The Zero Waste Conference is renowned for inspiring keynotes – now meet our lineup of expert moderators.
The 2020 Zero Waste Conference will look at everything from how we build our cities to what our clothes are made from, and will explore how we can enshrine resilience and equity values within the burgeoning circular economy.
While the annual conference is well-known for its inspiring, provocative and engaging keynote speakers, a good moderator is essential for a dynamic and engaging session. By pursuing key themes and delving deeper into intriguing ideas, an expert moderator can help spark epiphanies for audience and speakers alike – leading us to that “Aha!” moment.
Meet The Moderators
Metro Vancouver and the National Zero Waste Council are honoured to welcome a distinguished roster of moderators.
Kathryn Gretsinger, Associate Professor at UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media
Sessions: Opening Keynote – Beau Lotto; Spotlight on Circular Economy Innovators & Entrepreneurs; Closing Keynote – Katie Treggiden
Kathryn is a professor at the UBC School of Journalism, Writing and Media and a seasoned public broadcaster formerly with CBC. She was named one of North America’s top innovative journalism educators in 2018 and is known for her commitment to teaching, reporting and fostering dialogue about issues of social justice, Indigenous relations and mental health.
Vanessa Timmer, Co-Founder and Executive Director, One Earth and Board Member, National Zero Waste Council
Sessions: Conference Host and Keynote Moderator – Suzanne Lee; Spotlight on Next Generation Materials
Dr. Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver-based environmental ‘think and do tank’ creating and imagining sustainable ways of living in cities and around the world. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University with Pathways to Sustainability, the Urban Futures Studio, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. Vanessa holds a Doctorate in environmental studies and studied at Queen’s University, Oxford, UBC and Harvard.
Chris Henderson, Chair, GLOBE Series & Executive Director, Indigenous Clean Energy
Session: Keynote Conversation – Solving the Plastics Challenge in One Generation
Chris Henderson is a Canadian eco-entrepreneur, community leader and environmental innovator. He is the President of Lumos Energy, Executive Director of the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, Founder of The Delphi Group and Board Chair of the Globe Series. His prime current role is advising and equipping Indigenous peoples and communities to develop and own clean energy projects to catalyze social development, economic opportunity and combat climate change.
Brock Carlton, former CEO, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Sessions: Keynote – Michael Green; Spotlight on Opportunities in the Built Environment; Build Back Better
A leading voice in supporting the need to build strong cities and communities as a means of solving local and national challenges, Brock Carlton recently retired after 13 yeas as CEO of Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Under Brock’s tenure, FCM became one of the most influential organizations in Canada, influencing federal policy decisions and spending on such issues as infrastructure, affordable housing and homelessness, environment and climate change, broadband access and public transit. He also played a leadership role in the global municipal movement as Secretary General of the North American Section of the United Cities and Local Governments.
As the world faces unprecedented challenges, we are more committed than ever to accelerating the transition to a circular and zero waste economy, creating solutions that combine economic opportunity with benefits to wider society and the environment.
We invite you to join us once again at one of the world’s foremost conferences on the circular economy and zero waste.