Malcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste Council & Mayor, City of Richmond
Greg Moore, Chair, National Zero Waste Council Canada, Chair Metro Vancouver Regional District
Ms.Heather Schoemaker, General Manager, National Zero Waste Council & Director / External Relations Department, Metro Vancouver

National Zero Waste Council Canada Team: Greg Moore, Malcolm Brodie, Heather Schoemaker

Canadians are blessed with so much – which might explain why we have  one of the highest per-capita waste rates in the world – an issue and opportunity for Canadian governments, businesses and citizens. Confronting this problem, Metro Vancouver through the leadership of Greg, Heather and Malcolm launched the National Zero Waste Council in 2013, a cross-sector waste prevention initiative advancing the concept of the circular economy to Canada, which has grown to 100 plus members including 6 of the nation’s largest metropolitan regions, businesses large and small, community and academic partners. Their innovative approach calls for a shift away from “managing waste” as an output of our traditional linear “take-make-dispose” model of production and consumption to preventing waste in a circular economy – where materials and products remain at their highest utility and value at all times.  The circular economy offers a systems approach to protecting the environment and eliminating waste while creating economic opportunity – offering a tremendous innovation opportunity for Canada.

Bryan Buggey

Director, Vancouver Economic Commission

Through Vancouver’s globally acclaimed Greenest City Action Plan - Bryan and his economic “Green Team” have developed and are delivering a variety of programs that are supporting the growth of the local “Green Economy”. This includes innovative programs such as the “Green & Digital Demonstration Program” that have helped entrepreneurs accelerate the commercialization of their cleantech innovations by leveraging city-owned assets to test and demonstrate solutions as well as the “Thriving Vancouver” program which is aimed at assisting businesses in lowering their environmental footprint. As a result, an increasing number of businesses are engaged in greening their operations and tech entrepreneurs are lowering the cost of their commercialization.

Brent Gilmour

Executive Director, QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow

A “Community Energy Plan” (CEP) is a 360 degree review to define energy priorities and improve how energy is used in a community while reducing GHGs. Communities across Canada account for nearly 60% of energy use and over half of our GHG emissions. Brent has led QUEST's Smart Energy Communities initiative, which supports the implementation of over 400 CEPs, representing more than 50% of the Canadian population, to improve efficiency, cut emissions, and drive economic development. He has also built-out a national grassroots network of eight provincial and regional Caucuses with 1200+ participants to make Smart Energy Communities come to life!

Peter Topalovic

Program Manager - Sustainable Mobility Programs, City of Hamilton

Hell on two wheels! Led by Peter’s inspired efforts, Hamilton has implemented the largest, most successful smart bike share system of any medium-sized city in North America, spanning 35 square km. with 800 bikes, 125 stations, and over 15,000 members, who in 2.5 years, took 710,000 trips and travelled over 1,400,000 km. reducing their carbon footprint by 352,345 kg of CO2, burning 35,235,769 calories and saving $510,918 by not driving. Even more importantly, over 55% of Bike Share members report riding a bike once a month or less before joining Bike Share, meaning that a majority of members were not previously habitual cyclists.