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Monday, October 18, 2021

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT (UTC-4)


People, Planet, Prosperity

Leading Governments Using Procurement to Accelerate Circular Economies

Governments recognize the capacity for a successful circular economy delivers prosperity based on direct integration of environmental and social outcomes.

Public procurement — the process by which governments purchase goods, services and works from the private sector — represents 13 percent OECD countries’ GDP. The ability and potential for governments to shift markets through spending is also far more influential and direct than other tools, such as regulation.

Public procurement can play a key role redefining value that balances people, planet, and prosperity in a post-COVID reality with a goal to build back better .

This session showcases governments at any level around the globe that are leveraging procurement to accelerate a circular economy.


International Trade Agreements

Friends or Foes of Circular Economy

Public procurement is regulated by legal frameworks and, at a federal level, commitments related to international trade agreements apply to different levels of governments in various ways.

This session explores trade agreements and their role as a potential barrier to integrating circular requirements in public procurement or if they can be leveraged to enable it.


Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
PhD: Government Procurement: Price-Taker or Market-Shaper?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021


10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT (UTC-4)

Demanding Circular 

How to Change Tender Requirements to Drive Markets Toward Circularity

Encouraging and enabling circular business model requires a shift in procurement criteria and scoring.   

The success of circular procurement depends on buyers who have the knowledge and skills to achieve best value beyond lowest price. But are there willing markets to support the shift in procurement criteria and scoring, and can we mitigate risks to ensure a smooth process?

 This session will explore key changes that are required in tenders and Request for Proposals to shift markets and realign value propositions to deliver social and environmental outcomes along with fair pricing while mitigating risk.


Head, Sustainable Impact
HP Canada

Sustainable Procurement Co-ordinator
City of Mississauga

Wednesday, October 20, 2021


10 a.m. – NOON EDT (UTC-4)

Net Zero by 2050

Tackling Embedded Emissions Through Procurement

Governments world-wide are making commitments to reduce carbon emission, and efforts to combat climate change focus on the critical role of renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures. However, meeting climate targets also requires tackling the remaining 45% of emissions associated with making products.

As the largest buyers and most powerful procurers in their respective jurisdictions, governments are best positioned to shift markets that support and deliver low carbon goods and services.

This session focuses on how governments of all sizes are leveraging procurement opportunities to deliver on their carbon emissions commitments.


Senior Advisor in Green Procurement
Centre for Greening Government

Director, Circular Economy
Smart Prosperity Institute

Strategy & Development Manager
Cardiff Council, Wales

Thursday, October 21, 2021


10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT (UTC-4)

Circular Procurement Supporting Local Economies

Successful small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are central to a thriving economy and transitioning to a circular economy. In 2019, private sector businesses employed 12.3 million people in Canada. The majority of private sector employees worked for small- (1-99 employees) and medium-sized businesses (100-499 employees). They are agile and innovative by nature, however, often unable to find market penetration or support to scale-up their offerings.

Circular procurement can potentially facilitate opportunities for SMEs; leverage their local focus and services; and align them with circular business models that includes swap, share, repair, and reverse logistics.

This session uncovers how circular procurement can be a strategy to enable SMEs to scale-up and build local economies.


Power of Local

How Circular Procurement Supports Communities

Cities, municipalities, and First Nations have the most significant collective buying power of the entire public sector. As population hubs, they are also centres for innovation and incubation, which gives them a first-hand account and influence of the effects of climate change, waste reduction, and social inequity.   

This session explores local and immediate influence of using procurement to encourage circular goods and services in communities.


Waste Management Analyst
City of Richmond

Co-Founder | Principal Consultant
SCC Consulting

Co-Founder | Principal Consultant
SCC Consulting

Manager, Collaborative Procurement
Public Services and Procurement Canada

Spend Categories

November 15 – 18


10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT (UTC-4)

Leveraging procurement to influence markets 

There are several common spend categories in public procurement. Each category presents a different opportunity to leverage the five circular business models in order to deliver on the benefits of circularity.

In these category spend sessions, buyers and vendors demonstrate, at sector- and product-specific levels, are actioning circular supply and demand. Presentations will include actual case studies.

Monday, Nov 15

Construction & Renovation

10 – 11:30 A.M.


11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Tuesday, Nov 16


10 – 11:30 A.M. 

Food & Catering

11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Wednesday, Nov 17

Information Technology

10 – 11:30 A.M.

Office & Furniture Supplies

11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Thursday, Nov 18

Facility Management

10 – 11:30 A.M.

Transportation & Fleet Management

11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M.