2019 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2019 EHS&S Management Forum Agenda - Track 2


Risk and Resilience

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 2 - Strategies for Understanding Corporate Risk Threshold and Communicating EHS&S Risk to C-Suite

EHS&S programs and initiatives often compete against other priorities for financial resources; however, unaddressed EHS&S risks can be costly to corporations. To effectively mitigate and/or manage EHS&S risk, industry leaders need to be able to understand and assess corporate risk thresholds and strategies and communicate those risks succinctly to non-EHS&S leaders. At the same time, the Executive team needs to fully understand the potential negative consequences of not appropriately addressing EHS&S risk. This session will provide EHS&S leaders with strategies to help them effectively communicate EHS&S risk with everyone from the non-EHS&S decisionmakers all the way to the front line/facility level.


  • Charles Malaniak, Corporate Environmental Manager; Wakefern Food Corp. - Bio
  • Mike Miller, Vice President, Risk, EHS & Sustainability; Advance Auto Parts Inc. - Bio

Moderator: Denny Lerch, Senior Associate; Haley & Aldrich Inc. - Bio

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 7 - Climate Risk and Resiliency Planning

Does your company have a process for assessing climate risk? How are companies communicating climate risk and preparing for possible disasters and business disruptions that could come from climate-related events? This session will look at examples of how EHS leaders have performed a climate risk assessment and what concrete actions they took because of those efforts. It will provide EHS leaders who have facilities or assets at risk for weather-related disasters with valuable insights on how to identify and communicate that risk effectively within their business and build a resiliency plan that will reduce downtime.


  • John Englander, Founder and President; International Sea Level Institute - Bio

Moderator: Gregory Carli, Principal; GHD Group Pty Ltd - Bio

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

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

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

Session 12 - Opioids, Cannabis and Mental Health: Addressing Emerging Health & Safety Risks

Opioid addiction is at an all-time high and more states are starting to legalize cannabis for recreational and/or medicinal use. At the same time, we are gaining a deeper understanding of how mental health challenges affect individuals both at work and home. What are practical approaches and solutions to managing worker health and safety considering these emerging risks? What policies are companies implementing to stay in line with state and federal laws while addressing the unique needs of their workers. Join this session to learn how companies are maintaining or improving their safety protocols considering these emerging issues.


  • Dr. Marco Iglesias, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer; Broadspire Services Inc. - Bio
  • Candace DiCresce, Senior Director, Safety & Well-Being at Rogers Communications; Rogers Communication Inc. - Bio
  • Cristian Rodriguez, Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety; Wajax Corp. - Bio

Moderator: Cari Moore, Senior Manager, Environmental Protection; Cox Enterprises Inc.

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 17 - From Due Diligence to Post-Merger Integration: Managing EHS During M&A

Once the deal is inked, EHS leaders must integrate programs, cultures and people from the two companies and work with legal and finance teams to support the due diligence process effectively. How do you integrate your legal and financial systems as it relates to the circumstances for the acquisition? Speakers will share tips, strategies and examples of ways they approached post-merger integration and highlight things to watch out for as you navigate the process. The session will also look at how go about keeping the best from both organizations and managing the challenges that come with this process.


  • Rob Somers, Director of Environment, Health and Safety; Perrigo Co. plc - Bio
  • Curtis Michols, Senior Specialist, GEHS&E; Abbott Laboratories - Bio

Moderator: Lori Smargiassi, Senior Staff Environment, Health and Safety Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.

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

Business-to-Business Lunch

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

Session 22 - Chemical Management & Risk Assessment

Are chemicals used throughout the supply chain impacting customers and countries where you market your products and services? How do you manage the chemicals used in your products – those that are manufactured and those that are resold from suppliers/partners? This session will provide perspectives from companies throughout a product’s value chain on how they are meeting chemical substance restrictions and customer/end-user expectations. It will cover lessons learned and best practices of each approach, provide an overview on global implications of changing chemical regulations and identify strategies used to eliminate or reduce the usage of "chemicals of concern" throughout the lifecycle of products and services.


  • Julie Smoak, Environmental Manager; Toyota Tsusho America Inc. - Bio
  • Jim Raymond, Senior Manager of Product Regulatory Affairs; Toyota Motor Corp.
  • David Hunkuler, Director; AQUA+TECH Specialties SA - Bio

Moderator: Ellen Huang, Director, Environmental Affairs; Gates Corp.

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:

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