Northern Ontario Circular Economy Symposium

Discover how Northern Ontario can become its own supply chain.

January 19th, 2021

10:00 am – 12:30 pm

What is a Circular Economy ?

The circular economy movement is one of the biggest ideas in sustainable thinking at the moment.

In a circular economy, we would use our regional “waste” to create regional jobs. Forestry is already a global leader in this area. Other industries can and should follow their lead. Producing things locally by reusing material or taking old items apart and reshaping them into new products. Visualize an economy where we minimize waste and generate prosperity for future generations. Creating more self-sustaining communities, producing more jobs, becoming our own supply chain, and reaping the benefits regionally are the goals of a circular economy.

We can:

  • Produce more regional jobs
  • Become our own supply chain
  • Achieve economic growth
  • Have self-sustaining communities


  • Producing things locally
  • Extending the useful life of products and materials
  • Adopting innovative business models and strategies
  • Turning waste into resources

Learn about the possible benefits to Northern industries in their economic recovery, future growth, job creation, and sustainability efforts.

The waste of one industry becomes the inputs for another. Fueling economic growth for the regions of Northern Ontario. The circular economy takes the idea of supply chain integration to the next level.

By joining this invitation-only event, you’ll form valuable connections and gain access to more than 5 presentations— leaving you excited to explore the concept and application of a circular economy model to Northern Ontario


10:00 am

Welcome – Traditional Greeting

David Oswald, Founder & President, design-environment.com

Angela Recollet, Chief Executive Officer at Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre

10:05 am

Opening Remarks

Marc G. Serre, MP Nickel Belt

10:20 am

Business Technology and Innovation 

Aaron Henry, Senior Director for Natural Resources & Sustainable Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

10:36 am

Health innovation

Dr. Gary Bota, Chair of the Climate & Health taskforce at NOSM and Chair of CAPE-ON

10:52 am

Mining Innovation

Peter Xavier, Vice-President of Glencore Greater Sudbury Operations / Chair of Ontario Mining Association

11:08 am

Water protection/sustainability

John Gunn, Living with Lakes, Laurentian University Canada Research Chair

11:24 am

United Nations

Ana Belen Sanchez, Green Jobs Specialist from United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO)

11:40 am

Next Steps

Charles Cirtwill, President and CEO of Northern Policy Institute

12:00 pm

Question period

David Oswald, Founder & President, design-environment.com

Angela Recollet, Chief Executive Officer at Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre

12:30 pm

End of Day


Angela Recollet

E’Niigaanzid (CEO), Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre

Angela Recollet is an Ojibwe woman from the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve and a member of the Wahnapitae First Nation. Ms. Recollet is the E’Niigaanzid (CEO) of the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre since March of 2010. Angela has worked hard at ensuring the contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples are recognized in the health, education and community mobilization sectors. She also advocates for the people at many other levels (i.e. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Northern Ontario School of Medicine Board of Directors, Social Planning Council Board of Directors, and the board for the Association of Ontario Health Centres. Angela has recently been appointed as the Chair of the Indigenous Primary Health Care Council. 

David Oswald

Founder & President, design-environment.com

David is a Designer and Environmental Scientist and founded DE Design + Environment Inc. in 2005. He and his team work worldwide on environmental mandates involving data integration and environmental management with a special focus on the Caribbean and Latin America. He advises the United Nations and other international, national, and regional organizations on sustainable development, environmental management, and the circular economy.   


Aaron Henry

Senior Director for Natural Resources & Sustainable Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Aaron Henry is the Senior Director of Natural Resources and Sustainable Growth at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He has worked with Canada’s leading resource companies to develop public policy on key issues related resource development and climate policy. Aaron has led the Canadian Chamber’s work on advancing the circular economy and positioning the importance of our resource sector in Canada’s economic recovery. Aaron holds a doctorate in political economy and sociology and maintains a position as an adjunct research professor at Carleton University. – Aaron Henry, Sr. Director of Natural Resources and Sustainable Growth.

Dr. John Gunn

Living with Lakes, Laurentian University Canada Research Chair

Dr. John Gunn is the Canada Research Chair in Stressed Aquatic Systems at Laurentian University and founding Director of the award winning Vale Living With Lakes Centre ( LEED Platinum building), a research centre that specializes in restoration ecology and management of aquatic ecosystems impacted by industrial emissions, climate change and multiple stressors.

Ana Belen Sanchez

Green Jobs Specialist from International Labour Organization (ILO)

Ana Belén Sánchez is an agricultural engineer with a Master’s degree in renewable energy and energy market from the School of Industrial Organization. She also holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of London. She is the green jobs specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Labor Organization (ILO) based in Mexico. Previously, she was Coordinator of the sustainability department of Fundación Alternativas in Spain and Climate Change Specialist at the ILO HQ’s in Geneva. In recent years, she has worked on the green jobs, climate change, energy and sustainability agenda with different organizations for Greenpeace, Unicef, ISTAS and ECODES and others.

Dr. Gary W Bota

Chair of the Climate & Health taskforce at NOSM and Chair of CAPE-ON

Gary W. Bota , is a MD FRCPC (Emergency Medicine, Section Chair, Emergency Medicine NOSM, Emergency Medicine Lead MD at Ontario Health North, Chair, CAPE-ON (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment) and Chair, Climate and Health Task Group, NOSM.

Peter Xavier

Vice-President of Glencore and Chair of Ontario Mining Association

Peter Xavier is Vice President of Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations consisting of an exploration group, two underground mines, concentrator, smelter and Port facilities. Peter is also responsible for project investment developing the Onaping Depth Mine.Peter is currently Chair of the Board of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA). He is also on the Board of Governors at Laurentian University. Peter is also a Warden of Camp 22 which oversees the engineering oath and iron ring ceremony and on the Kivi Park Board.

Marc G. Serré

MP Nickel Belt

Marc G. Serré is the MP for Nickel Belt, chair of the Canadian section of ParlAmericas and former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development.

Marc’s motion M-106 passed in the House of Commons and helped develop Canada’s first National Seniors Strategy. Prior to politics Marc worked in the telecom industry for over 15 years and has extensive experience in the not-for profit and disability sector. Marc is a proud francophone and a métis descendant from his four grandparent familial lineages.

Charles Cirtwill

President and CEO of Northern Policy Institute

Charles Cirtwill is the founding President and CEO of Northern Policy Institute, an independent think tank based in Northern Ontario. His published works focus on government structure and organization, business-government relations, inter-governmental relations, performance measurement and accountability. He currently serves on the Board of the Rural Ontario Institute and he has had leadership roles in multiple community organizations including Civitas, IPAC, Scouts Canada, local school associations and local homeowners associations.

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