Futurist Gerd Leonhard Announced as 2018 Zero Waste Conference Keynote

Making connections and advancing our thinking is one of the keys to progress. Futurist Gerd Leonhard is connecting the dots to our data-driven future – championing the benefits and highlighting the risks, saying, “Humans will change more in the next 20 years than they have in the last 300.”

How will those changes be reflected, precipitated, even mandated by the shift to a circular economy? Join us on Nov 8 – 9 as this renowned thinker and futurist shares his compelling perspective.

Is the future a time of promise or peril? With each day seeming to bring a new technology, every aspect of life transforming before our eyes, it’s hard to know if the digital revolution happening around us deserves a warm welcome or a watchful eye. Futurist Gerd Leonhard asks, ‘Why not both?’

“The future is better than we think.”

His client list is a who’s-who of major companies, representing global industries such as banking, insurance, manufacturing, and computing. His speaking engagements take listeners on a journey into our future – highlighting not only the seemingly limitless promise of technology, but also the dangers. Through it all, Leonhard delivers an entertaining, fact-fuelled glimpse into the world on our horizon, where the lines between human and machine will start to blur, the old rules of work and commerce disappear, and data and algorithms are brought to bear on all aspects of our lives.

“Intelligent assistants. That is where you should put your money.”

Gerd’s vision of our future is that of great potential to make the world a better place for all. But he’s quick to point out the potholes on the road to a circular economy as well. That’s why he’s in such high demand as a speaker – for helping his audiences understand the issues they will face, highlighting the technologies that will impact their lives the most, and outlining the human-scaled answers needed to ensure the 21st century landscape is a place we all want to live.

The 2018 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference is pleased to welcome Gerd Leonhard as a morning keynote speaker at this year’s event.

Screen Shot 2018-06-05 at 3.12.10 PMWe are delighted to confirm Gerd as our opening keynote speaker for the 2018 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference. For our attendees, Leonhard’s perspective can offer an invaluable perspective on the road ahead and how organizations will have to adapt to meet new realities. He offers real world examples of change and their likely impact on our future and that of our children; such as explaining why the ‘Internet of Things’ will be such an important factor in this evolution, while at the same time, popping the bubbles of high-tech hope and misplaced optimism. For organizations in the grip of disruption, Gerd supplies visionary insights and concentrated wisdom that inform key decisions makers today. Need to know what the next twenty years are going to look like? Gerd Leonhard can give you as good a picture as anyone.

#ZWC2018 delivers essential insights on the circular economy

On Nov 8 & 9 join us at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, as Gerd Leonhard and other thought leaders from around the world highlight the successes, pitfalls, and opportunities they see – as the shift to a circular economy gains momentum. You’ll learn how businesses, citizens, and governments can embrace and accelerate their transition to this new model as we explore topics such as:

  • Materials and Design Innovation
  • Business Model Transformation
  • Digital Technologies
  • Mindsets and Culture Change

Why waste time and effort searching for answers to key circular economy issues? The speakers and panelists at the 2018 Zero Waste Conference will share the knowledge you need. Accelerate your journey toward circular economy success. Take advantage of early-bird discounts and register today. Early bird registration for this year’s conference ends on June 30.

The preliminary program for the 2018 Zero Waste Conference is now online. Check back often as we continue to confirm speakers, sessions, and other news about this year’s event, or subscribe (at right) to get alerts and updates when new blog content is published.

Missed the 2017 conference? Find out why so many attendees return year after year

Check out this video overview of last year’s event to see why so many zero waste professionals consider the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference a must-attend event for networking with their colleagues and learning about the latest circular economy news.

Zero Waste Conference 2017 Short Overview from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

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