Usman is a senior policy analyst and commercial strategist with Cardwell Grove Inc. Usman has 28 years of experience in the fields of environmental science and economics, corporate and commercial strategy, public policy development, regulatory and institutional design, advocacy, negotiation, consultation and communications.
Usman’s focus has been on industrial policy and programs toward circularity. In this regard he has advised Canadian governments on regulatory and supporting institutional design to address emissions and waste while working with private interests in building circular commercial strategies and supply-chains.
Usman has developed a number of Canadian Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulatory frameworks, programs and circular economy systems including those for Waste Electronics and Electrical Equipment (WEEE), Municipal Household and Special Waste (MHSW), beverage containers, printed paper and packaging, pharmaceuticals and sharps, used tires, batteries and end-of-life vehicles.
Usman has provided advice to all levels of Canadian government and to many of North America’s leading manufacturing, consumer products, retail and environmental services companies.
Usman is currently a technical director of the Canada Plastic Pact, an advisor to the Grocers and Manufacturers’ Collaborative, an advisor to the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition, a Director of the Alberta Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB) and was a convener of Ontario’s Circular Economy Innovation Lab.