2016 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Reducing Risk, Spotlighting Value


Track 3: Reducing Risk, Spotlighting Value

As a profession, we have long since left behind the notion that EHS is a compliance-only function and continue to reaffirm the strategic value that proactive EHS management brings to companies. Sessions in this track will focus on ways EHS leaders are demonstrating value through risk reduction efforts. Attendees in these sessions will gain insights into how their peers are driving performance through developing management systems, leading integration efforts in mergers and acquisitions, reducing risk in supply chains, and juggling an array of global challenges. It will also include a comprehensive look at regulatory and standards trends and developments on the horizon.

Wednesday October 26, 2016

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote


  • Eric Berlow, Ecologist and complexity scientist - Bio

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break

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

Session 3: Overcoming Global EHS Management and Compliance Challenges

Overseeing EHS Compliance and Management for a global company presents a host challenges from data collection, to creating and implementing global policy and standards, to different perceptions of risk, safety and compliance. Have you been able to leverage EHS capabilities and expertise regionally and globally? What strategic internal partnerships, and external networks and services are enabling industry-leading global programs to be successful? How have programs matured from compliance-driven, to data management, to a supportive and sustainable Global EHS Management program? This session will showcase strategic approaches, lessons and reflections from senior EHS leaders that have tackled some of these challenges and explore how they found success.



  • Kisa Adkins, Global Environment Compliance Program Manager; Newell Brands Inc.
  • Anita Dawson, Manager, Global EHS; Air Liquide Advanced Materials Inc.


  • Bruce Klafter, Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility; Flextronics International Ltd. - Bio
  • Paul Narog, Manager, Corporate Environmental Operations; 3M - Bio
  • Steve Shedroff, Section Head, Global Innovations HS&E; Procter & Gamble Co. - Bio

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Session 7: Regulatory Trends and Developments to Watch

Evolving global regulations will be reviewed in light of the recent 2015 Paris COP Agreement, REACH 2018, new TSCA requirements and potential circular economies. Regulations are rapidly changing and our goal is to help you sort through these challenges. This session will provide attendees with a review of these and other emerging issues and how you can manage them in your business. In this session, we will explore how companies are assessing these evolving environmental risks and how they can develop adaptive management strategies.



  • Bill Glynn, Associate; CDM Smith


  • Scott Canonico, Regional Manager EHS; Linn Energy LLC - Bio
  • Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer; The City of Denver - Bio
  • Liz Harriman, Deputy Director; The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachussetts, Lowell - Bio

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Session 11: Leveraging EHS Management Systems to Shift EHS Thinking and Performance

Management systems (EHSMS) have been instrumental in helping our field shift from a compliance-orientation, to one where focus is on performance improvement and organizational impact. The next evolution of EHSMS is pushing into areas of enterprise risk management, organizational health, and expanding the EHS function’s depth and breadth. This session will show how cutting-edge approaches are taking existing EHSMS frameworks to new levels, and in turn, are helping EHS professionals increase their perspectives and impact.



  • Charles Redinger, President; Redinger 360


  • Alan Resnik, Director Corporate Environmental Affairs; Cummins Inc. - Bio
  • Peggy Spurlock, Manager, Safety & Environmental; Schneider Electric SE - Bio
  • Richard Budge, President and Founder, Lakeside Risk Management - Bio

5:30 - 7:00 p.m

Welcome Reception


Thursday October 27, 2016


8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Session - Leading as an EHS&S Professional Now and Into the Future

Drawing on a learnings from career of more than 30 years in environmental management, Wayne Balta, the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety for IBM will open our day with an informative and inspiring look at corporate environmental & sustainability management today, and into the future. He’ll explore the skills and competencies he believes leaders will need to steward their programs and teams for the coming years, and discuss the opportunities he sees for each of us to make substantive contributions at our organizations, ultimately resulting in collective impact and progress forward in our field.


  • Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety; IBM Corp. - Bio

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

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

Session 15: Putting a System in place to Reduce EHS and Sustainability Risk in Your Supply Chain

In this session participants will learn about key global supply chain risks and how to put a system in place to mitigate disruptions, scarcity, and social pressure. Speakers will focus on topics like severe weather, socio-political conflicts, global warming, resource over-use, conflict minerals, and forced labor that impart a growing risk on modern global supply chains. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of modern supply chain risk factors and strategies for combating these ever growing issues.



  • Alan Johnson, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances; 3E Co.


  • Phil Berry, Partner and Principal Consultant; Sustainable Supply Chains - Bio
  • Stephen Bernard, Senior Sustainability Manager; AT&T Inc. - Bio
  • Elizabeth Zimmermann, Senior Director Global EHS; Western Digital Corp. - Bio
  • Hiroshi Ishizuka, Program Manager of Energy/Resource Management; Western Digital Corp. - Bio

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Session 19: Successful EHS Management Before and After a Merger or Acquisition

In these times of fast paced business deals, we will discuss how to get your company proactively thinking about EHS in mergers and acquisitions. Learn from your peers who have weathered the storm, how to get that seat at the table, talk in terms the business understands, and provide immeasurable value to your company by identifying the risks up front. Once the deal is done, we'll explore how to take the best of both companies and integrate system and cultures. Getting acquired? Learn from your peers how to compare systems and take the best of both worlds.



  • Nicole Voss, Senior Manager, Global EHS & Regulatory Compliance; Ashland Inc.


  • Joette Bailey-Keown, Director EHS; Ball Corp.
  • Christopher England, Director, Environment, Safety, Health, Sustainability, and Security; Xylem Inc.
  • John Perkins,  Senior Director EHS; Tyco International plc - Bio

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Keynote - NAEM IGNITE Power Hour

Imagine ten topics from ten experts in less than sixty minutes. Attend this curiously fast-paced peer-led session and experience a new kind of event; one that will have you at the edge of your seat with innovative ideas, lessons learned and how-to information straight from the experts. Listen as your peers present informative and engaging material in a high energy, 5-minute Ignite format. Some presentations will be EHSS related, others may just be fun topics that will illustrate the Ignite concept. Your imagination will run wild as you think of various ways that you could make use of the Ignite concept in your workplace and training. So prepare to be entertained and intrigued for the entire session! Then brainstorm on how best to apply this useful tool back at work!


Speakers include ten dynamic and inspiring EHS&S leaders from the NAEM Community

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