To make Canada a world leader in building a sustainable, prosperous, zero-waste, low-carbon-emitting Circular Economy that benefits the lives of people at home and abroad.


To provide thought leadership, technical expertise and a collaborative platform for the development of pioneering solutions that eliminate waste at all stages of the life cycle of products and accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy.


Foster a greater understanding of the barriers and benefits associated with eliminating waste and transitioning to a Circular Economy, producing best-in-class research and initiating broad engagement to create a society-wide dialogue across silos and between uncommon partners.

Spearhead a national strategy for the circular economy by developing and proposing a Circular Economy Roadmap, with an approach to change that is bold but achievable with goals and solutions for all levels of government, business and civil society.

Provide guidance to develop a systems approach to innovation and change at a national scale, leading to the adoption of strategies and policies that eliminate waste and accelerate the development of Canada’s Circular Economy.

Lead communications efforts to engage Canadians in every walk of life, shift mindsets and behaviours, and encourage broad participation in the transition to the Circular Economy.


  • Jennifer Barbazza, Manager of Sustainability, Walmart Canada
  • Sarah Brooks, Senior Associate, The Natural Step Canada
  • Stephanie Cairns, Director of Circular Economy, Smart Prosperity Institute
  • Joanne Gauci, Senior Policy Advisor, Metro Vancouver and the National Zero Waste Council
  • Usman Valiante, Senior Policy Analyst, Corporate Policy Group
  • Alice Irene Whittaker, Director of Communications, Circular Economy Leadership Coalition
  • Juli Rohl, Animator, Energy Futures Lab
  • Alan Young, Special Advisor, Circular Economy Leadership Coalition


CELC would like to acknowledge the generous support of the McConnell Foundation, The Ivey Foundation and Environment and Climate Change Canada.