What are the workshops for?

The workshops help participants find ways of turning parties’ wastes into other parties’ valued resource inputs and reduce waste management costs, generate new business opportunities, increase the size and diversity of participants’ business networks, identify means of improving environmental performance and expand the regional circular economy.

Who Should Attend?

These workshops welcomes small, medium and large enterprises from any sector. In particular, the program benefits businesses with tangible resource flows (such as, but not limited to, manufacturing, farming, energy generation, vehicle maintenance, construction / demolition / deconstruction, food and beverage processing, film and theatre production, research labs, and trucking / logistics and more). Please note that the deeper the operational knowledge of your delegate, the greater the chances you will uncover symbiosis opportunities. As well, the best workshop results are achieved when businesses having resource and waste management challenges attend. A few spaces are allotted to service providers; however, space is limited, and priority will be given to businesses producing/requiring materials or resources .

What Happens at a NISP Workshop?

A typical workshop begins with a networking breakfast, during which participants will meet their designated facilitators, and locate their seat assignments. Welcoming remarks, a keynote speaker, and an overview of how the round table format will work. About 1-1/2 to 2 hours of idea generation and resource matching, during which each table details their respective resource Haves and Wants, and subsequently has a chance to review the resources tallied at the other workshop tables. Followed by a recap of the day’s achievements, including the number of resources examined, and the number of potential resource matches (“synergies”) made. Closing with a light lunch to enable additional networking and to launch the process of workshop follow-ups.