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Key Practice Area - Compliance Excellence - 2013 EHS Management Forum Track 3
Key Practice Area: Compliance Excellence

2013 Forum - Compliance & Core Values

Oct. 23-25, 2013

Find out how companies are maintaining robust EHS compliance performance while reducing the cost of EHS programs. Lean Manufacturing practices as well as efforts to streamline and simplify processes have allowed EHS professionals to discover improved methods for compliance assurance.

If you're looking for new ideas to improve efficiency, manage risk or advance sustainability, you'll find inspiration through the interactive discussions and peer case studies the Forum delivers.


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GHG Management Trends, Developments and Issues to Watch

Green House Gas (GHG) Management is a core part of EHS&S managers' responsibilities. Despite a universal regulatory requirement to limit emissions, many companies have moved ahead with programs and goals to ambitiously reduce their GHG footprints. This session will examine the latest developments on the regulatory front in both the US and Canada as well as explore how two North American companies have approached GHG management as a strategic issue for their organizations, what decisions and programs they've put in place and why these make sense for their business. Speakers will also offer insights for those who want to remain well positioned to meet new regulatory requirements and stakeholder expectations.

  • William Archer, Director Global Sustainability; S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.
  • Stephen Donofrio, Vice President, Partnerships & Innovation; CDP North America

Moderator: Michael Ford,Environmental Manager; Corning Inc.

Preventing Compliance Backslide in a Lean Business Environment

Join a lively session on how companies are maintaining robust EHS compliance performance while reducing the cost of EHS programs. Since the advent of the great recession corporations have been driving down the cost of operations to remain competitive. Maintaining EHS compliance in its own right is as challenging as ever, made more so with diminished resources. Lean Manufacturing practices as well as efforts to streamline and simplify processes have allowed EHS professionals to discover improved methods for compliance assurance. Hear the methods and techniques being used by your peers and share your own tips and strategies.

  • Andrea Fee-Blackberg, Global EHS Manager; Atkore International Holdings Inc.
  • Mitchell Mitgang, Director, Environment, Safety, Health & Security; ITT Corp.

Moderator: Monty Lovejoy, Vice President, Global Sales Director, Manufacturing Sector; AECOM Technology Corp.

Do Safer Products = Safer Shelf Space? Sustainable Solutions for Emerging Compliance Challenges

EHS and Sustainability Managers have a critical role to play in helping their organizations keep “product on the shelf” with regard to perceptions of product safety, emerging supply chain sustainability initiatives, grass roots toxic chemical movements and state regulations. This session will give attendees greater awareness of these issues and the role of EHS and Sustainability Managers in successfully addressing them and adding value to their organizations. Attendees will also leave with an update on key safer products and green chemistry supply chain initiatives and a look at tools being used to manage data and assess chemical hazards and risks and handle product safety issues.

  • Mark Fellin, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs; Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA)
  • Mark Hause, Corporate Environmental Manager; DuPont Co.
  • James Badalati, Director of Recall and Retrieval; Stericycle Inc.

Moderator: Mark Heaney, Vice President; AlterEcho

Regulatory Update: Hot Issues for US and Canadian EHS Regulatory Agencies in 2014

Which EHS issues are dominating the regulatory agenda this year in Canada and the USA, and what can you expect in 2014? This session will help you identify regulatory developments and trends as well as find information on major proposed and final rules that may affect your business. The session will kick off with discussion with an overview of the key legislative, regulatory, and legal developments that occurred in 2013 and wrap up with what is coming up in 2014. Experts in their areas will talk about key air, water and energy/climate regulatory trends happening in the United States and Canada.

  • John Cruden, President; The Environmental Law Institute
  • Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Executive Director & General Counsel; Association of Clean Water Administrators
  • Robert Slater, Executive Director, Regulatory Governance Initiative; Carleton University

Moderator: John Sullivan, Director EHS News Division; Bloomberg BNA

Strategies to Keep Your Auditing Program Fresh and Effective

Today EHS and sustainability managers are challenged to complete more audits with less resources, combine compliance and management system audits, and manage other competing audit needs, all while keeping the quality and effectiveness of their audits at peak performance. This session will offer attendees strategies for keeping their programs fresh and effective including ideas for leveraging resources with other function audits and techniques to evaluate and improve the quality and value of an audit process. Come ready to share your ideas and techniques for how to tackle this critical and ever-present challenge.

  • Peter Fisken, Vice President of Risk Advisory & Assurance Services; Carnival Corp.
  • Frank Marino, Corporate EHS Manager; Raytheon Co.
  • Anna Pierce, EHS Compliance Assurance Manager; General Electric Co., Power & Water

Moderator: Chris England, Regional Manager Environment, Safety, Health & Security; Xylem

Speaker Bios

William Archer, Director Global Sustainability; S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.
Will Archer is Director - Global Sustainability for S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin. In this role, Will is responsible for providing global support for the development and implementation of environmental and sustainability policies, strategies and actions for the company.

A leading provider of innovative consumer products such as Windex®, Glade®, OFF!® and Ziploc®, SC Johnson is a fifth generation, family-owned company with a global workforce in more than 70 countries.

Will has worked at S.C. Johnson for more than 30 years, in various capacities, primarily leading the development of new products in categories as diverse as Air Care, and Home Cleaning. He was also one of the key contributors to the industry leading Ingredient Disclosure program which was introduced by S.C. Johnson in 2009.

Will has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry as well as a Ph.D. in Electrochemistry, both from the University Of Newcastle Upon Tyne, in the U.K. and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Stephen Donofrio, Vice President, Partnerships & Innovation; CDP North America
Stephen Donofrio is the Vice President of Partnerships and Innovation for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). He has a multi-sector background working in corporate sustainability, responsible investments, and environmental markets. He Stephen contributes to the overall strategic development of CDP North America, and leads the organization's corporate climate change and water disclosure work for 1,000+ companies in USA and Canada. This includes: company engagement and disclosure support; collaboration with North American CDP Services Partners and Investor Signatories; publication of CDP North America annual investor reports on the state, trends and outlook of corporate climate change reporting; and, the production of training webinars, events and workshops.

Stephen joined CDP from the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), where he managed and contributed to the development and implementation of the North American focused voluntary and legally binding GHG cap-and-trade and offsets programs. Prior to the CCX, he led business development and carbon market research for CINCS LLC and Carbon Credit Capital LLC, early-stage clean-tech companies providing asset management, renewable energy project development and remote-sensing based carbon accounting solutions to forest carbon offset projects worldwide.

Stephen has a B.S in Business Administration (International Business & Marketing) from Villanova University and is based out of CDP's North America HQ in New York, NY.

Andrea Fee-Blackberg, PE, Global EHS Manager; Atkore International Holdings Inc.
Andrea Fee-Blackberg is the Global Director - Environment, Health and Safety for Atkore International. An enthusiastic and effective leader with over 30 years experience, both as a consulting engineer and as a program manager with proven success in developing and implementing strategic programs and systems to meet business goals. Her ability to work with cross-functional teams at all levels throughout an organization has resulted in successful LEAN approaches to managing EH&S and effectively solving complex compliance and enforcement matters with limited EH&S resources.

Andrea holds an MBA from Simmons College – School of Management and a BS Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer and RABQSA ISO 14001 Lead Auditor. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Air & Waste Management Association - New England Section and is a member of the Environment and Sustainability Councils for Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). She has been continuously employed in challenging EH&S positions since 1979. Previous employers include: WR Grace; Earth Tech, Kao Corporation, and Tyco International.

Mitchell Mitgang, Director, Environment, Safety, Health & Security; ITT Corp.
Mitchell (Mitch) Mitgang serves as Director, Environment, Safety, Health & Security for ITT Corporation based at the corporate headquarters in White Plains, New York. Mr. Mitgang has over 25 years experience leading and working with global industrial companies on a broad spectrum of regulatory compliance, risk management and safety engineering issues.

Mr. Mitgang is a member of the Corporate Responsibility department and has functional accountability overseeing 60 Environment, Safety, Health & Security managers responsible for more than 9,500 employees worldwide in five continents. In his current role, Mr. Mitgang is responsible for developing and directing long term ESH&S strategies that optimize work and drive sustainable value creation including enterprise systems for regulatory compliance, training, internal audit, performance indicators, management systems, incident investigation/reporting, and security/business continuity plans. Mr. Mitgang is also responsible property risk control and ESH due diligence for business transactions including M&A.

The Corporate Responsibility department is a management center of excellence delivering corporate governance initiatives designed to leverage - and embed - best business practices across the organization, minimize cost and enhance risk mitigation.

Practice areas in Corporate Responsibility include Anti-Corruption, Government Affairs, Ethics and Compliance, Environment, Safety, Health and Security, Global Trade Programs, and Environmental Affairs. Each of these disciplines coordinates with business unit leaders and staff to implement focused, LEAN-based value-add strategies enterprise-wide.

Mitchell's experience with Environment, Safety, Health & Security began with Liberty Mutual Insurance. He has held various senior management and executive positions with risk management, underwriting, logistics and global ESH&S consulting companies. His most recent position prior to joining ITT was Assistance Director for Aon Global Risk Consulting responsible for technical service administration to fortune 500 Companies worldwide, including ITT Industries.

Over his tenure, Mr. Mitgang established and implemented safety and regulatory systems which provided for greater than 50% reduction in loss frequency, vast improvement in casualty experience modifiers and significant return of premium under a pre-funded deductible programs. Mitchell's systematic approach to risk control fosters a successful culture of safety that permeates throughout an organization using a variety of techniques for communicating safety and monitoring performance with leading indicators.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brooklyn College, with Science minor and NYS Earth Science Teacher Qualification. Mitchell is a BEAC Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, NATMI Certified Safety Director, NAEM Board of Regents member and Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers. He is an experienced public speaker and Published Author for professional ESH&S trade associations.

Mr. Mitgang and his wife, daughter and sons live in New York City.

Mark Fellin, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs; Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association
Mark S. Fellin serves as the director of regulatory and legislative affairs for the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). A Pennsylvania native, Mark served as a legislative correspondent for Senator Richard Burr (R‐NC), establishing relationships with congressional staff and excelling at tracking legislation.

Prior to joining JPMA, Fellin spent two years with the Consumer Product Safety Commission where he worked as the public affairs and legislative specialist under Commissioner Anne Northup. Fellin has extensive public and government relations experience, attributed to his post‐graduate studies which consisted of specializations in politics and strategic public relations.

In his JPMA position, Mark works closely with JPMA executive staff, general counsel and key industry committee and volunteer leaders to develop, execute and advance the industry’s annual regulatory agenda.

Mr. Fellin received his bachelor’s degree in Politics and Theology and Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America in 2007. He received his master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University in 2011.

Mark Hause, Corporate Environmental Manager; DuPont Co.
Current role is Global Environmental Competency Leader for DuPont as part of the Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Excellence Center. Previous experiences include Global Environmental Engineering Technology Manager as well as a variety of Leadership roles in Manufacturing, Technology, Sales, Marketing, Business Development, and Business Management in the 32 years that I have been at DuPont. Professional affiliations include Board membership for NAEM, Red Clay Valley Association, Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services Inc. and Adoptive Families with Information and Support. I previously served as a Board Member for GEMI, the Environmental Associates of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science and the Center for Waste Reduction Technologies. I earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University. I grew up in a family of twelve children, so I am used to working with large groups of people in a dynamic environment to achieve common ground. I am married with three children and numerous pets, so I thrive on chaos.

James Badalati, Director of Recall and Retrieval; Stericycle Inc.
Jim Badalati is the Director of Recall and Retrieval for Stericycle ExpertRECALL. Jim spent fifteen years with CROSSMARK where he led sales, retail operations and client management teams.

Jim's overall responsibilities include ensuring flawless execution for recall clients in the Food & Beverage industry. He oversees a team of specialists that dedicate their time to pulling together solutions and strategies for clients facing a crisis recall situation.

Prior to joining ExpertRECALL, Jim was the President of Future Food Brands, a manufacturer of branded and private label refrigerated dips and seafood salads, sold in Deli, Dairy and Seafood Departments.

Jim is a graduate of Amber University and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

John Cruden, President; The Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
John C. Cruden is the President of the Environmental Law Institute, a nationally recognized non-profit association that provides research, education, and publications in the area of environmental law and policy.

Before coming to ELI, John was, for over two decades, the career Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice. He has personally litigated and led settlement negotiations in numerous environmental cases, many with reported decisions. Prior to becoming Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Cruden was Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, DOJ. Before joining the Department of Justice, he was the Chief Legislative Counsel of the Army. After graduating from West Point, John served in airborne, ranger, and Special Forces units before attending law school.

Mr. Cruden is a Past President of the District of Columbia Bar, the second largest bar in the nation, a Past Chair of the ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, and a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. He has received the Presidential Rank Award from three different Presidents and awards from the DoJ, ABA, FBA, EPA, and the military. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. In 2010, Mr. Cruden was listed by a national magazine as one of the top 500 lawyers in America.

He has written and lectured extensively in the areas of environment, energy, and natural resources law.

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn , Executive Director & General Counsel; Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA)
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn serves as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Association of Clean Water Administrators. She has 19 years of experience in environmental law and policy. For the past 12 years, she has worked extensively on water quality, water treatment, and implementation of the Clean Water Act. She is a published author, and speaks regularly, on water policy, sustainability, and environmental justice. She is a Lecturer in Law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (DC) (Advanced Topics in Environmental Law) and advisor to the Environmental Law Society. Dunn is a member of the bar in DC, MD, and NY, the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal courts.

Dunn is the immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Dunn serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute. She also serves as Secretary of the non-profit U.S. Water Alliance.

From 2007 to 2010, Dunn served as Dean of Environmental Law Programs at Pace Law School (NY), where the environmental curriculum is ranked among the top nationally. As Adjunct Professor of Law, Dunn taught seminars in Environmental Justice, and in Human Rights and the Environment. Before Pace, Dunn was General Counsel of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (DC), Counsel to the American Chemistry Council (VA), and an environmental attorney at Winston & Strawn (DC). She has represented parties, intervenors, or amicus curiae in over 25 environmental cases.

She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (DC), where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. She earned her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and French, James Madison University, VA.

Robert Slater, Executive Director, Regulatory Governance Initiative; Carleton University
Dr. Robert Slater is Adjunct Professor and Senior Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Policy at Carleton University and is the Executive Director of the Regulatory Governance Initiative. He is also President of Coleman, Bright and Associates, a consulting firm that operates internationally specializing in Sustainable Development issues and a Senior Fellow with the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

He was the last person to act as Chair of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy before it was disbanded in March 2013.

Dr. Slater occupied several senior positions during a 32 year career at Environment Canada and was the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for eight years. He was instrumental in establishing the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He played a lead role in the renegotiation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978, Acid Rain Agreements with Provincial Governments, the Canada-US Accord on Air Quality, and the Green Plan. He led preparations for Canada's role in the UN Conference on the Environment (“Earth Summit”) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He was responsible for legislative initiatives leading to the Canadian Environmental Protect Act (CEPA) and the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and led development of regulations limiting lead in gasoline and bringing auto emissions standards in line with those in US.

He chaired the International Joint Commission's Great Lakes Water Quality Board from 1976 to 1982. Before joining the public service, he was co-founder of Pollutech, an environmental consulting company.

He was awarded degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009.

Peter Fisken, Vice President of Risk Advisory & Assurance Services; Carnival Corp.
Peter Fisken is Vice President of Risk Advisory & Assurance Services (RAAS) for Carnival Corporation & plc., a global cruise company and one of the largest vacation companies in the world with a portfolio of leading cruise brands attracting 10 million guests annually. He is responsible for the Health, Environmental, Safety and Security (HESS) audit program for over 100 cruise ships operated from six shore based locations in the USA and Europe. He is also responsible for overseeing the planning and progress of significant HESS incident investigations.

Peter joined the Miami based company in 2001, as a Manager, Maritime Audit Services performing shipboard, and shoreside HESS audits. From 2002 as Director and in 2006 Peter became the Vice President of the Maritime Audit group.

Prior to joining Carnival Corporation Peter spent 25 years in the British Merchant Navy sailing on a variety of ships culminating in 10 years as Captain onboard large oil tankers and two years in shore based ship management developing Safety and Environmental Systems for the marine industry.

Educated in Scotland, Peter has a Class I Master Mariners License and a BA in Nautical Science

Frank Marino, Senior Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Manager; Raytheon Co.
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.

Anna Pierce, EHS Compliance Assurance Manager; General Electric Co.
Anna Pierce is the global EHS Compliance Assurance Manager for the GE Power and Water business. She is responsible for EHS Management System and Compliance program development, auditing and associated metrics. Anna also leads the OneGE initiative, which provides consistent EHS programs for all services work performed by GE businesses with common customers - GE Power and Water, Oil and Gas and Energy Management.

Anna began her career with the General Electric Co. in 1999 as an intern and co-op in the GE Transportation business in Erie, PA. She spent five years in the business as an EHS Technical Advisor, assuming roles of greater responsibility while gaining expertise in the manufacture, assembly, test and new product development of traction motors, engines and locomotives. In 2005, she joined the former GE Energy business as an Environmental Lead in the Parts and Repairs division, managing air, hazardous waste and dangerous good shipment programs for 78 global service centers. In 2007, Anna took the role of EHS Simplification Manager for the former GE Energy Services business focusing on incorporating lean principles into EHS and building synergies with the Quality organization. In that role, Anna began leading the customer focused OneGE initiative that she continues to lead today. In 2010, she accepted her current position as the EHS Compliance Assurance Manager.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, a minor in Environmental and Occupational Science and Health and Master's in Business Administration from Gannon University. She also maintains accreditation as a Certified Safety Professional from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

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