Sustain Ontario’s Free Webinars: Breaking Down Regional Household Food Waste

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Author: Alena Cawthorne

Posted: July 12, 2016

Categories: GoodFoodBites / News from Sustain Ontario

Reducing Food Waste Saves $$

Reducing Waste Saves $$

Food waste in Canada amounts to $31 billion annually, with consumers responsible for an astonishing 47% of this value. Canadian households throw away more than $100 every month! Reducing waste can not only save costs, but it will also reduce our ecological footprint. What can you or your organization do to help?

Sustain Ontario is hosting a series of webinars,  Breaking Down Regional Food Waste featuring municipal regional food waste reduction experts. Panelists will share their experiences with audience members who are interested in, or at the beginning stages of implementing food waste reduction or diversion campaigns.

Webinar #1:   Implementing Reduction and Diversion Programs at the Household Level
Wednesday, August 10.  2:00 – 3:15 p.m. EDT

Join experts on food waste reduction and diversion to discuss best practices for implementing municipal/regional food waste campaigns and programs, solutions to common barriers, developing messaging campaigns and collaboration across sectors. Register here for this webinar. 

Helene St. Jacques is the founder of Informa Market Research. The research and communication firm is a leader in research on solid waste diversion in Canadian households. Helene has been conducting market research projects in the food sector for over 30 years. She also sits on the board of the Toronto Food Policy Council.

Leslie Gilbert is a promotions and education coordinator from York Region’s Environmental Services. She is the project lead on York Region’s Good Food program.

Meghan Larson is the Solid Waste Planner for the Regional District of Nanaimo’s (BC) Green Bin Program. The Region’s waste management plan is looking beyond recycling, towards a zero waste goal.


Webinar #2:  Measuring Food Waste at the Household Level
Wednesday, September 21, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. EDT

This webinar is an introduction to metrics for conducting food waste audits at the household level. Learn from the perspectives of the private sector, regional government and academia. Topics of discussion will include best practices, barriers and solutions to measuring food waste, as well as collaboration across sectors.  Register here for this webinar.

Larry Freiburger is a Director of Operations at AET Group, an environmental consulting auditing and scientific services company. He has extensive experience in conducting waste characterizations, waste assessments, waste minimization and long term waste management planning across Canada.

Julie Hordowick is a representative from York Region’s Environmental Services department. She is the program manager of York Region’s Integrated Waste Management Master Plan.

Dan Munshaw is the manager at the city of Thunder Bay’s supply management division. As part of the city’s local food procurement project, he recently oversaw a waste audit at one of the city’s Homes for the Aged, in order to reduce costs and reinvest back into the purchasing of local food.

Mike von Massow is a researcher and professor at the University of Guelph with the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management. He is a lead researcher on the Guelph Food Waste research project, and has conducted studies of food waste behaviour in the city of Guelph and York Region.  


Stay tuned to Sustain Ontario more on our food waste initiatives.

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