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Scientist and Retired NASA astronaut Cady ColemanScientist and Retired NASA astronaut <div class="ExternalClass28E88D18CD8048D29F89F5D940F89DF0"><p>Having flown twice on the Space Shuttle and spent almost six months on the International Space Station (ISS), Dr. Cady Coleman has been privileged to see the world from a different perspective than most.  She envisions a future where people from all over the world work together to solve problems that affect everyone on planet Earth, and she is certain that these problems can be solved by mandating diverse and inclusive teams. </p><p>Cady was originally educated at MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as a polymer chemist and was commissioned in the US Air Force, retiring as a Colonel.  While living aboard the ISS, she served as the Lead Science and Robotics Officer for Expeditions 26/27.  Her ground-based jobs for NASA's Astronaut Office included serving as the Lead Astronaut for supply ships from NASA's commercial partners, and the Chief of Robotics.</p><p>Before retiring from NASA in 2016, Cady went on to lead open-innovation and public-private partnership efforts at the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC and is especially proud of her work with <a href="" target="_blank">LAUNCH.ORG</a>, an innovation platform dedicated to using public-private partnerships to address world-wide sustainability challenges.</p><p>Cady is passionate about sharing her experiences in leadership and inclusive collaboration and will share her insights and vision for a future where people from all over the world work together to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.  She resides with her husband and son in Shelburne, Massachusetts in the United States.</p></div>, Dr. Cady ColemanGP0|#5ee4db4e-34f8-4e6f-80e0-0d23feb0c064;L0|#05ee4db4e-34f8-4e6f-80e0-0d23feb0c064|Dr Cady Coleman;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdb<div class="ExternalClass872438D7B6FC46C192A13B39787F11B0"><p>​​</p></div>Keynote
CEO, Full Cycle Bioplastics FalconCEO, Full Cycle Bioplastics<div class="ExternalClassDF7FB975EF354EB4930FAA0C5B65E751">Andrew Falcon brings substantial commercial, operations, and general management expertise to his role as CEO of Full Cycle Bioplastics. A seasoned operating executive, Andrew’s experience with alternative materials, packaging, and zero-waste solutions makes him particularly well suited to lead Full Cycle’s transition from lab to commercial scale. Andrew is passionate in his belief that circular, regenerative solutions are essential for the long-term health of the planet, and that entrepreneurs, innovation and markets have the best chance to catalyze system level change. Andrew lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children, and holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.</div>, Andrew FalcomGP0|#23a44cc7-19ce-49ee-928c-43b9f340f583;L0|#023a44cc7-19ce-49ee-928c-43b9f340f583|Andrew Falcon;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdb
Executive Director, ReFED CochranExecutive Director, ReFED <div class="ExternalClassF348C51B92A142788CC0ECB936AA0784">Chris Cochran is the executive director of ReFED, the leading organization devoted to reducing U.S food waste at scale. Previously, Chris was the Senior Manager of Sustainability at Walmart where he developed a farm to consumer view of food waste while leading sustainability for Walmart’s global produce business. Chris’s experience with tackling food waste from multiple points in the value chain helps ReFED bring a systems approach to food waste solutions.</div>, Chris Cochran GP0|#69bfdcc6-d4ca-4e77-afc4-9ed0863edfba;L0|#069bfdcc6-d4ca-4e77-afc4-9ed0863edfba|Chris Cochran;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbFood
Recycling Development Officer, Nova Scotia Government KenneyRecycling Development Officer, Nova Scotia Government<div class="ExternalClass64DFFAC38EC44C7A862B813FF87BD257"><p>​Bob has worked for the past 18 years for Nova Scotia Environment in the resource management group.  Bob's current work is focused on supporting new and existing waste diversion businesses and municipal diversion programs to enhance their efficiency, scale and value added outputs to increase waste diversion and green jobs. Coordinating research and development projects in the private, public and academic sectors for waste materials that are challenging to effectively and efficiently collect and recycle.</p></div>, Bob KenneyGP0|#84e885bb-836b-461d-89b1-ee7f291a7de1;L0|#084e885bb-836b-461d-89b1-ee7f291a7de1|Bob Kenney;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbTextiles
​Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta Seidel​Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta<div class="ExternalClassB2A8671736954302B0B6FED20092A48A"><p>​Christina holds a Masters degree in Environmental Design (Environmental Science), as well as a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, and is currently undertaking her PhD in Engineering Management, with a thesis topic of Assessing Recycling Options using Life- Cycle Assessment. She operates sonnevera international corp., a waste reduction consulting firm, and is the current Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta. Christina loves rural life, choosing to live on a farm near Bluffton, Alberta, where her and her family raise Warmblood horses, and enjoy many other outdoor activities.</p></div>, Christina SeidelGP0|#946f6cd5-9687-4cc2-9f6c-9b7d94ddd324;L0|#0946f6cd5-9687-4cc2-9f6c-9b7d94ddd324|Christina Seidel;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbBusiness Innovation
President & CEO, PAC Packaging Association and Vice Chair, National Zero Waste Council DownhamPresident & CEO, PAC Packaging Association and Vice Chair, National Zero Waste Council <div class="ExternalClass13953978521D41499132427C16479664">Since 2006 Jim Downham has been advancing the packaging industry agenda as the President & CEO for the not-for-profit, PAC Packaging Consortium. Prior to PAC Jim spent his career in the manufacturing of package materials/containers rising to the level of CEO of a $175 million multi-plant North American packaging leader. In 2000 Jim founded LeaderLinx, a packaging industry consultant. In November 2014 Jim reached the pinnacle of his career when he was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois.</div>, Jim DownhamGP0|#dc107bf9-8cc3-4ab6-a2ce-0c5bc03186db;L0|#0dc107bf9-8cc3-4ab6-a2ce-0c5bc03186db|Jim Downham;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbPlastics
Chief Operating Officer, London Waste and Recycling Board HubbardChief Operating Officer, London Waste and Recycling Board<div class="ExternalClass1CFEFD86816A46E2ADF9253AB1F1382B">Wayne is the Chief Operating Officer of the London Waste and Recycling Board, where he is responsible for helping London’s boroughs to increase recycling rates and helping to accelerate the development of the circular economy in London. He has been working for LWARB since 2008. Prior to this he was the Head of Waste Policy at the Greater London Authority. Wayne has over 20 years experience in the waste and resource management industry.</div>, Wayne HubbardGP0|#e68419a6-48ed-4038-9c04-90735cb41952;L0|#0e68419a6-48ed-4038-9c04-90735cb41952|Wayne Hubbard;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbCircular
Head of International Business Development, WRAP UK KnellerHead of International Business Development, WRAP UK <div class="ExternalClass7FB42DE0DE9D47BEA52111113D6E9D38">Claire works on the development and delivery of WRAP’s international strategy. As Head of International Business Development, she leads on identifying opportunities, creating new and lasting partnerships with in-country organisations, governments and other partners, designing WRAP’s support programmes with those partners and across WRAP’s functions and providing key account management and technical delivery. Claire has been with WRAP for over 11 years, in that time she has delivered a number of high profile programmes including: a £20M grant support program for new composting and anaerobic digestion facilities; designing and implementing a £10M loan fund for innovative sustainability projects including assessing applications and managing the loan book and financial partners and; co-delivering multiple small, medium and large scale projects for international partners ranging from Apple to the UN. Claire now works with partners across the world from Canada and Australia to South Africa & Mexico. </div>, Claire KnellerGP0|#497c436e-d5db-4d40-bdd6-ae0ac4a9a2be;L0|#0497c436e-d5db-4d40-bdd6-ae0ac4a9a2be|Claire Kneller;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbTextiles
Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts CharterDirector, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts<div class="ExternalClass09507199799B407F8C0495E8FA4472A1"><p style="text-align:justify;">Professor Martin Charter has 30 years' experience in business sustainability with expertise in sustainable innovation, product sustainability and circular economy – working as a manager, trainer and facilitator in academia, business and consultancy. Martin is the Founding Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design ® at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) where he is also Professor of Innovation and Sustainability.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Martin has authored research on green business models, sustainable innovation, product design, remanufacturing and sustainability, and has also been integrally involved in the development of national standards by the British Standards Institution in these areas. Most recently, Martin acted as an expert advisor in the development of BS8001:2017 (circular economy) – the first practical framework and guidance of its kind intended to help organizations implement the principles of the circular economy.</p><p>Martin has led UK government funded missions and expert groups eco-design and circular economy to many Asian countries, and he organizes the Sustainable Innovation Conference Series in Surrey, UK (now in its 22<sup>nd</sup> year). Martin founded the charity Farnham Repair Café and has a growing interest in grassroots innovation related to 'making, modifying and fixing'. Martin is an author and editor of many publications including Sustainable Solutions, Greener Marketing and Eco-innovate (that has over 60,000 downloads) and is a regular speaker in conferences worldwide</p></div>, Martin CharterGP0|#f6e81642-f4c5-4026-ac8c-4fbc181cdd1f;L0|#0f6e81642-f4c5-4026-ac8c-4fbc181cdd1f|Martin Charter;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbBusiness
Co-Founder and CEO, Evrnu FlynnCo-Founder and CEO, Evrnu <div class="ExternalClass155C16A182844858A8345C6F53D2F91B"><p>​Stacy is a textile and apparel specialist with an MBA in Sustainable Systems and a BS in Textile Development and Marketing. Over the past 20 years she developed a diverse background working with both start-ups and large multi-national corporations. She is a global systems specialist with an intimate understanding of global textile and apparel supply chains. Throughout her career, Stacy has developed several large scale programs from concept to in-store implementation and deployed micro programs for start-ups. She specializes in materials reuse to reduce waste and the negative environmental impact of fabrics and garments. She is a future-state visionary who is not confined by current reality limitations when a global imperative must be met. Stacy believes and lives by the notion that the ideas and intentional actions of a single individual have the power to change the world for the better.</p></div>, Stacy FlynnGP0|#f81c6b49-424e-45a0-94b8-dab6c986cb14;L0|#0f81c6b49-424e-45a0-94b8-dab6c986cb14|Stacy Flynn;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbTextiles
Co-Founder, The Renewal Workshop BassettCo-Founder, The Renewal Workshop<div class="ExternalClass146F3589C58E4948B400519C3B2D9579"><p>Nicole is the Co-Founder of The Renewal Workshop, a company dedicated to industry-wide solutions for optimizing the value of resources invested in apparel. Prior, Nicole has applied her passion for environmental responsibility and human rights in consumer products. She has served in leadership roles in the Outdoor and Bicycle industries, as Director of Sustainability for prAna, Social Responsibility Manager at Patagonia and Head of Human Rights at Specialized Bicycles. Nicole received her Master’s in Environmental Studies with a focus on Business Strategy and Sustainability from York University in Toronto, Canada. </p></div>, Nicole BassettGP0|#531206e2-36ef-46ef-81b6-98a2d72a24d7;L0|#0531206e2-36ef-46ef-81b6-98a2d72a24d7|Nicole Bassett;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbTextiles
Principal, Monitor Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP EliazPrincipal, Monitor Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP<div class="ExternalClass3ABF914B6A6341B3AB8F65BD845BC7B6"><p>Shay is a Principal with Monitor Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy practice. He is the Innovation leader for Deloitte’s Manufacturing Practice and advises clients globally, helping them respond to the myriad of complex growth and innovation challenges that face them. He specializes primarily in chemicals and specialty materials companies, and agroscience clients, but has experience across multiple manufacturing industry verticals. Shay also served as the Project Advisor for the World Economic Forum’s Future of Food and Agriculture.</p></div>, Shay EliazGP0|#3fc49881-8de6-49d3-94c6-abbd9fedeba8;L0|#03fc49881-8de6-49d3-94c6-abbd9fedeba8|Shay Eliaz;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbFood
Founder and President, Eco Fashion Week LarocheFounder and President, Eco Fashion Week<div class="ExternalClass9A9566E863904CDB816CDA889F59C159"><p>​<span lang="EN-US">Myriam Laroche is the founder and president of Eco Fashion Week (EFW), international sustainable fashion event. After 15 years in the Fashion industry at various capacities, she changed her path to find ways in which to develop a less wasteful, and more responsible Apparel & Textile industry in all aspects including design, manufacturing, distribution and consumption. Since 2010, she has brought to life, 12 seasons of Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver and Seattle and Toronto. Laroche has also provided mentorship for the Forum For Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) and for Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business in Circular Economy. Myriam continues to find ways in which we can improve the industry, and currently works with La Maison Simons in building their transparency plan and eco-library. In addition, she continues to work on solutions to create a healthier Apparel & Textile Industry with brands like Value Village/Savers and Leverage Lab.</span></p></div>, Myriam LarocheGP0|#10e8e780-e575-48c1-87da-d6d068a3eab8;L0|#010e8e780-e575-48c1-87da-d6d068a3eab8|Myriam Laroche;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbTextiles
Lead, Innovation Programme, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation LinderLead, Innovation Programme, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation <div class="ExternalClassD768A1720F4B408BA1E929DCE8ECB6D6"><p>A chemist by training, Mats leads the Innovation Programme within the New Plastics Economy initiative. This role involves identifying and mobilising catalytic innovation that has the potential to enable plastic system that works. In this role, Mats looks after the $2 million <a href="" target="_blank">New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize</a>, launched on 18 May 2017. </p><p>Before joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Mats worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and a M.Sc. in chemistry and chemical engineering, both from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. </p></div>, Mats LinderGP0|#1e73f355-98ee-4e11-ba9d-9e195b81b5e9;L0|#01e73f355-98ee-4e11-ba9d-9e195b81b5e9|Mats Linder;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbPlastics
Professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University ThompsonProfessor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University<div class="ExternalClass6636C26CBF1B44239EB04CAD36736864"><p>Richard Thompson is Professor of Marine Biology and Associate Dean, Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Plymouth University. Much of Professor Thompson’s work over the last decade has focused on marine debris, with numerous publications and significant research funding on this topic. Professor Thompson co-authored the European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive text on marine litter, prepared reports for the United Nations Global Environment Facility and United Nations Environment Programme, and was lead editor for two substantial journal volumes on plastic litter. In 2014 he presented his research to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, at his Our Ocean meeting in Washington. He has also presented to OECD nations and G7 nations. Recent work by his team directly informed the UK Government decision to introduce legislation on the use of microplastics in cosmetics. He is currently working with G7 nations on the monitoring of marine litter. Professor Thompson obtained his first degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and his PhD from Liverpool University. </p></div>, Richard ThompsonGP0|#7dbafb13-6663-4187-8c50-f332ac7a7d02;L0|#07dbafb13-6663-4187-8c50-f332ac7a7d02|Richard Thompson;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdbPlastics
Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council BrodieChair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council <div class="ExternalClassAF2BE357DF444964A033DB82F955AB8A"><p>Malcolm Brodie has been a Board Director and Chair of the National Zero Waste Council since its inception in October 2013.  He has also been a member of Council for the City of Richmond since 1996, and following a by-election, he was sworn in as Mayor on October 29, 2001.  Mayor Brodie was re-elected on November 16, 2002, November 19, 2005, November 15, 2008, November 19, 2011, and November 15, 2014.</p><p>Malcolm Brodie has been appointed by his Council to the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver and he currently is the Chair of the Zero Waste Committee and also serves on the Intergovernmental & Finance Committee, the Mayors' Committee, the Performance & Procurement Committee, and the Federal Gas Tax Task Force.  He represents Metro Vancouver on the Municipal Finance Authority, and in 2015, was elected as Chair.  </p><p>Before election to Council, Mayor Brodie was a practicing lawyer and had a long record of service to Richmond in the volunteer community.</p></div>, Malcolm BrodieGP0|#066b26b3-8f15-4442-b450-96df31eb007e;L0|#0066b26b3-8f15-4442-b450-96df31eb007e|Malcolm Brodie;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#60aa0f51-dfde-4d32-80ae-abcb14c61cdb