The Next Chapter


SWRC Waste ReForum 2022

April 27-29, 2022
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Regina, SK

The Next Chapter will explore the ways we can write the next chapter on waste reduction and circular economy in the province.

Program (to date)

Wednesday, April 27

 Bus tour: The Setting -- K-Light Recycling, Regina Waste Management Centre, Regina Landfill
 Walking tour: A Cure for Writer's Block -- YQR Distillery
 Workshop/Seminar: Background research -- Calculating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Character Development -- Opening Reception

Thursday, April 28th

Keynote Speaker: Miriam Gordon, Upstream

MGMiriam Gordon is the Policy Director for Upstream and a leading architect of policies aimed at reducing single-use products and packaging.

Prior to joining UPSTREAM, Miriam was the California Director of Clean Water Action, where she developed a program on waste prevention and launched ReThink Disposable, a program that has demonstrated 100% success in reducing single-use food packaging and achieved net cost savings for over 300 businesses and institutions. In the past 15 years, Miriam has been a leading California advocate, working with allies to secure 150 local bag bans and 100 foam bans, the state-wide plastic bag ban, and California’s ban on plastic microbeads. She previously worked with local, state, and federal agencies creating award-winning pollution prevention and water quality programs and regulating hazardous waste.

Miriam holds a JD Degree from Vermont Law School and was an undergraduate at Vassar College.

Lightning Session: New Story Ideas -- Circular Economy Innovations

  • Rubber Paving Landscaping - Shercom
  • Cloth Diaper Subscription -- Diaper Hero
  • Upcycled Sea Waste -- Salt Legacy
  • Zero Waste Toothpaste Tabs - Bite
  • Lomi Countertop Composter - Pela
  • Microfibre Collecting Ball - Cora Ball
  • Upcycled Baking Products - GroundUp
  • Slow Fashion - Jake + Maya
  • Recycled Hair Mats - Garden Grow Mats
  • Zero Waste Beauty - River Stone Naturals

Concurrent sessions:
    Book Signing -- Sucessful Marketing/Education Campaigns
    Fact Checking -- De-bunking Myths around Organics
Concurrent sessions:
   A Plot Twist -- Illegal Dumping
   The Plot Thickens-- Sharing Economy

Reception & Banquet: Storytelling -- dress up as a favourite book character or author and enjoy the fun!

Friday, April 29

Keynote Speaker: Zarqa Nawaz

ZNZarqa is a Canadian producer for film and television, a published author, public speaker, journalist, and former broadcaster. In 2007, Zarqa created the internationally renowned CBC comedy series, Little Mosque on the Prairie, the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west.

Zarqa also has a significant presence in the publishing world. In 2014, her comedic memoir, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, published by HarperCollins, appeared on the bestseller list of The Globe and Mail, and was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, Kobo Emerging Writer’s Award and Saskatchewan Book Award of the Year. It was Chatelaine Magazine’s Book Club Pick and Canadian Living’s Book of the Summer.  More ...


Concurrent sessions:
   Recycling the Next Chapter -- Green Technology Recycling
   The Landscape -- Provincial Updates