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BevTech Canada™ 2021 — Final Program

Download the Final Program (Posted 10/24/2021)

Speaker Abstracts & Bios

Nina Goodrich
Keynote Address — Practical Sustainability In Context

This presentation will cover key trends in packaging sustainability in the context of a changing corporate sustainability landscape. What is rising in importance? What is waning? Where does packaging fit in the big picture? What key technologies and policies may help to shape the future.

Nina Goodrich

Nina Goodrich is Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Executive Director of GreenBlue. Nina came to GreenBlue with an industry background in R&D management, innovation and sustainability strategy. Nina believes that innovation and sustainability are linked as key drivers for our future. Nina has held leadership positions in R&D with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods. Nina has worked to develop a value proposition for sustainability and to share it with all who will listen.

Regarded as a thought leader in the field, Nina speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation, and technology.


Martin Baumann
Enabling Technologies for Higher Recycling Content

MAAG technologies is a leader in developing and providing world class solutions for creating high quality recycled material. This presentation will explore the needs of the global market for creating a circular economy and practical solutions which are being implemented today.

Martin Baumann

Martin Baumann is the VP/GM of MAAG Americas. MAAG develops and manufactures polymer processing equipment such as melt pumps, filters, and pelletizer. Martin's previous employers included Husky Injection Molding Systems and EREMA a leading supplier of plastic recycling equipment.


Trevor Blimke
Circular Economy and Sustainability

Ineos has been working with industry leaders on reaching sustainability goals across a variety of markets, applications, and end uses. This presentation focuses on the state of the industry and progress made in practical applications.

Trevor Blimke

Trevor joined INEOS in 2001 as a Technical Service Engineer with direct support to the automotive sector for both its Polypropylene and High-Density Polyethylene businesses. Since that time Trevor has moved into subsequent leadership roles as Commercial Development Manager, Senior Account Manager, and now serves as National Account Manager. Trevor's team provides direct support to the North American Caps and Closures market for INEOS, focusing on market and product development, as well as aligning with domestic and international sustainability objectives. As a market leader, INEOS is focused on initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bringing solutions to the market on turning plastic waste back into polymers suitable for the food and packaging industry.


David Clark
Recycled Content, Keeping It Practical

Stemming from many years of hands-on experience David Clark will be presenting his knowledge and experience covering the management of post-consumer and recycled material content into mainstream food and household packaging along with a circular economy outlook from the point of view of converters, brand-owners, municipality and recyclers positioned within the supply chain.

David Clark

David leads Amcor's global sustainability agenda. He works closely with the global packaging company's innovation, procurement, operations and other functions to integrate more sustainable design and social responsibility into Amcor's product development and operations. He is active in Amcor's global sustainability partnerships with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, and others. He leads the company's program to achieve its Global Commitment to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, to increase the use of recycled content, and collaborate to drive up rates of recycling around the world. David is chair of the Plastic Recycling Corporation of California, serves on the board of The Recycling Partnership, and is an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow. David holds a B.S., Physics, from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Pepperdine University.


J.B. Fisher
Tethered Caps, EU Developments & Impacts for North America

Sustainability comes in many forms. Corvaglia have been working for many years to deliver sustainable closure solutions which focus on overall package weight reduction and changing consumer demands. With the introduction of the tethered mandate in Europe, the world of beverage packaging is changing yet again. Corvaglia will explain the new requirements for Europe, how it is being addressed and how this will influence packaging in North America

J.B. Fisher

J.B. Fisher serves as President of Corvaglia Closures USA which is part of Corvaglia Group, headquartered in Switzerland. He is responsible for leading corvaglia's U.S. expansion which included building their recently opened greenfield production facility in Newnan, Georgia. J.B. held a variety of executive management positions with plastics and packaging industry leaders such as Amoco (BP), Bemis Company, and Amcor. He attended both Indiana and Georgia State Universities where he ultimately earned a Masters of Business Administration. He enjoys tennis, golf and cycling when not managing corvaglia's cap and closure business.


Crystal Howe
Building a Practical Sustainability Roadmap

This presentation will outline the journey of sustainability, challenges, successes and the key elements of how Ice River Springs group of companies work together in the circular economy and playing a major role in reducing the environmental impact of its products.

Crystal Howe

Crystal Howe is the head of sustainability for the Ice River Sustainable Solutions family of companies. With a background in organic farming and a passion for business with a purpose, Crystal drives sustainability best practices within the organization, the community and with supplier and customer partners. She has championed many initiatives in areas of zero waste to landfill, energy reduction and manufacturing efficiencies to minimize the environmental impact and maximize the effectiveness of the business. Crystal also collaborates with various government and non government groups to promote positive action for the health of our planet.


Alexander Kozlov
Sustainable Technologies for Carbonation Simplification and Resource Reduction

Learn to carbonate at up to 25 C (77 F) without foaming on the filling machine with 10 to 40% less of CO2 and significantly better quality of CO2 dissolution. Our company is a manufacturer of unique industrial machinery for water and beverage carbonation and other efficient process technology solutions for soft drinks manufacturers. The technology does not only enhance the quality of carbonated water and soft drinks but offers the greenest, most cost-effective way of beverage carbonation by significantly reducing the amount of energy and CO2 spent on carbonation.

Alexander Kozlov

Alexander Kozlov is an experienced tech enthusiast with a Ph.D. in Industrial Economics from PRUE, Russia, and a double-degree MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School, USA, and IE Business School, Spain. Alexander got his operations management training from Cologne Business School, Germany. Alexander holds an executive position in Politech-Plus with a focus on technical stewardship and radical process innovations. Alexander seeks radical results during his leisure time in extreme technical sports, such as paramotoring, paragliding, enduro riding, kite, and windsurfing.


Daniel Lantz
Golden Design Rules for Meeting the "New Plastics Economy Commitment"

The Golden Design Rules were developed by the Consumer Goods Forum, a consortium of international consumer goods manufacturing companies who combined represent more than 10% of the global plastics packaging market. The rules aim to create increased value in plastics in support of increased recyclability, recycling rates and availability of recycled content resins, in keeping with the targets within the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. This session will introduce the Golden Design Rules, explaining how and why the rules were developed and how the rules may affect your company. Also, Dan will speak to the PAC Packaging Consortium Packaging Innovation Pathway 360 tool which allows companies to benchmark their packaging within the circular economy, and provides key pathways for improvement.

Daniel Lantz

Dan is founder and principal of Crow's Nest Environmental. Dan is the Director of PACNEXT where he oversees the development of the Packaging Innovation Pathway 360 and providing members with advice on packaging design within the current and future recycling systems within North America. Dan was a member of the Consumer Goods Forum Plastic Waste Coalition Packaging Design Expert Panel. Dan has over 30 years of experience in end of life materials management. He worked in recycling operations for more than six years, commissioning both large single stream (Calgary, AB) and dual stream (Durham Region, ON) facilities. He worked with Stewardship Ontario in the design of the Blue Box Program Plan and as former COO for Green by Nature in the design and operation of the BC-wide EPR-based recycling program. Dan has written and presented over 100 papers/presentations on waste diversion with specialist knowledge of EPR and stewardship, package design optimization and recycling program and facility design and operation. Dan acts as the strategic advisor to consumer product manufacturing companies on packaging design within the current and potential future recycling systems. Dan education includes a doctoral degree in business sustainability, where he looked at how EPR as an economic instrument influences packaging design. He is a Canadian Environmental Professional (EP) in Sustainability, and Waste Management, and is a UK Member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (MCIWM).


Joe Norris
Systematic Process For Damage Tracking of Beverage Packages

Joe Norris will present a methodical approach to solving critical container damage. The first step to solving any damage problem is truly understanding the source by collecting precise data on the forces that your container experience during the filling, and transportation processes. Once you understand the journey your containers are taking, resolving damage problems become a straight forward systematic process.

Joe Norris

Joe is an experienced packaging professional with global experiences, leading to new consumer packages and product commercialization. He was part of Global Packaging teams at Colgate-Palmolive Co. in New York and New Jersey, and at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where he retired in 2013. Joe's work is built on a foundation of consumer insights, packaging technology development, and novel package converting methods. His responsibilities included early pipeline ideation, identification of opportunities, project business case development, sell-in with business teams and intellectual property development. He holds 12 US patents, and has six pending applications. He won the Colgate Global Technology Award for Dual Tube Commercialization in 2001 and has won five Colgate "You Can Make a Difference" Awards sponsored by the Chairman. He is President of Packaging Strategies and Solutions LLC and is a Smart Skin Technologies advisor. Education BS Mechanical Engineering, with focus on Material Sciences, Union College, Schenectady, NY Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) member.



A brief overview of BevTech Canada™

To enhance the promotion, development, and dissemination of knowledge relating to the art and science of beverage technology for the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Canada.

  • Provide networking and industry collaboration opportunities for members that are not able to attend the main BevTech annual meeting in the US.
  • Enable the international perspective and relevance of the society the "I" in ISBT.
  • Focus on technical areas of the beverage industry that have the most relevance to Canada.