Partners Quotes

Sustainability is a focus in ABCRC operations and drives our daily business activities. ABCRC is pleased to support the Canada Plastics Pact in implementing a sustainable circular economy for plastics in a strategic way, that analyzes the structure and function of how we do business in Canada. A circular economy relies on consumers to recycle their plastic beverage containers so they can be repeatedly recycled back into the supply chain. As the agent for beverage manufacturers in Alberta to collect and process beverage containers, we remain committed to achieving a high recovery, and high recycling rate of non-refillable beverage containers.

Guy West, President & CEO, Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation (ABCRC)


As Canada’s largest and oldest bakery, Bimbo Canada is proud to join the Canadian Plastics Pact.  We are constantly evolving how we do business to maintain our commitment to operate a sustainable, highly productive and deeply humane company.  Although sustainability touches everything we do, we are focusing our efforts on targeting zero waste throughout our value chain with sustainable packaging, efficient operations and food waste reduction.  We commit to ensuring that 100 per cent of our packaging supports a circular economy through being recyclable, biodegradable or compostable by 2025.  We believe that the best way to achieve our goals is by working together with our industry partners to find solutions to tackle plastics waste.

Joseph McCarthy, President, Bimbo Canada


BOSK is proud to join the Canadian Plastics Pact and looks forward to working with all its members to create a circular plastic economy in Canada. As specialists in bio-sourced and compostable materials, we hope to help better define the role that these alternative materials can play across the plastic value chain in order to achieve our common goal of reducing plastic waste in the environment.

Laurence Boudreault, General Manager, BOSK Bioproducts


We all want to decrease unnecessary waste. To do so, it’s going to take leadership. That’s why Canadians, businesses, all levels of government, and non-governmental organizations have united with the Canada Plastics Pact. Together we will drive a circular economy in Canada. Our members’ containers are made to be remade, and we are committed to getting every bottle back. Together we can make a real impact.

Jim Goetz, President, Canadian Beverage Association (CBA)


The Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) and our Recycle Everywhere Program in Manitoba, is pleased to join forces with other like-minded organizations across the country as an implementation partner. Our commitment is to make recycling beverage containers easy and economical at home and away from home. As well our efforts help reduce litter and support a circular economy. We believe strongly, that through this collective approach we can divert and convert more materials in the future.

Ken Friesen, Executive Director, Recycle Everywhere, Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA)


The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is pleased to join other organizations in supporting CPP’s mandate. CPP is a collaborative platform whose goals fall squarely in line with CPMA’s vision and commitment to reduce unnecessary plastics in the fresh produce industry. In 2019, CPMA established a Plastics Packaging Working Group to find evidence-based solutions to support the industry in creating a circular economy for plastics. We’ve developed resources, including a Technical Report and a Roadmap, highlighting steps we need to take to achieve our goals, and a Preferred Plastics Guide to help our members make informed packaging decisions.

Ron Lemaire, President, Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA)


Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA) is excited to be a founding member of the Canada Plastics Pact. As the largest and most experienced compliance solution provider for extended producer programs in North America, and proud endorser of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, CSSA looks forward to collaborating with Canadian businesses and others to realize our vision of a circular economy for plastics without waste. Collectively, CSSA’s client-programs managed over 142,000 tonnes of plastic packaging in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario in 2019. We welcome collaboration throughout the packaging value chain to bring about tangible change.

David Pearce, Managing Director, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA)


As Canadians’ concern over the effects of climate change, resource scarcity and plastic waste continues to grow, maintaining our momentum in the development and execution of our sustainability initiatives is intrinsic to our purpose. While we have developed new product packaging standards in order to reduce waste and our impact on the environment, we recognize that across the plastics value chain, much more is needed to bring Canadians’ desire for a more circular plastics economy to life. We are proud to be founding signatories to the Canada Plastics Pact, which has been designed to foster aligned innovation and investment by all participants in the plastics value chain.

Robyn Collver, SVP, Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation


Reducing plastic waste and redefining its value requires the consciousness and co-operation of everyone. The Canada Plastics Pact provides an important platform to support organizations and individuals, and activates our common goal to eliminate plastic waste. Through broad and open collaboration across the entire value chain – from design and production to consumption and end-of-life – there is untapped and unprecedented opportunity for Canada to join global leaders and advance a circular economy for plastics.

Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Circular Innovation Council | Recycling Council of Ontario


The Circular Plastics Taskforce – a working group that brings together five leading Canadian-based companies and an industry association – is proud to join the Canada Plastics Pact as implementation partner. While being a platform for our founding members’ individual engagement, the CPP is an opportunity for us to join forces with key partners and pursue our common goal of building a circular economy for all post-consumer plastics. We believe multi-stakeholder collaboration is key to optimize the plastics recycling value chain and identify solutions that will lead to systemic change.

The Circular Plastics Taskforce Steering Committee


The City of Edmonton is committed to catalyzing change to reduce waste and is eager to support the work of the Canadian Plastic Pact as an implementation partner. Reducing waste is an increasingly important issue that cannot be solved by municipal governments alone. We are pleased to be joining leaders across Canada in making shifts to reduce waste by supporting zero waste and circular economy initiatives, while increasing participation in waste reduction and recycling programs.

Andre Corbould, City Manager, City of Edmonton


Club Coffee is Canada’s largest roaster of coffees sold through retail outlets. We answered the consumer call to cut plastic waste by creating the world’s first certified compostable coffee pod for Canada’s best-known single serve brewer format. It’s great that business decision makers are getting around the same table to drive sustainable change. We’re in the Canada Plastics Pact because one company can only do so much. Together we can team up for effective solutions that cut plastic waste – and soon. We’re ready to do our part.

John Pigott, CEO, Club Coffee


Cleanfarms is an agricultural industry stewardship organization that contributes to a healthier environment and a sustainable future by recovering and recycling agricultural and related industry plastics, packaging and products, coast to coast. Plastics are an essential tool in today’s agricultural sector. The ag industry is committed to  finding solutions to contribute to the sustainability of plastics and multi-sector initiatives like CPP strengthen our collective efforts towards zero plastic waste to landfill.

Barry Friesen, Executive Director, Cleanfarms Inc. 


Forging a future without waste, and ending plastic waste, in Canada, between Canada and the United States, and across North America, is a monumental task that no one level of government or sector can tackle on their own. We’re excited to be partnering with the Canada Plastics Pact to identify and advance the collaborations that will create a sustainable future built upon circular economy solutions.
Mark Fisher, President and CEO, Council of the Great Lakes Region


As part of our World Without Waste commitment, Coca-Cola has made strides in Canada to reduce plastic packaging waste. But there is more we must do locally, and we can’t do it alone. That’s why we are pleased to join the Canadian Plastics Pact. Together with partners from across the private and public sector, we will accelerate progress in Canada and help create a more sustainable future. 
Darlene Nicosia, President, Canada and Northeast US, North America Operating Unit, The Coca-Cola Company


Danone Canada is proud to be signing the Canadian Plastic Pact and rallying the industry to find solutions to plastic waste. Creating a circular economy for packaging is central to Danone’s One Planet. One Health vision, and our ambition to create and share sustainable value. We are committed to make 100% of our packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. This includes developing impactful partnerships such as this one to keep pushing innovation on resource use and recycling practices.

Dan Magliocco, President, Danone Canada


The David Suzuki Foundation seeks to enable an economic transformation that ensures the thriving and well-being of people and planet. We join the Canada Plastics Pact as an Implementing Partner in order to help accelerate the re-imagining and innovation needed to bounce beyond take-make-waste economic approaches. As the world emerges from a global pandemic, we do not need to rely on out-of-date strategies that lead to waste and environmental degradation. A circular economy approach is one key step on the road to an equitable, just and well-being generating economy that respects Nature’s limits. The David Suzuki Foundation looks forward to facilitating circular actions and help ensure commitments are achieved.
Yannick Beaudoin, Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada,
David Suzuki Foundation 


We have been talking for years about how a circular economy for plastics has huge economic benefits. We know from experience that making the plastics industry more circular will create long-term green economy jobs that will strengthen, diversify, and expedite the local and national economic recovery. In Canada, we have both the tools and the knowledge to make a big change in how plastics are used, managed, and perceived. Plastics are a resource, not waste. The problem is that we don’t treat it like the former. As a recycling company, we are honoured to be in the CPP to help deliver practical solutions.
Paulina Leung, Chief Sustainability Officer, Emterra Group 


In order to achieve Canada’s goal of zero plastic waste by 2030, we must all work together – governments, the private sector and all Canadians – to keep plastic out of our environment and in our economy. The Canada Plastics Pact is an important step from Canadian business and non-governmental leaders in the transition to a more circular economy. Together, we are creating a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change


Becoming a partner in the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) is a natural progression for FHCP, the first trade association in Canada to endorse the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision for a New Plastics Economy.  Building on the leadership of Canada’s food, health and consumer goods manufacturers, we are committed to working with partners to identify and implement solutions make sure plastic never becomes waste.  Collaborative and creative leadership is required to make an impact in the packaging supply chain, allowing more and more companies to eliminate waste through design and innovation, and work toward a circular economy.
Michael Graydon, CEO, Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada


The Canada Plastics Pact allows organizations from across the value chain to come together and share ideas and resources to accomplish a common goal of a circular economy. The principals of Fraser Plastics Ltd. have developed an effective Post- Consumer HDPE processing facility in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. We face up to our responsibility to the planet and future generations and it aligns well with the goals of CPP. Canada Plastics Pact is a very resourceful network for a business like us for knowledge sharing and coordinated action.

Shami Gill, VP, Operations, Fraser Plastics Ltd.


We remain diligent on being an environmental steward and taking action to end plastic waste and pollution in support of the planet, people and communities we serve. We’re proud to join the Canada Plastics Pact and see great benefit in collaborating with other like-minded partners to collectively reach our goals. Keeping plastic in the economy and out of the environment requires us to act together, and we are looking forward to tackling this important issue at scale.

Mary Jane Melendez, chief sustainability and social impact officer, General Mills


HypoIndsutries is an Alberta-based manufacturer of wipes, disinfectants & healthcare products. At HypoIndustries we believe that you should be the change you want to see in the world. Cleaning and disinfecting needs will remain at a high level for the foreseeable future… but being safe doesn’t need to be at the expense of the environment or our health. Hypo in Greek means “less than normal” and embodies our vision for: Less Plastics waste (adopting fully recyclable packaging); Less Landfill waste (using compostable wipe fabrics); Less Toxins (using Health Canada approved low-toxicity chemistries); and Less Transportation (Canadian made).

Bertrand Groulx, VP, Business Development, HypoIndustries Ltd.


Joining the Canadian Plastics Pact gives us the opportunity to collaborate with all sectors that will be instrumental in developing and supporting a thriving circular economy in Canada. The Ice River Sustainable Solutions family of companies has relied on the circularity of our raw materials for over 10 years. We are excited to learn from our new partners while also sharing our unique perspective as a recycler, manufacturer and consumer of recycled plastics. We look forward to working with the other members on improving packaging and ensuring plastics remain in the value stream and out of the environment.
Sandy Gott, Executive Vice President & Co-owner, Ice River Sustainable Solutions 


Today we are thrilled to join the Canada Plastics Pact—a clear sign that all sectors across our country are committed to reducing plastic waste and ensuring plastic packaging does not end up in our environment. Our Experimental Lakes Area is actively undertaking experiments, on real lakes, to discover the impact of (micro)plastics on Canada’s freshwater ecosystems. This unique research will lead to smart policies to protect our fish populations and precious water supplies.

As proud partners of the CPP, we look forward to collaborating on new solutions to environmental problems, informed by homegrown science.

Matthew McCandless, Senior Director, Fresh Water, International Institute for Sustainable Development and Executive Director, IISD Experimental Lakes Area


Keurig Dr Pepper is committed to reducing our virgin plastic use and designing packaging to ensure our materials remain in use and out of the environment. We are thrilled to be part of this movement with industry leaders and engaged corporate players that share our vision for improvement of plastics management across Canada and building of a truly circular economy.

Stephane Glorieux, President, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada


At Kraft Heinz Canada, we believe that the Canada Plastics Pact provides an important opportunity to work toward a common vision of a circular economy for plastics. We all have a role to play in reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and waterways. We are committed to making all of our packaging 100 per cent reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025, and this initiative will help build momentum to reach our goals.

Bruno Keller, President, Kraft Heinz Canada


Sustainability is a strategic imperative at Kruger Products and a core part of how we evaluate opportunities. We have made considerable progress towards shrinking our environmental footprint, but we recognize that we can go further, do even better, and make an even stronger impact. Through Reimagine 2030, we are prioritizing the environment and our social impacts to make everyday life more comfortable. One of our targets is to reduce the virgin plastic in our trademark branded products by 50%. We are proud to be a signatory of the Canadian Plastics Pact to share with and learn from other members as we navigate through this journey.

Dino Bianco, CEO, Kruger Products L.P.


The retail and consumer goods industry generates one-third of plastic waste. That means we should be at least one-third of the solution. We develop, package and sell the products, so it’s in our control. We know more can be done to reduce plastic waste, and that we need progressive policies and systems that keep plastics out of nature.  The Canada Plastics Pact brings industry together to do just that.

Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited


As a leading North American producer of high-quality, sustainable meat and plant-based proteins, Maple Leaf Foods is proud to join the Canada Plastics Pact in an effort to reduce plastic waste. We are on a purposeful journey to become the most sustainable protein company on earth and reducing packaging waste is an important step to meet this goal. We must act with urgency now to address the negative impacts on our globe and we support the clear and actionable targets set by the CPP.

Randy Huffman, Chief Food Safety and Sustainability Officer, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.


At Mars Canada, we believe the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. Through our Sustainable in a Generation Plan, we are taking purposeful action to help eliminate plastic waste and pollution, and the Canada Plastics Pact will drive further innovation and collaboration by uniting all stakeholders towards a common vision of a circular economy for plastics.

Jeremy Daveau, General Manager, Mars Canada


As Canada’s largest plastics recycler, the Merlin Plastics Group is pleased to bring over three decades of recycling experience to the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP).  We are excited to constructively participate with like-minded business leaders, all working towards the common goal of a circular economy, thereby ensuring that packaging does not end up in our natural environment.  Merlin is ready to help producers meet the objectives set out by the CPP with a view to creating lasting benefits from a social, economic, and environmental perspective.

Tony Moucachen, President, Merlin Plastics Group


Reducing the environmental impact of packaging and tackling plastic waste are key priorities for us. We believe that sector-wide initiatives, in collaboration with government, are essential to minimizing the overall impact of packaging on our environment.  We’re proud to join the Canada Plastics Pact as we work to collectively advance a unified approach to creating scalable solutions for a circular economy for plastics in Canada.

Martin Parent, President, Mondelez Canada


Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba Inc. (MMSM) is an industry led organization that fund and provides support for Manitoba’s residential recycling programs for packaging and printed paper. MMSM believes we need to work collectively to reshape the plastic packaging supply chain to reduce unnecessary waste. We are proud to be joining the CPP, which will drive collaborative efforts in recycling with industry stakeholders. By bringing together Canada’s key industry leaders, we’ll have a positive impact in keeping plastics in our economy and out of the environment.

Karen Melnychuk, Executive Director, Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba Inc. (MMSM)


For decades, Canada’s local governments have been doing their utmost to manage the growing amount of plastic waste. Though recycling is important, we need more upstream solutions to prevent plastic from becoming waste in the first place. We are pleased to be the first local government to engage with the Canada Plastics Pact and look forward to supporting our fellow partners and signatories to advance a circular economy for plastic for the benefit of our environment, climate and economy.

Director Froese, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors and Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee


The National Zero Waste Council is proud to have played a role in the development of the Canada Plastics Pact, which represents a timely opportunity for Canada to turn the rising tide of plastic pollution. Canada has a major role to play in the worldwide effort to advance a circular economy for plastics and we look forward to collaborating with stakeholders and leaders across the value chain to make plastic pollution a thing of the past.

Malcolm Brodie, Chair, National Zero Waste Council


All around the world and here in Canada leading organizations are making great strides to reduce plastic waste at all stages of their operations.  Unfortunately the actions of any one organization alone won’t be enough to meet the expectations and requirements of a society and a planet that demands bolder and faster action.   The Natural Step Canada is therefore proud to be joining forces with a diverse group of leaders from business, government and civil society to launch the Canada Plastics Pact.  Together we will innovate and implement scalable end-to-end solutions that will keep plastics in the economy but out of the environment.
David Hughes, President and CEO, The Natural Step Canada 


Our vision at Nestlé Canada is that none of our packaging, including plastics, ends up in a landfill or as litter. As the largest food and beverage company in the world, we are positioned to make a significant contribution to improving the health of our planet and to making a real difference. We are excited to join the Canada Plastics Pact and to work collaboratively with our industry and government partners to pioneer alternative packaging materials, support increased investments in recycling infrastructure, and drive recycling behaviour in pursuit of a circular economy.

John Carmichael, President & CEO, Nestlé Canada


Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to our ocean, killing wildlife and damaging ecosystems. Microplastics impede the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon and have even been found in the most remote parts of the ocean, including in food we eat. Plastic pollution is a systemic, global problem that no one organisation, government or actor can resolve alone. This is why Ocean Wise has proudly joined the Canada Plastic Pact, to collaborate with other committed stakeholders from across the value chain, to implement science based solutions that ultimately stop the leak of plastic into our oceans.

Lasse Gustavsson, President and CEO, Ocean Wise


As Alberta’s voice for the circular economy, the Recycling Council of Alberta stands beside our partners in the CPP to advance solutions to manage plastic. We are keen to be a part of this National movement and look forward to the implementation of new solutions that arise as a result of the collaboration.

Christina Seidel, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Alberta 


Being a partner of the CPP is very much aligned with our commitment to foster a world where nothing is waste.  In 2019, Return-It made a Global Commitment through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help eliminate plastic pollution at the source and joining CPP is a natural evolution of our drive and commitment. We have been leading BC’s beverage container management program for over 26 years and focused on collaborating with like-minded organizations and being at the forefront of providing innovative solutions.  It is important that we continue to have these essential conversations and work together to ensure plastic never becomes waste.

Allen Langdon, President & CEO, Return-It


Ryse Solutions joined the CPP because it was the right thing to do. Period. As a forward-looking business partner to large, medium and small companies, we believe the CPP will make Canadian producers, retailers and packaging suppliers more circular and companies more profitable. While this change may seem intimidating, many companies experience an economic benefit when adopting circularity throughout their practices and supply chains. Using resources that are already available makes sense and makes cents.  Ryse Solutions’ role in the CPP is to assist companies who need help in creating and implementing the roadmap to circularity.

Gordon Day, Vice President, Ryse Solutions


Save-On-Foods has a long-standing commitment to addressing climate change through an evolving portfolio of initiatives. For decades, we’ve sought local, provincial, national and even global opportunities to make a difference. We are so proud to have the support of our team members, customers and communities in our participation in the Canada Plastics Pact to reduce plastic waste and make a positive impact in the lives of all Canadians.

Darrell Jones, President, Save-On-Foods.


Smart Prosperity Institute is thrilled to be a founding partner in the Canada Plastics Pact. We look forward to working collaboratively to help realize its critical vision of a circular economy for plastics in Canada, in which plastic never becomes waste or pollution. Advancing this essential aim will help effect systemic change across the plastics eco-system and support our overall goal of building a stronger, cleaner economy.

Mike Wilson, Executive Director, Smart Prosperity Institute


Packaging is pervasive in the grocery industry and it is detrimental to our environment. As an online grocer with a mission to create a safe and sustainable food system for all, we joined the CPP because we believe that together we can provide a framework that is based on the needs of all stakeholders, which will be required to solve this problem nationally. We seek to leverage technology and work with innovative thought leaders to make a circular economy for plastics profitable, accessible, scalable.

Peter van Stolk, CEO,


As a Flexible Packaging Manufacturer for 50 years, we understand that adapting to change is key to sustainable success. For this reason, Tempo Plastics is extremely excited for the opportunity to align with like-minded partners in the Canadian Plastics Pact. We pledge not to ignore the evidence-based data uncovered in this process, no matter how unflattering it may be to our current business. We will continue to invest in the internal infrastructure required to provide our flexible packaging solutions that will positively impact and contribute towards Canada’s goal of Zero Plastic Waste by 2030.

Leonardo Giglio, Optimist & CEO, Tempo Plastics Limited


Unilever Canada is proud to sign on to the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) and contribute to the work needed to address the plastic pollution crisis. The time is now for a coordinated response. Only by collaborating and pooling the resources and expertise of businesses, government and NGOs will we be able to accelerate the creation of a circular economy for plastics ensuring it stays in the economy, off our shorelines, and out of our parks and communities.

Gary Wade, President, Unilever Canada


Climate change is real and we need to act with urgency. Walmart is on a path to becoming a regenerative company – one that works to restore, renew and replenish. The Canada Plastics Pact is part of acting urgently and I am proud to join with all the businesses taking action to reduce plastic use. I believe that together we will make a difference.

Horacio Barbeito, President and CEO, Walmart Canada

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