The Eco Market Fall Showcase, October 26 6pm
Join us this October for The Eco Market Fall Showcase, an evening to meet some of our handpicked KW green organizations and innovators, to network, and to learn. Featuring 9 local organizations in a Networking Market and 6 expert speakers, presenting on a diverse array of engaging topics regarding sustainability, green innovation and community action. Tickets ($30) include plant-based appetizers and healthy beverages. We’ll also have a cash bar for alcoholic drinks. The funds raised from our Fall Showcase will help us cover our costs for our The Eco Market conference, happening April 27th, 2019 at the Waterloo Region Museum.
Date: October 26 6-10pm
Location: Button Factory Arts, Uptown Waterloo
Vendors in attendance: PowerShift, WREN, Zero Waste Bulk, Region of Waterloo Water Services, The Diamond Project, Altilis Beauty, The Holistic Parent, The Eco Well & Fit Cricket Nutrition, KW Clothing Market.
6-6:50 pm: Networking Market
6:50 pm: Introduction of our Fall Showcase and The Eco Market. Jen Novakovich, The Eco Market.
7 pm: Making Zero Waste an Everyday Lifestyle. Tara McKenna, The Zero Waste Collective
7:20 pm: Waterloo Region's sustainability ecosystem. Nicole McCallum, Waterloo Region Environment Network
7:40 pm: Breadfruit: An example of innovation driven by sustainability. Kenna Whitnell, Altilis Beauty
8 pm: Why shoveling snow is good for water. Colleen Brown, Region of Waterloo Water Services
8:20 pm: Sustainable ways to give your unwanted items a new life. Emilio and Samantha Rodriguez and Kristoferson, KW Professional Organizers
8:40 pm: Catalyzing Collection Action: What the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals mean for the Region of Waterloo. Elaine Ho, Hayley Rutherford and Kate Pearce, WGSI
9pm-10pm: Networking Market
MC for the evening: Jennifer Lyon, Director of The Diamond Project
Bring your own cup and plate to help us keep The Eco Market Fall Showcase zero waste! We’ll have compostable options available but would love to limit any waste we can. Dishes and zero waste kits will also be available from Zero Waste Bulk for purchase. If you’d like to shop, please bring your own reusable bag. Thanks in advance for helping us keep our events green.
Presentations and Speaker Profiles
Making Zero Waste an Everyday Lifestyle. Tara McKenna, The Zero Waste Collective
Our trash and plastic consumption has been a global topic of interest lately, and it's about time. Looking to reduce your trash and plastic consumption? Have you been hearing the term 'zero waste' floating around? This presentation dives into Zero Waste 101, discussing both the trash and plastic issues, and providing easy ways people can reduce their trash footprint on a daily basis.
Tara McKenna, a Guelph local, is an environmental land use planner by day, and a zero waste advocate all of the time! Growing up, she wondered where her family's trash went when they threw things 'away', but never gave it much thought until more recent years. Tara's vast international travels showed her that garbage is a global problem. Having seen trash floating in the beautiful waters of Bali, to finding litter along the Bruce Trail, she is passionate about reducing waste at its source. Tara shares her experiences and how-to guides on her blog, The Zero Waste Collective. Tara's goal is to inspire everyone reduce their trash, one coffee cup at a time! Our world depends on it.
Waterloo Region's sustainability ecosystem. Nicole McCallum, Waterloo Region Environment Network
Waterloo Region is known globally for its unique collaborative innovation scene; so what does this look like in the environmental movement locally? Learn about the Region's sustainability ecosystem, and how you can get involved. Discover how a simple napkin sketch of ideas from local innovators fostered a movement that has helped shape the future of collaboration across local sustainability groups.
Nicole McCallum is a social entrepreneur, SSHRC scholar (National Research Council) and academic, with numerous publications, including a forthcoming textbook and article series on social entrepreneurship. She has helped develop and launch the social entrepreneurship option at Wilfrid Laurier University, co-founded several successful social enterprises, and is highly sought after for consulting on innovation and strategy, including evaluating multi-billion dollar projects for clients such as the World Bank. She is a co-founder and chief strategist for RECYCL3D, in addition to several non-profit initiatives.
Breadfruit: An example of innovation driven by sustainability. Kenna Whitnell, Altilis Beauty
"How can I use research to unlock the responsible use of plants?" Kenna shares her experience starting a plant-based cosmetics company while studying biochemistry at the University of Guelph, discovering the skincare benefits of breadfruit and launching a sustainable skincare line.
As a teenager, Kenna first began experimenting with plant-based ingredients and formulations searching for a natural solution for acne and dry and sensitive skin. Now an expert in plant biochemistry and sustainable skincare, Kenna actively works alongside scientific researchers, natural health product industry leaders and expert consultants to develop high performance, sustainable cosmetics and novel ingredients that are good for people and planet.
Why shovelling snow is good for water. Colleen Brown, Region of Waterloo Water Services
Winter salt impacts water. Over time, if we don't manage our winter salt use, salt levels will increase in the drinking water and cause it to taste salty. Salt is placed on walkways, parking lots and roads to help keep us safe. When it rains or when the snow melts the salt washes into our waterways or travels underground. Stopping salting completely may not be realistic but there are actions everyone can take to use a little less.
After 20 years in the industrial automation industry, Colleen had the opportunity to use her communications background to support her passion for the environment. For the past eight years, Colleen has worked for the Region of Waterloo Water Services. Colleen spends her time developing groundwater protection programs, discussing water with groups and as an active member of the Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival committee.
Sustainable ways to give your unwanted items a new life. Emilio and Samantha Rodriguez and Kristoferson, KW Professional Organizers
Learn about local resources that our community offers to give your unwanted items a new life. After helping hundreds of families in our community go through the process of downsizing and reducing clutter, we have had the opportunity to partner with many community members to eliminate waste from our landfill. Donation, Consignment, Auction and private selling are just a few of the options available to us here in Kitchener-Waterloo. In this session, we will share with you all the gems that exist in our community when it comes to repurposing, recycling and rethinking how we deal with unwanted items.
After travelling for a few years around the world with just a backpack, Emilio and Samantha met in New Zealand, in 201. In 2012, they came to Canada and decided to take full control of their lives and their time, harnessing some of their lessons learned from travelling minimully. They decided to pursue their passion for helping others with just that, shortly after. They harness the power of Organization, Minimalism, and Self Care to help you find your own recipe for an extraordinary life.Through community outreach, coaching, courses, and their hardcover book, Samantha & Emilio are dedicated to helping you invest in your mindset, daily habits, and to getting you to that next level of success, no matter where you are in the process right now.
Catalyzing Collection Action: What the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals mean for the Region of Waterloo. Elaine Ho, Hayley Rutherford and Kate Pearce, WGSI
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. In this presentation we will provide an overview of the SDGs, their history, future and connection to our lives. We will explore the significance of collaborative partnerships, the value in recognizing our accomplishments, and explore the bold, transformative steps we can all take towards shifting our community to a sustainable path. Join us to explore how we can catalyze these impactful and coordinated global actions across the Region of Waterloo.
Elaine is a PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo in Social and Ecological Sustainability, co-author for the WGSI Generation SDG Communique, and recently presented as a Stakeholder at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on SDG 6 Clean Water. Kate Pearce is passionate about supporting, connecting and enabling communities to connect, create and thrive. As the Community Relations Manager at Waterloo Global Science Initiative, Kate is always looking for new opportunity to collaborate with local leaders, neighborhoods and organizations on new events, activities and initiatives. Hayley Rutherford is a (science) communicator. She currently works in content development, programming, and social media management for Waterloo Global Science Initiative, an organization that catalyzes conversations around big, global problems and develops strategic partnerships to help create solutions.
Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) has been catalyzing collective action since 2009. The conversations we host bring people with diverse viewpoints together, prompting multi-disciplinary, inclusive collaboration to address sustainable development challenges. By combining the results of these cross-cutting conversations with the science and technology of today, our network takes answers from paper to the real world, addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in sectors such as energy, education, and beyond. Unique in our neutrality, WGSI proudly takes a generational outlook to problem solving.