Coalition and Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) Webinar Series

Health care facilities have significant impacts on the communities they serve in the three key pillars of sustainability: environment, economic, and health.

Forward-thinking organizations embrace sustainability as a way to improve the environment of care while lowering operating costs. These measures, especially those that are designed to improve energy, water, and waste management, have direct return on investment.

Greater efficiency and cost savings are then applied to the most important priority: patient and client care and security.

To support sustainability and resiliency efforts by health care organizations, the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) are collaborating to deliver a series of free educational webinars for sustainability health care professionals across Canada.

Join us as we highlight reasons why organizations should recycle mercury-containing lights, how health care facilities can drive waste reduction through procurement, along with other key topics. There will be an overview of financial opportunities including rebates, partnerships, regulations, and developments within the marketplace. Key industry leaders will share their experiences supporting green initiatives. RCO and CCGHC aim to support organizations that are interested in expanding their current sustainability programs.

Sector Engagement 
The Canadian Coalition for Green Heath Care (CCGHC) and the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) are pleased to announce that we are planning the second in our series of collaborative webinars that examines resource efficiency and waste reduction in Canada’s health care sector.

This upcoming webinar will focus on Circular Procurement.  To that end, we are currently reaching out to health care sector stakeholders to gain an understanding of current procurement practices and how procurement is currently being used to drive waste reduction. Stakeholders we want to hear from, include:

  • Drug Manufacturers/Distributors
  • Hospitals
  • Industry Associations
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Non-Government Organizations
  • Retailers

Please share your experiences by June 18, 2018 to help improve sustainability in health care by responding to the following questions and sharing your responses with and Your feedback will help us develop content that respond to the questions that resonate with your organization:

  1. Does your organization use procurement to influence sustainability? If yes, how?
  2. What does ‘sustainable procurement’ mean to you?
  3. What are some of the obstacles to linking procurement with sustainability?
  4. Has your organization implemented some kind of sustainable procurement strategy? If yes, what outcomes have you achieved?
  5. Does your company have a specific policy outlining desirable sustainability procurement practices? If yes, do new employees get introduced and/or trained on how to apply the procurement policy to their role in the organization?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Past webinars:

Webinar #1: Mercury, Lamps, Recycling, and Retrofits (April 24, 2018)

This webinar has been proudly sponsored by: “Lighting Plus Wholesale” 

Webinar participants were provided with tools and resources to support their efforts in reducing health care-generated waste and increasing recycling. Presenters shared emerging solutions to help drive waste reduction while assisting hospitals to gain understanding on how to improve their waste management score in the Coalition’s Green Hospital Scorecard.

For Mercury, Lamps, Recycling, and Retrofits we will cover:

  • What recycling means
  • Environmental hazards associated with improper disposal of mercury-containing products
  • Recycling options, including leading-edge best practices
  • Tracking and verifying
  • Regulations at provincial, national, and global levels
  • What’s happening in the marketplace
  • ABCs of LED lighting retrofits
  • Value of retrofits
  • Available rebate programs
  • How can this add value to the Coalition’s Green Hospital Scorecard

    Click here to watch the “Mercury, Lamps, Recycling, and Retrofit webinar
Speaker: Frank Hunt, President, Lighting Plus Wholesale

Frank is a Master Electrician and Certified Energy Manager with 30 years’ experience in the electrical industry. By attending most of the leading industry and government trade shows, Frank has been able to keep up with the latest state of the art product innovations and to stay totally conversant with all rebate programs available through all levels of government and other relevant organizations.


Webinar #2:  Managing Organics: Options, Successes, Challenges (November 29, 2018)

This webinar has been proudly sponsored by: “Power Knot”, represented by the Solution Foodservice Group in Canada. For more information on our sponsor, download a flyer here! 

About the webinar:

Join us as we highlight hospitals’ efforts to reduce and divert food waste on-site, and how it benefits the facility. We also feature two hospitals from across Canada for direct insight on their food waste reduction and diversion experiences:

  • the type of food waste generated, sorted, and diverted;
  • strategies to divert food waste, including costs and supplies being used;
  • what measures must be in place to divert food waste;
  • the role of the hospital in the diversion program; and
  • how to get buy-in from management.

About the speakers:

Craig Doerksen, CFM, MFM, P.ENG
Divisional Director, Facility Management
Health Sciences Centre – Winnipeg, MB
As the Divisional Director of Facility Management (FM), Craig is responsible for the services delivered by the Maintenance, Housekeeping, Security, Central Energy Plant, FM Operations and Building Systems Support departments. Since FM staff touch every episode of patient care, Craig is involved in clinical issues, occupant concerns, renovations, assisting in capital construction projects, and participating in long-term strategic planning for the hospital. Facility Management is an Integrated Support Service of the WRHA, therefore Craig is also involved in issues that occur throughout the region.

Steven Gilkes, CHA
Food Services, Manager, Volunteer Enterprises
Health Sciences Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Steve is passionate, driven and has more than 20 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Steve has been the Food Services Manager for Volunteer Enterprises of the HSC since 2006. In this role he is responsible for the operation of 3 food services on the Health Science Centre campus. Prior to becoming the Food Services Manager for Volunteer Enterprises, Steve held various management positions within the Hotel/Service industry in Winnipeg. Steve has a CHA designation from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.
Steve also served as the Food and Beverage Services lead for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Steve with his team they were responsible for the food and beverage needs for all the games athletes, volunteers, and officials. Steve is supporter of sports in his community, and an avid hockey dad.

Janice Evans, CPA, CMA
Director, Environmental Support Services
Island Health – Victoria, BC

Janice Evans is the Director of Environmental Support Services at Island Health. Her area manages all acute and residential care cleaning, waste, and regional laundry plants. Environmental Support Services is an island wide program servicing 13 acute care hospitals, 15 health authority-operated residential care facilities, and various health centres. Our two regional laundry plants process over 20 million pounds of laundry. Janice has worked at Island Health for 14 years in various departments, previous to this role she was the General Manager of the Royal Jubilee Hospital Patient Care Centre. Environmental Support Services works closely with our contracted service providers who haul and process our bio-waste, confidential waste, organic waste, and regular waste streams.

Recording of this webinar can be found HERE (part 1) and HERE (part 2). The slides for this presentation are also available HERE for downloading.

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care encourages sharing knowledge and practices through this webinar series. The CCGHC recommends that participants research the currently available service and product offerings through a wider range of suppliers for comparison purposes and in keeping with public sector purchasing guidelines. The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care does not express a direct endorsement of any product or services highlighted in these webinars.