Walmart and The Packaging Association hosted the Fourth Annual Sustainable Packaging Conference at the Toronto Congress Centre under the theme of “How to Embed Sustainability into Your Organization.”
This year’s one-day event featured a number of presentations, workshops, progress reports, survey results and tabletop exhibits. The conference began with Guy McGuffin, VP Supply Chain for Walmart Canada, and had two keynote speakers: Walmart Canada’s new Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer, Duncan MacNaughton and the honourable John Gerretsen, Ontario Minister of the Environment.
Other notable speakers included Beth Simermeyer, President and General Manager of S.C. Johnson and Son with the addition of interactive workshops featuring sustainability professionals Kathleen McKnight from the Oxford Consulting Group and Anthony Watanabe, President and CEO of The Innovolve Group.
The event also announced the award winners of the Student Sustainable Packaging Design Competition for Windex packaging. Participating post-secondary schools included Canadore, Conestoga, Durham, Seneca, Mohawk, Humber and the University of Toronto.Third place went to Durham College’s team of Denise Arcand, Courtney Schouwerwou, Sara Big Canoe, Laura Tout, Adam Maryn, and Damon Martin. Second place went to Conestoga College’s Greg Muhlbock and first place went to the Mohawk College team of Kristin Hoover, Mike Virag, and Kyla Tonkin.
In closing for the event, McGuffin announced Walmart’s Sustainable Packaging Award, which went to Henkel Technologies for its Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets packaging.