Our first in-person conference in three years, the 2022 Waste ReForum attracted 100 registrants. Since most of us have recently crawled, blinking, out of our home caves, we were happy with the turnout. Our theme, The Next Chapter, pointed the way forward in this new reality. Since our theme referred to books and writing, we were thrilled to have Regina’s own Farqa Nawaz, author and creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, to be our Keynote Speaker on Friday. She shared her amazing life story with humour and compassion.
We took joy in being together, doing things we haven’t done for a while, like going on tours, comparing liquor samples, catching up with colleagues, taking photos instead of screenshots and eating together. The virtual element from our previous conferences was still in evidence. Quite a few of our speakers presented via zoom, including our Thursday Keynote Speaker, Miriam Gordon from Upstream, who was in San Francisco. It was inspiring to hear from someone who has created a vision of how a world based on reuse might look. We also livestreamed the sessions, which allowed people to participate whose schedules or health prevented them from attending in person. Recording the sessions is another practice we have kept. It’s handy for catching sessions or speakers that were missed.
Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who participated. We’re looking forward to next year.