ReForum 2015

Pre-Conference Workshop: Bigger Events, Smaller Footprints


Wedneday, April 22, 2015 9:00 a.m. - Noon
South Room, Sheraton Cavalier, Saskatoon

In conjunction with its ReForum 2015 Conference, the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is hosting a half day session for festival and event planners on how to improve the environmental performance of our events. Through a sharing of experience and expertise, event organizers will leave the session with fresh ideas on how to plan great events while leaving a smaller environmental footprint.

Moderator: Sean Homenick, SWRC

9:00 a.m. Welcome / Introductions

9:15 a.m. DIG (Do It Green) is a social enterprise spun out of the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s award winning Eco-Initiatives program. 

DIG is committed to empowering people to take fun and practical steps towards contributing to the health of our community. DIG’s signature program involves the use of waste stations with friendly attendants that coach people during the event on how to separate their waste and limit contamination of recyclables and compostables. The goal is to produce as little landfill waste as possible. At the end of the event, DIG will produce a simple report indicating how much waste was created during the event and how much of it was diverted from the landfill. 

DIG’s recent clients include Calgary Stampede, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Alberta Flood AidMcMahon StadiumYYC Food Trucks, Chevron, TEDxYYCJack Singer Concert Hall, Social Enterprise World Forum, Telus Convention CentreEast VillageBorealis, and Place2Give.

ChrisChristopher Dunlap was a retirement consultant at a national consulting firm. He is the current Eco-Initiatives Co-Manager for the Calgary Folk Music Festival and  has volunteered with the Canada Revenue Agency’s community income tax program, on several condominium boards and with the Calgary Co-op Member Relations Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of New Brunswick, is a Registered Retirement Consultant and completed the Canadian Investment Fund Course through the Investment Funds Institute of Canada.


9:45  Regina Folk Festival- one of Saskatchewan’s most well attended and environmentally conscious festivals.  Hear from RFF on the successes and challenges of initiatives ranging from adopting LED stage lighting to bottled water bans.

dayleDayle Schroeder-Hillier - Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Dayle is proud to be a part of a close-knit community in both her work and personal lives.  While pursuing a career in dance, Dayle’s travels, both in Canada and abroad, resulted in a shift from a passion for the stage to an interest in “behind-the-scenes” work.  Dayle produced and directed her first production in Calgary, Alberta, and has had experience working in the Caribbean, Australia, and Argentina.   These newfound interests lead her back to Regina to explore the world of event management and production.  Dayle worked on a number of projects in and around Regina, and has enjoyed developing her knowledge in event and project management, particularly with non-for-profit and arts organizations. After graduating in 2010 from the University of Regina with a degree in Business Administration, she started working for the Regina Folk Festival as the Production Coordinator.  Through this work, Dayle finds the perfect balance of combining her enthusiasm for the arts with the busy world of event management.  While working with the RFF, Dayle also continues to teach dance classes to all ages at Applause Dance Academy, and is currently enjoying many new adventures with her husband, Devin, and 7 month old daughter, Emmery.  

10:15  Break

10:30  City of Saskatoon- how the City can help organizers green events; how they turned their Civic Pancake Breakfast from a sticky mess into a zero-waste event.

DanielDaniel Mireault is the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Saskatoon. In this position, he works on a variety of waste diversion initiatives. Over the last year, he has worked with several festivals and events to help them establish a waste diversion strategy. He serves on the board of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and the Saskatchewan - Electronics Product Recycling Association. Daniel holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. In his free time, he enjoys cross country skiing.






11:00 Planning for Green Events- planning for a smaller footprint: how to set, measure, and report waste diversion and other sustainability goals.

SeanSean Homenick is the Manager of Research and Development for SARCAN Recycling, a company he has been with for the past eleven years.  He currently oversees SARCAN’s electronics, paint, and dairy container recycling programs, as well as SARC’s wood product sales division.  Sean received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan with a specialization in Marketing and Management. Sean is also the Chair of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council.

Sean Homenick is 6’9” in height.  He did indeed play basketball and volleyball.  Sean orders his shoes and pants online.

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