& Zero Waste Working Forum

Territory Wide Working Forum
Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon

Wednesday April 11th – Friday April 13th, 2018

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  • About the forum
  • Forum agenda
  • Become a sponsor
  • Speaker bios
  • Accommodation

Unified action and knowledge are essential for reducing waste and creating better ways to manage resources that currently end up in the landfill.
Join Zero Waste Yukon, Eric Lombardi and expert panelists as we explore ways to become a Zero Waste territory. We’ll learn about how to eliminate waste, make local recycling systems more effective, and find new ways of doing business within the Circular Economy.

This event will provide Yukon communities, businesses, and consumers the opportunity to learn, share, and address solid waste issues – from collection to policy decisions. Whether you are directly involved in solid waste or not, this event will provide an opportunity to discuss our current waste management system and figure out what can be done to improve it.

Accommodation and travel support is available to individuals traveling to Whitehorse from Yukon Communities!

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Forum Agenda

Wednesday, April 11th – Beringia Centre – Free Public Event!

6:30pm Doors Open
7:00pm Welcome
7:15pm-8:30pm  Film Screening

Thursday, April 12th – Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre – Registered Participants Only

Registration open until 1:30pm
Welcome and prayer
Introduction of Eric Lombardi
9:00am KEYNOTE: Eric Lombardi, Eco-Cycle Solutions
9:30am Zero Waste in Yukon – it’s here!
8 minute presentations by local organizations
10:20am BREAK
10:30am BUSINESS SESSION – What the heck is EPR and how does it affect my business?
Panel Presentation – Panelists TBA
11:30pm BUSINESS LUNCH with Eric Lombardi
Zero Waste: Working for you, your business and your community!
1:00pm Managing Risk at Landfills – Best Practices and Common Questions
Panel Presentation – Panelists TBA
2:00pm Zero Waste in the Yukon – it’s here!
8 minute presentations by local organizations
2:50pm What’s Next? – Panelists TBA
Adjourn for until the evening

Thursday, April 12th – Yukon Beringia Centre – Free Public Event!

Minister Introduction
7:00pm – 8:00pm  Eric Lombardi Presentation – Is it possible? Zero Waste by 2028
45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A

Friday, April 13th – Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre – Registered Participants Only

9:00am Myth Busters
Panel tackles common questions and misconceptions about reuse & recycling
 10:00am BREAK
10:15am Bring Zero Waste to your community: A guide to the 10 R’s
12:30pm Guided tours of  Raven Recycling Society & YuKonstruct


Support the Recycling and Zero Waste Forum by Becoming A Sponsor!

Zero Waste Yukon is offering various sponsorship opportunities to show your business’ or organization’s support in helping the Yukon become zero waste.

Sponsorship Brief

Zero Waste Yukon invites your participation as a forum sponsor. Financial and logistical support from sponsors is important to the successful delivery of this forum, and there are several options available for organizations to consider:

1. Sponsorship: Make a financial contribution to offset costs. The sponsorship levels and associated recognition are described in the table below.
2. In-kind sponsorship to offset forum expenses are also appreciated.
3. Door Prizes: Donate an item or service to be awarded as a door prize at the foorum. Note that door prizes should promote zero waste and/or be made from reusable or recycled products.

Please note that although the recognition package itemizes specific recognition categories, we are open for alternative options. Feel free to contact Sarah Preiksaitis at or call (867) 667 -7269 ext. 27

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

The Recycling and Zero Waste Forum is anticipated to attract up to 80 delegates from across the Yukon. It features two public events at which we are anticipating an additional 100 Yukoners to attend.



 Zero Hero

($2,000 +)

  • Verbal recognition during the event (including public events)
  • Greetings from your organization during the forum
  • Large logo displayed on:
    – Conference website with a link to sponsor website
    – Digital Conference signage – on screen (rotates with others) in main
    meeting room during lunch & break
    – Thankyou ad published after forum
  • Small Logo displayed on conference Agenda
  • Two complimentary Registrations


($1,000 – $1,999)

  • Verbal recognition during the forum (session days only)
  • Medium logo displayed on:
    – Conference website with a link to sponsor website
    – Digital Conference signage – on screen (rotates with others) in main
    meeting room during lunch/breaks
  • Small logo displayed on post-event thankyou ad
  • One complimentary registration


($500 – $999)

  • Verbal recognition first morning of forum
  • Small logo displayed on:
    – Forum website
    – Digital signage on screen (rotates with others) in main meeting room during lunch/breaks
  • Name listed on post-event thankyou ad after the forum
  • One complimentary registration


($250 – $499)

  • Verbal recognition at the end of forum
  • Name displayed on:
    – Forum website
    – Digital signage on screen (rotates with others) in main meeting room during lunch/breaks
  • Name listed on post-event thankyou ad
  • One complimentary registration

(up to $499)

  • Verbal recognition at the end of forum
  • Listed in post-event thankyou ad
  • One complimentary registration

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Meet Our Speakers

  • Giselle Beaudry,
    Waste Reduction Specialist - Government of NWT

    Giselle Beaudry has been working on waste reduction and waste management initiatives with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories since 2013. Her work included the development and implementation of the NWT’s Electronics Recycling Program, which launched in 2016. Giselle is now working on developing a Waste Resource Management Strategy for the NWT. Prior to this work, Giselle spent eight years with the Government of Alberta working on waste reduction, product stewardship and greening government initiatives.

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  • Eric Lombardi,
    Eco-Cycle Solutions

    Eric Lombardi has worked at the forefront of the Zero Waste movement since the mid-90's. He is the President of Zero Waste Strategies Inc. and Senior Advisor to Eco-Cycle International (, a project of Eco-Cycle Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. Lombardi served as the Executive Director of Eco-Cycle for 24 years. Under his leadership the organization grew to become the largest Zero Waste Social Enterprise in North America, with a staff of 80 and processing of over 50 000 tons of diverse recycled materials per year (2014).

    Lombardi is a recognized authority on developing comprehensive community-based resource recovery programs. He addresses a diverse range of topics in his work as an international consultant, keynote speaker and strategic community planner for government and private sectors. Topics include the Waste - Climate Connection, recycling facility design, the collection and marketing of “hard to recycle” (HTR) materials such as electronic scrap, building Social Enterprise businesses, the politics of growing community programs, and strategies for long-term recycling business survival. Through this work he aims to build “Zero Waste – or Darn Near” communities while transforming the "waste management" industry into the "resource management" industry.

    Lombardi holds an advanced degree from Washington University (St. Louis) in Technology and Human Affairs, and has been working at the interface of where business, government and society come together to bring beneficial change.

    Other notable achievements:

    - Co-founder and past President of the U.S. GrassRoots Recycling Network.
    - Co-founder of the Zero Waste International Alliance, based in Wales
    - Served from 1997-2004 on the U.S. National Recycling Coalition’s (NRC) Policy Work Group, and was an executive Board member of the NRC from 1991-1
    - Co-founded the U.S. Nonprofit Recyclers Council in 1992
    - Invited to the Clinton White House in 1998 as one of the Top 100 USA Recyclers

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  • Allen Langdon,
    Recycle BC

    As the Managing Director for Recycle BC, Allen oversees the first 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in North America where industry has assumed full financial and managerial responsibility for the residential recycling system.

    Allen has extensive experience in sustainability and extended producer responsibility, and previously served as the VP of Sustainability for the Retail Council of Canada and the VP of Environment for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, advancing those industries’ responses to a range of complex sustainability issues including climate change, sustainable packaging, EPR programs, and animal welfare.

    Allen has sat as a Director for several stewardship agencies in Canada including Encorp Pacific, the Electronic Products Recycling Association, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association.

    Allen is also the Managing Director for the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) Program in Saskatchewan that launched in 2016.

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Involved in recycling or zero waste and traveling to Whitehorse from a Yukon community?
Travel and accommodation support is available!

A travel subsidy  of $230.00 will be provided to support travel, and accommodation is provided for the night of April 11th & 12th at the Westmark hotel.

To qualify, register and select the travel support option when prompted. Click the registration button below.
Participants must check in when they arrive at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on April 12th

Please note there is funding available for a maximum of 40 individuals.

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For other attendees, a discount is available for rooms booked at the Westmark Hotel

Rooms have been reserved at the Westmark Hotel in Whitehorse for the Zero Waste Forum. The Westmark is located within a short walk (3 blocks) from the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.  After April 4th 2018 the availability of rooms cannot be guaranteed.

Airport Shuttle Service is available. Please be sure to ask about this service when you make your accommodation reservation.Rates for Single or Double Occupancy:

Standard/Corporate room:
$129.00 net per night + $2 Room Safe Fee
+ 15.00 extra per person (over 2)
+ 2.5% Sustainable Levy Fee + 5% GST

$159.00 net per night
+ $2 Room Safe Fee15.00 extra per person (over 2)
+ 15.00 extra per person (over 2)  + 2.5% Sustainable Levy Fee + 5% GST

For more information on hotel amenities and to reserve accommodation online, please visit:
To make your reservation online:  click the link above, go to the “plan your Stay” section at the right hand side of the page.
Enter group code ZERO040518 and complete the various fields then follow the prompts to complete your reservation.

To make your reservation by phone:Quote the Group Code ZERO040518 when calling 1-800-544-0970 or locally at 867-393-9700 (ext. 0).
Note:  A credit card is required to secure your reservation.   Cancellation Policy:  24 hours in advance after which 1 night accommodation will be charge.

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