LAURE DUPUY, FOUNDER AND PROJECT MANAGER
21 Solutions, one of our main European collaborators, is used to work closed to cities and business owners. The 21 Solutions team work with Brussels city since more than 7 year on different sustainability projects addressing to citizens, public organizations or companies.
I have acquired a strong time management, a critical mind and an ability to work collectively and to be flexible that make the strength of my current offer.
When I arrived in Canada, I first worked for over a year for one of SPUD's main grocery stores in Vancouver. SPUD is a B Corp certified company, a pioneer in achieving zero waste and in implementing circular economy principles at different stages of their activity (supply, delivery, warehouse).
I was part of the Zero Waste Canada Association as Outreach Community Officer of the Vancouver Chapter where I seem to be increasing my knowledge about the impact of food waste and waste treatment, recycling and landfill in Canada.
Now, I am the founder of Rethink2gether which aim to help business owners and managers of food industry to analyze, rethink and review their strategy to reduce their food waste and achieve a Zero Waste Food stewardship.
I think that, working together as companies, governments and citizens, we can find innovative solutions to help people live, produce and consume more responsibly - all inspired by natural, regenerative and circular principles.
Benoit Liegey, Project manager
Ben holds a dual Master of Engineering degree from 2 top-tier universities in France. His studies were primarily done at AgroParisTech, which is among the top 10 universities in the world specializing in food & environmental sciences. He is now Project Manager for Rethink2gether, based in Vancouver, B.C.
Ben has over eight years of international experience in sustainability in various industries.
For 4 years, he has worked as a sustainability consultant for RDC Environment in Belgium. This experience enabled him to understand clients’ needs, master environmental impact assessments, and deliver effective presentations for both public & private organizations.
Ben's expertise also lies in food sustainability. He has worked for multiple food retailers, including Ahold Delhaize in Europe and SPUD.CA in Vancouver (Canada). At Ahold Delhaize, an international food retailer based in 3 continents, he was the Sustainability Data & Innovation Coordinator. In this role, he was in charge of external sustainability reporting at the global level, and was leading a Zero Waste Working Group to share best practices among operating companies. He has also piloted the Food Loss & Waste Protocol, which is a standard released in 2017 to harmonize food waste measurements among companies, countries and cities all over the world.
He has also worked for SPUD.CA, an online retailer of local & organic food that is a certified B Corp and based in Vancouver, B.C. He first began as a Produce Quality Coordinator and then moved up to an Inventory Control & Quality Assurance Coordinator for Food-X, managing a team of up to 20 people. Food-X is a delivery platform that allows multiple retailers to share warehouse space, infrastructure and delivery so there are fewer vehicles on the road per order, similarly to carpooling. SPUD’s industry-leading technology namely enables predictive ordering and better inventory control. This results in SPUD being the lowest waste grocery company in Canada, with only 0.5% food waste (traditional grocery stores have produce waste of between five and six percent of sales). This experience namely allowed Ben to be part of the creation of Food-X, to manage inventories of different companies and to better understand how food waste can be saved in British Columbia.
These opportunities have shaped Ben's understandings of the food supply chain. In addition, his experiences have exposed him to different ways of thought in the dynamic field of sustainability as well as equipped him with the necessary skills needed to make informed decisions based on concrete evidence. His ability to multitask, meet tight deadlines and negotiate across multicultural environments are truly an asset.
On a more personal note, Ben loves good food, outdoor activities and climate-smart traveling. In 2017, he traveled the world to meet various key plays of sustainability in the food supply-chain, interviewed different businesses and shared inspiring videos from farm to fork. He made his way across Europe, Asia, Oceania and North America with no air travel. In addition, he is currently working for the Rocky Mountaineer, which has trains from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies.