Wednesday, February 2, 2022
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PT
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In April 2021, the Canadian Product Stewardship Council hosted a panel discussion on the new approaches to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) being developed in three provinces: Alberta, Ontario and Québec. Since that time, each province has advanced its work on new EPR programs, policies and regulations. Ontario has led the way with the implementation of its new Blue Box Regulation and the implementation of a competitive model for Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) in different product categories.
This webinar looks at how some producers are responding to the new regulatory environment. Each is taking a different path to the fulfilment of its EPR obligations, whether through the creation of new Producer Responsibility Organizations or through unique programs. It also offers insights into the challenges and choices faced by producers and policymakers when responding to alternate approaches across multiple jurisdictions. Far from getting smaller, the world of EPR is expanding, diversifying and becoming more ambitious, all at the same time.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 2 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET for an engaging, interactive webinar with industry leaders from Circular Materials, Cleanfarms and Canadian Tire Corporation.
Michelle Saunders Vice President of Sustainability Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP)
Michelle Saunders is Vice President of Sustainability with Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada. Michelle leads the association’s efforts on public policy related to plastics, packaging, and EPR, and Chairs FHCP’s Sustainability Working Group. Michelle is a director on the board of Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba and sits on advisory committees for Stewardship Ontario, Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, Éco-Entreprises Québec and the Canada Plastics Pact.
She has worked in public policy and public affairs for trade associations in the business sector for the past 17 years and earlier in her career was a political advisor in the Ontario government.
Barry Friesen, P.Eng. Executive Director Cleanfarms Inc.
Barry Friesen is Executive Director of Cleanfarms Inc. and has been at the helm since its launch in 2010. A professional engineer who has worked for years in the waste-resource management business, he continues his mission to eliminate waste in our society. Cleanfarms is an industry stewardship company responsible for managing the collection, recycling and safe disposal of agricultural waste across Canada. Think of Cleanfarms as the ‘blue box’ for agriculture, but with five distinct core programs plus an array of pilots that span the entire country.
Barry is uniquely qualified to lead this undertaking. He’s been deeply involved in an array of solid waste issues since 1995. As Solid Waste Resource-Manager in Nova Scotia, he launched the province’s waste management strategy and led it to become the first & only Canadian province to achieve 50% waste diversion by 2000. As Director of Waste Management Services with Niagara Region in Ontario, he managed provision of comprehensive waste services to 100,000+ households in a recognized world-leading program.
Barry currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Product Stewardship Council. He has served as a past chair of the Board of the Compost Council of Canada, past Board member of the Recycling Council of Ontario and APRA, past Chair of the National Task Force on Packaging and past Board member and very active contributor to his local Rotary Club.
Kimi Walker Associate Vice-President, Product Stewardship Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
A trusted, transformative leader who advances Circular Economy at Canadian Tire through collaboration, innovation and systemic change with both internal and external partners.
With over 25 years in retail finance, strategy, technology and product quality, Kimi is currently the Associate Vice President Product Stewardship for Canadian Tire’s family of companies. She enables her team to ensure product safety and environmental compliance, to drive continued improvements in worker fairness, respect and safety in the factories manufacturing Canadian Tire’s Owned branded products and to reduce CTC’s environmental impact through development of circular capabilities.
Kimi actively participates as in a number of not-for-profit Boards. She is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association Board of Directors, a Board Member of the Trade Facilitation Organization, Treasurer of Nirapon, an organization to drive a culture of worker safety in Bangladesh.
Kimi has an MBA in International Business from McMaster University and a Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Nicole Fischer Chair Circular Materials
Nicole Fischer is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Circular Materials, Canada’s leading not-for-profit producer responsibility organization.
In this role, Nicole promotes Circular Materials’ mandate to support producers with a comprehensive not-for-profit service offering that supports national harmonization of extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems and advances the development of the circular economy in Canada.
In addition to her position as Chair of Circular Materials, Nicole also serves as the Head of Sustainability for Kraft Heinz Canada. Since taking on this position in 2020, Nicole has spearheaded a sustainability transformation at Kraft Heinz Canada with a strategic focus on Sustainable Packaging, Waste Reduction, Healthy Living and Community Support.
Nicole launched Heinz Ketchup on the Loop Circular Zero Waste Platform – positioning Kraft Heinz as a global leader in the shift to zero-waste operations; and transitioned the entire Kraft Heinz coffee portfolio from single-use plastic to Zero Waste, 100% compostable coffee pods. She has championed increased waste reduction and recycling efforts resulting in the successful diversion of over 5.8 million pounds of product from landfill. Nicole also leads the Kraft Heinz Canada Sustainability Committee comprised of passionate employees who work to engage, educate and embed sustainability practices across the company’s operations and facilities.
Nicole plays other leadership roles within industry as Co-Chair of the Canada Plastics Pact Advisory Council; Board Member for the National Zero Waste Council, Board Member for PAC and was selected as a Star Woman in Grocery 2021.
Prior to joining Kraft Heinz Canada Nicole worked at Unilever for more than 14 years in Canada, the UK, and the U.S. across both Food and Personal Care categories. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University and spends her free time with her husband and three beautiful kids.
This webinar is sponsored by Canadian Product Stewardship Council (CPSC)
CPSC is a not-for-profit association of leading stewardship organizations whose principal mandate is to facilitate greater understanding, enhancement and promotion of producer stewardship in Canada. Its main activity is to organize, manage and host the Canadian Stewardship Conference, typically every two years.