Circular Economy

Canada's health services sector is poised to become a major influencer in helping change our traditional linear extraction and waste-based consumer economy into a new, functional circular economy which supports the maximum extraction of value from every item before being systematically and judiciously reinvented and/or regenerated at end of life. The growing demands on our health care system demand nothing less!

Past Webinars
The Circular Economy Imperative: How Philips is introducing new business models to benefit health care and the environment
A joint education event with Philips Canada

DATE: Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
Growing demand for health care from an expanding population, overconsumption of resources, waste, pollution, climate – all these factors are putting unsustainable pressure on our ecosystems.

On the upside, a number of global trends – e.g. the shift to value-based care, changing consumption patterns and the adoption of digital technology – are supporting the (essential) transition to a circular economy.

Covering the basics of “the circular economy” and how it impacts your health care organisation’s financial outlook, your ecological footprint and climate change resiliency.

An alternative to the traditional linear economy where we manufacture, consume and dispose of products, the circular economy allows for the maximum extraction of the value of an item before being systematically and carefully reinvented and/or regenerated at end of life.

Topics covered in this webinar:

  • Designing waste out of the system
  • Improved repairability, reuse and recyclability
  • Product life extension strategies
  • Product circularity and durability
  • Prioritizing future waste resources
  • Tomorrow’s digital technology impact
  • How to preserve and extend life-cycles
  • Mitigating climate change impact


  • Neil Ritchie, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
  • Britta Lesaux, Vice President, Managing Director, Philips Canada
  • Harald Tepper, Harald Tepper, Sr. Director of Sustainability, Program Lead Circular Economy, Philips


  • Welcome and introductions
  • Introduction to the Philips' vision, Philips Canada and current initiatives
  • What is the circular economy and what does it mean for health care?
  • Q&A
  • Wrap up and next steps

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Circular Economy and Health Care
DATE: Wednesday, April 8th 2020,
The Coalition along with partners from across Canada presented a webinar on the state of the Circular Economy and Health Care in Canada.

Topics that were discussed:

  • Overview of health care resource use - waste, water, energy, GHGs
  • Opportunities for a new business model - Circular Economy
  • Health care environmental sustainability concerns
  • Examples of current circular economy initiatives in health care
  • How health care can encourage circular economy initiatives in our supply chain
  • Federal government purchasing language
  • Zero plastic waste initiative
  • World Circular Economy Forum - Toronto - September 2020


  • Neil Ritchie, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
  • Sonja Janousek, and Marianne Dawson, Sustainability Consultants, Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Soledad (Sol) Reeve, Senior Advisor Green Procurement, Centre for Greening Government, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Circular Economy Opportunities
  • Health Care Perspective
  • Federal Initiatives supporting Circular Economy
  • Q&A
  • Wrap up and next steps

To view the webinar click here