Canadian Packaging

On August 12, 2011, PAC – The Packaging Association announced it has created PAC NEXT to help the industry transition towards a world without packaging waste.

“To address this pressing need, a 31-member founding organization was established on August 3 to formalize this North American initiative by electing co-chairs and establishing a series of objectives,” states James D. Downham, president and chief executive officer of PAC.

The purpose of PAC NEXT is to facilitate the convergence of ideas and identify sustainable solutions that lead to zero packaging waste. This will be achieved through transparent process and active collaboration by leading industry, government agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organizations).

“We will explore all solutions to achieve economical recovery that leads to improved reduction, recycling, reuse, up-cycling, composting, energy-from-waste and other emerging solutions for discarded packaging,” notes Downham.


Following the Consumer Goods Forum model of co-chairs representing retailers and consumer packaged goods manufacturers, the PAC NEXT founding member chairs are Guy McGuffin, vice-president of sustainable packaging, with Walmart Canada and Kim Rapagna the manager of sustainability for Kraft Canada. As well, Nina Goodrich, a former innovation and sustainability executive with Alcan and Amcor has joined the team as PAC NEXT program director.

PAC NEXT founding members:


  • Loblaw Brands Ltd.
  • McDonalds
  • Safeway
  • Sobeys
  • TDL – Tim Hortons
  • Walmart Canada

Consumer Packaged Goods

  • General Mills
  • Ice River Springs Water
  • Kraft Canada
  • MolsonCoors Brewing Company
  • McCain Foods
  • Nestle
  • P & G
  • PepsiCo Foods Canada
  • TerraCycle
  • Ultima Foods
  • Unilever

Package Manufacturers

  • Atlantic Packaging
  • Bemis
  • Jones Packaging
  • Hood Packaging
  • Norampac
  • Owens-Illinois (O-I)
  • Tetra Pak

Raw Materials

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • E.I. DuPont Canada Company

Ancillary Services

  • Schawk Canada

Discarded Material Management

  • Cascades Recovery
  • Covanta Energy Corporation


  • Region of Peel


  • Product Stewardship Institute

Observer only – Non member

  • WWF 

(World Wildlife Fund)

About PAC – The Packaging Association

The PAC is a not-for-profit, material and package neutral association that has been a leading voice on packaging since 1950. PAC members are comprised of industry leaders and representatives throughout the supply chain. PAC is leveraging its rich history in environmental leadership, values, processes and influential members to guide industry through this changing era. For more information, contact James D. Downham, PAC president and chief executive officer at 416-646-4637, via e-mail at or by visiting


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