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Keynote Address by 
Paul Shorthouse
Managing Director of the Circular Economy Leadership Canada

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Keynote Address by 
Hon Steven Guilbeault, P.C., M.P.,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada

AGENDA

2nd Annual Plastic Waste Reduction Summit

The Gros Morne Movement Towards a Circular Economy

Feb 16-17th, 2022, 9:30-12:30 NT

DAY 1

9:30-9:40:  Welcome

9:40-9:55: Keynote and Q&A - Circular Economy

  • Paul Shorthouse, Managing Director of the Circular Economy Leadership Canada

What is a "circular economy" and why should we strive to create one? What are the benefits of moving towards this type of system? We'll hear from a leader in the circular economy movement.

9:55-10:10: AHOI Presentation - AHOI Plastics Program 

What have we accomplished since our first Plastic Waste Reduction Summit? Join us for a year in review to hear about the progress we've made.

10:10-10:40: Panel Discussion and Q&A - Sustainable Products at Work

How can we implement reusable, plastic-free take-out and food containers in businesses and public events? Our panelists who are part of AHOI's sustainable business pilot program, share their experiences, challenges and best practices with transitioning away from disposable, single-use plastic products.

10:40 - 11:05: Break

11:05-11:20: AHOI Presentation - Leakage Points Within our Waste System

What is washing up on our beaches? Where does it come from and how can we prevent it from getting there? We'll hear what AHOI and its partners are discovering through their research, beach cleanups and waste audits.  

11:20-11:35: Remarks: Linking the Blue Economy and the Circular Economy 

What makes our coastal communities resilient, and what role does the blue economy and circular economy play?  How can we promote economic growth and jobs while also ensuring the health of our oceans?

11:35-12:15: Panel Discussion and Q&A - Combating Leakage Points of Plastics

With so many sources of plastic waste, it's not surprising that there are also countless programs and models created to combat it. We'll hear from an individual, a municipality and a region, that have identified leakage points within the system and have all come up with different programs and approaches to deal with them.

12:15-12:30: Closing Remarks

DAY 2

9:30-9:45: Welcome/Recap & Next steps

9:45-55: Keynote 

How can actions taken in small, rural, and remote areas help solve a global plastic pollution crisis?  What can we do to help reach federal and provincial waste reduction targets?  We'll hear from a prominent advocate and activist in the fight against climate change, who is also steering our country's climate plan.

9:55-10:10: AHOI Presentation -  Next Steps for Reducing Waste by 50%

What are the impacts of our waste and how can we reduce it by 50% by the year 2025? We need to look at the waste system more holistically, and expand our efforts beyond just plastic if we're going to reach this provincial target.

10:10-10:45: Panel Discussion and Q&A – Composting

Did you know that roughly 30% of our waste is compostable, or that when organics end up in the landfill they release toxins and contribute to climate change?  We'll hear about three very different composting programs being implemented in the province and how their different models are helping their specific areas. 

10:45-11:00: Break

11:00-12:00: Break-Out Session

Join us for an opportunity to discuss what we've heard and share ideas about what more we could be doing to help move the Gros Morne region towards a more circular economy.

12:00-12:10 - Remarks

12:10-12:20 Circular Economy Commitment: AHOI 

AHOI is introducing its "Circular Economy Commitment", an open pledge that individuals, groups, businesses, municipalities, and governments can make to help reduce their waste and move us all towards a more sustainable, circular economy. We invite participants of the summit to select any actions they will strive to take in the future, as well as those already in practice.

12:20-12:30: Closing Remarks

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