Keynotes

The Industrial Circular Economy Conference draws practitioners, experts and thought leaders from around the world. Join us in person or online to learn about the trends and challenges shaping this important and growing sector of the international economy.

The Importance of Transitioning Toward a Circular Economy

James Woodcock, International Manager, International Synergies Limited

Changing government policies, new consumer demands and progressive business agendas are driving a tectonic shift in resource consumption worldwide. Efficient, agile industrial manufacturers are at the heart of the transition to sustainability, leveraging the Industrial Circular Economy as an opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint and create value throughout the product life cycle. Join James Woodcock of International Synergies Limited for an exclusive keynote talk at ICE 2021.

James Woodcock is a veteran project manager and trainer with extensive environmental and industrial knowledge. He currently manages and delivers industrial symbiosis programmes in countries around the world, from Canada to South Africa and has previously overseen work in diverse countries including Brazil, China and Ghana.

The Power of Purchasing for a Sustainable Future

Frances Edmonds BSc.(Hons), Dip. H&S, CRSP, Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada

Industrial manufacturers can support the Industrial Circular Economy through their in-house operations, but achieving sweeping change requires a look at the entire supply chain. If you’re interested in learning how purchasing decisions can help you meet and exceed your sustainability targets, The Power of Purchasing for a Sustainable Future is a must-attend keynote at ICE2021. 

Frances Edmonds is responsible for overseeing HP’s full suite of corporate social responsibility programs, including strategic partnerships with key nonprofit organizations and an industry leading volunteer program. Under Frances’s leadership, HP became the most sustainable technology company in Canada in 2018.

Circular Economy in Everyday Life: Solutions to Reduce, Repair and Share

Rosemary Cooper, MES (Planning), Project Director, Share Reuse Repair Initiative

The Industrial Circular Economy helps manufacturers create new revenue streams while hitting their sustainability targets, but the sector growth requires the support of governments, businesses and communities. If you’re interested in driving demand for your products and partnering with local leaders to advance the Circular Economy, join Rosemary Cooper for this practical, inspiring keynote talk.

The session by BCIT School of Business Circular Economy Professor Rosemary Cooper will take place during lunch. Rosemary also works with the Share Reuse Repair Initiative.

Rosemary Cooper is a sustainability planner, catalyst, and educator with a passion for bridging the gap between ideas and solutions. She has been advocating for the transition to a circular economy since 2013, with a focus on upstream innovations that design out waste and foster lasting prosperity. Rosemary is also the Project Director of the Share Reuse Repair Initiative and teaches Circular Economy at BCIT’s School of Business.

Understanding Circular Economy from a Mining and Manufacturing Perspective

Jillian Lennartz, Manager, Sustainability Reporting, Teck Resources Ltd

The term circular economy might be new, but big companies have long embraced the fundamentals of circular thinking: reducing waste and pollution, keeping products in use, and helping to improve the natural environment where we operate. Join Jillian Lennartz of Teck Resources to explore the circular economy from a mining and manufacturing perspective.

Jillian Lennartz is an international sustainability leader, former chemist and climate scientist, with experience as a USGS and NASA-funded researcher in natural carbon feedback mechanisms. Today she writes and speaks widely about the role of technology in achieving sustainable development, and the function of business in adoption of triple bottom line economics.

The Emerging Benefits of the Circular Economy

Paul Shorthouse, Managing Director, Circular Economy Leadership Coalition and Senior Director, Green & Circular Economy at The Delphi Group

The circular economy model has emerged as an important part of the solution to growing environmental and social issues. It helps us rethink how resources are used and recaptured, how products are designed and repaired, and how new services are leveraged to support a resilient low-carbon economy. We are only beginning to understand the benefits to communities, government and businesses, with some estimates suggesting that the circular economy could generate $4.5 trillion of additional global economic output by 2030, and an additional $25 trillion by 2050. 

The World Economic Forum says circular business models provide a competitive edge because they create more value from each unit of resource than the traditional linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model. In addition to new economic and employment opportunities, circular economy can help to create more resilient communities, businesses, and supply chains, spur innovation, and tackle deep greenhouse gas emissions. In this inspiring keynote, Paul Shorthouse will explore these and other trends to give you insight into the full spectrum of opportunities that circular economy presents to both Canada and the world. 

Paul Shorthouse is one of Canada’s leading experts in the emerging circular economy, providing solutions and engaging leaders who are working at the intersection of business innovation, public policy, economic development, and sustainability. For over a decade, this work has placed him at the forefront of the important transition that is underway towards a greener, more prosperous, low-carbon economy.