Thank you to everyone who made #RCBC2019 a success! From sponsors to tradeshow exhibitors to speakers and delegates, your engagement and participation made RCBC's 45th annual conference an event to remember. We're glad to be able to provide a fun and enjoyable space for learning and networking, and we hope to see everyone back in 2020.
A complete delegate list is now available for download below. We will also be posting speaker presentations in the presentation summary page shortly, so stay tuned!
Interested in a fancy bottle of wine to support our organization? The RCBC "Cheers to Charity" Wine Draw is back by popular demand, this time sponsored by the Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable (MARR)!
Visit the RCBC Registration Desk to purchase your raffle ticket. Everyone is guaranteed to go home with something great, with the highest bottle valued at $149. Thanks to Jak's Beer Wine Spirits and The Drinks List for their generous donations of 25 amazing bottles for 25 years of EPR. Sales begin on Wednesday through Thursday, but act fast--last year they sold out quick!
RCBC's 45th Annual Conference is less than two days away! Here are some friendly reminders on how to make your conference experience as rewarding as possible.
The conference registration desk in the Emerald Foyer opens on Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00 am and will remain open during presentation hours for the duration of the event. The registration desk is information central, so feel free to pop by with any questions you may have. Our staff would be more than happy to help you. Pick up your delegate name badge here when you arrive.
Bring your name badge to all conference events. This is your ticket for the Gala Dinner and also if you have signed up for the Friday take-home lunch. At the back of your name tag are a quick-guide schedule and your complimentary drink tickets.
All conference sessions will be in Emerald Ballroom AB. The trade show is located in Emerald Ballroom C.
This year's name badge lanyards are provided by Fairware's Lanyard Library. As they are borrowed, we need everyone's participation to return 100% of all lanyards used for this event. Drop off your name badge and lanyard at the Registration Desk before you leave the event.
Thank you to Blue Planet Recycling for sponsoring this year's registration table! Check the full schedule on the RCBC 2019 Event App or on rcbcconference.ca
Connect Before and During!
Know before you go! Check out this year's Delegate's List and see who'll be there in Whistler.
Network at this year's exhibition and tradeshow! Located in Emerald Ballroom C, the Wednesday/Thursday receptions and session refreshment breaks will take place here. The show opens at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 and will remain open for the duration of the event.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for conference updates before, after, and during the event. #RCBC2019 is the official conference hashtag--follow it for all latest conference happenings.
Check Your Daily Reminders
We've planned a host of activities over the three-day conference--be sure to check your email daily to find out event details for each day.
What should I wear?
In case you're wondering whether you should wear to this event, keep it simple and business casual is a good guide.
If you plan on leaving early on Friday, May 10 and would like a take-home lunch, please let us know. We can arrange to have your lunch ready earlier in the morning.
Address: 4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Check-in at the Westin Resort Whistler is 4:00 p.m. The hotel can provide you with checked luggage service, freeing you to explore the area until your room is available.
Parking at the Westin Resort Whistler
Underground self-parking at the Westin Resort Whistler is currently available for $30.00 per night and Valet parking is $34.00 per night. Parking fees are subject to change. For additional parking options in Whistler, check this page.
There is complimentary WIFI for all RCBC delegates. Password: RCBC2019
There are various ways you can get to Whistler from the Lower Mainland:
For the latest forecast, click here.
If you’ve got some spare time in Whistler, take full advantage of all that’s available. Activities, dining, and adventures abound – find yours here.
There’s no dinner provided on Wednesday evening, but not to worry--Whistler has plenty to offer no matter what you’re craving. Check out dining options in Whistler.
Thank you for attending #RCBC2019. We look forward to seeing you in Whistler! Safe Travelling to Whistler.
In preparation for the Multi-Sector Town Hall discussion at #RCBC2019, we conducted a preliminary survey with non-profits, government, business, and individuals to gain insight into what delegates found to be important issues. Based on the results, here are the identified categories:
For a full graphical breakdown of the results, click HERE: rcbc_2019_town_hall_surveys_infographic_condensed.pdf
For the raw data of the survey results, click HERE: rcbc_2019_town_hall_survey_raw_results.docx
The #RCBC2019 Conference smartphone app is now live and available for download. Download it to get the latest in speaker bios, presentation summaries, exhibitor profiles, event notifications, and much more. On social media, feel free to use #RCBC2019 as the main hashtag for all happenings related to the conference.
We look forward to connecting with delegates at Whistler in a few weeks' time!
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Synergy Sustainability Institute will be presenting at #RCBC2019 on their efforts to catalyze local developments towards a #CircularEconomy:
“'We are hoping this will generate some great buzz for green business on Vancouver Island and showcase what we can do when we think of waste as a resource rather than as something that ends up in a landfill,' said Jen Fraser, Project Zero’s director of development.
Project Zero, a major push from the Synergy Sustainability Institute, is about exploring what’s possible in a circular economy — one that shares more than it owns, supports products that are made and repaired locally, and in which someone’s waste is another’s resource."
Read the Full Article Here
Source: Times Colonist
"A design-led circular economy approach to developing sustainable smart cities must permeate everything from city planning to procurement. Integral to this change is a shift in how city authorities view return on investment. Too often, the prime focus is placed on the initial capital expenditure and not on costs over the lifetime of the solution. Once we take into consideration wider benefits such as sustainability, efficiency and profitability, a design-led circular approach to upgrading or refurbishing buildings throughout their lifetime can achieve a better ROI, increase the value of assets, reduce operational costs and significantly reduce the consumption of natural resources."
Read the Full Article Here
Source: Open Access Government
"Circularity is a hot topic nowadays — and it’s impossible to avoid. Just look at all the Loop articles and ads you’ve seen in the past month or so on circularity of consumer goods. It practically flooded the newsfeeds on sustainability for a few weeks whether you liked it or not.
But what does it mean for consumers not to have the slightest idea what circularity means?
A key point I preach all the time is that having an environmental or social mission isn’t enough. You have to be able to effectively communicate it to consumers, and that doesn’t always come easy."
Read the FULL Article HERE
RCBC's Information Services Manager, Harvinder Aujala, is interviewed in this news story from Global News on how our province is better positioned to handle the Chinese recycling ban that has affected global recycling markets worldwide.
For the upcoming RCBC Conference, we have a full session on the achievements of Extended Producer Responsibility programs in British Columbia. The session will feature speakers from Product Care and Encorp to highlight 25 years of operating their respective programs and its positive impacts on BC's Environment.
Source: Global News
We are honoured to have two cultural ambassadors from the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre perform a traditional welcome and song to kick off this year's Conference on the Circular Economy:
Qawam (Redmond Andrews), Lil’wat Nation: Redmond is a graduate of the Aboriginal Ambassador Program and now is a Cultural Ambassador and part of the Performance Team at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Redmond is also an artisan wood carver, carving in the stylings of the Lil’wat Nation. His art can be found in private collections around the world.
Georgina Dan, Lil’wat Nation: Georgina graduated from the Aboriginal Youth Ambassador and currently works as a Cultural Ambassador and a member of the Performance Team at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Georgina has also worked as a Tour Guide and Historical Interpreter at the Pemberton Museum and has extensive knowledge of the cultural traditions and the history of the Sea to Sky corridor.
The welcoming ceremony will commence at 1:00pm on May 8 at the Westin Resort and Spa. We hope to see you there!
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