• CEP Toronto presents: Peers and Beers Night: Product Stewardship in Toronto

CEP Toronto presents: Peers and Beers Night: Product Stewardship in Toronto

  • 25 Nov 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Duke of York - 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2, Canada


Registration is closed

Waste and recycling are common terms, but have you heard of “Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)”, and “Product Stewardship”? Ever wonder what is behind that “recycling fee” you pay for electronics?


Come out to the first “peers and beers” night for the product stewardship sector in Toronto. Over a drink or two, learn about the product stewardship industry in Canada, what type of career opportunities exist, and network with those who work in this space. Speakers will include representatives from government/Non-profit organizations, private consulting, and industry.


The recycling and product stewardship industry is a billion dollar industry in Canada and is rapidly growing every year.  With the increased focus on managing our waste streams, this industry is poised for increased growth and job creation in provincial and municipal government, stewardship organizations, waste management service providers and packaging manufacturers to name a few.


CEP Toronto members will receive an additional drink ticket for this event.


Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity and register soon. Limited spots available.



5:30 – 6:00 - Registration

6:00 – 6:10 - Introductions and Opening Remarks

6:10 – 6:45 – Speaker Panel

6:45 – 7:00 – Discussion Period 

7:00 – 7:10 - Closing Remarks

7:10 – 9:00 – Networking and Mingling




Barry Friesen, General Manager, CleanFARMS – Moderator


Barry Friesen is General Manager of CleanFARMS, an industry stewardship company responsible for managing the collection, recycling and safe disposal of agricultural waste across Canada.  


Barry has a long and successful history in recycling and waste management. In his last assignment he served as regional vice president at Product Care Association. Prior to this, he worked for the Niagara Region as director, waste management services division and as the solid-waste resource manager for the Nova Scotia Department of Environment. Barry was a board member of the Recycling Council of Ontario, a past-chair of the Composting Council of Canada and past-chair of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s National task force on packaging.  He is currently a board member on the Canadian Product Stewardship Council.


Maria Kelleher, P. Eng., M.Eng., Principal, Kelleher Environmental,


Maria Kelleher is an environmental engineer who specializes in waste management and climate change issues.  She has over 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry, and has worked on a wide range of waste policy and strategy, quantification, management, planning, stewardship and EPR projects on a range of different materials for both private sector and public sector clients.  Her clients include both public sector and private sector organizations, and include municipalities across Canada,  provincial governments in Ontario, Alberta and BC, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada.  Ms Kelleher also works on stewardship and EPR projects for clients which include Alberta Recycling Management Authority, Stewardship Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Environment. Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, Waste Diversion Ontario, Canadian Newspaper Association and others. 

William Mueller, Oversight Analyst, Waste Diversion Ontario

Will has over five years of experience in policy and research focused on the natural environment (resource management, energy and waste management). As an Oversight Analyst at WDO, Will works on the Blue Box and Used Tires programs. His WDO responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing Blue Box and Used Tires program performance to monitor progress in meeting targets, other program obligations, and legislative requirements;
  • Managing and analyzing data to identify trends in the Blue Box program;
  • Calculating municipal and provincial diversion rates based on data reported to WDO; and
  • Facilitating regular meetings, calls and site visits with service providers, municipalities and stewards to better understand how the programs are working for them and to assist with resolving any concerns or challenges.


Prior to joining WDO, Will taught English at a private school in Japan and gained valuable experience in the recycling industry by overseeing operations and logistics at a metal recovery business in Ontario.

Cameron Wilkinson, Business Analyst (Co-op), CleanFARMS

Cameron Wilkinson is a third year Environment and Business student at the University of Waterloo. For the past three months, Cameron has been working at CleanFARMS as a business analyst on his second co-op work term. 

While Cameron is new to the product stewardship field, he has brought a fresh perspective to the organization with his previous work experience in manufacturing and personal experience growing up in rural Ontario. Cameron’s long-time passion for the environment has been reinvigorated through his coop experience and academic studies. After university, Cameron’s goal is to have a career within the environmental field, and while his colleagues at CleanFARMS hope he chooses a career in the agricultural or stewardship sectors, they know that he will make a meaningful contribution to sustainability initiatives wherever he ends up.

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