The Conference on Canadian Stewardship brings together hundreds of delegates representing business, manufacturers, retailers, industry associations, municipalities, provincial and federal and territorial government representatives and stewardship programs from across North America and Europe. The five previous biennial events (once every 2 years) were held in Toronto in 2005, Vancouver in 2007, Montreal in 2009, Halifax in 2011 and in Toronto in 2013. The sixth in this series will be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada on September 30-October 2, 2015, at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

These industry-led events have focused on themes that are essential to the creation, operation and sustainability of efficient product stewardship programs in Canada. This years conference theme is “Big Issues in Stewardship” which will examine such topics such as governance of programs, the metrics of measuring program performance, innovation in product and packaging design, and how programs evolve to be more effective systems to benefit producers and consumers while complying with government regulations. Conference delegates will hear the views of opinion leaders and benefit from insights from consumer products company executives, hear from association representatives, senior producer industry experts, Deputy Ministers and Ministers of the Environment. For a listing of 2013 delegates, see 2013 Delegates on this website. Spirited discussions will deal with serious issues that face consumer product companies in North America, such as the cost of programs, controlling stewardship costs, fee structures, auditing of programs, reporting metrics and harmonizing program solutions.

    In recent years, the stewardship landscape in Canada has changed substantially. A lot is happening. As the chart shows, over 165 stewardship programs are now operating in Canada (click on the box at the left of the Home Page for a chart of programs in Canada). To keep abreast of these developments and to see a revealing glimpse of future initiatives, join us in Banff, September 30 - October 2, 2015. Where experience talks!