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The Waste Prevention Opportunity for Canada

This webinar builds off the findings in the National Zero Waste Council's recently released report, Waste Prevention: Environmental and Economic Benefits for Canada

Waste prevention is about ensuring that waste is not created in the first place and can be accomplished by changing the design of products, business models, manufacturing processes and logistics to keep useful materials in circulation as long as possible. The report builds business cases for 15 specific waste prevention interventions in six important Canadian industry sectors. Each intervention is evaluated for its potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent waste, create jobs and generate other economic benefits. 

The event will begin with a review of the methodology and the findings from the researchers. Then, a panel of thought leaders who will share their experiences and sense of opportunities for waste prevention in Canada. There will be an opportunity to ask questions to both the researchers and panellists before we move into a plenary discussion.

Date: May 12th, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST / 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST


Tessa Vlaanderen, Associate, Dillon Consulting

Tessa is an Associate and circular economy lead at Dillon Consulting with over a decade of experience in catalyzing circular economy growth. She has worked with public and private organizations in Canada, the United States and The Netherlands across industries, including consumer goods, utilities, oil & gas, chemicals, automotive and construction. Functional expertise includes circular growth strategy, business and product innovation, community building, policy and regulatory oversight and operational excellence. She holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Process and Energy Technology from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

David Parker, MA MSc MBA MIChemE CEnv, Principal Consultant,Oakdene Hollins 

David has had a major role in Oakdene Hollins projects related to circular economy, waste and resources and specialises in managing large collaborative projects, such as the Horizon2020 project to establish the European Remanufacturing Network. He has been heavily involved in areas of business with a special emphasis on technology and sustainability metrics and led remanufacturing-based consultancy work with production industries. He has a degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge and an MBA from Durham University Business School.

Marianne Dawson, Sustainability Consultant, Vancouver Coastal Health

Marianne Dawson is a sustainability consultant who works to create operational sustainability within organizations. She is currently working with health organizations in the Metro Vancouver region as part of the Energy & Environmental Sustainability team, specializing in waste reduction and circular economy practice within health care. She focuses on research and special projects, data collection and analysis, and staff education and engagement.

Kelly Pigeon, Co-Founder & CEO, Loopt

Kelly Pigeon is the Co-founder and CEO of loopt™, an e-commerce platform that enables rental subscriptions. She previously served as the CEO of dresst™, Canada’s top clothing rental subscription. Using those learnings, she set a vision for how loopt™ could transform the way retail works across a range of durable goods including apparel, home décor, electronics, and more. She works with tier 1 retailers around the world to help them launch and scale new business models in the growing circular economy using the loopt™ platform.

Dr. Hannah Teicher, Researcher in Residence, Built Environment, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Hannah Teicher, PhD, is the Researcher in Residence for the built environment at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions where she builds collaborations between academia, government, industry and NGOs for applied climate research. Her work focuses on local climate action within a complex governance context, tackling issues such as embodied carbon, managed retreat, and partnerships between unlikely allies. Hannah received a PhD in urban and regional planning from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a Master of Architecture from UBC. Before beginning her research career, Hannah practiced architecture with a focus on sustainable community projects.

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