September 29 to October 1, 2021

The Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff, Alberta

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  • Peter von Tiesenhausen

    Peter von Tiesenhausen is a multidisciplinary artist based in Demmitt, Alberta. Over the course of his more than thirty years as a full-time artist, his practice has continuously eluded categorization.

    von Tiesenhausen’s work contends with diverse matters including time, the spirit, birth and death, nature and artifice, decay and regrowth, and the environment. His methodology is characterized by an intent pursuit of ecological sustainability, and an attempt to understand time and substance.

    Though often large in scale and sometimes imposing in form, von Tiesenhausen’s artworks yield varied meanings, and undermine the singularity often associated with interpretations of the monolithic.

    Site-specificity and site-responsivity play integral parts in the production of meaning in von Tiesenhausen’s practice; the materials he employs often engineer decay rather than impose permanence, transforming over time and in conversation with their environment. von Tiesenhausen’s subtle interventions on the land where he lives formed the basis for his 1996 copyright claim over that land, a claim which has since protected it from resource exploration by extractive industries and forced pipeline developers to do expensive rerouting around it.

    From 2007 to 2011, von Tiesenhausen spearheaded the construction of a LEED platinum-equivalent timber frame community centre in Demmitt, Alberta, which now hosts community and performing arts events. This work within his community reflects an interest in unpretentious dialogue about art in general, and a respect for the manifold experiences and perspectives of his audience.

    von Tiesenhausen has presented numerous lectures on his work and ideas in museums, universities, and public institutions throughout Canada, as well as in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. He has had over fifty-two solo exhibitions and has participated in over sixty-five group exhibitions. von Tiesenhausen was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists Award.

Session Speakers

  • Adam Corneil

    Unbuilders Deconstruction

    Adam is a certified Passive House builder and a deconstruction & reclaimed wood expert. He flipped his first house at 16 with his father and after running his own contracting company for 5 years, he launched Unbuilders Deconstruction in January 2018. Passionate about his family, skiing, hiking mountains and spending as much time outdoors, he is committed to providing a sustainable future for generations to enjoy.

  • Barbara Swartzentruber

    City of Guelph

    Executive Director, Smart Cities Office

  • Brianne Fredell

    High River Food Rescue

  • Brooke Donnelly

    Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

  • Carlos Fiorentino

    University of Alberta, Department of Human Ecology

    Carlos is a Visual Communication Designer, design educator and researcher, with main interest on Design for Sustainability and Biomimicry. He teaches in the Department of Art & Design and Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, and in the Design Studies program at MacEwan University. His recent doctoral studies focused on biomimetic design and structural colour, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is co-founder of the Biomimicry Alberta regional network (2013), founder of the Design for Sustainability Research Group (2012), and more recently the UofA Biomimicry Innovation Hub (2018). His research and scholarship on sustainability allowed him to be part of the Sustainability Advisory Committee for the University of Alberta’s Sustainability Plan 2016-20, and the Education for Sustainability Steering Committee (ESSC) for the Sustainability Advisory Committee at Grant MacEwan University (2014-2015). In 2010 he introduced the first interdisciplinary undergraduate course focused on Design for Sustainability in Human Ecology, University of Alberta. He has disseminated his work contributing to book chapters, presenting in international conferences and symposia, and published in refereed journals and book chapters.

    Carlos is co-founder (2004) and design consultant of Pix Design in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has worked professionally in the visual communication design field for more than twenty years. He has collaborated in research projects involving humanities computing and Information design (2005-2013), among them the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the AGEWELL Assistive Technologies program, federally funded by Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) (2016-2018).

  • Chelsea Rochman

    University of Toronto

    Chelsea Rochman is an Assistant Professor in Ecology at the University of Toronto, co-founder of the U of T Trash Team, and a scientific advisor to Ocean Conservancy. Chelsea received her PhD in Ecology from a joint program between University of California, Davis and San Diego State University in 2013. She then was a Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology. She was hired as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2016. Chelsea has been researching the sources, sinks and ecological implications of plastic debris in marine and freshwater habitats for more than a decade. She has published dozens of scientific papers in respected journals and has led international working groups about plastic pollution. In recognition of her impact, Chelsea Rochman is a recipient of the Sloan Fellowship and was the 2021 winner of the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award, a University of Toronto Award of Excellence. Chelsea Rochman routinely provides testimony on Parliament Hill and is a scientific advisor to the United Nations, G7, and European Union.

  • Clarissa Morawski

    ReLoop Platform

    In 2015 Canadian Clarissa Morawski co-founded and is currently the CEO of the Reloop Platform, (headquarters in Brussels) – an international  not-for-profit that supports proactive policy to further a circular economy. Reloop collaborates using value-chain networks that provide technical and analytical expertise to help better define, communicate and deploy waste minimization policies and operations.

    Clarissa brings over 25 years of technical, analytical and communications experience in waste minimization policy and operations with a specific interest in extended producer responsibility programs, cost and performance. She continues to be principal of CM Consulting, which she launched 23 years ago, in 1998. Since then, Ms. Morawski has authored more than 100 articles and cover stories on DRS, Extended Producer Responsibility and waste management for recycling publications, including US-based Resource Recycling and Canada’s Solid Waste Management Magazine.

  • Corey Saban

    [Re] Waste

    Founder & CEO

  • Heather Ramshaw

    Highfield Farm

  • Kirk Zembal

    Blindman Brewing

    Kirk Zembal comes to us from Blindman Brewing out of sunny Lacombe. Like their namesake river, Blindmans meander – through beer styles and brewing techniques. From kettle-sours to heavily dry-hopped to barrel-aged beers, they create innovative craft beer. He blew the engine on their ’79 van, The Dream Machine, on their first delivery run so now they drive in shiny new vehicles with no souls. Kirk is also an MBA student and a Venture Analyst with the Creative Destruction Lab.

  • Lauren Nottebrock

    Red Leaf Pulp

    Lauren joined Red Leaf Pulp in 2018 and brings a diverse skillset to the team. She has unique experience working on major resource development projects in the Northwest Territories and Alberta. Lauren’s focus on continual growth and development has seen her holding roles in administration, coordination, project and corporate accounting, project management, and sustainability.

    With a passion for sustainability, Lauren is dedicated to positioning Red Leaf as a leader in ESG and addressing the needs of the global climate crisis through Red Leaf’s decarbonization model. She also leads the regulatory and permitting requirements for the project.

    Lauren holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria (2013) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary (2017).

  • Maud Fillion

    Ville de Montréal

    Cheffe de section – Planification et développement

  • Megan Takeda-Tully


    Founder & CEO

  • Michael Cant


    Principal, Solid Waste

  • Mike Dorion

    Living Soil Solutions

    Mike Dorion aka “The Compost Kid”
    I love food!
    Grocery stores just can not match the tastiness from my Grandma’s garden. Many people from my generation have missed out on precious skills that were not passed down. We have to find other teachers. Starting with a Gardening class put on by the Calgary Horticulture Society, I became immersed. It continued with my Permaculture Design Certificate, SPIN Farming, Greenhouse Design, Compost Facility Operators Certificate, and mentoring in Soil and Soil Microbiology. I am currently working on my Soil Food Web Advisor role with the Soil Food Web School put on by Elaine Ingham, and sit on the board of Calgary Permaculture Guild.

  • Sarah Bruinsma

    High River Food Rescue

  • Sarah Janzen

    Blenderz Garment Recyclers


  • Susan Thoman

    Compost Manufacturing Alliance

    Managing Director

  • Tamara Streefland


  • Tracey Spack

    Environment and Climate Change Canada

  • Usman Valiante

    Cardwell Grove Inc.

    Usman is a senior policy analyst and commercial strategist with 27 years of experience in the fields of environmental science and economics, corporate and commercial strategy, public policy development, regulatory and institutional design, advocacy, negotiation, consultation and communications.

    Usman has provided public policy advice with specific focus on environmental regulatory design to the federal government, provincial governemnts, the Canadian Council of Minister of Environment and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

    Usman also provides commercial strategy and regulatory compliance advice to a number of North America’s leading manufacturing, consumer products and environmental services companies.

    Usman is currently a Director of the Alberta Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB), is an advisor to the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition and was a convener of Ontario’s Circular Economy Innovation Lab (CEIL).

  • Willie Tran

    Eton-West Construction (ALTA) Inc.

    Project Coordinator