SWRC Update: Our Home-Grown Conference

SWRC Update: Our Home-Grown Conference

Our annual ReForum is coming up April 10-12. While April, and warm spring weather, may seem far away, our early bird registration deadline is coming up soon on Feb 22nd. We’ve added a team discount this year – a reduced rate after three registrations.

Our theme this year is Home Grown – Local problems, local solutions. We will explore ways that Saskatchewan businesses and communities can create a more self-sufficient environment for waste diversion. We will share experiences and ideas that could take root in our home towns.

To get our ideas flowing, our opening keynote is Dr. Neil Seldman, president and co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He is the Director of their Waste to Wealth Initiative, which focuses on transforming wastes into resources. 

Our closing keynote is Dr. Jacqueline Ottman, Vice Provost of Indigenous at the University of Saskatchewan, will give us her thoughts on indigenous perspectives on sustainability.

Local expert Stephanie Yong will facilitate a pre-conference workshop on the process of design thinking. Participants will learn to apply design thinking, using contamination in recycling systems as a case study. 

The highlight of our conference is always the Thursday night banquet and our Waste Minimization Awards. If you know of someone exceptional, we are accepting nominations until Feb 15th, 2019.

There’s plenty more at the conference to take in, such as tours, ample choices for sessions on current waste topics, and social receptions. Last year we introduced lightning talks – a session full of short, bright ideas to get you thinking. They were well received so we have brought them back and have a whole new lineup for this year.  For all the ReForum program details and registration see our website.