Carol Powell VP and Global Head of EHS & Sustainability Bristol-Myers Squibb
Carol Powell is the Vice President and Global Head of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for Bristol-Myers Squibb. She is responsible for developing and setting EHSS strategy, corporate policies and directives. She partners with EHSS and the business unit leaders to ensure all EHSS programs are implemented effectively and operations are in compliance with environmental, health, safety and sustainability laws and regulations.
Carol has extensive, global experience in managing EHSS support to the business.
Prior to her current position in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, she was an Executive Director for Merck, Global Safety and the Environment, responsible for all European-based operations. Prior to that she was the Exterior Business Unit Lead for EHS with Owens Corning.
Carol received her MBA from Berry College and her B.S. in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University.
Judi Kovacs VP Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility NBCUniversal
Judi Kovacs has 30 years of experience in developing and managing a variety of aspects of EHS and CSR programs. Judi began her career in industry, where she was employed by Hughes Aircraft and Chemical Waste Management over a span on 6 years. She then moved her career into consulting, where she provided audit, technical and management consulting services for clients over a span of 12 years within a variety of industry sectors including: consumer goods manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, pharmaceuticals, movie studio/entertainment, aviation, aerospace, and cruise lines.
Judi joined NBCUniversal in June 2004 as an EHS Program Director, with the primary responsibility to provide strategic leadership over integration of the EHS programs across the footprint of the newly-acquired Universal Studios and Theme Parks. Once the successful integration was complete, she subsequently led enterprise wide EHS programs, digitization and compliance assurance at NBCUniversal. In 2011, Judi’s role changed to lead the development and implementation of NBCUniversal’s Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility (CSSR) Program.
Judi received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Biology, and a Master's of Science Degree in Environmental Occupational Health from California State University, Northridge. Judi is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; a SA 8000 Certified Social Auditor; and is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) by the Board of Environmental Auditors.
Richard Spring VP Sales SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Limited
As a VP and Certified SafeStart Trainer at one of the world's leading safety companies, I am passionate about helping companies understand the need to address human error as the next step in improving their safety performance. Because our process is about personal safety awareness training, we are very successful at getting employees to take personal accountability for their own safety, reducing injuries both on and off the job.
Prior to joining Electrolab, I spent the majority of my working life in the life insurance sector, including my last role as CEO of Ace Life Thailand. After 25 years of helping families with retirement planning and protection from the unexpected, I thought it would be a great career to actually prevent some of the mistakes and errors that can result in disabling injuries or premature death—and thus far the success I've helped clients achieve has been quite rewarding.
With my combined safety and CEO-level business experience I am able to offer EHS leaders clear, valuable assistance in accomplishing business-aligned corporate safety goals.
Scott Morris VP, EHS Knoll Inc.
Scott Morris is the Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety, Security and Sustainability (EHS) for Knoll Inc., one of the world leaders in office and residential furnishings. Scott oversees the EHS function for the organization and is responsible for establishing clear organizational strategies to position Knoll as a leader in responsible, sustainable, manufacturing practices in the furniture manufacturing industry. Scott is also responsible for managing the corporate sustainability function and participates in a number of organizations that provide the guiding principles for sustainability in the “built environment” (USGBC, BIFMA).
Scott has held leadership positions in the EHS field for more than 20 years and has lead programs for some of the most recognizable brand names in the world (Eaton Corporation, AB Volvo, Bombardier/Learjet and Honeywell (AlliedSignal). He has a strong background in the development and implementation of EHS management systems, managing regulatory compliance, and building sustainability programs addressing both operations and products. At Honeywell, leading the EHS function for one of the Aerospace divisions, Scott’s operations were among the best performing in a group of several hundred around the world. During his time with Bombardier/Learjet, Scott drove the successful implementation of the ISO 14001 management system, establishing Learjet as the first aircraft manufacturing company to obtain certification. At Volvo, Scott championed Volvo’s participation in the USEPA Climate Leaders program, achieving its voluntary GHG reduction objective two years prior to the five year commitment target. At Eaton, Scott lead the EHS function in the $16B Electrical Sector and oversaw EHS programs impacting more than 60,000 associates, working at more than 200 locations, in more than 100 countries. At Knoll, Scott is currently utilizing his global experience in EHS to develop the strategy that will bring Knoll to the forefront as the leader in EHS performance, in a company that is already positioned as one of the leaders in sustainable products in the furniture industry.
Scott holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Manhattan College and a M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences from New York University Medical School.
Kent Szalla General Manager Predictive Solutions
Kent Szalla is responsible for all aspects of Predictive Solutions Corporation's business – a fully owned subsidiary of Industrial Scientific Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company strategically toward achieving its mission to help companies predict and prevent workplace incidents.
Kent worked for Predictive Solutions for 2 years prior to being moved into the General Manager position. In those 2 years, Kent managed Predictive Solutions’ customer care, implementation, software development and quality assurance teams. Before joining Predictive Solutions in 2014, Kent was General Manager of a startup logistics company called PITT OHIO GROUND. He also was an IT Director at PITT OHIO EXPRESS and held various positions in technology related consulting throughout the 1990’s. Kent joined Predictive Solutions due to the vision it and its parent company share, which is to end death on the job by 2050.
Kent earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts from The Pennsylvania State University as well as an Executive MBA in International Business from The University of Pittsburgh.
Ken Colonna Vice President Health & Safety Vail Resorts
Ken Colonna is the Vice President of Health and Safety for Vail Resorts, Inc. Ken leads the company’s strategy and direction for Health and Safety across its iconic resorts in the U.S., Canada and Australia including; Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Whistler Blackcomb, Stowe, and Perisher mountain resorts.
In his role Ken leads a team of safety and health professionals that designs, implements and manages an integrated safety management system for Vail Resorts. Ken leads our culture of safety through integration of systems, processes people and programs designed to improve the organizational vibrancy of health and safety for our employees and guests.
Ken began his career with the Maryland Casualty Co. in 1982 and has since held leadership roles at several leading companies including; Disney Parks and Resorts, Terminix International, Coca-Cola Refreshments and The Quaker Oats Company.
Ken is affiliated with several professional organizations including the American Society of Safety Engineers, ASTM, ANSI and the National Safety Council and serves on various boards and committees supporting Environmental Health & Safety.
Ken received his MBA from Queens University Charlotte, North Carolina and his BS in Industrial Safety Management & Mining Safety Engineering from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Ken and his family reside in Broomfield, CO.
Robert Pater Managing Director MoveSMART ®
Robert Pater is Managing Director of Strategic Safety Associates & creator of the MoveSMART® system for preventing strains and sprains, slips/trips/falls and hand injuries - implemented worldwide in over 60 countries. Their emphasis is on Energizing, Engaging Expertise designed to simultaneously elevate Safety performance, leadership, motivation and culture.
Clients worldwide include: ADT, Airgas, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Tanker Company, American Airlines, Amtrak, ArcelorMittal, BHP Billiton, BMW, BP, Centerpoint Energy, Cummins, Domtar, Dynegy, FMI, Halliburton, Hawaiian Airlines, Hess Oil, Honda, International Paper, Kinross, Layne Interliner, Meggitt, Michelin, MSC Industrial Supply, Nissan, ONE Gas, OrbitalATK, Pitney Bowes, Portland General Electric, Reyes Holdings, Rio Tinto, Sembawang Shipyard (Singapore), Textron, Therma-Tru, Tucson Electric, United Airlines, U.S. Steel, WestRock, and many others.
Robert writes 2 columns: monthly for "Occupational Health & Safety" magazine and bi-monthly for ASSE’s "Professional Safety" magazine. His articles have also appeared in Safety+Health, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Safe Workplace, Occupational Hazards, World Safety Journal, Compliance, The Self-Insurer, HRMagazine, Personnel Administrator, Nation’s Business, and many others.
His leadership book, Leading From Within: Martial Arts Skills For Dynamic Business & Management, has been published in 5 languages. Industrial Safety & Hygiene News selected Robert as one of the "Power 101: Who Moves and Shakes the Safety World.” He has keynoted numerous international and corporate safety conferences.
Winnie Ip Vice President HumanTech
Winnie Ip leads the Consulting and Sales teams and is responsible for driving profitable growth and enabling operational excellence. She also provides strategic oversight for client-serving activities across multiple industries including manufacturing, oil & gas, food & packaging, and telecommunications.
Winnie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. She completed a Masters of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in Canada. In addition to achieving designation as a Certified Professional Ergonomist, Winnie is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and serves on the Volunteer Advisory Committee of ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty as Webinar and PDC Coordinator. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and loves to cycle and kayak
Phil McIntyre Senior Director of Business Development & Marketing Performance Solutions by Milliken
Phil McIntyre has been with Milliken over 30 years, in leadership roles encompassing both the business and manufacturing arenas. He successfully led several business units within Milliken & Company to profitable growth and financial sustainability, as well as the Performance Products Division Milliken Performance System implementation. Phil was Director of Cost Improvement where he was responsible for strategic cost reduction efforts, and he also spent time as the Pursuit of Excellence Director responsible for integrating customer needs with manufacturing and business capability.
Early in his career, Phil worked in several different manufacturing locations for Milliken & Company across the southeast. He credits this early diversity in job responsibility and scope as the beginning of his in-depth knowledge of continuous improvement, his appreciation for sustainable, empowered safety processes and systems, and the criticality of establishing the right financial metrics to drive the right behavior.
Phil holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.