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The National Zero Waste Council is a leadership initiative of Metro Vancouver, bringing together governments, businesses and non-government organizations to advance waste prevention in Canada and the transition to a circular economy.
Founded by Metro Vancouver in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2013, the Council has united, among others, six of Canada's largest metropolitan regions – Metro Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary and Edmonton – with key business and government leaders, academia and non-profit organizations in a call for national action and systems change to address waste generation.
The National Zero Waste Council is governed by a Management Board, with staff and administrative support provided by a Secretariat. The Council uses member-led working groups to collaboratively advance projects in support of its vision and mission. 

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​Chair & Vice-Chair



Metro Vancouver1Metro VancouverJackFroeseChair<div class="ExternalClass641EAE0E50DA4CAEB06F419AA89B4417"><p>For 41 years, Mayor Jack Froese has lived, worked, and raised a family in Langley and was a successful business owner and farmer.</p><p>Through responsible, accountable leadership, Mayor Froese works in cooperation with Council, other elected officials, and members of the community to ensure the Township of Langley remains a thriving residential and business destination.</p><p>With a vision for enhanced economic activity and job creation, improved transportation, and safe, well-serviced communities, he is dedicated to providing an exceptional quality of life for those who live and work in the Township, now and in the future.<br></p></div>, Jack Froese
Packaging Consortium (PAC)15Packaging Consortium (PAC)JamesDownhamVice Chair<div class="ExternalClass0911F2FA44054CD586D63F218DB75FEA"><p>​​​Jim Downham is a former package manufacturing CEO. Currently he is the CEO of PAC Packaging Consortium and Chairman of LeaderLinx, executive recruiter serving leading packaging companies. Jim is the Vice Chairman of the National Zero Waste Council.</p><p>In 2014 Jim was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame; he is a Passionate Sustainability, Circular Economy and Brand Design Leader. Jim is a member of the 2018 Packaging Hall of Fame Commission.</p><p>PAC Packaging Consortium is a nonprofit association that serves global client partners across the packaging value chain to achieve their business objectives. Under Jim's leadership PAC has created several packaging programs including PAC NEXT and PAC FOOD Sustainability Programs; the IFS PAC secure globally recognized food packaging safety standard; intelliPACK, A Smart Packaging Innovation Catalyst; the PAC GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS and the PACed Certificate Program. </p><p>Jim serves on various packaging nonprofit boards and supports students through packaging design competitions and scholarships. </p></div>, James Downham

​Management Board

Executive leadership responsible for the Council’s strategic development, business planning and operations.



OneEarth11OneEarthVanessaTimmerManagement Board<div class="ExternalClassE15A551EE7E149D2AC97A570CA1EEBB3"><p><strong>​Executive Director, One Earth</strong></p><p>Dr. Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver, Canada-based environmental ‘think and do tank’ creating and imagining sustainable ways of living in cities and around the world. One Earth collaborates with partners to transform how people live their lives – what they need, what they consume and produce, and what they aspire to – enabling everyone to live good quality of lives within their fair share of our planet’s resources.</p><p>Vanessa is also a Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development and Urban Futures Studio. She holds a Doctorate and studied at Queen’s University, Oxford, UBC and Harvard. Vanessa sits on the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee for the United Nations 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles Programme. In Canada, she is on the Managing Board of the National Zero Waste Council and is a member of the Vancouver Foundation Partnership Committee.</p><p>In 2018, Vanessa received the 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environmental Sustainability.</p></div>, Vanessa Timmer
BASF Canada 16BASF Canada IreneYangManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass8CEBB1A801854F0894D18D490BD9D728"><p><strong>​Director, Business Development and Innovation, BASF Canada</strong></p><p>​Irene Yang heads up BASF Canada's Growth Team, with full oversight and responsibility of BASF Canada's growth plan and implementation strategy, which includes driving new business leads and providing support to BASF's business units with local sales and marketing presence.</p><p>Prior to joining BASF Canada, Irene worked for BASF in Asia Pacific and U.S., leading strategic, sales and marketing projects with country and business unit executives. Prior to BASF, Irene was Director of Product Management and Strategic Partnerships in technology firms, and a consultant with McKinsey & Company.</p><p>Irene holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering & Management degree from McMaster University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering and MBA from MIT.  Irene serves as a member of the Canadian Leadership Team and a spokesperson for BASF businesses in Canada.</p></div>, Irene Yang
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters17Canadian Manufacturers & ExportersDavidFungManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass756AE5B4E96F4A40A6C0AE103A48AA01"><p> <strong>​​Chairman and CEO of the ACDEG Group</strong></p> <p>Dr. Fung is Chairman and CEO of the ACDEG Group, a global technology integrator. He has founded or co-founded over 30 business ventures/corporations in in North America, Europe and Asia. He is the Chancellor of Capilano University of BC and a venture advisor of Cycle Capital Management Inc. of Montreal, one of the largest Clean Tech venture funds in Canada. Dr. Fung is a member of the national boards of directors of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada China Business Council, Canadian Standards Association Group, Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Network and National Zero Waste Council. His operating experience includes Research Manager of C-I-L Inc., one of the largest chemical companies in Canada, President of Chemetics International Company, a global engineering and proprietary equipment company with five divisions on four continents and chemical plant projects on six continents, a Canadian-Swedish joint venture with Ekman AB, one of the largest pulp & paper traders in the world, a Canadian German joint venture with DSD Green Dot on packaging waste recycling in East Asia and a Shanghai based Sino-Canadian waste-gas-fuelled power plant joint venture - one of the most successful Canadian initiated investments in China. He has presented invited guest lectures in 30 universities in Canada, U.S.A. and Mexico. His current business ventures include the application of disruptive technologies in sustainable aquaculture and water ecology in the Americas, Europe and Asia.</p><p>Dr. Fung obtained his B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D. in chemical engineering from McGill University and his Chartered Director from Directors College (McMaster University and Conference Board of Canada). He was awarded the Canadian Asian of the Year (Business and Public Service) in 2009 by Asia Network Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 by the Governor General of Canada and the Honorary Doctor of Law degree in 2014 by Capilano University.</p></div>, David Fung
Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal19Communauté Métropolitaine de MontréalManagement Board, Representative to be Named
Recycling Council of British Columbia 2Recycling Council of British Columbia LyndsayPoapsManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass7995291447AD4256B8249C09E749C123"><p><b>Recycling Council of British Columbia</b><br></p></div>,
Lafarge Canada20Lafarge CanadaLincolnKyne Management Board<div class="ExternalClass0684BEC5829048CDACDA2A04CC58321D"><p><strong>Vice President, General Manager, British Columbia and Western Canada Aggregates​​​</strong></p><p>​Providing strategic leadership of Lafarge businesses in the province of British Columbia, Lincoln recognizes the importance of actively participating in the journey towards a full circular economy. With over 6,000 employees and 400 sites across Canada spanning cement, aggregates, concrete, asphalt, paving and construction, Lafarge has the ability to provide thought leadership in waste reduction backed by a vast operation that can implement meaningful change towards a circular economy.</p><p>Grounded in a strong educational background in business and environmental management, Lincoln draws on over 20 years of international management experience to drive business innovation and a focus on building more sustainable solutions in construction. He is also a Director on the board of the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association and also chairs the Construction Renovation and Demolition Waste (CRD) Working Group for the NZWC.</p></div>, Lincoln Kyne
Nature's Path Foods21Nature's Path FoodsMattLivingstonManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass6F6A7B305015411FAF4BD4E69055E911"><p><strong>Sustainability and Stewardship Specialist, Nature's Path Foods</strong><br></p><p>Matt Livingston is the Sustainability and Stewardship Specialist for Nature’s Path Foods, where he’s responsible for leading the company’s sustainability strategies. Matt formerly worked as Director of Sustainability at where his team launched several industry-first and award-winning waste reduction programs. Matt spent his early career in the skateboard industry working as impact manager for B Corp Certified Comet Skateboards where he still serves as an advisor. Matt is also a board member for Vancouver based Food Stash foundation which rescues surplus food from grocery stores and redistributes it to families in need. Matt is passionate about all things involving food systems and is determined to make a difference in all his work. In his spare time, you can either find Matt at the skatepark or on a really long bike ride somewhere in the back country.</p></div><br>, Matt Livingston
Retail Council of Canada22Retail Council of CanadaJulieDicksonManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass92B9FA51D07D4EFD8998E8B32BB3790C"><p>With more than 25 years of business management, strategy development and integrated marketing communications experience to her credit, Julie Dickson is a seasoned executive with a strong track record of success across a number of sectors and disciplines.</p><p>Today, as the Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Services for Save-On-Foods and the Overwaitea Food Group, Julie holds responsibility for public affairs, corporate responsibility, government and industry relations and strategic planning for sustainability and environmental leadership projects at Canada's largest privately-held Western-based retail grocery chain.</p><p>Currently, in addition to participating in a wide range of food industry initiatives and cross-sectoral projects, Julie is the co-chair of the Multi-Material Stewardship Western Advisory Committee; a member of the board of directors of Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba and a member of the board of directors of Canada’s National Zero Waste Council. She has acted as OFG’s official company spokesperson and has been a member of OFG’s Emergency Response and Business Continuity Team for over a decade.</p><p>An accomplished presenter and accredited adult educator, Julie is a long-standing member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). She has developed content for and hosted lectures, workshops, seminars and university courses on a host of topics including community engagement, communications strategy, reputation management, business management and social media.</p></div>, Julie Dickson
Surrey Board of Trade23Surrey Board of TradeJayRaoManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass4BF85681458949E8915E3F97699447B6"><div><p>​​Jay Rao, P.Eng., CSAP is the chair of the environment committee of the Surrey Board of Trade and has been leading the team since 2011. He is a third term Director of the Surrey Board of Trade. He is the Manager of Environmental Services -Western Canada with EXP Services Inc., a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting company within North America. He has nineteen years of civil/environmental engineering experience. He specializes in investigation and remediation of contaminated sites, waste treatment and management. He is also a Ministry of Environment Approved Professional for the remediation of contaminated sites. He has been deeply involved with the environmental industry within BC since 2001. Through the Surrey Board of Trade's environment team, he has focussed on developing positions related to waste management, waste reduction and circular economies. More importantly, he is passionate about environmental sustainability and believes that "Zero Waste" is achievable if all stakeholders are committed to this vision.</p></div></div>, Jay Rao
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)24Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)MairinLoewenManagement Board<div class="ExternalClassCCF4E85BEC394097B290A1FBCED0E0CF"><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">​Mairin Loewen was first elected to Council in 2011, and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. She grew up in Ward 7 and attended school there before moving to Ottawa to attend University.  Mairin has a B.A. in Political Science (Carleton University) and an M.A. in Political Studies (University of Saskatchewan).  Mairin has worked for the Province of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Medical Association, and the University of Saskatchewan.</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Mairin is a co-founder and active volunteer with Girls Rock Saskatoon, and has also volunteered with CFCR Community Radio, the Open Door Society, and the Heart of the City Piano Program. In her spare time she likes playing music and sports. Mairin lives in Ward 7 with her partner and son.</p></div>, Mairin Loewen
Cascades Recovery +26Cascades Recovery +MikhaelMetauroManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass0DC39FC2CDF44D59B8818D4E70563EA1"><p><strong>Director of Supply Development, </strong><strong>​Cascades</strong><strong> </strong></p><p>​​Mikhael has been a proud member of the Cascades Family for over 15 years. With his undergraduate degree in Strategic Selling & Marketing, Mikhael currently works within the Recovery+ division of Cascades as the Director of Supply Development focusing on procuring recyclables for Cascades and other end markets to consume and remanufacture into new products. Day in and day out Mikhael has the opportunity to deal with a wide range of customers from different market segments and backgrounds with various types of discarded material recovery needs. “It’s amazing to see how more and more organizations are focusing on sustainability and have put the people power in place to start thinking about better ways to recover more and waste less. For me this is where my focus has been and always will be, working with organizations to help them achieve their sustainability goals through coaching, planning and execution.” Mikhael is focused on creating a world where all materials have a positive end of life – a truly Circular Economy.</p></div>, Mikhael Metauro
RECYC-QUÉBEC28RECYC-QUÉBECSophieLanglois-BlouinManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass60B819D72E2A44BFBB40843D9E9A0A81"><p> <strong>Vice-President of Operations, RECYC-QUÉBEC </strong></p><p>​Sophie Langlois-Blouin has worked for the government agency RECYC-QUÉBEC since October 2005 and is Vice-President of Operations since May 2018. Sophie coordinates all financial assistance programs and is in charge of extended producer responsibility (EPR), current recycling systems (curbside collection; organic matter; tires; deposit-refund on beer and soft drinks single-use containers; construction, renovation, and demolition waste), circular economy and waste reduction. She also oversees teams responsible for supporting municipalities and the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors.</p></div>, Sophie Langlois-Blouin
The Salvation Army Thrift Store29The Salvation Army Thrift StoreTonnyColynManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass3FC9277E1369424DB26F35C27914A24C"><p><strong>National Director Business Development and Sustainability, The Salvation Army, National Recycling Operations</strong>​</p><p>Tonny has represented The Salvation Army Thrift Store National Recycling Operation, Canada's largest non-profit contributors in thrifted waste diversion, since 2013. She is currently a member of the National Leadership Team holding the position of National Director of Business Development and Sustainability. Tonny has been instrumental in establishing The Salvation Army Canada as a national and global leader in not only textile reuse and recycling, but also the reuse and recycling of all other household items through thrift.</p><p>Tonny is well known for her enthusiasm, involvement and leadership in several associations including being the President and co-founder of the National Association for Charitable Textile Recycling (NACTR), Vice-President with Nova Scotia's Association for Textile Recycling (AFTeR), steering committee member with Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative as well as a board member with National Zero Waste Council. She has earned many speaking opportunities and partnerships in the world of thrift and waste diversion. As the author of the published paper A Tipping Point: The Canadian Textile Diversion Industry, Tonny is well known across the waste sector as a Canadian pioneer in textile diversion.</p></div>, Tonny Colyn
City of Vancouver31City of VancouverPeteFryManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass68284A71C3554A0ABFCA8BFA7D76C64F"><p>​​Pete Fry has served as a Vancouver City Councillor since 2018 and is a director with the Union of BC Municipalities and Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee. He is a graphic designer by trade, with a professional background in community development, advocacy and communications, and a deep concern for environmental issues.</p><p>A first-term councillor, Mr. Fry is committed to a more open government, collaborative community engagement, and a thriving and resilient city comprised of complete and equitable communities. Councillor Fry has lived in Vancouver since immigrating to Canada as a child.</p></div>, Pete Fry
London Drugs32London DrugsRamanJohalManagement Board<div class="ExternalClassECDF868EAC424489AAD0A3EBA3CBC9B2"><div> <p> <strong>Sustainability Specialist, London Drugs</strong></p><p>​​​​Raman is the Sustainability Specialist at London Drugs. Born and raised in London, England, he moved to Vancouver in 2009. He graduated from the Sauder School of Business at UBC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and a concentration in Sustainability. He also worked for the Sustainability and Ethics group at Sauder as a research assistant, helping them expand their sustainability education. A firm believer in responsible business and the ability for business to be a force for good, he now works for London Drugs, managing their extensive Green Deal program. He also sits on the management board of the National Zero Waste Council, helping to advance waste minimisation programs across the country.</p></div></div>, Raman Johal
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)33Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)Representative to be NamedManagement Board, Representative to be Named
Ocean Wise35Ocean WiseLauraHardmanManagement Board<div class="ExternalClassDBDAD138D07A4FD3BD33D9EF98F18D9B"><p><strong>​</strong><strong>Manager, Plastics Program, Ocean Wise</strong></p></div>, TBC
Circular Supply Chains Inc.36Circular Supply Chains Inc.GlenMunhollandManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass2620D5FF41684899B120E11B00E8ED40"><p> <strong>​CEO, </strong> <strong>Circular Supply Chains Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Munholland Business Services Ltd.)</strong></p><p>Glen Munholland is an accountant with an engineering background. His company handled reverse logistics for Walmart for fifteen years and that experience taught him the extreme inefficiencies of retail logistics and the need to address this problem. Glen is a a lead expert for ISO MC/TC-323 on the circular economy. Circular Supply Chains Inc. believes that zero waste and a circular economy are well within our reach and we look forward to working with members of the National Zero Waste Council to develop solutions.</p><p>Circular Supply Chains Inc. has developed a circular economy project that has been accepted onto the UN's One Planet Network under Sustainable Food Systems as part of SDG #12, Responsible Consumption and Production. We would like to invite members of the NZWC to please feel free to reach out to us as we would welcome your input on this endeavor.</p> </div>,
Return-It37Return-ItAllenLangdonManagement Board<div class="ExternalClassFDBAFE3023AC4024A1C576CE09A8602F"><p><strong>​</strong><strong>President and CEO, Return-It</strong></p><p>As the President and CEO of Encorp Pacific (Canada), Allen oversees the most successful used beverage container management program in Canada with a mandate to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used packaging and end-of-life products from consumers and ensure that they are properly recycled and not land-filled or incinerated.  Through its collection network consisting of 168 privately owned Return-It depots, 3 Express & GO stations, and 1 Return-It Express Plus location, Encorp Pacific has routinely exceeded a 75% recovery rate for used beverage containers in British Columbia while at the same time developing a collection network that has become the backbone for a number of other recycling programs around the province.</p><p>Prior to joining Encorp Pacific, Allen served as the Managing Director for Recycle BC, the first 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program for paper and packaging in North America where industry assumed full financial and managerial responsibility for the residential recycling system.</p><p>Allen has extensive experience in sustainability and extended producer responsibility, and previously served as the VP of Sustainability for the Retail Council of Canada and the VP of Environment for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, advancing those industries' responses to a range of complex sustainability issues including climate change, sustainable packaging, EPR programs, and animal welfare.</p></div>,
Metro Vancouver38Metro VancouverCraigHodgeManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass1267FC5CFEDF49CBB8C4C2F84934E569"><p>Craig Hodge spent his career as a photojournalist with the Vancouver Sun and community newspapers in the Lower Mainland before being elected as a Coquitlam City Councillor, in 2011. </p><p>Now in his third term, Craig serves as a Director of the Metro Vancouver Regional District, is a member of its Parks Committee and is the Vice-Chair of the Zero Waste Committee. <br></p><p>As well, Craig represents Metro Vancouver on the Board of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and chairs its Community Safety Committee. <br></p><p>He is also the Co-chair of British Columbia’s RCMP Contract Management Committee.<br></p><p>A long-time community volunteer, Craig was President of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Coquitlam Heritage Society, and co-authored a history book about the city.<br></p><p>When his three sons were younger, Craig coached soccer and ball hockey. Today, he continues to volunteer as a Scout leader.</p><div><br><br></div><p><br></p></div>, Craig Hodge
Second Harvest5Second HarvestLoriNikkelManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass0F8B72ED7AE84EF080B62AE891211495"> <p>​​Lori is a vocal and passionate champion of environmental and social justice issues related to food and is sought after for her expertise internationally.</p><p>Lori advised on the development of the provincial Food and Organic Waste Framework with the Ministry of Environment and Conservation and Parks and is the Co-chair of the Food Working Group at the National Zero Waste Council – a leadership initiative that brings together governments, businesses and organizations to advance waste prevention in Canada.</p><p>As CEO for Second Harvest - Canada’s largest Foodrescue organization- she ensures that over 12 million lbs of nutrient dense surplus food is diverted to social service agencies. Her current project is <a href=""></a>, a web-based platform that takes a local and technology approach to rescuing and delivering food.</p></div>, Lori Nikkel
City of Toronto7City of TorontoMikeLaytonManagement Board<div class="ExternalClassE53C4FF991264D93A12ACB0758CCA3B3"><p><strong>​City Councillor for Ward 11, University-Rosedale</strong></p><p>As Councillor, Mike has worked tirelessly to protect and improve City services that people depend on, and to preserve the diverse character of the city’s neighbourhoods. He has been a strong voice on City Council to make Toronto a world leader in the fight against climate change. He has also championed building new affordable housing, investments in arts and culture, aboriginal issues and reconciliation, and better public transit and cycling infrastructure.</p><p>Mike has led the development of a number of creative new initiatives including: Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) funding energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on Toronto buildings, pressing the province to give Toronto Inclusionary Zoning powers to mandate affordable housing in new development, the Toronto Music Advisory Council, and the Cask Force – a joint City and industry advisory committee working to support and promote Toronto’s craft beer industry.</p><p>Mike serves as co-chair for the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee where he led efforts to declare 2014 the year of Truth and Reconciliation, the inclusion of the acknowledgement of traditional territory in City Council, the development of a Toronto Aboriginal employment strategy, the establishment of an Indigenous Affairs Office, and other initiatives related to reconciliation.</p><p>Mike is active on national bodies including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative, and the National Zero Waste Council.</p><p>Prior to being elected as City Councillor, Mike worked at Environmental Defence, one of Canada’s leading environmental charities. In that role, he worked to protect the Great Lakes and make Ontario a leader in green energy and jobs. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, with an Urban Planning Specialty. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University where he has taught Canadian local government.</p></div>, Mike Layton
Recycling Alternative 9Recycling Alternative LouiseSchwarzManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass7921F21416964CC29BF49569F7C933EA"><p><strong>​Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Recycling Alternative</strong></p><p>Louise is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Recycling Alternative, a Vancouver based business providing recycling and waste reduction services throughout the Lower Mainland since 1989. Together with business partner Robert Weatherbe, the company has garnered a reputation for community collaborations and innovative approaches to waste diversion and local recovery through models such as the Vancouver Biodiesel Co-operative, Food Scrap Drop Spots, Zero Waste Events, Recycle In Strathcona, and opening the greenHUB co-location model in 2014. Currently Recycling Alternative is working with local partners to develop closed loop recovery and materials upcycling opportunities within an industrial Green Enterprise Zone close to downtown Vancouver.</p><p>Louise sits on the boards of the Cultch and Our Social Fabric. Louise received the ‘Woman of Distinction Award’ in May 2012, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her work in environment and sustainability and in 2014 the City of Vancouver’s Award of Excellence for Greenest City Leadership. She holds degrees in Political Science and Spanish Literature from UBC, and a Teaching Degree from University of Glasgow.</p></div>, Louise Schwarz
Telus39TelusCatherine LeightonManagement Board<div class="ExternalClassFC1AAD49C5484460BE5B8B43C47869CA">Catherine Leighton is the Senior Environmental Consultant, Sustainability and Environment at TELUS where she leads the circular economy portfolio. For over ten years, Catherine has specialized in waste diversion, behavior change, and circular economy. As a subject matter expert, she has spoken at conferences like WEAR, published articles in industry magazines like Solid Waste and Recycling Magazine, and sits on strategic leadership committees like the National Zero Waste Council Management Board.<br><br> <br><br>Before coming to TELUS, she worked at Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Recycling Council of Ontario. Catherine holds a Masters in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo as well as being a TRUE Advisor. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys photography and landscape painting.<br><br><br><p><br></p></div>, Catherine Leighton
Alberta Recycling Council41Alberta Recycling CouncilChristinaSeidelManagement Board<div class="ExternalClassE8999F4C614E4533AF82E225124FE698"><p>One of Alberta's leading experts in waste reduction, Christina Seidel holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management, a Masters Degree in Environmental Design (Environmental Science), as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She operates Sonnevera International Corp., a waste reduction consulting firm, and is the current Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Alberta. In addition to her vast knowledge and experience, Christina delivers an honest, down-to-earth approach and hands-on operational expertise greatly appreciated by managers and operating personnel alike. She has spoken across Canada and internationally on waste issues and is also well-known for her project management and facilitation abilities.<br></p></div>, Christina Seidel
A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.30A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.OwenMiller-WhiteManagement Board<div class="ExternalClass1FC57187145343A284AF7234D7634853">Owen Miller-White emigrated from Ireland in 2013 and landed at A&W in the Finance Department. In the intervening years, Owen has worked in Operations, Purchasing and Distribution and People Potential in increasingly senior roles. <br><br><br>Owen is currently Manager, Restaurant Food Safety & Environment, and responsible for developing and implementing system wide food safety and environmental programs in our 1000+ restaurants across Canada. Owen works with cross functional teams, partnering with franchisees, internal and external partners to bring these programs to life. Owen is passionate about pursuing excellence in these areas and his current focus is achieving zero waste across the A&W system.<br><br><br><p>In his spare time, Owen is an avid soccer player and volunteers at a local seniors centre. <br></p> <br></div>, Owen Miller-White
Unbuilders40UnbuildersAdamCorneilManagement Board<div class="ExternalClassF6F1028A94A74C278652F2A8A5E46969"><div><p>Adam is a certified Passive House builder and a deconstruction & reclaimed wood expert. He flipped his first house at 16 with his father and after years as a green builder he launched Unbuilders Deconstruction in January 2018 and Heritage Lumber in 2019. Passionate about his family, skiing, hiking mountains and spending as much time outdoors, he is committed to providing a sustainable future for generations to enjoy.<br></p></div></div>, Adam Corneil