Gary Calicdan
Ethical Buying Team
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Gary Calicdan is the Packaging and Print Buyer of Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Joining the company in February 2007, he has seen the business grow from 80 shops to over 250 shops in North America. Along with growing the supply chain, Gary has led many initiatives to improve our ethics and sustainability in our packaging supply chain such as use of 100% recycled materials for gift wraps and printed paper, shopping bags, corrugated boxes, plastic bottles and jars and biodegradable gift fillers. Gary has also focused on developing a local high quality recycled plastic material supply base including ocean bound plastics and creating closed loop systems through retail and manufacturing operations wherever possible.

Sam Baker
Director, Logistics
Recycle BC

Sam leads the post collection team at Recycle BC as Director, Logistics. In this role he is responsible for ensuring that the materials collected for recycling are properly audited, processed, and marketed through Recycle BC's post collection partner. In his work, Sam maintains a focus on new technologies and process improvements to drive efficiency, accountability and transparency throughout Recycle BC's network. As a member of the Recycle BC Senior Team, Sam works to lead the organization, inform and engage stakeholders and build strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Recycle BC in 2016 Sam worked for Joy Global Inc. (now Komatsu Mining Corporation) for ten years in the design, maintenance, and life cycle analysis of large mining equipment.

Sam graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in 2007 and later completed an Executive MBA from the Marquette University in 2014

Monica Kosmak, PMP
Senior Project Manager, Zero Waste

City of Vancouver

Monica Kosmak joined the City in 2010 to develop the zero waste chapter of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. She has over fifteen years’ experience in environmental policy and zero waste planning. Her specialty is in extended producer responsibility, which involves corporations taking responsibility for recycling the product and packaging waste they put on the market.

Monica is currently leading a team to develop the City of Vancouver’s Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy in consultation with stakeholders and the public. The strategy targets disposable cups, take-out containers and plastic and paper shopping bags and will be presented to Vancouver City Council in early 2018.

This work is in her genes. According to family legend, her grandmother ate at a fast food chain in the 1970’s and used the Styrofoam container from her burger to carry her own sandwiches for 25 years.

Dr. Peter S. Ross
Vice-President of Research
Ocean Wise

Dr. Peter S. Ross is the Vice-President of Research at Ocean Wise, an initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium family. He currently oversees 10 research programs at Ocean Wise, with a focus on conservation science. He is an international authority in the area of ocean pollution, having published over 150 scientific articles, with a focus on the source, transport, fate and effects of priority pollutants. He launched the Ocean Pollution Research Program at Ocean Wise in 2014, with a strong focus on microplastic pollution in the world’s oceans. His team is leading a solution-oriented microfibre research partnership aimed at understanding the sources of microfibres in aquatic environments, in collaboration with MEC, Patagonia, Arc’teryx, REI and MetroVancouver.

Alexis Scoon
Sustainability Manager
Ocean Wise

Alexis Scoon is charged with greening the Aquarium’s operations, leading the organizations ISO14001 Environmental Management System, embedding a culture of sustainability, and driving change that supports a greener world. Prior to joining Ocean Wise, Alexis worked as an Environmental Auditor for SCS Global Services in California and as a Sustainability Manager for Keilhauer a commercial seating manufacturer in Toronto. Alexis holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and is a Clean 50 Emerging Leader Award Winner for outstanding contributions to clean capitalism in Canada.