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Wednesday, July 15  1:00 — 2:00 p.m.     

Working Together to Reduce Waste in SaskatchewanBrienne Bennett, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment


Brienne Bennett is a Senior Waste Management Coordinator with the Waste Stewardship Unit of the Ministry of Environment. Brie has worked in Saskatchewan’s waste management industry since graduating with a master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. She has completed the Compost Council of Canada’s Compost Facility Operator training and is a certified Master Composter with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council. Brie is passionate about waste diversion in her day job and beyond, especially when it comes to composting. Brie loves to experiment with different types of composting systems in her yard and has provided composting presentations to libraries, community groups, schools and businesses over the years

All Together Now: The Advantages and Limitations of HarmonizationJay Illingworth, EPRA

JIWith more than 25 years of experience in developing effective public-private partnerships, Jay Illingworth’s background crosses a wide range of technology-based initiatives for both government and industry.

He played a key role in developing the federal government’s e-business strategy, including an assignment as the secretariat team leader at Industry Canada for the Canadian E-Business Opportunities Roundtable. Through an Interchange Canada program, he also served as government programs manager for IBM Canada in Ottawa

Jay served as Vice President of Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) where he worked closely with Canada’s leading manufacturers of information technology and consumer electronics on a variety of environmental issues.  In 2009 Jay was named the Director of Harmonization for Canada's industry-led environmental stewardship programs for electronics.  In that role he led the development of the industry’s performance measurement framework, and revitalized their work on setting and tracking environmental handling fees.

Since January of 2012 Jay has continued this harmonization work with the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), including industry outreach and coordination for a wide range of newly regulated devices, liaison with EPR programs in the US and Europe, and is a member of the R2 Technical Advisory Committee.

Prince Albert’s Plastic Shopping Bag Ban - Nisar Ghani, City of Prince Albert

NG Nisar is the Sanitation Manager for the City of Prince Albert. In addition to his regular duties, he emphasizes waste diversion and public education, with an annual one-day conference during Waste Reduction Week and student-related events during Earth Day. Nisar helped establish the first ever Repair Café in P.A. where residents have items repaired with help of volunteers, free of charge, in order to reuse and  divert those items from the landfill.

Nisar is a civil engineer by training whose career path changed with a trip to the landfill (they called it a dump) in Manila Philippines, where he observed a very poor state of the garbage and people living at the dump and decided to work for a better environment.

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