September 29 to October 1, 2021

The Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff, Alberta


  • Peter von Tiesenhausen

    Peter von Tiesenhausen is a multidisciplinary artist based in Demmitt, Alberta. Over the course of his more than thirty years as a full-time artist, his practice has continuously eluded categorization.

    von Tiesenhausen’s work contends with diverse matters including time, the spirit, birth and death, nature and artifice, decay and regrowth, and the environment. His methodology is characterized by an intent pursuit of ecological sustainability, and an attempt to understand time and substance.

    Though often large in scale and sometimes imposing in form, von Tiesenhausen’s artworks yield varied meanings, and undermine the singularity often associated with interpretations of the monolithic.

    Site-specificity and site-responsivity play integral parts in the production of meaning in von Tiesenhausen’s practice; the materials he employs often engineer decay rather than impose permanence, transforming over time and in conversation with their environment. von Tiesenhausen’s subtle interventions on the land where he lives formed the basis for his 1996 copyright claim over that land, a claim which has since protected it from resource exploration by extractive industries and forced pipeline developers to do expensive rerouting around it.

    From 2007 to 2011, von Tiesenhausen spearheaded the construction of a LEED platinum-equivalent timber frame community centre in Demmitt, Alberta, which now hosts community and performing arts events. This work within his community reflects an interest in unpretentious dialogue about art in general, and a respect for the manifold experiences and perspectives of his audience.

    von Tiesenhausen has presented numerous lectures on his work and ideas in museums, universities, and public institutions throughout Canada, as well as in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. He has had over fifty-two solo exhibitions and has participated in over sixty-five group exhibitions. von Tiesenhausen was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists Award.

Session Speakers

  • Adam Corneil

    Unbuilders Deconstruction

    Adam is a certified Passive House builder and a deconstruction & reclaimed wood expert. He flipped his first house at 16 with his father and after running his own contracting company for 5 years, he launched Unbuilders Deconstruction in January 2018. Passionate about his family, skiing, hiking mountains and spending as much time outdoors, he is committed to providing a sustainable future for generations to enjoy.

  • Anna Rajkovic

    NOVA Chemicals Corporation

    Anna Rajkovic is the Circular Economy Market Manager at NOVA Chemicals. In her role, she is responsible for the company’s PCR product portfolio, and more broadly driving circularity with plastic converter customers and across the entire plastics value chain. Anna joined NOVA Chemicals in 2008; prior to her current role she was an applications development specialist in the circular economy space as well as a technical service specialist for the drum and pipe markets. She has also been deeply involved with industry associations: Currently Anna is serving on the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) Film Technical Committee and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) Design for Circularity Thematic Expert Group, as well as representing NOVA Chemicals at IPANA, RIBCA, PDA, PPI, ASTM and CSA.

    Prior to joining NOVA Chemicals, Anna was a regional sales manager at KWH pipe in Calgary and an account manager at Jana Labs. Anna has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She lives in the Okanagan with her family including two young children, where she gets to enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and the local lakes and vineyards.

  • Anne Auriat

    Edson & District Recycling Society

    Anne Auriat is currently the manager of the Edson and District Recycling Depot located in Edson. The depot services the residents of Edson, Hinton and Yellowhead County. She has been directly involved with the recycling programs in these communities for the past 27 years.

    In the early years of raising 4 children she found time to be serve as an elected official for six years on the Yellowhead County Council. During this time she sat on a number of regional committees and boards as both a Chairperson and board member.

    In addition to her management duties Anne is co-owner of an environmental consulting/managing business, Silkstone Environmental Ltd., Anne also volunteers with numerous local non-profit groups.

  • Anthony Peyton

    PREP Design

    Anthony Peyton is the founder and CEO of PREP Design and is based in Melbourne Australia.

    He has worked as a sustainability professional for over 30 years and is passionate about making a positive contribution toward the protection of our planet.

    PREP Design’s main service is the provision of a software called PREP, which is used by brand owners and packaging manufacturers to evaluate the recyclability of packaging for the intended market.

    PREP is therefore configurable and currently covers Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Singapore.

  • Barbara Swartzentruber

    City of Guelph

    Barbara Swartzentruber is currently the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Office at the City of Guelph. As winners’ of the Canada’s Smart City Challenge, the City and County of Wellington, are collaborating with public and private sector partners to create a 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.

    Barbara is a public sector innovator with work at the local, provincial and national levels in the areas of public policy, smart cities, citizen engagement, digital economy, rural broadband, open government, data and technology. She has taught public policy, community development and advocacy at several Canadian universities. She was appointed to the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Circular Economy in Canada.

  • Barbra Korol

    Alberta Energy

    Barbra Korol is the Executive Director of the Natural Gas Strategy and Engagement Branch at Alberta Energy. As a steward of Alberta’s energy system, the Department of Energy and its leadership team take a proactive approach to engaging the many perspectives, relationships and interactions within Government, industry and stakeholders. Ms. Korol leads and provides strategic direction for the development and investments in natural gas value chains in Alberta.

  • Benjamin Stone


  • Brooke Donnelly

    Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

    Brooke Donnelly has spent her career working in product stewardship, collective impact, recycling and sustainability. In her current role as CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), Brooke leads APCO’s strategic direction to ensure effective collaboration between industry, government and consumers to drive significant positive environmental and circular economic activities for Australian communities.

    APCO is tasked with the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. This includes facilitating the delivery of Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets and the ANZPAC Plastics Pact by driving change in the packaging value chain to reduce and redesign packaging for recyclability or reuse, achieve higher collection rates and improve the quality of recycled material streams and demand for recycled content. Brooke has a Masters in Sustainable Business Management, is an alumni of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also the co-founder of the Product Stewardship Alliance, a voluntary group working to accelerate Australia’s journey to a circular economy through product stewardship.

  • Carlos Fiorentino

    University of Alberta, Department of Human Ecology

    Dr. Carlos Fiorentino is an educator, researcher and designer with 20+ years of professional practice and 10+ years in academia. He teaches multiple subjects of design in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta, and in Design Studies at MacEwan University. The focus of his research has been on design for sustainability and biocentered design, and more recently on biomimetics of structural colour. His work has been published in 60+ articles in refereed journals and book chapters and disseminated in international conferences and symposia. Carlos is co-founder of Biomimicry Alberta Regional Network. He has chaired the biomimicry workshops and lectures in the region since 2015. He is regular member of the jury to the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge and affiliated to the University of Alberta’s Sustainability Council and the Climate Change Coalition. He has been Advisor to the Education Sustainability Steering Committee at MacEwan University in 2016. Between 2010-2015 he introduced and taught the first interdisciplinary undergraduate course focused on De­sign for Sustainability in Human Ecology, University of Alberta. Carlos was born in La Plata, Argentina. He graduated as a Visual Communication Designer (Bdes VCD, 1994) from La Plata National University (UNLP), and later obtained his Master degree in VCD (MDes, 2008), and his Doctoral degree in Human Ecology (PhD, 2020), both at the University of Alberta, Canada.

  • Chelsea Rochman

    University of Toronto

    Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor in Ecology at the University of Toronto, co-founder of the U of T Trash Team, and a scientific advisor to Ocean Conservancy. Chelsea received her PhD in Ecology from a joint program between University of California, Davis and San Diego State University in 2013. She then was a Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology. She was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2016. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for more than a decade. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In recognition of her impact, Chelsea Rochman is a recipient of the Sloan Fellowship and was the 2021 winner of the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award, a University of Toronto Award of Excellence. Chelsea Rochman routinely provides testimony on Parliament Hill and is a scientific advisor to the United Nations, G7, and European Union.

  • Clarissa Morawski

    ReLoop Platform

    In 2015 Canadian Clarissa Morawski co-founded and is currently the CEO of the Reloop Platform, (headquarters in Brussels) – an international  not-for-profit that supports proactive policy to further a circular economy. Reloop collaborates using value-chain networks that provide technical and analytical expertise to help better define, communicate and deploy waste minimization policies and operations.

    Clarissa brings over 25 years of technical, analytical and communications experience in waste minimization policy and operations with a specific interest in extended producer responsibility programs, cost and performance. She continues to be principal of CM Consulting, which she launched 23 years ago, in 1998. Since then, Ms. Morawski has authored more than 100 articles and cover stories on DRS, Extended Producer Responsibility and waste management for recycling publications, including US-based Resource Recycling and Canada’s Solid Waste Management Magazine.

  • Corey Saban

    [Re] Waste

    Founder & CEO, [Re] Waste

    Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Corey grew up playing sports and played basketball for MacEwan and NAIT. After NAIT, Corey joined the construction industry where he spent 10 years building great relationships and projects.

    Together with his wife Jill they have 3 kids and love spending time watching them play on their community sports teams or traveling. Corey enjoys training for Ironman’s and endurance races and in 2020 hosted his own “Do It Yourself Unofficial Ironman” in Pigeon Lake, Alberta.

    Like many people around the world, Corey was laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a young family, he took interest in the amount of plastic waste being produced within his household and began testing single use grocery bags by melting them down using a kitchen griddle and clothing iron. He quickly realized the soft grocery bags could make dense, durable tiles and from there he started [Re] Waste. In a short amount of time, [Re] Waste was able to launch amazing projects with great partners including the City of Beaumont, Nova Cannabis, Goodwill Industries of Alberta and Telus World of Science- Edmonton.

    [Re] Waste focuses on working with partners to divert plastic from landfills and transform it into 100% recycled plastic products.

  • Corrie DiManno

    Mayor of Banff

    Corrie has been in and around Banff since she was born. With a journalism degree, she found a new love for this special place through her roles as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor in the community. This time spent learning from and listening to the community led her to run for office and become a Town Councillor in 2013.

    Since then, she’s served on several Council committees including the Municipal Planning Commission and Banff Housing Corporation. When she’s not at town hall, she’s helped the Banff Canmore Community Foundation with communications support and although currently on a leave of absence, has worked part-time for Roam Public Transit as a communications coordinator since early 2018. From 2014 to Summer 2021, she volunteered as an organizer of Banff Pride and has helped out at other organizations like the Banff YWCA and Movember Banff over the years. In August 2021, she was appointed Mayor of Banff by her Council colleagues.

    Her roots in Banff run deep, with her grandparents immigrating to the mountain town from Italy in the late 1950s. With gratitude for their decision, Corrie enjoys backcountry hut trips with friends as well as running, biking, and hiking in the mountains.

  • Dennis Jubinville

    City of Edmonton

    Denis became the Branch Manager of Waste Services at the City of Edmonton in July 2021. Prior to his current position, Denis worked for the Edmonton Police Service, and led the City of Edmonton’s Employee Relations and Compensation branch. With a human-centric approach to leadership, and a growth and innovation mindset, Denis is eager to champion waste industry initiatives that push the City of Edmonton towards the goal of 90% diversion set by the City’s 25-year Waste Strategy. By working with residents and organizations to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, the City is working to establish a waste system that benefits residents, industries and the environment.

  • Gena McKinley

    City of Austin

    Gena McKinley is the Strategic Initiatives Division Manager for Austin Resource Recovery, the City department charged with the implementation of the City of Austin’s Zero Waste Plan. She has spent over 15 years working in the solid waste industry. Prior to joining the City of Austin, Gena worked in sustainable development at a regional council of government, with a focus on technical assistance for municipal waste management. Her leadership, commitment and advocacy for zero waste earned national recognition as she was chosen to be included in Waste360s 40 Under 40 list of rising stars in the industry.

    The Strategic Initiatives Division focuses on recycling economic development, zero waste policy and program development, business outreach and public education and marketing. By fostering innovative community-wide partnerships to advance zero waste, this work supports the necessary infrastructure for a resilient circular economy in Central Texas.

    Gena holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Health and a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University in Biology and Sociology . During her academic career, she focused on behavioral science and enjoys applying behavior change theory to the various aspects of her efforts in local government. Gena is Congress for the New Urbanism Accredited, a member of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling Central Texas Steering Committee and several other professional organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Land Conservancy.

    Gena lives in Austin with her son and they can often be found on a hiking trail or listening to live music. She also spends time serving as a Guardian ad litem for children in the foster care system through CASA of Travis County and helping Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) raise money to fund its efforts to provide healthcare for Austin musicians.

  • George Roter

    Canada Plastics Pact

    George is Managing Director of the Canada Plastics Pact, a multi-stakeholder, industry-led, cross-value chain collaboration platform bringing together 70+ leading businessed organizations and governments, united behind a vision of creating a circular economy in Canada in which plastic waste is kept in the economy and out of the environment.

    George is a highly regarded not-for-profit and business leader, known for his ability to foster innovation through the start-up and operation of effective, inspiring and diverse initiatives in Canada and abroad.

    He began his career co-founding and serving as CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada, a leading innovation, advocacy and skills development NGO. Under his leadership for 14 years, EWB Canada grew into an organization of thousands of young leaders and engineers in Canada and across Africa. The organization invested in system-changing ideas to end poverty and inequitable development globally, and influenced engineering practice and education in Canada to bring a more global and sustainable development mindset in the mainstream. He then took on the challenge of advancing open internet technologies globally as Director of Open Innovation Programs at Mozilla. In this role he led a variety of product and project teams to help the company realize “openness” as a business strategy.

    One of his highlights at Mozilla was the development of Common Voice, a project that mixed corporate collaboration with inspiring hundreds of thousands of language enthusiasts to contribute their voice to build the world’s largest open voice dataset across more than 50 languages. This is now used by globally leading technology companies to train speech recognition engines for their products.

    Drawing from these and other experiences George has impacted a number of other issues by serving as mentor, strategic advisor and consultant to several organizations, and through his writings and speaking engagements. George is an Ashoka Fellow (2011), was awarded the Young Leaders Award by the Public Policy Forum (2007), named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2005), and was awarded an Action Canada Fellowship (2004) on public policy. He is humbled to have received the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil) in addition to four honorary Doctorate degrees (University of Waterloo, McMaster University, University of Calgary and Queen’s University) along with a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo.

    George’s life’s work sits at the confluence of organizational growth, technology and social change. He is at his best designing, growing and leading organizations and teams around powerful ideas. George takes pride in bridging perspectives, moving fluidly between the non-profit, business and government. George is based in Toronto (returning recently after living in Berlin for 4 years), where he lives with his spouse Sari, daughter Aliyah and a Swiss Mountain Dog named Maple.

  • Georgia Sherwin

    Closed Loop Partners

    Georgia works across platforms at Closed Loop Partners on strategic initiatives, branding and communications, spreading the word about the work the firm does in building a more circular economy.

    Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners, Georgia worked in Business Development and Marketing at Inspiring Capital, and has varied experience in other start-ups, non-profits and social enterprises.

    Georgia holds a Bachelor’s in the Arts and Sciences (BASc) from University College London. In particular, she focused on environmental sustainability, writing two dissertations on the subject; one on the relationship between globalization and plastic pollution in the ocean, the other on Patagonia and Nike’s circular economic principles.

    In her free time, you can find Georgia running around Prospect Park and reading.

  • Heather Ramshaw

    Highfield Farm

    Heather Ramshaw is the current Operations Manager at Highfield Farm and aspiring urban homesteader. Originally from Guelph, Ontario, she had absolutely no interest in agriculture until graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. She dove head first into vegetable production taking a farm-hand position at Nith Valley Organics in Plattsville, Ontario where she fell in love with farming.

    Since coming to Calgary in 2016 she has practiced permaculture as an edible landscaper, and facilitated the rural/urban connection as Market Manager of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market. She now combines her organizational expertise, and love for farming at Highfield Regenerative Farm- a 15-acre urban community farm hub.

  • Heidi Sanborn

    National Stewardship Action Council

    Heidi is the Executive Director of the National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC), a non-profit she founded in 2015 to advocate for a circular economy.  She previously had been the founding director of the highly successful California Product Stewardship Council, and prior to that advisor to the Chair of the California Waste Management Agency now called CalRecycle. Heidi has been a leader in the solid waste industry for over 30 years based in California, focused on tangible solutions to advance a circular economy. She is an internationally recognized thought leader and advocate for producer responsibility who has spoken around the world. Heidi has been frequently published and interviewed on National Public Radio and CBS Nightly News, and quoted in Time Magazine, the Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2020, Heidi was appointed by the California EPA to the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling and was elected the Commission Chair. The Commission submitted a report to the California legislature June of 2021 with 30 policy recommendations to improve recycling and apply to the entire U.S and maybe beyond. Additionally, she serves on the California Treasurer’s Green Bond Market Development Committee and the California Department of Consumer Affair’s Bureau of Household Goods and Services (BHGS) Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board for the Solid Waste Association of North America representing Materials Recovery. In per private life, she is an elected official representing 170K Sacramentan’s on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board, a public power utility that has a plan to achieve zero carbon emission by 2030 to lead the nation off fossil fuel powered electricity. She and her husband Brad have three dogs and spend their free time at their vacation home at Lake Tahoe.

  • Hon. Dale Nally

    Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity, Government of Alberta

    Minister Nally was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Morinville-St. Albert.

    Nally brings with him decades of private sector experience managing and leading business units that generate between 50 million and 80 million dollars in revenue. He has a Masters Degree in Education.

    Nally was a co-chair for Diversity Edmonton which was a volunteer organization that worked with business to promote the hiring of people with disabilities. He is an active volunteer within his community. You can often catch him at one of the local arenas assisting on and off the ice with his child’s hockey.

    Dale Nally was appointed the Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity on March 24, 2020. He previously held the role of Associate Minister of Natural Gas. He will work to advance long-term stability and growth in Alberta’s natural gas and electricity sectors.

  • Hon. Jason Nixon

    Minister of Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta

    Minister Nixon was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Rimbey–Rocky Mountain House–Sundre on May 5, 2015. He was re-elected on April 16, 2019.

    Prior to serving in the Legislative Assembly, Minister Nixon spent over 25 years volunteering and working for one of Alberta’s most respected not-for-profit organizations, The Mustard Seed, including serving as Executive Director of the organization between 2006 and 2011. He has also been an entrepreneur, owning and operating a consulting business for several years.

    Minister Nixon graduated with honours from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s School of Business. He was born and raised in Alberta and lives in west-central Alberta with his wife Tiffany. They are the proud parents of Markus and twins Austin and Chyanne.

    Mr. Nixon had the privilege of serving as the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the Alberta Legislative Assembly from October 2017 to January 2018. He has held other notable positions within the Assembly, including Official Opposition House Leader, Chief Opposition Whip, a variety of Shadow Minister roles, and he has served as a member of several legislative standing committees.

    Jason Nixon was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks as well as Government House Leader on April 30, 2019. He will bring his substantial legislative record to his portfolio, as he works to restore confidence in the consultation process which was bungled several times, most notably with the Bighorn. He will also work with the Premier in developing the Carbon Tax Repeal Act.

  • Jaclyn Schmidt

    Alberta Environment and Parks

    Jaclyn Schmidt is currently Acting Executive Director for the Water and Waste Policy Branch at Environment and Parks. She has been with the Government of Alberta for over 15 years in multiple technical, policy, and leadership roles tackling complex challenges at both Environment and Parks and Agriculture and Forestry. She has a multidisciplinary background with a Masters of Environmental Science that serves as her foundation, and a passion for growing policy capacity in the public service.

  • Jeff Taylor

    ATCO Energy Solutions

    Jeff Taylor is the Manager of Business Development for ATCO Energy Solutions, part of the ATCO group of companies. Jeff’s focus is on supporting the energy transition via the development of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) projects across North America. The first project announced, the ATCO Future Fuel RNG project in Two Hills County, Alberta, will recommission an idle biogas asset to accept source-separated organics and agricultural waste to produce RNG.

    Jeff has developed new business models in the rail, freight, and oil and gas midstream sectors in both Canada and the United Kingdom. Since joining ATCO, he has been focused on working with public and private partners to optimize waste streams and provide a path for all parties to participate in the energy transition.

    He has an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School and degrees in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Calgary.

  • Katrine (Kate) Gouron

    Nespresso Canada

    Kate joined Nespresso Canada in 2016 and has acted as the Corporate Communications Manager since December 2019. In this capacity, she is responsible for communication activities aimed to position the company in Canada, public affairs and internal communications.

    Upon her arrival at Nespresso, she has notably collaborated to develop, implement and promote innovative solutions regarding sustainable development and corporate responsibility, such as the green bag solution, which allows the recycling of capsules through curbside collection. She has served as a spokesperson on numerous occasions and has a keen knowledge of the Canadian media ecosystem, having given various interviews in local and national media outlets.

    Prior to joining Nespresso, Kate contributed to elevate and build communications strategies for internationally renowned companies in the fashion and beauty industries.

    Kate graduated from Université du Québec à Montréal in communications & marketing.

  • Kelly Cramer

    GreenBlue / How2Recycle

    Kelly Cramer leads the How2Recycle program within Sustainable Packaging Coalition and is Director, Program Management at GreenBlue. How2Recycle is the next generation recycling label for packaging that helps people recycle more, and recycle better. Under her leadership, the How2Recycle program has grown in size by more than 600% since 2016, and also has directly influenced brands to change over 2000 packaging designs to become more recyclable. Kelly authors How2Recycle’s flagship reports and conceptual frameworks to guide the packaging industry, such as the How2Recycle Guide to Future RecyclabilityThe Future of Store Drop-Off Recyclability, and Recyclability Insights. Additionally, Kelly played the lead role in creating the How2Recycle Member Platform, that helps hundreds of brands track progress against their recyclability goals and enables the How2Recycle team to issue labels for over 225 products labels per day. In 2017 she co-created the new Essentials of Sustainable Packaging training course and facilitated its digital launch in 2018, and shapes and manages the development of other projects at GreenBlue such as Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Design for Recycled Content Guide. Kelly loves the challenge and fun in managing change in an accelerating and complex world, and she believes in the power of sharpening what’s blurry in order to illuminate the path ahead for others. Kelly was trained as a public interest environmental lawyer at Lewis & Clark Law School and studied psychology and Spanish at the University of Tennessee.

  • Kirk Zembal

    Blindman Brewing

    Kirk Zembal comes to us from Blindman Brewing out of sunny Lacombe. Like their namesake river, Blindmans meander – through beer styles and brewing techniques. From kettle-sours to heavily dry-hopped to barrel-aged beers, they create innovative craft beer. He blew the engine on their ’79 van, The Dream Machine, on their first delivery run so now they drive in shiny new vehicles with no souls. Kirk is also an MBA student and a Venture Analyst with the Creative Destruction Lab.

  • Lauren Nottebrock

    Red Leaf Pulp

    Lauren joined Red Leaf Pulp in 2018 and brings a diverse skillset to the team. She has unique experience working on major resource development projects in the Northwest Territories and Alberta. Lauren’s focus on continual growth and development has seen her holding roles in administration, coordination, project and corporate accounting, project management, and sustainability.

    With a passion for sustainability, Lauren is dedicated to positioning Red Leaf as a leader in ESG and addressing the needs of the global climate crisis through Red Leaf’s decarbonization model. She also leads the regulatory and permitting requirements for the project.

    Lauren holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria (2013) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary (2017).

  • Lilly Woodbury

    Surfrider Foundation

    Lilly Woodbury is the Regional Coordinator for Surfrider Foundation Canada, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the ocean, beaches, and waves, for all people. She focuses on policy-based initiatives that are addressing plastic waste and pollution as well as working towards materializing a circular economy. She’s currently completing her MA at the University of Victoria’s School of Environment, and won Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 in 2018. Lilly has appeared on GlobalBC, CTV, CHEK, and numerous other broadcast news to weigh in on policy-driven solutions around plastic waste management for ocean conservation.

  • Luna Kawano

    Banff Isn't Disposable

    Luna is a Banffite who is interested in interdisciplinary and collaborative problem solving to drive positive change in the world. While working on her capstone design project at the the University of Waterloo (Knowledge Integration), she wanted to do something relating back to her community and the environment. After digging through Banff’s Environmental Master Plan, she found her problem: How might Banff eliminate single-use items and plastics from the townsite?

    Using her background in business, tech, design and an entrepreneurial mindset developed through her involvement with UWaterloo’s Entrepreneurship Society, she sought not only to create a proposal for the town but to implement it within the tight time constraints of her capstone project. The solution she created is Banff Isn’t Disposable (BID)—a pilot reusable container program in Banff National Park.

    BID was launched on May 30st, 2021 with the help from the municipality, community volunteers, seven local businesses. Now at the end of the pilot, the numbers are clear—reuse works. Nearly 500 containers have been diverted from the waste stream and community members are excited about the shift. BID aspires to to normalize reusable takeout in the Town of Banff.

  • Megan Takeda-Tully


    Born and raised in Toronto, Megan has always felt spoiled by the rich diversity in culture (and food!) the City has to offer. Trying new restaurants – and frequenting old favourites – was a necessary ingredient in Megan’s day-to-day. However, while the dine-in experience provided for a delicious waste-free meal, the aftermath of takeout started to grate on her. She hated the amount of takeout waste she was generating, a feeling that apparently rang true for many others as well. After spending the previous 4+ years working with innovators all over the world to tackle social challenges using innovative business models, Megan flipped the coin and shifted from investor to entrepreneur. She launched Suppli in 2020 to provide restaurants with affordable, reusable container options, and to eliminate the guilt that many consumers were feeling about ordering takeout from their favourite restaurants and food shops.

  • Michael Cant


    Michael is a Principal at GHD and Waste Management Market Lead in Ontario and has over 30 years of waste industry consulting experience. His main focus has been assisting municipalities and private industry with the planning, approvals and design of waste management facilities. Over his 30 year career, he has successfully completed planning and approvals for landfills, transfer stations, composting facilities, recycling facilities and energy from waste facilities.

  • Paul Shorthouse

    Circular Economy Leadership Canada

    Paul is one of Canada’s leading experts in the emerging circular economy, providing solutions and engaging leaders who are working at the intersection of business innovation, public policy, economic development, and sustainability. For over a decade, this work has placed him at the forefront of the important transition that is underway towards a greener, more prosperous, low-carbon economy.

    In February 2021, Paul took on the role of Managing Director of the Circular Economy Leadership Canada (CELC), a network of leaders from all industries and sectors who are fostering collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange to accelerate the transition to a circular economy in Canada. In this role he will be the driving force behind the CELC’s Circular Economy Solution Series and the network’s efforts to amplify leading-edge work already underway in this space, while fostering innovation and synergies among business leaders, policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders to drive meaningful systems change.

    This work is being done in collaboration with several partners including the GLOBE Series and The Delphi Group where Paul is a senior director and leads their Green and Circular Economy practice nation-wide. Paul is also Board Chair for the Synergy Foundation and Project Zero (a circular economy accelerator program on Vancouver Island).

    Prior to this, Paul served as Managing Director of Vancouver-based GLOBE Advisors and was the Conference Director for the GLOBE Series (from 2009-2016), considered one of the largest sustainability events of its type in the world. He was also a founding Executive Member of the BC Home Performance Stakeholder Council, as well as a member of the Program Advisory Committees for BCIT’s School of Business and UBC’s Masters in Energy Leadership (MEL) Program.

    Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria, a Certificate in Environmental Stewardship from Camosun College, and a Diploma of Technology in Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship from BCIT’s School of Business.

  • Paula Urra

    City of Montréal

    Mrs. Paula Urra has been working in the environmental field for over fifteen years. She holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Sherbrooke and a master’s degree in environment from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Montreal.

    Mrs. Urra is currently Head Division at the Waste Management Department of the City of Montreal, where she leads the waste management strategic planning and operations for the agglomeration of Montreal. She and her team work on different aspects of municipal waste management such as implementation of the Waste Management Master Plan, planning of transportation, collection and treatment activities, deployment of organic material collections in dwellings of 9 or more units, management of the seven municipal Eco-Centers and the development of regulatory framework for waste reduction.

    She was previously Head of the Industrial Emissions Control Division (City of Montreal) where she lead the Aquatic Environment Monitoring Network and the water and air quality regulatory enforcement program. She also held the position of Program Manager in Environmental Law at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, a NAFTA body that fosters collaboration between the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States on environmental issues. She also held the position of Head of Environmental Section at the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) were she worked on the implementation of the Environmental Management System, the greenhouse gases and air pollutants reporting and different environmental programs including water treatment, contaminated sites and environmental emergency measures.

    From 2003 to 2012 she held various positions within Environment Canada. As Unit Head, she led regional regulatory compliance programs governing business effluents, greenhouse gases and air contaminants. She also coordinated the activities of the Chemicals Management Plan for the textiles sector and worked for the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI).

  • Rita Farkas

    National Zero Waste Council

    Rita Farkas is a Senior Policy Advisor for the National Zero Waste Council, an initiative of Metro Vancouver. Rita builds relationships and collaborations with key stakeholders across the country to design waste prevention and circular economy initiatives in Canada. Her background is in environmental policy, having previously worked within the federal regulatory environment as well as with several environmental non-profits. Rita is passionate about discovering the ways in which we can leverage regulatory and business initiatives for environmental protection. She holds an MA from the University of Guelph.​Rita enjoys long forest and ocean adventures with her family.

  • Sarah Bruinsma & Brianne Fredell

    High River Food Rescue

    Sarah Bruinsma and Brianne Fredell, both born and raised in High River, Alberta are passionate about reducing waste as a tool in the reduction of food insecurity. Sarah has a background in Social Work, Brianne in business and together they have combined their skills and expertise to develop the Wild Rose Community Connections’ Food Security Initiative. When they started this program, they were as green as the kale and broccoli they now rescue, but saw a gap in their community that needed to be filled.

    Due to their long history of community work, building partnerships came naturally. They have created and managed a number of food related programming such as the High River and Claresholm food Rescues, Lunch in a Crunch, Snack Shack Program, Harvest High River and many others. They have recently built on their capacity to provide rescued food to rural communities with the purchase of a commercial van. To date, Sarah and Brianne have rescued 222,159 pounds of food otherwise destined for the landfill.

  • Sarah Janzen

    Blenderz Garment Recyclers

    Sarah Janzen is the founder of the Canadian textile recycling start-up Blenderz Garment Recyclers.  Sarah has worked in all of the supply chain areas of global manufacturing, distribution, construction, and customs compliance. As a supply chain professional (SCMP) with over 25 years experience and her BSc background and strong interest in economics she is tearing things up in the marketplace with unconventional strategies.

  • Sarah Wilmot

    City of Edmonton

    Sarah has over twenty years of experience developing sustainable waste management plans, and evaluating programs related to waste reduction and diversion. She has worked as a consultant across North America and internationally, and joined the City of Edmonton two years ago. While with the City, Sarah led the development of the City’s first Waste Reduction Roadmap, a three-year action-oriented work plan and commitment of the 25-year Waste Strategy that identifies programs, services and regulations that will result in less waste being produced by both residential and non-residential sectors. Sarah is currently working to establish a Waste Reduction Network for businesses and organizations, and is developing Edmonton’s single-use item reduction strategy and bylaw.

  • Shane Price

    Shane is an eco-preneur and the tour de force behind the Green Circle engine. With a background in molecular biology and biochem, he is committed to protecting the environmental integrity of our planet and exploring ways that people in urban settings can live sustainably. Shane has a natural ability to bring the right people to the table and the determination to bring the vision to life. Shane started Green Circle Salons in 2009 after working with a team of salon professionals and manufacturing insiders to understand the need for a solution to the environmental impacts of the beauty industry.

  • Susan Thoman

    Compost Manufacturing Alliance

    Susan Thoman is the founder and managing director of the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA), North America’s first and only composter owned and operated third party certifier of compostable products. Prior to launching CMA in 2017, Susan served for twelve years as director and VP of  Corporate Development for Cedar Grove Composting in Seattle, Washington, one of the largest yard waste and food scrap processors in North America. Preceding that, Susan served in various senior leadership roles for a variety of hazardous waste management and industrial recycling firms in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada and has over thirty years of solid waste and alternative by products management and program development experience. Susan also served on the US Composting Council’s board of directors from 2016-2019, and the Washington State Recycling Association board of directors from 2007-2015.

  • Sylvain Boissonnier

    City of Montréal

    Sylvain is a planning advisor in the Environment Department of the City of Montreal. In order for Montreal to move towards zero waste by 2030, he works on issues such as reducing single-use plastics, stopping food waste and non-food waste, reducing out-of-home waste and improving the quality of recyclable materials. Sylvain is committed to making Montreal more circular.

    With a master’s degree in environment from the University of Sherbrooke (Ca, QC) and a master’s degree in engineering and management of the environment and sustainable development at the University of Technology of Troyes (Fr), Sylvain has developed a broad expertise that combines circularity and sustainability. He specializes in dematerialization strategies of economic activities that allow companies and territories to benefit from a decoupling between financial flows and physical flows. In 2019, he published a master’s essay on strategic environmental issues and the choice of materials in ecodesign for the case of the textile industry, under the supervision of Ms.Tatiana Reyes.

    With a passion for resource management, use of materials and reduction of environmental impacts, he has worked in France as well as in Canada in advising and supporting municipalities and companies – from the aeronautical sector to food distribution – in their transition to eco-responsibility or in their eco-design approaches.

  • Tamara Streefland


    Tamara leads Metabolic’s Cities Program, in which she tackles the major urban challenges the world is facing. Her projects entail the design of viable and inclusive interventions at the interface of social and natural resilience.

    She has been involved in a wide range of projects regarding sustainable cities with a focus on topics such as water ecologies, the freight sector, waste systems, and renewable energy, in cities including Amsterdam and New York City. In these projects, she is able to conduct comprehensive systems analysis, in-depth research, and collaborative design as a basis for creative and feasible strategies towards a more sustainable and circular state.

    Her background as an earth scientist allows her to integrate knowledge on scientific processes that underlie the ecological impacts with creative solutions that engage novel technologies and are sensitive to social issues. She also enjoys teaching students about complex contemporary urban challenges.

  • Teresa Conner

    BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

    As the Unit Head for packaging, in the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Section, with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in BC, Teresa oversees the packaging and beverage container programs under the Recycling Regulation. Teresa has been with the Ministry since 2005 and spent most of this time in EPR. In addition to her career in EPR, Teresa has supported the B.C. Spills Regime, the Climate Action Secretariate, and the Olympic Games Secretariate. She has overseen several EPR files, including; electronic and electrical products, used oil, pharmaceuticals, paint and household hazardous waste, and tires. Teresa has also led several expansions to the regulation, developed supporting policy pieces, and is currently overseeing scoping work on industrial, commercial and institution packaging. Teresa holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Development from the University of Guelph, and a Masters in Geography from the University of Victoria.

  • Tim Buwalda

    Circular Matters LLC

    Tim Buwalda is a Principal at Circular Matters LLC, and has 25 years of comprehensive recycling and solid waste management consulting experience, working with both public and private-sector clients throughout North America. Tim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering, with additional specialization in Plastics. He has a diverse range of hands-on experience and knowledge in a variety of areas including materials recovery facility design, financial analysis, policy analysis, recycling program evaluation and optimization, and development of recycling solutions for hard to recycle materials.

  • Usman Valiante

    Cardwell Grove Inc.

    Usman is a senior policy analyst and commercial strategist with 29 years of experience in the fields of environmental science and economics, corporate and commercial strategy, public policy development, regulatory and institutional design, advocacy, negotiation, consultation and communications.

    Usman has provided public policy advice with specific focus on environmental regulatory design to the federal government, provincial governments, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

    Usman also provides commercial strategy and regulatory compliance advice to a number of North America’s leading manufacturing, consumer products and environmental services companies.

    Usman is currently a Director of the Alberta Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB), is an advisor to the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition and was a convener of Ontario’s Circular Economy Innovation Lab (CEIL).

  • Victor Cheng

    Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

    Victor is a Senior Industry Development Officer in Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Bio-Industrial Opportunities Section. His current focus includes bioenergy, biorefining, and circular economy. He also works with the food and beverage processing industry to improve their organic waste and wastewater management practices. He is passionate about working with stakeholders and helping to bring commercialization successes to Alberta.

    Prior to his current role, he worked at the Biorefining Conversions Network, the University of Alberta, and a biotech start-up. He received his PhD in biochemistry in 2008 from the University of Alberta.

  • Willie Tran

    Eton-West Construction (ALTA) Inc.

    Willie Tran is a project coordinator and estimator with Eton-West Construction (ALTA) Inc. in Calgary, Alberta. Willie has a bachelors degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta and prior to his current role Willie worked as a project engineering consultant with a solid waste management group in Edmonton, Alberta. For the last three years Willie has been applying his knowledge and experience in various commercial construction projects throughout southern Alberta including the Integral Group Calgary Design Studio which was successfully constructed as a zero-waste, LEED certified fit-out.