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Scaling Circular Food Systems in Canada: Stakeholder Workshop

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Across Canada, communities and businesses are scaling circular food solutions. Scaling Circular Food Systems in Canada: Stakeholder Workshop is a solutions-oriented and interactive event co-hosted by the National Zero Waste Council, Circular Economy Leadership Canada, Save-On-Foods, Our Food Future, and the Vancouver Economic Commission. Stakeholders from across Canada convened to learn about the state of the circular food system in Canada and then explore the opportunities and challenges to accelerating a circular transition in Canadian food systems.

This discussion paper set the context and provides important background information on the workshop: Scaling Circular Food Systems in Canada: Stakeholder Workshop Discussion Paper.

Another key resource is the research report, Circular Food Solutions in Canada: A Coast to Coast Landscape Scan (French), published in 2021 by the National Zero Waste Council and Guelph-Wellington’s Our Food Future. The report presents snapshots of circular food system solutions found in Canada, focusing mostly on examples which have not previously been profiled in published resources.

Keynote Speakers:

Tammara Soma  

Dr. Tammara Soma PhD, RPP, MCIP


Dr. Sylvain Charlebois PhD

Additional Speakers:

  • Denise Philippe, Senior Policy Advisor, National Zero Waste Council
  • Paul Shorthouse, Managing Director, Circular Economy Leadership Canada (CELC)
  • Barb Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Smart Cities Office (Our Food Future), City of Guelph
  • Tim Faveri, Vice President, Sustainability & Shared Value, Maple Leaf Foods
  • Julie Dickson, Managing Director, Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Save-On-Foods
  • Stuart Lilley, CEO & CVO, ReFeed Canada
  • Shianne McKay, Senior Project Manager, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)
  • Antonious Petro, Interim Executive Director, Regeneration Canada
  • Jessica Regan, CEO & Co-Founder, FoodMesh
  • Ben Wiper, Founder & CEO, 3F Waste Recovery
  • Jason Baillargeon, Director of Food Policy at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

This workshop is part of Circular Economy Leadership Canada’s Circular Food Systems work stream.

Scaling Circular Food Systems in Canada: Stakeholder Workshop

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