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CBR360 Circular Economy Symposium 2022 Program

8:00am Registration

Register in the foyer of Kambri Cultural Centre to receive your Symposium pass.
Enjoy a tea or coffee and peruse the exhibitors’ stalls.
8:30am Take a seat in the Cinema ready for the opening address.

8:40am Opening

Convening address by Symposium host Helen Oakey, Executive Director, Conservation Council ACT Region
Welcome to Ngunnawal country by Ngunnawal Elder Violet Sheridan
Opening address by ACT Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel MLA

9:00am Session 1: Beyond recycling

Exploring the principles of a circular economy and why it is needed.

Moderator: Tim Hollo, Executive Director, The Green Institute

Presentations by panel speakers

Katherine Trebeck, Strategic Advisor, Centre for Policy Development
Belinda Kendall, CEO, Curijo
Lucas Carmody, Director Integrated Infrastructure, PwC Australia
Joel Edwards, Sustainability and Resource Recovery Coordinator, Governance and Sustainability, Icon Water


10:30am Morning tea

Enjoy a pastry with tea or coffee, introduce yourself to someone new and peruse the exhibitors’ stalls in the foyer.
10:55am Take a seat in the Cinema ready for Session 2.

11:00am Session 2: Closing the loop

Showcasing innovation in supply chains and the benefits of extended producer responsibility.

Moderator: Dr Siwan Lovett, Managing Director, Australian River Restoration Centre

Presentations by panel speakers

Sophia Hamblin Wang, Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Carbonation International
Jessica Stewart, Sustainability Manager, Ginninderry
Chris Dennis, Managing Director, Two Before Ten Group
Dr Simran Talwar, Senior Research Consultant, University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures


12:30pm Lunch

Enjoy vegetarian sandwiches and salads with a glass of kombucha or juice, chat with attendees and peruse the exhibitors’ stalls in the foyer.
1:10pm Take a seat in the Cinema ready for Session 3.

1:15pm Session 3: Shifting behaviour

Driving a cultural shift from conspicuous to conscientious consumption through partnership with community-led initiatives.

Moderator: Julie Boulton, Sustainability Adviser, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Presentations by panel speakers

Kathy Ehmann, Founder, Community Toolbox Canberra
Michael Elias, Founder and CEO, Upparel
Sandie Parkes, Co-owner, The Green Shed
Katherine Harrington, Senior Director Policy, Regulation and Partnerships, ACT NoWaste, Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate


2:45pm Afternoon tea

Enjoy fresh fruit with tea or coffee, introduce yourself to someone new and peruse the exhibitors’ stalls in the foyer.
3:10pm Take a seat in the Cinema ready for Session 4.

3:15pm Session 4: Fostering circularity

Examining necessary policy settings, research and incentives to support circular practices.

Moderator: Dr Amardeep Wander, Project Director, Asia Pacific Waste Consultants

Presentations by panel speakers

Emma Holliday, Executive Officer, Lids4Kids Australia
Dr Heinz Schandl, Senior Science Leader, Land & Water Division, CSIRO
Michael Brewer, Chief of Staff, Goterra
Michael Trushell, Executive Business Manager, ACT NoWaste, Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate


4:45pm Close

Closing address by Symposium co-host Dr Sophie Lewis, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Acknowledgements by Symposium host Helen Oakey, Executive Director, Conservation Council ACT Region

5:00–7:00pm Networking drinks

Mingle with new friends while enjoying light refreshments.

Talk by Dan Watters, Partnerships, Community Engagement, Sustainability & Events Manager, Capital Brewing Co.

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The line-up of speakers on the day may vary slightly due to circumstances beyond our control.

Opening Speakers

Helen Oakey

Helen Oakey

Executive Director, Conservation Council ACT Region

Helen has nearly 20 years experience campaigning on environment issues both at a national and local level. She led Greenpeace’s advocacy and policy team in Australia, and worked on international issues including protecting forests and marine environments. She was a senior policy advisor in the ACT Legislative Assembly, where she gained a broad understanding of key environment and sustainability issues facing our local region.
Helen wants to see strong action on climate change and a more sustainable Canberra. She is passionate about engaging with the community, who are powerful advocates for the changes we need in government and business to build a genuinely sustainable and equitable society.
Conservation Council ACT Region
Violet Sheridan

Violet Sheridan

Ngunnawal Elder

Aunty Violet Sheridan is a pillar of the community in Canberra and the region. She is a passionate Ngunnawal Elder who shares her cultural knowledge and expertise with the entire community. She generously donates her time at events, schools, and for a broad range of organisations – in a bid to bring all Australians together.
Violet will welcome Symposium attendees to Ngunnawal country.
Text & image from ABC Canberra. Listen to an interview with Lish Fejer.
Chris Steel

Chris Steel

Minister for Transport and City Services, ACT Government

Chris Steel has been a Member for Murrumbidgee in the ACT Legislative Assembly since 2016. Since August 2018 Chris has served as a Cabinet Minister in the ACT Government and is currently Minister for Transport and City Services, Minister for Skills and Special Minister of State.
Prior to entering politics, Chris was a education advocate at peak body Early Childhood Australia, Director of YMCA Canberra, and worked in both the Australian Government and ACT Government focusing on a range of social policy areas. Chris has completed undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts (majoring in Political Science) at the Australian National University (ANU). He currently serves as Patron of Woden Valley Soccer Club, and the India-Australia Association of Canberra.
ACT Government City Services

Session 1 Speakers

Tim Hollo

Tim Hollo

Executive Director, The Green Institute

Tim is a highly respected environmentalist and musician, having worked for organisations including the Greens, Greenpeace, and others, as well as performing in venues from Woodford Folk Festival to New York’s Carnegie Hall. Tim is the founder and Executive Director of Green Music Australia, served as Communications Director for Christine Milne, has sat on the board of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and has been published in the Guardian, ABC, Griffith Review, Crikey and elsewhere. Tim founded Canberra’s Buy Nothing Groups, and authored “Living Democracy: an ecological manifesto for the end of the world as we know it”.
The Green Institute

Katherine Trebeck

Katherine Trebeck

Strategic Advisor, Centre for Policy Development

Katherine is a political economist, writer and advocate for economic system change. She co-founded the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and also WEAll Scotland, its Scottish hub. She sits on a range of boards and advisory groups such as The Democracy Collaborative, the C40 Centre for Urban Climate Policy and Economy, and the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity.
She is a New Economics Senior Fellow at the ZOE Institute, a Fellow of The Leaders Institute and a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. She has over eight years’ experience in various roles with Oxfam GB, where she developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index and led Oxfam’s work on downscaling the ‘doughnut’ for various national contexts.
Katherine instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments (WEGo) – comprising Scotland, New Zealand, Finland, Wales, Iceland, and Canada. She was Rapporteur for Club de Madrid’s Working Group on Shared Societies and Sustainability, was a member of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Renewal Advisory Group, and Zero Waste Scotland’s Demystifying Decoupling Advisory Group.
Centre for Policy Development
Belinda Kendall

Belinda Kendall

CEO, Curijo

Belinda Kendall is an Aboriginal woman from NSW who proudly identifies with the Worimi, Wailwan, Barkindji and Wiradjuri peoples and is currently living on Ngunnawal country. Belinda is the CEO of Curijo and has over 20 years of professional experience working nationally with various organisations to support cultural safety, leadership, humanistic approaches and governance. Belinda is on various Boards of organisations that support healing and Aboriginal business growth and entrepreneurship, these include the Canberra Indigenous Business Network and Karralika Programs. Belinda’s experience working from grass roots through to senior executive level provides a unique approach to positive outcomes for organisations. Belinda is a leader in supporting learning about genuine allyship for all she works with.
Curijo Pty Ltd

Lucas Carmody

Lucas Carmody

Director Integrated Infrastructure, PwC Australia

With a PhD in City, Community and Regional Planning from the University of Canberra, Lucas Carmody is passionate about driving place-based approaches to shaping clean, green, healthy, safe and more resilient cities and regions. He has extensive experience providing evidence-based advice on the social, environmental and economic implications of infrastructure and sustainable development investments on projects across Australia and Europe.
Currently Director of Integrated Infrastructure at PwC Australia, Lucas co-authored PwC’s report ‘Building a more circular Australia‘ which found that Australia could generate $1,860 billion in direct economic benefits over 20 years and save 165 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2040 from adopting circular practices.
PwC Australia
Joel Edwards

Joel Edwards

Sustainability and Resource Recovery Coordinator, Governance and Sustainability, Icon Water

Joel has over seven years of experience in life cycle assessment and resource recovery across industry and academia. Holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering and an Honours in Engineering and Arts (International Studies). His current role is at Icon Water working in a team striving to redefine a water utility as carbon negative bio-refineries that can be a cornerstone of sustainable organic, nutrient and water circularity.
Icon Water

Session 2 Speakers

Dr Siwan Lovett

Dr Siwan Lovett

Managing Director, Australian River Restoration Centre

Siwan is a familiar face in the Australian river restoration community, with her work in communications, leadership and on-ground riparian rehabilitation well-known and respected. She enjoys empowering landholders and local communities so that rivers and waterways can be managed confidently, in partnership with nature, such as through the Rivers of Carbon program and The Forgotten River campaign to restore the Upper Murrumbidgee River.
Siwan has a PhD from the Australian National University in public policy, majoring in sociology and administration. After undertaking a Winston Churchill Trust Fellowship in 2008, Siwan established the Australian River Restoration Centre, and has managed over 50 research projects. In 2015 she ran the inaugural Waterway Twinning Management Mentoring Program for the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, an ongoing initiative that brings together mentors and mentees to work on river and community engagement projects.
Australian River Restoration Centre

Sophia Hamblin Wang

Sophia Hamblin Wang

Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Carbonation International

Sophia is circular economy expert, university lecturer, diversity advocate and COO of MCi, an Australian technology transforming CO2 into building materials and industrial products. Sophia’s showcase of MCi’s technology won first place in the Net Zero Technology Centre COP26 Pitch Battle in Glasgow.
In 2022, Ms Hamblin Wang was appointed to the forum of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. She is co-founding Director of CO2 Value Australia, a member of the ACT Climate Change Council and a board member of the Climate Ready Initiative. Sophia is also a Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School and was awarded Resource Innovator of the Year at the New Materials Summit in Berlin in 2018.
Mineral Carbonation International

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart

Sustainability Manager, Ginninderry

Jessica Stewart is the Sustainability Manager at Ginninderry – a 30-year project that will ultimately be home to 30,000 residents. Ginninderry is Canberra’s only 6-Star Green Star Community and, extending across the ACT-NSW border, Australia’s only cross-border master-planned community.
Jessica holds qualifications in Engineering and Science from the ANU, majoring in Materials and Mechanics, Renewable Energy Systems, Sustainability Science and Science Communication. She worked for five years with the ACT Government’s Land Development Agency in the Sustainability and Innovation section and as an Energy Auditor throughout the ACT and regional New South Wales.
Jessica is passionate about building strong, resilient communities and exploring why people love (and hate) the places where they live, work and play. Through education and energy efficiency, Jess aims to raise the bar for new developments, helping residents maximise their assets, reduce their running costs and design smarter homes. 
Jessica has been awarded the National Association of Women in Construction ACT Emerging Leader Award, the Property Council of Australia’s 2017 ACT Future Leader of the Year, and a Green Star Champion by the Green Building Council of Australia in 2020.
Chris Dennis

Chris Dennis

Managing Director, Two Before Ten Group

Chris is the founder and Managing Director of the Two Before Ten Group of companies, which operates a variety of business in the hospitality industry. After opening a small café with a friend in 2008, Chris spent the first five years fervently driving himself towards bankruptcy in a mission to learn as much as he could about how NOT to run a business. It was a highly valuable formative experience, to say the least!
Nowadays, things are tracking better, with the group employing 100 people across a dozen businesses including cafes, coffee roastery, bar, wellness studio, management consultancy and an urban farm in the Canberra suburbs.
The Two Before Ten Group takes a regenerative approach to business. With sustainability as a basis, we seek to increase the value of every environment we work in. Rather than simply doing no harm, we seek to create more good everywhere we go – from our physical environment, to our suppliers, our customers and our staff.
Two Before Ten
Dr Simran Talwar

Dr Simran Talwar

Senior Research Consultant

Simran is circular economy lead in the Resource Stewardship group at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. She leads and manages diverse circular economy and product stewardship projects at ISF, with over 11 years of research and industry experience. Simran is project manager for the assessment of benefits and effectiveness of product stewardship in Australia, funded by the Commonwealth Government as well as a principal advisor to the Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence. Her research areas are cross-disciplinary, spanning circular economy, industrial ecosystems and networks, competitive dynamics, and technological, structural, and institutional transformation for sustainability, working with industry, local, state, federal governments with a special interest in plastics, packaging and chemical industries.
University of Techology Sydney Institute for Sustainable Futures

Session 3 Speakers

Julie Boulton

Julie Boulton

Sustainability Adviser, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Julie is a sustainability strategist, specialising in the application and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She provides strategic advice and analysis across all 17 SDGs, with a particular focus on SDG 12, responsible consumption and production, and its applicability to the textile and fashion industry in Australia.
She is the co-host of a locally produced podcast, Local Environment Heroes, and sits on the board of the Canberra Environment Centre where she helps design and run workshops on sustainability for primary school children.
Julie is a former public servant, with over 10 years of experience in the federal government (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). She also has private sector experience (trained and worked as a lawyer) and non-government experience (World Vision). Julie holds a Masters in International Development from RMIT and a Bachelor of Law/Arts degree from Deakin University.
Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Kathy Ehmann

Kathy Ehmann

Founder, Community Toolbox Canberra

Kathy Ehmann moved to Canberra and needed a spanner. She went to the hardware store to buy one but thought, “If only Canberra had a tool library like the one in Brisbane.” She began the search for premises and to build a team to make this idea a reality. In 2021, SEE-Change agreed to support a pilot program, and a crowdfunding campaign with Start Some Good raised over $16,000 to launch. Community Toolbox Canberra opened its doors to members in the Spring of 2021 on the grounds of Youth with a Mission in Watson, ACT.
Community Toolbox Canberra

Michael Elias

Michael Elias

Founder and CEO, Upparel

Michael is the Co Founder and CEO of Upparel, Australia and New Zealand’s leading textile recovery, repurposing and recycling organisation. Driving innovative change for the benefit of the next generation, Upparel is a Certified B Corp, Sustainability Champions of Australia and the partner of choice for retailers, global fashion brands and organisations looking to eradicate textile waste. Michael is recognised as a Top 50 Leader in ecommerce and the voice for textile waste solutions and circularity in Australasia.

Sandie Parkes

Sandie Parkes

Co-owner, The Green Shed

Sandie Parkes is a co-founder of The Green Shed which manages the Reuse contracts at both Resource Management Centres in the ACT. She has worked in and around the sector for over 30 years and aims to promote reuse as the first option in both domestic and commercial waste management.
For many years The Green Shed has adopted a circular economy perspective when striving to lessen the amounts of waste sent to landfill and they have engaged the local community in this journey. Reuse is so often identified with the charity sector, yet The Green Shed operates as a viable business attracting around 20,000 visitors each week and employing over 70 local people. Sandie is keen to share her experiences and demonstrate how our model here in the ACT is a proven concept that could easily be replicated in other municipalities.
The Green Shed

Katherine Harrington

Katherine Harrington

Senior Director Policy, Regulation and Partnerships, ACT NoWaste, Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate

Katherine is a senior government professional and seasoned communicator with more than twenty years’ experience from local through to international levels. With a keen focus on policy, engagement and legislative reform, Katherine leads the development of ACT Government policy positions on waste and recycling matters, including a circular economy and single-use plastics.
Prior to joining ACT NoWaste, Katherine held media and communications roles with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Taxation Office, the United Nations Development Programme and the Victorian departments of Infrastructure and Housing.
ACT City Services

Session 4 Speakers

Amardeep Wander

Amardeep Wander

Project Director, Asia Pacific Waste Consultants

Amardeep is an international waste management and marine litter expert with more than twelve years of experience working with academia, local government and international aid organizations across Australia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and Asia. Amardeep leads the APWC practice, managing a team of experienced waste management professionals, as well as in-country project teams, to co-create waste management solutions. Most recently, Amardeep developed a comprehensive data collection methodology that supports a common approach for waste auditing, endorsed and adopted by World Bank (Regional Recycling Network), SPREP (PacWastePlus), JICA (J-PRISM-II), PRIF (Regional Recycling Network), EU- EDF11, Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance and UNE (GEF).
Asia Pacific Waste Consultants

Emma Holliday

Emma Holliday

Executive Officer, Lids4Kids Australia

Emma is an experienced educator and school administrator, working to give back to the community. In February 2022, she became Executive Officer at Lids4Kids, teaming up with CEO Timothy Miller, revhead owner of 1950s Holdens with a passion for the environment. Tim founded Lids4Kids as a grass-roots 100% volunteer project in May 2019 after learning that any piece of plastic smaller than a credit card had to go to landfill rather than recycling.
Within months, Lids4Kids had collected millions of plastic lids which they donate to Envision who turn them into mobility aids for children with disabilities, as well as other recycled plastic products.
Lids4Kids now has collection groups in every state, with the vision of a world where all plastic bottle lids are recycled into sustainable products that benefit local communities. Regional Coordinators advocate, educate, inspire and empower schools, industry, government and the community to rescue and recycle.
Lids4Kids Australia

Dr Heinz Schandl

Dr Heinz Schandl

Senior Science Leader, Land & Water Division, CSIRO

Dr Heinz Schandl is a senior science leader at the CSIRO Land & Water Division. His research informs evidence based policies for sustainable consumption and production, resource efficiency, waste minimization and the circular economy. He is the president of the International Society of Industrial Ecology, a member of the UNEP International Resource Panel and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School for Environmental Studies at Nagoya University, Japan. He is the waste mission lead for the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub and a member of the Recycling and Clean Energy taskforce for the Modern Manufacturing Initiative.
CSIRO Circular Economy

Michael Brewer

Michael Brewer

Chief of Staff, Goterra

As Chief of Staff at Goterra, Michael supports the Chief Executive Officer overseeing operations within the company. A component of his work sits across policy development and progressing Goterra’s research timeline with grants. Michael is also responsible for overseeing compliance with legislation and regulation regarding waste licensing for Goterra sites.
This work is supported by his background in policy, which led him to work as a Ministerial Staffer, advising on local issues and representing constituents’ concerns. He is also involved in community-based activism and leadership in a number of volunteer roles in Canberra.
Michael has been interested in environmental causes since he was a student. He is motivated to prepare communities for a climate-impacted society by securing our food supply, as Goterra is already doing.
Michael Trushell

Michael Trushell

Executive Business Manager, ACT NoWaste at Transport Canberra and City Services

Michael has been with ACT NoWaste since 2014 and is the leading the ACT Government team that is drafting new a new Circular Economy Strategy for the Territory. In 2020 he spent 12 months as a Senior Adviser in the Australian Government National Waste Policy Action Plan Program Office and the Waste Management Branch of the Department of the Environment and Endergy. Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canberra and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.
ACT Government City Services

Close and Drinks Speakers

Dr Sophie Lewis

Dr Sophie Lewis

ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Prior to being appointed Commissioner in 2020, Sophie was a climate scientist at the University of NSW Canberra and a lead author on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, which are used worldwide to develop policies around climate change.
Dr Lewis was named 2019 ACT Scientist of the Year in recognition of her research, particularly on weather extremes and how climate change contributes to events such as bushfires and droughts. In 2015 she was presented with the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) Early Career Researcher Award for her work in climate science.
Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Dan Watters

Dan Watters

Partnerships, Community Engagement, Sustainability & Events Manager, Capital Brewing Co.

Founded in 2016 by Canberra mates Tom Hertel and Laurence Kain, Capital Brewing Co. is a circular business success story. After much research, a whole lot of yeast, hops and hard work, Capital Brewing Co is one of the largest independent craft breweries in Australia with a team of 70 plus and a whole lot of exciting things in the pipeline.
Capital Brewing is Australia’s first Climate Active certified 100% carbon neutral brewery. The team put a “good natured” lens across everything they do, using fresh, natural ingredients sourced as locally as possible. They treat their employees and the planet with care and respect, giving back to the community and not taking the last slice of pizza at Friday drinks.
Capital Brewing Co.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and their deep and continuing connection to Country. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.