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Allen Langdon

As the Managing Director for Recycle BC, Allen oversees the first 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in North America where industry has assumed full financial and managerial responsibility for the residential recycling system. Allen has extensive experience in sustainability and extended producer responsibility, and previously served as the VP of Sustainability for the Retail […]

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Elias Tomaras

Elias has been working with The City of Calgary since 2010. He is currently the Project Manager for The City’s Waste in Public Spaces (WIPS) project, a corporate initiative to improve public waste diversion across Calgary. WIPS has brought together business units from across the Corporation to create common standards around signage, bin placement, garbage-to-recycling […]

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Tania Potts

Tania is the co-founder of Boomerang Bags, a community based Not-For-Profit based on the Gold Coast, Australia, known for its pristine sandy beaches and surf culture. Tania’s working life began in the RAAF after which she became a regional airline pilot who gave up flying to home-school her four children for 17 years. Then, some […]

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Aman Adatia

Aman Adatia (along with his wife and partner Stephanie Shields) first changed Calgary’s curbside dining when he elevated the food truck concept from ‘street meat’ to a highly sought after, award winning, restaurant on wheels – Eat Naaco. It was a unique entrepreneurial model that allowed Aman to serve kick ass food, build community, and […]

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Krzysztof Palka

Krzysztof Palka has diverse expertise in sustainability focused business strategy, renewable energy, sustainable operations, technology development, lean manufacturing and oil and gas production optimization along with an executive education from Harvard Business School and MSc in Mechanical Engineering. He is a serial entrepreneur with a keen sense for innovation, process improvement and personal bias towards […]

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Carol Blaind

Carol Blaind is a long-time advocate for people with disabilities as evidenced in her work at Queen’s Park in the 1990s and her work with a provincial advocacy group promoting community inclusion. As a Legislative Assistant in the Ministry of Citizenship with responsibility for Disability and Seniors Rights portfolios, Carol brought her special experience, knowledge […]

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Carla Bitz

Carla’s passion for re-connecting with our food, building community, and preventing waste finally intersected through starting a grassroots organization called Alternate Root. They offer affordable workshops that teach food skills, including anything from preservation to cooking simple fresh meals; all with a strong focus on how to use up what you already have in your […]

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Glenda Gies

Glenda established Durham Recycling in 1978 and worked with local municipalities and the Region to introduce recycling services to residents and businesses across the Region. After working as an independent consultant with Canadian and international organizations, governments and private companies, Glenda joined Waste Diversion Ontario as Executive Director on April 1, 2003 and provided oversight […]

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Mark Scharf

As the Director of the Project Management Office for the University of Calgary, Mark is responsible for the delivery of capital projects across the organization. Annual workload entails approximately 240 projects a year and an annual project spend of $70M. Mark brings 20 plus years of public sector experience with both post-secondary and health organizations. […]

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Josh Taron

Joshua M. Taron is an Associate Professor of architecture at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design where he co-directs the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID).  His current research focuses on using digitally prefabricated building assemblies to augment system performance in integrated infrastructural networks. This work is done in partnership with a variety of […]

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