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Goodman symposium to focus on creating circular economy in Niagara and Ontario
November 3, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Creating a more sustainable and resilient economy, both in Niagara and across the province, will
be at the centre of discussions at a Brock University symposium Friday, Nov. 3.
Hosted by the Goodman School of Business’ CPA Ontario Centre for Public Policy and
Innovation in Accounting, the event strives to educate and engage the community in the circular
economy movement, intended to improve the economy by prioritizing reusing, repairing, sharing,
remanufacturing, redesigning and reducing.
“We believe that the accounting profession has a role to play in driving these changes in
business,” said Kareen Brown, Professor of Accounting and Director of the CPA Ontario Centre
for Public Policy and Innovation in Accounting. “What businesses cannot measure adequately,
they cannot change or improve.”
The symposium will bring together researchers, students, local chartered professional
accountants (CPAs), business leaders and local government officials to explore ways to drive
change in this area.
“Accounting can help firms achieve circular economy metrics because our job is measurement,”
Brown said. “We want to encourage our students to take the lead in helping to create a more
The keynote presentation will be given by Assistant Professor Leanne Keddie from the Sprott
School of Business at Carleton University and will focus on the role of accounting in helping
companies move towards a circular economy.
Other sessions include:
• The importance of a circular economy with Jennifer Li, Goodman Associate Dean,
Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Accounting
• Insights from the renewable resources industry with Paul Smith, Vice-President of Finance
at Walker Industries
• How accounting adds value to ESG reporting with Ramsha Ahmed, Manager of ESG
Sustainability and Climate Change at KPMG
• Climate risk and asymmetric cost behaviour with Sohyng Kim, Brock Associate Professor
of Accounting, and Cheol Lee, Professor of Accounting from Wayne State University
• Sustainability and a circular economy with Liette Vasseur, Brock Professor of Biological
Sciences, who also holds the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: from Local to
The day will end with a panel discussion on creating a circular economy in Niagara in the
Goodman Atrium from 3:15 to 4 p.m. The panel will include Mishka Balsom, CEO of the Greater
Niagara Chamber of Commerce; Gary Zalepa, Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake; Mani
Siddiqui, founder of Jitto, as well as event speakers Smith and Ahmed.
“The Niagara region has a unique environmental and geographical significance for Canada,”
Brown said. “The Niagara Escarpment Biosphere is one of four UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in
Ontario and must be protected by citizens, businesses and government officials. We hope that
this event will increase awareness of this issue.”
While registration for the symposium is closed, those interested in attending the panel discussion
can contact Claire Adam at email@example.com to reserve a seat.
Media are invited to attend the symposium.
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