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Nordic & Canadian Circular Economy Panel Discussion and Hackathon results

Are you interested in learning more about circular economy, energy and construction? You have the opportunity to join us in the Nordic & Canadian Circular Economy Hackathons's opening panel discussion and closing presentations. 

The Nordic Trade Promotion Organizations in Canada along with the Town of Oakville, Minto Communities, the Vancouver Economic Commission, Nordic Innovation, and World Circular Economy Forum are hosting a digital Hackathon on energy, construction and the circular economy. The hackathon is financed by Nordic Innovation.

The competition will focus on innovative circular energy and construction solutions for phase 4 of the Oakvillage development by Minto Communities. With phase 1 -3 of Oakvillage at different stages of completion, teams will look closely at Oakvillage’s phase 4 development, possible retrofits to phase 1-3 and a clear connectivity throughout the entire development.

Please join us on November 24 for the opening panel discussion, where we set the stage for the case competition study, as well as on November 26, where the innovative solutions are being presented. 

November 24 (11 AM - 12:30 PM EST): Opening panel discussion 
Learn about energy, construction and the circular economy through an engaging panel discussion looking at circularity and urban development. This panel will set the stage for the digital hackathon case study focused on the Town of Oakville’s Oakvillage development by Minto Communities. You have the opportunity to listen in on the engaging panel discussion and ask questions.

November 26 (11 AM - 12:30 PM EST): Solution presentations and announcement of winning team 
Find out what exciting and innovative circular solutions the teams come up with for the Oakvillage development by Minto Communities and how this will introduce more circular economy solutions to the Town of Oakville. Learn what form Canadian and Nordic collaboration has taken with the announcement of the winning team and their solution.


The panel discussion and solution presentations are open for everybody to observe. It is free of charge to participate; to register for the digital events please click here.

If you have any further questions please contact Shirin Karoubi at shikar@um.dk.



Speakers for the Nordic & Canadian Circular Economy Panel Discussion:

ZAHRA Teshnizi, Senior Advisor, Mantle314


Zahra is a Senior Advisor at Mantle314, a multi-disciplinary strategic consultancy focused on climate change, resiliency and the move towards the low-carbon economy. Zahra is an urban sustainability expert with more than eight years of experience in low embodied and operational-carbon buildings development. She is well-connected to a network of climate change action leaders in the public, private, and academic sectors, especially in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. Zahra has a diverse background in policy advising, sustainable building innovation, multi-stakeholder outreach and engagement, and project management.


During the panel discussion, Zahra will cover the circular economy and embodied carbon in the Canadian landscape.

Sonia Vaz-Martins, Technical Manager Bioenergy, SWECO


Sonia is a chartered engineer with over 10 years’ experience in the design and advisory services within Heat and Power sector. More specifically, in the design and assessment of anaerobic digestion plants gas to grid, compressed natural gas stations, combine heat and power generation, energy from waste and steam systems, as well as involvement in the delivery of district heating and network projects.


During the panel discussion, Sonia will focus on energy from waste and how it contributes to decarbonise the electrical and natural gas grid, and subsequently transport and heating in buildings/ cities.

Gabriela Costa, Senior Sustainability Consultant, SWECO


Gabriela has a background in Architecture and Urban Design and has over 6 years’ experience in Building Sustainability Consultancy focusing resource efficiency via passive architectural design for indoor environmental comfort.

She has led the sustainability strategy for various iconic buildings in the UK and recently developed an integrated Circular Economy Statement for a prestigious commercial building in London coordinating the circular design principles with architects, engineers, contractor and supply chain.

Moreover, she is championing the set-up of a repair café in her local community in her spare time and hopes to embed circular thinking into the resident’s everyday lives.


During the panel discussion Gabriela Costa will focus on circular design principles in buildings.

EVA GEITEL, Architect, ALA Architects


Architect M.Sc. SAFA Eva Geitel joined ALA Architects, the Helsinki based architecture and interior design studio specializing in cultural buildings, transportation infrastructure projects and modernist renovations, in summer 2013. She has 13 years of professional experience in the fields of renovation, public building design, office interior design and urban planning. Before ALA, she worked at various established offices both in Finland and abroad, participating in the design of such large scale projects as Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects’ Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland. For the first three years at ALA, Eva contributed to the Helsinki West Metro project as the project architect for the Soukka station. After returning from her parental leave in the beginning of 2018, she has mostly worked on ALA’s competition entries, studies and reports before starting in the project for the new Université Lumière Lyon 2 learning center in March 2019.

Eva is a former deputy chairwoman of Finnish Association of Architects SAFA and has been a board member in the Helsinki and Uusimaa Division of SAFA since 2013.


During the panel discussion Eva will focus on sustainable building design and the user experience.

Are you a Nordic company wanting to participate in the Hackathon? Companies working in circularity with a focus on the following topics can participate:

  • Sustainable energy solutions (storage, production and distribution)
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Sustainable construction solutions
  • Climate resilience.

Read more here and register for the digital competition.