NSW Division Innovation Series - EIANZ, Circular Economy


The NSW Division presents the second instalment in our Innovation Series: Why the Circular Economy is important to you.

The circular economy is set to transform the way we design, use and reuse products and services. With implications in every facet of our life from our daily laundry habits through to the way we service our clients, understanding what the circular economy means to you and your work is crucial.

Join us to hear from a diverse range of panelists on how they have been contributing to the circular economy through business to business industrial ecology, mining waste and resources, to redesigning business models.

The panel discussion will present an opportunity to generate ideas and develop your journey towards a circular economy.

Our panel includes:

Nils Vesk (Facilitator) - As a pioneering innovation expert, Nils Vesk is continually reinventing ways to make innovation practical, accessible and replicable for everyone. So people can innovate for themselves and their organisations like never before, and no one has to say innovation is too hard. Nils will facilitate the discussion and provide some key insights into how we can innovate around the Circular Economy.

Candice Quartermain - Founder of Circular Economy Australia. Candice seeks to push the nation into innovation superdrive and kick-start traditional businesses into Silicon Valley thinking.

Prof Damien Giurco - Director (Innovation), Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) and leading the Wealth from Waste Cluster ISF, to identify pathways for creating wealth from waste containing metals, including e-waste.

Tom Davies - Director Edge Environment, leading the NSW EPA Circulate program to transform business as usual resource recovery with practical solutions across industry.

Keynote - Stormwater NSW Awards for Excellence

Thank you! You did a wonderful job, it was intriguing and inspiring – and let’s face it, you hooked everyone, because stormwater should be the ultimate in circular economy! We certainly had a lot of conversation at our table afterwards over dinner.

— Rebecca

Stormwater Australia links the diverse and multi-disciplinary interests of all Australian stakeholders of the Stormwater Industry and represents them at all national forums.

Stormwater Australia promotes innovative and sustainable practice technologies, standards and policies that minimise adverse environmental, social and economic impacts. Stormwater Australia also facilitates an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of agencies and partners working to improve the management of our natural and built stormwater systems, provides an advisory and reference service for the industry and promotes the concept that stormwater is a resource.

Upskill to Upcycle, Vivid 2015

‘Upskill to Upcycle’ by Circular Economy Australia

The Circular Economy is generating thousands of new jobs, creating huge investment and designing with a conscience. 
Waste is known as an unwanted resource. But is that fair? Perhaps it is simply in need of a creative movement, set to change perception about the way we use, deal, and think about our most common by-products.
In this ‘take, make and throw away’ world, we’re constantly surrounded by stuff and things (and more things and more stuff). Quickly, easily, and without thinking, our casual collections become waste. Whether it be a finished coffee cup, an old phone or an unwanted gift from grandma, our waste runs so rampant in our everyday life, it’s now become invisible.
The Circular Economy is flipping waste on its head by presenting new ways to look at use of resources. Instead focusing on regenerative design. ‘Upskill to Upcycle’ brings together leaders of this movement to present their thoughts, innovations and skills to inspire conscious individuals and communities to do the same.
Deep dive into a collaborative design challenge showing you the true value of waste like you have never seen it before. 
Get hands-on and crafty with electronics, everyday products, and waste materials!
Leave energised, inspired and excited about the future. 
This event is for creative thinkers, community makers and social curators. 
A trillion dollar future awaits you, book your ticket today. 
Highlights Include:
• Thought leaders' panel discussion
• Local makers goody bag
• Access to a future thinking network
• Design prizes

Purpose 2015 - More from Less

More From Less The World Economic Forum estimates the circular economy to be worth $1 trillion worldwide and $26 billion in Australia by 2025. 

Get to know some of the leaders in regenerative business and the circular economy. 

Candice Quartermain - Founder & Program Director, Circular Economy Australia (Facilitator). Malcolm Rands - Founder & CEO, ecostore. Jason & Kim Graham-Nye - Co-founders, G Diapers. Clinton Squires - Managing Director & Senior Vice President Aust & NZ,

About Purpose

It’s 2015 and the future belongs to businesses with purpose.

The kind of purpose that’s baked into the business model, from the kind of companies that solve problems, rather than create them. We’re about businesses with a healthy bottom line and a healthy perspective on what the world actually needs.

Purpose is the coming together of purpose-driven people. It’s by application only and over two days you’ll get to meet, learn from and be inspired by the best in the industry. The people who are doing good and doing it incredibly well.

We’re going to talk about reinventing business models, shifting corporate cultures and rewriting the role of brands and organisations to be purpose driven. This is the event for connecting, meeting and learning from like minded people. 

Presented by Wildwon

Shaping our City: Collaborative Sydney

On Oct 1st, we heard from a diverse group of panellists who considered the opportunities within the collaborative economy. They discussed perspectives and opportunities across resources, transportation, food generation, human-centric design and the future of workplaces.

Event Overview 

The collaborative economy is a revolution, one being felt beyond the confines of the industries it disrupts. It is redefining consumption, styles of work, and ideas of community and ownership.

Our panel, featuring Candice Quartermain, Founder of Circular Economy Australia, Will Davies, CEO of Car Next Door, Max Wilson, General Manager of Corporate Solutions, Mirvac, Harry Quartermain from 2000 Acres and more, will consider perspectives from development, planning, government, and business.

Our panel, featuring Candice Quartermain, Founder of Circular Economy AustraliaWill Davies, CEO of Car Next DoorMax Wilson, General Manager of Corporate Solutions, MirvacHarry Quartermain from 2000 Acres and more, will consider perspectives from development, planning, government, and business.

Please join us as we discuss how the collaborative economy will change Sydney, now and into the future.

World Resources Forum - Business models for a circular world

BUSINESS MODELS FOR A CIRCULAR WORLD Workshop in partnership with UTS business and industry leaders
Answering four big questions this panel workshop explores the what, how and why of operating business in a circular world. As the circular economy gains continued prominence in Europe and China, this session is designed to discover how businesses are implementing circular business models in Australia, the Asia Pacific and the United States. Panel members will draw on their experience and knowledge as practitioners, researchers and advocates working for a circular economy and audience members will contribute to the discussion. An overarching aim is to generate insights regarding how we might optimise business models to enable a valuable circular economy in the Asia-Pacific. 

• Melissa Edwards, UTS Business School • Candice Quartermain, Founder and joint CEO, Circular Economy Australia • James Moody, CEO Sendle and TuShare • Jason Graham-Nye, CEO and Co-Founder gDiapers | gNappies • Monique Retamal, Australian National University • Sam Sharpe, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS.

Water Innovation Forum 2015

Water Innovation Forum 2015

Disruptive innovation can be the game changer for business success and economic growth, creating opportunities and improving customer engagement. In this session, Candice Quartermain - Program Director Circular Economy Australia, explores why we need disruptive innovation.

Disruptive innovation Festival - Circular Economy Australia

Hosted by the brightest minds in their field from a range of creative and academic industries, the event will showcased a series of presentations, discussions and demonstrations designed to inspire and influence new ways of thinking.

HotHouse STUFF - Exploring a Circular Economy

The world is waking up to the fact that we cannot endlessly dig up resources, use them, and discard them as waste. But now imagine a system where all our resources are endlessly reused or harmlessly returned to the biosphere – waste could get consigned to the history books.

Sound far-fetched? Circular Economy is an idea whose time has come. We don’t like the idea of silver bullet solutions but the ideas that have come out of the UK’s Ellen McArthur Foundation (EMF) over the past few years are so broad in their ambition, yet so fine in detail and so extensively thought out, that it’s hard not to get a little bit excited – that maybe this is the idea that will finally turn around our juggernaut global economy and pull us back from the brink of climate catastrophe.

Here in Australia, the term Circular Economy is still new to most people, but that is about to change. A few pioneers are leading the way – Candice Quartermain from Circular Economy Australia is joined on stage by Colin Bray. Colin will tell us the story of Desso, a carpet and floor-covering manufacturer that is exemplifying circular economy principles in the Australian market.

Presented by Candice Quartermain,
Founder/CEO, Circular Economy Australia
and, Colin Bray,
Regional Managing Director at Desso – Australia / New Zealand

About Hothouse

HotHouse is for thinking people looking for something new and exciting in the sustainability space. It’s fast-paced, provocative, entertaining and accessible to everyone.

Sustainability is the defining creative design challenge of our time

We need solutions that are people-centred, systemic in scope and truly transformative. HotHouse inspires and empowers you to create positive change.

We create events, exhibitions and a variety of other public engagements in Sydney. We started out with some pretty great events in partnership with the Powerhouse Museum in 2014 and in 2015 we spread our wings with the Waterways exhibition and BEAMS Festival. In 2016 we're back at the Powerhouse with monthly events, plus we've hit the road with our touring Ocean Action Pod.

HotHouse is a not for profit initiative of the Total Environment Centre.