Program: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Summit Kickoff
9 a.m.

Official welcome to all speakers, delegates, and sponsors to Canada’s first-ever Circular Procurement Summit.

Jo-Anne St. Godard
Jo-Anne St. GodardExecutive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario

ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns, and regions committed to building a sustainable future. Mark Hidson joined ICLEI in 2003, is a member of ICLEI Europe’s Board of Directors, responsible for the sustainable economy and procurement work, and Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre. He oversees ICLEI’s Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, Procura+ – European Sustainable Procurement Network and ICLEI’s sustainable procurement conference series.

As part of the Circular Procurement Summit Mark Hidson will address how procurers are shaping the future every time they make a purchase by setting the standards that the market needs to meet, supporting the business models that can deliver most sustainably, and stimulating demand and investment in sustainable innovative solutions.

Mark Hidson
Mark HidsonDeputy Regional Director, ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability

The Netherlands

The Dutch Government is celebrated as an early adopter of circular economy and boasts several active case studies of initiatives implemented across government functions. Mr. van Geet goes in-depth on how the Netherlands have incorporated circular economy principles into category strategies; transitioned traditional procurement processes; and navigated various legal barriers. He also provide details of these case studies with quantifiable gains toward economic, social, and environmental goals and objectives.

Cuno van Geet
Cuno van GeetSr. Advisory, Resource Efficiency, Government of the Netherlands

11:00 : Break

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Public procurement can help finance sustainable infrastructure and be effectively used as a risk mitigation instrument. It is also a successful strategy to drive innovation and skills in local economies. Mr. Wuennenberg has advised governments worldwide in doing so, and will share that expertise so Canadian cities can do the same.

Laurin Wuennenberg
Laurin WuennenbergPublic Procurement Specialist, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Noon : Lunch

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Circular Cities
1 p.m.

Ashima Sukhdev leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Governments & Cities Programme, engaging and supporting national, regional, and city governments as they transition to a circular economy. She will present on role of public sector (institutions, governments, and cities) have in accelerating transition to a circular economy international highlights; circular economy potential for cities; 11 policy levers, including procurement, that city governments can use to further circular economy; and more on what the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is doing with cities on plastics, fashion, food, and within its CE100 network.

Ashima Sukhdev
Ashima SukhdevGovernment & Cities Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

International Case Studies

Multiple approaches and solutions can help bring circularity into procurement. Ms. Thiebault will present them, and highlight the cross-cutting enablers required to a wide adoption of circular procurement practices. She also will showcase relevant global case studies in a variety of common government spend categories to best demonstrate circular procurement in action. Each case study will include details of its measurable social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

Claire Thiebault
Claire ThiebaultAssociate Programme Management Officer, UN Environment

Opportunities and Barriers to Circular Procurement in Public Construction Projects

Leona will present an engaging overview of a newly published white paper that debuted at the World Circular Economy Forum 2019 in Helsinki — The challenges and potential of circular procurements in public construction projects — that outlines the benefits of incorporating circular procurement at city and district level, including an assessment of the associated financial benefits as well as the potential negative effects.

The paper also addresses some of the most crucial circular procurement questions of today, and encourages the public sector, businesses, and academia worldwide to learn from its case studies to unlock the full potential of cities by creating a truly circular city transition through practical procurement application.

Leona Silberstein
Leona SilbersteinEnvironmental Inspector, City of Helsinki

3:00 : Break

Public Procurement for Zero Plastic Waste

Plastic waste has drawn significant attention around the globe with governments at all levels committing to lead by example and use green public procurement to reduce plastic waste and support sustainable plastic products and solutions. Canadian governments have championed this issue over the past year with the launch of the Ocean Plastics Charter and the Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste.

This session will explore how different levels of government are working to implement these commitments and leveraging their procurement and operations to tackle plastic waste.

Actions at Home

In September of 2018, the Government of Canada launched the Actions on Plastic Waste in Federal Operations, which included three key commitments:

  • Diverting at least 75% of plastic waste from federal operations by 2030;
  • Eliminating the unnecessary use of single-use plastics in government operations, meetings and events;
  • Promoting the procurement of sustainable plastic products and reducing associated packaging waste.

Government of Canada officials will share their work to date on implementing these commitments; the various policies, tools and initiatives that are under development; and the opportunities for collaborating with other levels of government.

Actions Abroad

A number of countries have committed to voluntary sectoral targets on plastics recycling and reduction, including the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Australia. However, the European Commission has gone further by banning certain plastic items. Furthermore, more progressive global initiatives, like the WWF PACT and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy, advocate a systemic shift to a circular plastics economy. The public sector has a significant role to play in all of these, and needs to ensure it addresses its own procurement of plastic in goods and services, as well as encouraging business and citizens to change their consumption patterns.

International expert on procurement, Dr. Mervyn Jones will offer details of baselining and measuring processes, which ties into circular practices.

Chris Lindberg
Chris LindbergHead, Circular Economy Unit, Government of Canada
Mervyn Jones
Mervyn JonesDirector, Sustainable Global Resources

City of Toronto

In 2016 the City of Toronto adopted a Long-Term Waste Strategy, which includes procurement as a tool to fulfill waste reduction goals. In 2017, the Purchasing and Material Management Division, in consultation with Toronto Solid Waste Management and Recycling Council of Ontario, developed a strategy for city procurement to drive waste diversion and the circular economy(PDF). In 2018 the Government Management Committee adopted the Circular Economy Procurement Implementation Plan and Framework (CE Framework) to leverage the City of Toronto’s purchasing power to drive waste reduction, economic growth, and social prosperity through a circular economy approach.

As Chief Purchasing Official for the City of Toronto, Michael Pacholok oversees $2 billion spent on goods and services annually, and in association with the Solid Waste Management Services Division, is carrying out the CE Framework.

Hear directly from Michael on the successes and barriers for Canada’s largest municipality, and its journey to become the Ontario’s first circular city.

Michael Pacholok
Michael PacholokChief Purchasing Officer

Closing Remarks

Recap of Day One discussions highlights and a preview into Day Two.

Jo-Anne St. Godard
Jo-Anne St. GodardExecutive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario

Networking Reception

Mix and mingle with current colleagues and new contacts from across Canada and Europe.


Dinner on your own or with new networked contacts.