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WCEF2021 Accelerator Session

Circularity in Cities and Regions: Addressing global challenges through innovative place-based solutions

Sept 15, 2021 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ET / 8:30 am – 10:30 am PT / 17:30 - 19:30 CEST

This interactive session explores the role of cities and regions in enabling the circular economy transition. It features leading examples from around the world, with discussion and audience engagement geared to exploring the interventions with the greatest impact. Join us to hear from global cities on their circular journey, learn about the innovative approach underway in the Netherlands where 12 provinces have mapped their circular strengths and opportunities, and gain an understanding of how to scale up placed-based approaches.

This event is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2021.

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​8:30 am PT 
​Introduction & Welcome
  • Vanessa Timmer (One Earth) and Sarah O’Carroll (EMF)
​8:35 am PT
​Opening Speaker Reflections: Why Cities and Regions?
​8:45 am PT
​Circular Cities
  • Gavin Slater, Head of Sustainability, Glasgow City Council
  • Annette Synowiec, Director of Policy, Planning & Outreach, City of Toronto
  • Jason Wood, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland
​9:30 am PT
Scaling Up Impact
  • Joanne Gauci, Senior Advisor, National Zero Waste Council and Metro Vancouver
  • Oriana Romano, Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy, OECD
​9:50 am PT
Netherlands Case Study: The role of regions in linking local CE opportunities, national policy & international goals 
  • Cora Smelik, Regional Minister, Flevoland
  • Tjisse Stelpstra, Regional Minister, Drenthe
  • John Vernooij, Director, Omrin
  • Arnoud Passenier, Strategic International Advisor on Circular Economy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
​10:25 am PT

Closing Reflections 

Hosted by the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative, in collaboration with:



The CCRI is a collaboration of the National Zero Waste Council,
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Recycling Council of Alberta, and RECYC-QUÉBEC.