Lightning Talks — Leaning into the Curve

innovators in circular economy solutions have five minute and ten slides to inspire and intrigue. Discussion time to follow.

Wednesday, April 28, 11:00a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Reducing the “Supply Chain Link” through Food Waste ReductionBruce Hardy, Myera Group

bhFounder Bruce Hardy harnessed his passion for developing focused, intelligent technological solutions for early and personalized health intervention to bridge the divide between sustainable food supplies and community nutritional needs. Myera Group was founded in 2015 and has since grown and evolved into an internationally-recognized leader in building intelligent and sustainable health solutions. Driven by a commitment to improve the health of our most vulnerable communities, Myera is making a difference in the lives of children and adults through research, innovation and knowledge transfer.

Circular Packaging Options: “The Box” Emmanuel Lemor, Living Packets

ELEmmanuel Lemor, Head of Customer Experience for LivingPackets. A 360° approach to Customer Experience thanks to some international exposure, 15 years in the Silicon Valley that ranged from Sales, to deep Tech to Product Management to Customer Experience. Add some Travel, Work Ethic, Intellectual Curiosity, Professional Diversity, Awareness for the Earth and those around us and you have someone who is able to listen and see the world through the eyes of others, who appreciates pleasing esthetics and understands what it takes to get things done.



From Trash to Gold: How a New Bio-Plastic is Paving the Way for a more Sustainable Economy  — Derek Schaefer, UBQ Materials

ESDerek Schaefer is the VP of Business Development and Sales at UBQ Materials. Derek has 14 years of global experience in polyolefin compounding, using his experience to help the UBQ team develop existing and emerging marketplaces for the novel, climate-positive UBQ™ material. He holds a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from Northern Kentucky University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.




Reusable Takeback SystemsNancy Prevost-Maurice and Caroline Thibault, Nulla Project


Nancy moved to Victoria in 2017 after travelling the country with her car and participating in the WWOOF program. Originally from Quebec, she has a professional background in Tourism, Marketing and Communications. While in school, Nancy was involved with the environmental committee and was already trying to find easy solution to waste. As she traveled the world, she saw opportunities everywhere to create a better world. Nancy works full-time at Royal Roads University, and truly believes in learning and collaboration.

Caroline has been living and working in Victoria for 16 years. She has been involved with various local non-profit organizations and cares about her community. Originally from Quebec, she has over 12 years of professional background in employment services and education. She is now working for an environmental non-profit organization that advocates for energy efficient buildings. Caroline is passionate about zero waste living, circular economy and green initiatives that bring community together. She recently completed a Zero Waste Certification.

Food Ecosystems through a Circular Economy Catherine Beaudoin, Zesty Kits


Catherine Beaudoin, CEO and owner of ZestyKits Inc. and its sister company, CookieKits.

She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and is board member of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA Saskatchewan).

After 10 years working in the corporate world, she decided to follow her passion and pursue a career as an entrepreneur.

Catherine's values are rooted in transforming industries through collaboration, supporting local economies, environmental consciousness and wholesome food experiences.

From Disposable to Sustainable: “Grin”Simon Cooper, Grin Toothbrush   


Simon Cooper was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan but grew in the Ottawa area. An avid mountain biker, Simon has a great appreciation for nature and a great unappreciation for wasteful design.  

One night while brushing his teeth, Simon had an epiphany: “Why do we throw away the toothbrush handle??” So he set out to redesign the toothbrush and Grin was born.



Digital Platforms: Simplifying Food Waste Eric Tribe, FlashFood


Eric Tribe is the Chief Marketplace Officer at Flashfood, a mobile app helping retailers reduce their food waste and feed people affordably.

Eric joined Flashfood in 2019 after an international career partnering and advising large multinational corporations. An Ivey Business School and Harvard MBA graduate, Eric has always been passionate about the environment and working with innovative cutting edge organizations to create a positive lasting impact on the world.



Carbon Neutral Commercial Building MaterialsDallas Klassen, Interface 


Dallas was a founding member of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Green Building Council, has served on the board of procurement as a sustainability advisor for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee, and is part of a small internal Interface group called Carbon Lovers who are leading the charge in changing industries mindset of drawing down carbon emissions.

Dallas’s spare time is focused on his and his wife’s not for profit called the Hummingbird project in which they supply necessary items to people going through Cancer treatments.


Circular Denim: An Alternative to Fast Fashion Mud JeansLaura Vicaria, Mud Jeans

LVMUD Jeans is the world’s first fully circular denim brand. Its objective is to demonstrate that there is an alternative to fast fashion. Through its Lease a Jeans model the brand challenges the idea of ownership and incentivises a world without waste. MUD jeans believes that being mindful of nature and people is a necessity.  As the CSR manager, Laura Vicaria works to drive continuous improvement in MUD Jeans' sustainability and circularity objectives.



Designing Products for a Circular EconomyFerdinand Tchounkeu, Nespresso

FTFerdinand Tchounkeu is Vice-President of Technical Operations & Quality Management at Nespresso Canada. He graduated from the "Valais Graduate School of Engineering" in Switzerland, holds a degree in Financial Planning, a MBA from HEC Montreal and has been working in projects and operations management in the food industry for many years in Montreal and internationally. He started his career at Nestlé in Switzerland, and has led numerous strategic and strong added value projects including environment. His leadership and fine understanding of the industry makes him a great agent of change. He has also contributed to the publication of articles on innovative analytical methods and Allergen Management in food processing industry. He is in charge of the Sustainability Program of Nespresso Canada.