CWMA Speaker Event & Discussion: Tangible Actions Toward Circularity ~ Communities Leading the Way

CWMA Speaker Event & Discussion: 

Tangible Actions Toward Circularity 

~ Communities Leading the Way 




Friday, June 23, 2023 
10:00 AM – Noon Pacific Time

Virtual Event

Let’s learn about Tangible Actions Toward Circularity from a few communities leading the way… 

Four distinct communities implementing or supporting circular economic initiatives in their regions. Join us for a showcase of their circular economic actions with reflections on the economic benefits, implementation challenges, and proven successes.

– COST –

CWMA Members $25 | Non-Members $30

+GST | Includes cost for the session and a handy follow up summary. 
NOTE: CWMA’s base operating budget relies on event revenue and member fees in equal measure: we are grateful for your support! Pricing is kept low to ensure everyone can attend, but if the price is still a barrier to participate, please be in touch with us. Differential pricing options for students and non-profits is available.


10:00 AM — Welcome!
10:10 AM — Presentations
 More details to follow! 
11:30 AM — Q&A / facilitated discussion  
11:55 AM — Farewell and what follows 


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Our Presenters

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Christa Clay

Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC)

Christa is a Manager of Economic Transformation with a focus on circular economy at the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC). Christa’s journey from the completion of her Bachelor’s in International Relations and Global Studies set her off on a foundation of globally minded solutions. Since then, she has devoted her energy towards better understanding and contributing to our circular economy. VEC’s mission is to build a prosperous local economy that is inclusive, resilient, and low carbon. Within this mission, Christa and her colleagues work to prepare Vancouver’s current economy for the transition to a circular economy.


Georgia Lavender

Synergy Foundation

Georgia is the Director of Program Operations for Synergy Foundation. Passionate about the circular economy and social equity, Georgia is compelled to find tangible solutions for businesses that strive to make a positive impact. Through her work at Synergy Foundation, Georgia works with entrepreneurs, existing businesses, regional government, and community stakeholders to foster the transition to a circular economy in BC. Georgia is also the lead on the annual Project Zero Incubator Program and the Circular Accelerator Pilot Program.

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Andrew Telfer

City of Guelph

Andrew is currently the collaboration and development lead for Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph. Their two circular economy development initiatives are: Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL) and Our Food Future. Prior to Guelph, he was a vice-president for the Retail Council of Canada. Andrew was the inaugural sustainability manager for Walmart’s market in Canada, where he planned and implemented environmental initiatives for direct operations and supply chain. Andrew is an accomplished public speaker on the topics of sustainability, circular economy and climate action. He is a proud honouree of Canada’s Clean50.  Andrew holds a degree in geography from the University of British Columbia. 


Shannon White

District of Squamish

Shannon hails from Vancouver Island originally and is currently responsible for waste management at the District of Squamish. After completing her Masters of Science in Germany, and working in the field of social procurement, she transitioned to the solid waste industry, where she has remained for over 10 years. At the municipality she oversees the Squamish Landfill, curbside collection, and helps drive waste diversion, reduction and circular economy through strategy, policy and advocacy. Shannon’s background in working in the different sectors of not-for-profit and private industry, provide a unique lens to the approach Shannon takes. She continues to pursue moving the dial on further developing the circular economy and welcomes collaboration on how we can do this together.


Let’s Talk Trash 

qathet Regional District

Let’s Talk Trash is contracted by the qathet Regional District to deliver its Waste Reduction Education Program, Wood Smoke Reduction Program, Trash Bash event, consult for the Resource Recovery Centre project, and author reports on topics related to solid waste for the qRD. Let’s Talk Trash team includes Abby McLennan, Tai Uhlmann and Ingalisa Burns who also balance othecontract work related to waste reduction and all live sustainably in Powell River BC.


Host: Sheila Molloy

Coast Waste Management Association

Sheila is the Executive Director of Coast Waste Management Association where she builds and facilitates forums for the solid waste management industry across BC to share knowledge and work toward solutions. This great role is one of many contracts over her 27 years as an interim executive in operations, strategy, and marketing projects across North America.  Sheila holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree with Distinction, a Diploma in Creative Communications, and was inducted as a lifetime member to Beta Gamma Sigma the international business honour society.

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