February 5, 2021 | Ready for the Replacements? Speaker Panel & Discussion Event

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CWMA Speaker Panel & Discussion

Ready for the Replacements? Goodbye Single Use Plastics, Hello____?


Friday, February 5, 2021 | 10 AM – Noon PST

Join us for a discussion on compostables (and other alternatives), as we move toward bans of single-use plastics. With Larry Gardner (Regional District of Nanaimo) as our moderator, we will explore the current trend of compostables with an expert panel: Phil Ragan ( EcoSafe Zero Waste), Ryan Lauzon (Convertus Group), and Jeanette Hanna (BASF). 
Special Guest
Susan Thoman, Principal and Managing Director, Compost Manufacturing Alliance
Plus all of you
It is a knowledge-packed crowd already! There is ample time at this event for questions, discussion of alternatives, and to explore what has already been implemented and how it is working.

– COST –

CWMA Members $25 |  Non-Members $37 

Prices include GST

(differential pricing for students and others on budgets is available, please email info @ cwma.ca)CWMA’s base operating budget relies on Events and Membership in equal measure. We are grateful for your support!


Virtual Doors Open at 9:45 AM for visiting and a/v tech check.
10:00 AM — Welcome Everyone / Official start
10:15 AM —  Panel Discussion / Q&A / Open Discussion
12:00 PM — Conclusion


CWMA uses the Zoom Platform for events. 
Dial-in option is available but participants must confirm the dial-in phone number to be admitted to the event. 

Our Panel


Larry Gardner

Regional District of Nanaimo

Our moderator for this event is the Manager of Solid Waste Services at the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN).  Joining the RDN team in 2014, Larry has an extensive thirty year history working in the solid waste industry, including twenty-eight years working for the British Columbia Ministry of Environment regulating landfills and industrial waste. 

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Jeanette Hanna

BASF North America

Jeanette has been with BASF for 14 years, and she has spent the last 6 years as the Biopolymers Market Development Manager, supporting the development of composting infrastructure and demonstrating the role of certified compostable products as an enabler for diverting food waste.  Her work extends across North America, including the Canadian market. 

Ryan Lauzon

Convertus Group

Ryan Lauzon has been working in the Organics business for more than a decade.  During that period, he has built some of the largest organic waste treatment facilities in North America. Ryan is currently focused on Convertus goal to become the most advanced organic waste processor in North America.  Responsible for intakes and offtakes from the existing Convertus facilities as well as sourcing new opportunities through competitive tenders.


Phil Ragan

EcoSafe Zero Waste

As a founding partner, Phil has more than 20 years experience in the development and implementation of organic diversion programs in the Residential, Commercial and Institutional sectors. As a leading supplier of compostable film products in North America, EcoSafe partners with cities, composters, waste-generators and haulers to build community collection programs that achieve the highest levels of participation with near zero contamination. 


Registration is now closed. An event recap will be posted soon.

Registration is now closed for this event. A recording (if successful) will be made available to Members at a small cost. Thank you!