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3B – The Evolving Landscape of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

April 25 – Course agenda – Half Day — Taking place in-person

April 25
Course Description

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) in Canada has undergone rapid changes in the last few years. Join us for this half-day course to hear first-hand from the regulators, agencies, producers, and lawyers about the recent EPR program changes across Canada, the impact to producers, how it ties into your corporate initiatives, and what the future of EPR has in store for brand owners, distributors, and retailers.

Course Co-Chairs
  • Melissa Annett, Technical Manager Climate to Sustainability, Senior Project Manager, Principal, RWDI
  • George Jaikaran, CPA, CMA, Team Leader Stewardship & GHG, Senior Green Accountant, Associate, RWDI
Guest Speakers
  • Pam Castillo, Deputy Registrar, Manager, Compliance and Service Delivery, Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority
  • Jennifer Cazabon, Senior Regulatory Affairs Leader with various producers
  • Gordon Day, Ryse Solutions
  • Sarah Gilbert, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Carmelina Macario, Ryse Solutions

April 25 – Course begins 9 AM

EPR Today, An Introduction / Bluebox in Canada
  • What does EPR in Canada mean?
  • Who does this apply to?
  • What is changing

Speaker: George Jaikaran, RWDI


The Evolution of the PRO in EPR

Speakers: Gordon Day and Carmelina Macario, Ryse Solutions Inc.


Ontario’s EPR Framework and RPRA’s Compliance Approach
  • The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority’s (RPRA) role as Ontario’s circular economy regulator
  • Supporting registrants with Registry Services
  • RPRA’s Risk Based Compliance Framework
  • Progressive Compliance and Compliance Tools

Speaker: Pam Castillo, Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority


A Producer’s Perspective on EPR: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • The Consumer Experience
  • Novel Packaging

Speaker: Jennifer Cazabon, Regulatory Leader for Producers


Related Legal Issues and Trends
  • Legal risks generally
  • Intersection with ESG/sustainability reporting
  • Intersection with federal government plastics initiatives

Speaker: Sarah Gilbert, Bennett Jones LLP


Moderator Led Panel Discussion
  • With expert speakers from producers, RPRA, Bennett Jones, and others.
    • What’s next across the country?
    • When will system stabilize?
    • What is happening in the stateside?

Lunch Provided

Course ends 1:00 PM

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