Circular Economy In-Person Session on April 3, 2023

Where: 8th Floor Atrium, BCIT Downtown Campus (555 Seymour Street)
When: Wednesday April 3, 2024, Registration opens 2:30 PM, Session from 3-5 PM, Mixer from 5-6 PM

Join the EMA of BC for an afternoon in-person education session on the Circular Economy.  The session will feature three presentations, followed by questions/ discussion and a social mixer.

  • Mat Kavanagh, LaFarge Canada Inc.  –  Waste to Resource – Circular Economy Initiatives across Lafarge’s Aggregate and Concrete Businesses
  • Rustam Punja, Geocycle Canada Inc.  – Contaminated Soils as Raw Materials for Cement Manufacturing
  • Marcos Badra, City of Richmond – Circularity in Action

Speaker Bios:

Mat Kavanagh, B.Tech, M.Sc, P.Ag
Sustainability & Environment Manager, BC & US PNW, Lafarge Canada Inc. 

Mat Kavanagh is the Sustainability & Environment Manager for BC & US PNW Operations of Lafarge Canada. Lafarge is Canada’s largest provider of innovative and sustainable building solutions, including aggregates, cement, concrete, asphalt as well as an in-house infrastructure division. In addition to environmental compliance, Mat’s focus includes driving Lafarge’s sustainability strategy in accordance with four key pillars: people, climate, nature, and circular economy.  Prior to leading the BC & PNW Sustainability & Environment team at Lafarge, Mat worked in several capacities as an environmental consultant across Western Canada, focusing on the Oil & Gas industry. In 2016, Mat moved to the Lower Mainland and started his career in the construction materials industry. 

Rustam Punja
Geocycle Senior Manager, Geocycle Canada Inc.

Rustam Punja is the Senior Commercial Manager at Geocycle Canada, a subsidiary of Lafarge Canada.  Geocycle is a global organization that sources, develops, and commercializes waste byproducts that substitute for virgin materials used in the Holcim group’s cement plants. Rustam’s focus over 11 years has been developing alternative raw material and alternative fuel inputs of the Lafarge Richmond and Lafarge Exshaw cement plants.  The two western Canada plants process over 230,000t per year of waste byproducts.  

Marcos Badra
Program Manager, Circular Economy, City of Richmond

Marcos Alejandro Badra is the Program Manager, Circular Economy for the City of Richmond. Marcos’s passions include sustainability, circular economy, economic growth, and social development. With over 15 years of experience working in a circular economy, he has experience with material flow, life cycle assessment, zero waste programs, environmental risk assessment, environmental management systems, human development, and community engagement. He has worked in and with numerous industries (chemistry, pharmaceuticals, automotive, energy, food and beverage, pulp and paper, and mining) and policymakers in Latin America and Europe. In addition to circular economy and sustainability, he is experienced in partnership building, stakeholder engagement, and human development. Marcos holds a BSc in Environmental Management, an MSc in Project Design, Management and Administration, and an MSc in International Cooperation for Project Management. He is a prospective MSc graduate in Sustainability Development Management from Blas Pascal University.”

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