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Sustainable Production Forum

Friday, October 7 | All day | Vancity Theatre

The Sustainable Production Forum, presented by Creative BC and Western Economic Development Canada, is a first-of-its-kind, one-day event that will lay the groundwork to showcase Vancouver as a world-class destination for sustainable screen-based industry production. Industry professionals, executives from the Hollywood studios and representatives from global and local sustainability leader organizations will come together in a day of inspiration and learning about trends and opportunities to further sustainable production.
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The Sustainable Production Forum is a free event. Registration is required.

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8:30am – 9:00am  | Coffee

9:05am – 9:15am   | Welcome to the Heart of Sustainability 

Vancouver is a globally recognized city for innovative, creative and sustainable business.  Key growth sectors locally are Tech, Digital Entertainment & Interactive and Green Economy.  Find out how these intersect and how sustainability is at the heart of our thriving city.

Presenter: Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver

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9:15am – 9:30am  |  Keynote: The Sustainable Production Future

Sustainable production is happening now and will be a mainstay in the future. Business-as-usual is a thing of the past. Technology is changing, products are changing, and we must adapt, we must believe, we must be persistent to shift thinking.  How has the industry shifted and what is the future of sustainable production?

Introduction by Consul General Lynne Platt, United States Embassy.
Presenter: Chris Carter, award winning writer, producer, director, creator of The X-Files


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9:30am – 10:15am  |   Sustainability at the Studios

Studios are driving action on sustainability through internal corporate mandates, tracking of greenhouse gas emissions, and encouraging sustainable production best practices.  Meet the players from the major studios in Hollywood and hear their perspective on sustainable production and why it matters.

Moderator: Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC


Shannon Bart, Sustainability Director, NBCUniversal
Lisa Day, Director, Energy Initiative, Fox Filmed Entertainment
Heidi Kindberg Goss, Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Sony Pictures
Mike Slavich, Director of Sustainability, Warner Bros. Entertainment


10:15am – 11:00am  | The Big Picture - Global Leadership on Sustainable Production

Creative centers around the world are incorporating sustainable production strategies into their programs and projects and focusing on educating and connecting stakeholders to leverage collective action.  This session will highlight global leadership on sustainable production and innovative programs to drive next generation advancement of sustainability in the motion picture industry.

Moderator: Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC


Aaron Matthews, Industry Sustainability Manager, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Lucia Grenna, Connnect4Climate, Program Manager 
Giulia Braga, External and Corporate Relations, World Bank and Connect4Climate
Carl-A. Fechner, Director, Power to Change - The Energy Rebellion

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11:00am – 2:00pm  |  Two options for the lunch break:

1.    Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Luncheon and Industry Builder Award (ticketed event offsite):

This year, VIFF, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and BC Creates celebrate a leader in the industry who has exemplified and promoted sustainability in his recent production of The X-Files, and are proud to present writer and director Chris Carter with the VIFF Industry Screen Builder Award.

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2.   Lunch at Vancity Theater + Sustainable Production 101 Training

11:00am - 12:30pm | Lunch
12:30-1:30pm | Sustainable Production 101 Training
1:30 pm-2:00pm | Networking

Want to go green on set but not sure how?  This session is designed to show you how to set up recycling systems on set, provide tips on green material sourcing, and implement strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Kelsey Evans, Owner, Keep it Green Recycling
Zena Harris, President, Green Spark Group


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2:15pm – 3:15pm  |  Walking the Talk - Sustainable Production in Action

Celebrating its 10th year Creative BC’s Reel Green Initiative is growing stronger.  Find out the latest on this initiative and how sustainable production is a mainstay in BC. What goes into making a sustainable production? Learn from practitioners from New York and Vancouver on how to integrate sustainable production strategies on any show.  What are the common barriers and how can they be overcome? How do cost savings play into sustainable production? 


Julie Bernard, Manager of Production Services, Creative BC
Marnie Orr, Acting Manager of Community Engagement, Creative BC


Kelsey Evans, Owner, Keep it Green Recycling
Zena Harris, President, Green Spark Group
Emellie O’Brien, Founder & President, Earth Angel Sustainable Production Services, LLC

3:15pm – 3:30pm  |  Coffee Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm  |  Myth Busting Common Misconceptions

You have to use diesel generators in the film industry, right? There’s no other choice… Or is there??

Join the Vancouver Economic Commission for this myth busting session and hear creative industry and green economy leaders bust some commonly held misconceptions about what is and isn’t possible in the quest for more sustainable production. Think you can’t eat healthy on set? Think nobody wants your used construction materials? Think again!


Juvarya Veltkamp, Manager, Green Economy Initiative, Vancouver Economic Commission


Jessica Pautsch, MESHXchange
Bret Doherty, Mini Bins
Jason Apple, Roaming Dragon & Vij's Railway Express
Susanna Carson, BSIbio
Mark Rabin, Portable Electric
Christine Carter, Bullfrog Power
Hilary Henegar, Modo
Mark Conway, Telus Fleet Complete
Elia Kirby, GNW Scene Shop
Wes Baker, Debrand
Theunis Snyman, Basic Design

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4:30pm – 6:00pm | Sustainable Production Forum Reception

A zero waste event presented by Creative BC to punctuate our sustainable efforts.


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