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The World Circular Economy Forum is coming to Toronto

The Government of Canada and the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, have confirmed that the three-day World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) will be in Toronto next fall. It’s the first time the WCEF, slated for September 29 to October 1, 2020, will be held in North America.

This year’s forum happened in June in Helsinki, and attracted over 2,200 participants from 98 different countries to discuss how circularity can be scaled up. The circular economy has been prominent on the agenda of the EU Commission and Parliament, and the Forum aims to keep the conversation going. Ontario is in the process of transitioning from a linear to a circular economy through the management of products and packaging so that items are designed to minimize waste and then be recovered, reused, recycled and reintegrated back into production.

WCEF has been held twice in Europe and once in Asia. This will be the first large-scale international event to bring circular economy leaders to North America.

According to the Government of Canada’s website, the 2020 WCEF will provide a global platform for national and international discussions on new business models that use natural resources more efficiently: “The event is an opportunity for businesses, research organizations, and academia to come together to showcase their technologies, find new markets, and meet world-class innovators and investors.”

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