• Nov 18, 2020

Leveraging COVID to Transition to Circular Plastics

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Time: 10 am 11 am PT
Location: Online
Cost: Free

Session Description: 

Prior to the pandemic, jurisdictions around the world were making huge inroads towards developing circular plastics economies. Now, we’re using 250-300% more single-use plastics than we were before COVID-19, with potentially devastating consequences for our oceans, wildlife, and health.

Tough times call for brave, bold action from leaders across the plastics value chain and a systemic approach that includes upstream and downstream sources, recycling, reducing and substituting, and collection and disposal.

Join us as we explore not IF but HOW Canada can leverage the transition to a sustainable circular plastics economy as a strategy for post-COVID economic recovery. This session will identify the key strengths and weaknesses in our plastics system, as well as emerging opportunities. Be part of the group of leaders who shape our circular plastics economy.


  • Martin Stuchtey, Founder and Managing Partner, SYSTEMIQ
  • Erin Simon, Head, Plastic Waste and Business, World Wildlife Fund
  • Kevin Groh, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication, Loblaw Companies Limited
  • David James, Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity at Department of Energy, Government of Alberta
  • Jamie Bonham, Director, Corporate Engagement, NEI Investments


  • Christina Seidel, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta

This event is part of the Circular Economy Solution Series, presented by the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition, and powered by GLOBE Series. To learn more, visit the website.

This is an official side event of the World Circular Economy Forum Online (WCEFonline), hosted by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and its partners.