Program: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Opening Remarks
8:40 a.m.

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

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

Treasury Board of Canada
8:45 a.m.

The Government of Canada purchases $16 billion worth of goods and services every year on behalf federal departments and agencies. It has also made ambitious commitments toward advancing a low-carbon economy, reducing single-use plastics in its operations, supporting social enterprises, and encouraging innovation in the marketplace. Treasury Board President, the Hon. Joyce Murray, will address how the federal government recognizes its opportunity to transition procurement practices to achieve important public policy objectives.

The Hon. Joyce Murray
The Hon. Joyce MurrayPresident of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government


The circular economy encourages better design for end-of-life recovery while minimizing energy use. For businesses, this not only means designing and building products for recyclability, but making it easier for customers to play a role in end-of-life recovery efforts. Ms. Yule will offer a supplier’s perspective on adapting business models with sustainability being the market differentiator.

Mary Ann Yule
Mary Ann YulePresident and CEO, HP Canada

Circular Procurement Integration

Dr. Jones will share his knowledge on integrating and responding to circular procurement language in tenders, contracts, and request for proposals: how to balance and assign weighting; and proper evaluation; negotiating contracts; current procurement practices; barriers to incorporating circular procurement requirements; and alternative procurement options that allow for circularity.

Mervyn Jones
Mervyn JonesDirector, Sustainable Global Resources

10:45 : Break

Circular Procurement Integration

Mr. Corley will discuss the use of a negotiated, agile procurement process to assist public sector organizations to more rapidly and effectively procure innovative circular economy solutions. The greater flexibility, speed to market, and lower costs of this approach enable greater innovation and more effective focus on non-price considerations, factors which are critical to the selection and adoption of circular economy solutions. He will also compare and contrast the use of the negotiated, agile procurement process with the traditional, i.e., tender bid, public sector procurement process, in terms of the implications of the process for the effective achievement of circular economy objectives.

Richard Corley
Richard CorleyPartner, Cleantech and Outsourcing

Panel Session

The OPBA is the largest public procurement member-based organization in Canada and has provided leadership, representation and public procurement education in Ontario for more than 60 years. Through its strong peer-to-peer network, the OPBA works to support and advance the implementation of new approaches to public procurement in Canada. This session will be a focused discussion amongst small- to medium-sized municipalities to answer: What are the supports needed to to transform sub-national public procurement from Price Taker to Market Mover? Where are the barriers? What resources are required?

Sandra Hamilton
Sandra HamiltonCanada’s First Social MBA


Tina Iacoe
Tina IacoeManager of Procurement, City of Hamilton; President, OPBA
Jackie Osti
Jackie OstiPurchasing Co-ordinator, County of Wellington; Director Relationships, OPBA
Deirdre Laframboise
Deirdre LaframboiseSenior Manager, FCM

12:30 : Lunch and Presentation

David Hughes will speak about the importance of taking a truly collaborative and systemic approach to advancing a circular economy, and will introduce the audience to the aspirations and initial efforts of the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition. He will also speak about the 2020 World Circular Economy Forum that will be hosted in Canada and help set the stage for a discussion about why circular procurement needs to be a central theme at that event.

David Hughes
David HughesPresident & CEO, The Natural Step Canada; Co-Chair, Circular Economy Leadership Coalition

Concurrent Panels
1:30 p.m.

Governments regardless of level, size, and location have six large category spends. Concurrent panel sessions with focused facilitated sessions for each category will feature hands-on discussions between public buyers, vendors, and suppliers working to support circular economic modeling.

Facility and Building Management


Julie Charron
Julie CharronAccount Executive, Tarkett
Jodi Houston
Jodi HoustonProgram Manager, Take Back the Light

Food and Catering

Panelists to Be Confirmed

Uniforms and Textiles


Mervyn Jones
Mervyn JonesDirector, Sustainable Global Resources
Roma Malik
Roma MalikSenior Advisor, Metrolinx

2:45 : Break

Concurrent Panels
3 p.m.

Information Technology


Frances Edmonds
Frances EdmondsHead of Sustainability, HP Canada
Cuno van Geet
Cuno van GeetSenior Advisor, Gov't of Netherlands

Furniture and Office Supplies


Annalee Sawiak
Annalee SawiakCEO, Furniture Link
Mark Ang
Mark AngCEO, Second Closet

Construction and Manufacturing


Emily Walport
Emily WalportMaterials Engineer, Arup
Lynn Horricks
Lynn HorricksPrefabricated Construction Professional, DIRTT

Closing Remarks

Recap of Day Two discussion highlights and a preview into Day Three.

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