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Key Practice Area - Leadership Development - 2015 Forum Track 4 - Managing and Developing EHS Teams
Key Practice Area: Leadership Development

2015 EHS Forum - Managing and Developing EHS Teams

Oct. 14-15, 2015

Our organizations are only as strong as our people. This session will focus on how companies are developing their EHS staffs and ensuring they are prepared to attract and train the next generation of leaders in our field. It will also offer attendees insight on how to manage multigenerational teams as well as create training that's engaging and effective.


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Attract, Develop and Retain Top EHS&S Talent

Our organizations are only as strong as our people. Sessions in this track will focus on how companies are developing their EHS staffs and ensuring they are prepared to attract and train the next generation of leaders in our field. It will also offer attendees insight on how to manage multigenerational teams as well as create training that's engaging and effective.

  • Deborah Briggs, Global EHS Compliance and Systems Leader; Cargill Inc.
  • Marc Juaire, Corporate EHS Director; Liberty Diversified International
  • Tom McWilliams, Director EHS, Fort Hills Project; Suncor Energy Inc.

Moderator: Monty Lovejoy,Vice President; AECOM

Engaging and Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

There are currently three, and sometimes four generations in the workforce. The dynamics of the multi-generational workforce are important to managers. This session will feature panelists who will address the biggest challenges resulting from the generational differences, these include: communication, work/life balance, and career expectations. The panelists will share their successes and lessons learned while leaving attendees with tips and tricks for how to best engage and manage a multigenerational workforce.

  • Drena Howard, Director, Global Retail EHS; The Estee Lauder Co.'s
  • Kelvin Roth, Director, Corporate Environmental Health & Safety; CF Industries Inc.
  • Brad Waldron, Director of Risk; Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Moderator: Jenna Newcombe, Senior Engineer; Geosyntec Consultants

Next Generation Training

This session will touch on three aspects of trends, challenges and solutions to environmental, health and safety and sustainability training. Learn about the latest in learning and organizational change, including the principles of gamification, brain science, microlearning and personal learning networks. This session will also feature concrete examples of companies that are innovative in their training programs - from delivery styles to engaging employees. Come away with ideas you can put to work in your own programs as well as an understanding of the spectrum of techniques and technologies critical to effective corporate training programs.

  • Frank Marino, Corporate EHS Manager; The Raytheon Co.
  • Allyson Corley, Corporate EHSS Program Management Manager; Coca Cola Refreshments
  • Jeff Merrell, Associate Director, Learning and Organizational Change; Northwestern University

Moderators: Michelle Redfield, Director, Environment and Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SE

Building Product Stewardship Capacity: Ensuring You've Got the Skills and Capacity to Manage Product Risk Issues

How do global companies organize and staff their product compliance and stewardship obligations to address emerging regulatory and customer requirements, expanding product lines, distribution, and geographies? Unlike traditional EHS programs that have evolved over several decades with best practices, industry standards, and management systems, product stewardship programs are relatively young with little industry-wide or cross sector standards. This session will feature different industry sector examples of how global companies are structuring and staffing product stewardship programs to manage business risks and opportunities. These examples will highlight the variety of organizational approaches companies have taken to address product stewardship and the optimal mix of in-house vs consulting staff they've leveraged to expand their reach and address complex regulatory requirements.

  • Mark Cates, Director, Corporate Environmental Control; Corning Inc.
  • Tom Grumbles, Senior SHE Specialist, US Mega Projects; Sasol Limited
  • Greg Porta, Director Global Product Stewardship; SABIC

Moderator: Sarah Medearis, Partner; Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Mobile Technologies Revolutionizing Employee Engagement

Over 2 billion smartphones will be in use by 2016 in the United States. Use of mobile technologies is not agenerational thing – It's animmediacy of information thing. Real-time capture of key information on the shop floor and in the field, along with real-time insights into site and company-level performance is weaving EHS into the daily activities of employees across all functions. Gain insights into strategies and best practices for taking EHS to the masses as our cross-industry panel shares lessons learned and roadmaps for leveraging mobile technologies to drive employee engagement and EHS performance.

  • Marcia Fournier, Environment and Chemical Manager; NSK Americas Inc.
  • Dave Kolasinski, Safety Manager; NSK Americas Inc.
  • Anthony Salvadore, Global Health and Safety Leader; Ingersoll-Rand plc
  • Kim L. Willingham, Senior EH&S Specialist; Comcast Corp.

Moderator: Donovan Hornsby, Vice President; Gensuite

Speaker Bios

Deborah Briggs, Global EHS Compliance and Systems Leader; Cargill Inc.
Deborah Briggs is the Corporate Director of Compliance and EHS Systems for Cargill, Incorporated. Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, Cargill remains a privately held company that employs 142,000 people in 67 countries.

Deborah joined Cargill in 1994 and has worked across many disciplines throughout her career including Quality Assurance, Production Supervision, Integration Management, Strategic Business Development and EHS Leadership. She currently leads Cargill's global EHS auditing efforts, provides oversight for due diligence activities and is responsible for establishing compliance assurance systems for Cargill's 1400 locations.

She received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from St Thomas University. Deborah also maintains her Board Certification in Safety.

Marc Juaire, Corporate EHS Director; Liberty Diversified International
Marc Juaire is the Corporate Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety for Liberty Diversified International in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Juaire has 22 years of experience as an Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager including air permitting, hazardous waste management, EHS auditing, incident investigations, safe work practices, emergency planning and response, process safety management, and EHS training. Currently, Mr. Juaire is responsible for creating the strategic direction for Environmental, Health, and Safety and developing and implementing EHS standards, policies, and programs for the LDI family of companies. In addition, Mr. Juaire is the President of the Upper Midwest Chapter of NAEM.

Prior to joining LDI, Mr. Juaire spent 11 years as an Environmental and Process Safety Manager working for two chemical companies and 9 years as an Environmental Consultant. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from Carlson School of Management. Mr. Juaire is also registered as a Certified Process Safety Auditor with the Board of Environmental, Health, and Safety Auditor Certifications.

Tom McWilliams, Director EHS, Fort Hills Project; Suncor Energy Inc.
Tom is a career EHS professional, whose early career focused on different technical aspects of EHS, including industrial hygiene, risk management, regulatory critical competency management, security, personal and process safety. This foundation has supported him as his role evolved into various leadership roles in the Athabasca oil basin, near east and offshore north sea. He has a passion for improvement and has focused his interest in recent years in the adoption of technology to drive improved EHS results and markedly lower cost at the same time.

Drena Howard, Director, Global Retail EHS; The Estee Lauder Co.'s
Drena Howard is the Director of Global Retail Environmental Affairs and Safety at The Estée Lauder Companies. She leads EHS training, education and communication initiatives for the ever- growing global retail channel. “I have the challenge of making safety - sexy”, she says.

Drena’s diverse experience includes international auditing, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, hazardous waste management, shipping, and sustainability. She is a Certified Safety Professional and holds a Master of Environmental Management and Master of Public Health from Yale University. In 2014, she was awarded the ‘Rising Star of Safety’ by the National Safety Council.

Kelvin Roth, Director, Corporate Environmental Health & Safety; CF Industries Inc.
Kelvin E. Roth is the Director of EHS for CF Industries, the world's largest nitrogen fertilizer company. Through our existing manufacturing and distribution assets, CF Industries safely and reliably produce fertilizers that help farmers grow enough food to sustain more than 200 million people annually.

Kelvin possesses more than 25 years of experience in the EHS management field, along with expertise in implementation of EHS management systems, auditing and compliance services, risk management, product stewardship, sustainability and community relations. During his career, he has led teams of multi-generational teams of EHS professionals – both in industry and consulting.

He also brought his record of successfully developing and leading “best in class” EHS programs to various roles at NAEM, working with the organization to better position it to meet the challenges of the future. Kelvin served as President of NAEM from 2009-2012 and First Vice President from 2007-2008. He is a past member of the NAEM Board of Directors and the Affiliates Council. In addition to his roles at NAEM, Kelvin has also been an active leader in many trade associations.

Kelvin has a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Andrews University. He is also known for his love of food, wine, travel and the finer things in life.

Brad Waldron, Director of Risk; Caesars Entertainment Corp.
Brad Waldron is Director of Corporate Risk Management for Caesars Entertainment headquartered in Las Vegas. His responsibilities include managing risk throughout the organization's more than 50 global properties related to operations associated with facilities, acquisitions/divestitures, insurance programs, environmental compliance, and the health and safety of guests and employees.

Before making the transition to Caesars in 2012, Mr. Waldron was Vice President of NGE LLC, an environmental consulting firm based in Pittsburgh. After joining the company as a start-up in 2002, he grew to focus his efforts on serving as a senior level project advisor for numerous public and private clients on matters related to compliance, management programs and permitting. Additionally, he had a day-to-day management role regarding the company's strategic direction, projects and staff oversight.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and an Master of Science degree in Environmental Management, and is a registered Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). He is currently Vice President and Finance Chair of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA).

Frank Marino, Corporate EHS Manager; The Raytheon Co.
Frank Marino is a Senior Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at Raytheon Co., where he works on a variety of EHS challenges including auditing, corporate social responsibility reporting, sustainability, injury prevention, OSHA VPP, installing electric vehicle charging stations, and enterprise e-waste management.

He has more than 30 years of experience in industrial EHS management, including auditing manufacturing plants in a variety of settings including computers, appliances, military hardware and aircraft.

Frank holds a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Allyson Corley, Corporate EHSS Program Management Manager; Coca Cola Refreshments
Allyson has nearly 2 years with the Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHSS) department for Coca-Cola Refreshments. Previously, she worked in the industrial chemical industry for 18 years prior to joining Coca-Cola Refreshments in various roles as a chemist and EHS professional with increasing responsibility throughout her career. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry specializing in Polymer/Industrial Chemistry and a Master's degree in Chemistry specializing in Analytical both degrees are from Georgia Tech. Allyson started her career as a chemist synthesizing and analyzing polymers. She then transitioned into Environmental Health and Safety serving various roles as EHS Manager, Security Manager and Maintenance/Facility Manager supporting a combined site consisting of sales, marketing, customer service, R&D operations and pilot scale-up facilities. She next transitioned into EHS internal auditing for manufacturing plants and R&D facilities in the US and around the world. Allyson is passionate about building EHSS capability in others to empower them to succeed in their role. In her current role with Coca-Cola Refreshments; she supports EHSS compliance programs and training such as PPE, JHA's, Lockout Tagout, Asbestos and others for both the Conversion Platforms and Sales & Operations organizations.

Jeff Merrell, Associate Director, Learning and Organizational Change; Northwestern University
Jeff Merrell is Associate Director of the Master's Program in Learning & Organizational Change at Northwestern University (MSLOC). He teaches MSLOC 430 Creating and Sharing Knowledge, which focuses on understanding organizational knowledge sharing and the role played by collaboration technology. Jeff's role as Associate Director also includes leading the educational technology strategy for MSLOC and the program's innovative use of social collaboration and social media technologies.

Prior to joining Northwestern in 2008, Jeff’s professional background included experience as both a consultant and corporate leader in learning and development. He is founder of Purple Line Associates, a consultancy and research practice established in 2001 to help organizations implement learning management systems. His consulting work included projects for global leaders in the pharmaceutical and retail industries as well as not-for-profit and federal government organizations.

Jeff has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Mark Cates, Director, Corporate Environmental Control; Corning Inc.
Mark Cates is Executive Director Global Environmental Compliance for Operations and Products at Corning Incorporated, where he is responsible for fundamental environmental activities including regulatory compliance of operations and products, facility permitting, due diligence, site remediation, and sustainability initiatives. For the last several years, Mark has defined the structure for product compliance at Corning and is currently in the deployment phase. Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science.

Mark has more than 34 years of experience with Corning Incorporated including the last 7 years in the environmental function. Mark joined the environmental effort after a variety of positions in operations and engineering. Mark's broad understanding of Corning Incorporated's diverse technology set and operations is instrumental to his current role.

Mark has been a member of the Board for NAEM the last three years. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University with Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Tom Grumbles, Senior SHE Specialist, US Mega Projects; Sasol Limited
Mr. Grumbles is currently a Senior SHE Specialist at Sasol North America supporting the product registration, health and environmental issues associated with a 9 billion dollar Ethane Cracker and derivatives units project under construction in Westlake Louisiana. He has over 35 years experience in industrial hygiene and product safety compliance in the chemical industry. He has led the implementation of global product stewardship programs and REACH compliance efforts for the Global Olefins and Surfactants business of Sasol. He also led compliance efforts with chemical regulations in North America under the US Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), state regulations such as California Proposition 65 and multiple Global chemical regulatory schemes. In addition, he has led the design and implementation of corporate programs on product safety, transportation safety, toxicology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene and occupational medicine. He has experience in toxic tort litigation support.

His experience in industry included occupational hygiene/exposure assessment program development and implementation for a wide range of products including synthetic alcohols, hydrocarbon solvents, benzene, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, ethylene oxide, nuisance and toxic dusts including lead, maintenance chemicals and operations and physical hazards including noise and heat stress.

He has chaired the Product Stewardship and Health, Products, and Science Policy teams at the American Chemistry Council. He has chaired the Research, Technology and Regulatory team at the American Cleaning Institute. He has recently become the Vice President of the Product Stewardship Society, an affiliate of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. The Product Stewardship Society provides resources, professional development, and networking opportunities to individuals who have a role in product stewardship and sustainability.

Greg Porta, Director Global Product Stewardship; SABIC
Greg Porta is currently the Corporate Product Stewardship Director for Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). In this role, he leads several teams of Scientists, Regulatory Specialists and Toxicologists in 16 different locations in the Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Americas with focus on product safety standards and regulation, chemical and product risk assessment, hazard communications, and strategic regulatory assessment & planning.

Mr. Porta joined GE Plastics in 1989 at the Corporate Research center on the Technical Leadership program. During his 25 year career at GE and SABIC, Greg has held leadership positions in Technical Marketing, Manufacturing, R&D and Environmental, Health & Safety. Greg is a certified six sigma master black belt and is the author of several scientific publications.

Mr. Porta obtained a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Virginia Tech. in Sept. 1989. Prior to that he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Loyola College, Baltimore in 1985.

Marcia Fournier, Environment and Chemical Manager; NSK Americas Inc.
Marcia (Milewski) Fournier graduated from Madonna University with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology. Marcia has attended various colleges and universities (Oakland University, Lawrence Institute of Technology, Eastern Michigan University and Schoolcraft College) to hone specific job related skills including Metallurgy, Quality Management Skills and Public Speaking.

During her career, Marcia has worked as an Analytical Chemist at Parke Davis and Stroh Brewery. Marcia was a research assistant working for Gulf and Western on a proto type alternative energy battery. Marcia's career path led her to work in the steel industry, Quanex Corporation (Michigan Seamless Tube) managing chemical processes, conducting EPA test protocols on effluent, providing chemical safety training and managing many of the regulatory Safety and Environmental requirements for the site.

In Marcia's current career with NSK Americas, she has been responsible for managing the Environmental Management Systems for NSK Americas, serving as the Environmental, Chemical and Safety Manager. Most recently, Marcia has focused specifically on the Environmental aspects of her needs within NSK Americas sites implementing and supporting ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems for the manufacturing sites as well as the NSK Americas Headquarters.

Marcia maintains an expertise in the field by attending training events, including Harvard Business School Program - Management and Leadership Skills for EHS Professionals and by attending various environmental regulatory training. Marcia is an ISO 14001 Lead Auditor and is responsible for providing guidance to the manufacturing sites to assure regulatory conformance.

Dave Kolasinski, Safety Manager; NSK Americas Inc.
David (Dave) Kolasinski graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with a M.S. in Hazardous Waste Management. Dave attended Oakland University for his undergraduate studies, B.S. in Environmental Health. Dave recently completed the OSHA 501 Trainer for General Industry and is an ISO 14001 and TS16949 Lead Auditor.

Dave has held positions in the EHS field throughout his career in various manufacturing industries, including heavy metal stamping, welding, electroplating, aluminum extrusion and forging and thermoset resins compounding. During his career, Dave has worked with several companies, including A.G. Simpson, Hydro Aluminum, Bulk Molding Compounds and NSK Americas. Dave also had global responsibility at Hydro Aluminum and Bulk Molding Compounds, Inc. overseeing EHS Management Systems. He facilitated improvements in manufacturing facilities globally by sharing best practices, implementing behavior-based safety processes and conducting various corporate EHS audits.

In Dave’s current position with NSK Americas, he is responsible for managing the Safety Systems, serving as the Safety Manager. At NSK, Dave focuses specifically on the standardization of safety practices and procedures, works on developing and conducting comprehensive safety audits with an initiative to share best practices across all locations. NSK Americas is currently working towards developing and supporting OSHAS 18001 (ISO 45001) Safety Management Systems for the manufacturing sites.

Anthony Salvadore, Global Health and Safety Leader; Ingersoll-Rand plc
Anthony Salvadore is the Global Health and Safety Manager at Ingersoll Rand. He joined Ingersoll Rand in March 2014, and he is based at their headquarters location in Davidson, NC. His responsibilities are a balance of strategic planning towards acheiving world class health and safety performance, as well as tactical support around program development, compliance audits, and training at sites. Injury prevention is Anthony's key focus, and his efforts center around people, process and system improvements.

Ingersoll Rand is a $13 billion global business of several brands, including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®. These businesses enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency.

Anthony has 28 years of EHS experience in a variety of roles in manufacturing, consulting, and field service operations. His responsiblities have grown from site EHS leadership roles, regional leadership for sites and services, EHS Director of global P&L's, and multiple global Health and Safety leadeship roles at corporate levels.

Anthony is a native of Vermont, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont. His education was focused on biology and chemistry, and he's completed additional advanced training in industrial hygiene. He resides in Mooresville, NC with his wife and daughter.

Kim L. Willingham, Senior EH&S Specialist; Comcast Corp.
Kim Willingham is a Senior EH&S Specialist for Comcast. For the past 11 years, Kim has worked with leaders, front-line employees to create, and foster a culture of safety within the Boston area. His areas of specialty are Confined Space, Aerial Lift and Incident Investigation.

He has also expanded his experience in green initiatives, including recycling, universal waste, and sustainability, using mobile applications to manage EHS programs. Kim has also been involved with training, and implementation of environmental programs within Comcast.

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