John D. Coyne, Vice President, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel, Unilever Canada Inc.
John has been with Unilever Canada since 1992. He is a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors, the Canadian Leadership Team and chair of the company’s Pension Committee.
John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever’s strategy to grow the business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive contribution to society. John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc., Chair of the Board of Stewardship Ontario and is a director of Evergreen. In addition, John is Co-Chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. John has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders and in 2015, John was appointed as a member of the Ontario Government’s Climate Action Group advising the Ontario Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy.
John also works closely with industry groups and other organizations. He is Chair of the board of Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation and is director and past Chair of the Association.
Michael Goeres, Executive Director, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
As Executive Director of the CCME, Michael Goeres is responsible for guiding collaborative intergovernmental work as directed by federal, provincial and territorial ministers of environment. This work addresses some of Canada’s most pressing environmental issues, including climate change, air, water and soil quality, and waste.
Norman Lee, Director of Waste Management, Region of Peel
Norman Lee is a participant of the Ontario Printed Paper and Packaging Rapid Lab as well as a member of the Circular Economy Innovation Lab Steering Committee. Norman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1986 and his Professional Engineering designation in 1988. Before entering the public sector, he spent his time in the private sector as a consulting engineer specializing in the design, approval and construction of waste management facilities. Norman is now focused on affecting policy and operational changes to improve resource recovery and reduce the negative impact of waste.
Paulina Leung, VP Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Emterra Group
Paulina is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development of Emterra Group, a family-owned waste diversion and recyclables resource management leader in Canada. Wearing multiple hats as both an employee and family business member of Emterra Group, Paulina is responsible for initiatives that grow and develop all companies within Emterra Group. These initiatives include the bidding and implementation of new contracts and undertaking special projects, especially those related to business process improvements, customer service delivery, operational efficiency, and green/alternative fuels and technology. From a broader level, she also oversees corporate services including communications, human resources, and information technology. Paulina has an Honours Business Administration (HBA) from the Richard Ivey School of Business of the University of Western Ontario, is on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Waste Management Association and the Recycling Council of Ontario, and loves going to work every day.
Chris Lindberg, CEIL Director, The Natural Step Canada
Chris Lindberg leads the development and implementation of CEIL. In this role he brings public and private sector organizations together to help them understand and capture the opportunities provided by sustainability and the circular economy. Chris has more than 20 years of experience working with public and private sector organizations to develop and implement their strategic plans, engagement strategies and sustainability initiatives. Prior to joining The Natural Step Canada, Chris worked as a sustainability professional with a variety of organizations, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Golder Associates, Stratos Inc. and the Light House Sustainable Building Centre. He is a proud father of two and a graduate of Simon Fraser University.
Andrew Telfer, Sustainability Manager, Walmart Canada
Andrew currently leads the sustainability efforts for Walmart’s Canadian market, and is a Walmart global sustainability leader. He also co-led the company’s worldwide waste-diversion team. Andrew’s career spans 20 years in the retail and consumer-goods industries. He joined Walmart Canada in 2005. Prior to Walmart, Andrew held a range of sales and category management positions with General Mills Canada and The Nielsen Company of Canada. He is a sought-after speaker on the topic of business sustainability, and is involved in mentorship programs at various MBA schools across Ontario. Andrew is also an active member of the Retail Council of Canada’s sustainability-steering committee. He holds a degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia.
Jake Westerhof, VP Corporate Strategy, Canada Fibers/Urban Resource Group
Jake Westerhof has almost 30 years of unique public and private sector experience in waste management, focusing exclusively on recycling strategies. His area of specialization includes Material Recycling Facility (MRF) design & operations and has successfully directed the development of 7 facilities over the past 10 years. Jake also has extensive experience in the use of recovered materials and has been a leading voice in waste reduction & recycling policy issues throughout his career. Jake has held various positions at CFL/URG over the past 20 years and is currently the Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Albino Metauro, Executive Vice President, Cascades Recovery +
Albino Metauro is the Executive VP of Cascades’ recovery division and one of the co-founding partners that started the company 38 years ago. He has a long history in secondary material recovery having started from collecting old corrugated containers out of trash bins behind stores and manufacturing facilities. Over the years working with his partner and team, they have built a national collection and post collection infrastructure serving the IC&I sectors as well as the municipal sectors.With over 1,100 employees and 21 facilities, they recover and market over 1.35 million tonnes of market ready materials. His relationship with Cascades came to be in 1995 and since then has allowed their division to grow, and more importantly come to appreciate the value in the circularity of materials. Cascades is well known for their consumption of secondary paper fibre and making value added products. With this knowledge and DNA, Albino has a good understanding of EPR and what it means to the recovery supply chain and to the producers