Circular Economy Leaders Consortium Advancing Facilities Waste Management Best Practices

TRCA’s Partners in Project Green program is launching a Circular Economy Leaders Consortium, in partnership with TELUS

March 28, 2022 – Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Partners in Project Green (PPG) program is launching a Circular Economy Leaders Consortium (CEC) in partnership with TELUS. The CEC will launch March 29, 2022, with a focus on facilities waste management.

The CEC will provide an opportunity for collaboration by engaging with an exclusive group of sustainability professionals to advance the circular economy. Unlike the linear economy, the circular business model is a different way of doing business. It minimizes waste and helps keep materials in use through better collection, reuse, repair, refurbishment, remanufacturing, and recycling.

PPG waste management tour at a textile recycling facility
PPG waste management tour at a GTA textile recycling facility.

PPG is launching the CEC to build on the success of current programming and establish a robust platform for the business community to be leaders in climate action through waste management. The CEC seeks to meet the following objectives:

  • Promote leadership and collaboration among sustainability professionals
  • Share best practices and innovative technologies in facilities waste management and operations and identify opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Facilitate education and actions that support waste reduction and diversion through waste prevention, extending the life of materials and resource recovery
  • Facilitate collective projects among members of the consortium to maximize positive impacts

To learn more about the CEC and how to get involved, please visit the Circular Economy Leaders Consortium webpage or contact


“TELUS is committed to achieving zero waste by 2030. We are applying circular economy principles by developing new systems that minimize waste generation, reuse materials, and maximize diversion of waste to landfill. We look forward to working collaboratively with other industry leaders committed to driving circular economy.”
Geoffrey Pegg, Director, Sustainability and Environment, TELUS

“The circular economy is an important pillar in the fight against climate change. By reducing material extraction, and manufacturing and disposal activities, we can cut emissions along the entire supply chain and help reach Canada’s Net Zero Goals. PPG looks forward to supporting the Founding Members of the Circular Economy Leaders Consortium in reaching their facility waste reduction and diversion goals advancing circularity and climate action across the business community.”
Darryl Gray, Director, Education and Training, TRCA

Key Facts:

Through its programming, PPG plays an integral role in empowering member companies to achieve measurable sustainability achievements. Between 2013-2020, PPG’s Energy Leaders Consortium has implemented more than 450 conservation projects that annually saved:

  • 128,000 eMWh of energy
  • 670 million litres of water
  • 30 million in utility costs
Members of PPG Energy Leaders take part in facility tour
Members of PPG’s Energy Leaders Consortium participate in a facility tour

PPG’s Waste management programming has diverted 20,565 tonnes of material from landfill.

The Circular Innovation Council, Circular Economy Leadership Canada (CELC), the Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL), and others are supporting the initiative as advisors. The CEC Advisory Team will provide expert guidance on the CEC program design.

Founding Members include Air Canada, City of Mississauga, Longo’s, TELUS, University Health Network, Velcro Companies, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Woodbine Entertainment.

The Founding Members will demonstrate circular economy thought leadership and lead a contingent of sustainable industry professionals seeking to achieve measurable waste prevention and diversion goals, focused on facility management and operations.


About Partners in Project Green
Initiated by Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), PPG is a community of leaders advancing environmental action and economic prosperity across the GTA. Comprised of businesses, government, institutions and utilities, PPG works to collectively advance social and environmental sustainability through knowledge sharing, technology and infrastructure implementation, and network building. PPG helps businesses lower operational costs while integrating environmental and social responsibility into their business models and works in partnership with our municipalities to advance sustainability in the region.

To learn more about PPG, visit

About Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
With more than 60 years of experience, TRCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides. More than five million people live within TRCA-managed watersheds, and many others work in and visit destinations across the jurisdiction. These nine watersheds, plus their collective Lake Ontario waterfront shorelines, span six upper-tier and 15 lower-tier municipalities. Some of Canada’s largest and fastest growing municipalities, including Toronto, Markham and Vaughan, are located entirely within TRCA’s jurisdiction.

To learn more about TRCA, visit

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with $17 billion in annual revenue and 17 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. Our social purpose is to leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The numerous, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years from independent, industry-leading network insight firms showcase the strength and speed of TELUS’ global-leading networks, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better.

TELUS Health is Canada’s leader in digital health technology, improving access to health and wellness services and revolutionizing the flow of health information across the continuum of care. TELUS Agriculture provides innovative digital solutions throughout the agriculture value chain, supporting better food outcomes from improved agri-business data insights and processes. TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds, and delivers next-generation solutions, including AI and content management, for global and disruptive brands across high-growth industry verticals, including tech and games, communications and media, ecommerce and FinTech, healthcare, and travel and hospitality. TELUS and TELUS International operate in 25+ countries around the world.

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Media Contacts

Diana Ginsberg Cohen
Communications and Media Relations Specialist
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Chelsey Rajzer
TELUS Public Relations