Circular Economy and Innovation Unit, City of Toronto<div class="ExternalClassD28FBBD357E34B35B6A7D0A0014949D9">Meaghan Davis is the Acting Manager for the City of Toronto's Circular Economy and Innovation unit in the Solid Waste Management Services Division. Meaghan is working to advance Toronto's aspirational goals of zero waste and becoming Ontario's first municipality with a circular economy. Her current focus is on ramping up efforts to incorporate circular principles in City procurements, projects, and communications strategies. Meaghan has also been involved in the development of Toronto's first project to generate renewable natural gas from Green Bin organic waste. The initiative will enable the City of Toronto to create a closed-loop approach where organics collection trucks can be powered by the waste product they collect.<br><br>Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Meaghan worked for Urban Strategies, a global planning and urban design firm, and for a range of Toronto-based arts companies, including the international multi-arts festival, Luminato. Meaghan holds a Masters of Urban Planning from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University.<br></div>, MaeghandavisGP0|#1175cfd5-4212-4a0b-a259-18caa9caba6b;L0|#01175cfd5-4212-4a0b-a259-18caa9caba6b|Meaghan Davis;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10MeaghanDavis
Circular Cities Program Lead, Metabolic Cities Program Lead, Metabolic<div class="ExternalClass1AE13B51E30C4678B19DCA8C512D881E"><p>​​Tamara Streefland leads the Circular Cities Program at Metabolic, a consulting, research, and venture building firm focused on tackling global sustainability challenges and advancing a circular economy. Headquartered in Amsterdam, Metabolic works with cities and regions to drive systemic change, implementing circular approaches across a range of scales, from buildings, neighborhoods, and area development plans, to integrated city-wide strategies. Tamara has worked on a wide range of urban resilience projects, focused on water ecology, the freight sector, waste systems, and renewable energy in cities including Amsterdam and New York City. Her background as an earth scientist, coupled with experience in collaborative design and systems thinking, has formed the basis for creative and feasible strategies to help cities transition to more sustainable and circular models. </p></div>, Tamara StreeflandGP0|#6879742d-fb6e-411b-a434-ce33ab405b5d;L0|#06879742d-fb6e-411b-a434-ce33ab405b5d|Tamara Streefland;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10TamaraStreefland
Executive Director, Smart Prosperity Institute Director, Smart Prosperity Institute<div class="ExternalClass0BD570D9A3E9478C90C1E20B764BF754"><p>Raised in New Brunswick, Mike began his career as a 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—Mike leads a dynamic and accomplished team, producing cutting edge research, policy advice and communications strategies for clean economic growth across the Canadian economy. Mike has long held a firm belief that 'green' and 'growth' can go hand in hand and a drive for making that happen. He brings passion and experience to his role at the helm of Smart Prosperity Institute. </p></div>, Mike WilsonGP0|#3e03564c-d7bc-49b4-9ae8-1c9965823fd1;L0|#03e03564c-d7bc-49b4-9ae8-1c9965823fd1|Mike Wilson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Mike Wilson
Managing Principal, Earnscliffe Principal, Earnscliffe <div class="ExternalClassE8EE21B47D584F1BA29365D50E3BB33D"><p>Velma McColl blends her deep understanding of business, government and policy to create opportunities for her clients. As a Managing Principal in Ottawa, Velma works on a range of economic and social issues including M&A, innovation, energy, environment and emerging technologies. She has been a driving force in the growth and diversification of Earnscliffe’s business.</p><p>Prior to joining Earnscliffe in 2004, Velma advised Federal Cabinet Ministers on political strategy, policy and communications. She has also worked provincially in British Columbia and Alberta. She has worked to find creative solutions across federal/provincial/territorial, North American and international boundaries. Her career includes success as an entrepreneur and experience working collaboratively with business, academia, think tanks, not-for-profit organizations and the public sector.</p><p>A proud mother and Westerner with twenty years’ experience in Ottawa, Velma studied at the University of British Columbia and the Banff School of Management. She is a co-founder of the Canadian Clean Technology Coalition and Women in GR. She has taken leadership roles with several organizations including Smart Prosperity, the Ryan’s Well Foundation and Ecotrust Canada. </p></div>, Velma McCollGP0|#2f6c7b90-ca7e-4d87-9966-25995b14f3f1;L0|#02f6c7b90-ca7e-4d87-9966-25995b14f3f1|Velma McColl;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Velma McColl
President, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association<div class="ExternalClassB9BA3E64153041699F3CB8334C8E0DDB"><p>Mr. Lemaire brings 26 years of extensive experience from a not-for-profit association perspective, with a focus on vertically integrated supply chains, government relations, advocacy, marketing, public/private partnerships, capacity building and food systems thinking.</p><p>Working within the fresh produce world for over 17 years, Mr. Lemaire has become acquainted with the challenges and opportunities within the sector. The community throughout our fresh fruit and vegetable food system works to ensure they are stewards of our land for future generations, while meeting the need to supply safe, quality and affordable produce year-round. With this in scope, Mr. Lemaire works in a world of fast-paced change that manoeuvres through global regulatory swings, variable climate, food safety outbreaks, disruptive technology advancements and ever-changing consumer demands and expectations. </p><p>In his role as CPMA President, Mr. Lemaire has worked to represent the needs and interests of over 850 Canadian and international member companies who are responsible for over 90% of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. </p></div>, Ron LemaireGP0|#7f5bedae-770e-4bf6-a5d8-527f3a550187;L0|#07f5bedae-770e-4bf6-a5d8-527f3a550187|Ron Lemaire;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Ron Lemaire
Co-Chair, National Zero Waste Council Circular Economy Working Group & Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta, National Zero Waste Council Circular Economy Working Group & Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta<div class="ExternalClass6A8A469C93DE4805AD1A3442A82C615B"><p>​Christina holds a PhD in Engineering Management, a Masters degree in Environmental Design, as well as a B.Sc. 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. She is also currently co-chair of the National Zero Waste Council's Circular Economy Working Group, and was also a member of Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada Catherine McKenna's Plastics Advisory Group.</p><p>Christina loves rural life, choosing to live on a farm near Bluffton, Alberta, where her and her family train Warmblood horses, and enjoy many other outdoor activities.</p></div>,|#f2371082-e9b3-40a1-8a9a-511c4f0574f8;L0|#0f2371082-e9b3-40a1-8a9a-511c4f0574f8|Christina Seidel;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10ChristinaSeidel
Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Nature’s Path Foods Inc. & Co-CEO of Nature’s Path Foods Inc.<div class="ExternalClass2BB6CA9216784E3C8A060B4D4CD9449B"><p>​​Arran Stephens has passionately helped pioneer the organic movement for over 50 years —before it became a global industry. Born on his family’s farm in 1944, he learned an invaluable lesson from his dad: “Always leave the soil better than you found it.” Bettering the soil, communities and the world has been his lifelong work. </p><p>Starting with $7 and a $1,500 loan, Arran started a small natural foods restaurant in 1967 that ultimately became America’s first certified organic cereal processor in 1985, and within a few years, the world’s largest organic cereal brand - Nature’s Path. In an age of sell-outs, Nature’s Path remains a proudly independent family enterprise, involved in farming, processing and marketing organic products worldwide. All three of their modern factories have earned Zero Waste Certification—the only cereal producer so far to achieve this designation. </p><p>Nature’s Path is a Founding Partner of Loop, joining a coalition of global brands rethinking and reworking its manufacturing and packaging to offer goods in reusable containers. Through a circular, zero-waste model, empty containers are collected from the consumer and refilled by the manufacturer at least 100 times and recycled into something new at the end of the container’s life cycle. This continuous cycle of reuse and refill aims to address our waste crisis and overuse of our planet’s resources. </p><p> Arran has received many high-profile awards during his career, including; an Organic Pioneer Award from Rodale Institute (2018) and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2002). Arran has contributed to the success of various organizations, where he has served, or continues to serve, including; Advisory Board of the UBC Land and Food Systems, Rodale Institute and the Canadian Health Food Association. </p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">Zero Waste Conference blog </a>for more about this speaker.</p></div>, Arran StephensGP0|#5733a304-c591-4c91-9316-22fe28620071;L0|#05733a304-c591-4c91-9316-22fe28620071|Arran Stephens;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10ArranStephens
Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki Mayor, City of Helsinki<div class="ExternalClass43C2E441364E4B8D91E7D037CEDDE242">​Anni Sinnemäki has been the Deputy Mayor for the City of Helsinki, responsible for city planning and real estate, since 2015. Since June 2017 she is in charge of Helsinki's Urban Environment Division. She has been a member of the Helsinki City Council since 2005. Sinnemäki was a Member of the Finnish Parliament for 15 years (1999–2015), representing The Green League of Finland. She was Minister of Labour from 2009 to 2011. From 2009 to 2011, Sinnemäki was also Chair of the Green League. <br><br>Sinnemäki is working enthusiastically as a board member of Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean Foundation to make zero plastic waste reality in the Helsinki capital region.<br><br>Sinnemäki was born in Helsinki, is married and has two children. She has published two collections of poems and she also wrote lyrics for albums by Ultra Bra group. Sinnemäki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Helsinki.<br><br></div>,|#d2265ff0-53d2-4ed5-9f90-ab8fced5914b;L0|#0d2265ff0-53d2-4ed5-9f90-ab8fced5914b|Anni Sinnemäki;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10AnniSinnemäki
Vice-Chair, National Zero Waste Council and President & CEO, PAC Packaging Consortium, National Zero Waste Council and President & CEO, PAC Packaging Consortium<div class="ExternalClass15D9D66561F24A2ABFB7B1A2B5AB7B7E"><p>James (Jim) Downham is a former package manufacturing CEO. Today he is the CEO of PAC Packaging Consortium and Chair of LeaderLinx, an executive recruiter. Jim is the Vice-Chair of the National Zero Waste Council. He is a passionate sustainability, circular economy, brand design and innovation packaging leader and holds Canadian and US citizenships. In 2014 Jim was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame. </p><p>PAC Packaging Consortium is a non-profit association that serves global client partners across the packaging value chain to achieve their business objectives. Under Jim’s leadership PAC has created several programs including PAC NEXT and PAC FOOD Sustainability Programs; the IFS PACsecure global food packaging safety standard; intelliPACK, A Smart Packaging Innovation Catalyst; the PAC GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS; the PAC TO THE FUTURE Conferences and the PACed Certificate Program. </p></div>, Jim DownhamGP0|#36a8e9f5-5e7a-4366-857c-28ca6f0d62a3;L0|#036a8e9f5-5e7a-4366-857c-28ca6f0d62a3|James Downham;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10JamesDownham
Founder & CEO, Unbuilders & CEO, Unbuilders <div class="ExternalClass1F9E2189831E4D05869B0C6BAB6B161C"><p>​​​​Adam is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive background in deconstruction, reclaimed woodwork, & Passive House construction. Flipping his first house with his father at the age of 16, he was instantly hooked on crafting old, weathered projects into new, fresh and well-built homes and spaces. After founding and running Naturally Crafted Contracting for 5 years, Adam saw a need for major changes in the demolition industry. </p> <p>In 2018, Adam launched Unbuilders which is Canada’s foremost deconstruction company. For every home Unbuilders deconstructs, approximately 50 tonnes of waste are diverted from landfill. Salvaged materials are upcycled through donations to charity, generating tax receipts for building owners and reducing costs below traditional demolition. Unbuilders has seen tremendous growth in demand for its services and is projected to scale up its waste diversion impacts in future years. </p></div>, Adam CorneilGP0|#bc21ec36-36e5-4909-a277-47b42e7cc9c3;L0|#0bc21ec36-36e5-4909-a277-47b42e7cc9c3|Adam Corneil;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10AdamCorneil
Director of Sustainability, BASF Corporation of Sustainability, BASF Corporation<div class="ExternalClassEBC8E3D0046447B5BDC131CDEFFC7499"><p>As Director of Sustainability for BASF Corporation, Mitchell Toomey leads a team working across the organization to bring BASF’s corporate purpose “We create chemistry for a sustainable future” to life: by further integrating sustainability in business strategies and collaborating with customers, value chain partners and other external stakeholders. </p><p>Prior to joining BASF Mitchell served as a sustainability expert at the United Nations. His most recent position at the UN was Director, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action Campaign. Mitch previously was UN’s Senior Adviser of the Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group in the Bureau for Development Policy. He has led groundbreaking work using digital media and technology to engage the public and civil society organizations around the world in collaborative crowdsourcing of development solutions focused on bringing vital services to the poorest and most vulnerable populations. </p></div>|#43c9d396-df0c-4677-b800-29e1f317d6c9;L0|#043c9d396-df0c-4677-b800-29e1f317d6c9|Mitchell Toomey;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10Mitchell Toomey
Director, Circular Economy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Circular Economy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development<div class="ExternalClassE755561428A3472E87721C4F375D4963"><p>​​​Brendan is the Director of Circular Economy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 companies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. Since joining WBCSD in Geneva in 2015, Brendan has contributed to over 10 publications on the circular economy. Brendan most recently co-developed and launched Factor10, WBCSD’s circular economy program. Factor10 now has almost 40 members, spanning across 15 industries, 17 countries and responsible for over USD $2 trillion in annual turnover. Brendan also contributed to the establishment of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.</p><p>Brendan has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s in Ecological Design from the University of California Santa Cruz. </p></div>, BrendanGP0|#6b9ee616-9729-46a5-b428-6c1f9efb8006;L0|#06b9ee616-9729-46a5-b428-6c1f9efb8006|Brendan Edgerton;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10BrendanEdgerton
Chair, Metro Vancouver Board, Metro Vancouver Board<div class="ExternalClassD500FA8C31CE4F1AB5B27C3147DD0932"><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.</p><p>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></div>|#9b459aec-b154-41c7-a425-518ed7c66b37;L0|#09b459aec-b154-41c7-a425-518ed7c66b37|Sav Dhaliwal;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10SavDhaliwal
Environmental Partnership Manager, Subaru Partnership Manager, Subaru<div class="ExternalClassFDFAA6B833EC405C89A042A9FE45320A"><p>​​Denise Coogan (MA in Sustainable Development/Policy) is recognized as a leading zero landfill expert. She leads the company’s external environmental and sustainability programs, which include Subaru’s initiative to bring zero landfill to the national parks. </p><p> During her tenure at Subaru Indiana Automotive (SIA) as Safety and Environmental Compliance Manager, Denise headed the plant’s zero landfill effort, which was achieved with the last waste shipment going to the landfill in May 2004. Because of her efforts, SIA is one of the most environmentally friendly auto manufacturing facilities in the world. Throughout her time at SIA, Denise advised more than 800 corporations on how to implement zero landfill best practices in their respective facilities. </p><p> Denise holds professional certifications as a Registered Environmental Manager (REM) and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). Her master’s thesis laid out the path a company needs to take to achieve zero landfill. </p></div>|#9e2c57b5-594e-4749-aa00-c39f8fd0de57;L0|#09e2c57b5-594e-4749-aa00-c39f8fd0de57|Denise Coogan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10DeniseCoogan
Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Canadian Municipalities Executive Officer, Federation of Canadian Municipalities<div class="ExternalClass388553DAB73B45BD9C7386FA1F489420"><p>​​Brock joined FCM more than 25 years ago. Since then, he has established himself as a leading voice on municipal issues, both domestically and internationally. As CEO, Brock leads a strong team of staff and a united membership in advancing municipal interests by influencing both federal government decisions and national debates on issues that are critical to communities. </p><p>He has built partnerships with private sector interests, professional associations, not-for-profit organizations and the academic community in order to speak as one united voice about the priorities of municipal government. Under Brock’s tenure, the municipal sector in Canada has seen dramatic increases in federal investments, as well as recognition for the vital role it plays in our national interest. As a result, FCM is now recognized as one of the most influential organizations in Canada. </p><p>Brock is a dynamic and passionate speaker on municipal issues and federal-municipal relations. He believes that strong nations engage their municipal governments as true partners in nation building, and that they invest in their cities and communities as a means of solving local and national challenges. </p></div>|#634e0cf6-aa88-4e32-b4c9-395fb4ae6602;L0|#0634e0cf6-aa88-4e32-b4c9-395fb4ae6602|Brock Carlton;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10BrockCarlton
Executive Director, Smart Cities, City of Guelph Director, Smart Cities, City of Guelph<div class="ExternalClass7DEEDA673DE54E8BBBD128A654CAB48C"><p>​​​​​Barbara Swartzentruber is currently the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Office at the City of Guelph. As winners of the 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 green economy. </p><p>Barbara has more than 30 years of experience in public sector innovation at the local, provincial and national levels in the areas of smart cities, citizen engagement, digital economy, rural broadband, open government, data and technology. She has taught public policy, community development and advocacy at several Canadian universities. </p></div>, Barbara SwartzentruberGP0|#299d6973-4130-45b8-bc07-77b04598467e;L0|#0299d6973-4130-45b8-bc07-77b04598467e|Barbara Swartzentruber;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10BarbaraSwartzentruber
Senior Vice-President, Risk & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Canadian Tire Vice-President, Risk & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Canadian Tire<div class="ExternalClass1516EB9869A240B9A722421EC236F970"><p>Robyn Collver is Senior Vice-President, Risk and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer for Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited. Robyn joined Canadian Tire Corporation in 2002, was appointed General Counsel of Canadian Tire’s Financial Services division in 2004 and served as General Counsel of Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited from 2008 to 2015. Her current role includes developing the enterprise risk function, creating the company’s positions on regulatory policy, overseeing the regulated aspects of the business, and corporate citizenship, including environmental sustainability. </p><p>Robyn is currently on the Boards of Directors of Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Stewardship Ontario and Savers, Inc. as well as the Steering Committee of the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition.</p><p>Robyn holds a law degree from University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University. ​​​​</p></div>, Robyn CollverGP0|#cc0257b9-d8aa-4f12-a845-1ef1d4a407f9;L0|#0cc0257b9-d8aa-4f12-a845-1ef1d4a407f9|Robyn Collver;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10RobynCollver
Director – Supply Development, Cascades Recovery+ – Supply Development, Cascades Recovery+<div class="ExternalClass783F1F788C084EB59EAA8EB188D6D32D"><p>​​Mikhael has been a proud member of the Cascades Family for over 15 years. With his undergraduate degree in Strategic Selling & Marketing, Mikhael currently works within the Recovery+ division of Cascades focusing on Business Development and Corporate Strategy. Day in and day out Mikhael has the opportunity to deal with a wide range of customers from different market segments and backgrounds with various types of discarded material recovery needs. “It’s amazing to see how more and more organizations are focusing on sustainability and have put the people power in place to start thinking about better ways to recover more and waste less. For me this is where my focus has been and always will be, working with organizations to help them achieve their sustainability goals through coaching, planning and execution.” Mikhael is focused on creating a world where all materials have a positive end of life – a truly Circular Economy. </p></div>,|#1211dff6-5ff5-42c9-8e63-828719f68926;L0|#01211dff6-5ff5-42c9-8e63-828719f68926|Mikhael Metauro;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10​​MikhaelMetauro
Co-Founder & Executive Director, One Earth & Executive Director, One Earth<div class="ExternalClass37CE330E5BE04FEABDC6A65CB9DB8DDF"><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 of lives within their fair share of our planet’s resources.</p><p>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. </p><p>In 2018, Vanessa received the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environmental Sustainability.</p> </div>, Vanessa TimmerGP0|#f83b4115-2f18-43fb-8864-2a78bc0de625;L0|#0f83b4115-2f18-43fb-8864-2a78bc0de625|Vanessa Timmer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10VanessaTimmer
Chair, National Zero Waste Council, National Zero Waste Council<div class="ExternalClass8A1EE02A0D9444868B43D88D4C3A5FE4"><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 Mayor since 2001.</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 Water Committee, Vice-Chair of the Performance and Audit Committee and also serves on the Finance and Intergovernment Committee, the Mayors' Committee, the George Massey Crossing Task Force, and the Industrial Lands 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|#d2cb669a-fd85-4aa6-8dd3-826f7469292f;L0|#0d2cb669a-fd85-4aa6-8dd3-826f7469292f|Malcolm Brodie;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10MalcolmBrodie
Project Director, Circular Economy, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra Director, Circular Economy, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra<div class="ExternalClassFF23C0C18CB042C6A53D70FC538B19FD"><p>​Kari Herlevi is a versatile multi-talent in the field of circular economy.</p><p>He is currently leading the circular economy area at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. Previously responsible for the Resource efficient economy area in Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, he managed the Green Growth – Towards a sustainable future -programme, which aimed to identify potential new growth areas for the sustainable economy business. Kari has also worked in the Tekes Silicon Valley office for a few years and his special interests are circular economy, fast growing cleantech firms and developing countries like BRIC.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">Zero Waste Conference blog </a>for more about this speaker.</p> </div>,|#4f7f6068-6a09-45fc-806c-6842f81f98f4;L0|#04f7f6068-6a09-45fc-806c-6842f81f98f4|Kari Herlevi;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#aac3d08f-1bc4-4171-a4bd-845a5d486d10KariHerlevi