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Key Practice Area - Leadership - 2013 EHS Management Forum Track 2
Key Practice Area: Leadership Development

2013 EHS Forum - Strategy & Leadership

Oct. 23-25, 2013

Success in any company starts with a forward looking strategy and EHS in no different. Hear from leading companies on how they are strategically managing immediate EHS and sustainability challenges. You will also learn about emerging issues and hear how companies are taking proactive steps to ensure their leadership positions.

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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Best Practices for Internal EHS and Sustainability Communications

Effective internal EHS & Sustainability communication can make funding and staff for EHS programs easier, and establish you as a strategic business leader. This session will examine how EHS&S leaders are communicating and advancing EHS&S internally and "selling it to the business". Speakers will offer a view of their overall strategy as well as specific tactics and practices that have been most effective, things that haven't worked as well, and lessons learned to help those trying to build more support for and understanding of EHS&S efforts and priorities.

  • Steve David, Manager of Air Strategy; The Mosaic Co.
  • Kelvin E. Roth, Director EHS Team; AMCOL International
  • Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Moderator: Stacey Winter, Global Director of Environment, Health & Safety; The Hewlett-Packard Co, Global Security Services

Using Leading Indicators and Strategic Metrics to Drive Performance Improvement and Behavior Change

A challenge for every business is assuring the right measures are in place to drive the desired behaviors and business performance. But, what are the right measures? Traditionally, many businesses have used lagging indicators to track EHS and Sustainability efforts. But, is this the best way to drive performance improvements? Attend this session and understand, "what is a leading indicator? Hear from companies on how they've developed leading indicators and strategic metrics that make sense for their business and how they are using these proactive measures to drive EHS and sustainability performance improvements. Leave the session with ideas for how to integrate leading indicators into your own operations and transition your metrics to achieve strategic outcomes.

  • Michelle Garner-Janna, Director Corporate Health & Safety; Cummins Inc.
  • Ryan McMullan, Environmental, HazMat, & Safety Programs Administrator; Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.Inc.
  • Gary Rosenblum, Senior Director; The Campbell Institute

Moderator: Anthony Campana,Environment, Health and Safety Manager; EMD Millipore

To Verify or not to Verify? Pros and Cons of Sustainability Report Assurance

EHS and Sustainability managers are challenged to produce data intensive sustainability reports often with limited resources. How will they ensure that the report is accurate and credible? Should they seek third party sustainability report assurance or internally audit their reports? They also need to decide on the scope of their verification efforts and select an appropriate verification standard. This session will provide attendees with a look at the processes leading companies have gone through to make these decisions. It will include a discussion of the benefits of external data assurance as well as the challenges companies have encountered in the process. If you are publishing a sustainability or EHS report, attend this session and come away with a clear understanding of whether data verification and/or sustainability report assurance make good business sense for your company.

  • Jennifer Grow, Communication Manager, Environment, Health and Safety; Baxter International Inc.
  • Rob Meyers, Environmental Sustainability Director; PepsiCo Inc.
  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Sustainability & ESH Strategy & Design; American Electric Power Co. Inc.

Moderator: Lisa Barnes, Technical Director, Sustainability & Climate Change Services; Bureau Veritas S.A.

Essential Practices of Corporate Leaders in a Water Constrained World

Is water critical to your business? Does your corporate water strategy address securing or maintaining water supplies to ensure production goals can be met? Are you working to put programs in place that utilize water efficiently by recycling or reusing it for other non-process applications? If you answered yes to any of these questions, be sure to attend this session and learn about methods being used by your peers to secure water supplies for the future, how they are reusing and recycling water from production sources and ways to conserve and improve water efficiency.

  • David Chew, Director of Marketing and Sales; Fairmount Minerals Ltd.
  • Greg Koch, Director of Water Stewardship; The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Audrey Templeton,Environmental Engineer; MillerCoors LLC

Moderator: Mark Johnson, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability Officer; Gannett Fleming Inc

Beyond Injury Rates: Next Practices in Safety Management

As health and safety leaders, how do we get beyond the emphasis on measuring injury rates and focus on activities that lessen the potential for injuries to occur at all? This session will explore how a shift in emphasis that combines human factors, behavioral science and systems thinking can be applied to influence safe behaviors. Attendees will learn how two companies have developed their safety strategies around these principles, and applied them to their management systems and safety programs. They will share the results of these efforts and discuss how attendees drive change in their own H&S culture and take their safety programs to the next level.

  • Robert Murphy, Vice President Safety, Health, Environment and Community; Sims Metal Management Ltd.
  • Wayne Pennycook, Senior Operations Health & Safety Advisor; Cenovus Energy Inc.

Moderator: Laura Murphy, Vice President of Customer Experience; KMI

Speaker Bios

Steve David, Manager of Air Strategy; The Mosaic Co.
As Senior Manager of Air Strategy for Mosaic Co., Steve has more than 30 years of experience in environmental permitting and compliance in all environmental media, including experience in environmental agency relations and negotiations at all levels of government; health and hazard risk assessment; and operations and business management. Steve has worked on major air, water, and waste matters in several states and has developed and led large teams of environmental professionals in both industry and consulting. He has developed and implemented facility and company-wide programs to ensure long-term compliance. He has successfully negotiated some of the most complex and innovative environmental permits in the U.S. Prior to moving into the environmental field, Steve was a process engineer in the oil refining and chemical facility industry. There he worked in all aspects of oil refining and transportation, chemical manufacturing, as well as aggregate industries.

Steve received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and has completed additional graduate studies in Business Administration at Indiana University.

Kelvin Roth, Director, Environment, Health & Safety Team; AMCOL International Corp.
Kelvin is the Director of Environment, Health & Safety at AMCOL International. He is a recognized EHS industry leader with over 20 years of worldwide executive management experience. Mr. Roth has a record of successfully developing and leading “best in class” organizations and EHS programs. In his experience, he has worked with all levels in an organization to formulate business plans and strategies that accomplish enterprise-wide risk management and achieve short- and long-term EHS objectives. He has been responsible for such diverse areas as corporate EHS auditing programs, governance and sustainability programs, large-scale property acquisitions and integration, enterprise-wide system implementation, continuous improvement/operational excellence programs, and organizational/culture change. Mr. Roth has a BS from Andrews University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability; Lockheed Martin Corp.
Scott Stallard is the Senior Manager of Environmental Sustainability within the Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety and Health (CEESH) organization at Lockheed Martin Corp. In this role, Scott is responsible for environmental sustainability strategy development, external reporting, product stewardship activities and CEESH communications to over 116,000 employees.

Scott has over 20 years of experience at Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies. While primarily engaged in various financial positions for much of his career, he was imbedded in CEESH for six years as the Business Manager where he focused on remediation and overall strategy. Scott served a lead role as part of the team that launched the corporation's Go Green program in 2008.

Scott holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Michelle Garner-Janna, Director Corporate Health & Safety; Cummins Inc.
Michelle Garner-Janna is the Director of Corporate Health & Safety for Cummins Inc., a $17 billion, 46,000+ employee global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel engines and related technology around the world. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 500 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Mrs. Garner-Janna is an accomplished business executive with 18+ years experience leading HSE and other related Manufacturing functions. In her current role, she develops and leads the global Health & Safety strategy for the organization. She is a Certified Safety Professional as well as a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Mrs. Garner-Janna holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University as well as an Executive MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is a professional member and past President of the West TN American Society of Safety Engineers and is active in community affairs by frequently volunteering her time.

Ryan McMullan, Environmental, HazMat, & Safety Programs Administrator; Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Ryan McMullan currently leads several EHS and Sustainability programs in the Environmental, HazMat, and Safety division of the Corporate Responsibility department at Toyota Motor Sales. He leads materials management issues for North America, including the development of strategic metrics. In addition to developing and delivering EHS training, he is also in charge of environmental sustainability for the sales and distribution operations in the US, including recycling, energy conservation, greenhouse gas inventories, and corporate planning.

He earned his Master's degree in Corporate Environmental Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and his Bachelor's degree from Rice University.

Gary Rosenblum, ARM, CIHSenior Director; The Campbell Institute
Gary Rosenblum is currently the Senior Director of the Campbell Institute, a Center of Excellence at the National Safety Council. He has also been a Director of EHS for an international logistics and warehousing company, and was an EHS manager for over 17 years with ARCO, where he developed and implemented EHS management systems, was the OSHA public affairs manager. In 2009, Gary was confirmed by the Secretary of Labor as the public sector member of the National Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) in Washington DC. Gary was the Risk Manager of the City of Palm Desert, CA for a decade, where in addition to managing employee safety, he handled liability and property insurance claims, performed contract and claim litigation analysis, and was the City's Disaster and Business Continuity manager. He has a Master of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Toxicology and a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Albany. He has presented numerous times at AIHCE, National RIMS, as well as many other national symposia.

Jennifer Grow, Communication Manager, Environment, Health and Safety; Baxter International Inc.
Jennifer Grow is Communication Manager for the Environment, Health and Safety organization at Baxter International Inc., a global, diversified healthcare company. She project manages the EHS portion of Baxter's annual sustainability report, which includes coordinating the third-party assurance process.

Since joining Baxter in 2003, Ms. Grow has been responsible for communicating EHS news, trends and best demonstrated practices to EHS practitioners around the world; reporting EHS performance to Baxter management; and managing the “EHS Requirements Book,” which contains Baxter's global EHS policies, and the related “Reference and Training Guide.” Ms. Grow also manages communication for and assists with program management of Baxter World Environment Week, an annual global event and the company's signature initiative aimed at informing and educating its employees on environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Baxter, Ms. Grow edited publications focused on workplace and roadway safety for the National Safety Council.

She graduated from Loyola University Chicago (magna cum laude) and holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Rob Meyers, Environmental Sustainability Director; PepsiCo Inc.
Rob is a Director of Environmental Sustainability for PepsiCo’s Global Operations playing a key role in delivering productivity and minimizing risk for PepsiCo's global enterprise and supply chain. In his current position, Rob is responsible for PepsiCo’s ReCon (“Resource Conservation”) program, maintaining global environmental metrics systems, and coordinates PepsiCo's Environmental Sustainability Council, a global & cross-divisional team of environmental professionals charged with:

  • Informing and implementing a strategic environmental sustainability vision
  • Assuring uniform system-wide metrics, standards, and practices
  • Developing SMART enterprise-wide environmental sustainability goals
  • Supporting accurate messaging to internal and external stakeholders

Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2007, Rob worked for Pepsi's Frito-Lay North America division for 10 years in various Environmental and Energy Engineering positions. Rob holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He has been a Member of the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager and has served on the steering committee for the Food & Beverage Environmental Conference for the past 10 years, and served as Conference Chair in 2013. Rob lives with his wife of 20 years and two daughters in the Dallas, TX area.

Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Sustainability & ESH Strategy & Design; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
Sandy Nessing has responsibility for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and annual performance reporting for American Electric Power (AEP). She oversees annual production of AEP's Corporate Accountability Report, including a dedicated sustainability web site and, new in 2013, an iPad app. This is the fourth year AEP has produced an integrated report that combines financial with nonfinancial performance.

She facilitates cross-functional collaboration on sustainability issues across AEP to raise awareness of the interdependencies of functions, resources and issues while providing guidance on externalities that could affect business results. She also develops and manages advocacy opportunities that support AEP's business strategy. In a newly added role, she serves as executive culture champion and strategist in collaboration with the Chief Administrative Officer and other senior executives to advance a culture shift within AEP that aligns business strategies with employee engagement and performance management.

She currently serves as 2013 Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute's Sustainability Interest Group. Nessing also serves on the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Stewardship Board in Columbus, Ohio and was president of the board for two years. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Board of Regents for NAEM and is a member of SustainAbility's Engaging Stakeholders and the Utility Environmental Benchmarking Forum. She also led AEP's participation in the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) Electric Utility Sector Supplement Pilot Program, an international project to develop electric utility-specific sustainability performance indicators.

Greg Koch, Director of Water Stewardship; The Coca-Cola Co.
Greg Koch is the Director of Global Water Stewardship in the Environment & Water Resources Department at The Coca-Cola Co. in Atlanta, Georgia.

In this role, he manages the Company's global water stewardship strategy, which assesses and mitigates water risks facing Coca-Cola on a global basis. Working with a system of over 300 bottling partners, he leads a team that develops and implements standards for plant performance, watershed management and partnerships with organizations that share the Company's commitment to effective water stewardship. Greg directs the Coca-Cola system's progress towards a goal to return to nature and to communities an amount of water equivalent to the water used in Coca-Cola's beverages and their production.

Greg manages the Company's $20 million partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's largest multinational conservation organization. The partnership's purpose is to improve water efficiency, measurably conserve seven key watersheds and inspire a global movement by industries, conservation organizations and others to conserve and protect global freshwater resources. He also was instrumental in establishing the Company's commitment to the CEO Water Mandate, a private-public initiative that is developing strategies and solutions to address the global water crisis.

Greg's experience at Coca-Cola includes two years as the executive assistant to the Vice President of Environment & Water Resources. He has managed the Company's global due diligence and wastewater programs and led several strategic water resource partnerships with public and private entities.

Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Co., Greg was an environmental consultant on engineering design. He contributed to the designs of buildings for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games, including the Olympic Stadium, the Centennial Olympic Park and the Coca-Cola Olympic City. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Columbus College, (now Columbus State University) as well as a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the External Advisory Board for Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Greg resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and two children.

Robert Murphy, Vice President Safety, Health, Environment and Community; Sims Metal Management Ltd.
Bob Murphy is the Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment and Community at Sims Metal Management – North America. In this role, Mr. Murphy leads the “SHEC” function in a business providing end-of-the-pipe recycling solutions for metals and municipal recycling streams. Major operations include material processing, sorting, stevedoring, and shipping by truck, rail and cargo ship. Prior to Sims, he was a Director of EHS at Ingersoll Rand focusing on field service operations in 37 countries. Additional prior experience includes Safety Director at a UK-based electric and gas utility, and Health and Safety Manager at a large aircraft engine manufacturing facility.

He received a BA in Biopsychology from Wesleyan University, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts.

Wayne Pennycook, Senior Operations Health & Safety Advisor; Cenovus Energy Inc.
Wayne Pennycook is the past VP of Operations Health & Safety at Cenovus Energy. He has stepped down from that position and is currently working six months of the year as a Senior Advisor to Operations at Cenovus.

Wayne has over 49 years of experience in the oil and gas business, starting as a roughneck on the service rigs in 1964. Throughout his career, he has progressed through supervisory and management levels in operations, worked with various organizational change gurus on organizational effectiveness and coordinated a world-wide research effort which focused on the design of systems and processes to reduce the potential for human error. This research work has been referenced in several industry publications over the years, including two books written on the topic of preventing human error in the Chemical Process industries. After consulting on the topic of Operational Excellence for several years, Wayne joined Encana and now Cenovus in October, 2005 as the Operations Superintendent at Christina Lake. In July of 2006, he took on the assignment of Team Lead for the Oil Sands EHS and Regulatory group in Calgary. As a consequence of the split from Encana and the Cenovus re-organization in December 2010, the position of Vice President, Operations Health & Safety was required to provide strategy and directions for Health & Safety practices at Cenovus Energy.

Wayne obtained his CRSP certification in 1996 and is a past member of the Calgary Chapter of the International Coaching Federation.

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