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SWRC Waste ReForum 2023

 May 24-26, 2023
Sheraton Cavalier Hotel, Saskatoon, SK




 From increasing emphasis on the circular economy, to plastic pollution prevention, to volatile recycling prices, our world is changing rapidly. Join us to explore the opportunities in technology, partnerships, and policy that will move Saskatchewan toward becoming waste-free.

Keynote Speakers:

Fostering a Circular Economy in Saskatchewan

Our world is only 8.6% circular. This means that of all products, materials, and resources in existence, only a small percentage is re-entering the economy. All other waste is either landfilled, incinerated, or left to breakdown in our waterways or on our land.

In an equitable circular economy, resources and manufactured goods are designed to remain in the system through innovation, reuse and repair, redistribution, recondition and recycling processes, all of which are powered by renewable energy.

The circular economy offers significant opportunities for businesses in all sectors to reduce their environmental impact, enhance their social performance, and create green jobs for the future.

Join Georgia from the Synergy Foundation to learn the basics of the circular economy, explore examples of local and global businesses operating within the circular economy, and identify opportunities to increase economic opportunity and resilience while having a positive impact on the environment.
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Passionate about the circular economy and social equity, Georgia is compelled to find tangible solutions for businesses that strive to make a positive impact. Through her work at Synergy Foundation, Georgia works with entrepreneurs, existing businesses, regional government, and community stakeholders to foster the transition to a circular economy in BC. Georgia is also the lead on the annual Project Zero Incubator Program and the Circular Accelerator Pilot Program.


 Exploring Trash Fiction(s)

A curious social mirror, “trash” offers an archive of human activity that is speedily removed from sight and mind for most. Distanced from this autobiography of consumer choice, individuals and communities may – when prompted – consider waste management through alternate narratives that mask disconnects between stated environmental ethics and daily activities. How can we reveal and challenge “Trash Fiction(s)”? What new stories can we share?
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 Sandy Marie Bonny is a writer, visual artist, and storyteller with an academic background in the Earth sciences (PhD 2007, UAlberta). Sandy has brought science, stories, and students together for over 20 years in roles coordinating, developing, and delivering community-based STEM outreach programs and post-secondary STEM access and equity initiatives, alongside graduate studies, university teaching, and creative work. An advocate of multi-vocal literacies, Sandy believes in the power of story to connect, teach, and motivate personal agency.


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