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

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Public Health Physician and Project Team Lead, FoodNerve http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Adolefami AgunbiadePublic Health Physician and Project Team Lead, FoodNerve <div class="ExternalClass9074C02E3A0447D9A0842EFFA69B1C7E"><p>Dr. Adefolami Agunbiade is a public health physician, community youth leader and Project team lead of the Food Innovation Nervecenter ( FoodNerve) in Lagos, Nigeria. As a top visionary of Rockefeller Foundation's Food Systems Vision Prize, Adefolami is leading local efforts to feed and power local Nigerian communities sustainably, with a goal to achieve near-zero food waste and carbon emissions through intelligent food systems design.</p><p>Today, Adefolami and the FoodNerve team use every resource possible: videos, music, data, and live festivals to inspire and support a new movement of food heroes who will catalyze change for food by 2050.<br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/AdefolamiAgunbiade-5.jpg, Adolefami AgunbiadeGP0|#f1d9b7fa-1eb8-4162-9d8b-3a029c5f267a;L0|#0f1d9b7fa-1eb8-4162-9d8b-3a029c5f267a|Adolefami Agunbiade;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerAdefolami Agunbiade
Senior Vice President, Partner Solutions, MaRS Discovery Districthttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Alex RyanSenior Vice President, Partner Solutions, MaRS Discovery District<div class="ExternalClass2BD7C2E4717B45AE9E81375C38E02457"><p>​Alex Ryan leads partner solutions at MaRS, helping government and corporate partners accelerate the adoption of innovation in their organizations, markets and cities. He oversees teams that are helping decarbonize electricity grids, design inclusive smart cities, improve community health and well-being, employ thousands of not in education, employment, or training (NEET) youth, strengthen the impact investing market, and grow Canada’s innovation economy. His writing on smart cities, data governance, policy innovation, social innovation, systemic design, and complex systems science has been published by the World Economic Forum, Fast Company, Axios, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Complexity.</p><p>Alex is also co-founder of Alberta CoLab, the first provincial government innovation lab in Canada. He is an executive-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. As a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Alex previously helped introduce operational and strategic design into the U.S. Army. He serves on several advisory boards, including Participatory City and Energy Futures Lab. His dissertation in applied mathematics advanced a multidisciplinary approach to complex systems design.</p><p><em>Keynote Responding Panel: Are We On Track to Create a Circular Future? | 10:45 am PST</em></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/AlexRyan.jpg, Alex RyanGP0|#f1a946c0-f97e-4ec1-ab86-9a5f65ff6559;L0|#0f1a946c0-f97e-4ec1-ab86-9a5f65ff6559|Alex Ryan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerAlexRyan
Founder of Planetary Healthcare Lab at UBChttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Andrea MacneillFounder of Planetary Healthcare Lab at UBC<div class="ExternalClassEA880BE0D4FB4DF1B40D640458C3B5B1"><p>Dr. Andrea MacNeill is a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer, and a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia where she specializes in sarcoma and peritoneal malignancies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Change and Management and is the founder and principal investigator of the UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab, a novel interdisciplinary research collaborative dedicated to creating health systems that promote both human and planetary health. As the Regional Medical Director of Planetary Health for Vancouver Coastal Health, she is working on a transformational planetary health strategy for the health authority, to mitigate the healthcare climate footprint while creating health and social value. Andrea is committed to designing health systems for optimal planetary health and educating health professionals to be agents of change.</p><div class="ExternalClassA03140EE43A6431A8048DE09E32FDF44"><p><em>Achieving Planetary Health Through Human Health | 4:00 pm PST</em></p><p><br></p></div></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/Andrea_Macneil.jpg, Andrea MacneillGP0|#8e109a81-30f2-4988-a9cd-3f7dfc75b34d;L0|#08e109a81-30f2-4988-a9cd-3f7dfc75b34d|Andrea Macneill;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerAndrea Macneill
North America Programs Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundationhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Ashima SukhdevNorth America Programs Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation<div class="ExternalClassB797C454728B4BF0980E90F1883A03AC"><p>Ashima is the North America Programs Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, managing the delivery of the foundation’s global programs in the US and Canada. Ashima previously led the Government & Cities Programme, engaging national, regional, and city governments in the transition towards a circular economy. She has also acted as a project manager for a number of the foundation's publications, and was seconded to the World Economic Forum to support the development of their circular economy initiative. Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ashima worked with the Strategy & Operations group of Deloitte Consulting in New York.</p><p><em>Keynote Responding Panel: Are We On Track to Create a Circular Future? | 10:45 am PST</em></p> <p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/AshimaSukhdev.jpg, Ashima SukhdevGP0|#43bdd30c-3495-432a-bc86-fe256e631f5b;L0|#043bdd30c-3495-432a-bc86-fe256e631f5b|Ashima Sukhdev;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerAshimaSukhdev
Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, Guelph-Wellingtonhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Barb SwartzentruberExecutive Director, Smart Cities Office, Guelph-Wellington<div class="ExternalClassD34681EFFB204673893E0E303145425F"><p>​Barbara Swartzentruber is currently the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Office at Guelph-Wellington. She is also appointed to the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Circular Economy in Canada. As winners of Canada's Smart City Challenge, the City and County of Wellington are collaborating with public and private sector partners to create Canada's first Circular Food Economy. Building on the principles of a circular economy and leveraging the power of data and technology, they are re-imagining a sustainable regional food system that increases access to healthy nutritious food for all, prevents food loss and waste and creates circular businesses for a regenerative economy.</p><p>Barbara has more than 30 years of experience in public sector innovation at the local, provincial and national levels. She has taught public policy, community development and advocacy at several Canadian universities.</p><p><em>Embracing Change and Circularity in Canadian Cities and Regions | 12:15 pm PST</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/BarbSwartzentruber.jpg, Barbara Swartzentruber GP0|#5e019d42-4377-43e6-91c9-8ad35caef8e3;L0|#05e019d42-4377-43e6-91c9-8ad35caef8e3|Barb Swartzentruber;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerBarbara Swartzentruber
President & CEO of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Daniel VukelichPresident & CEO of the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors <div class="ExternalClassBB2A201AE4FE422F9084EF16D4C5EBD1"><p>​Daniel Vukelich has been with AMDR since 2000 - representing the companies that conduct the majority of commercial "single-use" medical device reprocessing and re-manufacturing being done in North American and Europe today. Daniel joined AMDR in the same year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued requirements putting reprocessors on an equal regulatory footing with medical device manufacturers. With over 20 years of experience working on medical device reprocessing issues and representing the industry before state regulatory agencies and international bodies, Daniel is intimately familiar with the industry's legal, regulatory, public relations, and political landscape.</p><p>He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, a Certified Association Executive through American Society of Association Executives, and a former National Debate champion in 1996. Daniel received a B.A. in Political Science and Public Communication with Pi Sigma Alpha honours from the American University in Washington, DC and his Juris Doctor degree from the American University's Washington College of Law. He is a native of Minneapolis and a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars.</p><p><em>Achieving Planetary Health Through Human Health | 4:00 pm PST</em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/DanielVukelich.jpg, http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/DanielVukelich.jpgGP0|#04bdd1b8-f354-46df-8436-06e0614dc265;L0|#004bdd1b8-f354-46df-8436-06e0614dc265|Daniel Vukelich;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerDanielVukelich
PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Rheaplyhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Garry CooperPhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Rheaply<div class="ExternalClass8A5FB760237849058927F3016ACEC1F5"><p>​Dr. Garry Cooper is the co-founder and CEO of Rheaply, a Chicago-based tech company that enables Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and universities to better visualize, quantify, and utilize their physical resources. He serves on the boards of directors of P33 Chicago and 1871, the faculty of Northwestern University, and the investor team at LongJump Ventures, of which he is a founding partner. Previously, Garry facilitated supply chain and performance improvement for enterprise businesses at Ernst & Young. As a result of his work, Garry has received recognition on the Forbes Next 1000, Chicago Magazine’s The New Power 30, and Crain’s 40 Under 40 lists, and as a scholar at Google for Entrepreneurs. Garry has published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals and holds a US patent. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University.</p><p><em>Innovation Showcase | 2:45 pm PST</em></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/GarryCooper.jpg, Garry CooperGP0|#1ad45a47-b6af-4a46-acd9-8969108ad657;L0|#01ad45a47-b6af-4a46-acd9-8969108ad657|Garry Cooper;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerGarryCooper Jr.
Chair, National Zero Waste Councilhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Jack FroeseChair, National Zero Waste Council<div class="ExternalClass844A821D1A6E4CB781149EFCE1858B35"><p>Jack Froese is the Mayor of the Township of Langley, which he has called home for 41 years. Mayor Jack Froese has lived, worked, and raised a family in Langley and was a successful business owner and farmer. Jack also sits on the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Zero Waste Committee. He also is the Chair of the National Zero Waste Council, an initiative of Metro Vancouver that is a collaborative, cross sector approach to make advances in waste prevention and the transition to a circular economy across Canada. In all these capacities, Jack has the same approach of working collaboratively to identify and pursue solutions that contribute to community well-being, long-term prosperity and environmental sustainability, now and in the future. </p><p> <em>Moderator</em> <br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/JackFroese.jpg, Jack FroeseGP0|#62681147-2e87-4945-9197-15de77a71dd2;L0|#062681147-2e87-4945-9197-15de77a71dd2|Jack Froese;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerJackFroese
Commissioner/CAO, Metro Vancouverhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Jerry DobrovolnyCommissioner/CAO, Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClassC9CDAC4DF5A64755A28816CF66071D19"><p>With more than 30 years of experience in local government, large-scale infrastructure planning and operations management, Jerry Dobrovolny is a passionate advocate for local government leading Metro Vancouver’s 1,800-strong workforce in providing essential utility and other critical services to the region’s 23 member jurisdictions and 2.7 million residents. As stewards of over 25% of the Region’s land base that ranges from high mountain watersheds to fresh and salt water marshes, Metro Vancouver’s 150 scientists and technical staff are entrusted to protect the region’s most sensitive ecological habitats.</p><p>Previously City Engineer and General Manager of Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver, and a New Westminster city councillor, Jerry’s expertise and collaborative executive leadership skills spearhead Metro Vancouver’s ambitious policy and utility capital programmes. With an annual budget of $2.5 billion, priorities include upgrading multi-billion dollar utility systems, making the region more resilient against climate change, increasing the supply of affordable housing and delivering a regional strategy to bring economic prosperity and equity to all for generations to come.</p><p>Jerry has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Professional Engineering designation and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He also played offensive tackle in the Canadian Football League from 1983 to 1987. Jerry and his family live in New Westminster.​<br></p> </div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/JerryDobrovolny.jpg, Jerry DobrovolnyGP0|#7125932c-af26-497b-9b63-a3d936a34b4b;L0|#07125932c-af26-497b-9b63-a3d936a34b4b|Jerry Dobrovolny;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerJerryDobrovolny
Director of the Circular Cities Hubhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Joanna WilliamsDirector of the Circular Cities Hub<div class="ExternalClass3D3E9D515F664F0D89D6CAD83F71A6E1"><p>Jo is the Director of the Circular Cities Hub. She is also a Professor in Sustainable Development at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. She has 24 years of research experience, working closely with industry, government and cities. She also advises International bodies (European Commission, EEA, OECD and UN) on the delivery of circular cities, low carbon cities, circular, sharing and bio economies. Jo is on the steering panel for several large European research projects. She has published widely, including her books Zero Carbon Homes - A Road Map and Circular cities: a revolution in urban sustainability, both published by Earthscan Routledge.<br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/JoannaWilliams.jpg, Joanna WilliamsGP0|#3616d23a-5f28-4bfb-a9b4-d552c964b47d;L0|#03616d23a-5f28-4bfb-a9b4-d552c964b47d|Joanna Williams;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerJoanna Williams
Co-founders, LOOP Missionhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/LOOP MissionCo-founders, LOOP Mission<div class="ExternalClass4B20D6CC30B54FFF96B61B5DEBD5322D"><p>Founded by Julie Poitras-Saulnier and David Côté, LOOP Mission is a circular economy company that aims to reduce food waste by repurposing the outcasts of the food industry. After co-founding RISE Kombucha and an organic vegan restaurant chain, Crudessence, David embarked on a new mission: to save rejected food items of the industry by co-founding LOOP Mission. Julie left everything behind to co-found LOOP Mission with him after leading many companies' green initiatives. Julie and David are the first duo to have emerged from the Dragon's Den and return as guest Dragons themselves.</p><p>At LOOP Mission, they save fruits and veggies that are rejected because they don't have the proper shape, size or a shelf life that is not long enough to survive the distribution cycle. LOOP Mission transforms them into cold pressed juices, sour beers made with day old bread, a gin made with potato cuttings from a potato chips company, and soaps made with rejected cooking oil and probiotic sodas that give a second life to the by-products of the essential oil industry. Since the company was founded in 2016, it has saved more than 5,388 tons of food, avoided the emission of 4,351 tons of GHGs, and saved more than 415 million liters of water.</p><p> <em>Innovation Showcase | 2:45 pm PST</em></p> </div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/Loop.jpg, LoopGP0|#32d8bf12-5819-4475-82e6-3377e6e9bb3c;L0|#032d8bf12-5819-4475-82e6-3377e6e9bb3c|LOOP Mission;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerJulie Poitras-Saulnier & David Côté
Professor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbiahttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Kai ChanProfessor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia<div class="ExternalClassCB8B8C103F06404490AE49A0831E71D2"><p> Kai Chan is a professor and the Canadian Research Chair at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton and Stanford Universities. His mission for his work and with his students at the CHANS lab (Connecting Human and Natural Systems) at UBC is to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder — today and into the future. Kai was the coordinating lead author for the Pathways and Solutions chapter of the recent ‘UN biodiversity report’ (aka the <a href="https://ipbes.net/global-assessment" target="_blank">Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services</a>). <br></p><div class="ExternalClassBF43F729E9F049D0B025C33D90212066"><p><em>Keynote Responding Panel: Are We On Track to Create a Circular Future? | 10:45 am PST</em></p></div></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/KaiChan.jpg, http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/KaiChan.jpgGP0|#1232677e-9b17-4dd0-b4fd-bbff48186cf5;L0|#01232677e-9b17-4dd0-b4fd-bbff48186cf5|Kai Chan;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerKaiChan
Associate Professor at UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Mediahttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Kathryn GretsingerAssociate Professor at UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media<div class="ExternalClass9954F216DDDE4DDF8E9703D4673D0C5F"><p></p><p>In addition to being a professor at the UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media, Kathryn is a long-time public broadcaster at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with a record of creating award-winning work at the local and national level in Canada. She is also a Killam Teaching Prize winner and was named one of North America's top innovative journalism educators in 2018.</p><p>Kathryn is a respected mentor and trainer at CBC, where she continues to work in the public broadcaster's Learning and Development department. She works across platforms, but her first love is audio - leading training workshops for reporters, producers, editors and hosts on performance and audio skills, including podcasting and compelling storytelling. Kathryn's commitment to teaching, reporting, and fostering dialogue about issues of social justice, Indigenous relations, and mental health appears in the courses she teaches and in her key collaborations.</p><p><em>Moderator</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/KathrynGretsinger.jpg, Kathryn Gretsinger GP0|#8bb50d9a-0a30-47c9-974d-a33fa712e9a9;L0|#08bb50d9a-0a30-47c9-974d-a33fa712e9a9|Kathryn Gretsinger;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerKathrynGretsinger
Founder and CEO of Branchfoodhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Lauren AbdaFounder and CEO of Branchfood<div class="ExternalClassF25DB47D544E41EA84C1BF45CA9E348D"><p>Lauren Abda is the founder and CEO of Branchfood, the largest community of food entrepreneurs and start-ups in New England. She is also the co-founder at Branch Venture Group, an angel network for investment in early-stage food start-ups. Before founding Branchfood, Lauren consulted for food-tech businesses in Boston and San Francisco, worked as an analyst for Salt Venture Partners LLC (a venture capital firm focused on food start-ups), and wrote reports on international food safety development initiatives on behalf of the agriculture and commodities division at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a master's in food policy and applied nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a bachelor of science degree in nutrition and food science from the University of Vermont.</p><p> <em>Is the Future of Food and Circular Food Systems Found in Design? | 2:00 pm PST</em></p> </div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/LaurenAbda.jpg, Lauren AbdaGP0|#a7ce9cf6-89b5-46dc-964d-c23ef80a7061;L0|#0a7ce9cf6-89b5-46dc-964d-c23ef80a7061|Lauren Abda;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4c<div class="ExternalClass994E6BA5D47F40CA8235BD8F34C9EF00"><br></div><p>​</p>SpeakerLaurenAbda
Dessertohttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/DessertoDesserto<div class="ExternalClassE4CAFAB3FA8F4DC59D0AA625D6B98B46"><p>​Desserto is the first vegan leather produced in Mexico. Its creation story lies in the journey of two young Mexicans, Adrián López Arriaga López Velarde and Marte Arturo Cázarez Duarte, who grabbed the opportunities to pursue studies and work halfway around the world in Taiwan but returned home to apply what they had learned. Adrián developed an expertise in how sustainable materials could be used in the furniture and fashion industries, while Marte focused more on understanding the dynamics of business, working in the aloe vera industry before turning his interests to fashion. In 2019, these two creative and mission-driven individuals formed the company Adriano Di Martí, S.A. de C.V.</p><p>Realizing that the demand for leather was growing, their objective was to create a material with a much smaller ecological footprint than leather and current faux leathers. The ideal material needed to be abundant and was relatively easy to cultivate, requiring little water, no additional energy besides sunlight and free of pesticides/pesticides. In brainstorming the options, they realized that Nopal, a cactus abundant in Mexico, checked all the boxes. After two years of intense research and development, Desserto was born - its quality making it an attractive alternative for leather in fashion, footwear, automotive and aeronautics.<br></p><p><em>Innovation Showcase | 9:30 am PST</em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/Desserto.jpg, http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/Desserto.jpgGP0|#a931a33a-5388-45d0-80c5-820122161615;L0|#0a931a33a-5388-45d0-80c5-820122161615|Desserto;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerMarte Arturo Cázarez Duarte and Adrián López Velarde
Co-Founder & CEO, Novoloophttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Miranda WangCo-Founder & CEO, Novoloop<div class="ExternalClassD0D57631C8F54B22A6D49453D85EBD50"><p>​Miranda Wang is a climate tech entrepreneur building one of the most innovative plastic transformation companies in Silicon Valley. She is the co-founder and CEO of Novoloop, a low-carbon advanced recycling and sustainable materials provider that upgrades the most common plastic waste into performance materials worth up to 50x more. Miranda is a Forbes 30 Under 30, UN Young Champion of the Earth, a Rolex Awards Laureate, and a Pritzker Environmental "Genius" Awardee. She studied engineering entrepreneurship and biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Miranda grew up in Vancouver and attributes her inspiration to be part of creating a circular economy in plastics to a field trip to a wastewater treatment facility (as part of Metro Vancouver Youth Sustainability Leadership Boot Camp) where she was shocked by the vast amount of plastic that was destined for landfill.</p><p> <em>Innovation Showcase | 2:45 pm PST</em></p> </div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/MirandaWang.jpg, Miranda WangGP0|#5a1f7a44-da1e-429d-84f3-c12f4f20a2b7;L0|#05a1f7a44-da1e-429d-84f3-c12f4f20a2b7|Miranda Wang;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerMirandaWang
Founder, Mr Lyan Studio, Bartender and Author http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Ryan ChetiyawardanaFounder, Mr Lyan Studio, Bartender and Author <div class="ExternalClass9904EC8CEE664ADBAAFCE4E9B963FBFB"><p>Award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr Lyan – owner of Lyaness, London Super Lyan, Amsterdam and Silver Lyan, Washington DC and previous recipient of awards such as World’s Best Bar, World’s Best Bartender and Person of the Decade – is a champion of sustainable luxury, and boundary pushing innovations in food and drink. Committed to challenging conventions, Ryan was awarded one of the inaugural ‘Sustainable Spirit Awards’ at Tales of the Cocktail 2016 for work on environmentally conscientious practice – something Ryan has initiated and championed in the bar world, including being credited with coining the term “Closed Loop Cocktails” during his sustainability lectures in 2011. He has been named UK bartender of the Year twice and in 2015 was named ‘International Bartender of the Year’. In 2019, Ryan was named No 5 in the Business Insider most influential figures globally in food & drink, and was named in the inaugural Bar World 100 as the most influential figure in drink around the world by Drinks International. In 2020, Ryan joined the 85+ world leading experts when he launched his first series as a MasterClass instructor.</p><div class="ExternalClassF2BD642E8A324A019A37B4978E37D76A"><p><em>Innovation Showcase | 9:30 am PST</em></p></div></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/RyanChetiyawardana.jpg, Ryan ChetiyawardanaGP0|#93f07ddb-a5b2-4cdd-93fa-91fe6f952407;L0|#093f07ddb-a5b2-4cdd-93fa-91fe6f952407|Ryan Chetiyawardana;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerRyanChetiyawardana
CLUBZERØ Founder & CEOhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Safia QureshiCLUBZERØ Founder & CEO<div class="ExternalClass6720FB8FE4A045B3B1A7F83DD12AD617"><p>Safia Qureshi is an award-winning Architect, innovation designer and educator based in London who founded CLUBZERØ (formerly CupClub) in 2015. CLUBZERØ is the pioneer of reusability in consumer food and beverage packaging, having delivered the service at scale commercially for major NextGen food and beverage brands. Key awards include <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90386294/innovation-by-design-2019-user-experience" target="_blank">Best UX Design 2019 Fast Company</a> and <a href="https://www.ourocean2017.org/sites/default/files/2017-emf.pdf" target="_blank">New Plastics Economy Winner</a> from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Safia has led on product, helping the company define universal drop point design and standardized reusable packaging for scalability, allowing brands to develop their own packaging to operate across the platform. Safia also directed the company to design and publish its work in sustainability with a focus on delivering a life cycle assessment methodology that calculates impact down to every reuse by tracking reusable packaging with a digital ID across the platform.  As a result, CLUBZERØ is market leading with a record return rate of 95% across retail and 99% across closed buildings. Customers include NextGen consortium brands Starbucks, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Yum Brands, Nestle, and Wendy's, as well as Cushman & Wakefield, leading food service company Baxter Storey, and retailer John Lewis & Partners.<br></p><p><em>Innovation Showcase | 9:30 am PST</em><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/SafiaQureshi.jpg, Safia QureshiGP0|#487120d2-64a9-447e-a9ab-b0f0f19e2c3b;L0|#0487120d2-64a9-447e-a9ab-b0f0f19e2c3b|Safia Qureshi;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerSafiaQureshi
Chair, Metro Vancouver Boardhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Sav DhaliwalChair, Metro Vancouver Board<div class="ExternalClass5B03EFF40AD84144978B9FF19DEC41E9"><p>​Sav Dhaliwal was elected Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board in November 2018, following a decade as a Board Director and 16 years as City of Burnaby Councillor. He has also served as president of both the Union of B.C. Municipalities and Lower Mainland Local Government Association and worked with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as the Chair of the Standing Committee for Municipal Finance and as well as Infrastructure and Transportation Policy. Prior to local politics, Sav enjoyed a long career in the private sector working in information technology at TELUS. He has also served not-for-profit organizations in Burnaby, including the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame Committee, New Vista Society and the Burnaby Lions Club. Sav has been recognized by the Government of Canada, the University of British Columbia & the Goel Family Charitable Foundation, the Fiji Association of British Columbia and the Chetna Association of Canada for his outstanding services to the Community. He and his wife, Cheryl, have lived in Burnaby for more than 40 years.</p><p><em>Moderator</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/SavDhaliwal.jpg, Sav DhaliwalGP0|#83a5fd88-58b2-4fbe-8d7a-a928a947d88e;L0|#083a5fd88-58b2-4fbe-8d7a-a928a947d88e|Sav Dhaliwal;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerSav Dhaliwal
Vice-President of Operations, RECYC-QUÉBEChttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Sophie Langlois-BlouinVice-President of Operations, RECYC-QUÉBEC<div class="ExternalClass64DAD9565D54424DAC04A7F67EA78098"><p>Sophie Langlois-Blouin has worked for the government agency RECYC-QUÉBEC since October 2005 and has been Vice-President of Operations since May 2018. Sophie coordinates all financial assistance programs and is in charge of extended producer responsibility (EPR), current recycling systems (curbside collection; organic matter; tires; deposit-refund on beer and soft drinks single-use containers; construction, renovation, and demolition waste), circular economy and waste reduction. She also oversees teams responsible for supporting municipalities and the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors. Sophie holds a bachelor's degree in public communication from Université Laval and a master's degree in environmental studies from Unversité de Sherbrooke.</p><p>Sophie will discuss how the Quebec Circularity Gap Report is helping accelerate action in Quebec and how leaders in Canada are pulling together in a vision of a circular economy for plastic, in which plastics stay in the economy and out of the environment.</p><p><em>Leadership across Canada | 11:30 am PST</em></p><p><br></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/SophieLangloisBlouin.jpg, Sophie Langlois-BlouinGP0|#8c5e05db-0a43-4f5b-908e-b056041532f8;L0|#08c5e05db-0a43-4f5b-908e-b056041532f8|Sophie Langlois-Blouin;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerSophieLanglois-Blouin
Co-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Councilhttp://www.zwc.ca/speakers/Vanessa TimmerCo-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council<div class="ExternalClass9696A04E9C004CE2918ECCB167292815"><p>​Dr. Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver, Canada-based environmental 'think and do tank' creating and imagining sustainable ways of living in cities and around the world. One Earth collaborates with partners to transform how people live their lives – what they need, what they consume and produce, and what they aspire to – enabling everyone to live good quality lives within their fair share of our planet's resources. Vanessa is also a Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University with Pathways to Sustainability, the Urban Futures Studio, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. She holds a Doctorate and studied at Queen's University, Oxford, UBC and Harvard. Vanessa sits on the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee for the United Nations 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles Programme. In Canada, she is a Board member of the National Zero Waste Council and of the Vancouver Foundation Partnership Committee. In 2018, Vanessa received the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environmental Sustainability.</p><p><em>Conference MC and Moderator</em></p></div>http://www.zwc.ca/speakers/SpeakersPhoto2021/VanessaTimmer.jpg, Vanessa TimmerGP0|#a1313004-c850-4184-9860-724c817f4711;L0|#0a1313004-c850-4184-9860-724c817f4711|Vanessa Timmer;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#3499e05c-49cf-47f1-9ac7-e17073eabf4cSpeakerVanessaTimmer