No Time to Waste! – Thriving in a Waste Free Economy

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Ontario’s GHG emissions from waste have risen over 25% between 1990 and 2013. On June 1, 2016, the Ontario government passed the Waste-Free Ontario Act, aimed at fighting climate change, creating new jobs and preventing excess waste from ending up in our landfills. The Act focuses on making recycling more universal, more affordable and more efficient as well as reducing preventable GHG emissions from landfills and encouraging producers to keep waste down by enforcing their responsibility for their products and packaging. Ontario is also finalizing a draft strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario, which will enforce a zero-waste future for generations to come. These two initiatives will see added incentives for both businesses and consumers, stiffer legislation around packaging and recycling programs, and a new governing body to oversee these changes.

With these changes imminent, Ontario businesses need to be ready to adapt to these new realities in waste management. Niagara Sustainability Initiative and Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, want to show you not just how to adapt to these new realities, but how to profit from them!

Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Location: Grand Olympia Hospitality and Convention Centre

Time: 7:45 am – 10:00 am (Breakfast Included)


  • 7:45: Registration/Breakfast/Networking
  • 8:00: Welcome/Introduction
  • 8:15: Presentation by Peter Hargreave, Ontario Waste Management Association
  • 8:50: Break
  • 9:00: Presentation by Darren Fry, Project Director, Walker Environmental
  • 9:25: Presentation Tony Ngo, Environmental & Sustainability Coordinator
  • 9:50: Q & A
  • 9:55: Closing and Networking

What to Expect:

  • Overview of the new Waste Free Ontario Act, and a discussion of opportunities to thrive under this new legislation
  • Success stories from local businesses who have prioritized sustainable waste management and realized significant cost savings
  • Opportunities to connect with individuals from across local business sustainability networks
  • The formal program introduction begins at 8:00 AM
  • A light breakfast buffet will be served

Who Can Attend:

This event will be of particular interest to individuals responsible for waste management activities within their organization.

This event is open to anyone who is interested in attending including:

  • Current Carbon Project & Sustainable Business Initiative member organization representatives
  • Individuals from local organizations that may be interested in becoming members
  • NSI & SHB Sponsors, Volunteers, Ambassadors and Directors


Peter Hargreave, Ontario Waste Management Association

Peter Hargreave is the Chief Executive Officer (acting) for the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), the largest waste/resource management trade association in Canada.  The OWMA is a non-profit industry association, which represents the private and public sector involved in all aspects of waste management from organics and recycling to hazardous waste, energy from waste and landfill.  It also represents those providing services and equipment into the waste management sector. Peter joined the Association in 2011 after many years of working for the Ontario government on policy ranging from extended producer responsibility to tax reform.

Darren Fry, Project Director, Walker Environmental
Rising to the Challenge – Transitioning to a Waste Free Economy

Darren Fry is a Project Director with Walker Environmental. In his current role he is responsible for managing the licensing process for a new waste disposal site in Southwestern Ontario. Darren has over 15 years of waste management experience in Canada and the US where he has managed all facets of landfill approvals, design, construction, operation and closure. Darren also has extensive experience developing and managing the operation of landfill gas utilization and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction projects. He has managed the development, construction and operation of 8 facilities, which total approximately 30 Megawatts of renewable energy generation across Canada.

Tony Ngo, Environmental & Sustainability Coordinator, Aryzta Ancaster/Oakrun Farm Bakery
“Getting to Zero Waste” at Oakrun Farm Bakery

An overview of this world-class facility’s waste management strategies.


November 17, 2016
7:45 am – 10:00 am
Event Category:
Educational Forum


Grand Olympia

660 Barton Street

Stoney Creek,


L8E 5L6



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