Michael Noble leads the ERA’s External Market Relations. This involves working with the ERA’s larger existing supporters, those prospective and the myriad of Community Partners and Stakeholders with whom the ERA works across the country. Michael offers a varied background of professional experience across the EU and North America in the fields of Enterprise IT, Professional Services and other related industries. Michael is also a Business Advisor at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.
Embracing the ‘Circular Economy’; Ecological and Community Benefits via Hardware Reuse
The “3 Rs” associated with Sustainability are in a particular order for intentional reasons. While “Reduce” may not be an immediate option in the field of IT – given the proliferation of connected devices etc – reuse is certainly an option, which is often under leveraged. Both the Canadian and US Federal Governments have a publicly-articulated “Reuse First” mandate for their retiring Electronic and IT Equipment for the ecological and community benefits which are available. Furthermore, effective HW asset management – including for “retired” equipment – is increasingly seen to be a key element of consideration as part of a wider Information Security/Governance strategy. Michael is looking forward to sharing information and anecdotal experience in these considerations and similar – while comparing the IT sector with other major waste sources.
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