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Futurist & Humanist, Author, CEO The Futures Agency, Zurich / Switzerland LeonhardFuturist & Humanist, Author, CEO The Futures Agency, Zurich / Switzerland <div class="ExternalClassD587E2F96EFF400DAA2D048BA0A1A3B1"><p>Gerd Leonhard is a hunter and gatherer of human values from the future. From culture and society to commerce and technology, Gerd 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 inform key decisions makers today. A musician by origin, Gerd Leonhard has now redefined the vocation of futurist as a new humanist. </p><p>Gerd was listed as one of the top 100 influencers in technology by Wired magazine (2015). His clients include over 200 companies and organizations in 50+ countries, including Google, IPG, UBS, Roche, WWF, Cisco, KPMG, Accenture, Nestlé, Unilever, US Social Security Agency, the BBC, Universal Studios, the EU Commission and many more. <a href="">Find out more by visiting our ZWC Blog</a> </p> </div>, Gerd LeonhardGP0|#25c9bdb3-f9cf-4ed3-b931-94004f64ccc1;L0|#025c9bdb3-f9cf-4ed3-b931-94004f64ccc1|Gerd Leonhard;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6Keynote
Professor of Integrated Value & Chair of Sustainable Transformation, Antwerp Management School VisserProfessor of Integrated Value & Chair of Sustainable Transformation, Antwerp Management School<div class="ExternalClassFB9CF7C146B94DEFB4E0B9307B8B375F"><p>Dr Wayne Visser holds the Chair in Sustainable Transformation and is Professor of Integrated Value at Antwerp Management School. He is also Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Director of the think-tank and media company, Kaleidoscope Futures, Founder of CSR International and Board Member of Migrant Entrepreneurs International. </p><p>Dr Visser previously served as Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG and Strategy Analyst for Capgemini in South Africa. His work as a strategy analyst, sustainability advisor, CSR expert, futurist and professional speaker has taken him to 75 countries in the past 30 years to work with over 150 clients.</p><p>Dr Visser describes himself as a professional idea-monger, storyteller and meme-weaver. He sees his mission as helping to bring about transformative thinking and action in business and society. He believes that we all need to be purpose-inspired to make a positive difference. <a href="" target="_blank">Find out more by visiting our ZWC Blog</a> </p> </div>, Dr Wayne VisserGP0|#76c5c121-138e-431a-8cc1-7a3d7b0d53c8;L0|#076c5c121-138e-431a-8cc1-7a3d7b0d53c8|Wayne Visser;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6Keynote
Director of Carbon-Neutral Economy at SITRA PantsarDirector of Carbon-Neutral Economy at SITRA<div class="ExternalClassA35145E317AE40D9BBEB99A2BCA69275"><p>Mari Pantsar leads the Carbon-neutral circular economy theme in Sitra - the Finnish Innovation Fund - an independent public foundation which operates directly under the supervision of the Finnish Parliament. She steers the strategy of the theme and is responsible for ensuring that all activities related to it direct Finland towards a more ecologically sustainable and competitive society.</p><p>Mari has two decades of experience managing the development of cleantech and circular economy initiatives in the private and public sector, with several companies and their boards. She has a doctorate in philosophy and holds the title of docent at the University of Helsinki and at Lappeenranta University of Technology.</p></div>, Mari PanstarGP0|#72659b47-0a6b-46e4-9d31-97b4ea3b9968;L0|#072659b47-0a6b-46e4-9d31-97b4ea3b9968|Mari Pantsar;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6Keynote
CEO & Founder of Miniwiz HuangCEO & Founder of Miniwiz <div class="ExternalClassAD3B043BFAB24217B977A61051510912"><p>Arthur is a structural engineer, architect, innovator of loop economy building material solutions and specialized in post-consumer trash recycling applications to help to accelerate the shift to a close-loop economy. In 2005, He founded Miniwiz, an internationally operating company based in in Taiwan, Shanghai, Berlin and Milan, and dedicated to upcycling and consumer trash and industrial waste.</p><p>Under Arthur Huang’s leadership, Miniwiz received the “Technology Pioneers 2015” title by the World Economic Forum, recognizing the potential of the emerging industry that Miniwiz is leading and the positive impact of its activities on the state of the world. Arthur also was selected as a 2016 National Geographic Explorer and 2016. <a href="" target="_blank">Find out more by visiting our ZWC Blog</a></p></div>, Arthur HuangGP0|#3284f0a2-410a-4ee9-b06f-2916370c8e31;L0|#03284f0a2-410a-4ee9-b06f-2916370c8e31|Arthur Huang;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6Keynote
CEO, Zero Waste Scotland GullandCEO, Zero Waste Scotland<div class="ExternalClass4411D6E99F4E47B5A17F8FC45C1EBB50"><p>​Iain is Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland and previously led its predecessor programme, WRAP Scotland.</p><p>Zero Waste Scotland leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government's Circular Economy strategy and other low carbon policy priorities, and is at the forefront of efforts to create a resource efficient, circular economy.</p><p>Iain has more than 25 years' experience in sustainable resource management, including initiating recycling systems in the public and third sectors.  He is the current President of the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) and he is a member of a number of Scottish Government strategic groups including the Economy and Environment Leaders Group, the Board of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and the Expert Panel on Environmental Charges.  He was voted the 'most influential person in the UK waste and resource efficiency sector' in 2014 by Resource Magazine, and he was granted Fellowship of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in 2016.</p></div>,|#955a6af3-e4c2-4e88-8ec9-fa91421c2e39;L0|#0955a6af3-e4c2-4e88-8ec9-fa91421c2e39|Iain Gulland;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6Keynote
Founder & Chief Disrupter, Unschool AcarogluFounder & Chief Disrupter, Unschool<div class="ExternalClassC71C845D9D77462E85AD8E24C4DAC24C"><p>Design disruptor, creative boundary pusher, and cultural provocateur, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu (A-jar-a-loo) embodies the innovation that instigates positive environmental and social change. </p><p>A designer, social scientist, and sustainability expert, Leyla is internationally recognized as a leading force in the movement for design being used as effective catalyst for positive social and environmental change. She is the developer of the Disruptive Design Method and founder of the award-winning experimental educational initiative The UnSchool of Disruptive Design. </p><p>Leyla was awarded 2016 Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme, and is an internationally respected keynote speaker and trusted expert, having led thousands of hours of workshops, lectures, activations, and educational experiences around the world. Leyla was a visiting scholar at NYU and an Innovator in Residence at the Center for Social Innovation NYC. She was also an invited Artist in Residence with Autodesk and managed the development of ‘Greenfly,' one of the first online life cycle assessment tools for designers. Leyla is regularly invited to provide her professional opinions on radio and TV, having been a regular judge on the ABC TV show The New Inventors, along with a host of international programs. <a href="" target="_blank">Find out more by visiting our ZWC Blog</a></p></div>, Leyla AcarogluGP0|#22951f52-27ea-48bb-a275-f220ba6c8c92;L0|#022951f52-27ea-48bb-a275-f220ba6c8c92|Leyla Acaroglu;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6Keynote




Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada RosserAssistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada<div class="ExternalClassC5A2866E97BB4E119048FC36895723A7"><p>​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, development of a national food policy, as well as economic analysis. He is also the Department's Champion for mental health and wellness.   </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.</p></div>, Tom RosserGP0|#ee45a12e-2324-4f6f-a36f-a950e3e1d747;L0|#0ee45a12e-2324-4f6f-a36f-a950e3e1d747|Tom Rosser;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Head of Sustainability, IKEA Canada SealeHead of Sustainability, IKEA Canada <div class="ExternalClass13563511680B4AF58C7D552D456FDD93"><p>​As Head of Sustainability for IKEA Canada, Brendan Seale is responsible for activating the IKEA “People & Planet Positive” strategy across the country – to inspire and enable Canadians to live a healthier & more sustainable life at home, to achieve circular and climate positive operations, and lead towards a fair & inclusive Canadian society.</p><p>Previously Brendan served as Sustainability Advisor with The Natural Step Canada, and worked in communications with Barrick Gold Corporation. He holds an MSc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden), and a BA in Communication Studies & Multimedia from McMaster University.</p><p>Brendan’s feet like to keep the company of bicycle pedals, soccer cleats, ski boots, and infectious beats, and he is now a father to two young sons who have given his work a greater depth of purpose.</p></div>, Breandan SealeGP0|#c016effc-4be8-47aa-b5af-a24f421ea6ef;L0|#0c016effc-4be8-47aa-b5af-a24f421ea6ef|Brendan Seale;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Founder & CEO, ChopValue Manufacturing Ltd. | Recycled Chopstick Products BockFounder & CEO, ChopValue Manufacturing Ltd. | Recycled Chopstick Products<div class="ExternalClass51831046CE754AECA1EACE71205A9C5F"><p>​Felix Böck knocks on wood for a living, and lately, his friends can find him counting chopsticks in Vancouver. ChopValue Manufacturing Ltd., has allowed Felix to discover a way to connect his expertise and research focus on bamboo composite materials within the Vancouver community while doing his PhD at the University of British Columbia. Motivated to create global impact in the bamboo industry, he has gained experience by working on projects in over 20 countries with his firm CrossLink Technologies - where ChopValue originated as a product development exercise.</p></div>, Felix Böck GP0|#dc698e1c-5f74-4751-8eef-92e9a84825d4;L0|#0dc698e1c-5f74-4751-8eef-92e9a84825d4|Felix Bock;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Executive Director, Center for the Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners DalyExecutive Director, Center for the Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners<div class="ExternalClass98105C80C59F496E9CD05583CA19BE05"><p>​Kate Daly is Executive Director of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners. The Center is a hub for circular business acceleration, investment, and research in packaging, food, the built environment, electronics and apparel & textiles. Kate previously served as Senior Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, where she oversaw business development programs in sectors including advanced manufacturing, smart cities, cleantech, fashion, tech, and media. Prior to NYCEDC Kate served as the Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.  Kate holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.</p></div>, Kate DalyGP0|#4b4405ea-9e39-45a2-b445-8633ad7018ed;L0|#04b4405ea-9e39-45a2-b445-8633ad7018ed|Kate Daly;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
VP, Legal & External Affairs, Unilever Canada Inc. & Executive Chair, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. CoyneVP, Legal & External Affairs, Unilever Canada Inc. & Executive Chair, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. <div class="ExternalClass6366E3BB981D4346B66C927722E62ED0"><p>​John is a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors, the Canadian Leadership Team and chair of the company’s Pension Committee.  </p><p>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., Chair of the Board of Stewardship Ontario and is a director of Evergreen. In addition, John is 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 that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy. In 2018, John was honoured to receive the Canadian General Counsel Award for Environmental, Social and Governance Leadership.</p><p>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 director and past Chair of Cosmetics Alliance Canada.  <br> </p></div>,|#98102075-86ed-4d5b-b339-ee36f96f72c9;L0|#098102075-86ed-4d5b-b339-ee36f96f72c9|John Coyne;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Senior Design Lead, Design for Change, IDEO ThomSenior Design Lead, Design for Change, IDEO<div class="ExternalClassFC245D9AB21A4C17B5CE429AA9570CCA"><p>Rhys Thom is an Organizational Designer and Senior Design Lead at IDEO, focused on helping clients and their companies harness creativity and the tools of design in order to be future fit. Rhys partners with leaders, organizations, NGOs, cities, and even countries to tackle complex challenges through design, spanning a range of topics from circular economy, to urban development, healthcare, and financial services. Together with his clients, Rhys designs the systems, tools, and behaviors that help organizations adapt and routinely innovate. During his time at IDEO, Rhys has co-led an innovation lab in Peru designing solutions for the country's emerging middle class, helped to design a scalable disaster response network that connects and mobilizes veterans across continents, co-founded IDEO's Circular Economy CoLab, and guided leaders of global companies on their journeys to build design and purpose-led organizations.</p><p>Prior to IDEO, he spent seven years at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global sustainability think tank in Washington, D.C. There, Rhys was the Director of Information and Innovation for EMBARQ, the organization's center for sustainable transport and urban development. He helped to establish and grow EMBARQ's global network of organizations, working with cities and national governments around the world to design sustainable solutions for urban mobility. He also helped cultivate innovative partnerships with organizations like FedEx, Volkswagen, Caterpillar, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Forum for the Future. Rhys served as the founding editor of TheCityFix, a website dedicated to sustainable urban design and transportation that was named one of the top 50 eco-blogs in the world by The Guardian.</p></div>, Rhys ThomGP0|#7c7ec03c-326d-4eca-80ce-64b2a29118f9;L0|#07c7ec03c-326d-4eca-80ce-64b2a29118f9|Rhys Thom;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
M.Sc., PMP, Executive Director, Provision Coalition MereweatherM.Sc., PMP, Executive Director, Provision Coalition<div class="ExternalClassE35263988E184A2A9888389F7B95201F"><p>​Cher is one of Canada's leaders in food manufacturing sustainability. As Executive Director of Provision Coalition, an organization she founded with the country's top food and beverage professional associations, Cher works directly with manufacturers to transform their business culture and operations. An advocate for change and a passionate spokesperson, Cher has dedicated her career to advancing sustainability concepts within the Canadian food industry and sustainability solutions at the firm level. Most recently, Cher has sharpened Provision's focus on the reduction of food loss and waste, responsible sourcing and climate change mitigation, by developing innovative technologies and on-line tools that will modernize facility processing. </p><p>Cher's career has included time with the Guelph Food Technology Centre where she established and directed the Sustainability Consulting Business Unit, and executive positions in environmental economics and policy with the Canadian agri-food think tank, the George Morris Centre. Cher holds a Bachelor and Master's degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. Cher has also been awarded the Canadian Grocer Generation Next award for her leadership, innovation and excellence in sustainability within the food and beverage industry.</p></div>, Cher MereweatherGP0|#ccd5d1b2-5099-41dc-8668-60bd96c60929;L0|#0ccd5d1b2-5099-41dc-8668-60bd96c60929|Cher Mereweather;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
CEO & Founder of Think Beyond Plastic™ RussoCEO & Founder of Think Beyond Plastic™<div class="ExternalClassE50734FDC3F842BEB32B51CAB0D485BD"><p>Daniella Russo believes that intractable environmental challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good. Since 2009, she has led the development of an innovation eco-system enabling the circular economy incorporating bio-based, bio-benign materials from renewable sources, associated manufacturing, and innovative consumer and business products specifically designed to handle these new materials. </p><p>Daniella Russo is a serial entrepreneur. Her experience includes executive management of businesses from start-up phase through an IPO (such as Frame Technology, Infoseek and others), as well as Fortune-500 companies (Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC).</p><p>Daniella Russo is a member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator. She is an Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Graduate Program in International Policy and Management. She serves on the Board of numerous NGOs and businesses. <a href="" target="_blank">Find out more by visiting our ZWC Blog</a></p></div>, Daniella Russo GP0|#ccf7b068-1517-4601-81df-a15fe5c60041;L0|#0ccf7b068-1517-4601-81df-a15fe5c60041|Daniella Russo;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
CEO, GLOBE Series & The Delphi Group GerbisCEO, GLOBE Series & The Delphi Group<div class="ExternalClassBF6A030101A041F18587A733C90E3B7D"><p>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. </p></div>, Mike GerbisGP0|#49379a00-3e49-41ab-b0fd-b92b1e3c7be1;L0|#049379a00-3e49-41ab-b0fd-b92b1e3c7be1|Mike Gerbis;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Founder & CEO - Nada MillerFounder & CEO - Nada<div class="ExternalClass216526A0D65047079837190AEB2EBC39"><p>​<span aria-hidden="true"></span>​Brianne is a marine biologist turned entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive change. As an expert in zero waste living and local food systems, she loves connecting people to their environment and coming up with creative solutions to complex conservation problems. Having seen firsthand the impacts of our current food system on the oceans, Brianne is committed to revolutionizing the food system from the ground up so that future generations can continue to enjoy and benefit from the world’s oceans. Brianne is the founder of Nada, a package-free grocery store on a mission to inspire people to change the way they shop for groceries. She is a United Nations #notwasting ambassador, sits on the Vancouver Food Policy Council, and is a 2018 SheEO venture winner.<span aria-hidden="true"></span></p></div>, Brianne MillerGP0|#a6051025-d21d-459f-b0c9-304fb0d2ed2a;L0|#0a6051025-d21d-459f-b0c9-304fb0d2ed2a|Brianne Miller;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Lecturer, National School of Public Administration, University of Quebec LavoieLecturer, National School of Public Administration, University of Quebec<div class="ExternalClass30195DCDD31D43CCBE23576ADBD4B33E"><p>​A public policy entrepreneur, Guillaume Lavoie is one of Canada’s most visible experts in the collaborative economy and its impacts on public policy and urban affairs. A former city councillor in Montreal, he authored Canada’s first by-law to regulate the sharing of private spaces. He is also a lecturer on the collaborative economy and public policy at the National School of Public Administration (ÉNAP), and delivered 180+ speeches on the topic, in Canada and abroad. In January 2018, he was appointed Chair of the Quebec government task force on the collaborative economy.<br></p></div>|#2fabe462-068b-49e5-9a22-15bd54601aa7;L0|#02fabe462-068b-49e5-9a22-15bd54601aa7|Guillaume Lavoie;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Co-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council TimmerCo-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council <div class="ExternalClass15D2773895924CE3ABD715D13A7705E9"><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>This year she received the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environmental Sustainability.</p></div>,|#e57534c8-34ab-45e5-8ae5-625421dc6c0c;L0|#0e57534c8-34ab-45e5-8ae5-625421dc6c0c|Vanessa Timmer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Vice-President, Food and Beverage Industry, OPTEL GrondinVice-President, Food and Beverage Industry, OPTEL<div class="ExternalClass8F021F72934B4595858BE5A6094061DA"><p>​Vanessa Grondin has over 10 years' experience in the food & beverage industry, in multinationals and start-ups alike. During that time, she has held a variety of management positions, mainly in R&D, QA, as well as equipment design. As Vice-President of Optel's Food and Beverage Industry, Ms. Grondin's role is to promote OPTEL's digital traceability solutions, which uses cutting-edge technologies to optimize supply chains efficiency and reduce waste. A technology enthusiast, Vanessa loves to talk about how cloud solutions, AI, IoT, blockchain and various mobile fonctions such as chatbots can improve supply chain efficiency. </p></div>, Vanessa GrondinGP0|#ab18a7ab-2ba3-410d-b581-87db4531ee94;L0|#0ab18a7ab-2ba3-410d-b581-87db4531ee94|Vanessa Grondin;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, NWZC BrodieChair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, NWZC<div class="ExternalClass4ED7F1382FCD404983E6FD6F21C54BD2"><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|#574e4109-4a0b-492f-8637-88d5edf91862;L0|#0574e4109-4a0b-492f-8637-88d5edf91862|Malcolm Brodie;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
National Business Development & Sales Strategist, Cascades Recovery+ MetauroNational Business Development & Sales Strategist, Cascades Recovery+<div class="ExternalClassF4B2C791EDD549EFB0081085878780FD"><div><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>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></div>, Mikhael MetauroGP0|#8cc9d9de-9ddf-4526-a311-1e4855de6a27;L0|#08cc9d9de-9ddf-4526-a311-1e4855de6a27|Mikhael Metauro;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto RochmanAssistant Professor, University of Toronto<div class="ExternalClass9ED44D1EDF414FF5BF6266474838909D"><p>​Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in Ecology from the University of California, Davis and was a recipient of the Society for Conservation Biology's David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for the past decade. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In addition to her academic research, Chelsea works hard to translate her science beyond academia. She served as an expert witness, testifying in California about microplastics, and presented her work to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY, and at the US State Department in Washington, DC.</p></div>, Chelsea RochmanGP0|#7de416aa-c560-47dc-84c7-07732d0cdbda;L0|#07de416aa-c560-47dc-84c7-07732d0cdbda|Chelsea Rochman;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
CEO, FoodMesh Pautsch-ReganCEO, FoodMesh<div class="ExternalClass683E9592390A4F7BBCE3D2F7B2E40C80"><p>Jessica is a 4 times entrepreneur, a certified B Corp consultant, and strategist for social impact businesses. For 12 years, Jessica has consulted for start-ups, non-profits, Fortune 100 companies, and all levels of government, including the United Nations, in areas of community economic development, and sustainability. </p><p>Since 2007, Jessica has served as the Vice-Chair of KASOW, a Kenyan-based social enterprise concentrating in areas of food security, health and education. And locally, Jessica serves on the Vancouver Food Policy Council, while developing her start up, the Mesh Exchange, a software company developing platforms to power the circular economy.</p></div>, Jessica Pautsch-ReganGP0|#46e3d3b3-d7e1-4128-a1ae-1dff1de103b5;L0|#046e3d3b3-d7e1-4128-a1ae-1dff1de103b5|Jessica Pautsch-Regan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
CEO , Second Harvest NikkelCEO , Second Harvest <div class="ExternalClass1BDA6FFD446C492595EFB44852773792"><p>Lori is a vocal and passionate champion of environmental and social justice issues related to food and is sought after for her expertise internationally.</p><p>Lori advised on the development of the provincial Food and Organic Waste Framework with the Ministry of Environment and Conservation and Parks and is the Co-chair of the Food Working Group at the National Zero Waste Council – a leadership initiative that brings together governments, businesses and organizations to advance waste prevention in Canada. </p><p>As CEO for Second Harvest - Canada’s largest Foodrescue organization- she ensures that over 12 million lbs of nutrient dense surplus food is diverted to social service agencies. Her current project is <a href=""></a>, a web-based platform that takes a local and technology approach to rescuing and delivering food.</p></div>, Lori NikkelGP0|#b49a957c-8964-4139-8bf4-905d8854b43c;L0|#0b49a957c-8964-4139-8bf4-905d8854b43c|Lori Nikkel;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6