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Ken Brooks is a well experienced professional in Transaction Advisory Services practicing in EY's Lead Advisory (M&A) practice. Over the past 25 years Ken has provided a range of transaction advisory services relating to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings and joint ventures to established and entrepreneurial growth companies, private and public, locally and globally. Ken is a regular key-note speaker at leading international packaging conferences on the subject of sector M&A activity, strategy and global macro-economic developments.

John Burdett, founder of Orxestra, has worked in over 40 countries as an executive and as a consultant for businesses that are household names. He has worked and continues to work on organization culture for some of the world's largest corporations. During the past 12 months, John's partnership with the Bedford Consulting Group and TRANSEARCH INTERNATIONAL meant that his proprietary work on organization culture was utilized by hundreds of major businesses around the world. John holds a doctorate in management development and since 2000 has published ten best-selling books on leadership, talent management, executive coaching and organization culture. He recently completed his highly lauded talent trilogy: Talent (2013), Team (2015), and The Empty Suit (2016). His latest book is The A-Z of Organization Culture (2017).

Jim Chrzan travels the U.S. and Europe covering regional, local and international packaging events in his role as VP Content and Brand Strategy for PMMI Media Group. He often presents at these same events, sharing PMMI Business Intelligence research from Packaging World, Healthcare Packaging, Automation World and OEM Magazine.

John is a member of Unilever Canada's board of directors, the Canadian Leadership Team and chair of the company's Pension Committee. John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever's strategy to grow the business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive contribution to society. John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc., Chair of the Board of Stewardship Ontario and is a director of Evergreen. In addition, John is Co-Chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. John was named a Clean 50 honouree in 2013 and a Clean 16 honouree in 2018. In 2015, John was appointed as a member of the Ontario Government's Climate Action Group advising the Ontario Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions.

James Davidson leads Commercial Excellence and Marketing for Amcor Flexibles food and consumer business throughout the Americas. James has contributed to the progress of the packaging industry throughout his career having held progressive leadership roles in operations, product development, sales, marketing and management consulting. James has served on the PAC board for more than a decade and serviced as an expert judge for PAC’s Global and Canadian Packaging Leadership awards. James is a Packaging Engineer by trade and has a B Sc. From Clemson University, South Carolina.

Gordon Day has been spent the majority of his career developing solutions that improve business and environmental performance through circular economy principles. With extensive knowledge in recycling, waste diversion and producer responsibility, Gord has design, implemented and managed a number of stewardship programs across the country. For more than 30 years, he has been involved in waste reduction and recycling programs with direct experience in the design, implementation and operation of complex, multi-faceted projects for private and public sector clients.

Sarah Dearman is the Sustainable Packaging Program Director for The Coca Cola Company in North America where she is leading efforts to make the Company’s vision for a World Without Waste a reality. She collaborates internally and externally to reduce the environmental footprint of Coca Cola’s iconic packaging from design to sustainable sourcing and recycling. Prior to joining Coca-Cola seven years ago, Sarah led sustainability programs for the State of Georgia. She has a Physical Science degree from the University of Maryland. Sarah serves in advisory roles with several nonprofit organizations including The Recycling Partnership where she is currently the Board Chair, Closed Loop Fund, Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Heidi Dethloff is Vice President of Marketing at Digimarc Corporation. A 25-year technology marketing veteran, Heidi joined Digimarc after a career featuring multiple leadership roles at IBM, Sequent Computers, and Edelman Worldwide. She has extensive expertise in partner and market management, marketing communications, planning and strategy, digital and influencer marketing, and public relations. At IBM, Heidi was the Vice President for Global Midmarket Marketing. In that role, she led IBM's global marketing team, focused on driving pipeline and revenue from mid-sized companies with less than one-thousand employees. As Vice President of Marketing for Digimarc, she leads product and partner marketing, creative services, digital and social marketing, and corporate communications. Her role is pivotal in developing integrated strategies that showcase Digimarc’s value, highlighting the significance of digital identities in all forms of media for consumers and brands alike. Heidi also serves on the board of directors for the Business Education Compact (BEC), focused on bringing local businesses and schools together to provide learning experiences and future career opportunities for underserved students.

Geneviève Dionne joined the Optimization team at Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) as an ecodesign advisor in June 2010. A specialist in her field, she is currently responsible for packaging and printed matter ecodesign projects and support tools. She has dedicated her expertise to a range of initiatives, including the development of the OptimEco.ca packaging ecodesign portal, which was selected as the winner in the Innovation category at the 2014 Prix Novae de l'Entreprise citoyenne. Geneviève earned a bachelor's in industrial design and a master's in applied science from the Faculty of Environmental Design at Université de Montréal. She also holds a graduate diploma in sustainable management and development from HEC Montréal. Prior to joining ÉEQ, she was a lecturer at Université de Montréal's School of Design, where she taught industrial ecology and ecodesign and collaborated on various projects, notably a number studies on sustainable development in Québec.

As the CEO & President of the non-profit, PAC Packaging Consortium, Jim Downham has been dedicated to advancing the packaging community agenda. He is a passionate circular economy, sustainability and brand package design leader. Under Jim's leadership PAC has created several packaging programs including the PAC GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS; PAC NEXT and PAC FOOD Sustainability Programs; PACed Certificate Program; and the IFS PAC secure GFSI benchmarked food packaging safety standard; and intelliPACK, A Smart Packaging Innovation Catalyst. Jim is a former package manufacturing CEO & President and current industry non-profit CEO. He is Chairman of LeaderLinx, executive recruiter connecting leading companies with industry leaders. In 2014 Jim was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame.

Jean Gattuso was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Lassonde Industries Inc. in 2009, and then President in 2012. Jean holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University (1979) and an MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal (1997).He has accumulated over 35 years of experience in the food industry starting with his first job, in Sales and Marketing, at Standard Brands in 1979. He began his career at Lassonde in 1987 as Marketing Director of A. Lassonde Inc. He quickly rose to Executive Vice-President and General Manager in 1995, President and General Manager in 1998, and then President and Chief Executive Officer of the subsidiary in 2004, a position which he still holds today.

Stéphane Glorieux was appointed president of Keurig Canada in May 2014. He joined Keurig Canada in 2012 as Vice President, Operations. Prior to joining Keurig Canada, he held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Kraft Food France and Kraft Canada, Inc. where he gained extensive operational experience from plant management to supply chain and logistics. A graduate of École Polytechnique de Montreal, Stéphane received a Mechanical Engineering degree and also holds a Master’s in Business and Administration from McGill University.

Dr. Martin Gooch is co-founder and CEO of VCMI, a global consulting company headquartered in Oakville, Ontario. VCMI assists businesses, primarily in the agri-food and seafood industries, to enhance their long-term profitability and environmental sustainability. Two decades of analyzing businesses and value chains to identify where food and related waste occurs and why, and developing relationships with international initiatives designed to enable businesses to profit from reducing food waste, led to VCMI establishing the Cut Waste, GROW PROFIT™ initiative. Martin holds a PhD and Master's degree in agri-food management, and a Bachelor of International Business. In 2013 Martin received Bayer Inc.'s "Outstanding Canadian" award for his contribution to "Food Chain Partnerships," and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph. In 2017, the Ontario Produce Marketing Association awarded Martin the Cory Clack-Streef "Produce Industry Person of the Year" award for assisting Ontario's produce industry to benefit from reducing food loss and waste.

Mr. Gracewood is CCO at Organigram Inc, a leading publicly-traded licensed producer of medicinal cannabis in Canada. As the previous Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Moosehead Breweries Ltd., Mr. Gracewood is a leading brand and marketing professional located in Atlantic Canada. With more than 15 years of experience in the marketing space, he is a strong speaker on brand, packaging and positioning, both locally and throughout North America. He has extensive experience in building and developing brands, positioning and segmentation. At Organigram, Mr. Gracewood oversees all marketing, sales and client service responsibilities within the company and has full responsibility over the company's strategic approach to the Adult Recreational market in Canada. Mr. Gracewood holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Mr. Gruber is President/CEO of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), an association focused on empowering organizations and their people to minimize product damage throughout distribution and optimize resource usage through effective package design. Prior to joining ISTA as the VP Technical in 2012, Mr. Gruber spent 6 years focused on the specific concerns of transport packaging and dangerous goods at UPS where he led the development of the UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program. His various industry activities include the Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Packaging Research (JAPR), Packaging Industry Advisory Boards for Cal Poly State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology, AMERIPEN’s Technical Advisory Group, and Michigan State University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Dale Gubbels is president and CEO of First Star Recycling, which is in its 21st year of business. The 120 plus employee company processes and markets annually over 100,000 tons of a variety of scrap material drawn from residential and commercial generators from throughout the Midwest. In October 2016 Omaha and surrounding communities and First Star became the country’s first material recovery facility (MRF) to permanently adopt the Hefty® EnergyBag® program to divert hard-to-recycle plastics from landfills. To date, the program has enabled First Star to divert over 40 tons of non-recycled flexible plastic packaging from area landfills, by instead sending the filled orange bags to be used as a feedstock for plastic lumber or as an alternative fuel source, and as a heat source for making cement. The Hefty® EnergyBag® program has since grown to other communities including Boise, ID and area, and will soon be launched in Cobb County, GA.

Brent M. Heist leads the Global Packaging Sustainability team at Procter & Gamble. He is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Brent holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston and an MBA from Xavier University. In his twenty-five years at Procter & Gamble Brent has worked in Process Development, Products Research and most recently Packaging Development spanning several of P&G's business units.

Joe Jankowski is the Commercial Manager for Green Polyethylene for North America. While working for Braskem America, Inc., he has also gained experience in polypropylene as well as Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. Prior to that, Joe worked as a machinery engineer for Sunoco refining after serving in the US Navy in operations and engineering roles. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania

Paul Jenkins runs leading UK packaging innovation consultancy ThePackHub helping to deliver a range of packaging services for brand owners, retailers and packaging suppliers. Prior to setting up ThePackHub in 2012, Paul spent 18 years in several senior brand consumer marketing positions. Paul has an in depth knowledge of FMCG packaging industries. Via the management of ThePackHub's Innovation Zone packaging database with over 2,200 examples, Paul has a world class understanding of the latest packaging trends.

CMD Insight offers consultancy and support to help printers make a successful transition from analogue to digital across different stages of the print production process. We focus on the latest industry leading digital print enhancement devices improve the look, touch and feel of the printed/packaged product as well as digital laser die cutting.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix is an accomplished author, public speaker and a leading figure in the design and branding industry for the past 35 years. Mr. Lacroix is also President of Shikatani Lacroix, a global design consultancy that provides branding services for Fortune 500 organizations. His branding expertise covers the consumer packaged goods, retail and service industries. Mr. Lacroix co-authored his first book, "The Business of Graphic Design" with over 20,000 copies sold. In 2018 Mr. Lacroix has released his newest book leveraging his firm's strategic design approach and philosophy "Desire by Design".

Dan has spent his career surrounded by or entrenched in recyclables, now with 29 years in the industry in many facets. Although starting his career working with a municipality, he quickly moved to consulting where he spent 18 years working for various firms. Dan also has more than eight years of recycling operations experience, most recently as the COO for Green by Nature EPR, implementing a completely new way of managing residential recyclables, for the entire province of British Columbia. Today, Dan is back in consulting as the CEO of Scout Environmental, a boutique environmental consulting company, where he leads a team of very dedicated and passionate environmental ambassadors. Dan currently sits on the pacNEXT Board and is the co-chair of the Packaging Innovation Gateway Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Product Stewardship Institute.

Michael has 20+ years of brand/retail/marketing leadership experience and is considered by many as a pioneer in the Canadian omni-channel and e-Commerce retail space. As an award-winning insight driven strategic marketer with a passion for holistic retail brand/customer experience, Michael has been on the front lines of retail industry change for his entire career with brands such as Black & Decker, Levi Strauss & Co, Hudson's Bay, CanWest Media, The Shopping Channel and Herbal Magic. After spending almost three years advocating and lobbying for the Canadian retail industry at Retail Council of Canada (RCC), Michael formed M. E. LeBlanc & Company to leverage this knowledge and experience back onto the front lines and regularly is invited to share his insights on the current and future retail industry in Canada and around the world. Michael holds a BA in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Carleton University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Louis has been part of the fiber based packaging community for over 20 years. He currently oversees sales of folding cartons in Canada for Graphic Packaging Intl. His passion for sustainability has brought him to engage with various consumer packaged goods companies, in developing packaging solutions with minimal environmental impact.

Paulina Leung is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development of Emterra Group, a family-owned waste diversion and recyclables resource recovery leader in Canada and the state of Michigan for over 40 years. Wearing multiple hats as both an employee and family business member of Emterra Group, Paulina is responsible for initiatives that grow and develop all companies within Emterra Group, including developing new products and services for the circular economy, bidding and implementing new contracts and undertaking special projects, especially those related to business process improvements, customer service delivery, and green/alternative fuels and technology. From a broader level, she also oversees corporate services including communications, human resources, and information technology.

Alexander Manu is a strategic innovation practitioner, international lecturer and author. He provides strategic counsel and future based advisory to executive teams in Fortune 100 companies in industries as diverse as consumer packaged goods, media, advertising, mobile communications and manufacturing. He recently published his latest book "Transforming Organizations for the Subscription Economy: Starting from Scratch" which he will feature at the PTTF conference. Alexander lectures around the world on innovation, imagination, change agents and strategic foresight. He teaches "Innovation, Foresight and Business Design" at the Rotman School of Management, is a Professor at the OCAD University in Toronto and a visiting lecturer at the Wallace McCain Institute for Entrepreneurship.

President of 2M Ressources group, a family-owned recycling business, founded in 1999 located in St-Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec well established near the US border, 2M Ressources has made a name itself throughout North America, thanks to a network of customers at both ends of the recycling chain from across Canada and United States. Our reputation for excellence is strengthened every day through our superior operational performance, meeting deadlines, using cutting-edge equipment and new technologies, recognized leader in the glass for the bottle industries and also the insulation, today the group are capable to offer broking services for recycling, recuperate aluminium, plastic and fiber, we have our own transport fleet division and offer full goods destruction plus newly recuperate, separate and recycle the coffee caps.

 

Mikhael has been a proud member of the Cascades Family for over 15 years. With his undergraduate degree in Strategic Selling & Marketing, Mikhael currently works within the Recovery+ division of Cascades focusing on Business Development and Corporate Strategy. Day in and day out Mikhael has the opportunity to deal with a wide range of customers from different market segments and backgrounds with various types of discarded material recovery needs. "It's amazing to see how more and more organizations are focusing on sustainability and have put the people power in place to start thinking about better ways to recover more and waste less. For me this is where my focus has been and always will be, working with organizations to help them achieve their sustainability goals through coaching, planning and execution." Mikhael is focused on creating a world where all materials have a positive end of life - a truly Circular Economy.

Rachel Morier leads PAC's sustainability programs, PAC NEXT and PAC FOOD, to facilitate the convergence of ideas and identify sustainable solutions that move toward A World Without Packaging and Food Waste. Rachel has been with PAC since the PAC NEXT program launched in 2011 and joined upon completing a Master in Environmental Studies at York University and concurrent Graduate Diploma in Business and Environment from the Schulich School of Business. Today, she continues as a guest speaker and course presenter of the Sustainable Packaging & Optimization course which focuses on optimizing package designs for efficient recovery and waste reduction.

Mr. Duane Neidert is a former PwC Principal and a seasoned industry professional, having served as VP of Product Management and Development, Director of Strategy and Corporate Development and Chief Operating Officer in the home goods and building materials industries. Over the course of his career, he has focused on a multitude of strategic growth initiatives (organic and inorganic) as well as channel optimization, technology and service opportunities.

Jim Nordmeyer is Vice President of Global Sustainability, at Owens-Illinois Inc. (NYSE: OI). He is based at the company’s world headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio. As Vice President, Nordmeyer has responsibility for development and execution of O-I’s global sustainability strategy. Jim works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders defining the priorities and resource requirements needed to drive sustainability throughout the organization. Additionally, he serves as the internal leader and “go to” expert for sustainability, monitoring emerging trends, programs and issues, and communicating and educating others on sustainability topics. Nordmeyer joined O-I in 2006 and has held multiple roles including: Vice President, North America Supply Chain; Vice President Global ERP systems; Vice President, Global Business Processes; and most recently led the integration of the Vitro Food and Beverage business acquisition. Before joining O-I, Nordmeyer spent 28 years in the chemicals and plastics industry with PolyOne, The Geon Company and BFGoodrich in various roles from environmental compliance to Director of Operations.

François Olivier joined the Printing sector of TC Transcontinental in 1993 and has been President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental since 2008. François has directed the activities of TC Transcontinental Printing towards key growth areas and disposing of non-strategic activities. He diversified assets into flexible packaging and increased the number of acquisitions in order to build a North American network. In only three years, the Packaging division is generating $300 million in annualized revenues. He also made significant changes to TC Media's portfolio. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. In 2014, he successfully completed a cross-country skiing expedition to the magnetic North Pole with humanitarian organization True Patriot Love.

Canadian Packaging Magazine recently referred to Thomas as "one of the country’s most knowledgeable and authoritative thought-leaders in the graphic package design and branding field."

Denise is a Senior Policy Advisor with the National Zero Waste Council Secretariat, where she supports projects, working groups, and organizational development. For the past 4 years, Denise has helped drive forward the Council's work on food waste prevention and reduction, largely through the initiatives of the Food Working Group, and the National Strategy on Food Waste Reduction. Denise is also a Senior Policy Advisor with Metro Vancouver, the regional government that houses the Council. She is a certified planner who has been engaged in community and land use planning, and stakeholder engagement for over two decades, in both Canada and overseas. She has a Master's in Education with expertise in environmental/sustainability education, facilitation and dialogue.

As Business Development and Brand Manager for HP's Label and Packaging teams, Scott consults with manufacturers, converters, and brands across North America to successfully utilize new technologies and drive innovation in packaging design. During his 20 years of experience in the Print and Packaging industry, Scott has helped to plan, optimize, and produce marketing campaigns and product launches for some of the world’s most recognizable brands.

Chris has 25 years' experience in the packaging and print industry. His experience ranges from graphic design, managing colour process for large Brand Owners to running and optimising large pre-media studios. Chris has always had a passion for utilising technology, smart solution development and integration to optimise internal and client workflows with great success. Currently he leads Brand Solution Management at Esko.

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world's largest brands and companies to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration. Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering new waste management processes to create circular solutions for materials such as cigarette butts, laboratory waste, coffee capsules, personal and oral care waste and even food packaging that otherwise have no path to be recycled. TerraCycle and Procter & Gamble produced the world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made from plastic pulled from beaches and waterways. The first bottles went on shelves in France and Germany in 2017. Additional countries, along with new SKUs will follow in 2018.

Jean-Luc Valleix was appointed President of Nespresso Canada in October 2014. He began his career with the brand in 1991, where he successfully launched Nespresso as Managing Director for the French market. He left the company in 1997 to come back stronger in 2007 as Nespresso France's Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing and held that position for 7 years. He has in between been President Europe of Stabilo International GMBH France from 2000 to 2007. Prior to Nespresso, Jean-Luc held various Marketing Leadership portions with Lactalis, Bahlsen & SC Johnson, where he began his career. Jean-Luc has a Master of Science in Marketing Research from Université d'Auvergne and UCLA, in addition to a degree in Business Administration from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Clermont. He also successfully completed the Mergers and Acquisitions program at HEC Paris.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 95-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 21 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2018. Jason has been with Wegmans for 29 years and is responsible for sustainability, energy and zero waste programs for the regional food market chain. Jason is also a founding member of the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) Sustainability Executive Committee and the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA).

Michael is an international strategic sustainable development expert, with 18 years’ experience across Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Over the past decade, working with the public and private sectors, his efforts have been focused on circular economy and Cleantech strategic business development, advisory and government relations as Director, Integrated Market Development at Canada Fibers and Director, Climate Change & Sustainability Services at Ernst & Young. Michael has also held senior advisory roles for key Canadian and international sustainability and circular economy projects with leading multinational brands, the United Nations, the European Commission, British Colombia’s Ministry of Environment. Michael’s current role at Canada Fibers is focused on driving local market development opportunities, corporate stewardship, government relations and contract management.