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Join the City of Toronto and local waste reduction innovators for a provocative and interactive discussion about the circular economy and becoming a zero waste city. Join the growing movement of waste conscious citizens and learn how you can get involved in making a difference. New this year, in addition to connecting with the Zero Waste Conference in Vancouver, we will also host live and local engaging programming.


The Zero Waste Conference Toronto Satellite event will take place on November 8, 2018 is a free event that will feature interactive and inspiring speakers and is open for all to enjoy.


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Registration, light refreshments

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome & Introduction by City of Toronto staff: Annette Synowiec, Manager, Business Operations & Change Initiatives & Charlotte Ueta, Manager, Waste Management Planning

9:45 – 10:15 Toronto Keynote: Jagger Gordon, Chef & Owner of Toronto’s first Pay-What-You- Can Grocery Store

10:15 – 11:15 Panel Discussion: Local Voluntary Approaches to Food Waste Reduction

11:15 – 11:30 BREAK

11:30 – 11:45 Connect with Vancouver: Welcome & Opening Remarks

11:45 – 12:30 pm WORKING LUNCH

Vancouver Keynote – Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and Humanist

12:30 – 12:55 Our Desires Fail Us: Using Art to Make an Impact : Solid Waste Management Services Artists-in-Residence Sean Martindale, JP King

12:55 – 1:30 Creating a Culture of Waste Reduction in Communities – Speakers to be confirmed

1:30 – 2:30 Connect with Vancouver: Materials & Design Innovation in Vancouver

SPARK Talk Arthur Huang, CEO and Founder of Miniwiz

Moderator: Mikhael Metauro, National Business Development & Sales Strategist, Cascades Recovery


Rhys Thom, Senior Design Lead, Design for Change, IDEO

Kate Daly, Executive Director, Center for the Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners

2:30 – 2:40 BREAK

2:40 – 3:20 Business Model Transformation: Zero Waste Stars in Toronto – Speakers to be confirmed

3:20 – 3:55 Living the Zero Waste Lifestyle – Speakers to be confirmed

3:55 – 4:00 Wrap-up and Closing

*schedule subject to change

Who should attend:

This conference is free and open to anyone with a passion for making an impact. All are welcome to attend, including residents, community members, businesses, waste and recycling professionals, change makers and anyone who wants to learn and be inspired.

Why you should attend:

The Province of Ontario’s Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 defines a Circular Economy as one in which participants strive to:

  • Minimize the use of raw materials;
  • Maximize the useful life of materials and other resources through resource recovery; and,
  • Minimize waste generated at the end-of-life of products and packaging.

Attending the conference will help you to understand circular economy and zero waste thinking key concepts and how you can make an impact in your work or community.

Additional details:

  • Admission is free
  • Refreshments and lunch will be served, please notify the conference coordinator (reducewaste@toronto.ca ) of any dietary requirements by November 2, 2018.
  • TTC Tokens are available for reimbursement with Presto Card or TTC Transfer.
  • Confirmation of requirements or accessibility assistance required by November 2, 2018.
  • Please e-mail reducewaste@toronto.ca if you have any questions

For more information visit www.toronto.ca/zwc2018