Beginning in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 8, Sustainability in Packaging US will kick-off with three pre-conference workshops follwed by two exciting days of general sessions on March 9 - 10. Hear from representatives from across the supply chain, and extend your learnings by choosing a ticket with one of the 2023 workshops.
Sheida Sahandy is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Encina, a circular chemicals company. Ms. Sahandy has a cross-section of experience spanning business, government, science, and law. After graduating from Columbia Law School, she practiced corporate and securities law, focusing on access to capital markets and M&A transactions. She then earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with a focus on environmental science and policy. She has experience in regulatory, legislative, and governance systems at the federal, state, and local levels with deep experience in the creation of public/private partnerships to advance environmental and social goals.
Carlos graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He worked in industry before moving to the United Kingdom, to do his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. During his doctoral research and subsequently as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, he developed the basis of the Enval process to recycle plastic aluminium laminate pouches, sachets, tubes, etc.
As a result, Carlos founded Enval where he is CEO. The Company now has a commercial plant recycling laminates in the UK and is in the process of installing further units in other locations. Enval has also started to develop recycling processes for other materials, creating a link between the packaging world and the waste handling sector.
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Cheryl T Coleman is the Vice President for Sustainability at The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Cheryl has over 30 years of experience in materials management. In her current role at ISRI, she is leading efforts with ISRI members and other stakeholders to strengthen the industry’s voice in domestic and global policy sustainability discussions including Environmental, Social & Governance; the development of a Recyclability Protocol Program for fiber-based packaging; and is working with higher education schools to increase awareness of career opportunities in the recycling industry by providing apprenticeships, internships, and fellowships for students and includes an emphasis on recruiting students from underrepresented communities in the recycling industry.
Cheryl previously served as the Director of the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division at US Environmental Protection Agency where she led efforts to improve the US recycling system, reduce food loss and waste, used electronics management and beneficial use of industrial materials
Prior to her tenure at EPA, Cheryl was the Director for RCRA and CERCLA related programs at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
As Industrial Physics’ Global Product Line Director, Sean has an array of experience working in the commercial plastics, aerospace, defense, and oil & gas industries. Since graduating from Virginia Tech he has held a number of positions - working within general management, sales management, business development, and product development.
Sean utilizes his extensive technical knowledge to help Industrial Physics grow their expansive portfolio of test and inspection products across an array of industries. In particular, Sean has been instrumental in helping to develop solutions within the world of flexible packaging and materials.
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Jeff Travis has been in the packaging industry for over 30 years involved with both rigid and flexible packaging. He is currently the Manager of Innovation & Sustainability for American Packaging Corporation responsible for support and development of the sustainable product platforms, outreach, and integration of these platforms to the brands. Prior to working at American Packaging Corporation, Jeff worked at CL&D Graphics and Alcan packaging in package development and customer interface roles. Jeff has a BS in Plastics Engineering from University of Lowell in MA and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.
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Martin has an EMBA and an MSc in Technology and Entrepreneurship. Before joining Tembo, he co-founded two companies in Argentina in the food and beverage industry.
Martin’s love of business development drew him to his role at ITM, where he has been Area Sales Manager for Latin America. And he took the same passion to his role at Tembo Paper.
Tembo Paper is part of Tembo Group, a global, family-owned group of companies that use technology and innovation to create sustainable manufacturing solutions in the fast-moving consumer goods market.
At Tembo Paper, Martin works with a talented team who help global brands be the first to launch next generation products by combining world-class product and machine development. This unique approach means clients and partners can make a smooth transition from plastic straws to high-quality, food-safety-compliant, and environmentally-friendly paper straws.
Tembo Paper’s unique paper straw technology enables high-volume paper straw production. By working only with the best suppliers and materials, and by minimising waste, Tembo Paper ensures optimal quality while keeping the environmental footprint low.
Raphaël Bardet is Head of the Product Management and R&D at Ahlstrom, one of the world's leading players in sustainable and innovative fiber solutions.
Amongst his current responsibilities is the business management and development of fiber-based solutions dedicated to sustainable food packaging applications used in everyday life. He mainly focuses on solutions contributing to replace non-renewable materials. For instance, he was recently involved in product launch such as new paper straws materials or recyclable and compostable materials for baking molds.
Raphaël has a MSc degree in Papermaking and a PhD in Biobased Nanomaterials from Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of sustainable solutions, with expertise both in the business and technical fields, in particular in product development and innovation.
Raphaël is convinced that innovation in fiber-based solutions will help to better protect the planet and contribute to a better tomorrow for future generations.
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Erin works to drive positive change across industries by leading WWF’s packaging and material science program. Key to conservation is the overall protection of the planet’s natural resources, and packaging plays a vital role in that.
Through her efforts, she works with business and industry to help them make informed, sustainable material choices for their products and packaging. Her work focuses on the major commodities that go into packaging, which come in many different forms and materials, and how to integrate sustainability into the decisions and trade-offs that must be evaluated across a product’s lifecycle.
Erin works with companies to strategically address their packaging work streams by focusing on developing transparency in the supply chain for the major packaging materials and pursuing strategies that reduce the environmental impact of these materials through responsible sourcing.
Prior to joining WWF, Erin worked at Hewlett Packard for 10 years as a packaging engineer responsible for the design and implementation of laser jet printer and media packaging. Her expertise is in material science, design innovation, procurement, manufacturing, logistical and point of purchase aspects of packaging.
Nate Pajka, Sustainability Specialist, Metsӓ Board, Americas, works in tandem with the Product Safety and Sustainability team in Finland to provide a range of sustainability services to the Americas and serves as Metsä Board’s sustainability expert in the region. Based in the Norwalk, CT, office, he is responsible for providing sustainability data, information and education to help clients reduce the environmental impact of their packaging. Before joining Metsӓ, he worked for one of the largest healthcare companies in Massachusetts as well as serving as a sustainability ambassador for one of the largest utilities in New England. Nate holds an MBA in Sustainability and Social Change and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University, Worcester, MA.
Rob’s professional career has focused on the intersection of software and business model innovation with Circular Economy and Smart City challenges. He is Director of Industry Relations and Strategic Partnerships at AMP Robotics. In this role he develops and maintains AMP’s position as the global leader in providing AI-powered automation to economically and sustainably improve our recycling system. This involves collaboration across resource recovery industries to increase material supply and availability of recycling, modernize recycling infrastructure, and develop market demand for secondary materials.
Prior to AMP Robotics he was a Product Manager at Intrado (acquired by West), and his teams commercialized the core geographic technology for the world’s first cellular 9-1-1 call routing systems. He served in a Partnership Development role at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory collaborating with startups and small businesses developing energy, grid, and built environment technologies. At Innosphere Ventures he directed the incubation and early-stage financings for cleantech startups in the firm’s portfolio.
Ashley Elzinga is director of sustainability and outreach for the Foodservice Packaging Institute, the trade association for the North American foodservice packaging industry. At FPI, work primarily focuses around communications, outreach and FPI’s recovery efforts.
Prior to joining the association, Elzinga has worked in different positions within the sustainability and environmental fields. Her most recent position was with Dart Container Corp. where she was the social responsibility and sustainability specialist. Before that position, she acted as the company’s recycling and community outreach specialist.
Elzinga holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University with a minor in Environmental Studies. When not going on adventures with their corgi, Dutch, Ashley and her husband enjoy working toward their goal to visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums — 10 down, 20 still to go.
Annette Groenink is the EVP of North & Latin America at Zume Inc., a sustainable packaging company using plastic-fighting robots to create 100% compostable packaging for food and beverage companies. Annette has held COO and General Management roles with multi-site P&L responsibility and international supply chains. Annette’s background includes working as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps working in aviation. She has served on the boards of both “for profit” and “not for profit” enterprises.
Brant Wunderlich is the caps and closures market manager at NOVA Chemicals. In his role, Brant is responsible for leading development and execution of market strategy in this segment to support growth and innovation across the closures industry. Previously Brant spent several years as a caps and closures technical service specialist at NOVA Chemicals where he worked in close collaboration with customers to qualify new resins, optimize closure molding, and develop new applications. Prior to joining NOVA Chemicals in 2016, Wunderlich worked in the consulting industry on fluid and heat transfer simulations. Wunderlich holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo where he graduated with the prestigious Academic Achievement Award from the Sandford Fleming Foundation. A 2021 Plastics News Rising Star, Wunderlich is active in the beverage and packaging industry and currently chairs the membership committee for AMERIPEN. Brant has also served as a technical lead on the ISBT Canada organizing committee and was a member of the ISBT “Correlation of CO2 Methods” committee. Brant lives and works in the Vancouver, British Columbia area and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including backpacking and scuba diving.
James leads insight and innovation for Cambridge Design Partnership across major CPG food and drink clients, with responsibility for ‘joining up the dots’ between consumer needs and breakthrough packaging innovation. James helps clients tackle their biggest challenges, with a resolute passion for improving brands and businesses, by overcoming the barriers and unlocking opportunities to move toward a sustainable circular economy.
James has over 25 years of experience in the innovation and design industry, working for leaders in brand consulting and pack design, such as Landor Associates and Design Bridge prior to CDP.
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For over two decades, Michelle has channeled her passion for wildlife and the planet into working to conserve the environment. A self-professed tree hugger and connector of people, at Canopy Michelle thrives on collaborating with businesses to find tailor-made solutions that transform supply chains, help companies reach their sustainability goals, while taking the pressure off of forests. Forward-thinking business leaders collaborate with Canopy on solutions – from emissions reductions, to circular sourcing, to forest conservation. Together, we are building a movement to protect the world’s ancient forests for people, animals, climate stability, and all life that depends on them.
Dan Felton is Executive Director of AMERIPEN – the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment. He is a well-known policy and trade association leader who has worked within the bottled water, credit card, healthcare and information management industries. He is particularly passionate about environmental, sustainability and packaging issues and has engaged extensively in those areas at the state and federal levels. He has chaired committees and led task forces for several national trade associations and has served on the board of the State Government Affairs Council (SGAC) where he is a graduate of the their nationally recognized professional certificate programs. A former professional actor and musician, he has run the finances and served on the board of a nationally recognized theatre education non-profit. He has also been involved with the Commission on Presidential Debates since 2000 in support of their quad-annual presidential and vice presidential debates. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, Dan lives in the Washington DC area.
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As the CEO & Co-Founder of erthos, Nuha is on a mission to build a new standard for sustainable materials that put our earth first. Nuha founded erthos while still completing her Business & Environmental Economics degree at the University of Toronto (Rotman). During her time at UofT, she actively contributed to the growth of young leaders in Canada. Under her leadership, Enactus, a student-run social innovation organization, grew from 7 to 70 members and her efforts were recognized by HSBC with the 2017 Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award. When her peers headed off to full-time jobs after graduation, she decided to go full-speed with erthos, scaling the company to a team of 20, raising over $7.3M and launching global manufacturing pilots to tackle the issue worldwide. As an entrepreneur in an emerging technology space, Nuha plays an active role in supporting the development of the diverse innovation ecosystem in Canada. From serving as an advisor to National technology accelerators like NEXT Canada, acting as a Board Member of Natural Step Canada, to mentoring young entrepreneurs and women in STEM, she is dedicated to supporting the next generation of leaders who are collectively working together to create a positive impact on this planet. Nuha’s work in building erthos has been recognized globally, and the rapid expansion of erthos as one of Canada’s fastest-growing cleantech companies, was recently awarded by Bay Street Bull 30x30.
For the past 6 years, Dustin Schadt has worked with Stora Enso as the Director of Business Development and Key Account Manager for Specialty Papers and Packaging Materials in North America. His key objective is to build partnerships with Retailers, Brand Owners, and Converters who have specific Objectives to increase the effectiveness of their Paper and Packaging. Though Quality, Service, and Logistics are all key objectives for these companies, Dustin focuses on clients whose primary goal is to find Sustainable Packaging Solutions. Bringing 18 years of experience from the Folding Carton Industry, he ties in many different components of the supply chain in order to find innovative solutions and bring value to the changing market. When he’s not talking about micro fibers, blank paper, or empty boxes, Dustin likes to travel with his family, creating many adventures along the way. Between his love for family and love for paper, there’s never a moment to rest.
Marika Knorr is the Head of Sustainability and Communication at CCL Label since April 2020 and is dedicated to grow the “Sustainable Product Family” while driving CCL’s Sustainability roadmap. Marika holds a Master‘s Degree in Art from Cologne University and Arizona State University and started her career as a newspaper and magazine writer before moving into Corporate Communications at international companies including TÜV Rheinland, LANXESS AG and Constantia Flexibles. She has held varied and senior positions in marketing and communications and has extensive experience in our industry focusing on sustainability and communication. Marika is based in Cologne, Germany.
Suzanne is the voice and the vision of Shelton Group. Drawing on her extensive experience in energy and the environment – and 25+ years in the marketing and advertising industry – Suzanne provides high-level strategic insights for our clients and guidance for our research and creative departments. She regularly speaks at conferences around the country, including Sustainable Brands, Fortune Brainstorm E and the International Builders’ Show, and serves as a guest columnist for publications like Fast Company, Green Builder and GreenBiz.com.
Ian Montgomery is the Founder and Creative Director of Guacamole Airplane, a San Francisco-based design agency focused on sustainable packaging. GA has worked for organizations including Nike, Dell, and Whole Foods on a range of structural packaging and sustainability strategy projects. Ian did his undergraduate coursework in Environmental Science at Stanford and masters work in Packaging Design at Pratt, where he received funding from the National Science Foundation to build a series of experimental recycling machines.
Tim has over 11 years’ experience in all the paper and packaging industry in various sales and marketing analytical functions. Much of his expertise has been in analyzing market trends and insights, market research, data analysis and forecasting. He brings his exemplary leadership, analytical, and communication skills to our consultancy division to help clients maximize their business objectives.