Can't Buy Me Love - Concurrent Session F:  Business Leadership

Champions of waste reduction in business share their stories.
    Sponsored by Call2Recycle

BKWorking at Sustainability -- Brooke Knutson, Maple Leaf Foods
Brooke Knutson is originally from Denare Beach, Saskatchewan and grew up in a heavily polluted mining community. Seeing the environmental degradation from a young age instilled a passion in her for helping the environment. She began volunteering for environmental events and hosting spring clean ups at the age of 15. From there, Brooke studied Environmental Earth Science at the University of Saskatchewan and convocated in 2013. She has a wide range of environmental work experience, including consulting, government research, open pit coal mining, uranium milling and underground uranium mining. Currently, Brooke is employed by Maple Leaf Foods as an Environment and Sustainability Specialist where she works on projects to reduce the plants environmental footprint and proposes new sustainability ideas.



EPDesigning for the Circular Economy -- Elena Papakosta, Dell

Elena Papakosta has served as Manager, Environmental Affairs for Canada at Dell Inc. since 2008.  In this role, Ms. Papakosta has led the implementation of provincial recycling regulations, including regulatory interpretation, service planning, information systems and process implementation, and communications and is also Dell’s Global Lead for End of Life standards development for the EPEAT green procurement standard.  

Ms. Papakosta has represented Dell on a number of industry and provincial boards in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Ontario, focused on environmental compliance and responsible electronics recycling in the technology industry since 2009. 

Prior to joining Dell, Ms. Papakosta spent ten years in Marketing and IT Project Management at TELUS Communications in Burnaby, British Columbia.  

 Ms. Papakosta is a certified Project Manager, a certified ITIL practitioner, has studied Marketing and Computer Programming at British Columbia Institute of Technology and serves several volunteer causes including the Cancer Foundation, MS Society, Arthritis Society and Boys & Girls Club in Langley, British Columbia where she works and lives. 


Deconstructing Mosaic Stadium -- Jamie Hanson, City of Regina

Jamie Hanson has been with the City of Regina for 13 years with the Facilities Management Services Department.  In Jamie’s current role as Manager, Facilities Engineering, he and his team are responsible for long-term facilities capital planning, asset management and project management, all to ensure safe and sustainable facilities for the City of Regina.  The City’s diverse facilities portfolio has offered experiences in a wide variety of projects including the new #4 Fire Station (LEED Gold), mâmawêyatitân centre (LEED Silver pending), City Hall renovations and the decommissioning of old Mosaic Stadium.

Prior to joining the City of Regina, Jamie gained Facilities experience through positions in the manufacturing and mining industries.  Jamie holds an Industrial Systems Engineering degree from the U of R, is a registered Professional Engineer, and member of ASHRAE.