September 2018

Circular Economy Seminar: Industrial Symbiosis - Triple Bottom Line Benefits through Waste Re-Purposing

Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-10:00 AM: Industrial Symbiosis - Triple Bottom Line Benefits
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Timo Makinen, P.Eng., MRM, MBA
Lead Practitioner - Canadian National Industrial Symbiosis Program Pilot
Credit: 1.5 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $90.00 + GST = $94.50 until Sept 14, 2018

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $109.00 + GST = $114.45

Non-Member Price: $109.00 + GST = $114.45

Student Member Price: $54.50 + GST = $57.23
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Over the past decade, industrial symbiosis (IS) has successfully delivered significant emissions reductions and a host of other environmental, economic, and social benefits in 30 nations around the globe, including the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, South Africa, China, Brazil, and Australia.

IS is based on a re-thinking of "waste". One entity's waste has been shown in many jurisdictions to be of value as another business's input. Reduced waste, improved resource efficiency, reduced transportation, and other benefits all contribute to significant emissions and waste volume reductions by facilities employing industrial symbiosis.

In terms of air emissions, for instance, industries located in urban areas are often challenged by such issues as strict permit conditions and stiff regulations. Industrial operations can be large contributors to a given city's carbon footprint, as well as contributing to regional air quality management challenges. Often, large industrial operations are targeted by those calling for action to curtail or shut down such facilities as part of regional or national climate change action plans, or over concerns related to local air and water contamination. To the extent that wastes are better managed, and resources used more efficiently—through the application of IS—industries can be deemed to be “better neighbours”, local employment can be preserved or enhanced, and local emissions of many types reduced.

This presentation will provide a brief history of IS, and illustrate its growth from a UK pilot to being applied around the globe. A number of case studies will be cited to illustrate the sort and magnitude of emissions reductions and other benefits achievable. As well, an overview of initial synergies achieved through the NISP Canada initiative will be provided.

Seminar Objectives

  • Learn about industrial symbiosis, an aspect of industrial ecology and the circular economy, and how it is being used to convert waste-related challenges into new business opportunities around the globe.
  • Various success stories will be provided from the 30 nations who have to-date implemented a National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP). Waste re-purposing innovations that have delivered a variety of triple-bottom line benefits will be highlighted.
  • Learn about Canada's 2017 launch of a NISP, initially in Metro Vancouver and Greater Edmonton, and progress-to-date on the initiative, including an overview of synergies created to date through NISP Canada.


A general knowledge of waste management issues and challenges—such as the recent imposition by China of stringent recyclables import regulations. No formal educational prerequisite is required; non-technical individuals who work with professional engineers will also benefit from seminar attendance.


Timo is the Lead Practitioner and Acting Director for the Canadian National Industrial Symbiosis Program, a circular economy-based initiative funded by all three levels of government. NISP Canada aims to deliver triple bottom line benefits—innovation, reduced emissions, less material sent to landfill, etc.—to a diverse range of businesses.

Timo has 30 years of experience with a number of firms in the energy/environment space, including BC Hydro, BC Gas Utility Ltd., BC Research, and Shell Canada Oil Sands. Prior to his current role, he was the Sustainable Development Manager for Shell’s international sulphur and road bitumen businesses. Timo holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Toronto, and MBA and MRM degrees from SFU. He is a registered professional engineer in BC, and is a member of the board of the national NGO, "Tree Canada".

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