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November 29, 2011 – Life Cycle Approaches (LCAs) – Private Sector Stakeholder Session

Meeting Overview

The NRT conducted a stakeholder convening session with the private sector in its research and consideration of how Life Cycle Approaches LCAs can be used in the Canadian economy. The NRT focused on what could be done to better  leverage the opportunities presented by LCAs to support economic competitiveness that fosters environmental stewardship within the Canadian private sector.

Meeting Objectives

The primary purpose of this workshop is to gather input and feedback on the NRT’s preliminary findings related to LCA-related drivers, risks, opportunities and barriers associated with the private sector in Canada. The session will explore the potential roles and responsibilities of the federal government (GoC) in supporting the uptake of LCAs within the private sector.


NRT Life Cycle Approaches (LCAs) Project: LCAs in the Private Sector



Stefanie Bowles
Senior Policy Research
Policy Horizons Canada

Edouard Clement
Chief Operating Officer
Quantis Canada Inc.

Hilary Davies
Policy Advisor

René Drolet
Director, Policy and Research

Fred Edgecombe
Technical Consultant
Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Denise Edwards
Administrative Assistant

Tyler Elm
Vice President, Business Sustainability
Canadian Tire

Gerry Ertel
Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Shell Canada Ltd.

Christopher Evans
Senior Associate

Caroline Gaudreault
Senior Research Scientist, Canadian Operations
National Council for Air & Stream Improvement

Michel Giroux
Canadian Wood Council

Fiona Jones
Director, Energy and Climate Change Policy
Suncor Energy Services Inc.

Paul Kolisnyk
General Manager, Product Technology Centre
Teck Metals Ltd.

Heather MacLean
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto

Aileen MacMillan
The Conference Publishers

Anne McConnell
Environmental & Regulatory Services
Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association

Deborah Moynes-Keshen
Executive Vice President
AIA Canada

Brian O’Connor
Program Manager, Environment

Robert Page
TransAlta Professor of Environment Management and Sustainability
University of Calgary

Sandeep Pandher
Policy Advisor

Robert Redhead
Executive Director, Government Affairs
Newalta Corporation

Mark Reed
Director of Sales, National Accounts, Shell Lubricants
Shell Canada Limited

Lyle Safronetz
Manager, Product Stewardship
Vale Base Metals

Blake Smith
Director, Environment Energy and Vehicle Safety
Ford Motor Company of Canada

James Sobota
Project Manager, Development
Pollution Probe

Trevor Stevenson
Sustainability Advisor
Shell Global Solutions

Wayne Trusty
Wayne B. Trusty & Associates Limited

Georgina Wainwright Kemdirim
Manager, Policy Development Sustainability and CSR
Industry Canada

Erik Veldman
Climate Change Project Manager
CSA Standards

Kirsten Vice
Vice President, Canadian Operations
National Council for Air and Stream Improvement

Meeting Agenda

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks
Introductions and Program for the DayNRT LCAs Project Overview
René Drolet, NRT
9:15 – 10:15 Opening Keynote Speaker
Theme: Life Cycle Approaches to Managing Environmental PolicyQ & A Session
Trevor Stevenson, Shell Global
10:30 – Noon NRT Preliminary Research Findings
Presentation and Break-out SessionsTheme: Risks and Opportunities Related to the Use of LCAs in Private Sector
Christopher Evans, ICF-Marbek
12:30 – 1:15 Luncheon Keynote SpeakerTheme: Overcoming Barriers and Defining Role of the Federal Government in Supporting Private Sector Uptake of LCAs Tyler Elm, Canadian Tire
1:15 – 2:30 NRT Preliminary Research Findings
Presentation and Break-out SessionsTheme: Barriers Related to the Use of LCAs in the Private Sector
Christopher Evans ,ICF-Marbek
2:45 – 3:45 Plenary SessionTheme: Roles and Responsibilities of  the Federal Government in Advancing Uptake of LCAs within the Private Sector René Drolet, NRT
3:45 – 4:00 Closing RemarksWrap-up and NRT Next Steps René Drolet, NRT

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