OUR ASSOCIATES

PAUL SHORTHOUSE

PAUL SHORTHOUSE

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY LEADERSHIP CANADA

Paul is one of Canada’s leading experts in the emerging circular economy, providing solutions and engaging leaders who are working at the intersection of business innovation, public policy, economic development, and sustainability. For over a decade, this work has placed him at the forefront of the important transition that is underway towards a greener, more prosperous, low-carbon economy.

In February 2021, Paul took on the role of Managing Director of the Circular Economy Leadership Canada (CELC), a network of leaders from all industries and sectors who are fostering collaboration, innovation, and knowledge exchange to accelerate the transition to a circular economy in Canada. In this role he will be the driving force behind the CELC’s Circular Economy Solution Series and the network’s efforts to amplify leading-edge work already underway in this space, while fostering innovation and synergies among business leaders, policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders to drive meaningful systems change.

This work is being done in collaboration with several partners including the GLOBE Series and The Delphi Group where Paul is a senior director and leads their Green and Circular Economy practice nation-wide. Paul is also Board Chair for the Synergy Foundation and Project Zero (a circular economy accelerator program on Vancouver Island).

Prior to this, Paul served as Managing Director of Vancouver-based GLOBE Advisors and was the Conference Director for the GLOBE Series (from 2009-2016), considered one of the largest sustainability events of its type in the world. He was also a founding Executive Member of the BC Home Performance Stakeholder Council, as well as a member of the Program Advisory Committees for BCIT’s School of Business and UBC’s Masters in Energy Leadership (MEL) Program.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria, a Certificate in Environmental Stewardship from Camosun College, and a Diploma of Technology in Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship from BCIT’s School of Business. 

Paul can be contacted at pshorthouse@circulareconomyleaders.ca

DAVID HUGHES

DAVID HUGHES

PRESIDENT & CEO THE NATURAL STEP CANADA, EXECUTIVE CO-CHAIR OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY LEADERSHIP CANADA

Since its inception, the global sustainability movement has been about advancing a society that thrives within nature's limits. Meanwhile, business leaders and economists have pursued the efficient use of resources to maximize profits and shareholder value.

A circular economy is a unifying concept that is about achieving these two ideals while tangibly improving the quality of life for families and their communities, both at home and abroad. This will be a defining issue and opportunity of our times, but achieving its full potential will require “all hands on deck” and an unprecedented level of collaboration between businesses, NGOs, academics and all levels of government.

OUR EXPERTS

  • 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 Canada
  • Juli Rohl, Animator, Energy Futures Lab
  • Alan Young, Principal, Material Efficiency Research Group (MERG)