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The Symes

150 Symes Road

Toronto, ON M6N 0B1


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This year's theme:

The Journey to a Circular Economy

Join the City of Toronto and local waste reduction innovators for a provocative and interactive discussion about the circular economy and becoming a zero waste city. Join the growing movement of waste conscious citizens and learn how you can get involved in making a difference. New this year, in addition to connecting with Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Conference for 2 sessions, we will also host live and local engaging programming.


The Zero Waste Conference Toronto will take place on November 8, 2018 is a free event that will feature interactive and inspiring speakers and is open for all to enjoy.


8:30 am – 9:30 am Registration, light refreshments

9:30 am – 9:45 am Welcome & Introduction by City of Toronto staff: Annette Synowiec, Manager, Business Operations & Change Initiatives & Charlotte Ueta, Manager, Waste Management Planning

9:45 am – 10:15 am Toronto Keynote: Jagger Gordon – Executive Chef, Caterer, and Founder of ‘Feed Families’ and ‘Feed It Forward’

10:15 am – 11:15 am Panel Discussion: Local Voluntary Approaches to Food Waste Reduction

Moderator: Jagger Gordon


• Shabeeb Hasan – Road to Zero Waste

• Daniel Bida – RCO Food Waste Pilot

• Ivan Wadgymar – Maizal Restaurant

11:15 am – 11:30 am BREAK

11:30 am – 11:45 am Connect with Metro Vancouver: Welcome & Opening Remarks

11:45 am – 12:30 pm WORKING LUNCH

Metro Vancouver Keynote – Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and Humanist

12:30 pm – 12:55 pm Our Desires Fail Us: Using Art to Make an Impact

Sean Martindale, JP King – Solid Waste Management Services Artists-in-Residence

12:55 pm – 1:30 pm Creating a Culture of Waste Reduction in Communities

Stephanie Fernandes – Waste Management Planning, Solid Waste Management Services

• Mildred Agsaoay – Black Creek Community Farm

• Orlando Gomez - FoodShare

• Shah Mohamed – CultureLink

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Connect with Metro Vancouver: Materials & Design Innovation

SPARK Talk Arthur Huang, CEO and Founder of Miniwiz

Moderator: Mikhael Metauro, National Business Development & Sales Strategist, Cascades Recovery


Rhys Thom, Senior Design Lead, Design for Change, IDEO

Kate Daly, Executive Director, Center for the Circular Economy, Closed Loop Partners

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm BREAK

2:40 pm – 3:20 pm Business Model Transformation: Zero Waste Stars in Toronto

Moderator: Hillary Predko, Institute for a Resource-Based Economy


• Dayna Stein – Bare Market

• Dihan Chandra – The Spent Goods Company

• Ayaz Virani – Bunz

• Malaz Sebai – Partners in Project Green

3:20 pm – 3:55 pm Living the Zero Waste Lifestyle - Emily Charles-Donelson

3:55 pm – 4:00 pm Wrap-up and Closing

*schedule subject to change

Who should attend:

This conference is free and open to anyone with a passion for making an impact. All are welcome to attend, including residents, community members, businesses, waste and recycling professionals, change makers and anyone who wants to learn and be inspired.

Why you should attend:

The Province of Ontario's Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 defines a Circular Economy as one in which participants strive to:

• Minimize the use of raw materials;

• Maximize the useful life of materials and other resources through resource recovery; and,

• Minimize waste generated at the end-of-life of products and packaging.

Attending the conference will help you to understand circular economy and zero waste thinking key concepts and how you can make an impact in your work or community.

Additional details:

  • Admission is free
  • Refreshments and lunch will be served, please notify the conference coordinator ( ) of any dietary requirements by November 2, 2018.
  • TTC Tokens are available for reimbursement with Presto Card or TTC Transfer.
  • Confirmation of requirements or accessibility assistance required by November 2, 2018.
  • Please e-mail if you have any questions

For more information please visit:

#zwc2018 #TOwasteStrategy

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