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Ivey co-organizer of first Canadian Circular Economy Summit

Jul 7, 2023

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Jury Gualandris moderating a panel at the Circular Economy Summit

The Ivey Centre for Building Sustainable Value co-organized the first national Circular Economy Summit, held in Toronto on June 19 and 20, 2023. 

The first Circular Economy Summit, which sold out six weeks in advance, allowed over 400 leaders from across Canada to come together in Toronto to collaborate on efforts and activities and develop an action agenda for the circular economy.  

The conference sessions were targeted to engage thought leaders from the private sector, public sector, and academia to advance projects, investments, actions, and inform policies to accelerate circularity in support of Canada's climate change, biodiversity, and innovation goals. 

BSV Centre Director Jury Gualandris facilitated a panel that discussed how local efforts for circularity can link to an evolving global circular economy agenda. 

Circular Economy Summit panelists

Gualandris also presented BSV’s leading research on scaling up climate-smart circularity, which focused on how circular solutions for upcycling food waste can also significantly reduce climate emissions. 

BSV Associate Director Matthew Lynch led a session on business-to-business (B2B) engagement for the circular economy and facilitated a workshop on the role of circular solutions in the transition to a nature-positive, net-zero agri-food system.  

Participants of the Canadian Circular Economy Summit

Hannah Hill from Innovation North, an impact lab of the BSV Centre, co-facilitated a workshop on circularity in the build environment. Innovation North is partnering with standards body CSA to develop a circularity road map for the construction sector in Canada. 

The Canadian Circular Economy Summit will become a regular biennial event, with the next summit taking place in Montreal in 2025. 

Learn more about the work the BSV Circular Economy Lab has underway.