Waste Reforum 2018: Come Together

Come Together

April 18-20, 2018        Ramada Plaza Hotel, Regina

The conference theme, Come Together, delves into the need for all of us to plan together, work together, and celebrate together. The conference will consider the value and the necessity of cooperative efforts and will look at ways we can move our programs and ourselves up the hierarchy to reduction and reuse.


Wednesday, April 18

Ticket to Ride - Bus Tour:  Loblaws Food Distibution Centre & GFL Composting Facility
 I Wanna Hold your Hand - Walking Tour
Hello Goodbye Workshop:  Modernizing Communications - Using Data to Create Effective Public Communications Strategies

Twist and Shout - Opening Reception: Tonight, GFL stands for Groovy For Life, Baby!
     Sponsored by GFL Environmental

Thursday, April 19

Yesterday - Keynote Speaker: From Walter Scott to today— a century in working together to make Saskatchewan a good place to live  -- Dr. Gordon Barnhart, C.M., S.O.M., PhD (no presentation available)
Dr. Barnhart outlined the early history of Saskatchewan and the efforts made by the government and the population to work together to meet the challenges of vast distances, a harsh climate and a difficult economy. We face new challenges today and the solution is still to work together.
     Sponsored by Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Break -- Sponsored by Multi-Material Stewardship Western

Revolution - Opening Plenary:  Lightning Talks
Sometimes getting struck by lighting is a good thing. Five-minute presentations that will inspire, challenge and provoke as they tackle the question: 'What is one big, new or cool idea you wish we could implement in Saskatchewan tomorrow to help create a waste free province?'
Sponsored by Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment   
Presenter bios
     Andrew Stevens, Regina City Councillor
     Daniel Mireault, City of Saskatoon
     Dayle Schroeder, Regina Folk Festival
     Jamie Bakos, Titan Carbon-Smart Technologies
     Jenna Curson, Loraas
     Mariana Brito, The Backyard Project
     Mary Forbes, The Potato House
     Matt Wolsfeld, University of Saskatchewan
     Sean Homenick, SARCAN Recycling
     Deirdre Fritsch, SWRC
     Steven Dribnenki, SUMA
     Sheri Praski, Eco-Strategies

Lunch Sponsored by Affinity Credit Union

All You Need is Love - Concurrent Session A:  Tackling Consumption
    Sponsored by K-Light Recycling

  The Regina Repair Cafe Project - Darla Nault-Tait, Regina Public Library
  Regina Repair -- Hassan Bakrawi
  Crash Bang Labs: Regina's Makerspace -- Kevin Smith

We Can Work it Out - Concurrent Session B:  Panel on Plastics
     Sponsored by Canadian Plastics Industry Association
    Joe Hruska, Canadian Plastics Industry Association
    Cory Shaw, Crown Shred & Recycling
    Keith Bechard, ReVital Polymers
    Christina Seidel, Recycling Council of Alberta

Break -- Sponsored by City of Saskatoon

Don't Let Me Down - Concurrent Session C:  When to engage, when to communicate, and when to educate
A panel discussion that explored different approaches for interacting with the public and other stakeholders.
      Sponsored by Product Care
    Ryan Buhay - Recollect Waste Communications Specialist (Note: Ryan is also facilitating the workshop on Wednesday afternoon)
    Anna Hopkins - Engagement Consultant, City of Saskatoon
    Sydney Smith – Communications, SARCAN Recycling

Get Back - Concurrent Session D:  Food Waste Prevention
     Sponsored by Crown Shred & Recycling

   Preventing Food Waste in our own Back Yard -- Katherine Arbuthnott, Fruit for Thought
   Sifting and Sorting Waste - Finding Customers -- Lana Van Dijk, Body Fuel Organics
   Working on the whole food waste chain -- Steve Compton, Regina Food Bank

With a Little Help from My Friends - Reception
     Sponsored by Electronic Products Recycling Association - Saskatchewan

A Hard Day's Night - SARRC Gala Banquet
    Sponsored by Sask. Association for Resource Recovery Corporation
    Table Wine Sponsored  by CasCell Trading Group
 Minister of Environment Address - Hon. Dustin Duncan
         Sask. Waste Minimization Awards ceremony
                Sponsored by SaskTel

Friday April 20

Here Comes the Sun - Keynote Speaker:  Bringing Sustainability to Life - Kent Rathwell, Sun Country Highway - Canadian Ballroom

Strawberry Fields Forever - Concurrent Session E:  Working on Organics
     Sponsored by Titan Carbon Smart Technologies

  The Potato House Project -- Canada's Only Drive-Thru Community Composting Program - Mary Forbes
  Lloydminster’s Curbside Organics Collection Program - 5 years later -- Karen Dela Rosa, City of Lloydminster
  The Low Carbon Economy --  Kim Caron, Executive Mat

Can't Buy Me Love - Concurrent Session F:  Business Leadership
    Sponsored by Call2Recycle

  Working at Sustainability -- Brooke Knutson, Maple Leaf Foods
  Designing for the Circular Economy -- Elena Papakosta, Dell
  Deconstructing Mosaic Stadium -- Jamie Hanson, City of Regina

Thanks to SARCAN Recycling for sponsoring the conference Green Power and Carbon Offsets.
Thanks to Emterra Environmental for sponsoring the conference Composting program.
Thanks to Cleanfarms for sponsoring grassroots / students registrations.