If you were tuned into the TV news last week you might have caught a story featuring London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart talking about participating in the medicinal marijuana business. The issue certainly created a buzz around water coolers the next day. As you may be aware, the Trudeau government had the legalization of marijuana as a high profile plank in their election platform. The potential economics for marijuana (medicinal or otherwise) is in the billions. It’s not a token amount. We’re talking employment, tax revenues, and system wide economic spin offs at every level. But, as any change that affects a system there will be both intended and unintended consequences.
One of those consequences could also mean tonnes of organic waste. To be blunt, the last thing we want is to do is add to an already chronic problem. To look for answers, we went to the grassroots of the medical marijuana industry; Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Ross Rebagliati. Believe me, he’s not just blowing smoke. Ross' Gold medical marijuana, and associated products, are sold in more than 100 outlets across Canada and proves he’s got a head for the business.
Now, for an issue such is this, you really need to get into the weeds. RCBC is putting together a joint panel on the issue for our conference. In Whistler on May 19 Ross will help us hash things out over lunch as we try to spark discussion. Who knows, we may find out that an ounce of prevention is a heck of lot cheaper than a pound of cure.
So come see your buds in Whistler this May for RCBC 2016. Our conference has never been greener, and with the great line up of speakers and topics, you can be assured your time there won’t be wasted.
We are pleased to announce the program for the 42nd Annual RCBC Conference: Inspiring Circular Innovation – How to Get to a Zero Waste Planet: Plan-It!. This year will feature 9 Plenary Sessions and Elizabeth May as our Closing Keynote Speaker.
Day 1 Highlights
Here's a quick look on the history of recycling in BC. Are you going to be a part of history?
What is The Relooping Fashion Initiative? From reloopingfashion.org:
Re-producing old cotton clothing into new material has been very challenging, because the worn-out fibers are too short to be spun into new thread. New cotton also needs to be added to each batch, making 100% post-consumer-waste textiles an impossible dream.
Until now. The Relooping Fashion Initiative not only maintains the quality of the re-produced fibers – it can actually improve it. The process uses new revolutionary technology that allows for virtually unlimited recycling of cellulose-based fabrics without the addition of any harmful chemicals or new material. This has dramatic positive impact to the environmental issues caused by the global textile industry today.
The closed-loop value chain maintains the value of the material, eliminates waste, and introduces a whole new line of sustainable future designs.
For more information visit the Relooping Fashion Website.
Thank you to the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) for once again sponsoring the #RCBC2016 Conference Event App.
Powered by Attendify, last year's app was a successful new feature for RCBC Conference delegates. It was used by over 130 delegates last year to access the vital conference information from the program schedule, speaker profiles, sponsor profiles, exhibitor profiles, delegate lists and up-to-date push notification updates.
It will be available for download in the coming months for iOS and Android devices. We look forward to connecting with all of you once again in Whistler this coming May.
Experts from Canada and the Netherlands discuss how to scale up circular economy activity in Canada. Replacing today's take-make-dispose economy with one that is restorative by design, the circular economy is gaining significant traction globally. RCBC CEO, Brock Macdonald is featured.
Congratulations to Metro Vancouver, National Zero Waste Council for being a finalist in the Circular Economy Awards for Governments, Cities, and Regions. Cities from the United States, Belgium, South Africa, and Australia were also among the recognized cities. View all the all the nominees
The National Zero Waste Council, a Canadian leadership initiative, brings together government, business and community change agents to advance waste prevention. With efforts traditionally focused on ‘end-of-pipe’ waste management, the National Zero Waste Council is pioneering a shift upstream - calling for national action to address waste generation. By reframing the conversation, the Council is positioning waste prevention and the circular economy as an opportunity for innovation, job creation, competitiveness, and cost saving. Founded by Metro Vancouver in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Council is uniting local governments, including five of Canada’s largest metropolitan regions - Metro Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Edmonton – with key stakeholders, influencing change on a national scale.
Building upon the success of #RCBC2015, this year's conference will build on the knowledge and expertise gained by our delegates in discussing and learning about the circular economy. We have to collaborate to innovate if we’re going to make progress towards eliminating waste in BC. We are all going to have to work together. RCBC is doing its part to make that happen.
"Inspiring Circular Innovation: How to Plan for a Zero Waste Planet - Plan-It!" is the theme for #RCBC2016.
We're going to focus on the issues you care about, including ICI waste, illegal dumping, and depot operations through interactive workshops geared towards helping you develop practical strategies and solutions going forward. We're also going to focus on emerging issues such as managing the DLC waste streams and eliminating waste in the lifecycle of our most basic resource - food.
Organics are a great example of how quickly innovation can happen. Just a few short years ago, food waste was just another component in the solid waste stream. Now, diversion methods are developing into real innovations in the alternative and renewable energy sector. This happened because someone came up with an idea, shared the concept and its potential benefits with others, who then helped realize that vision through collaborative effort.
We invite you to come to Whistler and be inspired to make change or inspire others through your own vision of what can happen. Remember, it’s possibilities that crystalize to form our future realities. Help us build the realities of tomorrow this May.
Thank you to all the sponsors, speakers, and delegates who made #RCBC2015 a success. It was two and a half days of learning and networking in beautiful Whistler, BC. RCBC also thanks the Fairmont Château Whistler for hosting our event again this year.
To make #RCBC2016 event better, please take time to fill out these surveys to help us with next year's planning:
Welcome to #RCBC2015! To help you get acquainted with the start of our conference, here are some important Day 1 Reminders:
Network at the trade show! Located in Macdonald Ballroom DEF, the Refreshment & Nutrition Breaks (sponsored by Regeneration) and the Welcome Reception sponsored by (Brewers Distributors Limited) will both take place here. It will open at 12:00 p.m on Wednesday, May 6 and will remain open for the duration of the event.
Follow us on Twitter and check the timeline on the conference app for updates during the event. #RCBC2015 is the official conference hash tag - follow it for all latest conference happenings. You can also create a profile on the RCBC Conference Event app using your eventbrite order number. When you create a profile, you can post pictures, comments, and share your conference experience with other delegates.
Lunch and Dinner is on your own on Wednesday May 6. The Fairmont Whistler has a number of excellent lunch and dining options with the Mallard Lounge, Portobello, The Wildflower, and The Grill Room. You can also check out dining options in Whistler.
The conference registration desk in Macdonald Foyer opens on Wednesday, May 6th at 9:00 am and will remain open during presentation hours for the duration of the event. Feel free to pop by with any questions you may have. Pick up your delegate name tag here when you arrive.
Complimentary USB Drives courtesy of BC Technology for Learning Society is also available for pick-up at the registration desk for delegates.
All conference sessions will be in Macdonald Ballroom ABC. The trade show is located in Macdonald Ballroom DEF and the Foyer. Registration is sponsored by Blue Planet Recycling.