2016 EHS Compliance Excellence Conference

2016 EHS Compliance Excellence Agenda


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The agenda will focus on the continuing trend toward integrating compliance into the fabric of organizational culture and operations. No longer can EHS professionals simply tick the boxes; they must make safety culture, regulatory compliance, and incident reporting an instinctive part of day-to-day operations.


Wednesday May 11, 2016

8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 -
9:15 a.m.
Official Welcome and Introductions
9:15 -
10:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote - GE Aviation EHS Programs - Positioning for the Future


Hear how GE is learning and adapting for the future by focusing on the key priorities that will position it for success.


  • Tim Meyers, Global Facilities and EHS Leader; GE Aviation (Bio)
10:15 -
10:30 a.m.




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

Selling Safety

A culture of safety is set at the top, but needs to be carried out and ingrained and every level to succeed. Hear case studies of how safety cultures have been branded and sold internally to create the desired outcome.


  • Gregory Bopp, Director Compliance Assurance; Honeywell Aerospace (Bio)
  • Andy Schneider, Corporate Manager - Safety & Health; Caterpillar Inc. (Bio)
12:00 -
12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Exhibit Hall

12:45 -
1:45 p.m.

NAEM Benchmark Discussion – Environmental Risk Auditing

Join this discussion to understand how many of your peers developing or currently using programs to identify and audit risk scenarios. This interactive session will feature results from NAEM's conference survey, and will look at what sort of risk-related data is being utilized, and then how it drives the direction of audits. The full set of results will be made available to all conference attendees.


  • Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM (Bio)
  • Paul Narog, Manager, Corporate Environmental Operations; 3M (Bio)
1:45 -
2:15 p.m.

2:15 -
3:30 p.m.

Using Consultants And Contractors Effectively
Whether because of limited staff levels, or as a strategic move in your auditing program, using external consultants in an effective manner can have a real impact on the success of your compliance programs. This session will examine strategies used in selecting and managing outside consultants in order to get the results you need.


  • Allen Stegman, General Director, Environmental and Hazardous Materials; BNSF Railway (Bio)
  • Kristen G. Dickey, Compliance Services Lead; WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff (Bio)
  • Megan Lum, Director, Environment, Transmission; Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (Bio)


Managing Ahead Of Change

During times of change are when it is most important that compliance efforts are able to continue smoothly, but interruptions such as reductions in staffing and merger activity make it easier for lapses to occur. Find out how your peers are fortifying their culture and programs to be able withstand periods of transition.


  • Chris Herrmann, Director - Environmental, Health & Safety; Carlex Glass (Bio)
  • Steve Groseclose, Senior Director, Risk Management, Sustainability & Real Estate; GLOBALFOUNDRIES U.S. INC. (Bio)
3:30 -
3:45 p.m.


3:45 -
5:00 p.m.

Growing Operational Ownership Of Risk

This session will focus on engaging employees who have an impact on your organization's risk exposure, and developing their ownership of the issues. The presentations will take a specific look at communication, and establishing a common risk language.


  • Dave Roberts, EHS Growth and Risk Leader; General Electric Co. (Bio)
  • Matt Schroeder, Division Environmental Manager; Charter Steel Inc. (Bio)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall


Thursday May 12, 2016

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 -
9:15 a.m.
Morning Announcements
9:15 -
10:30 a.m.

Maximizing the Business Value of an EHS Audit Program

Using benchmarking results from the International Audit Protocol Consortium's 7th biennial survey on EHS auditing practices as the framework, this interactive session will include presentations on best practices in EHS auditing and a facilitated discussion of emerging trends, with a focus on improving the business value of a company’s EHS audit program. Among the topics to be explored will be the role of quality assurance and quality control in improving the effectiveness of an EHS audit program and strengthening the corrective action process to decrease an organization’s EHS risks.


  • Lissa Aquino, Senior Staff Representative – Environmental Analysis & Reporting Programs; United Airlines Inc.
  • Jeff McCormack, Audit Manager - Environmental, Management System, and Product Stewardship; Georgia-Pacific LLC (Bio)
  • Kent Kading, Vice President, Global EHS Consulting Services; AECOM (Bio)

10:30 -
10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.

Domestic and International Regulatory Update

Stay current with highlights from the US and around the globe. The first speaker will cover current EPA enforcement priorities along with a look to the year ahead, including a specific look at the impact of the presidential election season. Our second speaker will deliver the top 3 developments that you should be aware of from each region of the globe, with extra attention on enforcement activities in China.


  • Rachel Degenhardt, Head of Global Services; Enhesa SA (Bio)
  • Kristen Duda, Vice President; CH2M (Bio)

Building a Cohesive Data Management Strategy

Find out how your peers are utilizing a variety of technologies to capture the right data and then convert it into meaningful information that drives business decisions


  • Kisa Adkins Baskin, Global Environment Compliance Program Manager; Newell Brands Inc. (Bio)
  • Kelvin Sanborn, EHS Operational Analytics Manager; General Electric Co. (Bio)

12:00 -
12:45 p.m.


12:45 -
1:45 p.m.

Leadership in EHS


To get the best EHS results, you need to maximize the effectiveness of your staff. Find out how to understand what is holding employees back from reaching their potential, and then motivate them by making your pitch personal and passionate.


  • Shawn Hopkins, Regional HSE Leader & Global Behavior & Culture Leader; Procter & Gamble Co. (Bio)
2:00 p.m. Conference Adjourns


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Program Topics


A continued theme is the use of compliance metrics to drive risk management and create business value. This year's agenda will focus on the intersection of data and risk management, exploring how insights from data can inform a risk mitigation strategy.


At this year's conference, you can expect to expand your knowledge of:


  • Auditing structures
  • Regulatory updates
  • Identifying and prioritizing EHS risk
  • Lagging and leading metrics
  • Management Systems for Enterprise Compliance
  • Data Management Strategies
  • Staffing and knowledge retention

Interested in speaking?


Are you an EHS or leader with a case study to share? Contact Mike Mahanna, Program Director at (202) 986-6616 to learn about speaking opportunities.


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