With the introduction of the Waste Free Ontario Act, we see increased interest in advancing the circular economy. Our world-class lineup of speakers will share their insights and knowledge, not only on the Waste Free Ontario Act, but on many leading approaches to reducing waste.
Glen Murray was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2010 as the MPP for Toronto Centre. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014.
Murray currently serves as Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. He was appointed the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of Transportation in February 2013.
He has had a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health. Murray is a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society. He was Director of Health Education and HIV Prevention Services at the Village Clinic/9 Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg. Murray was also part of the World Health AIDS Service Organization’s working group for the Global Program on AIDS.
He served as mayor of Winnipeg from 1998 to 2004. As Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus, Murray led the successful campaign to transfer the equivalent of five cents per litre of the federal gas tax to municipalities for infrastructure renewal and construction.
In 2004, he moved to Toronto and served as Senior Resident at Massey College and a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design at the University of Toronto. Murray was a Managing Partner of AuthentiCITY, a Toronto-based urban sustainability consulting and planning firm. He was appointed Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy by former prime minister Paul Martin in 2005. Murray became president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007.
He has served on several university, hospital and community boards, including the Expo 2015 Bid Committee and the Toronto District School Board’s Reference Group for Improving Services for Marginalized Students. He has logged more than 5,000 kilometres cycling for Habitat for Humanity to raise money for affordable housing. Murray has won several public service awards, including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and the Fight for LGBT Justice and Equality award from Egale Canada in 2003.
Murray was born in Montreal, where he earned a diploma from John Abbott College. He then attended Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs for four years, majoring in Urban Studies.
Doug McKenzie-Mohr is a pioneer and leader in the rapidly growing field of community-based social marketing. In his fifteen years of consulting and research, he has repeatedly illustrated its utility and effectiveness. His book, Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing (New Society Publishers), has become an indispensable guide for those who design and deliver programs promoting sustainable practices. As a consultant, he helps a diverse array of clients first identify barriers to behavior change and then develop and evaluate community-based social marketing initiatives to overcome those barriers. He has assisted with projects focusing on waste reduction and recycling, water and energy efficiency, pollution prevention and watershed protection, transportation, climate change, and related sustainability challenges.
Dr. McKenzie-Mohr is a Professor of Psychology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, Canada. He has served as chair of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Sustainable Development, as coordinator of the international organization Holis – The Society for a Sustainable Future, as a member of Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, and as a member of the National Advisory Committee for SustainABILITY. He has been awarded the Canadian Psychological Association’s Psychologists for Social Responsibility Research and Social Action Award and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Public Advocacy Fellowship.
Rod Muir is the National Waste Diversion and Sustainability Chair for the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. Founded in 1892 the Sierra Club is considered by many to be both the oldest and largest Environmental Non-Government Organization in the World. Rod’s previous career as a Senior Marketing Executive in the Foodservice and Grocery Industries provided a great exposure to both packaging and organics. Over the past 15 Years Rod has written more than 20 articles for Solid Waste and Recycling and Municipal World, Magazines in Canada and Resource Recycling and Biocycle, Magazines in the U.S. In addition Rod has spoken over 100 times throughout North America as well as Australia, including the 2005 Climate Talks in Montreal, the California Resource Recovery Association on seven occasions the U.S. Composting Council on six occasions and the Australian Waste Management Association
Claudio Gemmiti is Senior VP Innovation & Strategic Growth for Club Coffee LP and was previously Vice President Grocery Innovation with Loblaw Brands Ltd. He was a steward of Canada’s largest brands at Loblaw for over 10 years following a successful international R&D career with Procter & Gamble. He has a degree in Nutrition & Food Chemistry from the University of Toronto and is an avid competitive cyclist.
Claudio has been working in product/food innovation for over 25 years and has a track record of launching innovative products from conception to commercialization. For the last two years, he’s been working on the development and launch of a certified 100% compostable single-serve coffee pod (with the help of the University of Guelph) and has developed some innovative new compostable materials that could change the way we think about product development.
Avia Eek and her husband, Bill–3rd generation, own and operate an edible horticulture (vegetables) farm operation in the Holland Marsh–Eek Farms. Bill’s Great Uncle was one of the first 17 pioneers settling in the hamlet of Ansnorveldt (Holland Marsh) in 1934.
In 1993, Avia took over the administration of the farm operation, along with performing various other farm-related duties including becoming one of the main equipment operators at harvest, and performing other field work when required.
In 2010, Avia was elected Ward 6 municipal councillor for King Township in the Regional
Municipality of York Region (the first woman to ever be elected in this ward), and was re-elected in 2014. Avia’s focus on municipal council has been, and continues to be, the Holland Marsh/Agriculture, the health and preservation of our Lake Simcoe Watershed, and sustainable economic development .
In addition to being the local councillor, Avia sits on a number of boards and committees that are focussed on Agriculture (York Agricultural Advisory Liaison Committee; Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee; Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance); Energy (York Region Local Advisory Committee), the Environment (Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Board of Directors; Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee), and Economic Development (Sustainability Advisory Committee; Tourism Committee (was involved in creating 3-year Community Tourism Plan); was involved in the creation of King Township Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, Economic Development Strategy).
Avia is a regular volunteer at the Helping Hand Food Bank, Bradford (donating vegetables and time)
Susan Antler serves as the Executive Director of The Compost Council of Canada, a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to the advancement of composting and compost usage across Canada. The Council has been in existence since 1990 and is well-recognized as the information network and catalyst for the composting industry in the country.
Susan works with a 20 person National Board of Directors who represent the various composting interests of the country. Together with the total membership, The Council has spearheaded a number of important initiatives designed to support the sustainable development of composting.
Alex and Laura Cherubin, owners of Shine Juice Bar and Cafe. With considerable knowledge in the restaurant industry through formal education and over 20 years experience, Alex was introduced to a raw food diet in 2013 by a coworker and Executive Chef at Casino Rama.
Adding a new challenge in the kitchen and seeing all the positive changes that a plant based diet had on the couple and their 3 children is where the journey to creating ‘Shine Juice Bar & Cafe’ began. Now more than a lunchtime stop, Shine feeds upwards of 1000 people every week.
Over 99% of all the waste that comes out of their restaurant is diverted from the landfill. Filling over 20 compost bins each week with organic waste and compostable take out packaging. A recent Facebook post illustrating the efforts to divert garbage created a lot of buzz with over 1000 likes and reaching over 33,000 people.
It seems there is no end to their musings as to how to contribute to world health. Not only do they serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner but they also provide healthy breakfasts and hot lunches to local schools.
Alex and Laura also recognize the socio-economic importance of links with local and organic food markets. Their efforts are not without support challenges within the city. Alex looks forward to discussing them, and other hurtles, possible solutions, and an ever broadening scope of how the Restaurant Industry can contribute to zero waste circular economy, and the broad health of the community.
Howard Waghorn is President of Hahn Plastics Ltd and Hahn Plastics (North America) Ltd . He is one of Europe’s foremost authorities on the manufacture of products from waste materials. With 15 years of experience in the waste plastics industry, including 4 years with Europe’s largest recycler and manufacturer in this sector, Howard brings an interesting and knowledgeable perspective to this subject matter.
Dr. Chris Murray is an Associate Professor of Sustainability Sciences and Physics at Lakehead University in Orillia. His area of specialization is in Polymers and Biodegradable Materials. His current research is in Degradable Plastics, Technology derived from Waste Materials, and Water Treatment.
Meena Hassanali, Director, Industry Programs, Provision Coalition
As Provision Coalition’s Director for Industry Programs, Meena is responsible for managing industry programs and initiatives, including the Processing Food Sustainably Program. Meena has taken an active role assisting with the development and launch of an award winning Online Sustainability Portal and continues to lead new development of the portal
content. Meena directs Provision’s food waste project by engaging stakeholders across the value chain on food waste reduction initiatives and manages the process for public policy collaboration.
Prior to joining Provision, Meena worked at the Bloom Centre for Sustainability (BLOOM) where she spent nine years delivering sustainability programs including the award winning BLOOM’s On-site Technical Assistance Program, to assist small and medium sized (SME) manufacturers reduce their risks, costs, and environmental footprint.
Passionate about Provision’s mission, Meena continues to take a leadership role in the development of strategic partnerships among private, public and non-government organizations. Meena holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in Environmental Science and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University.
Wendy Ren is currently the Director at the Ministry of the Environment and
Climate Change’s (MOECC) Resource Recovery Policy Branch where she is
leading the transformation of Ontario’s waste diversion policy framework.
Wendy has worked in several ministries and has led the development of seven
major pieces of legislation. In the MOECC, she led development of the
Waste-Free Ontario Act and accompanying Strategy, the Great Lakes Protection
Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan, and Brownfields regulation.
Prior to joining MOECC, Wendy worked in the Ministry of Infrastructure andplayed a key role in the development and implementation of the Growth Planin the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. She has also worked in municipalities
and the private sector.
Wendy holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies, a Master’s degree in planning, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.
Glenda Gies is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority. Ms. Gies began her career in waste reduction and recycling by developing and implementing recycling services in the Region of Durham. She joined Waste Diversion Ontario as Executive Director in 2003 and provided oversight of industry funding organizations in the development and implementation of the four diversion programs under the Waste Diversion Act. As the first appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, Ms. Gies will support the establishment of the Authority’s registry and the transition of existing programs from the Waste Diversion Transition Act to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act. At the Friday morning session, Ms. Gies will provide an update on the Authority’s early activities.
Dave Gordon is Senior Advisor – Waste Diversion for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Dave has been active in the waste management industry for over 20 years having held positions in both the public and private sector. Previously he has worked for Markham, Peel and York as well as the Clorox Company of Canada.
He is a member of the AMO Waste Task Force as well as the Municipal Industry Program Committee (MIPC) representing municipalities on the Blue Box Program. Previously, Dave was also co-chair of the Regional Public Works Commissioners of Ontario Waste Management Subcommittee.
With over 20 years of professional experience, Ted Moroz specializes in Retail and Logistics Management. As the President of The Beer Store (TBS) and Brewers Distributor Ltd. (BDL), he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of these corporations. He received his Master’s Degree in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1988. He began working part-time at The Beer Store in 1983 while attending Laurentian University in Sudbury. He has also served as VP Logistics and VP Retail. He is also proud to serve as volunteer Chair of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada and is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Shores Mental Health Sciences.
TBS and BDL are retailers and distributors of beer and related products and services, with 450 retail stores and 29 distribution centres from Vancouver, to Ottawa. The two companies employ over 7,000 employees.
Rob McCullough is the Director of Solid Waste Management for the County of Simcoe, and is responsible for providing waste management services to 350,000 residents. The County of Simcoe has been recognized for its waste diversion efforts consistently being in the top 10 diverting municipalities in the province. Rob has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has worked in the waste management field publicly and privately and both nationally and internationally since the early 1990’s.