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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


The Circular Procurement Summit consists of two full-day conferences, and a third day of workshops.

Early-bird registration opens January 2019.


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. Contact us 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 packages, email events@rco.on.ca.