October 30 to November 1, 2024

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Banff, Alberta

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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.
      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.
      Representatives from ARMA and the PROs will be on hand.


    • Others TBD
  • 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.

  • 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

    Reduce, Reuse, Ruminate film screening

  • 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.

  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Exhibit Viewing and Refreshments

    Van Horne C

  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    PLENARY SESSION: Keeping it Circular

    Van Horne A/B

    • Dave Merredew (City of Calgary) – Circular Economy programs (Grants and new Partnerships)
    • Jen Stone – District of Squamish (CE Roadmap and Circular Trailblazer Program)
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    A Coven of Witches - RCA AGM

  • 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 notable 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

  • 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

    Sponsored by The City of Calgary

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    KEYNOTE: Wes Olson - Ecological Buffalo

    Van Horne A/B

  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am

    Trick or Treat

    Van Horne C

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    PLENARY SESSION: In Search of Eternal Forgiveness

    Van Horne A/B

    • Dr. Andrea Hull (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment) – Human health and environmental justice considerations of plastics
    • Anna Ryan (Dalhousie University) – Impact of weather on microplastics migration
    • Anthony Merante (Senior Plastics Campaigner, Oceana) – Global Plastics Treaty
    • Kiera Greenaway (U of A) – Microplastics Research
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Don’t be Afraid to Have a Bite - Lunch

    Van Horne A/B

  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Cleaning up the Haunted House

    Van Horne A/B

    • James Smith (Good Roads)Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements (RAP) and Recycled Concrete Aggregates (RCA) across Canada
    • Megan Esau (Enviro-Corp Recycling) – Foam Glass Gravel
    • Aidan Mills (Northstar Clean Technology / IKO) – Asphalt Shingles
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Frankenstein’s Laboratory - Reuse and Repair

    President’s Hall

  • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

    Van Horne C

  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Surviving the Death of Decay

    Van Horne A/B

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

    • Jessica Regan (Food Mesh)
    • Amie Peck (Canadian Beef) – Reduce, Reuse, Ruminate
    • Ryan Kasko (Kasko Cattle Co.)
    • Victoria Ross (aGRO Systems)
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    CONCURRENT SESSION: Embracing the Skeletons in our Closet

    President’s Hall

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

FRIDAY, November 1

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Exhibit Viewing & Breakfast

    Van Horne C

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am

    PLENARY SESSION: Not Just a Bunch of Hocus PocusI

    Van Horne A/B

    • Marc Wandler (Susgrainable)
    • David Walker (EcoSpirits)
    • Andrew Yule (ReCork)
    • Clayton Miller (Quantum Life Cycle Partners) – refurbishing
    • Dan Zembal (Revolution) – Bringing PCR Back to Life
    • John Cardella (Nespresso)
    • Brandon Golding (Saskatoon Makerspace)
  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments

    Van Horne C

  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

    PLENARY SESSION: The Truth is Out There

    Van Horne A/B

  • 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


    Van Horne A/B

    • Shawayne – slam poetry summary