October 19 to 21, 2022

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper, Alberta


Most speaker presentations are downloadable in pdf format:

Richard Adjei Colby Hansen Steve Meldrum
Dr. Rafiq Ahmad Jennifer Henry Mehr Nikoo
Etienne Angers Jay Illingworth Pascal Ryffel
Raene Barber
& Leah Seabrook
Cody Irwin Heidi Sanborn
Evelyn Butler Mark Kurschner Lindsay Seidel-Wassenaar & Tessa Vlaanderen
Emma Louden Allen Langdon Laura Selanders
Andy Chou Gord Lenz Dr. Tracey Spack
Sam Dietrich John MacInnes Tessa Vlaanderen
Serasu Duran John Markiw Karen Wickerson
Kristy Ehman* Geoff McCarney Karen Wirsig
Steve Fletcher Colin McKean
Barry Friesen Mike Medicoff*

*no presentation available

WEDNESDAY, October 19

  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Conference Registration / Welcoming Refreshments

  • 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

    Exhibit Set-up

    in Beauvert Ballroom

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Cooking Demo with Zero-Waste Kitchen author Christine Tizzard

    in Mary Schaeffer Room

    Join JPL chefs and food waste cooking expert Christine Tizzard to learn about making the most of your food scraps in menu planning and other zero waste cooking tips.

    Participate in making a meal from scraps, and then get to eat it after.

    Cost: $50/person

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Government Relations Workshop with Alberta Counsel

    in Pyramid Room

    Presenter: Pascal Ryffel (Alberta Counsel)

    Creating a circular economy in Alberta requires the collaboration and support of various levels of government. This workshop will dig into why advocating to political decision-makers is important and how it can be done effectively regardless of the size and budget of a company/organization.

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Nature Walk Led by Peter Duck

    Need some fresh air? Join a local naturalist and resource recovery specialist for a stroll through the Yellow Brick Roads of the Jasper Park Lodge grounds. Stretch your legs and take in the beauty of nature. Oz might be beautiful, but it has nothing on Jasper! You may not see any lions, tin men or scarecrows, but if you are lucky, you may see a deer or two grazing contentedly in its natural habitat.

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    JPL Environmental Programs Tour

    Located in Jasper National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is recognized globally for its sustainable programs. For a century, the Lodge has had the privilege of welcoming guests to one of the World’s most precious and pristine locations. Take a guided tour behind the scenes to see JPL’s award winning sustainability program that impacts every part of their operations from food prep to toiletries.

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Brewery Tour – Jasper Brewing Company

    Jasper Brewing Co. opened its doors in the spring of 2005 as Canada’s first National Park Brewery. Three of the founders are born and raised Jasper locals, who were driven to create beers that reflected the beauty and spirit of their hometown. 17 years later, ‘the brewpub’ has become a community hub that focuses on developing well-crafted beer and Alberta-inspired cuisine. Start your journey down the yellow brick road by joining other conference attendees and sample some of Jasper Brewing’s amazing beers.

    Cost: $50/person

  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Sponsored by EFS-Plastics Inc.

  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    PLENARY SESSION: Exercises in Thinkology

    in Mary Schaeffer Room

    Hear from a group of leading non-profit think tanks as they reflect on their work related to Circular Economy and other environmental initiatives.


    Moderator: Tammy Schwass (APRA)

    • Karen Wirsig (Environmental Defense) – Clearing a Path to Zero Plastic Pollution by 2030
    • Mehr Nikoo (Alberta Innovates) – Leveraging Innovation for a Plastics Circular Economy
    • Geoff McCarney (Smart Prosperity Institute) – Examining Circular Innovation along the Value Chain: Primary Production to End-of-Life

    Sponsored by Tetra Tech Canada Inc.

  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


    in Mary Schaeffer Room

  • 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Reception Networking

    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Sponsored by Merlin Plastics

    Reception drinks sponsored by CasCell Trading Group Inc.

THURSDAY, October 20

  • 7:45 am - 8:15 am

    Exhibit Viewing Over Breakfast

    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Sponsored by Circular Materials

  • 8:15 am - 8:30 am

    Conference Opening and Welcome

    in Mary Schaeffer Room

  • 8:30 am - 10:00 am

    PLENARY SESSION: The Yellow Brick Road to a Circular Economy

    in Mary Schaeffer Room

    What is a circular economy? How do we get there? What are the challenges? What are the opportunities? Start your first full day by enjoying a lively and in-depth discussion about Circular Economy. Where are we today? How do we travel the yellow brick road to get to where we want to be—and where we need to be!


    Moderator: Christa Seaman (CIAC)

    Sponsored by Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Sponsored by Alberta Environmental Rubber Products

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    KEYNOTE: There’s No Place Like Home – Developing A Circular Economy In California

    in Mary Schaeffer Room

    Cities and municipalities across the globe are seeing the economic and environmental benefits of moving away from linear economies and embracing circular economies. Heidi Sanborn is the founding director of the California Product Stewardship Council and The National Stewardship Action Council. Heidi has been a strong advocate for circular economies and Extended Producer Responsibility and has led coalitions that pushed major EPR legislation in California. Hear how she helped lead the way to get California to embrace circular economy concepts and advance EPR legislation that is the first of its kind in the United States.


    Moderator: Christina Seidel (Recycling Council of Alberta)

    Sponsored by Liberty Tire Recycling Canada Ltd.

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Sponsored by Alberta Recycling Management Authority

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: EPR: A Look Behind the Curtain

    in Mary Schaeffer Room

    Extended Producer Responsibility is coming. But what does it look like? What does it mean? This session will peek behind the EPR curtain to take a look at what it means for producers of products to manage their product life-cycles and the potential impact on consumers, municipalities and some of the logistical challenges and opportunities EPR could present.


    Moderator: Jason London (City of Calgary)

    Sponsored by The City of Calgary

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: I’m Interested in Organics, I am, I am, I am!

    in Pyramid Room

    Approximately half of the material going to our landfills is organics. So how do we divert organics away from landfills, and divert it to valuable uses such as enhancing regenerative farming to feed a growing population and enhance and improve a circular economy at the same time?


    Moderator: Jo-Anne St. Godard (Circular Innovation Council)

    Sponsored by Integrity Waste Solutions

  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Sponsored by Aquatera Utilities Inc.

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Ding Dong - Old Technology is Dead! What Comes Next?

    in Mary Schaeffer Room

    We aren’t in Kansas anymore! Hear how innovation, new technologies and circular economies will impact energy and transportation in the future. What comes next? Enjoy this session and find out!


    Moderator: Mark Kurschner (Product Care Association)

    • Colin McKean (Canadian Battery Association) – What does a Circular Economy for Lead and Lithium Large Format Batteries Look Like
    • Steve Fletcher (Automotive Recyclers of Canada) – Roadmap and Implementation Plan for the Management of End-of-Life Electric Vehicles in Canada
    • Evelyn Butler (Solar Energy Industries Association) – End-of-Life Management of Solar Panels
    • Serasu Duran (University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business) – Cleaning after Solar Panels: A Circular Outlook

    Sponsored by Product Care Association

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: My! Improvements Come so Quickly Here!

    in Pyramid Room

    Robots, 3D printers and AI, oh my! These are no longer the domain of science fiction and fantasy, these are technologies being used today to eliminate waste and reuse materials in new and innovative ways. The future is here so let your imagination run wild, see where we are and dream of where we can go.


    Moderator: Clayton Miller (Quantum Lifecycle Partners)

    • Sam Dietrich (Prairie Robotics) – How A.I. is Changing Recycling
    • Dr. Rafiq Ahmad (University of Alberta) – Eating Recycled Plastics Using 3D Printing Technology
    • Tessa Vlaanderen (Dillon Consulting Ltd) – Remanufacturing

    Sponsored by Quantum Lifecycle Partners

  • 6:30 pm - 11:59 pm


    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Banquet sponsored by Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation

    Rs of Excellence Awards

    MC: Donovan Workun

    Entertainment: Retrofitz (back by popular demand) – sponsored by Cascades

    Wine sponsored by Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association

FRIDAY, October 21

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Exhibit Viewing & Breakfast

    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Sponsored by City of Lethbridge

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am

    PLENARY SESSION: Red Ruby Slippers & Other Innovations

    in Mary Schaeffer Room

    The yellow brick road of Circular Economy is paved with the stones of innovation. From pest control to packaging, innovation is essential as we rethink and reimagine everyday items in order to retain their value. This session will challenge you to see the items you use everyday in a brand-new way and see how innovation will help pave the road to future circular economies.


    Moderator: Paul Shorthouse (Canada Plastics Pact)


    Sponsored by Nespresso

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Sponsored by Claystone Waste Ltd.

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    KEYNOTE: Sustainability Above the Rainbow - Recycling and Reuse in the NewSpace Industry

    in Mary Schaeffer Room

    Linear economies aren’t just an outdated concept on earth, they are an outdated concept—universally! This inspiring and engaging speaker will challenge you to see what is possible not just locally or even globally, but what is possible beyond the boundaries of earth itself!


    Emma Cain Louden is an astrophysicist and space entrepreneur on a mission to help people find their place in space. Buckle up for a trip through the cosmos and learn how land stewardship is not limited to earth, but a concept that extends beyond earth itself and into the universe.


    Moderator: Denis Jubinville (City of Edmonton)

    • Emma Cain Louden, Astrophysicist and Space Entrepreneur (Ph.D. Student, Yale University and Founder of Space to Sparkle)


    Bring your family to this feature Dark Sky speaker

    Sponsored by City of Edmonton

  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


    in Beauvert Ballroom

    Sponsored by GFL Environmental Inc.