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 the Metro Vancouver’s National Zero Waste Conference for two sessions, we will also host live and local programming.


There is currently a waiting list for this event.  Reserve Now

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.

Event Schedule:

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

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration, light refreshments
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Annette Synowiec, Manager, Business Operations & Change Initiatives

Charlotte Ueta, Manager, Waste Management Planning

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Toronto Keynote

Jagger Gordon, Chef & Owner of Toronto’s first Pay-What-You-Can Grocery Store

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion: Local Voluntary Approaches to Food Waste Reduction

Moderator: Jagger Gordon


11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. BREAK
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Connect with Metro Vancouver

Welcome and Opening Remarks

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Connect with Metro Vancouver

Keynote – Gerd Leonhard, Futurist and Humanist

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Our Desires Fail Us: Using Art to Make an Impact

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

12:55 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Creating a Culture of Waste Reduction in Communities

  • Stephanie Fernandes – Waste Management Planning, Solid Waste Management Services
  • Michael Skaljin – Tower & Neighbourhood Revitalization, Social Development & Financial Administration
  • Mildred Agsaoay – Black Creek Community Farm
  • Orlando Gomez – FoodShare
  • Shah Mohamed – CultureLink
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Connect with Metro Vancouver: Materials and Design Innovation


Arthur Huang, CEO and Founder of Miniwiz


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 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. BREAK
2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Business Model Transformation: Zero Waste Stars in Toronto.

Moderator: Hillary PredkoInstitute for a Resource-Based Economy


3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Living the Zero Waste Lifestyle with Emily Charles-Donelson
3:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up and closing

*schedule subject to change


Additional details

  • Admission is free
  • Refreshments and lunch will be served.
  • TTC Tokens are available. Please request upon registration.

Confirmation of dietary restrictions, accessibility assistance or other requirements must be made to the conference coordinator at by November 2, 2018.