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 — Profiling the New Business Models of the Circular Economy

What do the business models of the future look like? How can embracing the circular economy be a key to success? Three voices from the front lines of the sustainable business community offer a road map through the challenges of doing business within a zero waste paradigm.

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ZWC 2014 Keynote Address – Jeremy Rifkin ‘Guardedly Optimistic but Not Naive’

 In his keynote address to Metro Vancouver’s 2014 Zero Waste Conference, Jeremy Rifkin poses the question: will we succumb to the ecological and economic doom we have ourselves created, or will we thrive, having embraced the transformative technological and philosophical opportunities now available? In a videoconference presentation from Spain, Rifkin offers visionary concepts, sobering realities, and ultimately, reasons for optimism. Find out why this author of over 20 books and an advisor to governments and business around the world sees potential in the ‘Internet of Things’ and the ‘Collaborative Commons’ – to precipitate a third revolution in the global marketplace. Whether it’s quantifying the trend towards nearly-zero marginal costs achieved with green energy and 3D printing, the potential of the sharing economy to reduce waste, or describing how our youngest citizens are growing up with a mindset vastly different from the current paradigm, Rifkin’s presentation is a captivating look at a big question: What Happens Next? 

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