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  • Sep 21, 2023

Looped In: September 2023

Updates from Paul Shorthouse, CELC’s Managing Director

With the Canadian Circular Economy Summit (CCES), we set out to bring together Canadian leaders to advance action and collaboration.  With over 400 delegates who joined us from more than 250 organizations in Toronto this past June, including representation from industry, academia, NGOs, and all levels of government, you could say that we did just that.

The fact that more than 50% of delegates were from the private sector was evidence that momentum is building as the business case for the circular economy grows beyond environmental circles.

Day 1 focused on sharing inspiring success stories of companies and initiatives working to shift current linear models, as well as identifying some of the key enablers such as policy, investment, infrastructure, and collaboration. Day 2 focused on growing momentum and scaling action, emphasizing what steps we can take to move the needle and advance the circular economy agenda. Read the full CCES 2023 Summary Report here, which provides an overview of the event, including detailed session summaries and recordings.

Discussions throughout the two-day event touched upon the importance of aligning with global activities and the potential for Canada to become a global leader. The event also laid groundwork for advancing a national Action Plan for Canada and emphasized the need for proactive government engagement and policy support, reinforced during the government-to-government (G2G) roundtable focused on advancing collaboration for the circular economy in Canada (read the G2G Summary Report here).  The full Action Plan report will be released in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Even though the event is behind us, we are now looking out to CCES 2025 in Montreal and will be working to advance the key actions that will accelerate circularity in Canada. We hope you will join us in our mission!


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