Circular Procurement Virtual Series 2020 is a four-part presentation for professionals in public and private procurement functions, facility management, finance, legal, and sustainability, along with vendors and suppliers.
It aims to expand knowledge of the circular economy and its benefits; and showcase critical insights and steps to consider along the journey to implement circular procurement.
The circular economy requires circular business models.
Circular business models require circular procurement demands.
Buying the Change You Want
The federal government can simultaneously advance Canada’s circular economy through buying power, and work collaboratively with public buyers at other levels to align public policy goals and objectives.
As Executive Director for the Centre, Nick Xenos works with federal departments to implement the government’s Greening Government Strategy and transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient operations, while also reducing environmental impacts beyond carbon.
On Monday, November 2, 2020 Nick outlined priorities that his office is undertaking and operationalizing through procurement and related government commitments, such as greenhouse gas emission reductions; alternatives to single-use plastics; and mandating post-consumer recycled content.
Executive Director, Centre for Greening Government
Nick Xenos is the Executive Director of the Centre for Greening Government with the Treasury Board Secretariat of the Government of Canada. The Centre works with departments and agencies toward low-carbon, sustainable, and climate resilient government operations with a goal to lower government emissions by 40 percent by 2030. Previous to this, Nick worked at Natural Resources Canada on climate change impacts and adaptation, Indigenous and North Affairs Canada on Arctic science policy and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station; the Canadian Space Agency; and Infrastructure Canada.
A showcase of circular business models in action with examples of innovative products and services that deliver circularity, as well as an examination of how the current linear economic model of consumption – take-make-waste – and traditional procurement practices continue to be an ongoing barrier to deliver on our collective environmental, economic, and social objectives.
A candid conversation on:
- What and how procurement is the most important tool to accelerating our transition to a circular economy.
- How current market conditions and procurement requirements present barriers to support circular suppliers and vendors.
- What are the top three changes needed to make the shift… and fast.
Head of Sustainable Impact, HP Canada
In her role as head of Sustainable Impact, Frances Edmonds is responsible for driving business from sustainability leadership. Focusing on Canadian’s sustainable procurement practices Frances is working to change how Canada buys. She also oversees HP Canada’s full suite of corporate social responsibility programs including strategic partnerships with key nonprofit organizations and an industry leading volunteer program. Under Frances’s leadership, HP became the most sustainable technology company in Canada in 2018.
From being a founder of WWF’s Living Planet @ Work and Living Planet @ Campus programs to her TEDx talkdemonstrating the power of collaboration, Frances seeks new and innovative ways to leverage the power of HP to create meaningful change across Canada. Hear more in her recent podcast.
Sr. Marketing Manager - New Products Introduction, Philips Canada
Eric Pothion has been working in the Healthcare industry for 22 years in Europe and North America. His background includes sales and marketing experience with Critikon Ltd, GE Healthcare and Draeger Medical. In 2015, Eric began his career with Philips Canada as a Senior Marketing Manager supporting the entire Healthcare Systems portfolio. Eric specializes in digital marketing and launches new healthcare products and solutions in the Canadian market.
He is also eager to share his passion for sustainability and the transition to Circular Economy. As a Philips Sustainability Ambassador, Eric leads initiatives and partnerships to achieve Philips’ ambitious environmental and social objectives.
Dr. Greg Lavery
Managing Director, Rype Office
Dr. Greg Lavery is the founder and managing director of Rype Office, a circular economy office furniture remanufacturing business in the UK. An engineer by training, Greg has focused his career on improving the sustainability of the built environment. Following an early career with Arup, Greg was awarded a PhD in sustainable building design in the 1990s.
He built from startup what became Australia’s largest solar business, Origin Solar, and as a strategy consultant with Bain and Booz Allen Hamilton assisted organisations to create innovative sustainable business models, including Masdar City, Interface, Shell and ClimateWorks Australia.
identifying opportunity and ambition
Through the lens of organizational change management, we showcase how to leverage opportunity and advance circular ambitions by way of circular procurement. In the spirit of progress and achievements this session provides implementation guidance from Europe and Canada that have identified and advanced circular ambitions, and explores how to recognize opportunity by examining internal spend and reconsider collaboration with vendors and suppliers to redefine value.
Dr. Mervyn Jones
Director, Sustainable Global Resources
Dr. Mervyn Jones is an independent sustainable procurement specialist who has provided technical support on the development and implementation of the 10YFP: Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in developed and developing countries. He has also contributed to the EU LIFE REBus, a pioneering and testing a methodology that enables companies to transform their strategies to profitable, resilient, and more resource efficient business models (REBMs); and European Clothing Action Plan, which helps public procurers reach their environmental goals by using their buying power to stimulate a circular approach to workwear, and focuses on the clothing supply chain specifically to reduce waste and bring about effective waste recovery.
Business Account and Project Delivery Manager, WRAP
Sinéad Murphy leads the WRAP Cymru’s public sector sustainable procurement support programme, which aims to drive demand in Wales for more sustainable products including those with recycled content and products for reuse through public sector procurement. Sinéad works with public sector organisations to identify opportunities for intervention and provides technical support to those teams responsible for procurement. She has more than 20 years of experience in the environmental and sustainability space in Ireland, Australia, and the UK and has been with WRAP Cymru for four years working on both WRAP’s sustainable textiles and public sector sustainable procurement programmes.
Tor Gausemel Kristensen
Project Manager & Circular Economist, CityLoops | Bodø Municipality
Tor Gausemel Kristensen is the demonstration manager for Bodø, Noway’s participation the Horizon 2020-project CityLoops. CityLoops aims to maximize the circular practise in Norway’s largest development project, which involves the demolition of a military airport, the construction of a new airport, and the development of a new part of the city. Seventeen technological and innovative tools are being developed in CityLoops, and in Bodø the focus is building a 3D-visualization system for planning and monitoring masses, materials and waste flows, and modelling how demolition and construction of structures can be done in a circular manner. In his role, Mr. Kristensen aims to use a combination of technological and financial expertise contribute to a sustainable future. He previously worked in capital management, research, and aviation.
Marcos Alejandro Badra
Waste Management Analyst, City of Richmond
A sustainability and project management specialist with experience in South America, Europe, and North America, Marcos has managed an array of environmental programs and evaluations of urban waste impact studies. Relocating to Canada in 2016, Marcos is currently Waste Management Analyst with the City of Richmond where he implements the Hazardous Material Management System to meet regulatory requirements and environmental best practices; and manages its circular economy initiatives to uncover opportunities for the city to implement sustainable best practices, innovative programs, and global environmental plans. In February 2019, Marcos spearheaded a local engagement workshop to introduce vendors and suppliers to circular economy concepts, and guide the city’s procurement functions to create demand for circular economy business models with an aim to generate partnerships and pilot projects.
Critical to achieving results is defining the outcomes they wish to advance and creating the conditions for markets to delivery on them. Defining value and measuring success is critical to realizing the full benefits of circular procurement. Setting performance indicators, assigning meaningful measurement criteria, evaluating these indicators on par with price, and following up to ensure adherence is pivotal to encourage vendors and suppliers to shift business models and products to transition our economy from linear to circular.
This webinar explores and discuss how to retool procurement processes and supply chain relationships to redefine value that delivers on collective and individual societal goals.
Speaker and Author
Bob Willard is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and has given over 1,300 presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. He applies his business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities by using smart environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies.
Melody Van den Acker
Environmental Biologist | Project Manager
Melody Van den Acker is an MSc. in Environmental Sciences with an additional certification in Corporate Responsibility for Sustainable Development. She is works for Circular Flanders as project manager for the Interreg North Sea Region project ProCirc, which is set up to experiment, implement, and learn how circular economy and procurement can benefit the region.