Circular Food Economy: Canada's $50 Billion Opportunity

June 19, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Join us for the latest livestream in our Future of Agri-food Event Series, where our panelists will explore emerging innovations for reducing, and ultimately eliminating, food waste and examine opportunities to increase the scale of practices that support the circular economy in Canada.


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Currently, 60 per cent of the food produced in Canada is wasted – representing an extraordinary $50 billion in avoidable economic losses. This extreme level of waste coincides with a reality where six million Canadians live in food insecure households. In terms of environmental sustainability, food waste is a significant driver of greenhouse gas emissions due to the generation of methane in landfills and the energy and resources embodied in wasted materials. This systemic problem requires a system solution: the circular economy.

The circular economy is a new paradigm of production and consumption where materials never become waste and nature is regenerated. In a circular economy, products and materials are kept in circulation through processes like reuse, recycling, and composting. Canada is seeing the emergence of significant circular innovation in the food system, with ‘hot spots’ emerging in places like Montreal and Guelph, where networks of firms are connecting to ‘upcycle’ or utilize the bi-products of others.

For this livestream learning event developed in partnership with the Centre for Building Sustainable Value at Ivey Business School and moderated by Bryan Benjamin, Executive Director at The Ivey Academy, we’re joined by guests: Jury Gualandris, Associate Professor, Operations Management & Sustainability and Faculty Director, Ivey Centre for Building Sustainable Value; Denise Philippe, Senior Policy Advisor Metro Vancouver and National Zero Waste Council; and Julie Poitras Saulnier, CEO & Cofounder at LOOP Mission. In this session, our panelists will explore emerging innovation for reducing, and ultimately eliminating, food waste and examine opportunities to increase the scale on practices that support the circular economy through finance and policy.

The Future of Agri-food Series

The Future of Agri-food Event Series is convening key Canadian thought leaders to explore Canada’s role in the future of the agri-food system, and the key opportunities and challenges facing the sector. The series is jointly convened by the Ivey Centre for Building Sustainable Value (BSV Centre), Ivey Academy, and the Institute for Sustainable Finance. The primary goal is to build awareness in the key networks of the partners (executive leaders in business and finance) of key opportunities and challenges in agri-food for Canada, especially the critical issues associated with the transition towards net zero.


Julie Poitras-Saulnier
Julie Poitras-Saulnier

CEO& Co-Founder, LOOP Mission

Julie Poitras-Saulnier is the CEO and Co-Founder at LOOP Mission. LOOP Mission is a Montreal-based circular economy company that creates products from food that would otherwise go to waste, like cold-pressed juice. The company leveraged its expertise to create LOOP Synergies—a line of ingredients made from rejected food, that would otherwise be wasted, that food processors can easily integrate into diverse food products. In 2024, LOOP Mission was a grand prize winner of the Business Models Stream for the Federal Government’s Food Waste Reduction Challenge.

Julie have a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environment with a specialization in Biodiversity Management. Julie was recently featured in the Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs that change the world by Femmessor and helped placed LOOP Mission in the top 8 startups in the world at the Global Meetup Get in the Ring competition.

Denise Philippe
Denise Philippe

Senior Policy Advisor, Metro Vancouver & The National Zero Waste Council

Denise Philippe is a Senior Policy Advisor with Metro Vancouver and the National Zero Waste Council (NZWC). NZWC is an initiative of Metro Vancouver that works collaboratively with business, government, and community to prevent waste in the design, production and use of goods. The Council works Canada-wide, with a BC-based Secretariat.  She has held the Council’s Food Loss and Waste portfolio since 2012. In this capacity, she has helped lead projects ranging from campaigns to research and knowledge sharing, covering issues such as fiscal incentives, best before dates, food packaging, and circular food systems. She was instrumental in developing the Council's A Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada.

Denise sits on the Federal Government’s Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council and was the Chair and jury member for Canada’s Food Waste Reduction Challenge. Denise is a certified professional planner, with a M.Ed. in environmental education. Her background experience ranges from social justice to environmental stewardship - her skill set spans facilitation, engagement, and policy development.

Jury Gualandris
Jury Gualandris

Associate Professor, Operations Management and Sustainability, Ivey Business School

Jury Gualandris is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management and Sustainability groups at the Ivey Business School, Western University. He is also the Director of the Ivey Centre for Building Sustainable Value, as well as the Network for Business Sustainability, hosted by Ivey.

Jury is passionate about supply chains as complex systems of collective organizing. His research and teaching thus focus on how supply chain members interact with each other to increase their individual and collective environmental performance, and the implications for economic competitiveness. He has been studying the relationship between the inter-organizational structures of supply chains and sustainability in two empirical contexts: ESG disclosures in global supply chains; circular, regenerative agri-food systems.

Jury’s research has been published in premier journals including the Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and the Journal of Industrial Ecology, among others. He is the Associate Editor at the Journal of Supply Chain Management and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Operations Management, and the Production and Operations Management Journal. Jury’s work has been featured in popular media including The Globe and Mail, Corporate Knights, The Conversation, The Toronto Star, The Financial Post, B the Change, Eco-Vadis, and the Peggy Smedly Show.

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