Resource Recovery Partnership Conference

Thu, Jun 21, 2018 - Fri, Jun 22, 2018


CPIA with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and other program partners, hosted the fifth Resource Recovery Partnership Conference in June 2018.

RRPC brought together over 150 international experts, policymakers, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to explore how the advancements in resource recovery technologies and the pursuit of a sustainable economy are changing the way we interact with our world.  It was a uniquely valuable session that contributed to defining a zero-waste approach to a sustainable economy.

For more information:

Click on links below for the presentation.  If there is no link, please contact us to see if the presentation is available.

Primer To Developing an Advanced Resource Recovery Framework (pdf)

Opening Address: 
Mr. Jay Stanford, Director, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, City of London
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DAY 1 - June 21, 2018:

10:00 am ‐ 10:20 am

Opening Remarks 

Recap progress made from previous workshops and events

Ms. Carol Hochu, President & CEO, Canadian Plastics Industry Association - Click here for presentation >

Dr. Bill Anderson, Director of Admissions for Faculty of Engineering & Professor, University of Waterloo 

10:20 am ‐ 10:45 am

Opening Address

Mr. Jay Stanford, Director, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, City of London - Click here for presentation >

10:45 am ‐ 11:15 am

Circular Economy & Sustainable Materials Management – An Integrated Approach

Mr. Stephen Sikra, Associate Director, Procter and Gamble

11:30 am ‐ 12:50 pm

Best Practices in the Adoption of Resource Recovery Strategies

Highlighting case studies of jurisdictions that have achieved advancements in the pursuit of ‘zero waste’ by innovatively narrowing gaps between landfill and mechanical recycling using resource recovery technologies.

Moderator: Dr. Bill Anderson, Director of Admissions for Faculty of Engineering & Professor, University of Waterloo

Mr. Craig Foster, Principal, Craig Foster & Associates - Click here for presentation >

Mr. Keith Sinfield, Director of Engineering, Renewi
Dr. Umberto Arena, Professor of Solid Waste Management & Air Pollution Control Engineering, University of Campania (Italy) - Click here for presentation >

1:30 pm ‐ 2:00 pm

The ‘Competing?’ Philosophies of the Sustainable Economy

Dr. Dan Lantz, CEO, Scout Environmental - Click here for presentation >

2:00 pm ‐ 3:20 pm

Sustainable Economy Debate

Moderator: Dr. Dan Lantz, CEO, Scout Environmental

Dr. Marco Castaldi, Professor, Chemical Engineering, City College of New York, CUNY Director Earth Engineering Center | CCNY | Director Earth System Science & Environmental Engineering - Click here for presentation >

Dr. Franco Berruti, Chemical Engineering, Professor & Director, ICFAR, University of Western Ontario - Click here for presentation >

Mr. Norman Lee, Director, Waste Management, Region of Peel - Click here for presentation >

Mr. Peter Hargreave, President, Policy Integrity Inc. - Click here for presentation >

3:20 pm ‐ 3:45 pm

Closing Remarks

Mr. Joe Hruska, Vice President of Sustainability, Canadian Plastics Industry Association - 

DAY 2 - June 22, 2018:

9:15 am ‐ 10:45 am

Closing the Loop – Feedstock Challenges in a Sustainable Economy

Yesterdays’ waste is today’s valuable production resource. Examples of how the value of waste is changing
from a liability to an asset in the new circular economy.

Moderator: Mr. Joe Hruska, Vice President, Sustainability, Canadian Plastics Industry Association
Mr. John Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Greenfield - Click here for presentation

Mr. Brian Moe, Vice President, Operations, Agilyx - Click here for presentation

Mr. Michael Zabeneh, Director, Integrated Market Development, Canada Fibers, Canada Fibers LTD - Click here for presentation

10:45 am ‐ 11:00 am

NSERC Updates

Updates from a Research & Innovation Development Officer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research.

Ms. Alejandra de Almeida, Ph.D, Research Partnerships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Click here for presentation

11:15 am ‐ 12:45 pm

Robust Technologies and Products Driving a Sustainable Economy

Showcasing best practice examples of conversion technology installed at private and public facilities around the world. These production methods demonstrate how this waste material has become a valuable new product in a 21st century economy.

Moderator: Mr. Fergal McDonough, President, Envise Consulting Inc

Mr. Douglas Russell, Chief Business Development Officer, Cogent Energy Systems - Click here for presentation >

Mr. James Ewell, Senior Director, Sustainable Materials, GreenBlue - Click here for presentation >

Mr. Michael Rich, Technical Advisor at REDIcan Bioenergy Co., Ltd. - Click here for presentation >

MR. Michael Appleby, President of REDIcan Bioenergy Co., Ltd. - Click here for presentation >

1:15 pm ‐ 1:45 pm

Keynote Address


Mr. Craig Cookson, Director, Sustainability & Recycling, American Chemistry Council - Click here for presentation

1:45 pm ‐ 3:15 pm

Charting the Path to a Sustainable Economy

Identifying the Financial, Legislative and Market Challenges, Impediments and Opportunities for Advancing the 4th R

Moderator: Mr. Jay Stanford, Director, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, City of London

Mr. Sandy Marshall, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada - Click here for presentation

Mr. Lyle Clarke, President & CEO, Lyle Clarke & Associates -  Click here for presentation

Dr. Amar Mohanty, Professor & Premier's Research Chair in Biomaterials & Transportation, University of Guelph 

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