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Dr. Paul Connett to speak at Orillia Zero Waste conference

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In summer 2014, a unique Zero Waste Conference will be held in Orillia, Ontario to look at accelerated waste solutions and share a number of successful waste diversion strategies. 

The evening gala on August 10, 2014 will be followed by a one-day waste forum (August 11, 2014) at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. The event will feature speakers, panel discussions, and small group plenary sessions with various government, business and institutional leaders. 

Orillia Mayor Angelo Orsi says he’s happy to support the first Zero Waste Conference in his city. 

“This conference will increase awareness of waste issues in our area and provide community leaders with information on best practices and other strategies to help reduce waste in our communities,” Orsi said. 

Guy Crittenden, Editor of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine, also endorses the event and plans to participate in panel discussions. 

“With the recent spate of producer responsibility programs in Ontario, Manitoba, BC and so on, the time is right for policymakers to look closely at program design to move us toward a ‘zero waste’ future,” Crittenden says. 

“Some programs have been fraught with anti-competitive issues; we need to get this right if we’re going to do it at all. Leaving it to fix later on is a bad idea,” Crittenden adds. 

Conference speakers will share a wide range of viable, practical waste solutions about how to improve marketing and public image, while protecting the bottom line.

For example, Paul Connett, author of The Zero Waste Solution, will present a talk on 10 steps to zero waste.

“What we need to look for are model communities that are providing working examples of one or more of the 10 steps to zero waste, so that they can inspire other communities to copy them,” Connett said. 

Organized by the City of Orillia’s Waste and Environmental Management Advisory Committee, the conference takes place August 10 – 11, 2014 at Lakehead University, 500 University Ave. in Orillia, Ontario. Registration is $250 per person. The fee includes an evening gala on Sunday, August 10, 2014 and the all-day conference Monday, August 11, 2014. Bring a guest to enjoy the gala evening for only $50 per person. 

Conference payments must be made by cheque, payable to the City of Orillia, and noting ‘Zero Waste Conference’. Mail cheques to: 

City of Orillia

c/o Robin Cadeau

Zero Waste Conference

50 Andrew St. S.

Orillia, Ontario



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$200 + HST = $226.00 (per person)


Sunday August 10 (Evening)

5:00 PM:



Sponsors Reception


Official Conference Opening – Welcome
    Remarks from Dignitaries
    Recognition of Zero Waste leaders


International Speaker : DR. PAUL CONNETT – “Why go for Zero?” 
        Dare to imagine a future with no landfills and no incineration.


Networking Reception




Monday August 11 (Full Day)

8 AM

Registration Opens


Welcome – Opening Remarks


Keynote Speaker: JO-ANNE ST. GODARD – Exec. Dir. Recycling Council of Ontario
    “A Zero Waste Regulatory Framework for Ontario” 
        Legal, political, and policy challenges of Zero Waste.
        What is needed to get to Zero and who can help?
Panel: Creating and implementing rules/policies to accelerate Zero Waste solutions.
        DAVID MCROBERT – Environmental Lawyer
        GUY CRITTENDEN – Editor, Solid Waste & Recycling magazine
Question and Answers


Networking – Small Group Discussions – Creating sustainable solutions.
    Policies and regulations needed to eliminate waste.



1 PM

Keynote Speaker: TBA
    “Practical Zero Waste Solutions in action”
        What is working?
        How can we continue to improve waste reduction efforts? 
Panel: Achieving excellence in waste reduction – Zero Waste strategies in action.
        BRIAN ZEILER-KLIGMAN – Director, Sustainability – Canada’s National Brewers
        EDUARDA CALADO – Project Coordinator, Greening Strategy, St. Michael’s Hospital
Question and Answers – Large G


Networking – Smaller Group Discussions – Toward a Zero Waste future.
    Who is leading the way?
    Sharing success stories!


Reconvene for Waste Solution Presentations and Summary of Day



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1 Comment » for Dr. Paul Connett to speak at Orillia Zero Waste conference
  1. victor enebeli says:

    I ll like to attend the orillia conference from Nigeria

    , kindly furnish me with details of registration and all I need to know.

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