October 18 to 20, 2023

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Alberta


Most speaker presentations are downloadable in pdf format:

Alison Abbink Pete Fry Lucinda Phillips
Dr. Rafiq Ahmad Briggs Gibbins Anna Rajkovic
Jule Asterisk Melissa Gorrie Jodi Scarlett & Ross Huartt
Marcos Badra Michael Hancharyk Jaclyn Schmidt
Brian Bastien Jenn Harper Dayton Skei
Vittoria Bellissimo Sébastien Harvey Tracey Spack – Wednesday
Tracey Spack – Friday
Gabrielle Betts & Ed Gugenheimer Lori Koebel Catherine Tays*
Mortimer Capriles Allen Langdon Jinny Toffelmire
Amélie Côté Glyn Lewis Adrian Vannahme
Amanda Cotton John MacInnes Tessa Vlaanderen
Andréanne Dandeneau & Jodi Benson Omid McDonald Jaime White
Sarah Edwards Alexandra Mills Erin Wildeboer
Karen Flamand & Steve Nitschke Kate Nelson
Vicente Frias Dr. Adetoyese (Toye) Oyedun

*no presentation available

WEDNESDAY, October 18

  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Conference Registration / Refreshments

    in Temple Foyer

    Sponsored by Viably


    This conference is choosing 100% green electricity with Bullfrog Power

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    One does not simply introduce EPR into Alberta - Workshop

    in Temple AB Room

    Hear about Alberta’s EPR bylaws and registration process from the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA), the designated oversight body for EPR in the province, and from Producers regarding their comprehensive plans to deliver EPR in Alberta.

    Moderator: Jason London (City of Calgary)

    Sponsored by Circular Materials and Product Care

  • 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

    Exhibit Set-up

    in Temple Foyer

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Journey to the Elven Shire - Nature Walk by the Lake – led by Peter Duck

    meet in Temple Foyer

    Calling all adventurers seeking a taste of Middle-earth’s majesty! Need some fresh air, just like the hobbits leaving the Shire? Join a local naturalist and resource recovery specialist on a journey through the enchanting Chateau Lake Louise surroundings. Stretch your legs, as if you were walking to Mount Doom, and bask in the beauty of nature that even elves would envy.

    Sponsored by sonnevera international corp.

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    The Ringbearer's Journey - An Environmental Tour of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

    meet in Temple Foyer

    ***tour is full***

    Join Chateau Lake Louise management on a tour that outlines the environmental programs integral to the hotel. A behind the scenes look at how your Lake Louise stay is minimizing environmental impacts.

    Sponsored by Strathcona County

  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Free Fair of Dale - Exhibit Viewing & Afternoon Tea

    in Temple Foyer

    Sponsored by Integrity Waste Solutions

  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    PLENARY SESSION: Golden Treasure: A Discussion on Packaging Design

    in Temple AB Room

    Gain invaluable insights from leading experts as they discuss the far-reaching consequences of packaging as a significant waste contributor and how packaging is being targeted through programming options. Discover the untapped potential to both reduce and reuse packaging for maximum benefit and emerging initiatives that are successfully addressing this major source of waste.

    Moderator: Karen Wirsig (Environmental Defence)

    Sponsored by Rehrig Pacific Company

  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


    in Temple C Room

    Visit https://recycle.ab.ca/agm-2023/ to view the agenda, list of candidates, and RCA’s Annual Report.

    Refreshments sponsored by BCMB

  • 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    A Hobbit Party Reception

    in Temple Foyer & Ballroom

    Sponsored by Merlin Plastics

    Reception drinks sponsored by CasCell Trading Group Inc.

    Networking Activities sponsored by Glover International Trucks, Dennis Eagle North America and NTM North America

  • 11:00 pm - 1:00 am

    Hospitality Suite

    in Beehive Trail Room

    Sponsored by JTL Squared Consulting Inc.

THURSDAY, October 19

  • 7:45 am - 8:15 am

    Exhibit Viewing Over Elvish Lembas Bread

    in Temple Foyer

    Sponsored by City of Lethbridge

  • 8:15 am - 8:45 am

    Conference Opening and Welcome

    in Temple Ballroom

    • Elder Pablo Russell – Opening Prayer / Ceremony
    • Patrick Jones – Director of Sustainability at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
    • Jeannie Bertrand – RCA President

    Sponsored by Alberta Environment and Protected Areas and Alberta Innovates

  • 8:45 am - 10:30 am

    PLENARY SESSION: Circularity in the Shire

    in Temple Ballroom

    Hear from municipal leaders about the pivotal role municipalities play in leading the transition to a Circular Economy. This session will delve into the circular initiatives within these communities, highlighting that municipalities, being in close proximity to people and businesses are more nimble than higher-level governments, and have a unique opportunity to spearhead initiatives and learn from one another.

    Moderator: John Cardella (Nespresso Canada)

    Sponsored by Nespresso Canada

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Exhibit Viewing & Second Breakfast

    in Temple Foyer

    Sponsored by Claystone Waste Ltd.

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    KEYNOTE: Jenn Harper (Cheekbone Beauty)

    in Temple Ballroom

    Jennifer Harper has been making a name for herself in the beauty industry for several years but has been gaining popularity quickly after being on the hit CBC show, Dragons Den. Cheekbone Beauty is helping Indigenous youth see themselves in a beauty brand.
    Throughout her life, Jenn struggled to accept her Indigenous roots. She was estranged from her Indigenous family for much of her child and adult life. After learning about her grandmother’s experience in residential schools, she understood how her family was affected by generational trauma. This drove her to understand and overcome her own struggle with alcoholism. She reunited with her family including her brother B. J. and began to learn about and explore her Indigenous family history and culture.
    During the development of Cheekbone Beauty, Jenn researched the current makeup landscape as well as charities that are helping close the educational funding gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

    Moderator: Denis Jubinville (City of Edmonton)

    Sponsored by City of Edmonton

  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    More Lembas Bread - Lunch

    in Victoria Ballroom

    Sponsored by The City of Calgary

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: One Cannot Just Say They Are Circular

    in Temple AB Room

    Unlocking the success and transparency of circular programs hinges on effective measurement. Join program leaders as they emphasize the criticality of measuring progress, with the adage in mind: “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Discover valuable insights on obtaining reliable data and, more importantly, how to leverage this data for informed decision-making.

    Moderator: Guy West (ABCRC)

    Sponsored by Quantum Lifecycle Partners

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Learning from Treebeard - Innovation in First Nations

    in Temple C Room

    At the heart of reconciliation lies the invaluable opportunity to learn from the First Nations community. Their wisdom offers profound insights into cultivating a stronger bond with nature. Moreover, there are immense opportunities for collaboration with the First Nations community as we continue our journey towards circularity, together creating a more sustainable and inclusive future.

    Moderator: Andrea Chmielinski (Reverse Logistics Group)

    Sponsored by Reverse Logistics Group

  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Exhibit Viewing & Afternoon Tea

    in Temple Foyer

    Sponsored by EFS Plastics

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Fellowship of the Ring - Embracing the Circular Economy

    in Temple AB Room

    Gain valuable knowledge from industry experts as they share their experiences in embracing the Circular Economy within their respective sectors, such as finance and insurance, and discover practical insights on how to effectively integrate the circular principles into broader society.

    Moderator: Isabelle Faucher (Carton Council of Canada)

    Sponsored by Carton Council of Canada

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Forged in the Fire of Mount Doom

    in Temple C Room

    Embracing renewable energy is pivotal in achieving climate change goals, and Alberta holds immense potential in this area. However, it is crucial to be mindful of unintended consequences that may arise within the realm of renewables. Gain insights from experts on effectively integrating zero waste principles into renewable developments, ensuring a sustainable and responsible approach to our energy future.

    Moderator: Sheri Praski (SWANA Northern Lights Chapter)

    Sponsored by Liberty Tire Recycling

  • 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Feast of Starlight Reception

    in Temple Foyer

    Sponsored by Skyline Energy

  • 7:00 pm - 11:45 pm

    PO-TA-TOES Banquet

    in Temple Ballroom

    Banquet sponsored by ABCRC

    Make sure to dress according to our conference theme by channeling your inner Lord of the Rings. In the spirit of being circular, please consider incorporating reuse/recycling into your ‘wear’. More info.

    MC: Donovan Workun

    Rs of Excellence Awards

    Entertainment: Supersonic Hearts

    Entertainment sponsored by Cascades Canada ULC

    Red Wine sponsored by CESA

    White Wine sponsored by New West Gypsum Recycling Inc.

  • 11:45 pm - 2:00 am

    Hospitality Suite

    in Beehive Trail Room

    Sponsored by JTL Squared Consulting Inc.

FRIDAY, October 20