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.

In this session

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.

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