Jay Rao, Chair of the Surrey Board of Trade’s Environment and Natural Resources Team, has been re-appointed to Management Board of the Metro Vancouver National Zero Waste Council, a leadership initiative of Metro Vancouver, bringing together governments, businesses and non-government organizations to advance waste prevention in Canada and the transition to a circular economy. The Surrey Board of Trade is the only chamber of commerce/board of trade in Canada to serve on this Board.
Founded by Metro Vancouver in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2013, the Council has united, among others, six of Canada’s largest metropolitan regions – Metro Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary and Edmonton – with key business and government leaders, academia and non-profit organizations in a call for national action and systems change to address waste generation.
The National Zero Waste Council is governed by a Management Board, with staff and administrative support provided by a Secretariat. The Council uses member-led working groups to collaboratively advance projects in support of its vision and mission.
Jay Rao M.A.Sc., P.Eng., CSAP is also the Director of Environmental Services for EXP Canada.