CAMBRIDGE, Ontario — The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) has crafted a wide-ranging program for its 2023 Rubber Recycling Symposium, scheduled for Oct. 4-5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, covering developments and challenging issues in sustainable tire production and end-of-life tire management and market development.
The event, dubbed "Journey to Sustainability," will be held at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax and feature speakers and experts from key global markets, including the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.
The program includes:
- Overview of the state of extended producer responsibility tire models, regulations and legislature from the point of view of Canada, Australia, Italy and Sweden;
- Update on bills and bans in the U.S. and Europe;
- Presentations from Pirelli & C. S.p.A., Michelin Group and Bridgestone Corp. on what drives sustainability in tire manufacturing;
- Developments in markets for rubber-modified asphalt and tire-derived aggregate, products and fuel; and
- A CEO panel discussion on tire recycling markets, opportunities and challenges.
The keynote speaker will be Larisa Kryachkova, executive director of the Tire Industry Project of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development.
Other speakers scheduled to participate include:
- Barry Takallou, president and CEO, CRM, and chair of TRAC's End of Life Tire Committee;
- Bob Ferguson, program manager, Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies (CATRA);
- Steve Meldrum, CEO, eTracks Tire Management Systems;
- John Sheerin, director End-of-life Tire Programs, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA);
- Federico Dossena, general manager, Ecopneus S.p.A.;
- Fredrik Ardefors, CEO, SDAB (Swedish Tire Recycling Association);
- Lina Goodman, CEO, Tyre Stewardship Australia;
- Sarah Amick, senior vice president and senior counsel, USTMA;
- Alex Van Gelderen, manager, ELT and Circularity, European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association;
- Maureen Kline, vice president, public affairs and sustainability, Pirelli Tire North America;
- Derek Bradeen, global business model leader – retreading and recycling, Michelin Group;
- Michael Rachita, senior program manager with innovation technology, Goodyear;
- Peter Schroedter, principal, Engineered Recycled Rubber Aggregate; and
- Paul Downey, CEO, Pliteq Inc.
For registration, visit the symposium link.