2019 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2019 EHS&S Management Forum Agenda


The 2019 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum is a four-day conference experience filled with educational programming, targeted networking events, discussion groups and fun outings.


Times and session titles subject to change. Stay tuned for updates!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

NAEM Corporate Member Meeting

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Please note this meeting is for NAEM Corporate Members only.


Please email mike@naem.org to RSVP or contact schana@naem.org to become a corporate member.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

NAEM's Affiliate Council Meeting

Please note this meeting is for NAEM Affiliate Members only.


Please email mike@naem.org to RSVP.

9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Day of Service

NAEM is partnering with the Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation for the Look After Where You Live community service opportunity. Participants will clean up tiny trash along the shores of Ashbridges Bay, a critical portion of the Toronto Waterfront habitat. For the past 50 years, the Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation (TRCF) has been protecting the environment and educating and engaging communities about the 16 miles of waterfront and nine watersheds protected by TRCF.


Transportation and lunch will be provided. The project is happening rain or shine, so dress for the weather and be ready to get dirty!


Buses depart at 9:30 a.m. Open to EHS&S corporate professionals and sponsors of the Day of Service only.

Price: $20 per person (includes lunch)

View pictures of the 2018 tree planting or a video of the 2017 beach cleanup.


Sponsored by:

EHS Support - Environmental Consulting | Antea Group USA

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Annual Golf Event

Join your colleagues and professional peers for a golf scramble at the beautiful BraeBen Golf Course. Registration is required and transportation will be provided.


Cost: $20 (includes lunch)


Golf begins with a shotgun start. Clubs are available for rental.

Open to in-house EHS&S corporate professionals and Golf Event sponsors only!


Sponsored by:

Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, based in Kansas City, Missouri. We plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities all over the world, with one mission in mind: Make our clients successful.

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Avoid the lines. Register and pick up materials on Tuesday!


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


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

Leveraging the Best Thinking in Safety Strategy
See how companies set safety strategies and metrics, plus their management strategies.

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

Communicate EHS&S risk effectively, from non-EHS&S decision-makers to the front line.

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Growing EHS Professionals Into Leaders: A Conversation With Peers

Hear how today's EHS&S leaders made the jump into leadership, plus their talent retention insights.

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Best Practices in EHS Auditing and Corrective Action

Find out what companies are tracking and how, plus how to turn audit results into action items.

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NextGen Corporate Sustainability Goal Setting: 2020 and Beyond

Get fresh insights into how companies are setting goals and how expectations are changing.

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

NAEM Excellence Awards Ceremony Luncheon


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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Sponsored by:

Apex Companies, LLC - Home Brown and Caldwell engineers, scientists, consultants and constructors help municipal, private and federal agencies solve complex environmental challenges. Sphera - Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Software | Integrated Risk Management Solutions

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

Finding Hidden Value in Your Portfolio: Opportunities for Managing Environmental Liabilities

Hear how companies have addressed legacy liability concerns in regards to EHS portfolios.

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Climate Risk and Resiliency Planning

See examples of companies' climate risk assessments and how to build resiliency plans.

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Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in EHS&S

Learn how to promote inclusive behavior and change corporate culture.

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Managing EHS in the Current State and Federal Regulatory Environment

Get insights on streamlining EHS&S programs and predicting budgets across states.

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Emerging Sustainability Risk: Addressing Plastic Waste

Get up-to-speed on the magnitude of the plastic waste issue and what new regulations to expect.

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

Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

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

Using Data for Better EHS Decision-Making

Discover new ways to show compliance improvement, integrate EHS&S, and more.

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Opioids, Cannabis and Mental Health: Addressing Emerging Health and Safety Risks

Find out how companies meet federal and state compliance while addressing their workers' needs.

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Increasing Your Executive Presence and Leadership Effectiveness

Learn how to leverage your own strengths to grow your executive presence.

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Tips and Strategies From Peers Moving Towards Zero Waste

Get practical advice on Zero Waste to Landfill, no matter your stage of adoption.

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Think Globally, Act Locally – Best Practices for Community Engagement

Find out how to start and then manage a community partnership program.

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

Opening Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall


Sponsored by:

Risk Management Solutions by Redinger 360


Thursday, October 17, 2019

7:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast, Exhibit Hall Opens

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

Keynote: Championing Sustainability Into Organizations at Every 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


Track 1: Driving Business Value

(View all Track 1 Sessions in Detail)

Track 2: Risk and Resilience

(View all Track 2 Sessions in Detail)

Track 3: Skilled Leaders, Strong Culture

(View all Track 3 Sessions in Detail)

Track 4: Foundational EHS&S

(View all Track 4 Sessions in Detail)

Track 5: Planning for a Sustainable Future

(View all Track 5 Sessions in Detail)

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

How Consumer Demands are Changing EHS & Sustainability
Protect your company's reputation and bottom line while balancing consumer expectations.
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From Due Diligence to Post-Merger Integration: Managing EHS During M&A

Learn strategies for post-merger EHS integration and what to watch out for.

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Influence: A Key Tool in the EHS&S Leader’s Toolbox

Learn creative strategies to drive results and become a leader that others want to follow.

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Trends and Innovation in EHS&S Training

From gamification to incentives, explore the latest trends and innovations in training.

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Big Wins and Ambitious Targets in Energy Reduction and Renewables

Get new insights on implementing energy reduction strategies and demonstrating the cost savings.

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

Business-to-Business Lunch

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

Show Me the Money: Case Studies you Can Use for EHS Cost Savings

Learn actionable strategies for communicating EHS project cost savings and team value.

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Managing Chemical Risk Throughout the Lifecycle

Get insights on how to meet chemical substance restrictions and end-user expectations.

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Taking a Fresh Look at Safety Culture

Discover new tools, messages, training and incentives to engage employees in a safety culture.

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Innovative Ways to Address EHS&S Resourcing and Organizational Design

Hear solutions for EHS&S resourcing and managing relationships between the C-suite and front line.

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Practical Steps Toward a Circular Economy

Find out how companies are addressing the demands of a circular economy.

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

Networking Break

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

Keynote: Global Citizenship - Change Your Mind, Change Your World

National Geographic Explorer, Chris Bashinelli, will share real-life visual examples from the slums of Haiti, to the fields of Uganda, to the Mongolian Steppe to illustrate that the key to productivity, meaning and connection does not lie in changing our external conditions, but in transforming our current conditions.


Hear how he explains Global Citizenship, using our everyday work and lives as a vehicle to grow inwardly and thereby, become the best version of ourselves. 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. Becoming a Global Citizen begins with realizing we already have everything we need to be happy right now. You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of the Global Citizen concept and how it can help you.


  • Chris Bashinelli, National Geographic Explorer - 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


Friday, October 18, 2019

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

Grab and Go Pastries and Coffee

If you are joining a Friday morning session, pastries and coffee will be available to take with you. This is included in conference registration.

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

Women's Leadership Networking Breakfast

Gather to share the morning meal, network and elevate your understanding of inclusive leadership. Open to all conference attendees, this special breakfast will feature an acclaimed speaker and plenty of opportunity to network with your peers. Special guests include winners of the NAEM nextGen, Leadership in Action and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Open to everyone!

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

Toronto Old Town Walking & Food Tour

Network with fellow attendees as you discover Toronto's roots on this two-hour walking tour that traces the city's beginnings as York, the second capital of Upper Canada, and charts its journey into the multicultural metropolis it is today. Departing from the Westin Harbour Castle attendees will walk past bustling Union Station and financial district, the tour introduces travelers to the iconic landmarks of Old Toronto, and head to the St. Lawrence Markets with over 200 years of history, before heading back to your hotel. As we take this walk back in time, we will stop into a few classic establishments in the market and enjoy some local delicatessen along the way. Attendees should wear appropriate walking shoes and clothing for the local weather conditions.


Starting and ending at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.


Cost: $30

Open to Everyone – 30 spaces available

12:00 p.m.

Conference Adjourns







Track 1: Driving Business Value


Track 2: Risk & Resilience


Track 3: Skilled Leaders, Strong Culture


Track 4: Foundational EHS&S


Track 5: Planning for a Sustainable Future


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