2017 Textile Recycling Symposium

 2017 Textile Recycling Symposium

Markham Heritage Centre

November 7th - 8th, 2017

9350 Hwy. 48 (Markham Road),

Markham, Ontario, L3P 3J3

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Full Event (two day):Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th (including tour):

     • Early bird rate (by September 29th, 2017) $119.99 (plus HST)
     • Regular rate: October 1st - November 3rd $179.99 (plus HST)

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2017 Textile Recycling Symposium

The next frontier for cities looking to increase diversion.

 Markham Heritage Centre (Markham Museum)

Nov 7th – 8th, 2017


  DAY ONE:    Tuesday 7th November 2017

   8:00     Registration, Coffee & Exhibits    
   8:45 Welcoming Address -  Mayor Frank Scarpitti, City of Markham



  9:00 Platinum Sponsor -  Jannelle Robertson, Diabetes Canada      



Opening Keynote Address:

Dr. Calvin Lakhan - Faculty of Environment, York University,

  Session 1  

The Textile Challenge - Quantifying how much is out there, given that 85% of used textiles still go to landfill while they are nearly 100% recyclable.

  Moderator Dave Douglas, President – VisionQuest Environmental Strategies Corp.      


Nova Scotia Audit  Results –Bob Kenney, Nova Scotia Dept. of Environment      
  10:20 An Atlantic Canada Municipal Experience – Jann McFarlane, Colchester, Nova Scotia      
  10:40  Banning Textiles, An Ontario City Strategy – Claudia Marsales, City of Markham      


 Morning Coffee Break & Exhibits

  Session 2 The Textile Circular Economy – the new way to shop.      
  Moderator   Sue McLennan, VP Sustainability - Bank and Vogue Ltd.      
  11:40   Beyond Retro, - Steven Bethell, Bank & Vogue Ltd.      
  12:00    Making Used Cool – Tony Shumpert, Value Village  / Savers      
   12:40  Buffet Luncheon




  Session 3: Social Impact Procurement – Partnering with A Service Provider: Profit vs. Non-Profit.  


  Moderator Branden Agro, Rangeview Fabricating Ltd.      
  1:30       Provincial overview collection methodologies – Scott Ebenhardt, Diabetes Canada      
  1:50     Social Procurement: Building Healthy Communities - David LePage, Buy Social Canada      
  2:10   Secure & Responsible Recycling – Wes Baker, Debrand Services Inc.      
   2:30 Used Clothing: Beyond the afterlife of 'Second Wear' - Shneur Herman, Envirotex Recycling Inc.      

Discussion Panel:

Expertise and Opinions from  the Industry Partners

  Moderator     Christina Seidel, -Executive Director – Recycling Council of Alberta      


Diabetes Canada, Salvation Army, Bank & Vogue, Value Village – (TBC)      
  4:15 Day One –Daily Wrap up and Next Day Plans      


  DAY TWO:   Wednesday 8th November 2017

  8:00     Registration, Coffee & Exhibits      

Day Two Welcome Address: - Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, City of Markham

  9:00 Day Two Keynote Address. Helen Harakas - Executive Director, Brands for Canada      


Session 4


Harmonizing Collection Mechanisms – Donation Bins & Beyond

  Moderator Peter Hargreave - President – Policy Integrity Inc.      
  9:20 Engaging Communities To Divert Textiles - Catherine Leighton,Partners in Project Green, TRCA      
  9:40   The Montreal Case Study - Tim Corcoran, MOLOK North America Ltd.      
  10:10 Garment Collecting through Return-to-Retailer – Samara Dauria, H&M      

Morning Coffee Break & Exhibits



 Session 5


Regulatory Perspective – Changing dynamics with new municipal bylaws and technology    

  Moderator  Arthur Potts, MPP – Beaches-East York, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change      
  11:15  Municipal Rights - Legal Perspective – Jack Coop, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP      
  11:35    Bylaws, Licensing & Enforcement - Vivian De Giovanni, City of Guelph      
  11:55 Cleaning up the Streets: Markham Approach - Chris Alexander, Bylaws, Markham      




BOX LUNCH TOURS  (load buses)BOX LUNCH TOURS  (load buses)

  Tour A  
  1. ZERO WASTE LIVING -The Amica Retirement Facility – Markham’s first Zero Waste senior living facility featuring on-site processing of food waste from the in-house restaurant & kitchen including earth bin containers for organics, diapers and food packaging.
  2. Markham SMART Bin (FCM partnership initiative) – Community Centre Deployment  
  3. Condominium TRI-Sorter – Tour one of Markaham’s newest condominium facilities featuring 3-stream tri-sorter technology, E-waste collection and textile recycling in a multi-residential building.
  Tour B  
  1. Markham SMART Bin Initiative (FCM partnership initiative) – Community Centre Deployment
  2. Brands For Canada – Toronto Operations Centre – For Families. For the Environment.
  5:00 Tour  Wrap-up (at Museum) – 2017 Textile Recycling Symposium Closure      
Payment details:  

Credit card payment via secure Paypal or Cheque to VisionQuest Environmental Strategies Corp. (Seat reserved when payment received, limited attendance of 200). All payments must be received by November 3rd, 2017

Mail to: VisionQuest Environmental Strategies Corp., 15 Marsh Harbour, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 5Z2

Written notification by October 15th, 2017 for refund less $25 processing fee,
No refund after October 15th, 2017 (attendee substitutions accepted).
Registration limited to a maximum of 200 attendees.


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Hotel Accommodation:   

A block of 25 rooms have been blocked until November 5th at the Hilton (Markham) at a special discount rate of $139 (plus 16%) per night as follows:

To book your room CLICK HERE

Check-in: 06-NOV-2017
Check-out: 08-NOV-2017
Hotel Name: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa

Hotel Address: 8500 Warden Avenue
Markham, Canada
L6G 1A5
Phone Number: 9054708500

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3) Select your Arrival date within your wedding weekend
4) Select Departure date within your wedding weekend
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Inquiries may be directed to symposium organizers at: VisionQuest Environmental Strategies Corp. at 416-570-4379
or Contact us HERE

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Hilton (Markham) at a special discount rate of $ 139 (plus 16%) per night (May 3rd, 2016) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 905-415-7602 if reserved no later than April 4th, 2016 quoting the code “QUEST” in order to obtain this rate.   

Inquiries may be directed to symposium organizers at:
VisionQuest Environmental Strategies Corp. at 416-570-4379 or Contact us HERE

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