Brenda Brickhouse VP, Environment Tennessee Valley Authority
Brenda Brickhouse, TVA’ Vice President for Environment is responsible for environmental policy and strategy, support, permitting and compliance, and regulatory interface for all TVA’s operations and projects. Brickhouse has worked in hydro and fossil plant operations and maintenance as Plant Manager, transmission and substation construction project management as a Project Manager, and distribution operations Manager in Clearwater, FL. Her environmental expertise includes permitting and regulatory compliance, power plant and transmission line siting and natural resources management. As a consultant, she performed project management and business development. She has a BS in Forestry and a Master of Public Affairs from NC State University. She serves on the NC State Natural Resources Foundation Board of Directors and together with her husband who is a studio artist supports a number of arts organizations.
Eric K. Busch Executive Director, Corporate Safety Sony Pictures Entertainment
Mr. Busch is the Executive Director, Corporate Safety at Sony Pictures Entertainment(SPE). He is responsible for worldwide Corporate Safety and Environmental Affairs. Mr. Busch, a UCLA graduate, has been in the Safety and Environmental field over 23 years - first at Northrop Grumman and now at SPE. He lead the effort to certify Sony Pictures to the ISO14001 environmental standard, the only major motion picture studio to do so. In addition, Mr. Busch implemented SPE’s effort to expand its safety and environmental programs to 16 facilities globally. He also directs the studio Medical clinic, which supports corporate wellness efforts. In the past four years, the Medical clinic expanded by 50% to over 10,000 clinic visits per year, including health screenings, a registered dietician, physical therapy, vaccinations and others. Mr. Busch recently concluded an ergonomics research project at SPE regarding sit-to-stand functionality which used pre-market sensor technology measuring stress. From 2004-2012, he served as a city council member and Mayor of the City of El Segundo, CA with a focus on sustainability efforts. In 2008, Mr. Busch and his wife Andrea opened Electric Bikes LA, a successful folding and electric bicycle retail store promoting alternative modes of transportation.
Eric Israel Director Global Reporting Initiative North America
As the newly appointed Director of Global Reporting Initiative(GRI) North America, Eric is responsible for driving GRI’s global mission to make sustainability reporting standard practice by all kinds of business entities in the US and Canada. Responsibilities include to provide sustainability reporting guidance and support to North American businesses across multiple sectors, to communicate the latest developments in sustainability reporting to stakeholder groups, including investors, regulators and government, and to facilitate incorporation of North American stakeholder feedback to GRI headquarters to increase local ownership of sustainability reporting and GRI’s Framework.
In addition, an important focus area will be to maintain effective relationships with organizations shaping sustainability reporting in the US and Canada, such as International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), and mainstream financial reporting organizations, such as Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and financial accounting standard setters, to advance alignment and convergence with relevant organizations in the region and globally.
Eric is a former KPMG audit partner and that firm's US advisory practice leader on climate change and sustainability. Before joining GRI he led PwC’s Sustainability Assurance group based in New York. He has more than 25 years of experience with KPMG and PwC where he began his career in the Netherlands as a Chartered Accountant. Later, Eric moved into sustainability consulting where he has focused his work for nearly 17 years. Eric has global experience in sustainable development concepts and application, finance and sustainability assurance, climate change and carbon consulting & verification, business research and development, as well as knowledge management and corporate governance. He also has participated in the work of developing GRI’s guidelines (G2 and G3), the Sustainability Consortium and the AICPA's Sustainability Task Force.
Eric co-founded KPMG's Global Sustainability Services practice and wrote KPMG's first Sustainability Audit Manual. He received his BA in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is based in GRI's New York Office.
Frank Saunders VP, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs Bruce Power
Frank began his career in the nuclear industry with Ontario Hydro, where he held a variety of management positions. This included experience in a number of disciplines including engineering, operations, quality assurance, safety and inspection. He completed his time with Ontario Hydro Nuclear with four years of organizing and performing nuclear plant safety evaluations on behalf of Ontario Hydro and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). In this role, he performed inspections of North American and international plants.
After 13 years with Ontario Hydro Nuclear, Frank moved to McMaster University as Manager, McMaster Nuclear Reactor. Subsequently, he took up the position of Director of Nuclear Operations and Facilities where, as senior nuclear operating authority, he oversaw operations at McMaster's Nuclear Reactor, Accelerator Facility, Nuclear Research Building Laboratories and support facilities.
In 2001, Frank returned to the Bruce site with the launch of Bruce Power as Vice President Safety and Environment. Since 2001, he has held senior positions in a variety of areas including safety, environment, security, regulatory relations and oversight. Frank is particularly proud of Bruce Power’s strong reputation in these areas and the opportunity he had to play a role in this.
Prior to his more than 25 years in the nuclear industry, Frank served 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Land Ordnance Engineer. Currently, Frank holds the position of Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs with Bruce Power.
Gary McDonald President and CEO StarTex Software
Gary McDonald is the President and CEO of StarTex Software, the company behind EHS Insight. A founder and leader of the company since formation, Mr. McDonald plays a key role in product direction and many other aspects of strategy definition and execution. He received his B.A. in economics from The University of Texas and his M.B.A. from The Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Ron Huijsman Founding Partner Huco Consulting
Ron Huijsmanis a founding partner at Huco Consulting, a data management firm focused on end-to-end compliance solutions for its clients. Ron has planned, implemented and supported enterprise-wide environmental information management systems for a variety of companies across industries since the late 1990s. In particular, he offers expert regulatory knowledge and expertise on how companies can use systems to manage risk and achieve EHS excellence. He holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering and management science from the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands.
Halina Caravello VP, EHS & S Tyco International
Halina Caravello, is the Vice President of EH&S for Tyco International and is located at the Princeton headquarters. She joined Tyco in early 2011 and has been part of the transition to the new organization. Her responsibilities include leading Tyco toward its vision of “Zero Harm to People and the Environment” through appropriate strategies, policies, and processes. Included as part of her responsibilities are compliance assurance, EH&S measurements, environmental and CSR efforts, and EH&S training.
Halina joined Tyco after 24 years at Baker Hughes, Inc. (BHI) with the last six as the company’s corporate vice president of HS&E. She held various positions during her tenure at BHI including Director of HSE/Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Baker Petrolite, the chemical division of BHI. Her experience includes a role as the General Manager of the Baker Crop Protection business, a unit of Baker Petrolite servicing the agricultural market (specifically water delivery companies and organizations).
Halina received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology (specialization in Marine Biology) from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and a Master of Science degree in ecology from the University of Houston, and holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University, with a focus on the influence of leadership on safety performance. She is a member of a several professional societies and has held board positions at the Oil and Gas Producers Association, the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, The Greening of Industry Network, and the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals.
Bill Brady Director Corporate Safety & Environmental Sustainability Exelon Power
Bill Brady leads Exelon’s governance and oversight functions for environmental and safety management, which includes the Exelon generation, utility and the Constellation energy services companies. His organization also supports the senior leadership team with the development and execution of Exelon’s sustainable business and environment strategies, is responsible for public environmental reporting including the annual Exelon Corporate Sustainability Report, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Carbon Disclosure Project questionnaires and it implements a corporate-wide program for auditing environmental and safety compliance.
-Kellogg Executive Development Program, Northwestern University
-Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University
- Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Rhode Island
Gretchen Retteghieri VP of Compliance Assurance Anglogold Ashanti
Gretchen joined the Health, Safety & Environmental team at AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) in 2012 to provide programs and structure for HSE Compliance within the business. This included global enabling systems (Gensuite) to support the compliance programs initiative.
Historically, AGA has not had global or integrated systems. Each of the regions and sites either purchased or built something on their own. In the recent past AGA did attempt to provide global incident reporting but this was a home grown system and still left many regions using their own systems and only feeding data into a central database. In an effort to improve Corporate Governance and streamline costs a decision was made to look at Enabling Systems for HSE data and Gensuite was awarded a contract in 2013. In the past 2 years AGA has spent a lot of time updating various applications and working on user acceptance. ‘Soft’ implementations are on-going for 2014 and we are expecting a ‘hard’ launch for full use of systems in 2015.
From 1998 – 2012 Gretchen worked for various GE business both inside and outside the EHS profession. EHS roles ranged from Site and Regional EHS Management to Global EHS Compliance. Gretchen also held non-EHS roles within the Quality and Marketing disciplines.
Katherine Blue Principal and North America Sustainability Services Practice Leader KPMG
Katherine Blue is a Principal with KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice and serves as the US Sustainability Services network leader. She has 20 years of advisory experience in the energy and manufacturing sector focused on sustainability, EHS and major capital projects advisement for KPMG’s clients. Katherine has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an ME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina.
Jeff Plante Global Director of Environment, Health and Safety EMC Corporation
Jeff has over 33 years of EHS, energy, and sustainability experience. He began his career as a water and wastewater design and construction engineer, and later worked at a major US electric generation, transmission, and distribution company, where he supervised the utility’s environmental compliance, permitting, and licensing program. Immediately prior to joining EMC, he worked for a major international consulting firm, providing EHS consulting services for a variety of US and international clients in the energy, transportation, manufacturing, and services sectors.
In his role at EMC, Jeff oversees a team of 13 international EHS professionals, along with numerous consultants and contractors, providing EHS services to EMC’s 60,000 person workforce. This workforce operates out of approximately 400 facilities located in 86 countries around the world. In addition to EHS services, Jeff’s team is heavily involved in Product Compliance requirements, as well as EMC’s corporate sustainability practices and strategies.
EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.
Jeff has his BS in Civil Engineering, his MS in Environmental Engineering, and his Graduate Certificate in GIS Studies. Jeff is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, and holds multiple EHS-related certifications and licenses.
Jennifer L. Criqui Global Director of EHS Emerson Process Management
Jennifer Criqui is a Certified Safety Professional with 15 years of experience in the field of EHS. Ms. Criqui currently holds the position of Global Director of EHS for Emerson Process Management, Rosemount Measurement. In this capacity, Ms. Criqui has EHS responsibility for manufacturing and service operations throughout the world. Prior experience includes managing safety and environmental program implementation at Kohl’s Department Stores, leading regional risk management activities for Target, serving as the EHS Systems Manager for Bostik, Inc. (a global chemical manufacturing company), and working as an EHS consultant with both private and public sector clients. With a strong focus on strategic leadership, operational integration, and diversification of metrics, Ms. Criqui has driven great success in elevating EHS performance and visibility in a variety of challenging settings. Ms. Criqui earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado with majors in Environmental Studies and Spanish and a minor in Political Science. She also holds an MPH degree in Occupational and Environmental Health from Rutgers University / UMDNJ.
Marvin Faber VP, Global EH&S Patheon
Dr. Faber joined the Patheon pharmaceutical manufacturing organization in 2003 as a Toxicologist with the mandate of establishing their in-house Toxicology Services Department. In 2004, Dr. Faber’s responsibilities shifted to EH&S as the Director of Corporate EH&S and currently serves as Vice President, Global EH&S for Patheon’s network of facilities (23 facilities across NA and EU with 8000 employees). Prior to joining Patheon, Dr. Faber held positions of increasing responsibility at Dow Chemical in the field of pesticide research and served as Manager for GlobalTox International Consultants in the field of product registration and testing. He holds a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Guelph as well as a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from McMaster University and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional.
Karen Murphy Former Global VP Environmental, Health & Safety Ashland Inc.
Karen Murphy is a former Ashland Inc. global Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) with a thirty year career in the chemical industry. The CEO chose her to lead EH&S during a time of challenging transitions for her strengths in strategic planning, risk management and governance and her broad experience in commercial P&L, Supply Chain, Research, Manufacturing, and Quality.
From 2004 through 2012, Ms. Murphy was the management representative on the Ashland Inc. Board Environmental, Health and Safety Committee. This was a crucial time in the company’s history as Ashland transitioned from a Petroleum company to one with a Specialty Chemical focus. Ms. Murphy was involved in risk management and due diligence for major acquisitions. Her ability to evaluate and communicate risk enabled strategic decisions that resulted in shareholder value.
Ms. Murphy came into the VP Environmental, Health and Safety role when Ashland faced a federally mandated probation for a legacy issue from the 1990’s. She personally worked with the court appointed probation contact to demonstrate the company’s commitment to exceeding standards by implementing a externally certified global management system and investing in an enterprise wide system for compliance assurance resulting in a reduction of the probationary period by 1 ½ years.
Throughout her career, Ms. Murphy has developed strong networks in the chemical industry. She travelled internationally throughout Europe, South America, India and Asia. She is known for her thought leadership, analytical thinking and curiosity. Ms. Murphy is the founding principal of Crisis Plan Consultants and a professional speaker on EH&S topics.
Ms. Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University and an MBA degree from Franklin University. She received the Texnikoi Outstanding Alumni Award from The Ohio State University College of Engineering. She pays forward on her experience as a woman in the STEM field by conducting workshops on Work/Life pursuit.
Ms. Murphy serves on The Ohio State Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Advisory Board. She held Treasurer and Chair positions on the Ohio Chemical Technology Council Board.
Ken Flechler Vice President Pike Enterprises
Ken Flechler is currently the Vice President of Pike Enterprises, Inc. His responsibilities include: employee safety, operational compliance, training, internal and external communications, sustainability, government and international affairs, corporate development and charitable giving. Ken reports the Chairman and CEO of Pike Corporation, J. Eric Pike. He was also asked to serve on the South Carolina Energy Advisory Committee and was voted Chairman in 2014.
Prior to his current position at Pike, Mr. Flechler was Chief Consulting Officer at SKP International, Inc. and worked with Fortune 100 companies globally on safety, compliance and ethics issues. From 1998 to 2007, he was Vice President of Safety and Compliance for Comcast. Under his direction, the company achieved significant reductions in employee injury and vehicle accident rates. He led Comcast through the EPA Audit Program, developed the company’s Environmental Management Program and managed the environmental remediation program for over 70 acquisitions.
Mr. Flechler worked with federal and state regulators and legislatures on proposed rulemaking and legislation. He has authored and presented numerous articles on workplace safety and operational compliance.
A Bellarmine University graduate, Mr. Flechler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, Certified Utility Safety Administrator and Certified Utility Safety Professional.
Mary O’Malley VP, Environment and Sustainability Prudential
Mary O’Malley is vice president, Environment and Sustainability at Prudential Financial, reporting to the chief governance officer. In this role, O’Malley oversees the strategy for, and the coordination of, all initiatives across Prudential’s businesses and corporate functions that promote company’s environmental, social, and governance objectives. O’Malley is also responsible for performance measurement and reporting on these initiatives to external stakeholders, as well as to Prudential’s Board of Directors.
Previously, O’Malley was vice president, Local Initiatives in the Community Resources Department, where she was responsible for directing and managing Prudential’s public involvement efforts worldwide. She was also the founding chair of Prudential’s Environmental Task Force.
O’Malley has been with Prudential for more than 30 years and has held various positions in the corporate social responsibility, corporate communications, issues management and human resources departments.
As part of her professional commitment, O’Malley serves as a board member of the Citizens Campaign. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts.
Carol Cala VP Energy, Environment, Safety and Health Lockheed Martin Corporation
Carol Cala is the Corporate Vice President of Energy, Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Carol oversees the ESH organization and Chairs the ESH Leadership Council that sets ESH corporate policies and direction. She evaluates the Corporation’s ESH accomplishments and provides leadership in establishing initiatives to improve corporate-wide performance; this includes Lockheed Martin positions on emerging regulatory and legislative ESH issues, and the Corporation’s interface with public stakeholders on ESH issues.
Previously, Ms. Cala was the Vice President of Quality Assurance at Hasbro, Inc. She was responsible for leading the regulatory compliance, product safety and reliability processes for the Girls, Boys, and Preschool categories of the Hasbro toy portfolio. Additionally, Carol was responsible for Quality Standards Management, New Product Development Support, Chemistry Lab Management and Product Environmental Sustainability.
Prior to Hasbro, Ms. Cala was the Director of Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability at Eastman Kodak Company, where she was responsible for the global regulatory & social compliance system of their $6B Consumer Digital Business. Carol enabled compliance and ‘beyond compliance’ activities for new product development of Kodak’s strategic and diverse digital product portfolio: digital picture frames, cameras, printers, and photo specialty products including photofinishing systems.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Cala served in several roles at Kodak including R&D, Manufacturing, Customer Service, and Marketing for digital, media, and traditional photographic products. The majority of her career has been focused on supporting regulatory compliance and environmental sustainability for business units, and she has received several business leadership recognitions including being named a finalist for the Jane Lanphear Legacy Award and receiving a Kodak Diversity Award.
Ms. Cala has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master’s of Science degree in Professional Studies: Environment and Business Management from Rochester Institute of Technology and has completed Executive Development programs at Smith College and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Natasha Porter EVP Gensuite
Natasha Porter is currently the Executive Vice President for Gensuite LLC where she manages an organization focused on Service Delivery, including implementation, deployment, and on-going support of Gensuite Web applications that digitize environmental, health and safety processes as well as an organization focused on developing new Subscribers. Gensuite is currently used across many multi-industry and scale companies from General Electric to SABIC IP, MPM, Electrolux, Eli Lilly, Amazon, and many more.
Natasha has 15 years of experience in Environmental, Health & Safety with a specialization in Web-Based Application Solution including: Implementation, Design, and Six Sigma-based Enterprise Deployment. Prior to her current position, Natasha held various leadership positions within the Environmental, Health & Safety function at General Electric both at the business unit and corporate levels. Natasha also has a specialization in Six Sigma leadership with a Master Black Belt Certification.
Richard Knowles President Richard N. Knowles and Associates, Inc.
Richard Knowles is President of Richard N. Knowles and Associates, Inc. He is a global leader in helping organizations to experience major increases in profitability and total performance. He knows how organizations really work!
He works with the leadership and teams at all organizational levels helping them to significantly improve profitability through learning to share information, building trust and interdependence, and releasing their energy and creativity. He has worked with teams in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the UK over the last 19 years.
In his Excellence Workshops™ he uses a powerful, proprietary approach and tool helping people to think, to see and to change. People learn to solve complex problems, to develop the social connections they’ll need and to build the emotional energy and commitment to get he job done quickly…all at the same time! Resistance to change almost disappears.
He is co-founder and Director with his wife, Claire E. F. Knowles, of the Center for Self-Organizing Leadershipâ which is focused on helping people in organizations develop coherence enabling them to significantly improve their performance. To help to broaden the understanding of these ideas he wrote The Leadership Dance, Pathways to Extraordinary Organizational Effectiveness,The Center for Self-Organizing Leadership, Niagara Falls, NY 2002.
He is a renowned speaker in conferences, workshops and retreats. Richard N. Knowles graduated from McDonogh School, McDonogh MD in 1953, from Oberlin College on Oberlin, OH in 1957 and received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY in 1961. He then joined the DuPont Company in research at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware where he conducted research in a variety of areas receiving 40 U.S. Patents in this work. He then worked in a number of sales and manufacturing assignments including 15 years as Plant Manager in three different sites. He has extensive experience in community dialogue and emergency response at both the local and state levels. He was active with the American Chemistry Council and he is an Adjunct Instructor at Medaille College in Amherst, NY and a member of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Since his retirement from DuPont in 1996 he has helped many organizations in his consulting work.
Peter McLellan Global Head of H&S- DGFF DHL
Peter has spent more than 20 years within the Oil & Energy industry working for organizations like Elf exploration PLC and RWE in positions with increasing seniority and responsibility. He joined DHL in 2011 as Global Head HSSE for the DHL Energy sector where he coordinated cross-BU Health & Safety activities with great success. Peter has access to a considerable network of global functional experts with many of our customers through trade associations. He is interested in change management and incorporating behavioural modification to exert a positive influence on business/safety culture.
Peter earned a BSC with honors in Occupational Hygiene from London South Bank University in the late 80’s a Diploma in Law (HSE) from Salford University, Manchester and is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health.
Peter has started a new role will be responsible for the development and implementation of a global Occupational Health & Safety program aligned with the OHSAS 18001 standard across DHL Global Forwarding Division which operates in 220 countries with a direct working population of over 38,000 employees.
Megan Tranter VP Environment, Health and Safety PepsiCo
Megan Tranter is the PepsiCo Vice-President of Environment, Health and Safety with responsibility for leading the global environment, health and safety function. She joined PepsiCo in 2007 and has held a number of roles including the PepsiCo International Director of Environment Health and Safety, PepsiCo Global Vice-President of Safety, Health and Well-Being and PepsiCo Global Vice-President of Environment, Health and Safety.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Megan served as the National Occupational Health and Safety Manager for Coca-Cola Amatil (responsible for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Fiji and South Korea) and National Workplace Safety Manager of McDonald’s Australia (responsible for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands).
Before moving into corporate life, Megan spent four years as a university lecturer where she taught undergraduate and graduate students in Australia and Hong Kong. At the beginning of her career, Megan experienced a broad exposure to health and safety challenges as an industrial hygienist in the Australian mining industry and as a government inspector for the Queensland Division of Workplace Health and Safety.
Megan is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with 20 years of experience in environment, health and safety. She holds a PhD, Masters of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene Management, and Bachelor of Applied Science. She lives in Chicago with her husband and 3 sons.
Richard N. Knowles PhD, President Richard N. Knowles and Associates, Inc.
Richard Knowles is Presidentof Richard N. Knowles and Associates, Inc. (www.RNKnowlesAssociates.com). He is a global leader in helping manufacturing organizations move towards safety excellence by reducing injuries and incidents to almost zero. His work with teams at all organizational levels to share information, build trust and interdependence, and release the energy and creativity of the people, leading to extraordinary improvements in all dimensions of performance. He has worked with teams in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the UK over the last 18 years.
In his newest book, Partnering for Safety and Business Excellence, Richard N Knowles and Associates, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL. 2011, discusses the Safety Leadership Process™ that he developed and proved as the pathway to excellence.
He is co-founder and Director with his wife, Claire E. F. Knowles, of the Center for Self-Organizing Leadershipâ which is focused on helping people in organizations develop coherence which enables them to significantly improve their performance. To help to broaden the understanding of these ideas he wrote The Leadership Dance, Pathways to Extraordinary Organizational Effectiveness,The Center for Self-Organizing Leadership, Niagara Falls, NY 2002.
Richard N. Knowles graduated from McDonogh School, McDonogh MD in 1953, from Oberlin College on Oberlin, OH in 1957 and received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY in 1961. He then joined the DuPont Company in research at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware where he began his work in the fields of agricultural chemicals, industrial chemicals, animal repellents process development and flame retardants; he received 40 U.S. Patents in this work. He then worked in a variety of sales and manufacturing assignments including 15 years as Plant Manager in three different sites. He has extensive experience in community dialogue and emergency response at both the local and state levels. He was active with the American Chemistry Council and he is an Adjunct Instructor at Medaille College in Amherst, NY and a member of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.
Shannon Magari Principal Colden Corporation
As a principal owner of the Colden Corporation, an occupational health, safety and environmental consulting firm, Shannon aids her clients in determining the origin and nature of health concerns in the workplace, and provides litigation support in suspected cases of occupationally or environmentally induced illnesses. Dr. Magari has evaluated myriad industrial and nonindustrial exposures and developed site specific exposure assessment strategies to quantify risk. She has investigated occupational and environmental clusters involving reproductive disorders, various cancers, cardiovascular disease and respiratory illness, and has been tasked with developing and implementing risk communication plans for various community stakeholders involved in these clusters.
Shannon holds a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from Harvard University with a concentration in occupational epidemiology, a Master of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics from Boston University, a Master of Science in engineering science from Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Syracuse University. She also continues to teach, perform air quality research and advise students through academic appointments at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the LC Smith College of Engineering at Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical Center.
Ronald A. Flowers SVP- Environmental, Safety, Health, Risk Management and HR Services MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
Directly responsible for designing and leading strategic solutions for the safety, environmental, risk management and HR services systems to continuously move the corporation toward best in class/world class positioning; including zero injuries, zero losses and zero environmental impacts.
Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Association Risk Management (ARM) Retired Law Enforcement Officer BS in Management AA Police Administration\ Former community college adjunct faculty member (Public Safety Institute) Native of Pennsylvania
Memberships: ASSE, ASIS, ARM, IFMA, SHRM
Amanda Petzinger Director Customer Development Gensuite
Amanda Petzinger is a Director with Gensuite LLC’s Customer Development team. Her current responsibilities include benchmarking with prospective subscribers on a variety of Environmental, Health & Safety, and Sustainability management system needs. Amanda is also the Eco & Energy/Resource Reduction initiatives application digitization lead and has participated in and helped launch the Gensuite Eco Prospector tool at 50+ Eco Treasure Hunt events. She has been with Gensuite for 8 years and has held various roles including Customer Support Lead for NBCUniversal and Application Implementation Lead for a variety of Safety Management digital tools. Amanda graduated from Xavier University with bachelor degrees in Management Information Systems and Spanish.
Vanessa DeVillez VP and EHS Manager JPMorgan Chase
Vanessa DeVillez is a Vice President and Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Manager for JPMorgan Chase (JPMC). Vanessa manages EHS risk for approximately 2,000 US properties, corporate environmental compliance programs, and environmental due diligence reviews for retail real estate development teams. Vanessa has several years of experience in EHS, Energy Management, Safety Management, Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response and Sustainability. Prior to joining JPMC, Vanessa worked in consulting, with a global chemical company, a NY/NJ transportation agency, an investment banking firm, the main energy utility company in NYC, and a global financial services and insurance company. In addition to the above areas of expertise, she is also experienced in managing contaminated site assessment and remediation. Prior to joining JPMC, she developed and managed a corporate sustainability program, and served as the energy manager for one of the largest NYC agencies. Vanessa holds professional certifications as a Certified Energy Manager, Building Operator, Associate Safety Professional and LEED Green Associate. Vanessa has a B.S. in geology from Indiana University, also attended Butler University for undergraduate courses and SUNY Amherst for graduate courses.
Lance Tinney SVP HSE & Business Excellence Dyno Nobel
Lance is Senior Vice President of HSE & BEx in his 18th year with Dyno Nobel. Originally a customer of Dyno Wesfarmers and since joining us has held a number of senior operational roles.
Lance transferred from Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific in 2009 where he was Vice President of Operations into the DNA Vice President of Operations position and later Senior Vice President of Canada based in Montreal for two years. He transferred to Salt Lake City in December 2012 to take up his current position.
Lance has a B.Ed, Grad. Dip Occupational Health & Safety and is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology.
Lance also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Utah Family Counselling Center – a large non-profit organization providing mental health services to no / low income earners.
Lance is married with two daughters.
Jim Bollenbacher VP Environment, Health & Safety MasTec
Jim Bollenbacher is Vice President Environment, Health & Safety for MasTec Inc. He is responsible for coordinating strategy across the portfolio of MasTec companies. Prior to joining MasTec, Jim worked for Alcoa Inc. for 21 years, most recently as Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety for the Engineered Products and Solutions Group. While at Alcoa he was a member of the Global EHS Council and the Sustainability Lead Team.
Jim Graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law.
Jim lives in Chicago with his wife Sandy and has two grown daughters, Jenn and Mara.
Rodney Canada VP EHS & S CP Kelco, a JM Huber Company
Rodney Canada is the Vice-President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) for CP Kelco, a JM Huber company. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Rodneyleads EHS&S for CP Kelco’s global operations which consist of specialty chemicals manufacturing and R&D facilities in the US, Brazil, Europe and Asia. His EHS&S career has spanned over 31 years working with global organizations in diverse fields such as chemicals, mining, heavy civil construction, offshore oil and gas production and manufacturing giving him a broad perspective on EHS&S issues and solutions.
Rodney’s education includes a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Louisville and a MBA degree from Emory University in Atlanta.
In his free time, Rodney enjoys outdoor lake activities, playing tennis and scuba diving. Rodney is married, with three children and lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Edena Low VP Corporate Social Responsibility and EH&S Mattel
Edena Low is Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) at Mattel, the largest toy company in the world. In her role, Edena is responsible for creating a world-class Ethical Supply Chain, encompassing Workplace Safety, Industrial Health & Hygiene, Environmental Compliance & Sustainability and Socially Responsible Manufacturing. Edena has focused heavily on ensuring a safe work environment for all employees at Mattel through partnership with line management to build a culture of safety at Mattel and for our vendors. Edena is also responsible for Mattel’s Global Manufacturing Principles (GMP) and regulatory compliance, making sure that all of our workplaces provide a safe work environment, treat employees fairly and ethically, and comply with local labor laws and industry standards. She also ensures that Mattel lives up to its commitments to reduce its impact on the planet. Edena is also Mattel’s representative at International Council of Toy Industries’ (ICTI) CARE program’s technical advisory committee. In additional to her global responsibilities, Edena is responsible for External Affairs in the Asia Pacific region. She is based in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Mattel, Edena was Chief Operating Officer for North Asia and Vice President of Asia Pacific Legal and Government Relations at Wyndham Worldwide where she had lead business teams in introducing shared ownership models to the region, including best practices in regulation, and consumer protection mechanisms for the industry. She was a key member of the regional leadership team, and had responsibility for the North Asia business, including a call centre in Beijing.
Edena formally trained as a lawyer, graduating with honours from the University of London, and began her career as a Corporate lawyer at Singapore’s largest law firm of Allen & Gledhill, before deciding to take her skills in-house and has had stints at American Standard, Iomega and Ingram Micro, all US-listed corporations, where she was regional counsel.
In her free time, Edena enjoys playing tennis as well as capturing her food experiences on her own blog.
Ewan Alexander Former VP, HSE BHP Billiton
Responsible for the development of processes and systems that will deliver healthy, safe and environmentally responsible operations at the Jansen Potash Mine, port facilities and offices in Toronto and Saskatoon.
Career started with BHP Billiton in August, 2011. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, enjoyed a successful 32 year career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours.
Held significant leadership roles in operations, sales, and Health, Safety and the Environment providing very broad leadership experience and clear understanding of how to make rapid, sustainable culture change within organizations.
Rachel Degenhardt Karpovich Head of Global Services Enhesa
Rachel Degenhardt is the Head of Global Services based in Washington, D.C. Rachel manages a team of customer service professionals that aim to provide tailored and efficient support to Enhesa clients. With over five years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Rachel specializes in EHS compliance and energy development for North America. Rachel has published extensively on the topic of EHS in the United States and has participated as a speaker at numerous conferences, panels, and webinars. Rachel received her Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and also holds a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies and Political Science from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame.
David Struhs VP Corporate Services and Sustainability Domtar, North America
David has enjoyed a career in federal and state governments, as a consultant to energy utilities, in a software startup company in Silicon Valley, and as an executive in the forest products industry.
He is currently Vice President for Corporate Services and Sustainability at Domtar, North America’s largest manufacturer of uncoated freesheet paper, a leading global pulp supplier, and an innovative maker of absorbent hygiene products. Domtar serves markets in more than 60 countries, has approximately 10,000 employees, and annual sales of $5.6 billion. David’s responsibilities at Domtar include overseeing environmental performance and sustainability; corporate communications; and certain human resources functions, including professional development.
David served as Chief of Staff to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality from 1989 to 1983. He was the Environmental Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving two Governors, from 1995 to 1999. He was Environmental Secretary for the State of Florida from 1999 to 2004.
David has worked as a management consultant to investor-owned electric and gas utilities in the United States and to the provincial wholesale power provider, Ontario Hydro. He was also on the founding management team of a sustainability start-up company that provides software-as-a-service to leading electric utilities to improve energy efficiency.
Between 2004 and 2009 David was Vice President of Environmental Affairs at International Paper.
David was appointed to the National Electricity Advisory Board (2002-2004) by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. He was also appointed to the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology (2007-2010) by the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard. He was also a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
Kristen Sullivan Partner Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kristen Sullivan leads Deloitte’s Sustainability Reporting, Assurance and Compliance services, working with clients to help address their sustainability disclosure needs. Kristen brings extensive experience in sustainability reporting and assurance, focused on social impact. Kristen leads Deloitte’s efforts around Social Impact Investing, specifically focused on Deloitte’s services in support of the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS).
Kristen also leads Deloitte’s Conflict Minerals Advisory and Assurance Services. She brings specialized insights to this regulatory reporting requirement from her previous area of focus on Regulatory & Public Policy Matters for Deloitte, recognizing the broader policy as well as the compliance implications of this issue from a corporate brand and reputation standpoint.
Kristen serves as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) North America Advisory Council, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Assurance Advisory Council, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Working Group, and the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) Technical Review Committee, and serves as a member of the AICPA Conflict Minerals and Sustainability Task Forces. Kristen also serves on the Capital Markets Partnership Committee on Green Bond Underwriting Standards.
Kristen is a CPA and began her career with Deloitte in the Audit and Advisory services practice. She has also served in Deloitte’s National Office in several different capacities. In her role working with the deputy CEO of Deloitte LLP focusing on regulatory and public policy matters, Kristen co-authored an article published in the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, How and why an independent audit matters.
Kristen serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Eureka College. She is also a member of the Global Social Venture Competition Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
John Sheptor Gensuite Executive Advisory Board Member; Former President & CEO Imperial Sugar
John Sheptor is an accomplished global executive. He has directly supervised more than 150 manufacturing plants and associated supply chains in 50 countries giving him unique insights as to the regulatory and risk environments in all world regions. Mr. Sheptor has held leadership roles as a CEO, COO, CIO and EVP of Operations. Earlier in his career he held the role of ESHQ Manager in a large multi-product chemical complex in Louisiana. Mr. Sheptor has led remediation projects in extensive groundwater and soil contaminations, removed drum landfills and executed numerous air quality projects. He was a division Quality Director and supplied automotive parts under ISO 9000QS requirements. Mr. Sheptor has improved worker health in his operations with ergonomic assessments, surveillance systems and work environment controls. Many of his sites have achieved VPP Star, ISO 14000 and OHSAS 18000 certifications. He is an expert in enterprise risk management, operations excellence and customer relationship management. Mr. Sheptor frequently is asked to speak at safety, health, environmental and quality conferences as a keynote speaker. He has extensive experience in risk management systems and crisis management. Mr. Sheptor provides managerial consulting today to private equity and technology startup companies.
His business career spans diverse industries in more than 90 countries including agribusiness, food, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, fine chemicals, petrochemical refining, plastics, mining, automotive parts, clean energy and healthcare. Mr. Sheptor has developed and launched successfully many new consumer and industrial products and is an advocate for Stage Gate and Lean Six Sigma managerial systems. His extensive executive experience includes leadership of three billion dollar P&Ls, strategic planning, financial management, stakeholder relations and board governance. Mr. Sheptor led a $7.5 billion healthcare intervention for the U.S. Federal Government in developing nations under the Bush Administration's President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief.
Mr. Sheptor graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in chemical engineering, Tulane University with an MBA and the American College of Corporate Directors with an Executive Masters Certification in board governance.
Mary Anne Cannon VP EH&S Pratt & Whitney
Mary Anne Cannon is the vice president of Quality and Environment, Health & Safety at Pratt & Whitney. She is responsible for and leads Pratt & Whitney’s environment, health and safety; quality assurance and product integrity; and Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) business process improvement activities throughout the global company.
Cannon has more than 25 years of experience at Pratt & Whitney across the engineering and operations organizations. Her roles have included F119 Test Engineer, Joint Strike Fighter F135 Engine Validation Manager, Engine Validation Discipline Chief, Overhaul & Repair Business Unit Manager, F100 Program Quality Manager, Product Line Director and most recently, Quality and EH&S Director for Commercial Engines & Global Services.
Prior to joining Pratt & Whitney, Cannon started her career at Grumman Aerospace Corp. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Associations: International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) Women in Aviation International American Society for Quality (ASQ) Western New England University Industrial Advisory Board
Bradford Hammock Shareholder Jackson Lewis
Bradford T. Hammock is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice in the safety and health area, and is co-leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group.
Mr. Hammock’s national practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety and health law. In particular, Mr. Hammock provides invaluable assistance to employers in a preventive practice: (1) conducting full-scale safety and health compliance audits; (2) reviewing and revising corporate safety and health policies; and (3) conducting manager and supervisor training on employee safety and health. Mr. Hammock works closely with employers to help them understand and implement safety and health management systems.
In addition, he represents employers throughout OSHA rulemaking proceedings, including OSHA’s informal public hearings on proposed rules. Mr. Hammock also defends employers against OSHA enforcement actions. For an employer that is the target of an OSHA inspection, Mr. Hammock offers representation from the start of the inspection through settlement or litigation.
Sameer Vyas Founding Partner Huco Consulting
Sameer Vyas is a founding partner at Huco Consulting, a data management firm focused on end-to-end compliance solutions for its clients. Sameer has managed and supported several large scale EMIS solutions for a variety of clients. He has led the development of unique IT solutions for Huco’s clients, by using leading off-the-shelf enterprise solutions, and by developing custom cloud based solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is also a CARB certified Greenhouse Gas Reporting Verifier.
John Hoekstra Director, Global Safety – Americas Tate & Lyle
John Hoekstra has been Director of Safety, Americas at Tate & Lyle since April 2011. John provides the technical, cultural and administrative direction in Occupational Safety to all T&L sites in North and South America. He works closely with the VP of Global Safety to develop and implement global initiatives to prevent injuries, improve safety performance using leading and trailing performance indicators and ensure regulatory compliance. Working closely with other VPs and Managers, John coordinates the prevention of injuries through engineering design, controls, a global contractor safety task force, global safety policies, procedures and training content, and by monitoring global and site safety improvement objectives.
Prior to Tate & Lyle, John provided safety direction and behavioral oversight as Manager, Corporate Safety at Kellogg (2004-2011), and as Complex Safety Manager at ConAgra Foods (1997-2004). John completed his Bachelors of Science in Occupational Safety & Health Management at Grand Valley State University and his MBA, Finance and Management, at Spring Arbor University.
Nan Bangs Senior Director, Safety, Health & Risk Reduction UTC Aerospace Systems
Nan Bangs is the Sr. Director, Safety, Health and Risk Reduction for UTC Aerospace Systems, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Bangs has responsibility for the execution of the safety programs, technical and program support, integration plans, and driving risk reduction for approximately 140 sites worldwide.
Ms. Bangs has over 29 years of experience with environment, health and safety. She previously served as Senior Manager, Environment, Health & Safety for UTC Climate Controls and Security Systems (CCS), headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut. In that role, she led Global EH&S program development and implementation, including the integration of more than 65 facilities over five years. She was also instrumental in assuring REACH compliance with CCS European operations.
Her work at UTC corporate headquarters involved leading multiple safety program initiatives, including the development of the UTC Cardinal Rules and the overhauling of the UTC compliance / assurance program. Her background also consists of three years of operational experience as a business unit manager with UTC’s Pratt & Whitney organization.
Prior to her employment with UTC, Ms. Bangs worked as an EH&S consultant for ABB Environmental, where she was instrumental in the development of USEPA effluent guidelines for several industries. She conducted compliance audits and developed EH&S management systems for several companies, and performed Phase 1-3 Environmental Site Assessments for various remediation sites.
Ms. Bangs holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Maine and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a retired Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, a role in which she supported 9/11, Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and the BP oil spill cleanup activities.
Joanne has more than 20 years of experience working with the private and public sectors in relation to regulatory compliance, environmental, health and safety and corporate responsibility reporting and attestation. Joanne has a sound understanding of the environmental and social challenges and opportunities facing companies today, both in the U.S. and globally. Joanne has advised clients in the utility (water and power), oil and gas, mining, industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical and food and beverage sectors. Joanne is sought after globally as a water and environmental subject matter professional.