The third Conference on Canadian Stewardship was held October 6-7 in Montreal, Quebec. This event examined “sustainable stewardship”; more than 270 delegates heard from experts from across Canada, the USA and Europe on how stewardship programs are evolving from mere collection systems into sustainable programs.
The conference introduced the “Canadian Stewardship Award,” recognizing Daniel Tremblay, formerly of the Weston Food Group, for his outstanding efforts to bring packaging and printed material stewardship programs to Quebec. This award will be a permanent feature of this event in future years.
Delegates heard from Tom Pinfold and Christina Seidel about the economic benefits of stewardship in British Columbia and Alberta. Joachim Quoden, Director General of Pro Europe, described the evolution of European programs, while Scott Cassel of the US-based Product Stewardship Institute discussed US program developments. Chris van Rossem discussed “individual stewardship programs” and Johanne Gélinas, formerly Canada’s Sustainability Commissioner, described why sustainability issues are here to stay. Marie-Luc Arpin of Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services at École Polytechnique de Montréal shed light on how lifecycle analysis is becoming more important in sustainability programs across Canada. James Downham of the Packaging Institute of Canada discussed PAC’s Sustainable Packaging Program and its implications to reduce the impacts of packaging in Canada. All of these presentations are available at www.canadianstewardship.com
One of the highlights of the program was a panel discussion, including: Lloyd Bryant, Hewlett-Packard Canada; Claude Bernier, RONA; John Burgess, Coca-Cola Recycling and Jerry Powell, Publisher. This session hear from business leaders that stewardship will be on-going in Canada and can bring business advantages to early adopters of successful programs.
The next Conference on Canadian Stewardship will be held in the fall of 2011, location to be announced. Visit www.canadianstewardship.com