2018 Zero Waste Conference Delivers Inspiring Keynotes and More

We’re just days away from the 8th annual Zero Waste Conference. Registration is filling up and anticipation is mounting for this year’s event, which promises a thought-provoking mix of theory, action, and inspiration. One of the highlights of this year’s event is an amazing line-up of speakers and panelists throughout the day and a half event. Here is a preview of some of the people and ideas you can expect. Continue reading

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A global change is underway. The circular economy is accelerating. Bringing new ways of doing business. Bold visions of systems change. Compelling arguments for a global transformation. Is your organization ready? The 2018 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference can help you find the right path forward.

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Circular Economy Pioneer Arthur Huang Confirmed for #ZWC18

Making stuff from trash and making a difference best describes Arthur Huang‘s career path. The Taiwan-born, Cornell-trained architect is a trailblazer for closed-loop economics, upcycling, and design solutions aimed at accelerating the shift to a circular economy. To aid in these ambitions he formed the pioneering upcycling company Miniwiz – which now operates in Taiwan, Shanghai, Berlin, and Milan. We are pleased to announce Huang will be a featured speaker at this year’s event, Nov. 8-9 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre.

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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.

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Innovation in the Marketplace Q & A – Zero Waste Conference 2016

Innovation in the Marketplace Q+A – Zero Waste Conference 2016 from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Transforming the Marketplace

In this highlight from the 2016 Zero Waste Conference, five business pioneers share their stories in a TEDx-style session and panel. From rethinking material inputs to scaling transformative business models, learn how the circular economy is transforming the marketplace – offering opportunities to eliminate waste while enhancing competitiveness. What innovations are redefining our relationship with stuff – delivering goods and services in new and innovative ways without the waste embedded in current production and consumption patterns? What is driving businesses to innovate? How do we support innovation in the marketplace? Learn what steps they are taking to answer these challenging questions.

Video Overview

  • (1:00) How do manufacturers ‘close the loop’ on consumer goods to achieve a truly circular economy?
  • (6:45) How can Lego use it influence to change the behaviour of other toymakers and Lego’s suppliers?
  • (10:30) What do companies need from government to affect the market dynamics of zero waste efforts?
  • (16:30) Why are ‘green’ products so expensive?
  • (19:20) Does the belief that technology is the solution to waste end up reinforcing consumer apathy?
  • (24:20) What is the one piece of advice the panellists would offer to young entrepreneurs seeking opportunities with a zero waste approach?

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The shift to zero waste and circular economy principles will have impacts in all aspect of our lives. To succeed in the face of this massive, fast-approaching change, you need to stay informed. Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference is the place to get the insights you can use to adapt. This year’s theme is A Circular Economy Within Reach. The conference will be held on November 1, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Subscribe to this blog (sign up window at right) and stay up to date as we finalize an exciting list of speakers, panels, and presentations. You’ll also reap the benefits of previous conferences as we continue to share the highlights from last year’s event.  Metro Vancouver’s 2017 Zero Waste Conference is an event you don’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you! Register Now

Shelagh Kerr – Zero Waste Conference 2016

ZWC 2016 Reuse and Repair_Shelagh Kerr from Metro Vancouver on Vimeo.

Every year the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference features compelling keynote speakers, panels, and armchair discussions – sharing their insights regarding zero waste and the circular economy. In this video highlight from the 2016 conference, Kerr outlines the current environment for electronics product recycling and reuse, highlighting the opportunities, stumbling blocks, and factors impacting repair and reuse of the ubiquitous electronic devices that can be found in throughout society.

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Industry Experts Featured at ZWC 2016

Activists and academics. Government officials. Small-scale innovators and start-ups. Exactly the kind of delegates you might expect at a conference dedicated to changing the way we think about and deal with waste. At the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, these attendees will also be rubbing shoulders with executives of national and international companies embracing the circular economy and zero waste. This diversity fosters cross-pollination of ideas, understanding of waste reduction from multiple perspectives, and of course, has great opportunities for networking. 

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ZWC 2014 – From Diapers to D.I.Y, Redesigning Products and Systems

A panel discusses how rethinking design and manufacturing systems can shift the linear economy to a circular or cradle-to-cradle model. From dealing with disposable diapers to building a better framework for do-it-yourself  projects, this wide-ranging conversation explores the ways business goals and sustainability principles can work together to deliver new opportunities within a zero waste world. The panel discussion was moderated by Bridgett Luther, President of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

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ZWC 2014 Highlights – Sandy Rodger Explains Project Mainstream

With over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, supply chain management, and research and development, Sandy Rodger’s background leaves him well-placed to provide leadership and guidance in the shift to a zero-waste approach to the economy. His current position, as the lead for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Project Mainstream sees Rodger collaborating with the management consulting firm McKinsey and the World Economic Forum – to facilitate a shift in the flow of major industrial raw materials, as a means of fostering progress toward a circular economy. In his presentation to the Zero Waste Conference Sandy focuses on Project Mainstream; to highlight the massive opportunities to be found in the switch to a circular economy.

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