2019 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2019 EHS&S Management Forum Agenda - Track 1


Driving Business Value

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7:00 a.m. Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote: How Climbing Mount Everest Helped Me to Be a Better EHS Leader

As the first African American woman to successfully scale Mt. Everest, Sophia Danenberg's story is one of extraordinary discipline and determination. Not only did it test her endurance, but it also made her a better EHS leader. She will share her experiences with you and explain how she incorporated her lessons from the summit into her EHS strategy role.


  • Sophia Danenberg, EHS Strategy, International Policy Analysis; The Boeing Co. - Bio
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 1 - Leveraging the Best Thinking in Safety Strategy

ISO 45001 and Z10 standards are driving a shift in health and safety programs from hazard identification and mitigation to a management systems approach that considers risk, severity and uncertainty. Meanwhile, many corporate safety programs are focusing on serious injury and fatality prevention (SIF) and experts continue to debate the virtues of behavior-based safety (BBS) and the newer approach, human and organizational performance (HOPs). As new ideas and approaches to reducing injuries and illnesses emerge, how do you leverage the best thinking to create a safety strategy that will deliver winning results? This session will examine how different companies set their safety strategies and performance metrics, what management approaches they employed and provide insight on the most difficult nuts to crack.


  • Kevin Harris, Corporate Performance Manager of Safety, Environmental and Human Performance; Exelon Corp.
  • Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan plc - Bio

Moderator: Kym Fawcett, Director, Health, Safety, Environment & Quality; ATCO Pipelines & Liquids Global Business Unit

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

NAEM Excellence Awards Ceremony


NAEM Excellence Awards recognize and elevate leaders in the corporate environmental, health and safety, and sustainability community, and showcase best practices in corporate EHS&S management. 


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1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Session 6 - Finding Hidden Value in Iour Portfolio: Opportunities for Managing Environmental Liabilities

Given that EHS&S is becoming more entwined with corporate risk, companies are starting to think more strategically about their portfolio of EHS liabilities, including legacy operational sites. In some cases, they have been able to identify innovative ways to turn traditional liability risk into an enterprise opportunity. This session will focus on examples of approaches taken by companies that have been effective in either mitigating, or completely addressing, these legacy liability concerns when considering their EHS portfolios.


  • John Morris, Global Remediation Director; Honeywell International Inc.
  • Rachel Greengas, Portfolio Manager; FMC Corp.
  • Michael Morgan, Group Environmental Manager; BBA Aviation plc

Moderator: Michael Hecker, Partner; Hodgson & Russ LLP - Bio

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Session 11 - Using Data for Better EHS Decision-Making

There is no shortage of technological solutions available to help EHS&S professionals collect data; however, once they have implemented the technology and collected the results, how can these leaders sort, analyze and use the data collected to produce actionable business intelligence? This session will look at how innovative tools and processes are used to show how companies are improving regulatory compliance, integrating EHS&S into existing workstreams, advancing fleet safety, and moving toward predictive analytics.


  • Marc Juaire, Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety; Liberty Diversified International Inc. - Bio
  • Rudolfo Borstel, Environmental Group Leader; Cargill Inc.
Moderator: Rodney Canada, Director EHS; Comcast Corp. - Bio

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Opening Networking Reception


Sponsored by:

Risk Management Solutions by Redinger 360


Thursday, October 17, 2019

7:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast, Exhibit Hall Opens

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Thursday Morning Keynote: From Incremental to Transformational: Championing Sustainability Into Organizations at Every/Any Stage

Business and sustainability, when paired, have the power to drive and inspire business purpose and meaningful sustainability impacts. These days, targets and improvements on energy, waste and water are common; while these are necessary fundamentals, will they solve our global climate crises? The time has come to see sustainability as the catalyst for business growth, resiliency and leadership, instead of the "nice-to-have" work for any business. This lens will inspire and benefit profitable growth, attract and retain the best employees, and ensure our license to operate across markets and industries.


This session will highlight different companies on their quests to transform toward deeper purpose and sustainability integration, both internally and externally, by exploring what hurdles have they overcome, what actions have they taken, and how are they moving from values to impact. Attendees will come away with insights about incremental and transformational opportunities to help them leverage their efforts as EHS&S professionals toward shifting the sustainability paradigm for their own organization.


  • Deanna Bratter, Senior Director of Public Benefit and Sustainable Development; Danone North America - Bio
  • Jill Kolling, Vice President, Global Sustainabilty; Cargill Inc. - Bio
  • Rick Taylor, Corporate Vice President, EHS; Parker Hannifin Corp. - Bio

Moderated by: Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; Danone North America - Bio

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Session 16 - How Customer and Consumer Demands are Changing EHS & Sustainability

How do changing consumer and other stakeholder demands and requirements impact EHS&S strategy and how is EHS&S connected into the Value Chain? What new programs or activities are being developed to address these changes? This session will offer a practical look at how EHS&S is connected in the value chain and how corporations can balance the need to protect their reputations and bottom lines while balancing consumer needs and expectations.


  • Julie Pierce, Vice President of Strategy and Planning; Minnesota Power, division of ALLETE, Inc.
  • Martha Coopersmith-Gray, Director Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability; Amphenol Corp. - Bio

Moderator: Kelly Sobczak, Global Director, Sustainability and EHS Compliance; Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Business-to-Business Lunch

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session 21 - Show Me the Money: Best Practices for Communicating EHS Cost Savings

EHS&S teams perform very specific functions that save corporations money in the short- and long-term; however, the perception of EHS&S as a cost center remains. Despite performing some of the most critical organizational functions, many EHS&S professionals may have difficulty illustrating how their programs and strategies are crucial to the bottom line. Join this session to hear specific, replicable examples from EHS&S leaders on how they calculated and communicated cost savings on various EHS projects and demonstrated the value their teams have added to their organizations.


  • Greg Derevianko, Senior Health and Safety Manager; Comcast Corp.
  • Adrian Khan, Senior Manager, Environmental, Health, Safety and Security, North America; Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Inc.

Moderator: Lesley Clarke, Manager Environmental Performance Department, Walker Industries Inc. - Bio

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Networking Break

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Keynote: GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP - Change Your Mind, Change Your World

Global Citizenship means using our everyday work and lives as a vehicle to grow inwardly and thereby, become the best version of ourselves. Becoming a Global Citizen is not about traveling the world; it is about using the challenges within our individual lives to become stronger and more productive members of the world. When we embody the qualities of a Global Citizen — presence, empathy and inspiration — then we can truly inspire those around us.


With the mindset of the Global Citizen, every challenge in our work and lives — from a disagreement with a coworker, to the loss of someone we love — becomes fuel for us to grow inwardly and reach our potential. Our role is not to "change the world," but to "change ourselves." Becoming a Global Citizen begins with realizing we already have everything we need to be happy right now.


From the slums of Haiti, to the fields of Uganda, to the Mongolian Steppe, Chris pulls from real-life examples to illustrate that the key to productivity, meaning and connection does not lie in changing our external conditions, but in transforming our current conditions to grow.


  • Chris Bashinelli - Bio

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m

Dinner and Networking at the Hockey Hall of Fame

Enjoy a great night of food, drinks, entertainment and interactive games at the historic Hockey Hall of Fame!

The Hockey Hall of Fame is home of the Stanley Cup and the finest collection of hockey artifacts in the world. Much more than a sports museum, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a vibrant, immersive and interactive celebration of hockey.


More details to come!

Cost: $95


Sponsored by:

RChemwatch | The World's leader in Chemical Safety Management RIntelex cloud-based software manages environment, health & safety, quality and suppliers for regulatory compliance, and streamline ISO initiatives




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Track 1: Driving Business Value

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Track 2: Risk and Resilience

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Track 3: Skilled Leaders, Strong Culture

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Track 4: Foundational EHS&S

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Track 5: Planning for a Sustainable Future

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