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Waste ReForum 2020 — Now Virtual!

Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Annual Conference
July 14-16, 2020

The conference theme is Brave New World: A Daring Look Into the Future, which will consider how waste reduction will change going forward—from robotics to circular processes.

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Tuesday, July 14

10:30 — 11:00  Conference Opening/Welcome

11:00 --12:00 Minority Report: Keynote speaker — Linear and circular material flows and the roots of sustainabilityDarrin Qualman
DarrinDarrin will look out across 10,000 years to assemble a concrete, evidence-based definition of sustainably and reveal the perils created by the linear systems of 20th and 21st century petro-civilizations.

Darrin Qualman is the author of Civilization Critical: Energy, Food, Nature, and the Future.  He is also a Project Manager with the City of Saskatoon, working on a water conservation strategy for the city.  Darrin was a farmer and for 15 years a senior staffperson at Canada’s National Farmers Union, including several years as Director of Research.  He has degrees in biology, history, and political studies.   


12:30 — 1:30   End Game: Concurrent Session A: Plastics in the Future
             
Sponsored by Canadian Plastics Industry Association

  •   Options for Chemical Recycling -- Louis Bertrand, Sweet Grazoil
  •   The Future of Plastics – Joe Hruska, Canadian Plastics Industry Association

12:30 — 1:30   Soylent Green: Concurrent Session B – Food Waste & Organics
              Sponsored by TetraTech

  • Putting Food to its Highest and Best Use — Jaime White, Loop Resource
  • Slow Food on Food Waste: What's Pleasure Got to Do WIth It? — Noelle Chorney, Tall Order
  • Semi-Underground Organics Containment: The Next Frontier — Tim Corcoran, Molok North America

1:30 — 3:00 Space Odyssey — Networking and Social Time
                     Sponsored by Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corporation



Wednesday, July 15

10:30-11:00 The Force Awakens: Virtual Coffee and Networking
                     
Sponsored by Electronic Products Recycling Association — Saskatchewan

11:00 — 12:30  Mythbusters: Plenary Session — Lightning Talks
        
              Sponsored by Call2Recycle
Speakers have five minutes and ten slides prove or disprove a common waste-related myth.

  •  Glass: It’s inert? — Chantelle Diakuw, SARCAN Recycling
  •  Compostable plastics: Solve the single-use item issue? — Naomi Mihilewicz, Green Living Blog
  •  Pay-As-You-Throw Programs: Cause More Illegal Dumping? — Daniel Mireault
  •  Environmental Handling Fees: Just another tax grab? — Ethan Richardson, SARRC
  •  Transporting Uranium Waste: On-site burial is the best option? — Tim Moulding, Ministry of Environment
  • It’s a Health Risk: Reusable containers can’t be used by public food vendors? — Kelsie Dale, Ministry of Health
  • Artificial Intelligence: Simplifying Curbside Waste Collection? — Jan d’Ailly, Eagle Vision Systems
  • Landfill Scavenging: the resource recovery method of the future? — Dominique Turcotte, Ministry of Environment
  • Landfill Scavenging: the other side of the myth — Michel Lefebvre, Tetra Tech
  • Zero Ownership: Moving toward a leasing society creates excess waste? — Henry Mutafya, SaskTel

1:00 — 2:00  Dark City: Concurrent Session C – Creating Effective Policy
            
  Sponsored by Product Care Recycling

  • Working Together to Reduce Waste in Saskatchewan — Brienne Bennett, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
  • All Together Now: The Advantages and Limitations of Harmonization — Jay Illingworth, EPRA
  • Prince Albert’s Plastic Shopping Bag Ban - Nisar Ghani, City of Prince Albert

1:00 — 2:00   I-Robot: Concurrent Session D – Robotics
               Sponsored by Emterra Environmental

  • Machine Learning and AI. It's not the future, it's now, are you ready? — Jared Fedorchuk, Levis Technologies
  • SamurAI Sorting Recyclables — Machinex
  • Machine Learning and Data Collaboration in Waste Management — Sam Dietrich, Prairie Robotics

 200 — 3:00 Serenity: Networking and Social Time     
                     Sponsored by Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corporation


Thursday, July 15

10:30-11:00 The Force Awakens: Virtual Coffee and Networking
                     
Sponsored by Electronic Products Recycling Association — Saskatchewan

11:00 — 12:00 The Final Frontier: Fireside Chat

12:30 — 1:30  Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Concurrent Session E – – Public Education & Engagement
             Sponsored by Carton Council of Canada

  • Waste Reclamation Fundamentals: Three critical concepts for recycling education  — Lori Koebel, Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corp
  •  Message Delivered — How to Talk Climate Change — Nirmala Naidoo, Green Calgary
  •  City of Regina Curbside Education — Derek Adam, City of Regina

12:30 — 1:30  War of the Worlds: Concurrent Session F – – Global Waste Issues
              Sponsored by K-Light Recycling

  • Exporting Waste across the Globe: Why & How --  Jim Puckett, Basil Action Network
  • The State of the Recovered Paper Markets — Bill Moore, Moore & Associates
  • Textile Recycling — Tonny Colyn, Salvation Army Thrift Store

1:30 — 3:00 Total Recall Networking and Social Time     
                     Sponsored by Multi-Material Stewardship Western

Thanks to Cleanfarms for sponsoring Grassroots & Student registrations.
Contact SWRC (306-931-3242, [email protected]) for details.

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