Trevor Langdon

Executive Director, Green Standards in partnership with OMERS

Trevor leads a team of environmental stewards to the sustainable decommissions of 10 million square feet of office space annually, reducing CO2e by more than 140,000 tonnes on corporate real estate projects. The circular economy-inspired office solution has diverted 40,000+ tonnes of workplace furniture and equipment from landfill (a 98.6% landfill diversion rate) and generated over $24 million worth of in-kind donations to 4000+ non-profits and charitable organizations in Canada and the US. It is this innovative approach to corporate waste that has kept thousands of items in use and generated value for businesses, communities and the environment.

Guy Adam

Vice President Sustainable Development, Alliance Magnesium Inc.

Magnesium is lighter than aluminum, and improves its abilities to be welded or fabricated: essential to creating lighter and stronger auto and aeroplane parts. Finding a way to produce it from the residue from other mines is significant. Guy led all environmental aspects of the implementation of a $10 million pilot plant that produces commercial magnesium ingots using between 43 and 70% less energy – and decreasing GHG by over 19 tonnes per ton of magnesium. The pilot plant opened in January 2017, initially generating primary magnesium from mining residues and since January 2018 to recycle secondary magnesium. Next up: building an 11,700 t/year demonstration plant in 2019 and a 50 000 t/year commercial plant in 2022.

Peter Ross

Vice-President, Research, Ocean Wise Conservation Association

Most of us have heard that plastics will soon exceed fish in the ocean. But it’s not just garbage – tiny particles of plastics are polluting our waters. With zooplankton, fish and wildlife mistaking plastic for food, plastic pollution is now considered a global conservation threat. Peter and his ‘Plastics Lab’ team carried out the first assessment of microplastics in a Canadian wastewater treatment plant, established solution-oriented partnerships with outdoor retailers to identify the types of plastic in microscopic particles, and continues to track microplastics in Canada’s oceans. You need to know: Much of the microplastic pollution in the world’s oceans is thought to come from household sources, where laundry releases trillions of fibres from polyester fleece, nylon and other materials.