Oct 12 Framing the Issues
8:45 am Welcome
9:00 am

Keynote Speaker:
The Future of Waste Management and the Circular Economy

Our Keynote will discuss the circular economy, how it can be used to shape the future of waste management, & what northern local governments can do to cultivate and advance it within their communities, with regard to solid waste.

  • Rosemary Cooper, Share Reuse Repair Initiative
10:00 am Break + Optional Networking Rooms
10:30 am Panel Session 1:

Local Government Snapshots – Framing the Issues in the North + Q&A

Every Regional District in BC is unique! And so too are the waste management issues in every region. Join us to hear how each Regional District addresses challenges within waste management and discuss opportunities for collaboration. Panelists include:

  • Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
  • Cariboo Regional District
  • Peace River Regional District
12:00 pm Lunch + Optional Networking Rooms
1:30 pm

Panel Session 1 (cont'd):
Local Government Snapshots – Framing the Issues in the North + Q&A

  • Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
  • Regional District of Bulkley Nechako
  • Northern Rockies Regional Municipality
3:00 pm Break + Optional Networking Rooms
3:30 pm

Ministerial Address:
Pre-recorded message.

Environment & Climate Change Strategy Minister Heyman will deliver a recorded address about recent updates to provincial policy on waste management.

4:00 pm

Close (Networking rooms to remain open)

Oct 13 Identifying Opportunities + Solutions
8:15 am


8:30 am

Panel Session 2:
Influencing Change – Culture & Social Norm Shifting, Engaging Communities in Reduction & Diversion

Hear from industry experts and change specialists as they engage in dialogue about shifting behaviours toward reduction in solid waste. Innovative ideas, adaptive strategies and culture and social norm-shifting techniques will be discussed in the context of community needs. Take this opportunity to ask your questions of these change experts. Panelists include:

  • Sue Maxwell, Ecoinspire
  • Mary Forbes, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society
  • John Dennis, Guelph Tool Library
  • Dagmar Timmer, One Earth

Moderated by: Will Burrows, BC Used Oil Management Association

9:30 am

Panel Session 3:
Diverting Organics –  Northern Strategies for Food Waste Reduction and Diversion

Organic waste represents almost half of the solid waste collected in landfills in the north. Join our panel of experts in the field of organic waste diversion who will discuss innovative ideas to make a difference. Panelists include:

  • Jaime White, Loop Resource
  • Juliana Christiansen-Liptak, District of Kitimat
  • Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Kevin Cormack, City of Nelson

Moderated by: Terri McClymont, REAPS

10:30 am Break + Optional Networking Rooms
11:00 am

World Café:
Northern Strategies for Waste Diversion and Reduction

This session will employ the “World Café” methodology in a virtual setting through breakout rooms, with each room offering participants a unique opportunity to engage and network in different topic areas. This is a proven method to facilitate dialogue and idea-sharing across a range of topics, all of which are challenges for northern solid waste managers. Discussion topics include: 

  • Barriers to Recycling in the North & Potential Solutions
  • Strategies for Offsetting Waste Management Costs 
  • Bulky Items Management & Solutions for Illegal Dumping
  • Textile Waste Diversion
  • Wood Waste Management
12:30 pm Lunch + Optional Networking Rooms
2:00 pm

Plenary “Lightening” Sessions 

In the final session of the forum, we’ll hear from a variety of experts on some specific topics in a fun and interactive way. Speakers and presentations include:

Laura Zapotichny, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
Demolition, Land-clearing, Construction Waste Management

Carly Fraser, Clean Farms BC
Agricultural Plastics Solutions 

Bob McDonald, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Small Communities under EPR: How can Regional Districts work with the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy to ensure communities under 5,000 people are participating in EPR programs?

Colin McKean, Canadian Battery Association
How Small and Remote Communities can Increase Accessibility to Stewardship Programs - Case Study of Lead Batteries 

Moderated by: Cori Ramsay, City of Prince George & North Central Local Governments Association

3:00 pm Closing Remarks (Networking rooms to remain open)

Exhibitor Booths and Banners 
Will feature event sponsors, industry leaders, and stewardship organizations from the region for the duration of the forum