The Future of Plastic Waste Management

Posted March 8, 2021

  • April 22, 2021
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Future of Plastic Waste Management

This discussion panel will include Unilever Canada, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, and IKEA Group and will be moderated by Toronto Pearson. Using the upcoming Partners in Project Green resource: Preventing and Diverting Plastic Waste from our Watersheds: A Business Guide as a launching off point, panelists will explore  how their individual work contributes to collective action and the goals of the Ocean Plastics Charter as a framework for managing plastic waste.



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Todd Ernst - GTAATodd Ernst

Director, Aviation Infrastructure, Energy & Environment, Toronto Pearson
Co-Chair, Partners in Project Green Executive Management Committee

Todd is Director of Aviation Infrastructure, Energy and Environment at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), a Founding Member of Partners in Project Green. Todd is also the Co-Chair of Partners in Project Green’s Executive Management Committee, acting as a catalyst for new ideas, innovation, and leadership for PPG’s priorities and performance.


Melissa Barbosa
Head of Sustainability, IKEA Group

For over 12 years Melissa has had the pleasure of leading change towards sustainability with diverse roles in private, non-profit, and public sectors; a range of experience that includes corporate social responsibility, academia, natural resource management, renewable energy development, and social finance. As Head of Sustainability for IKEA Canada, Melissa provides strategic and dynamic leadership working through and across the organization to facilitate the delivery of the IKEA Group People & Planet Positive Strategy; enabling the ongoing transformation and growth of the business.



Katrina Shum
North America Sustainability Manager, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Katrina leads Lush Cosmetics’ sustainability program across five manufacturing facilities, two distribution centers and 250 retail shops. She works closely with cross functional teams across the business and value chain to integrate and elevate sustainability initiatives through procurement, operational processes and the built environment; key areas include energy and climate, packaging/circularity and zero waste, and water management.

Prior to joining Lush, Katrina helped build the foundation of a sustainability program for a major food service provider impacting 500+ higher education institutions. She holds an MBA from Arizona State University and a BS from Cornell University.


John D. Coyne

Vice-President, External Affairs and Sustainability, Unilever Canada Inc.
Executive Chair, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. (CSSA)
Co-Chair, Partners in Project Green Executive Management Committee

John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and the Compass, Unilever’s strategy to grow the business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive contribution to society. John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. and Recycle BC and is a director of Evergreen. In addition, John is Co-Chair of the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition (CELC) launched in 2018 to accelerate Canada’s transition to a circular economy. He is also the Co-Chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a collaborative environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.

John has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named a Clean 50 honouree in 2013 and a Clean 16 honouree in 2018. From 2015 to 2017 John served as a member of the Ontario Government’s Climate Action Group advising the Ontario Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions. In 2018, John was honoured to receive the Canadian General Counsel Award for Environmental, Social and Governance Leadership. In addition, in 2018, John was appointed to the federal Plastics Advisory group advising Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on issues relating to plastics and the implementation of the Ocean Plastics Charter.

John also works closely with industry groups and other organizations. He is a director of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation and is Chair of the board of Cosmetics Alliance Canada. John is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.

In April 2020, John was appointed to The Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Circular Economy in Canada sponsored by Environment and Climate Change Canada. In June 2020, John was appointed to the board of directors of ALUS Canada, a national charitable organization.