October 30 to November 1, 2024

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Banff, Alberta

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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 30

  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Conference Registration / Refreshments

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


    • Twilight Zone – Building Sustainable Procurement
      President’s Hall
      Join us for an engaging and interactive workshop, “Driving Zero Waste and Circularity by Leveraging Sustainable Procurement” designed to explore sustainable procurement and its role in helping local governments and institutions achieve zero waste goals. This workshop will delve into the green pillar of sustainable procurement, highlighting its critical role in reducing waste and advancing a circular economy.

      • Namrita Lamba (Reeve Consulting)

      Cost: $75/person


    • It’s Alive, It’s Alive – EPR 
      Van Horne A/B
      This workshop will provide updates on the implementation of the Alberta EPR regulation. Both ARMA and PROs will be on hand to discuss system details and help municipalities maneuver their way through the implementation process.

      • Ed Gugenheimer and Gabrielle Betts (ARMA)
      • Allen Langdon (Circular Materials) – The Only Thing Scary are the Timelines: An Update on EPR Implementation in Alberta
      • Jason Brown (Call2Recycle)
      • Mannie Cheung and Brian Bastien (Product Care)


    • The Poltergeist of Plastics: Polymers 101
      Plastics have offered and continue to offer an unprecedented uplift in quality of our lives. This workshop will provide an introduction to polymers as the main component of plastics and elaborate on what makes plastics a unique class of materials. This will be followed by a discussion on the end-of-life options for plastic products and how we can minimize their negative impacts on the environment. The workshop will conclude by presenting the recent advances in recycling technologies that enable us to expand the amounts, types, and qualities of plastics waste that can be recycled.

      • Prof. João B. P. Soares and Dr. Arash Alizadeh, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta

      Cost: $75/person

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Lunch - On Your Own

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Tour: An Eternal Life - Circular Community Spaces: Banff’s Library of Things & the Town’s Newest Sustainable Build

    On this tour, you will be dropped off at Banff’s Public Library where you will be given a tour of the Library of Things. With support from the RCA’s Circular Communities program, and in partnership with the Town of Banff, the Banff Public Library launched the Library of Things to provide residents with borrowing opportunities for a variety of items that are rarely used, hard to store, or expensive, such as tools, cooking appliances and hobby items. Attendees will then walk across the bridge to Banff’s Recreation Grounds and visit the Pavilion, which was the first building that adheres to the Town’s Municipal Sustainable Building Policy and will be certified as Passive House Low Energy Building due to its low energy consumption. You will also learn about unique accessibility features that earned the building Rick Hansen Accessibility Certification.

    Sponsored by City of Lethbridge

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Tour: A Walk Through the Swamp - Business Action & Biomass: Visit the Canoe Hotel and Waste Transfer Site

    On this tour, you will first visit the brand new Canoe Hotel, where you will have the chance to learn about the unique ways that they have designed the guest experience to be “zero waste”. This includes, but is not limited to, a zero waste coffee experience as well as an overview of the Banff Borrows cup reuse program. You will then get back on the bus and make your way out to Banff’s Waste Transfer Site, where you will learn about the Biomass District Heat System. The system uses a boiler to burn waste wood (for example from wooden pallets) and heat water which is delivered through an underground pipe network to supply heat to four buildings: Roam Transit Operations & Training Centre, Fleet Services, Operations Maintenance Shop, and the Waste Transfer Station.

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Tour: Not so Spooky - Banff Springs Hotel Environmental Programs

    Join Fairmont Banff Springs management on a tour that outlines the environmental programs integral to the hotel. A behind the scenes look at how your stay in Banff is minimizing environmental impacts.

    • Led by Patrick Jones and Scott Kelly (Fairmont Hotels)
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Tour: Nature Walk – led by Peter Duck


    It’s scary living in a town surrounded by fuel that’s ready to burn. Join Peter Duck, local naturalist and retired resource recovery specialist, for a walk in the woods. We’ll stretch our legs on the trails leading from the hotel through the woods on the edge of town with just enough up-hill to get you invigorated by the fresh mountain air. We’ll talk about the nature of Banff and how a town that is integrated with the forest is being prepared for wildfire. We can talk nature, or we can also talk trash, it’s up to you.

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Reduce, Reuse, Ruminate film screening


    Continuous showing

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Frightfully Delightful Sustainable Flower Arranging

    Room 25XX

    Cost: $100/person

    Join Becky Feasby from Prairie Girl Flowers for 2 hours of learning and creating! She’ll explain the sustainability issues in floriculture, share about sourcing flowers domestically, and lead the group in a how-to and hands-on session to create a classic European style hand-tied bouquet. You’ll need to bring a clean mason jar type “vase” for your arrangement! Be sure to rescue an item from your recycling bin for this purpose. If time permits, she will also talk about how to create arrangements without the use of floral foam or other plastics.

  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Time for a Coffin Break

    Van Horne C

    Exhibit Viewing and Refreshments

    Sponsored by Viably

  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    PLENARY SESSION: Perpetual Circular (Economy)

    Van Horne A/B

    As municipalities evolve towards Circular Economy, innovative planning elements are emerging that move beyond waste management towards opportunities to embrace a regenerative approach where materials do not become waste. Learn about the approaches taken by some of the leading jurisdictions. 

    Moderator: Corey Pembleton (FCM)

    • Dave Merredew (City of Calgary) – Circular Economy programs (Grants and new Partnerships)
    • Jen Stone – District of Squamish (CE Roadmap and Circular Trailblazer Program)
    • Richard McHale (City of Austin)
    • Sophie Taillefer and Marie-Kim Boucher (RECYC-QUÉBEC) – Quebec provincial waste audit 

    Sponsored by GFL Environmental Inc.

  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    A Coven of Witches - RCA AGM

    Van Horne A/B

  • 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


    Van Horne A/B

    Sponsored by Merlin Plastics

    Witch’s Brew – Reception drinks sponsored by CasCell Trading Group Inc.

    Fright Night Haunted Castle Tour
    Embark on a captivating journey through time with our Haunted Hotel History Tour of Banff Springs that comes with a spooky twist. Led by knowledgeable guides, you’ll explore the storied halls and elegant spaces of this iconic hotel, hearing tales of its illustrious past dating back to its grand opening in 1888. Discover the fascinating stories of noteworthy guests, architectural marvels, and the rich heritage that has made Banff Springs a cherished landmark in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. However, be prepared to meet some of the notable guests who never checked out of the hotel.
    Cost – $40/person

THURSDAY, October 31

  • 7:45 am - 8:30 am

    Cauldron of Coffee

    Van Horne C

    Breakfast & Exhibit Viewing

    Sponsored by EFS-Plastics Inc.

  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am

    Conference Opening and Welcome

    Van Horne A/B

    • Welcome – Jeannie Bertrand – RCA President
    • Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel welcome – Patrick Jones
    • The Hon. Rebecca Schulz, Minister of Environment and Protected Areas
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    KEYNOTE: Wes Olson - Ecological Buffalo

    Van Horne A/B

    Sponsored by The City of Calgary

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am

    Trick or Treat

    Van Horne C

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

    Sponsored by Claystone Waste Ltd.

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    PLENARY SESSION: In Search of Eternal Forgiveness

    Van Horne A/B

    Plastics has been at the front of national and international movements towards action on plastic waste and pollution. Learn from researchers and advocates about the issues and potential actions. 

    • Dr. Andrea Hull (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment) – Human health and environmental justice considerations of plastics
    • Anna Ryan (Dalhousie University) – It’s raining microplastics! Storm-driven deposition of atmospheric microplastics in Newfoundland
    • Kiera Greenaway (U of A) – Microplastics Research
    • Anthony Merante (Senior Plastics Campaigner, Oceana) – Global Plastics Treaty

    Sponsored by City of Edmonton

  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Don’t be Afraid to Have a Bite - Lunch

    Van Horne A/B

    Sponsored by Circular Materials

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Cleaning up the Haunted House

    Van Horne A/B

    The built environment touches all aspects of our lives, encompassing where we live, water and electricity systems, and transportation networks. It is associated with substantial environmental impacts, as well as playing a key role in efforts to dematerialize and decarbonize society. This session presents some important initiatives being undertaken to achieve this. 

    • James Smith (Good Roads)Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements (RAP) and Recycled Concrete Aggregates (RCA) across Canada
    • Megan Esau (Enviro-Corp Recycling) – The Future of Recycled Aggregates – an Introduction into Foam Glass Gravel
    • Aidan Mills (Northstar Clean Technology / IKO) – Asphalt Shingle Recycling
    • Bruce Kay (OnGrowing Works) – Passive and Net Zero Homes Sustainably Spooky Houses

    Sponsored by Product Care

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Frankenstein’s Laboratory - Waste Prevention and Reuse

    President’s Hall

    Waste prevention through better design is the foundation of Circular Economy efforts. This session brings some practical local efforts to tackle waste reduction through practices such as reuse. 

    • Tanya Pacholok (Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley) 
    • Karli Fleury (Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association) – Banff Borrows
    • Rene Geber (Banff Farmers Market) 

    Sponsored by Quantum Lifecycle Partners LP

  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Witches' Brew

    Van Horne C

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

    Sponsored by Call2Recycle Canada

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Surviving the Death of Decay

    Van Horne A/B

    Food waste is not only a waste management challenge, but also a huge lost opportunity to properly channel a very valuable resource that represents a significant social and economic issue. Hear from some key players who are undertaking approaches to address food waste. 

    Moderator: Julie Dickson Olmstead (Canadian Centre for Food Integrity)

    • Jessica Regan (Food Mesh)
    • Amie Peck (Canadian Beef / Canadian Cattle Association) – Food Lost to Feed Found
    • Ryan Kasko (Kasko Cattle Co.)
    • Victoria Ross (aGRO Systems)

    Sponsored by Integrity Waste Solutions

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Embracing the Skeletons in our Closet

    President’s Hall

    Textiles have emerged as an increasing component of the waste stream, presenting a challenge to waste managers and policy makers alike. Hear from some of the leaders and innovators in this key space. 

    • Tonny Colyn (NACTR) – Community-Led reuse toolkit
    • Jordan Girling (WRAP) – Proliferation of Textiles EPR systems
    • Eric Corneau (ECCC) – Opportunities for Circularity in Apparel Textiles in Canada
    • Leah Seabrook (Strathcona County) – Implementing Textiles Collection

    Sponsored by Strathcona County

  • 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Here for a Gourd Time Reception

    Van Horne A/B

  • 7:00 pm - 11:45 pm

    Fright Night Banquet

    Van Horne A/B

    Banquet sponsored by ABCRC


    Make sure to dress according to our conference theme by donning your scariest Halloween costume. In the spirit of being circular, please consider incorporating reuse/recycling into your ‘wear’. More info.


    MC: Donovan Workun

    Rs of Excellence Awards

    Sponsor Tribute


    Monster Mash Entertainment: Retrofits

    Entertainment sponsored by Cascades 

FRIDAY, November 1

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Hallowe'en Hangover

    Van Horne C

    Exhibit Viewing & Breakfast

    Sponsored by Nespresso Canada

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am

    PLENARY SESSION: Not Just a Bunch of Hocus PocusI

    Van Horne A/B

    This session will be sure to grab your attention as you hear from notable Circular Economy innovators. 

    • Marc Wandler (Susgrainable)
    • David Walker (EcoSpirits)
    • Andrew Yule (ReCork)
    • Clayton Miller (Quantum Life Cycle Partners) – refurbishing
    • Tammy Rucker (Revolution Sustainable Solutions) – Bringing PCR Back to Life
    • John Cardella (Nespresso)
    • Brandon Golding (Saskatoon Makerspace)
    • Kerra Chomlak (ClimateWest)
    • Leor Rotchild – How We Gather Matters
    • Genaro Gelves (PolyCo Floors)

    Sponsored by Beverage Container Management Board

  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Hair of the Dog

    Van Horne C

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

    Sponsored by TOMRA Canada Inc.

  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

    PLENARY SESSION: The Truth is Out There

    Van Horne A/B

    To keep you inspired, this session will leave you with some important messages and opportunities to move forward with Circular Economy. 

    Moderator: Isabelle Faucher (Carton Council of Canada)

    Sponsored by Carton Council of Canada

  • 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


    Van Horne A/B

    Sponsored by Alberta Recycling Management Authority