RCA’s 2020 Webinar Series
The RCA is thrilled to announce our 2020 webinar series. We are bringing you themes that are both topical and comprehensive. Webinars will be held on the dates indicated, from 10:00 am to Noon Mountain Time.
September 22 – Building Resiliency of Material Systems
Rarely have the flaws of our global economy come together so prominently as under our collective experience of COVID-19. Inter-dependent global supply chains, material extraction occurring at a faster rate than regeneration and an economic model focused on delivering profits and infinite growth at the expense of stability and resilience have been the hallmark of the “take-make-waste” tradition. The pandemic only served to pull the curtains on these flaws.(credit: Circle Economy)
Now, the Recycling Council of Alberta will bring together leading experts from across the globe to share their vision for building resiliency for a future circular economy.
- Vanessa Corkal (International Institute for Sustainable Development) – Author of Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada (full report available here: https://www.iisd.org/publications/green-strings-recovery-covid-19-canada)
- Shannon Miedema (City of Halifax) –Advancing environmental policy in a pandemic. HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Together is a commitment to reducing emissions, switching to clean and reliable energy sources and demonstrating local government leadership. https://www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/energy-environment/halifact-2050-acting-climate-together
- Natalia Papú Carrone (Circle Economy) – Impact report on resiliency and circularity. The Circle Economy’s 2019-2020 Impact Report: https://impact.circle-economy.com/foreword
Vanessa Corkal is an Ottawa-based policy analyst at the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Her work focuses on energy, climate change mitigation, just transition, and fossil fuel subsidies, with recent focus on a just and green recovery. She is particularly interested in capacity building for community, civil society and government partners to develop and implement effective climate change and livelihood strategies. She holds a Master of Climate Change from the University of Waterloo and in addition to her climate change work, has over nine years of documentary film, journalism and non-profit experience.
Shannon Miedema is the Energy & Environment Program Manager with the Halifax Regional Municipality. Her team is the corporate lead for programs, policies and projects that promote environmental sustainability. Key areas of focus include renewable energy and energy efficiency, watershed management and water quality monitoring, climate change mitigation and adaptation, flood risk and preparation, green infrastructure, environmental planning and the management of contaminated sites. Shannon has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Earth Systems Science from Queen’s University, a Master of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Kings College. Shannon uses her passion, education and experience to lead Halifax towards increased resiliency and sustainability for the betterment of our community, economy and environment.
Natalia Papú Carrone
Natalia leads research and analysis work at Circle Economy in the fields of value chain management, design and manufacturing with a focus on circular business models and end-of-use in the textiles industry. Her experience includes qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in fields of the circular materials, production processes and strategies, as well as stakeholder engagement and coordination of working groups. Before joining Circle Economy, Natalia has worked in academia and non-profit organisations in the fields of textiles and apparel production as well as in the field of education.
October 22 – Advancing a Circular Economy – Policy Changes Across Canada
This webinar is an overview of regulatory changes in recycling and the advancement of a circular economy that will affect both business and local governments across Canada. Proposed and pending changes in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and the maritime provinces will be discussed.
This webinar will be presented in partnership with the Recycling Council of BC.
- British Columbia – On June 29, British Columbia (B.C.) became the first province to announce extended producer responsibility (EPR) requirements for single-use items and packaging-like products. B.C.’s incoming regulation will take effect in 2023.
- Ontario – The province is transitioning to full producer-led EPR in the coming months. We will hear the latest updates on this transition.
- Federal update – the latest updates on the actions to advance a circular economy at the Federal level.
- Others to be announced soon.
November 17 – Chemical Recycling
Sponsored by Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation
The holy grail of plastic recycling will be reviewed on a technical and practical level. This is your opportunity to learn what all the fuss is about including the latest from companies based in Canada.
- Paula Luu – Closed Loop Partners: A leading organization on plastics circularity, Closed Loop Partners authored the report Accelerating Circular Supply Chains for Plastics. The report explores the challenges of managing plastics and identifies $120 billion addressable market in the U.S. and Canada to recovery waste plastics and the technologies to create safe and high-quality materials. https://www.closedlooppartners.com/research/advancing-circular-systems-for-plastics/
- Pyrowave: With offices in Ontario and plants in Quebec, Pyrowave is a pioneer of the Plastic-to-Plastic microwave-based chemical recycling technology that allows post-consumer and post-industrial plastics to be regenerated and restored to their full value. Its patented high-power microwave catalytic depolymerization technology platform is the most advanced worldwide and is now at the forefront of the new generation of plastics. https://www.pyrowave.com/en/
- Martin Stephan – CARBIOS: Carbios is the first and only company in the world developing biological processes for the end-of-life of plastics with the potential to engage the entire industry in a truly circular economy. The company is now moving to industrialization with two disruptive innovations, of which a process to infinitely recycle PET without any quality loss, opening the possibility to create a virtuous circular economy scheme. https://carbios.fr/en/
- Loop: Using patented depolymerization technology, Loop Industries is transforming waste PET plastic and polyester fiber feedstocks into PET plastic and polyester made from 100% recycled content suitable for food-grade packaging. The company is based in Quebec. https://www.loopindustries.com/en
Bio coming soon
Martin joined Carbios in February 2017. He is now Deputy CEO supervising the strategy, the business development, and the investor relations of the Company. Martin has made his entire career in the chemical industry. Prior to joining Carbios, he held several senior international positions at Du Pont de Nemours, Chemours, and at the chemical branch of the French Oil & Gaz major, Total. He worked in France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, where he is currently a resident. Martin Stephan holds a Master in Business Economics from HEC in Paris and a BA in Economics from Paris II University.
Per webinar – $75 RCA members*; $99 non-members
2020 series (3 webinars) – $199 RCA members*; $275 non-members
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