Governments and purchasing groups are primed to disrupt our current linear model of consumption – take, make, dispose – to a circular model that incorporates environmental outcomes with economic drivers.

The Government of Canada purchases $16 billion worth of goods and services every year. Across the country provinces and territories spend upwards of $25 billion. Municipalities of all sizes have influential procurement departments that dictate how public funds are spent.

By leveraging purchasing power to create demand, procurement can influence service and supply to directly advance the circular economy where products and materials maintain value at all times and waste is eliminated.

That’s why Recycling Council of Ontario is hosting a first-of-its-kind Circular Procurement Summit over three days to unite all levels of government, suppliers and vendors, and experts from leading jurisdictions to ignite the transition to the circular economy in cities and regions across Canada.

Summit Objectives

  • Enhance greater awareness of circular economy

  • Verify the importance of procurement to advance Canada’s circular economy

  • Quantify the important role of the public sector of all sizes and locations

  • Highlight examples through case studies in government top 5 category spends

  • Showcase best practice in circular procurement from around the globe

  • Provide resources and tools to support concepts into practice and measure results

  • Demonstrate how circular economy integration fosters unique public and private partnerships

  • Bridge knowledge and facilitate relationships between international jurisdictions with Canada

  • Educate vendors and service providers that engage with the public and private sector buyers

In doing so we will also support a premise where buying services over goods disrupts the linear model of consumption through a series of engagements: 
  • Foster longer term relationships between vendor and buyer

  • Facilitate relationships between government departments and functions to maximize resources and budgets

  • Support transformative business modelling, access over ownership, and sharing economies

  • Encourage manufacturing of higher quality products that are upgradeable or repairable and last longer in the marketplace

  • Design for sustainability where items are not designed for disposal at end-of-life and returned to vendors for recovery and recycling in a truly closed-loop process

Day One

Day Two

  • Circular economy and circular procurement explained

  • How circular procurement advances the circular economy

  • How circular procurement differs from sustainable, green, and ethical procurement

  • How to effectively advance policy language

  • How to transition from policy into action

  • How organizational policies reflect circular procurement goals

  • Strategic thinking / Rethinking the need

  • Circular procurement hierarchy: reduce, reuse and recycle

  • Lifecycle and asset mapping

  • Market engagement

  • Specification and award criteria

  • In-use phase and contract management

  • Circular procurement examples from around the world

Day Three (Workshops: Limited Space)

The Circular Procurement Summit includes a third day with two concurrent workshops: Public Sector Purchasers and Public Sector Service Providers and Vendors. Registration for the workshop is limited to 50 people each. Attendance in Days 1 and 2 are required to attend.

  • Market engagement divided by biggest category spends

  • Circular requirements: preparing and responding

  • How to apply and incorporate circular procurement principles in your jurisdiction

  • How to incorporate circularity into business models with implementation tools, resources, and strategies

Who Should Attend

Public Sector:

  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Professionals

  • Consultants supporting sustainable procurement

  • Senior Management and Elected Officials

Public Service Departments:

  • Procurement/Purchasing

  • Finance

  • Sustainability and Environment

  • Waste and Recycling

Public Sector Service Providers and Vendors:

  • Textiles

  • Facility Services / Building Maintenance

  • Information and Technology

  • Construction

  • Manufacturing

  • Office and Furniture Supplies

  • Food and Catering Services


Early-bird rate effective to April 1, 2019

RCO Member: $550
Non-RCO Member: $750

After April 1, 2019
RCO Member: $650
Non-RCO Member: $850

The Circular Procurement Summit includes a third day with two concurrent workshops: Public Sector Purchasers and Public Sector Service Providers and Vendors. Registration for the workshop is limited to 50 people each. Attendance in Days 1 and 2 are required to attend.

Advisory Committee

To help devise a fulsome agenda for this groundbreaking event RCO has convened a diverse panel of organizations to advise on topics and identify engaging speakers.


Become a sponsor

The Circular Procurement Summit invites public and private buyers and procurement specialists who aim to integrate environmental, social, and economical objectives into purchasing requirements for products and services.

An important part of this transition is to actively collaborate with the marketplace that requires insight into new requirements and contractual relationships. Sponsors demonstrate their alignment and offerings that support this transition to a circular economy.


  • Brand recognition and alignment to a world-class event
  • Networking opportunities within your business sector and with potential clients
  • Improved understanding of the concepts of the Circular Economy and how you can ready your company for the transition
  • Direct knowledge and resources to support innovative business modelling and relationships

Sponsor values range in value and benefit. Download our sponsorship package for more information.

Presenting Sponsor

You’re reinventing how you work. How you play. How you live. With our technology, you’ll reinvent your world.

HP’s vision is to create technology that makes life better for everyone everywhere and our mission is to engineer experiences that amaze.  We are working hard to transform our entire business to drive a more efficient circular and low carbon economy.

As Canada’s most Sustainable Technology Company, we have been investing in closed loop recycling processes.

In fact our global process is Canadian formulated and conducted in Montreal, and incorporates one million used drinking water bottles a day.

Check out this video to see what an impact you can create when you buy with circularity in mind.

For more information on the Circular Procurement Summit, including sponsorship proposal, email