GVCEN Webinar - Accessing R&D Opportunities for Circular Businesses

On January 18, 2023, I attended the fourth webinar session for the Greater Vancouver Circular Economy Network Series entitled Accessing R&D Opportunities for Circular Businesses.

Hosted by the Vancouver Economic Commission and the Share Reuse Repair Initiative, this series of free webinars is a great opportunity for both field innovators and circularity newbies to meet and share ideas about the local circular economy.

Described in their own words:

As we transition towards a circular economy, access to R&D opportunities becomes key to the growth of a circular business. This session will highlight the ways a circular entrepreneur, innovator and/or business owner can obtain the necessary resources for growth in the circular economy.

The 3 presenters came from varying backgrounds:

Bryn Crawford - Program Manager, PacifiCan

Dr. Love-Ese Chile - Technical Director and COO, Regenerative Waste Labs

Monty Chong-Walden - Co-Founder and CEO, Calmura Natural Walls

Each introduced their business/organization as a circular economy innovator, and shared ideas of how to access Research & Development opportunities for businesses around Vancouver, and in other parts of Canada.

Transitioning towards a circular economic model is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. It requires many individuals and organizations to recognize that "business as usual" needs to change if we want to pass on a planet (worth living on) to future generations. Next, it needs people to buy in and act. These webinars are invaluable accelerators to get information into the hands of people who are up for that challenge, or rather, obligation.

How we can help

Between data visualization, integrations with advanced modeling paradigms, and artificial intelligence configurations, Acorn Interactive can support these initiatives with a suite of services. From content management systems for publicity and awareness, to applications to fetch and render data, we’re here to support the circular economy.

Perhaps an introduction is in order. Let's connect and find ways to collaborate on detailed initiatives in the circular economy space.

Thank you so much to these circular innovators and to Vancouver Economic Commission, the Share Reuse Repair Initiative, and Vancity for sharing.

And for anyone interested in Canadian or international R&D opportunities for individuals or businesses, here are some references to check out:

Accelerators for R&D:

Programs & Events

To see some Vancouver Island R&D funding in action, check out this article to learn about the awardees of the Innovate BC and NRC IRAP’s Fast Pilot program funding!

Additional Reading

Sustainability and advanced infrastructure are going to require detailed computational requirements to administer effective solutions. Take a look at D-Wave's conference in Miami on quantum annealing to get a better sense of how solutions like this can be applied to sustainability challenges.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence will also be necessary instruments to gather the types of precise measurements and ongoing suites of processes to evaluate and refine functional requirements of solutions and inform success criteria with the use of tools like feedback loops.