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Zero waste conference

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has recently launched its review of the Waste Diversion Act (WDA) -- the st...

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has recently launched its review of the Waste Diversion Act (WDA) — the statute under which all provincial waste diversion programs are developed. Central to the WDA review is the aspirational goal of “zero waste.” The principal mechanism proffered to achieve zero waste is the implementation of effective Extended Producer Responsible (EPR) programs.

Key in the discussions surrounding the WDA review is how best to use the market place to achieve EPR outcomes – essentially, how EPR can foster competition to minimize costs and maximize environmental benefits.

In response to this ideal of an EPR driven market, the University of Toronto (Centre for the Environment, Department of Economics & Faculty of Law), Corporate Policy Group, Blakes Lawyers and the Recycling Council of Ontario have partnered to host a two-day forum.


When & Where

Monday & Tuesday, February 2 – 3, 2009

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

University of Toronto

Hart House, Great Hall

7 Hart House Circle

Toronto, ON Canada


The Wealth without Waste forum includes the following guest speakers. New speakers will be added as they are confirmed. Visit the RCO website for ongoing updates and preliminary agenda.


Forum Rapporteur, Michael Trebilcock, Chair in Law & Economics, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law


Carolyn N. Naiman, Partner, Blakes

Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group

‘The Link Between Economic Efficiency and Competition’

Dr. Chris van Rossem, MSc. Environmental Mgt. & Policy,

Research Associate, Lund University, Sweden. ‘EPR as a Market Based Approach for Environmental Protection’

Dr. Don Dewees, University of Toronto ‘EPR, Competition Policy and Efficient Markets’

Jack J. Quinn, Partner, Blakes,

Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group

‘The Road to EPR in Ontario – Reforming Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act’

Kurt van der Herten, EU Program Manager, IBM Corporate Environmental Affairs, Belgium (Former Desk Officer of WEEE Directive Former EU Policy). ‘EU Directive Development and Review of WEEE Directive’


Viktor Sundberg, VP Environmental & European Affairs, Electrolux Home Products Corporation, Belgium. ‘Individual Producer Responsibility with the framework of Extended Producer Responsibility’

Pascal Leroy, Secretary General WEEE Forum, Belgium. ‘European Association of Electrical & Electronic Waste Take Back Systems’


Joachim Quoden, Managing Director, Packaging Recovery Program (PRO) Europe, Belgium. ‘Evolution of stewardship programs under the European Directives’

Adrian Hawkes, Sr. Policy Advisor, Valpak, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. ‘UK tradable permits compliance scheme model’

Jeff West, Director of Sustainability, Commercial Division, Shaw Inc. Case study – ICI carpet take back program


Marie Dussault, Chef de Divison, Quebec Ministry of the Environment (invited). ‘Quebec’s newly developed EPR backdrop regulation’


Ontario‘s Minister of the Environment, the Honourable John Gerretsen is invited to deliver the opening address on Monday, February 2nd.


Event Sponsor

Ontario Ministry of the Environment



University of Toronto, Centre for Environment

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

University of Toronto, Department of Economics


Corporate Policy Group

Recycling Council of Ontario

Solid Waste & Recycling magazine


How to Register


Registration is online only

RCO Member Rate: $250

RCO Future Member Rate: $300

Space is limited to 140 seats.

Register early to ensure your participation.



Contact Diane Blackburn

416-657-2797 x4



Contact Jo-Anne St. Godard

416 657.2797 x3


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