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Let's talk about . . . waste

  • Central Library 800 3 Street Southeast Calgary, AB, T2G 0E7 Canada (map)

Our city has reduced tonnes of waste entering the landfill with recycling and composting options. If we envisioned a future of zero-waste, what’s left to be done?

Serial replacement has become invisible; somehow, we don’t notice the extinction of the TV repairman. In two generations, we’ve shifted from refillable glass bottles to single-use packaging. Shelf appeal has improved, but we’re left with the “un-useful” remains.


  • Adam Corneil is a Vancouver based entrepreneur with a background in passive house construction and wood reclamation. In 2018, his passion for sustainability led him to launch unbuilders. Providing an alternative solution to traditional demolition companies, unbuilders helps salvage re-usable and recyclable materials and diverts unnecessary waste from demolition.

  • Lourdes Juan is a Calgary based entrepreneur dedicated to making a positive difference through community work, board positions, and business. She shares her time with the diverse companies and non-profits she’s founded: Leftovers Foundation and Fresh Routes.

  • Sharon Howland has worked with various municipal governments operating waste management programs and facilities. She currently leads the program management for waste and recycling at the City of Calgary, focusing her efforts on the important role that municipalities can play in developing strategic waste management plans and programming based on the waste hierarchy. 

  • Sumer Singh operates MTHARU, a creative practice at the intersection of design, engineering, architecture, and fabrication. Since 2013, the studio has grown into a materials and process research lab at the forefront of digital design and fabrication. The body of work is driven by narratives with the current focus on post-digital techniques of production.


  • Jennifer Koole is an environmental scientist advancing waste diversion and minimization locally and internationally. Her work in the waste industry includes experience as a zero-waste planner of Masdar City, UAE. She currently leads the solid waste team for Rocky View County and serves on the executive board of the Recycling Council of Alberta

Where: Central Library
When: Doors open at 6 p.m. | Program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: Advance tickets are $12 (adult) and $6 (student). If available, tickets at the door are $15.

Let’s continue the conversation!
Become a member and join us for a behind-the-scenes experience on September 27.

Earlier Event: July 12
Write On session
Later Event: September 27
Members: come with us behind the scenes