Workshop (*With Breakout Rooms)

Securing a fair and equitable transition to the circular economy

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The goal of this session is to develop tactical approaches to embed social impact into circular economy solutions.

A growing number of innovative circular economy solutions show great promise to accelerate the transition toward a long-overdue and fundamental shift in the way we create, consume and dispose of products. However, the transition to a circular economy is about more than designing out waste, regenerating natural systems, and extending product life. If we cannot achieve these outcomes in a fair, just and equitable way, we will not get very far.

In our work helping to shape and asses a multitude of circular economy solutions, Deloitte Canada’s Sustainability and Social Impact team has found that identifying, managing and measuring social impact is a significant gap in developing circular solutions. Organizations tend to struggle with identifying and measuring ways their solutions can build resilient communities, enable access to circular consumption choices for all, and create jobs for vulnerable people. Through Deloitte’s proven Greenhouse facilitation methodology and emerging technology, our session will inspire participants to think differently about how to identify, track, measure and maximize the social impacts of circular economy solutions.

The workshop will run in three parts:

  1. Kicking things off: We will introduce the context behind the social impact gap for the circular economy, and will draw from our pool of partners and clients working on leading circular solutions to showcase how their approach to circularity embeds social impact in a meaningful way.
  2. Problem-solving sessions: Breakout groups will each receive a case study of a real circular business. Through our virtual idea mapping technology, we will facilitate working sessions to uncover ways that these businesses can embed fairness, justice and community resilience into their work and identify tactical approaches to measure these impacts.
  3. Charting the path for impactful circular solutions: Breakout groups will share their learnings from the working sessions, including new ways to consider the social impacts of circular models and the barriers that exist for businesses to maximize the positive social impacts of their work.

Following the working session, our team will pull the learnings into a toolkit for organizations to use as they develop their circular economy solutions, including recommendations on how to overcome the barriers identified.

Confirmed Panelists

  1. Sarah Chapman, Director, Sustainability & Social Impact, Deloitte Canada

Session role: Lead facilitator

Brief bio: Sarah is a leader within Deloitte’s Sustainability and Social Impact advisory practice. She also leads the National Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability team within Deloitte Canada & Chile, With extensive experience across the US and Asia-Pacific regions, Sarah specializes in building innovative purpose-driven sustainability strategies and programs that create shared economic and societal value. Sarah has a PhD in Sustainability & Shared Value and a Masters in Management. Sarah chairs the Canadian IMPACT2030 Council, bringing together private and public sector towards co-created action on the SDGs.

  1. Laura Maxwell, Senior Consultant, Sustainability & Social Impact, Deloitte Canada

Session role: breakout group facilitator

Brief bio: Laura Maxwell brings experience in sustainable development across diverse topics including sustainable business, development innovation, and inclusive economic growth. ​Laura working on an economic study of the Canadian plastic industry, market and waste for Environment and Climate Change Canada, and developed a model to estimate the impacts of circular economy approaches in British Columbia. She is currently working with a local business in Tanzania to improve the supply of affordable and reusable menstrual products in rural areas, which will also create employment opportunities for vulnerable women and girls.


  1. Marie Sereneo, Consultant, Sustainability & Social Impact, Deloitte Canada

Session role: breakout group facilitator

Brief bio: Marie is a consultant with Deloitte Canada’s Sustainability and Social Impact advisory practice. She supports diverse clients to identify their most important ESG (environmental, social, governance) matters and understand how to integrate them into their organization’s sustainability strategy, reporting, and disclosure. Prior to joining Deloitte, Marie was a public health researcher contributing to the circular economy of water in the areas of public policy and social engagement, where she helped assess the impacts of water reuse and resource recovery in Canadian communities. Marie holds an MPH in environmental and occupational health from the University of Alberta.


  1. Jillian Rodak, Senior Consultant, Sustainability & Social Impact, Deloitte Canada

Session role: breakout group facilitator

Brief bio: For over ten years, Jillian Rodak has worked across the private, public, and NGO sectors to drive organizations toward sustainability and social impact through advisory services and workshop facilitation. Jillian currently leads Deloitte Canada’s internal circular economy working group and has assessed over 40 circular business models from around the world. In 2017, Jillian completed her Masters thesis focused on the potential opportunities and impacts of the circular economy for Canadian businesses. Jillian was named a Corporate Knights Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability leader in Canada in 2015.

Unconfirmed Panelists

If this session is selected for SOCAP, we will invite the leaders of a circular business to showcase the social impact elements of their work for part 1 of the session. For part 2, we will invite circular economy leaders to include their businesses as case studies for the breakout sessions, and welcome their participation in the discussions to help develop the social impact elements of their solutions.

We have strong relationships with many leaders of circular solutions and expect they will welcome the invitation to participate.

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