Programme de la journée - LES ASSISES

Detailed Program

 

**Simultaneous English-French translation available

Facilitator: Marie Grégoire, Multifunctional Communicator

MAY 26 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m.
Introduction and opening remarks

Sonia Gagné, President and CEO, RECYC-QUÉBEC

8:10 a.m.
Opening plenary – New Developments Since The Last Conference

Since the last Assises québécoises de l’économie circulaire, held in 2018, the circular economy has grown, not only in Europe and France, but also in Canada and Quebec. This plenary session will provide the opportunity to learn about new developments around the world in terms of programs, policies, research and other promising and inspiring initiatives.

Jocelyn Blériot, Executive lead , Ellen MacArthur Foundation (United Kingdom)
Jean-Louis Bergey, National Expert on the Circular Economy and Raw Materials, ADEME (France)
Sonia Gagné, President and CEO, RECYC-QUÉBEC
Daniel Normandin, Director, Centre d’études et de recherches intersectorielles en économie circulaire (CERIEC)

9:00 a.m.
Break: Financial tools
9:10 a.m.
Food: The Agro-Food Industry

Considering the food loss and waste from the field to the plate, the circular economy holds much potential in the agro-food industry. Several initiatives in this respect are already under way. The Guelph-Wellington County Region in Ontario stands out by seeking to become Canada’s first circular food economy. La Tablée des Chefs is actively involved in the distribution of food surpluses to community organizations. Entosystem, a young Sherbrooke company, is involved in the farming of insects while creating synergies with other companies in order to reduce food waste and promote the outputs associated with its activities.

Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph
Jean-François Archambault, General Director and Founder, La Tablée des Chefs
Cédric Provost, Co-Founder and President CEO, Entosystem

Presentation - Barbara Swartzentruber

10:00 a.m.
Break: A Circular Approach to Heating
10:10 a.m.
Housing: Buildings and Infrastructure

Buildings and infrastructure is the area that uses the largest amount of resources worldwide, in addition to generating greenhouse gases and waste. Several circular strategies can therefore be deployed to reduce the sector’s environmental footprint. The social economy enterprise Entremise optimizes the use of vacant buildings and gives them a new lease on life through transitional occupancy. Deconstruction in view of reusing materials is also a solution to consider. And things are moving in that direction. Unbuilders, a Vancouver-based startup, for example, is busy taking residential and commercial buildings apart. In Montreal, the old Champlain Bridge will also be disassembled so that its components can be reused. This session presents innovative initiatives aimed at making this sector more circular.

Philémon Gravel, Executive Director and Co-founder, Entremise
Adam Corneil, CEO & Founder, Unbuilders (Vancouver)
Audrey Atwood, Sustainable Development and Stakeholders Specialist, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges

Presentation - Adam Corneil

11:00 a.m.
Break: Quebec's Circularity Index
11:05 a.m.
Clothing: The Textile Industry

The textile and clothing sector is highly globalized and linear. This industry creates major environmental impacts in terms of energy use, resource use, greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution. From the manufacturing of clothing to its use, this entire sector could therefore transition toward a circular economy. But the question is how? This is what you will hear about during this session, which will present an overview of the sector in Quebec, possible circular economy strategies, and inspiring examples of companies that optimize the use of clothing items throughout their lifecycle.

Marianne-Coquelicot Mercier, Circular Economy Advisor For The Textile Industry
Éric St-Arnaud, Executive Director, Rennaissance
Anne-Marie Laflamme, Co-founder, atelier b

11:55 a.m.
Conclusion

**Simultaneous English-French translation available

Facilitator: Marie Grégoire, Multifunctional Communicator

MAY 27 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
Introduction and opening remarks

Benoit Charette, Minister, Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques

8:10 a.m.
Regions and Cities: At The Heart of the Circular Economy

One of the principles of the circular economy is to favour short and local loops. Hence, urban and rural areas are ideally suited for the deployment of the circular economy. And examples abound in Quebec, since the circular economy takes root in many regions. The CTTÉI, an organization renowned in industrial ecology, drives the Synergie Québec community, which brings together industrial symbiosis projects across Quebec. SADC Kamouraska is an example with the use of symbiosis and other circular strategies in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The City of Montréal, for its part, is transitioning towards a circular economy and is actively involved in deploying several measures, including the creation of a roadmap.

Claude Maheux-Picard, Executive Director, Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle (CTTÉI)
Émilie Dupont, Circular Economy Developer and Facilitator, SADC Kamouraska
Josée Chiasson, Director of Economic Hub Development, Service du développement économique, City of Montréal

9:00 a.m.
Break: Tools For The Regions
9:10 a.m.
Repairing: A Means to End Obsolescence

Repairs extend the life of products and are an efficient solution to obsolescence, whether functional, technological, economic or psychological. Groupe SEB, a French manufacturer of small household appliances, is known for its commitment to repairing its products. The organization Protégez-vous, a key Quebec reference for consumers, has been further reinforcing the concept of reparability in evaluating products through testing and research. Consumers also play an important part in product repair, but they need access to services and information. Various initiatives, such as repairathons, blogs and repair workshops, are underway, and Ms. Annick Girard, an expert in the field, will tell us where things stand.

Joël Tronchon, Director of Sustainable Development, Groupe SEB (France)
Clémence Lamarche, Head of Testing, Protégez-Vous
Annick Girard, Co-founder, Mon Atelier de quartier and Founder, Touski s’répare

10:00 a.m.
Break: Repairing & Ecodesign
10:10 a.m.
Transportation: Mobility and The Circular Economy

Quebec has been focusing on the electrification of transportation. Telework, which has increased as a result of the pandemic, appears to be a longer-term trend. E-commerce is more present than ever in consumption habits. This has led to a transformation in modes of transport. How can the mobility of people and goods be made more circular? This is the major question our experts will be asked to address.

Catherine Morency, Ph.D., Professor, Polytechnique Montréal
Yves Sagnières, Program Director, Sustainable Logistics, COOP Carbone
Sarah Houde, President and CEO, Propulsion Québec

11:00 a.m.
Funding The Development of the Circular Economy

To wrap up the 2nd Assises québécoises de l’économie circulaire, we will look at sustainable funding to support the circular economy. The past few months have seen a number of innovative funding models intended to help Quebec organizations and small and medium enterprises deliver on their commitment to implement circular economy projects and strategies. Support from economic players complements the government’s efforts to promote the development of the circular economy. Players of the finance industry discuss an increasingly popular business model.

Stéphane Pigeon, Director, Green Economy and Logistics Department, Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation
Stéphan Morency, Vice-pesident and Chief investment officer, Fondaction
Sonia Gagné, President and CEO, RECYC-QUÉBEC

Closing remarks

Sonia Gagné, President and CEO, RECYC-QUÉBEC