Livestream: How to Overcome the Challenges of the Circular Economy

Join NBS’s first Livestream to share thoughts, ask questions, and get practical insights on the circular economy.

NBS Founder Tima Bansal will host Barb Swartzentruber, lead organizer of Canada’s first Circular Food Economy, and Jury Gualandris, assistant professor, Operations Management and Sustainability at Ivey Business School.

What does the circular economy mean for business? What are the key barriers? How can we overcome them?

These are some of the questions Tima will be unpacking with Jury and Barb – and we want your input too!

Join us on LinkedIn Live this Thursday, June 3 at 11:30 AM ET/ 3:30 PM GMT, and share your questions live during the event, or here, in the comments below.

Add this event to your calendar now, by signing up for the LinkedIn Event.

About the Panelists

Barb Swartzentruber has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector, leading the development of strategy and policy initiatives at the local, provincial and national level in the areas of smart cities, citizen engagement, digital economy, rural broadband, open government and IT strategy.

Barb is currently the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Office at the City of Guelph. She is leading a multi-stakeholder initiative to create Canada’s first Circular Food Economy in Guelph and Wellington County.

Dr. Jury Gualandris is assistant professor, Operations Management & Sustainability, at the Ivey Business School. Jury’s research has considered how sustainability can develop and diffuse across firms through sustainable procurement.

Currently, Jury studies the institutional, operational and economic challenges associated with the development and functioning of circular supply chains. He focuses on the role of business leaders and NGOs in transformational change.

Tima Bansal is the Founder of the Network for Business Sustainability, a growing network of over 35,000 followers from management research and practice committed to advancing sustainable business. She is also a Professor of Strategy at the Ivey Business School, and leads the Ivey Innovation Learning Lab, which helps businesses create value for themselves and society simultaneously over the long term.

Tima chairs the Canadian Council of Academies Expert Panel on the Circular Economy and sits on the Boards of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Education and the Academy of Management.

About Canada’s first Circular Food Economy

Barb and Jury work together on the Our Food Future initiative, creating Canada’s first circular food economy by fostering an ecosystem of new circular businesses and collaborations. These initiatives aim to increase community access to nutritious food, prevent food lost and waste, and strengthen the local economy by valuing waste a resource. It’s an exciting and challenging journey. How can we drastically alter traditional supply chains to make use of resources we’ve always considered to be “waste”? One innovative approach emerging from Barb and Jury’s work is a digital marketplace where businesses can list their food waste and by-products and arrange transactions with other organizations.

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  • Abby Litchfield

    Abby Litchfield is a Senior Associate at the Network for Business Sustainability, overseeing partnerships, processes, social media, and all things graphic. Abby is deeply passionate about bringing people and organizations together to advance sustainability, and loves creating new content with NBS collaborators because it's an opportunity to do just that.

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