Events Details

Education and Outreach

As part of the SPC's education and outreach, it holds several in-person and online meetings and educational events a year. The SPC believes it will require collaboration throughout the supply chain to affect the change needed to realize sustainable packaging. As a result, the SPC continually looks for opportunities to advance its mission through participation in and hosting of conferences and meetings.


SPC Spring Meeting 2012


Thank you to all who joined us for this year's SPC spring meeting! The SPC Spring Meeting 2012 brought together over 250 packaging professionals for a variety of cutting-edge conversations about packaging sustainability. We would like to extend our thanks as well to our gracious meeting hosts: BASF Corporation, Be Green Packaging LLC, MWV, Shanghai Luxin Packing Materials Science & Technology, and TricorBraun.

Spring Meeting 2012 Final Attendee List


All SPC Members can download presentations from the meeting. If you attended the meeting and are not a member, please contact us and we can give you access to any presentations.

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, April 23 12:45 pm - 5:15 pm Tours at the Steam Whistle Brewery and Peel Integrated Waste Management Facility

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm An Introduction to the SPC - Is this your first SPC meeting or are you interested in becoming a member? Join us for a special reception to learn more about the SPC and meet SPC staff and Executive Committee members.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception
Tuesday, April 24 8:00 am - 5:45 pm Meeting Plenary and Breakout Sessions

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Dinner and Dialogue: Sign up onsite for small group dinners at local restaurants to discuss key topics of interest for the packaging industry.
Wednesday, April 25 8:00 am - 12:15 pm Meeting Plenary and Breakout Sessions

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm SPC Members-Only Lunch

SPC Spring Meeting 2012 Full Agenda and Session Descriptions


Peel Integrated Waste Management

The Peel Integrated Waste Management Facility is the largest of its kind in Canada and houses asingle stream Material Recovery Facility (MRF), a waste transfer station, and an organics composting plant. The MRF has the capacity to process 130,000 tons of Blue Box material per year. The tour will start with a short presentation and a Q&A session followed by a guided tour.

Steam Whistle Brewery

Come see how Canada’s Premium Pilsner is made! Steam Whistle Brewery is a microbrewery based in the heart of downtown Toronto and was named one of Toronto’s “green buildings”. Come see what makes their facility sustainable, including a tour of the bottling line where their signature green bottles are refilled three times as often as industry brown bottles.

Program Highlights

  • Keynote from Bob Willard, Author and Speaker, Sustainability Advantage
  • Presentation on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement
  • ISPM 15: Changing Regulations for Wood Packaging Material for US/Canada Transborder Shipments
  • Valuing Forest Ecosystems and Delivering Responsible Products
  • Millennials, Packaging & A New Wave of Social Consumption
  • Marketing's Role in Sustainable Packaging Design
  • Global Food Waste and Brand Packaging Challenges in Emerging Economics
  • A War on Waste
  • SPC and Its Community: Celebrating Eight Years of Collaborative Success
  • Recent Developments in Plastic and Laminates Recycling: Collection and Processing
  • PAC NEXT - Envisioning a World Without Packaging Waste
  • Ontario and the "Blue Box" Recycling System
  • By-Product Synergy: Collaborative Pathway to Packaging Solutions
  • In Conversation with Corporate Sustainability Leaders


A.W. Armstrong
Program Manager, By-Product Synergy, US Business Council for Sustainable Development

A.W. Armstrong is the US BCSD Program Manager for By-Product Synergy and is responsible for managing the growth of the National BPS Network. A.W. has over 15 years of consulting experience helping organizations within the refining, chemical, metal castings, transportation, and beverage industry design and implement management systems focused on reducing waste and improving environmental performance. Over the past decade, A.W. has been involved in the development of innovative programs to drive numerous environmental improvements. He is a former co-chair of the Pollution Prevention Advisory Committee, which advises the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of the state's policy and goals for pollution prevention and waste minimization..

Andrew Bevan
Executive Director, Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Andrew Bevan is the Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Secretariat. Prior to joining the CBFA, he was Executive Director of the green economy think tank, Sustainable Prosperity. Andrew also spent more than fifteen years of experience at the centre of public policy development in both Ottawa and Toronto. His experience in working with senior levels of the public service, the private sector, the national media, and among MPs and cabinet ministers has been honed in a variety of senior positions, including Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition and Chief of Staff to the Minister of State for Infrastructure and Communities, where he played an integral role in the development and implementation of one of the government’s priorities, the New Deal for Cities and Communities. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Mike Biddle
President and Founder, MBA Polymers, Inc.

Mike started MBA over 19 years ago in his own garage. The company is now the world’s leading multinational company recovering plastics from end-of-life durable goods, such as computers, electronics, business equipment, appliances, and automobiles. MBA is headquartered in Richmond, California and has over 300m pounds per year of processing capacity in the US, Europe, and China to turn waste into plastics for use of the same types of products from which they came. Some of the largest manufacturers in the world use MBA’s plastics to replace virgin plastics in their new products. In 2010, Mike won the prestigious Economist’s Innovation Award for Energy and the Environment and was named a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer in 2006. Dr. Biddle also won the first Thomas Alva Edison Award for Innovation and the first Ascent Award for Entrepreneurship. MBA was named one of the top 100 cleantech companies in the world in both 2009 and 2010 and one of the top five in Europe in 2009.

Dan Burlinghaus
Corporate Director of Sustainability, MTD Products Inc.

Dan Burlinghaus, Corporate Director of Sustainability at MTD Products Inc., is responsible for working with corporate level functional disciplines and manufacturing operations to identify and implement financially feasible Sustainable Business Practices into daily activities, operational goals, and strategic plans. MTD Products is a world leader in the outdoor power equipment market, providing innovative products used in lawn and garden settings. MTD's initial areas of focus include operational energy consumption and non-value-add materials. Prior to this position, and for the balance of his professional career, Dan worked in the finance and accounting functions at MTD, Marconi Communications, Rockwell Automation and Reliance Electric. Dan received his BBA from Cleveland State University, MBA from Baldwin Wallace College, and is an inactive CPA.

Faith Campbell
Senior Policy Representative, The Nature Conservancy

Faith Campbell earned a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. For more than 30 years, Faith has worked as an environmental advocate for a series of environmental organizations. She began specializing in invasive species in 1986, with an initial focus on Hawai'i. Faith has concentrated on introduced insects and diseases that attack trees since 1991. She has worked as The Nature Conservancy's specialist on this topic since 2004. Faith has published several articles on this subject in publications ranging from Bioscience to Wild Earth, as well as three in-house reports: Fading Forests I at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Fading Forests II at the American Lands Alliance, and Ounce of Prevention at The Nature Conservancy.

John Coyne
Vice President, Legal & External Affairs and General Counsel, Unilever Canada Inc.

Since 1992, John has been an integral part of Unilever Canada, one of the world’s largest CPG companies. Today, John provides leadership across the business by working with professionals and multi-disciplinary teams in corporate and government relations, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, safety, and law. He is a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors and Canadian Leadership Team and Chair of the company’s Pension Committee. Externally, John represents Unilever Canada’s interests by working with industry groups and other organizations. He is Chair of the board of Advertising Standards Canada and Vice Chair of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association. John is also well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability acting as Chair of the Board of Stewardship Ontario, the industry organization which funds Ontario’s Blue Box and Municipal Hazardous Waste Programs. In addition, John is co-chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.

James Downham
President & CEO, PAC

Jim Downham became the President & CEO of PAC in 2006. He has spent his career in the packaging industry in the conversion of raw materials into package containers including metal container, folding cartons, flexible packaging, and labels. Jim is the former CEO of a $175 million multi-plant North American packaging business. Since 2006, the global sustainable packaging movement has been underway. Jim has been instrumental in its advancement in both Canada and the US. He is a frequent speaker in North America on packaging sustainability and stewardship.

Keith Fanta
Senior Engineer, Procter & Gamble

Keith Fanta has worked at Procter and Gamble for 11 years in R&D covering product development, business franchise, and packaging development and design. He is currently working in the global packaging sustainability organization, where he leads a global network of packaging engineers. This network provides support to all P&G businesses to help them create plans to achieve 202 specified goals and to ensure sustainability is part of the P&G packaging culture. Keith is an active member in the Walmart Packaging Scorecard Supplier Team (PSST), the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Ameripen, and one of the founding members of PAC NEXT.

Kim Frankovich
VP Sustainability, Solo Cup Company

As Solo's VP Sustainability since December 2009, Kim is responsible for setting sustainability goals and strategies to lower Solo’s environmental impact, researching and advising on sustainable raw materials to reduce the footprint of the products Solo manufactures, and managing strategic sustainability partnerships focused on increasing the recycling and composting of its products. While at Solo, Kim also served as its Assistant General Counsel and VP from 2005 - 2009 where her duties included analyzing legislation impacting raw materials, review of green marketing claims, third-party sustainability certifications, FTC and FDA regulatory matters, and securities and finance legal matters. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois and Missouri and holds a JD from Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, IN and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT.

Todd Gartner
Senior Associate Conservation Incentives, World Resources Institute

Todd Gartner is a Senior Associate for the World Resources Institute’s People and Ecosystems Program. He focuses on developing new ways to finance conservation through the use of conservation incentives and market-based strategies such as biodiversity offsets, payments for watershed services, and carbon markets. Todd works with a broad range of stakeholders including landowners, regulators, fortune 500 companies, and local partners to achieve conservation objectives both domestically and abroad. Gartner earned his Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.S. in finance from University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. Gartner’s previous work included developing and running the Conservation Incentives program at the American Forest Foundation, field forestry work in New England, fire ecology and eco-tourism research in Botswana and India, business consulting for the USDA Forest Service, and several years as a corporate financial consultant.

Nina Goodrich
Program Director, PAC NEXT

Nina Goodrich is the Program Director for PAC NEXT, an initiative of PAC dedicated to the vision of “A World Without Packaging Waste.” Her job is to facilitate constructive collaboration throughout the value chain to lead and unite organizations to explore, evaluate, and implement end-of-life solutions that will improve recovery, re-use, and diversion. Nina was excited to join the initiative, having established Sustainnovation Solutions in 2010 to inspire industry to understand the opportunity side of sustainability and the role it can play in reinventing corporate strategy. Prior to forming Sustainnovation Solutions, Nina held the position of Director, Sustainnovation in the Growth and Innovation Organization of Alcan Packaging. Her previous positions include Director of Innovation for Alcan Packaging Global Pharmaceuticals and General Manager of AMCOR PET Technologies.

Keefe Harrison
Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems

With over fifteen years in the waste reduction and recycling field, Keefe focuses on green supply chain and cross-sector recycling concerns for Resource Recycling Systems. Leading projects in the Southeast, Keefe’s recycling experience began with university and state recycling components. Over the past six years, her work has focused on assisting associations to develop recycling solutions within and between government and industry. She has worked with many industry-focused groups including the NC Division of Pollution Prevention, the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers. With a strong social marketing background, Keefe specializes in targeting and reframing technical information for diverse audiences.

Candace Hodder
Communications Manager, Clean Agency

At Clean Agency, Candace manages sustainability initiatives for major corporate clients including Nestlé USA, Mattel, Disney Consumer Products, Asics, Liz Claiborne, and NewPage Corporation. She implements market research, stakeholder outreach, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting programs and supports the firm’s Life Cycle Assessment and environmental foot printing work. Candace is also a Certified Reporter under the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Before joining Clean Agency, Candace helped to launch Urban Farming's Food Chain project: an initiative to install a network of food-producing green walls in the heart of urban Los Angeles. A committed environmentalist, Candace spent the two years prior to her arrival in LA coordinating a national environmental event called the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, recruiting Canadians to clean up beaches and waterways in their communities. She has also worked as an environmental educator, developing and teaching nature education programs for children and adults.

Norm Lee
Director of Waste Management, Region of Peel

Norm received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1986. Afterward, he spent the first 11 years of his professional life in the private sector as a consulting engineer specializing in the design, approval, and construction of waste management facilities. Norm moved to the public sector in 1997 where he began to focus on the policy and planning side of the waste industry. Norm spent ten years working for the City of Toronto before joining Region of Peel as the director of their waste management division. Norm is a founding member of PAC NEXT and believes that we need to work together in order to develop packaging solutions that both meet consumers’ needs and minimize the impact on the environment

Carlos Ludlow
Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, Enval Ltd.

Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He worked as a Project Engineer before receiving a scholarship from the National Science and Technology Council of Mexico, which allowed him to pursue his PhD. During his doctoral research he and Professor Howard Chase developed the basis of the Enval process. In 2005, Carlos co-founded Enval Ltd. and now runs the company as Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer.

Guy McGuffin
VP Sustainable Packaging, Wal-Mart Canada Corporation

Guy’s career spans over 35 years in retail. He joined Wal-Mart Canada in 1994 and has held several leadership positions including VP General Merchandise Manager and VP of Supply Chain. Prior to joining Wal-Mart Canada, Guy held leadership positions in merchandising and operations with Grafton - Fraser Inc. and Woolworth Canada Corporation. Guy served as a member of the Global Packaging Project steering committee, which is part of the Consumer Goods Forum. He currently sits on the board of directors of Stewardship Ontario, and is co-chair of PAC NEXT. Guy chairs the Food Marketing Institute Packaging Working Group and is a member of the Packaging and Toy Sector Working Groups of The Sustainability Consortium.

Demaree Raveaux
Account Manager, OIA Global- Creative Packaging

Demaree has worked for 8 years in the area of packaging development for global supply chain companies. Demaree and her team at OIA Global currently consult with consumer brands on the design, development, sourcing, and distribution of their retail and transport packaging. For the past 5 years, her work has centered on the management of packaging design from concept to production. Demaree has worked on several recent projects to identify over 10,000 tons of material reductions through design. Demaree holds degrees in Spanish Cultural Studies and Economics from Occidental College and has a postgraduate diploma in Sustainable Development/Social Resources Management from Pontificia Catolica Universidad of Peru. Demaree has lived in Spain, Peru and Japan and most recently spent a month in India studying packaging and packaging systems.

Steve Russell
Vice President Plastics, American Chemistry Council

Steve Russell joined the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in 1995, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Plastics Division. In that capacity Steve leads the Division’s research and delivers innovative programs and solutions to support the sustainable use of plastics in key markets. He is also responsible for leading key sustainability initiatives on recycling, energy efficiency, and recovery, as well as partnerships and programs to reduce litter and provide solutions to marine debris. In previous positions at ACC, Steve has served as the Senior Director for Health, Products, and Science Policy and as Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel. He has extensive experience in chemical control policy and served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s chemicals policy advisory committee from 2002 to 2007. From 2004-2007, Mr. Russell served as Chairman of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee on Chemicals at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Steve earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, and a JD from California Western School of Law.

Bastien Sachet
Director, The Forest Trust

Bastien Sachet has served as a director of The Forest Trust (TFT) since 2006. TFT is a non-profit organization with staff in fourteen countries, helping its nearly 100 private sector partners transform their wood, pulp & paper, palm oil, leather, soy and stone supply chains to deliver responsible products. Bastien currently manages TFTs work on palm oil and pulp & paper supply chains. He worked for several years in Brazil, Australia, England, and Argentina where he gained international experience in the private sector leading product and sales teams in logistics and agro-business. Through his work with TFT, Bastien has become an expert in working with companies throughout the world on establishing traceable and responsible supply chains.

Erin Schrode
Co-Founder, Teens Turning Green

Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder and spokeswoman of Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, she founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide tools and materials for students in need, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship. The “juggernaut in the non profit and green world” speaks frequently, serves on panels, hosts events and videos, and writes columns for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, ecofabulous, and Eco Age, as well as her own blog. An award-winning ecopreneur, Erin is US Ambassador to One Young World, spokeswoman for top organic brands, and, as The White House said, “a dynamic, passionate and ambitious young woman committed to creating big change everywhere she goes.” Having visited over fifty countries, Erin has developed a keen global perspective and hopes to inspire her peers to take action and make the world a more sustainable and just place for future generations.

David Shoch
Director of Forestry and Technical Services, TerraCarbon LLC

David Shoch is Director of Forestry and Technical Services of TerraCarbon LLC, a consulting firm formed in 2006 focusing on the forest carbon offset market. David’s work for TerraCarbon’s clients, overseeing all aspects of project design, development, and implementation, is informed by many years of practical experience with forest carbon offset projects worldwide. David is an expert in forest biomass carbon measurement and monitoring with over 15 years experience in forest inventory and biometry. His professional experience providing technical support to carbon projects has involved work assignments throughout North America, Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He has contributed authorship on seminal publications of the Verified Carbon Standard and the International Panel on Climate Change. Prior to his position at TerraCarbon, David served with The Nature Conservancy and Winrock International. He has been a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1997.

Bob Willard
Author and Speaker, Sustainability Advantage

Bob is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and has given hundreds of keynote presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. His four books: The Sustainability Advantage, The Next Sustainability Wave, The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook, and The New Sustainability Advantage provide capacity-building resources for champions of sustainability. He worked 34 years with IBM Canada; serves on the advisory boards of The Natural Step Canada, Learning for a Sustainable Future, and Durham Sustain Ability; is on ad hoc advisory committees for sustainable business certificate programs at three colleges and universities; and is a member of the Durham Region Round Table on Climate Change. He was inducted into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals’ Hall of Fame in 2011. He has a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto.

Robert van Otterdijk
Agro-Industry Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Robert van Otterdijk is a food technologist who graduated from the Wageningen Agricultural University in The Netherlands. He worked first in the Dutch food industry in quality assurance, research, and development, and after which, he joined the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN in 1989 on post-harvest and food technology in West Africa and the South Pacific. In 1995 he joined a SIDA funded field project in Zambia on production, processing, and commercialization of root & tuber crops. When this project was successfully concluded, he returned to the private sector as a quality assurance manager in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. In 2002 he joined the FAO again, this time as the Agro-Industry Officer of the Regional Office for Africa. After six years he moved to FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, as Agro-Industry Officer in the Rural Infrastructure & Agro-Industries Division. His main responsibilities include field projects on agro-industrial development in Africa, as well as headquarter based programs on food loss prevention, agro-processing, and quality management. He is currently leading a program called Save Food, an FAO Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction.

Additional Speakers Include:
  • Véronique Bagge, Managing Director, EUROPEN
  • John Bradburn, Manager of Waste-Reduction Efforts, General Motors
  • John Tyrone Jones, Trade Director Forestry Products, USDA-APHIS
  • Kim Rapagna, Sustainability Manager, Kraft Canada
  • Michael Scott, CEO, Waste Diversion Ontario
  • Vince Sferrazza, Acting General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto
  • Mark Weick, Director Sustainability Programs and Enterprise Risk Management, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Joanna Yarbrough, Technical Packaging Group Manager, Nestlé USA Beverage Division

How2Recycle Label Conversation

PAC NEXT and the SPC will be holding an initial interest meeting for a Canadian version of the SPC’s How2Recycle Label on Thursday, April 26th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Walmart Canada.

The Label was developed to help with consumer engagement in the recovery process and aims to provide a harmonized transparent approach to recyclability labeling and related data. The label and its website soft launched earlier this year in the U.S. and will be piloted through 2013. It is based on the successful On-Pack Recycling Label system in the United Kingdom.

Please join us for this preliminary conversation to explore options for bringing the label to Canada. Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager with GreenBlue, will provide an overview of the program to date and will hold a discussion on interest, challenges, and opportunities for a Canadian version of the Label.

If you are interested in joining the conversation, please contact Nina Goodrich by email as soon as possible.


Register Now
Attendees must register by Wednesday, April 11 to avoid a $150 late registration fee.

  • Registration cost is $1,025 for non-members.
  • PAC Members will receive a discounted registration price of $875.

SPC members receive one or two complimentary registrations, depending on membership level. Additional member registrations are $795. 
  • $11,000 and $6,000-level corporate members: Two complimentary attendees.
  • $2,500-level corporate members, academic institutions and government agency members: One complimentary attendee.

To register, you will need to login to the website. If you have forgotten your login information, you can reset your password to have a new password sent to you via email (your user name is your email address). 

Hotel Accomodations

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto for a discounted rate of $170.00 CAD. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can make your reservations by calling 1-800-663-7229 and specifying that you are with GreenBlue.