Green Beauty Night, March 23rd 6-9:30pm Toronto


Join us on March 23rd for a Green Beauty Night, presented by The Eco Well and The Eco Market Canada. Featuring a panel presentation by Canadian industry leaders and a highly curated green beauty market. What is green beauty? This term is thrown around so flippantly, but what makes a product truly sustainable? Is natural synonymous with ‘green’? Should we be looking to certifications and non-governmental organizations for insights about our products? What are some of the metrics we should be looking to when calling a product green? This topic will be disseminated throughout the evening. Before and after, you’ll be able to shop from local green beauty brands and connect more with our panelists. Join us for an evening of education, connection and fun!

In addition to our panel and market, we’ll also be hosting poster presentations from local scientists studying sustainability in cosmetics. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about some of the amazing research coming from Canada and having an international industry impact.

*Note, the panel presentation will be recorded for The Eco Well’s podcast as well as Eco Cast by The Eco Market.

When: 6-9pm, March 23rd

Where: Social Innovation Centre Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave, Toronto

Tickets include access to the whole event, healthy appetizers and drinks, and a chance to win some green beauty swag! Limited tickets, get em' while they last!

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6-7pm: Green Beauty Market

7-8pm: Panel Presentation

Panelists: Kenna Whitnel from Altilis Beauty, Christian Euler from Phycus Bio, Dayna Stein from Bare Market, Jenise Lee from CertClean.

Moderator: Jen Novakovich from The Eco Well and The Eco Market

8-8:30pm: Audience Q&A

8:30-9:30pm: Green Beauty Market

About the panelists:


Dayna Stein, Bare Market

Dayna Stein is the founder of Bare Market - Toronto's one-stop shop for package-free goods. Dayna has a Bachelor of Science in sustainable food systems and food security and an Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability. Prior to starting Bare Market, Dayna was a consultant working with clients across sectors on sustainable food systems and social enterprise development. Now she spends her days making refillable body, home care (and eventually bulk food) options, as well as, "reduced waste" lifestyle items more physically and financially accessible to the everyday consumer. In 2018, Dayna was recognized as Notable Life's Eco-Warrior of the Year.


Jenise Lee, CertClean

Jenise Lee is the Founder of CertClean, North America's certification for safer skincare. You can find thousands of beauty and personal care products globally with the CertClean certification. In 2017, Jenise was honoured as one of Canada's top sustainability leader, named Canada's Top 100 health influencers alongside Wayne Gretzky and Sophie Trudeau, and nominated for the Governor General's Innovation Award. Jenise has a Chemical Engineering degree (University of Waterloo), and a MBA (Schulich School of Business). Prior to starting her MBA, Jenise worked as an environmental engineering consultant where she led environmental impact studies and feasibility studies on leading edge renewable energy from biomethanation plants to solar projects to waste-to-energy facilities.


Kenna Whitnel, Altilis Beauty

Kenna Whitnel is a cosmetic chemist and director at Altilis Beauty, a Canadian brand making big rifts on the international stage as a sustainable brand leader. Altilis Beauty is the first cosmetics brand to use breadfruit, a highly sustainable crop that Kenna has worked to develop raw ingredients from, in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph. Today, Kenna is an expert in plant biochemistry and sustainable skincare, actively works as a research scientist and cosmetic chemist, and is continually innovating products and raw materials that are good for people as well as the planet.


Christian Euler, Phycus Biotechnologies

Christian Euler is a metabolic engineer, and cofounder and the director of strain engineering at Phycus Biotechnologies, a Toronto-based biotech startup making green ingredients for cosmetics. This incredible company produces glycolic acid, a very popular AHA ingredient used across cosmetics. Did you know that glycolic acid is typically produced using formaldehyde as a starting material, as well as petrol? Using cutting edge science, Phycus Bio has developed their own glycolic acid, via renewable resources (carbon dioxide, a win-win minimizing their carbon impact while producing the material at a lower cost). Christian is passionate about finding technical solutions to environmental problems and making green products accessible to consumers.


About the moderator:


Jen Novakovich, The Eco Well and The Eco Market

Jen Novakovich is a passionate science communicator, environmentalist, and cosmetic chemist. She has two bachelors of science honors degrees from the University of Guelph; one in Zoology, and the other in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences with an emphasis on Cosmeceuticals. Jen completed her graduate studies in Cosmetic Chemistry and today has a deep passion for sustainable development and science-based cosmetics. She currently works as a cosmetic formulation consultant, travels internationally to speak about sustainability in cosmetics, and offers advanced training on cosmetic science and 'green' formulating to brand founders and formulators.




Stay tuned to learn more about our vendors and poster presenters!

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